• Cincinnati VA medical center workers call for more staffing

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    CINCINNATI (AP) — An employees' demonstration calling for full staffing and improved working conditions is scheduled at the federal Veterans Administration medical center in Cincinnati. Members of Local 2031 of the American Federation of Government Employees scheduled the...

  • Belgian authorities detain 4 in anti-terror sweep

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgian authorities have detained four suspects during an anti-terror sweep linked to the recruitment of potential jihadis to go fight in Syria. Police searched 22 homes mostly in northeastern Belgium early Friday but found no weapons, explosives or ammunition. The...

  • NASA moisture satellite launch scrubbed due to winds

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — NASA has scrubbed the launch of an Earth-observing satellite because of wind conditions over California and technical problems. The Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite had been scheduled for launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base before dawn...

  • US Navy investigating jet's loud flyover in Berkeley

    Updated: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — The Navy is investigating a military jet that zoomed frighteningly close this week over Berkeley's homes and UC Berkeley. Navy spokeswoman Lt. Reagan Lauritzen tells the Contra Costa Times (http://bayareane.ws/1LozMPl ) the investigation into the flyover is to...

  • 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...

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