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Army National Guard

Obama, Pentagon brass hail train heroes as 'very best of America'

WASHINGTON America's top leaders enjoyed a brief respite Thursday from Washington's grim business of politics and war to salute the three Sacramento, Calif.-area friends who brought down a gunman intent on killing dozens last month on a French train. From the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Pentagon across the Potomac, Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Army National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos and student Anthony Sadler were hailed as conquering heroes for their concerted bravery Aug. 21 aboard a train bound for Paris from the Netherlands. President Barack Obama smiled broadly as he welcomed the three young men to the Oval Office. "Because of their courage, because of...