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Some Mexicans to be given another chance to stay in US
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Mexicans who were expelled from the country by immigration officials in Southern California will be allowed to return for a chance to make their case to stay in the United States, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday. A settlement approved by a federal... Read More
House GOP weighs new approach on Homeland Security
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sounding retreat, House Republicans agreed Thursday to push short-term funding to prevent a partial shutdown at the Homeland Security Department while leaving in place Obama administration immigration policies they have vowed to repeal. "The speaker's pretty adamant that he's not going to shut... Read More
Jindal tells GOP Congress to 'grow a spine' on DHS funding
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Thursday had a tough message for fellow Republicans who were wrestling with how to fund the Homeland Security Department: "Grow a spine." Jindal spoke as House Republicans were considering a short-term funding fix to prevent a partial agency shutdown. To party... Read More
4-star general to lead nuclear Air Force for 1st time
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force has for the first time nominated a four-star general to lead the organization responsible for its nuclear missile corps and strategic bomber fleet. It said Thursday that the nominee is Gen. Robin Rand, a career fighter pilot who has never served in the nuclear missile corps or the... Read More
Army listens to SC citizens on possible Fort Jackson cuts
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley reminded an Army delegation Thursday that as a military spouse, she is part of a community that values Fort Jackson and wants to continue supporting its soldiers in the face of budget cuts that could slash its workforce in half. "I am a spouse of a soldier that... Read More
400-year-old books stolen in Italy are found in California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Two stolen Italian books dating to the 17th century that were discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area and many other plundered ancient artifacts will be returned to their country of origin, federal officials say. The books, "Stirpium Historiae" and "Rariorm Plantarum Historia Anno 1601," were... Read More
Ginnity named director of VA Montana Health Care
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — John Ginnity, who served as acting director of VA Montana Health Care for eight months, has been named the permanent director. U.S. Sen. Jon Tester said Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald told him about the appointment Thursday. The announcement came three days after Ginnity was... Read More
VA chief backs outside medical care as new program falters
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said Thursday he was committed to a law making it easier for veterans to get private health care, but he offered few answers for lawmakers irritated at the slow effort to put it in place. "I'm as frustrated as you all are," McDonald told the Senate... Read More
Explosions in Nigerian towns in north kill at least 34
JOS, Nigeria (AP) — Explosions in Nigeria's north central city of Jos and the northeastern town of Biu over the past two days have killed at least 34 people, witnesses said Thursday. Residents say at least 15 people were killed in two bomb explosions at a bus station and motor park in the city of Jos. Iliyasu... Read More
Malloy taps Army reservist as new Connecticut veterans chief
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has named a U.S. Army reservist and ethics officer for Pratt & Whitney to oversee Connecticut's Department of Veterans Affairs. The Democratic governor announced the appointment of Sean Connolly on Thursday. The Hebron resident and attorney works at East Hartford-based... Read More
Susan Rice, Samantha Power to address AIPAC meeting
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that may ease — or exacerbate — spiraling tensions with Israel over a potential Iran nuclear deal, the White House has decided against snubbing America's leading pro-Israel lobby and will send President Barack Obama's national security adviser and U.N. ambassador to address its annual... Read More
Hearing set for Air Force cadet on sex misconduct charges
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The Air Force Academy will conduct a hearing to determine whether a cadet should face a military trial on modified charges of sexual misconduct. The hearing is scheduled Monday for junior Brock W. Mangum. Mangum was charged last year with sexual assault and abusive sexual contact... Read More
Marathon bombing suspect: Not enough minorities in jury pool
BOSTON (AP) — Lawyers for the Boston Marathon bombing suspect asked a judge Thursday to dismiss the indictment against their client or suspend his trial, saying there weren't enough minorities and younger people in the jury pool. The move by lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev came just days before opening statements... Read More
Senate panel greenlights Obama's attorney general pick
WASHINGTON (AP) — Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation's next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed over her support for President Barack Obama's immigration policies. The 12 to 8 vote in the Judiciary Committee sent Lynch's nomination to the full... Read More
GOP may need House Dems to help resolve DHS funding impasse
WASHINGTON (AP) — For all the talk of Republican House Speaker John Boehner being trapped by the quarrel over funding the Homeland Security Department, he holds a potential escape key, if he's willing to use it: cooperative Democrats. Aides say he doesn't like it, but Boehner sometimes relies on Democrats to help... Read More
What happens, and does not, in Homeland shutdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at expected consequences if lawmakers don't solve the budget impasse that could shut parts of the Homeland Security Department at midnight Friday night: NOT SO DIRE There's plenty of overheated rhetoric from the administration and its allies in Congress about the U.S. letting down its... Read More
BC-AP News Coverage 10:15
Good morning! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today. Some plans are subject to change; see the 2 p.m. News Digest for updates. You can find our contact info at the bottom of this advisory. HIGHLIGHTING: Among today's coverage highlights as we see them at 10:15 a.m. Read More
NATO ready to advise Libya on security, eyes more drones
ROME (AP) — NATO's chief said Thursday the alliance was ready to advise Libya's government on defense and security issues, saying the deteriorating situation in the country is posing new security threats for Europe that require a more robust defense. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg also told a news conference... Read More
Fort Drum brigade prepares for deployment to Afghanistan
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — More than 1,600 soldiers in the 10th Mountain Division will be heading to Afghanistan this year to serve as advisers to Afghan security forces and protect other U.S. troops on military bases. Officials at Fort Drum in northern New York say about 1,660 members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team... Read More
US looks to aid Syrian refugees amid security concerns
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration's commitment to take in potentially thousands of Syrian refugees is raising national security concerns among law enforcement officials and some congressional Republicans who fear clandestine radicals could slip into the country among the displaced. The administration has... Read More

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Oklahoma City Honors Veterans

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Veterans officials address concerns at OKC town hall

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Coburn says federal government shouldn’t arm local police

Sep 9At a Capitol Hill hearing, Sen. Coburn questions how the Defense...

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Michael Behenna: What his life is like now

Jul 24Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna talks about what his life...