• Washington House votes to restrict surveillance, drones

    Updated: Wed, Mar 4, 2015

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state House of Representatives passed a series of bills Wednesday to strengthen privacy rights against emerging incursions from surveillance technology and drone aircraft. Under the bills sent to the Senate by wide, bipartisan margins, it would...

  • Rocket training will bring the boom at Fort Carson

    BY TOM ROEDER tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 52 min ago

    Fort Carson neighbors can expect some extra noise Friday as the 4th Infantry Division tests the biggest weapons in its arsenal. Soldiers from the division's Oklahoma-based 214th Fires Brigade are flying in to fire their multiple-launch rocket system during a training exercise that...

  • $134.5M contract awarded to begin Savannah harbor expansion

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The federal government has awarded a $134.5 million contract to begin deepening the shipping channel to the Port of Savannah, meaning the long-sought harbor expansion can start as soon as the contractor gets its equipment in the water. The Army Corps of Engineers...

  • Last group of Fort Carson soldiers sent to battle Ebola return to U.S.

    By Tom Roeder tom.roeder@gazette.com -
    Updated: 2 hr ago

    The final 10 soldiers from a Fort Carson unit sent to battle Ebola in western Africa are back in America, the post said Wednesday. The soldiers from the 615th Engineer Company were among 150 the post sent to Liberia to improve infrastructure and build treatment facilities at the...

  • Feds seize backpacks, lunch bags with unhealthy lead levels

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    HOUSTON (AP) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Houston say they have seized more than 6,000 children's backpacks and lunch bags after testing of the items found they had unacceptable levels of lead. Officials say the backpacks and lunch bags came from China and were...

  • Obama signs Homeland Security funding bill into law

    Updated: 4 hr ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has signed a law funding the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year. The president signed the bill Wednesday afternoon in the Oval Office with a small group of photographers present. The White House wouldn't permit...

  • Kentucky editorial roundup

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers: ___ March 3 The Morehead (Kentucky) News on non-judicial foreclosure bill: Thank goodness that last week's effort - apparently supported by mortgage lenders - to sneak a bill through the Kentucky House of Representatives on real estate...

  • Colorado Editorial Roundup

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    A sampling of recent editorials from Colorado newspapers: The Tribune, March 4, on new rules to prepare energy installations for flooding: The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission struck the right balance Monday when it issued new rules for oil and gas drillers in the state...

  • Timeline of events after fatal police shooting in Ferguson

    Updated: 8 hr ago

    FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — A timeline of key events following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed, black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. ___ AUG. 9 — Michael Brown and a companion, both black, are confronted by an officer as they walk back to Brown's home from a...

  • US-Polish live-fire army exercise begins

    Updated: 9 hr ago

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish and U.S. troops are taking part in live-fire exercises in northern Poland that are part of a NATO operation showing its commitment to the region's security. "Operation Atlantic Resolve" was launched in April 2014 in Poland and in the Baltic states and is...