• Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama...

  • Texas House opting not to cut veterans education benefits

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are opting to water down a major attempt to reduce the rising costs of a program offering free college tuition benefits to veterans' children. The sponsor of the bill that would have cut the benefits, Republican Rep. John Zerwas, said he has...

  • Protester leaves Shell ship north of Seattle; 1 remains

    Updated: Sun, May 24, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — One of two protesters who affixed themselves to an Arctic oil-drilling support ship parked north of Seattle left the vessel Sunday, but the other remained suspended from its anchor chain in an effort to draw attention to climate change and the risks an oil spill could...

  • Hezbollah vows to expand involvement in Syria's civil war

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of the militant Hezbollah group said Sunday that the region is facing "unprecedented danger" from extremist groups and vowed his fighters will expand their involvement in Syria's civil war in support of government forces. Sheik Hassan Nasrallah spoke during a...

  • Navy says submarine being built to be named USS New Jersey

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A submarine will be the third U.S. Navy vessel named the USS New Jersey. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Sunday that a submarine being built now will get that name when it's completed and commissioned in about five years. U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez had been...

  • Journalism students aim to dispel myths about veterans

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    DETROIT (AP) — Wishing living U.S. military veterans a "Happy Memorial Day" might be well-intentioned but misses the mark on an occasion meant for remembering those who lost their lives. That and other timely reminders can be found in a new book researched and written by a Michigan...

  • Navy divers to help raise confederate warship artifacts

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Navy is preparing to send one if its premier diving teams to Georgia to help salvage a Confederate warship from the depths of the Savannah River. Before it ever fired a shot, the 1,200 ton ironclad CSS Georgia was scuttled by its own crew to prevent its capture...

  • LePage designates $10,0000 to support veterans' services

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Republican Gov. Paul LePage has designated $10,000 from his contingency fund to support a program for veterans. The money will help support the Easter Seals of Maine's Military and Veterans Services program, which helps military members transition back to...

  • Iraqi lawmaker slams US criticism of Iraqi military

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — An Iraqi lawmaker says U.S. military commanders are pointing fingers for their own failure to properly support the Iraqi military in the fight against the Islamic State group. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter stirred controversy Sunday morning by claiming in a...

  • Mainer to represent region in 'best warrior' competition

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Maine National Guard soldier is going to be representing New England at a national "best warrior" competition. Spc. Timothy Phadungthin (puh-DUNG'-tun) from the 251st Engineer Company earned the spot during a grueling three-day event in Massachusetts that...

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