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Abbott stays noncommittal on pulling Guard from Texas border
WESLACO, Texas (AP) — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott remained noncommittal Friday on a timeline for pulling the National Guard off the Texas-Mexico border after hundreds of police officers recently applied for jobs to effectively replace those troops. "We can't just snap our finger and have them all start at once,"... Read More
US defense chief to visit New York's Fort Drum next week
FORT DRUM, N.Y. (AP) — The U.S. secretary of defense will be in northern New York to visit Fort Drum, where there are concerns the sprawling Army post will be targeted for troop reductions. Officials at Fort Drum say Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit Monday to thank 10th Mountain Division for its service in... Read More
Repairs to downed border fence top $700,000
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The federal government spent over $700,000 to repair part of a steel border fence that was knocked down by debris from a rainstorm last summer. Repairs on the 60 feet of rebar-reinforced fencing in Nogales, Arizona, were completed in December. Agents discovered the downed fence in July after... Read More
Warships move in key strait as airstrikes widen in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Saudi and Egyptian warships deployed Friday to the Bab al-Mandab strait off Yemen to secure the strategic sea passage, Egyptian military officials said, as a Saudi-led coalition widened its strikes on the second day of an air campaign against Shiite rebels and their allies, aiming to pave the... Read More
Nigerian leader urges peaceful vote as elections loom
ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan urged his nation to vote peacefully and accept the results of Saturday's presidential elections, which analysts say will be the most tightly contested in the history of Africa's richest nation and its largest democracy. "No political ambition can justify... Read More
Maine National Guard unit's deployment to Kuwait canceled
SKOWHEGAN, Maine (AP) — The planned deployment of a Maine National Guard unit to Kuwait next year has been canceled. The 136th Engineer Company headquartered in Skowhegan had been planning to deploy in the spring of 2016. The 160-member unit was supposed to provide installation upgrades and support the draw-down... Read More
Navy sub sailor waives hearing on charges he recorded women
KINGS BAY NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE, Ga. (AP) — A Navy sailor charged with videotaping female officers in stages of undress aboard a submarine has waived a hearing that would have allowed his attorneys to argue against sending the case to a court-martial. A Navy spokeswoman says the sailor, an unidentified missile... Read More
Syria's Assad calls chemical attack allegations 'propaganda'
BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad rejected allegations that his military had used barrel bombs or chlorine gas against opposition-held areas, calling the accusations "malicious propaganda." In an interview with CBS News, the Syrian leader also said that he would be "open to a dialogue with the United... Read More
Chief of staff named for Oklahoma Department of Education
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has announced the selection of a retired Oklahoma National Guard lieutenant colonel as chief of staff for the state Department of Education. Hofmeister on Friday announced the appointment of Lance Nelson of Stillwater to the post and said he... Read More
Poland charges 2 Russian flight controllers in 2010 crash
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's military prosecutors said Friday they have charged two Russian flight controllers with contributing to the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed Poland's President Lech Kaczynski and 95 other state officials and individuals. Warsaw regional prosecutor Col. Ireneusz Szelag said that... Read More
Myanmar army commander pledges successful elections
NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's powerful military commander pledged Friday to support the holding of successful elections in November, calling them "an important landmark for democracy," and warned that the army will not tolerate instability or armed threats. The national elections will be the first held by... Read More
Charleston VA beginning work on $10M parking deck
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is breaking ground on a new parking garage that will add hundreds of additional spaces for patients at its Charleston medical center. The groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Friday. When completed, the $10 million, six-story parking deck will provide... Read More
US: Chicago-area cousins planned US terrorist attack
CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois Army National Guard soldier vowed to bring "the flames of war to the heart" of America if he was unable to get to the Middle East to join the Islamic State group, and his cousin bragged he could kill up to 150 people in a terrorist attack in the U.S., federal prosecutors said Thursday in... Read More
Turmoil in Yemen escalates as Saudi Arabia bombs rebels
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — The turmoil in Yemen grew into a regional conflict Thursday, with Saudi Arabia and its allies bombing Shiite rebels allied with Iran, while Egyptian officials said a ground assault will follow the airstrikes. Iran denounced the Saudi-led air campaign, saying it "considers this action a... Read More
Oklahoma news briefs for March 27, 2015
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AP Exclusive: Special ops troops using flawed intel software
WASHINGTON (AP) — Special operations troops heading to war zones are asking for commercial intelligence analysis software they say will help their missions. But their requests are languishing, and they are being ordered to use a flawed, in-house system preferred by the Pentagon, according to government records and... Read More
Congressman: Cancel VA bonuses, use them for Denver hospital
DENVER (AP) — Congress should cancel all VA employee bonuses and use the money to finish the budget-busting Denver veterans hospital, Colorado Rep. Mike Coffman said Thursday. Coffman and other lawmakers are angry that the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded thousands of dollars in bonuses to its top... Read More
US drops graphic leaflet to possible Islamic State recruits
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States military dropped 60,000 copies of a graphic leaflet near the northern Syrian city of Raqqah that depict potential Islamic State recruits being fed into a meat grinder. The leaflets, part of an information campaign to discourage people from joining the extremist group, were... Read More
US sees opportunity in Iran's pullback in Iraq
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States persuaded Iraq to sideline Iranian-backed Shiite militias as a condition to American airstrikes in the strategic city of Tikrit, a senior U.S. general said Thursday. The move limits Iran's influence, at least temporarily, and could re-invigorate a ground offensive that U.S.... Read More
Watchdog says senior Homeland official broke no laws
WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Obama administration official violated agency ethics policies but did not break any laws when he intervened in three visa cases involving foreign investors with ties to prominent Democrats, a government watchdog told Congress Thursday. The Homeland Security Department's now deputy... Read More

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Fort Sill soldiers who can't go home for the holidays enjoy day out in Oklahoma City metro area

Dec 24The annual event was organized by members of a local chapter of the...

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Oklahoma City Honors Veterans

Nov 11A number of ceremonies, parades and dedications were held across...

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Veterans officials address concerns at OKC town hall

Sep 24Officials at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center addressed concerns...

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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...