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Air Force honor guard fires a volley during a burial service at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 23, 2010. Photo: Evan Vucci / AP

The Pentagon identified the three U.S. Army Green Berets that were killed in Niger this week during to "hostile fire while on a reconnaissance patrol."

  • Staff Sgt. Bryan Black, 35, from Puyallup, Washington.
  • Staff Sgt. Dustin Wright, 29, from Lyons, Georgia.
  • Staff Sgt. Jeremiah Johnson, 39, from Springboro, Ohio.

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The pandemic has thrust a relatively unknown ailment, anosmia — or smell loss — into the international spotlight.

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The Senate voted 50-49 on Saturday to approve President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package.

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