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McCain: US must reassess Afghanistan troop withdrawal
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The ongoing Taliban offensive in Afghanistan demands a reassessment of the Obama administration's current plan to drawdown U.S. forces, U.S. Sen. John McCain said Saturday during a visit to the country's capital. The Republican told reporters that Afghan national forces are fighting... Read More
Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning
CAIRO (AP) — Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt's Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo's Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt's upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week's dead, including... Read More
Syrian troops and Hezbollah attack border mountain resort
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syrian troops backed by members of Lebanon's Hezbollah group began a major offensive Saturday under the cover of intense airstrikes to retake a rebel-held mountain resort while opposition fighters retaliated by shelling the capital Damascus. Taking the rebel-held town of Zabadani would... Read More
Groton Navy base to mark Independence Day with 21-gun salute
GROTON, Conn. (AP) — The Navy base in Groton is marking Independence Day with a 21-gun salute. The saluting battery at the Naval Submarine Base will fire single-round volleys at 30-second intervals beginning at noon on Saturday. The guns are located on a base weapons compound and the event is not open to the... Read More
Military personnel can visit Cincinnati Zoo for free July 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — Military personnel can visit the Cincinnati Zoo for free on July 4 in recognition of their service to their country. Zoo officials say the free admission offered Saturday will be available to active-duty, retired and honorably-discharged military personnel. They must show government-issued... Read More
Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers
BOSTON (AP) — New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet. Last April, the Department of Defense announced military recruits would start using athletic shoes 100 percent made and manufactured in America, in recognition of a law Congress passed in 1941 requiring the department give preference to... Read More
UN leader offers assistance in Guyana-Venezuela dispute
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday offered assistance to resolve an escalating border dispute between Guyana and Venezuela. Speaking at a press conference ahead of a summit of the 15-member Caribbean Community, Ban said his chief of staff will meet with Venezuela's foreign... Read More
The Latest: Greek PM urges voters to ignore scaremongers
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local): ___ 10:50 p.m. Greece's prime minister is urging citizens to vote "no" in Sunday's austerity referendum and shun those who threaten the country with economic ultimatums. Alexis Tsipras told... Read More
Death toll from capsized Philippine ferry rises to 50
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Rescuers on Friday retrieved five more bodies from a ferry that capsized just moments after departing from a central Philippine port, raising the death toll to 50. The bodies were recovered hours after coast guard spokesman Cmdr. Armand Balilo said all 187 passengers and crew members on... Read More
Christie says program to help military members to continue
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Struggling members of the military can continue to seek help and advice from veterans under a program New Jersey's 2016 budget will continue to fund. Gov. Chris Christie said in a statement Friday the Vets4Warriors program will continue thanks to $8 million in the state's new budget to help... Read More
Turkey reappoints former defense minister to post
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has reappointed a 75-year-old former defense minister to the same post, to replace Ismet Yilmaz who was elected Turkey's new parliament speaker this week. Davutoglu said Friday Vecdi Gonul, who was defense minister between 2002 and 2011, will again head... Read More
Germany wants quick clarification of new NSA spy allegations
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's foreign minister said Friday that new allegations of U.S. eavesdropping on senior German government officials' telephones need to be clarified "as quickly as possible" and that he hoped Washington would be forthcoming with information. Reports two years ago that Angela Merkel's cellphone... Read More
Border officers stop $3.2 million worth of pot in Arizona
NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities at a port of entry in Nogales, Arizona, have stopped a shipment of nearly 6,500 pounds of marijuana. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Mariposa Commercial Facility seized an estimated $3.2 million worth of the drug from a Mexican man attempting to cross into the... Read More
Colorado Guard jets to stage July Fourth flyovers
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. (AP) — F-16 fighter jets from the Colorado Air National Guard will stage seven flyovers across the state for July Fourth parades and celebrations. Jets will appear over Firestone, Lake City, Monument, Ouray, Redstone, Silverton and Telluride. No times for the flyovers were released. Read More
Fort Jackson commander to be promoted to major general
FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — The commander of the Army's largest training installation is being promoted to the rank of a major general. Friday's promotion ceremony for Brig. Gen. Roger Cloutier is hosted by Maj. Gen. Robert Livingston, the commander of the South Carolina National Guard. The event presenting... Read More
White House Brief: Things to know about Jim Webb
WASHINGTON (AP) — A look at former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, who announced Thursday he would seek the Democratic presidential nomination. ___ THE BRIEF Jim Webb has built a long career as a soldier, writer, Navy secretary under President Ronald Reagan and a U.S. senator from Virginia. Webb's next chapter will... Read More
Obama's counterterrorism policy facing mounting criticism
WASHINGTON (AP) — At the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, it was a cause for celebration: Meticulous intelligence analysis backed by Hellfire missiles had paid off, once again. The CIA launched a drone strike last month on a Yemeni beach at three men it determined were al-Qaida militants. One of them turned out to... Read More
VA hospital that once treated Civil War veterans could close
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — Perched atop a bluff in the remote Black Hills, a veterans hospital built of thick blocks of pink sandstone and topped with red-tiled roofs in a Spanish mission style overlooks the tiny town of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and has provided recovering soldiers a bucolic haven for more than a... Read More
Some veterans struggle with fireworks
Independence Day is almost here, and so are the fireworks. For veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the loud booms and flashes of light can bring mixed reactions. Read More
Capsized Philippine ferry death toll rises to 38; 15 missing
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — MANILA, Philippines (AP) — At least three more bodies have been recovered from a ferry that capsized in choppy waters in the central Philippines, raising the death toll in the accident to 38 with 15 others missing, the coast guard said Friday. At least 134 people from the M/B Kim Nirvana... 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

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