• Ricketts names Army veteran from Omaha to lead state agency

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A U.S. Army veteran from Omaha will serve as Nebraska's next director of Administrative Services. Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Tuesday that he has chosen Byron Diamond as the agency's new director. Diamond recently retired as executive director of logistics for...

  • Recent editorials from Texas newspapers

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    San Antonio Express-News. March 23, 2015. Influence from the end of a gun? The United States spends more on its military than the combined spending of the eight countries that follow. This is according to figures used by both the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and...

  • US counterterrorism strategy in Yemen collapses amid chaos

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Once hailed by President Barack Obama as a model for fighting extremism, the U.S. counterterrorism strategy in Yemen has all but collapsed as the country descends into chaos, according to U.S. and Yemeni officials. Operations against militants have been scaled back...

  • Militant attacks in Egypt's Sinai kill 2 troops, policeman

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Suspected Islamic militants killed two Egyptian soldiers and a police conscript in attacks in the restive northeastern Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, security officials said. In the first attack, a roadside bomb struck a passing armored vehicle, killing the two troops. The...

  • Ice breaking underway to stem ice jams on Penobscot River

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Three Coast Guard ships are getting ready to start breaking ice on the Penobscot River to help prevent ice jam flooding in the Bangor area. Coast Guard officials say ice breaking operations are scheduled to begin near Brewer on Tuesday afternoon. The ice breaking...

  • Sioux Falls hosting NCAA Division II women's Elite Eight

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The champion of NCAA Division II women's basketball is being crowned in Sioux Falls this week. The Division II women's Elite Eight was getting underway Tuesday at the Sanford Pentagon, with semifinals scheduled for Wednesday night and the national championship...

  • Collection of recent editorials from Oklahoma newspapers

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    A collection of recent editorials from Oklahoma newspapers: ___ The Oklahoman, March 24, 2015 ACT plan would make Oklahoma a national outlier A push is underway at the Legislature to eliminate seven end-of-instruction (EOI) tests now required for high school graduation and replace...

  • 153 people arrested in NC sweep called Operation Patriot

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say that Operation Patriot, an effort to reduce crime near where military personnel and their families live, has resulted in 153 arrests in four North Carolina counties. U.S. Marshal Scott Parker tells media outlets that the sweep through New...

  • Ex-Oklahoma Veterans Affairs investigator faces charges

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A fired Oklahoma Department of Affairs investigator has been charged with impersonating a law officer, perjury and being a felon in possession of firearm. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the charges were filed Monday against 41-year-old Steven...

  • Vermont National Guard holds night flying sessions

    Updated: Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Air National Guard is flying F-16s during evening trainings. The Guard says there will be multi-aircraft takeoffs Tuesday night through Friday night. The Guard says all F-16s are expected to land and the trainings completed during normal...

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