The Best Tool Backpacks for On-the-Go Jobs

Take your tools with you wherever you go with one of these easy-to-carry tool backpacks.

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Tool backpacks have become must-have gear for on-the-go DIYers and industry professionals because of their flexibility, durability, and portability. Instead of struggling with a bulky tool box that’s difficult to carry or pack into a vehicle, a tool backpack lets you carry the load over your shoulders or down by your side. The material lets you easily shape it to fit into a packed car or truck.

The best tool backpack for you depends on your profession, the tools you use regularly, and any features that you want in your tool backpack, such as waterproof material or heavy-d...

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Female Marine Drill Instructors Are Headed to All-Male San Diego Boot Camp

Men stepping onto the famous yellow footprints at the Marine Corps’ historically all-male recruit depot on the West Coast will soon be greeted by female drill instructors.

For the first time ever, the female drill instructors could begin training men at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Commandant Gen. David Berger said Thursday. The move is part of a years-long congressional mandate the service is facing to make its entry-level training coed.

“All of our female drill instructors are on the East Coast,” Berger said during an event hosted by Defense One. “… We’re going to run a couple trials this wintertime actually moving drill instructors from South Carolina to San Diego [on temporary duty] and train recruits on the West Coast to see how this is going to work.”

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The Best Potting Soil for Your Container Plants

High-quality potting mix makes all the difference in plant performance. Choose the best potting soil for containers and watch your plants thrive.

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The Best Potting Soil Option

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Unlike soil amendments that mix into natural soil for gardening, potting soil is an all-in-one mixture for container plantings that contains everything potted plants need to thrive. It’s an essential ingredient for indoor and outdoor container gardening with two major roles: to store and release water and nutrients that plants use; and to provide a stable base for plants to structurally anchor themselves. As an anchoring system, the soil must have a porous structure that allows the roots to penetrate deeply...

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Congressional Gold Medal for Famed Merrill’s Marauders Awaits President’s Approval

House lawmakers approved a bill Tuesday that would award the Congressional Gold Medal to members of the famed Merrill’s Marauders of World War II.

The Senate passed a version of the bill late last year, and supporters say they expect President Donald Trump will sign the legislation.

The Marauders were named for Brig. Gen. Frank Merrill, who led the Army unit as it fought behind Japanese lines in Burma during the war.

The Congressional Gold Medal would recognize the extraordinary service of the nearly 3,000 men of the 5307th Composite Unit, as the Marauders were formally known.

The unit was tasked with capturing the Myitkyina airfield in northern Burma, which they did on May 17, 1944, after a 1,000-mile trek over the Himalayan foothills, through jungles and enemy resistance...

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The Best Right Angle Clamps for DIY Projects

Make joining wood at right angles easier with these top angle clamps.

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The Best Right Angle Clamp Options

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When it comes to woodworking, it can be frustrating to hold two pieces of wood together at a 90-degree angle to join them. It’s a process that could benefit from an extra set of hands. A corner clamp, or right-angle clamp, is a better option for these projects.

A right-angle clamp consists of an L-shaped arbor that pushes against an L-shaped frame via a handle that attaches to a spindle. The vise holds two pieces of wood at a 90-degree angle with the ends perfectly aligned, which frees your hands to join the two pieces together either with glue or fasteners.

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Unicorn Made Famous by Shark Incident Floats into History at Coast Guard Museum

In the video, it can be seen drifting at sea, a rainbow-bright mythological Equus cast aside as swimmers from the Coast Guard cutter Kimball clambered out of the water and away from an uninvited shark.

Despite calls for the swim watch to “sink the unicorn,” the giant inflatable darling of the Kimball’s now-infamous Aug. 26 swim call was retrieved from the Pacific Ocean and will have a new home at the U.S. Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut.

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Museum staff posted a photo Thursday of their latest acquisition, which will join the museum’s collection of mascots. The Kimball’s unicorn swim floatie will be displayed alongside such objects as a lighthouse keeper’s Salty Rabbit and Capt...

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Make Your Home Less Chaotic With These 12 Simple Changes

Old prescriptions, tubes of antifungal cream, that bottle of perfume from your grandma: It’s not uncommon for the medicine cabinet to be so full that you can’t open it without items tumbling down into the sink. Fortunately, this is one area that’s small enough to declutter in a half hour or so. First, get rid of anything that’s expired. Second, if your medicine cabinet is located in the same room as the shower or tub, there’s probably too much humidity for storing medications, so move OTC and prescription drugs to a kitchen cabinet or drawer...

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Marine Corps Plans Robust Improvements to Force-on-Force Combat Training

The new head of Marine Corps Training and Education Command said Wednesday that he is a new believer in the renewed push to require force-on-force training to prepare combat units for the future battlefield.

Lt. Gen. Lewis Craparotta told an audience at Modern Day Marine 2020 that the service will make significant investments in force-on-force training over the next several years to ensure that units take away valuable training lessons.

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The shift from scripted training scenarios to force-on-force, freestyle training began in 2018 when then-Lt. Gen. David Berger was head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command. Berger has since been promoted to a fourth star as commandant of the Marine Corps.

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14 Abandoned Amusement Parks—and What They Look Like Now

Outdoor enthusiasts first flocked to Geauga Lake in 1887, when it opened as a waterfront recreational area known as the Geauga Lake Site near Bainbridge Township in Ohio. The site eventually added rides and transformed into an amusement park that would play a vital role in the regional economy until it began to shut down in 2007, with its last open area, Wildwater Kingdom, finally closing in 2016. With the amusement park now abandoned, still-standing rides, including the “Big Dipper,” a wooden roller coaster, and “Ripcord,” a skycoaster, loom over debris-strewn, weedy walkways. The city is considering proposals for a mixed-use development at the site of the much-missed park.

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Automatic US Citizenship Restored for All Military Children Born Overseas

In compliance with a new law, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has changed its rules to give children born overseas to U.S. military families and civil servants immediate American citizenship.

The changes adopted by USCIS on Sept. 18 will, in a small number of cases, allow military families and civil servants to avoid a laborious and potentially costly application process to get citizenship for their children, according to Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., a sponsor of the new law passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump.

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The new law scraps rules put in place by USCIS in August 2019 that caused widespread confusion for military families.

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