• Some in GOP say Homeland Security funding lapse no big deal

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders eager to avert a partial government shutdown are getting heat from conservative colleagues who ask what the fuss is all about. Numerous House Republicans say it's preferable to let the Homeland Security Department go unfunded for a few days, at...

  • NASA approves Sunday spacewalk despite water leak in helmet

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — American astronauts will venture back out for a spacewalk this weekend, despite a helmet water leak on their previous trip outside the International Space Station. NASA on Friday cleared astronaut Terry Virts' spacesuit for the last of three spacewalks to...

  • Ricketts signs Nebraska veterans bill despite concerns

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts has signed a bill to extend educational benefits to veterans and their spouses, despite concerns that it could contradict Nebraska's same-sex marriage ban. The Republican governor announced his decision Friday in a letter to lawmakers. The bill...

  • Manchin urges Navy to name ship after decorated W.Va. vet

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin is urging the Navy to name a ship after Medal of Honor recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams. Manchin made the request Friday in a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus. He said naming a ship after the Fairmont native would not only honor his...

  • Plans call for year-round effort to create art for veterans

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — Efforts are taking place to start a year-round program to encourage students to create artwork for veterans. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell says the first "Sending Smiles to Vets" delivery will take place around the St. Patrick's Day holiday. The Michigan...

  • In message to US, Iran test fires new weapon in naval drill

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With an eye on U.S.-led nuclear talks, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it had test fired a "new strategic weapon" in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the...

  • Bratton: DHS funding vital to NYC's security

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would be irresponsible and dangerous. He urged Congress "not to play politics." House Republicans recently passed a DHS funding bill with immigration amendments...

  • Suspect in slaying of Connecticut man held without bail

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — The suspect in the slaying of a Connecticut National Guardsman shot after a night on the town in Springfield before he was due to be deployed overseas has been held without bail. Michael Rodriguez, of Holyoke, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Hampden Superior...

  • New commander at Naval Station Great Lakes

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. (AP) — A Kenosha, Wisconsin native and graduate of the University of Notre Dame will take the helm at the Naval Station Great Lakes during a change-of-command ceremony next week. A Thursday statement from the navel installation north of Chicago says Capt. Jim...

  • Boeing inks contract with BAE Systems in Endicott, NY

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) — Airplane manufacturer Boeing has selected defense contractor BAE Systems to provide electronic systems for its new 777-X aircraft. Remote electronic units to be produced will manage the aircraft's flight control system, including ailerons, rudders, stabilizers,...

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