• Russia launches military drills in the southwest

    Yesterday

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's military on Thursday launched maneuvers of air defense forces in the southwest of the country, the latest in a series of frequent drills amid tensions with the West. The Southern Military District, where the exercises will take place, includes the regions...

  • Guard biathlon championships ends Thursday

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    JERICHO, Vt. (AP) — The National Guard Bureau's Biathlon Championships are wrapping up in Jericho. The event started Sunday at the Camp Ethan Allen Training Site and runs through Thursday. An estimated 160 athletes representing 24 states competed in the sport that combines cross...

  • Connecticut soldiers to deploy to Afghanistan, Guantanamo

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — About 90 Connecticut soldiers are deploying to Afghanistan and Guantanamo, Cuba. About 35 soldiers of the Middletown-based 143rd Regional Support Group will provide command, control and administration to base life support operations in Afghanistan. Maj. Gen....

  • Giving up Flight 370 search would be bitter pill for many

    Published: Thu, Mar 5, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — She wakes up every morning and reaches for the smartphone on her nightstand, searching for the same jumble of letters and numbers that have consumed her life for a year: MH370. She scrolls through the news results, hoping for something — anything — that could explain what...

  • Rocket training will bring the boom at Fort Carson

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    Fort Carson neighbors can expect some extra noise Friday as the 4th Infantry Division tests the biggest weapons in its arsenal. Soldiers from the division's Oklahoma-based 214th Fires Brigade are flying in to fire their multiple-launch rocket system during a training exercise that...

  • Last group of Fort Carson soldiers sent to battle Ebola return to U.S.

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Yesterday

    The final 10 soldiers from a Fort Carson unit sent to battle Ebola in western Africa are back in America, the post said Wednesday. The soldiers from the 615th Engineer Company were among 150 the post sent to Liberia to improve infrastructure and build treatment facilities at the...

  • Washington House votes to restrict surveillance, drones

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state House of Representatives passed a series of bills Wednesday to strengthen privacy rights against emerging incursions from surveillance technology and drone aircraft. Under the bills sent to the Senate by wide, bipartisan margins, it would...

  • $134.5M contract awarded to begin Savannah harbor expansion

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government has awarded a $134.5 million contract to begin deepening the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, meaning the long-sought harbor expansion can start as soon as the contractor gets its equipment in the water. The Army Corps of Engineers...

  • Feds seize backpacks, lunch bags with unhealthy lead levels

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Houston say they have seized more than 6,000 children's backpacks and lunch bags after testing of the items found they had unacceptable levels of lead. Officials say the backpacks and lunch bags came from China and were...

  • Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a law funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year. The president signed the bill Wednesday afternoon in the Oval Office with a small group of photographers present. The White House wouldn't permit...

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