• Colorado Springs man allegedly stole Fort Carson soldiers' identities to file tax returns, police say

    By Kassondra Cloos kassondra.cloos@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    A Colorado Springs man is wanted on suspicion of stealing the identities of 14 Fort Carson soldiers to file for their tax returns. Jeremy Lamar Roberson, 27, is accused of stealing about $22,000 in federal and state tax returns in 2013 and 2014, according to Colorado Springs police....

  • Obama calls for spending surge, buoyed by rising economy

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Declaring an end to "mindless austerity," President Barack Obama called for a surge in government spending Thursday, and asked Congress to throw out the sweeping budget cuts both parties agreed to four years ago when deficits were spiraling out of control. Obama's...

  • Ferguson scores 18 points, sparks Army over Boston U 71-67

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Kevin Ferguson scored 18 points and Army came back midway in the second half and held on to beat Boston University 71-67 on Thursday night. BU led by as many as eight points in the first half and built a 37-32 halftime lead. Army chipped away, using an 18-9...

  • Former soldier charged with stealing $250,000 in benefits

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SEATTLE (AP) — A former Idaho National Guard soldier who is also an official in the Washington city of Snoqualmie has been indicted on charges that he lied his way to a Purple Heart and more than $250,000 in government benefits. Investigators wrote that in claims for benefits, Darryl...

  • Sen. Tammy Baldwin tells VA to interview whistleblowers

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin on Thursday asked that the lead investigator looking into allegations of opiates being overprescribed and retaliatory practices at the VA hospital in Tomah take into account whistleblowers' testimony. The medical center came under scrutiny...

  • NASA astronaut memorial stirs memories for shuttle veteran

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Each year around this time, NASA honors fallen astronauts, including the 17 men and women killed in three separate wintertime accidents in the sky and on the earth. For Robert "Hoot" Gibson, it's a time to remember lost friends and some of their stunts, like...

  • Dems threaten to block action on Homeland-immigration bill

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats threatened Thursday to block action on legislation funding the Homeland Security Department until Republicans jettison House-passed provisions that reverse President Barack Obama's key immigration policies. Without action by Congress by Feb. 27, the...

  • Senator: Taliban detainees have communicated with Haqqani

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday that the Taliban detainees released from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been in touch with members of the al-Qaida linked Haqqani network, yet all five still are being monitored in Qatar. The Pentagon said...

  • Assembly passes bills to regulate military items for police

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Police departments in New Jersey might need to follow new rules before they acquire military surplus equipment from the federal government. The state Assembly on Thursday unanimously passed two bills that stem from the violence that followed the fatal shooting of...

  • New counterterror team, new community strategy at NYPD

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — More officers will be dedicated to engaging with the community instead of solely responding to radio calls, and 350 officers will be specially trained and outfitted to respond to counterterrorism, both initiatives aimed at re-tooling the nation's largest department to...

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