Stories by Beth Ford Roth
Demonstrators protesting the killing of an unarmed African-American teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, were met with a police force equipped to go to war - literally. That's because in recent years, as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have drawn down, the amount of surplus military gear flowing to local police departments has soared.
USA Discounters must provide refunds to U.S. military troops to the tune of $350,000, after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put a stop to the retail chain's practice of targeting service members with a so-called "fee scam." San Diego County has two USA Discounters locations, both near military bases.
Actor Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63 of an apparent suicide, had visited both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2010 as part of a USO tour to bring entertainment to the troops during the holidays. But it was his visit to Kuwait in 2007, and how his military audience reacted during the retreat ceremony, that may have been the most memorable.
U.S. military health workers are on the ground in West Africa, helping that part of the world deal with one of the most catastrophic outbreaks of Ebola in the continent's history. And now Pentagon officials are considering sending additional Defense Department personnel to help fight the Ebola outbreak.
Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, will begin treatment for gender identity disorder while in military custody at Fort Leavenworth's prison. The Army had requested Manning be sent to a civilian prison for more sophisticated treatment, but the Bureau of Prisons denied that request.
A Twentynine Palms resident has come forward to say he saw missing pregnant Marine wife Erin Corwin on the day she disappeared. Michael Beasley has told several media outlets he witnessed Corwin willingly get into a car with an unidentified man. Law enforcement officials will not confirm if they've spoken with Beasley.
Marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter Kelsey DeSantis may best be known for taking Justin Timberlake as her date to the Marine Corps Ball in 2011. Well, DeSantis is making headlines again, this time for competing in a beauty pageant-esque competition called Ms. Veteran America. And doing it pregnant.
Soldier Robert Gabbert entrusted his beloved dog Baxter with his former girlfriend when he deployed to Afghanistan in March. His ex-flame then sold Baxter on Craigslist to another military family. A group of strangers who learned of Gabbert's plight on Facebook have now successfully negotiated Baxter's return to his original home.
The future USS America is scheduled to embark on its maiden voyage Thursday, leaving Mississippi for its new home port of San Diego. Because the 844-foot-long amphibious assault ship is too large to fit through the Panama Canal, a group of Marines and sailors from Camp Pendleton has deployed to keep the ship safe as it transits around South America.
Actor, musician, and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado. The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.