• Delay for Lake Charles veterans clinic draws ire

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) — A fresh delay in plans for a veterans' clinic in Lake Charles is drawing harsh criticism from members of Louisiana's congressional delegation. The Department of Veterans Affairs issued a statement Friday that said it was attempting to award a contract for...

  • Wiggly words on immigration from potential Republican field

    Updated: Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    DENVER (AP) — Immigration has become a wiggly subject for the 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has, at times, seemed to endorse a path to citizenship for some of the people living in the U.S. illegally, only to pull back that position. Several others...

  • Abbott stays noncommittal on pulling Guard from Texas border

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WESLACO, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott remained noncommittal Friday on a timeline for pulling the National Guard off the Texas-Mexico border after hundreds of police officers recently applied for jobs to effectively replace those troops. "We can't just snap our finger and...

  • Airspace expansion a win for SD, could cost other states

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An enormous bomber training area over the northern Plains approved this week is likely an economic win for South Dakota, but the benefits could come with a cost for neighboring states. Advocates of the plan to expand the Powder River Training Complex over the...

  • Homeland security chief visits New Orleans airport

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    KENNER, La. (AP) — U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson met Friday with security personnel at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport, where a machete-wielding man was fatally shot last week during an attack on travelers and Transportation Safety...

  • Maine National Guard unit's deployment to Kuwait canceled

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The planned deployment of a Maine National Guard unit to Kuwait next year has been canceled, officials said Friday, because it would complicate the company's scheduled transition to an infantry unit — a move that Republican Gov. Paul LePage has vowed to stop in...

  • Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — As airstrikes in Yemen intensified on their second day Friday, Egypt and Saudi Arabia were considering an intervention on the ground, aimed at giving the president a secure foothold to return to the country, while backing Sunni tribesmen to fight against Shiite...

  • GOP celebrates good week on Hill, but sees challenges ahead

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are looking like they've finally figured out how to govern. The GOP's first months in control of both chambers of Congress were marked by high-profile stumbles and a near-shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. But this week, the party celebrated...

  • Lockheed to pay $2M to settle allegations it overbilled govt

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    ATLANTA (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say Lockheed Martin Corporation has agreed to pay $2 million to settle allegations it overbilled the government for fuel it used while manufacturing planes for the U.S. Air Force. Prosecutors say Lockheed manufactured C-130 aircraft for...

  • US defense chief to visit New York's Fort Drum next week

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. secretary of defense will be in northern New York to visit Fort Drum, where there are concerns the sprawling Army post will be targeted for troop reductions. Officials at Fort Drum say Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit Monday to thank 10th...

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