• Texas clause on veterans' tuition aid ruled unconstitutional

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has ruled that a clause in a Texas law that limits veterans' tuition benefits is unconstitutional. A U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that the University of Houston could not exclude student Keith Harris from certain benefits solely because he enlisted...

  • Complaints challenge orders limiting female guards at Gitmo

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Some female guards at the Guantanamo Bay prison have filed equal opportunity complaints challenging court orders barring them from jobs that would require touching detainees while escorting them to hearings and attorney-client meetings, a military judge said...

  • Gov. Snyder, in rare visit, outlines civil rights priorities

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder, in a rare visit Monday, urged the state's Civil Rights Commission to consider a range of issues including drones, police body cameras and race relations while saying Native American culture should be celebrated more. Declining to give many...

  • Defense contractor to pay US $2 million to settle claims

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California defense contractor will pay the federal government $2 million to settle claims about its manufacturing of parts for remote-controlled aircraft. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says Sacramento-based Composite Engineering Inc....

  • 2 small planes run out of fuel, crash-land off Hawaii

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Two small planes ran out of fuel and crash-landed into the Pacific Ocean off Hawaii on the same day, with one briefly nose-diving before leveling out and drifting down to the water beneath a massive parachute. The five people aboard the planes survived after dramatic rescues,...

  • Things to know as Connecticut braces for blizzard

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is bracing for a major winter storm that could drop as much as 3 feet of snow in parts of the state, along with winds gusting up to 60 mph, and the possibility of coastal flooding. The state is under a blizzard warning until midnight Tuesday. A look...

  • VA Secretary says he will investigate Tomah medical center

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald announced Monday that he will launch an investigation into a Tomah VA medical center that came under scrutiny for overprescribing opiates after a Marine died there. The monthlong investigation to begin this week will...

  • Spain: 10 dead, 21 hurt in crash of Greek F-16 jet at base

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    MADRID (AP) — A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 French and Greek military personnel, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said. Another 21 people were injured in the incident at the...

  • Guard depot supervisor gets probation for stealing metal

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    ENFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A former maintenance depot supervisor for the Connecticut National Guard was ordered to serve probation Monday on charges that he stole hundreds of dollars' worth of scrap metal. James Liss was fired a year ago as a building superintendent following an internal...

  • House bill on border security sidetracked

    Updated: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans have sidetracked legislation to secure the U.S.-Mexican border that is drawing opposition from some conservatives who say it does too little to stem illegal immigration. A spokesman says the decision was made to remove the bill from the weekly...

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