• Military has wide discretion on Bergdahl charges

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Army and Pentagon officials said Tuesday there has been no decision on what, if any, criminal charges will be filed against Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier who left his post in Afghanistan and was held by the Taliban for five years before being released in a prisoner...

  • Senators to hold confirmation hearing for defense secretary

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a confirmation hearing next week to consider Ashton Carter to be the next secretary of defense. President Barack Obama nominated Carter to succeed Chuck Hagel, who resigned under pressure from Obama. The nomination of...

  • Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon documents show that President Barack Obama is going to ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Defense Department. Obama will ask for $534 billion for the core budget of Defense Department — a $38 billion increase — according to...

  • Ala. prison system leader resigns, Bentley names replacement

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The commissioner of Alabama's troubled prison system has resigned and Gov. Robert Bentley has named a replacement. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas resigned Tuesday and will retire. Governor Robert Bentley says Col. Jefferson S. Dunn...

  • Letter: Pot shops off limits to military members

    Published: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Dozens of recreational marijuana businesses in Washington state have received letters from the military telling them that their shops are off limits to all members of the armed forces. The letters, dated Jan. 21, say that military personnel will be prohibited...

  • Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds — flown by an off-duty intelligence employee — shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely. It's his own administration that...

  • US sees Kobani as key win, but Mosul may require new tactics

    Updated: 0 min ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Kurdish recapture of Kobani in northern Syria appears to have provided a blueprint for defeating the Islamic State, bringing together U.S. air power with an effective ground force and protected routes for the movement of fighters and weaponry. Taking back the key...

  • Iowa groups work to provide lawyers for immigrant children

    Updated: 31 min ago

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After traveling 3,500-miles by foot, bus and car from El Salvador to reach Iowa last year, 16-year-old Jonathon Lopez would like to stay. He's among about 250 children from Central America who were unaccompanied when they crossed into the U.S. and who are now...

  • Spain: Death count rises to 11 in military jet crash at base

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    ALBACETE, Spain (AP) — The death toll from the crash of a Greek F-16 fighter jet during an elite NATO pilot training program rose to 11 Tuesday after a French airman who suffered serious burns died, Spain's Defense Ministry said. The death came as Spanish investigators probed what...

  • AP Interview: EU anti-terror chief: rehab for jihadis

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's anti-terror chief called Tuesday for countries to rehabilitate rather than punish returning jihadis with no blood on their hands, saying that some prisons have become "incubators of radicalization." EU Counter-Terrorism Coordinator Gilles de...

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