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Then-Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill last year. Even retired officers should stay out of politics, Dempsey said. "When general officers and admirals become politicized, it can reflect back on those currently serving," he said. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Gen. Dempsey To Fellow Officers: Stay Off The Political Battlefield

Two retired generals spoke out at the political conventions last month. The retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says they and other officers should keep their politics private.

Then-Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill last year. Even retired officers should stay out of politics, Dempsey said. "When general officers and admirals become politicized, it can reflect back on those currently serving," he said. Andrew Harnik/AP hide caption

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Gen. Dempsey To Fellow Officers: Stay Off The Political Battlefield

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An Uber Station is shown outside a hotel in Chengdu, in southwest China's Sichuan province. Uber spent $1 billion in China last year, but only got a share of around 10 percent, compared to Didi Chuxing's more than 80 percent. Greg Baker/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In China, A Battle Uber Didn't Win

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The UNL NIMBUS Lab drone team hopes their technology will help ensure safer prescribed burns by keeping firefighters out of dangerous terrain. Ariana Brocious/NET News hide caption

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Drones That Launch Flaming Balls Are Being Tested To Help Fight Wildfires

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U.S. swimmer Katie Ledecky holds up her gold medal after winning the women's 800-meter freestyle swimming final at the Aquatics Centre in the Olympic Park during the 2012 Summer Games in London. Lee Jin-man/AP hide caption

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Frank Deford: Olympic Swimmer Ledecky Is This Century's Perfect 10

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The Rawlings plant in Dolgeville, N.Y., makes about 300,000 bats a year and employs about 40 people. Brian Mann/North Country Public Radio hide caption

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A Beetle May Soon Strike Out Baseball's Famous Ash Bats

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Turkish officials have blamed a failed coup attempt on Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who denies the accusation. Since 1999, he has lived in the U.S. Gulen is shown here on July 17 speaking to reporters at his compound in Saylorsburg, Pa. Chris Post/AP hide caption

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Will The U.S. Extradite An Elderly Turkish Cleric?

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Badminton player Howard Shu pushes a weight sled designed to help improve his speed and explosive power on the court. Shu, 25, of Anaheim, Calif., will be the sole U.S. men's singles player in badminton at the Olympics. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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More Than Birdies And Backyards: This Olympian Will School You On Badminton

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