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UNITAS develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of our reemerging and enduring maritime partners to achieve common objectives. Additionally, the military-to-military excha…

President Joe Biden sought out a deceased congresswoman during his remarks at a hunger conference Wednesday. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre later said Rep. Jackie Walorski was “top of mind” to Biden when he called out “Where's Jackie?” Jean-Pierre did not acknowledge that Biden had misspoken during his remarks at the White House conference on hunger, nutrition and health when he looked around for Walorski. The Indiana congresswoman was seen as a leader on the issue before she died in an August car crash. “Where’s Jackie?” Biden said, suggesting he expected her to be there.

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy says a weekend storm on the state's vast western coast has caused significant damage to roads and homes in some communities. There were no deaths or injuries reported after the storm, which was the remnant of Typhoon Merbok. It moved north through the Bering Strait, bringing tidal surges and high winds. Among the communities hardest hit was Nome, the finish line for the Iditarod sled dog race. The most significant damage included ripped up streets and roadways. The state is also attempting to get supplies like plywood, insulation and tin to repair roofs before winter sets in.

California's governor has signed a law he says will help military service members who were discharged under “don’t ask, don’t tell” policies to reestablish eligibility for Veterans Affairs benefits. Gov. Gavin Newsom said Saturday many veterans who were discharged because of sexual or gender identities don't know how to access benefits they might be eligible for. The law requires the state to create a grant program to help LGBTQ veterans through the process. Gays and lesbians were banned in the military until the 1993 approval of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” which allowed them to serve if they did not openly admit their sexual orientation. Advocates say the policy just created more problems.

William Klein, an American photographer whose innovative portraiture style strongly influenced fashion and street photography in the 20th century, has died in Paris. His son said Klein died Saturday at 96. A New York City native, Klein served in Europe with the U.S. Army during World War II. He moved to Paris to study painting under the G.I. Bill.  He turned to photography in the 1950s, worked for Vogue and published a groundbreaking photo diary of street life in New York. He was also a noted filmmaker, producing several documentary and feature films on the fashion industry, the war in Vietnam and famed boxer Muhammed Ali.

Hundreds of graduates of a shuttered private Christian university in West Virginia say have been unable to access transcripts, impeding their ability to apply for jobs and schooling. Ohio Valley University announced it was closing in December 2021 and filed for bankruptcy. After the university closed, officials said they retained a group of employees to manage academic records. Last week, they wrote on a school Facebook page that the school had no means of processing transcript requests because the system was hacked and all files were deleted. The announcement sparked panic among former students, some of whom are still paying off loans and now can't prove they have a degree.

Treatment for drug addiction means a chance to earn rewards for an increasing number of patients in recovery. A successful patient can earn rewards totaling $500 in some programs. The prizes are often gift cards given out for passing drug tests or for showing up for counseling. There’s brain science behind this method, known as contingency management. Now, with overdose deaths breaking record highs, the strategy has never had stronger support. More than 150 studies over 30 years have shown it works better than counseling alone for addictions including cocaine, alcohol, tobacco and, when used alongside medications, opioids.