• Palestinian girl, 14, in Israel prison for throwing rocks

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    BETIN, West Bank (AP) — The fate of a 14-year-old Palestinian girl, tried before an Israeli military court for hurling rocks at passing cars in the West Bank and sentenced to two months in prison, has gripped Palestinians who say her treatment demonstrates Israel's excessive measures...

  • Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Jan. 25, 2015. Time to overcome state laws that ban gay marriage The Supreme Court is expected to decide in June, the month of weddings, whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Whether the decision is guided by the most liberal...

  • Rebel killings of 44 commandos test Philippine peace deal

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine officials asked lawmakers Tuesday not to withdraw their support from a new government peace deal with the country's largest Muslim rebel group after some insurgents were involved in a clash that killed 44 anti-terror police commandos. The...

  • Virginia CEO IDs American killed in Libya as contract worker

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — The CEO of a Virginia security company says one of his contract employees was the American victim in an attack in Libya that left five foreigners dead. Cliff Taylor of Crucible LLC of Fredericksburg identified the worker as David Berry. He declined to...

  • Pentagon docs: Obama to request big Pentagon budget hike

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will ask Congress for a hefty, almost 8 percent boost for the Pentagon, including $5.3 billion to equip and train Iraqi soldiers and moderate Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State militants in the Middle East. Obama will ask for $534 billion for...

  • Letter: Pot shops off limits to military members

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Dozens of recreational marijuana businesses in Washington state have been sent letters from the military saying the shops are off limits to all members of the armed forces, an official said Tuesday. The letters, dated Jan. 21, say military personnel will be...

  • Ala. prison system leader resigns, Bentley names replacement

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The commissioner of Alabama's troubled prison system has resigned and Gov. Robert Bentley has named a replacement. Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas resigned Tuesday and will retire. Governor Robert Bentley says Col. Jefferson S. Dunn...

  • Senators to hold confirmation hearing for defense secretary

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Armed Services Committee is holding a confirmation hearing next week to consider Ashton Carter to be the next secretary of defense. President Barack Obama nominated Carter to succeed Chuck Hagel, who resigned under pressure from Obama. The nomination of...

  • Obama sees need to move on drone rules now

    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the wayward quadcopter that crashed on the White House grounds — flown by an off-duty intelligence employee — shows that the U.S. must take steps to ensure commercial and consumer drones are used safely. It's his own administration that...

  • Air Force Academy cites attacks as reason for halting solo hikes, trail rides

    By Lance Benzel, The Gazette
    Updated: Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Planning a visit to one of the Air Force Academy’s trails and open spaces? Bring a friend — or don’t go at all. That’s the thrust of a new “buddy system” rule that bars anyone from running, hiking or cycling on academy trails without at least one friend. Violators could be ticketed...

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