• Cruise ship rescues 2 men from remote Pacific island

    Updated: Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a cruise ship rescued two men after their sailboat ran aground on a remote island between Hawaii and Tahiti. The men reported they were not injured when their ship ran aground near Malden Island in Kirabati (keer-ih-BAHS'). But their 37-foot...

  • NYC veterans groups rally at City Hall

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Several veterans groups have spoken out in criticism of Mayor Bill de Blasio's handling of veteran affairs. Many of the veterans who gathered Thursday complained that de Blasio, who took office in January 2014, had yet to meet personally with any veterans'...

  • Mexican officials say survivors of army slaying to be paid

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — State authorities said Thursday that 28 officials are being investigated for alleged abuses committed during the cover-up of last year's slaying by soldiers of at least a dozen criminal suspects after they surrendered. The government of Mexico state, adjacent to...

  • US Senate veterans panel to review pricey Denver hospital

    The Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    DENVER — The U.S. Senate Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing in Colorado next week to scrutinize the bungled VA hospital project and visit the construction site. The hearing will be held April 24 in suburban Aurora, where the hospital is being built, the committee...

  • Homeland chief: Gyrocopter came in 'under the radar'

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Florida postal carrier charged Thursday with two federal crimes for steering his small gyrocopter through protected Washington airspace "literally flew under the radar" to the lawn of the Capitol, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said as key lawmakers...

  • Army recruiters shot in Little Rock to receive Purple Heart

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After almost six years of letters, appeals and requests, an Arkansas soldier who was killed and another who was injured in a shooting outside of a Little Rock Army-Navy recruiting center in 2009 will be awarded Purple Hearts, several members of the Arkansas...

  • Congresswoman questions $730,000 repairs to border fence

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The high price tag and slow repairs to a part of the border fence that divides the U.S. and Mexico are of great concern, U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, R-Arizona, said Thursday. McSally wrote a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske...

  • Amid chaos, Al-Qaida consolidates hold of Yemen province

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Al-Qaida's branch in Yemen consolidated control over much of the country's largest province on Thursday, capturing a major airport, an oil terminal and the area's main military base, and striking an alliance with local tribal leaders to administer the region. The...

  • Highlights from around the Capitol

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Going on the attack over a controversial private defense contractor on the Texas-Mexico border, state officials Thursday challenged public corruption prosecutors to finish a criminal investigation and clear their name. The request came in a letter from Department...

  • Correction: National Guardsmen-Arms Dealing story

    Updated: Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) — In a story April 15 about illegal gun sales, The Associated Press, relying on information from the U.S. attorney's office in San Diego, erroneously reported the affiliation of two defendants. They were members of the National Guard, not U.S. Army reservists. A...

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