• NY National Guard holding annual Memorial Day ceremony

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York National Guard will be conducting a pre-Memorial Day ceremony honoring military members who have died while serving their nation. The ceremony is being held Thursday morning at the state Division of Military and Naval Affairs headquarters in the Albany...

  • Colonial Williamsburg honoring military during holiday

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Starting Friday, Colonial Williamsburg is offering free admission to active military and veterans and their immediate dependents through the Memorial Day weekend. The free admission runs through Memorial Day, and also applies to reservists and retired...

  • The frustrations of allied warfare _ al-Qaida-style

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — If President Barack Obama or his predecessor thought fighting a war with coalition partners was hard, they might consider Osama bin Laden's frustrations. Among documents gathered from his compound in Pakistan after U.S. Navy SEALs stormed the building and shot him to...

  • SC Air National Guard flies defense exercise in Midlands

    Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    MCENTIRE JOINT NATIONAL GUARD BASE, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Air National Guard is scheduled to conduct an air defense exercise over central portions of the state. Guard spokesman Senior Master Sgt. Ed Snyder says Thursday's exercise involves F-16 fighter jets. They should not...

  • Free tickets available for Air Force Academy graduation; campus reopens to public Thursday

    By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Tickets for the Air Force Academy's May 28 graduation will be available to the public Thursday - the same day that the campus will reopen to the public as it expects thousands of visitors for a week of festivities. The 600 free tickets will be given away from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the...

  • Malaysia orders sea search and rescue for migrants

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia's prime minister said Thursday that he had ordered the navy and the coast guard to comb the sea looking for stranded migrants, the first country to announce it will search for the refugees instead of waiting for them to wash up on Southeast Asia's...

  • Oil slicks spread 9 miles off California, foul beaches, air

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — An oil spill from a ruptured onshore pipeline that fouled beaches and threatened wildlife along a scenic stretch of the California coast spread across 9 miles of ocean Wednesday and officials said up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked out. Up to a fifth of that...

  • The Latest on Rohingya: Australia won't take in migrants

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    2:20 p.m. (0420 GMT) Prime Minister Tony Abbott has ruled out Australia resettling any Rohingya refugees, warning that asylum seekers who take to boats must not be rewarded with a new life in a Western country. "Nope, nope, nope," Abbott told reporters Thursday when asked if...

  • Monk seal transported to Oahu after swallowing fish hook

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — An endangered Hawaiian monk seal was transported from Kauai to Oahu after the animal swallowed a fish hook. The Coast Guard said Wednesday crews working with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used an HC-130 Hercules airplane to move the injured seal...

  • Highlights from around the Capitol

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Billions of dollars in tax cuts promised by Texas Republicans have shrunk over concerns of an economic slowdown, and one architect of the plan conceded Wednesday that heralded savings for homeowners could be short-lived. With less than two weeks left in the...

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