• W.Va. delegate appeals for donations for veterans' program

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Delegate Joshua Nelson is seeking donations of farm equipment for a program that gives a hand to veterans getting into farming. The Boone Republican is making the appeal for the Veterans and Warriors Agriculture Program. Nelson says the programs rents the...

  • UVa. hires security firm to guide students to safety

    Updated: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia has contracted with an international security firm to guide vulnerable students to safety in Charlottesville neighborhoods near campus. The university says the unarmed security guards will be called ambassadors. The ambassadors...

  • VA settles suit, agrees to fight vet homelessness in LA

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The federal government announced Wednesday that it will create a plan to end homelessness among vets in greater Los Angeles, settling a lawsuit that claimed the agency ignored their plight. The Department of Veterans Affairs will create the written plan by Feb. 13,...

  • Retirees ask Nebraska senators to expand income tax cuts

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska retirees asked lawmakers Wednesday for additional income tax breaks, saying a package approved last year wasn't enough to keep many of them from leaving the state. Advocates for the retirees argued their case as the Legislature's Revenue Committee...

  • Army Corps releases coastal flood risk management framework

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday issued a report saying that managing the flooding risk along the North Atlantic coast from events like Superstorm Sandy is something that has to be done collaboratively by all levels of government and the private sector....

  • US Coast Guard rescues 2 Americans stranded on Bahamas cay

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has rescued two American boaters stranded on a tiny uninhabited island in the Bahamas. The two U.S. citizens were moving a motorboat from the Turks & Caicos Islands to the Florida city of Fort Pierce when the vessel began taking on water....

  • Gov. Doug Ducey meets with US Homeland Security secretary

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has met with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson at the state Capitol. Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato says the governor and Johnson met for about a half-hour early Wednesday afternoon. They discussed working together on border...

  • Air Force probing alleged 'treason' remark by general

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force is investigating allegations that the No. 2 commander at its prestigious Air Combat Command told lower-ranking officers that talking to members of Congress about the capabilities of the A-10 attack aircraft is tantamount to treason. The alleged comment...

  • Bridenstine named to House Armed Services Subcommittees

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine has been named to serve on the House Armed Services Subcommittees on Strategic Forces and Seapower and Projection Forces. The Oklahoma lawmaker's office in Washington made the announcement on Wednesday. Strategic Forces...

  • Gitmo officer: Limits on female guards put mission at risk

    Updated: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — The commander of a top-secret Guantanamo prison housing unit testified Wednesday that two court orders barring female guards from jobs requiring physical contact with certain Muslim detainees could jeopardize the safety of his operation by limiting his staffing...

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