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Roger That: Russia developing fleet of high-speed underwater drones

A Russian document shown on state-run television confirmed that Moscow is developing a high-speed drone submarine capable of delivering a nuclear warhead, according to the blog FreeBeacon.com

The secret weapon was shown on a document during several Tuesday Russian television broadcasts of President Vladimir Putin announcing plans for new strike weapons capable of defeating missile defenses.

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Stars and Stripes is reporting that more than 425,000 claims are now swamping a veterans appeals system that advocates and government officials say is badly broken,

The appeals system does not have enough staff to handle the record number of veterans — from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as Vietnam — filing for disability payments over the last decade, then appealing when all or part of their claims are denied.

But experts point to a more fundamental problem. Unlike U.S. civil courts, the appeals system has no mechanism to prevent endless challenges. Veterans can keep their claims alive either by appealing or by restarting the process from scratch by submitting new evidence: service records, medical reports or witness statements.

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The Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in Frazier Park, Calif, is the scene of an experimental therapy program that allows veterans with PTSD to work with wolves.

The park takes veterans and introduces them to their own personal therapy wolf to help them feel relaxed and safe, according to the San Francisco Globe.

The wolves that the veterans connect with have also undergone some sort of trauma, and so the veterans and the wolves are able to heal together. Working with the wolves has helped several vets overcome their PTSD. “They kind of teach you how to be calm and confident,” veteran Jim Minick “It's got some deeper meaning when they accept you ... into part of the pack.”

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Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of Facebook and author of the book "Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead," told a crowd of nearly 3,000 cadets at the Air Force Academy that society tells women they are less competent and capable. She described the military as one of "the worst" organizations for bias during a 30-minute speech.

“Women and minorities face barriers white men don't face,” she said, according to a recent article on Military.com.

Sandberg has become a leading figure of modern feminism with arguments that women should fill half of corporate boardroom seats and men should do half the stay-at-home child rearing. Detractors have said that Sandberg's Lean In pitch shatters traditional gender roles driven by biology and that her perspective is one borne of privilege, as a wealthy technology entrepreneur.

“We systematically overestimate men and underestimate women,” she told the crowd.

Mike Fitzgerald: 618-239-2533, @MikeFitz3000

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