Media Coverage of Returning War Dead Allowed

DOVER, Del. (AP) - The Air Force says the media will be allowed to cover the arrival Sunday of an airman killed overseas, the first such opportunity since the Obama administration overturned an 18-year-old ban on news coverage of returning war dead.

The Air Force says the remains of Staff Sgt. Phillip Meyers are expected to be transferred at Dover Air Force Base at 11 p.m. Sunday.

The new policy announced in February gives families a choice of whether to admit the news media to ceremonies at Dover Air Force
Base in Delaware, the entry point to the United States for the caskets of overseas war dead. Critics of the previous policy had said the government was trying to hide the human cost of war.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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