• Fort Jackson and VA pause to recall those who served

    Published: Mon, May 25, 2015

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — Officials from Fort Jackson and the Veterans Administration are holding a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia. The public is also invited to attend Monday's service, which begins at 9 a.m., and honors those...

  • Dedication planned for new Orlando VA hospital

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is among the dignitaries planning to be at the dedication of a new VA medical center in Orlando. The medical center is being dedicated Tuesday, years behind schedule. The center's groundbreaking was in 2008...

  • Australia appoints 2 new counterterrorism coordinators

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Monday moved to increase cooperation between its security agencies against the threat of Islamic State group militants by appointing two new counterterrorism coordinators. Greg Moriarty, a former ambassador to Indonesia and Iran, was named...

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

    Updated: 16 hr ago

    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...

  • The Latest: Carl Edwards wins NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600

    Updated: 17 hr ago

    The Associated Press covers the biggest day in motorsports, from Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix to the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600. The latest from the tracks: 11:37 p.m. ET Race car owner Joe Gibbs said Denny Hamlin was treated for dehydration and released from the...

  • Texas House opts not to cut veterans education benefits

    Updated: 18 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Sunday opted to water down a major attempt to reduce the rising costs of a program offering free college tuition to veterans' children, relenting amid criticism that cutting the benefits too deeply wouldn't be fair to those who sacrifice so much....

  • Highlights from around the state Capitol

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Sunday opted to water down a major attempt to reduce the rising costs of a program offering free college tuition to veterans' children, relenting amid criticism that cutting the benefits too deeply wouldn't be fair to those who sacrifice so much....

  • Widow of "American Sniper" subject honored at NASCAR race

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The wife of "American Sniper" subject Chris Kyle was honored with the Stonewall Jackson Award at Charlotte Motor Speedway before the Coca-Cola 600. Taya Kyle was introduced to the crowd before NASCAR's longest race Sunday night. Kyle said her late husband became...

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

    Yesterday

    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

    Yesterday

    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...

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