• Body-camera maker has financial ties to police chiefs

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    Taser International, the stun-gun maker emerging as a leading supplier of body cameras, has cultivated financial ties to police chiefs whose departments have bought the recording devices, raising conflict-of-interest questions. Taser is covering airfare and hotels for police chiefs...

  • Nebraska man faces sentencing in federal contract fraud case

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge is considering whether to sentence a Nebraska businessman to prison for fraudulently landing $23.4 million in federal contracts intended for disabled veterans. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Des Moines will ask for a two-year prison term during Tuesday's...

  • Va. memorial service to mark Red Horse Squadron disaster

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Air National Guard's 203rd Red Horse Squadron will conduct a memorial service on the 14th anniversary of the worst peacetime aviation disaster in National Guard history. The service honoring 18 Red Horse members and three Florida Army Guard...

  • Coast Guard pulls sternwheeler's paperwork over inspection

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has revoked the inspection certificate for a Salem-based sternwheeler vessel that operates on the Willamette River because the Willamette Queen's owners have not completed an out-of-water hull examination. The Coast Guard said Monday that...

  • Boehner leaves open possible vote on Dem-backed DHS bill

    Updated: Tue, Mar 3, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker John Boehner left open the possibility Monday that the House might pass long-term funding for the Homeland Security Department without immigration provisions attached, as Republican options dwindled for avoiding a capitulation to the White House and Democrats....

  • Coast Guard ends search for missing Texas kayaker

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has ended its search for a kayaker who went missing along the Texas Gulf Coast near Galveston. Officials say they suspended their search Monday afternoon after looking for three days for 23-year-old Alex Gallant. Lt. Cmdr. David Vicks says...

  • Massachusetts delegation divided on Netanyahu speech

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts' all-Democratic congressional delegation is split over the decision of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to accept an invitation by House Republican leaders to address a joint session of Congress. Two House members — Reps. Katherine Clark and James...

  • Checkpoints, more troopers in sweeping Texas border bill

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — New highway checkpoints and putting retired police officers on duty are part of a sweeping Texas border security bill that Republicans on Monday said would ramp up enforcement as promised under new Gov. Greg Abbott. The House proposal is the most comprehensive...

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: It's GOP vs. GOP over Homeland

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A political group allied with House GOP leaders said Monday it would spend more than $400,000 this week in advertising that is targeting other Republicans. The ads are aimed at pressuring House Republicans to end the impasse over Homeland Security funding. The...

  • NASA spacecraft making first visit to dwarf planet Ceres

    Updated: Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft is about to reach the end of a nearly eight-year journey and make the first rendezvous with a dwarf planet. The Dawn craft will slip into orbit Friday around Ceres, a dwarf planet the size of Texas. Unlike robotic landings or other orbit...

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