• Navy triples paid maternity leave to 18 weeks

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Navy is tripling the amount of paid maternity leave that female sailors and Marines can take after the birth of a child, and will now provide a total of 18 weeks off. The change, directed by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, makes the Navy the first of the military...

  • Merkel's office invites US envoy to discuss latest spy claim

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff asked the U.S. ambassador for a meeting Thursday to discuss the latest reports of alleged American spying on Germany and told him that German law must be adhered to, the German government said. Chief of staff Peter Altmaier...

  • The Latest at Navy Yard: No hoax suspected, DC police say

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — 11:30 a.m. D.C.'s police chief says authorities don't believe that the report of a shooting at the Washington Navy Yard was a hoax. Chief Cathy Lanier says investigators have interviewed the woman who reported that she may have heard gunshots at the Navy Yard on...

  • Police: No evidence of shooting at Washington Navy Yard

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Investigators found no evidence of a shooting after the Washington Navy Yard went on lockdown Thursday because someone reported shots fired in the same building where a gunman killed 12 workers in a rampage two years ago. D.C. police said a woman called from inside a...

  • Governor appoints next RI National Guard Adjutant General

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo has appointed the next Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard. Raimondo announced Thursday the appointment of Col. Christopher P. Callahan. Callahan is the commander of the 56th Troop Command at Camp Fogarty in East Greenwich....

  • UK minister: Illogical to attack IS in Iraq but not Syria

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Britain's defense minister says lawmakers should consider expanding Royal Air Force airstrikes against the Islamic State from Iraq into Syria. Defense Secretary Michael Fallon told the House of Commons on Thursday that there was a case for taking action in Syria, but the...

  • Pumping, treating of Kirtland's jet fuel plume begins

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez says a pump-and-treat system designed to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque is now in use. She made the announcement Wednesday and praised her administration for putting pressure on the U.S. Air Force to clean...

  • South Dakota joining national anti-terrorism campaign

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota is joining a national anti-terrorism effort and officials at the state's Homeland Security Office are encouraging citizens to report suspicious activity. The state is taking part in the national "See Something, Say Something" campaign, which was...

  • Dayton VA Medical Center in southwest Ohio holds open house

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in southwest Ohio says holding an open house gives the public a chance to learn more about its services, job openings and volunteer opportunities. The Dayton VA Medical Center open house Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2...

  • VA Medical Center seeks community input

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) — Community members are invited to attend an open house at the VA Medical Center in White River Junction to discuss opportunities to serve veterans. The event on Thursday is part of a national initiative called "Summer of Service" that seeks the help of...

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