• Bossier woman pleads guilty in theft of dead mom's benefits

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A Bossier City woman has pleaded guilty to taking more than $90,000 that was meant for her deceased mother. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Shreveport says 65-year-old Gloria Lynn Perry pleaded guilty Friday to one count of theft of government property....

  • Hogan announces administration appointments

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan has announced a new homeland security director and a new head of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency. Hogan said Friday that Walter Landon will be the new director of the Governor's Office of Homeland Security. Landon is a retired Maryland...

  • Defense Secretary Carter meeting with Kurds in Iraq

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter held talks Friday with Iraqi Kurdish leaders in their regional capital of Irbil, seeking insights to their military successes against the Islamic State. Afterward he told U.S. and coalition troops that the Kurdish armed forces,...

  • Pittsburgh VA fires 2 who bound co-worker with duct tape

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Healthcare System has fired two workers and disciplined five others after a worker complained that he was harassed and bound with duct tape. VA officials announced the decision Thursday, six weeks after the June 11 complaint that...

  • Newport News Shipbuilding likely to cut 1,500 workers

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — Newport News Shipbuilding has told employees that it will likely layoff more than 1,500 employees beginning this fall. The layoffs will affect about seven percent of the shipyard's workforce. Media outlets report that about 500 people will be cut in 2015,...

  • Myanmar ethnic peace talks recess without peace agreement

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A three-day round of talks between the government and leaders of ethnic rebel groups concluded Friday without a sought-after ceasefire draft agreement to end decades of fighting. Hla Maung Shwe, the special adviser to the government peace negotiating team, told...

  • Chattanooga mayor issues order to protect shooting sites

    Published: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has issued an order to keep protesters away from the sites of last week's shootings as well as funeral processions and funeral services. A military recruiting station on Lee Highway and a Navy-Marine reserve center on Amnicola...

  • Turkey allows US to use key air base to strike Islamic State

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Turkey has agreed to let the U.S. military launch airstrikes against the Islamic State from a key air base near the Syrian border, senior U.S. officials said Thursday, giving a boost to the U.S.-led coalition while drawing Turkey deeper into the conflict. President...

  • Friday Military Salute: Suits for Troops

    BY ERIC SINGER eric.singer@gazette.com -
    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Rampart Range Blue Star Mothers is sponsoring a Suits for Troops campaign to provide suits to people transitioning out of the military in Colorado Springs. The Blue Star Mothers consists of moms of active or former military and found decided to do the campaign after a member saw a...

  • Army's top general talks troop cuts, citizen patrols in Fort Carson visit

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno said during a Fort Carson visit he wants 490,000 soldiers in uniform to meet the service's worldwide commitments - 40,000 more than current cost-cutting plans. The service's top general said he needs the extra troops because ongoing trouble in Iraq,...

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