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US fuming over Israeli criticism of Kerry
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration pushed back strongly Monday at a torrent of Israeli criticism over Secretary of State John Kerry's latest bid to secure a cease-fire with Hamas, accusing some in Israel of launching a "misinformation campaign" against the top American diplomat. "It's simply not the way... Read More
Deal to improve veterans' health care costs $17B
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan deal to improve veterans' health care would authorize at least $17 billion to fix the health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays, the bill's chief supporters said Monday. The agreement includes $10 billion in emergency spending to... Read More
APNewsBreak: Tentative deal reached on VA reform
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to fix a veterans' health program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up delays. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a... Read More
Once an imprisoned soldier, Michael Behenna looks forward to future
Four months after being released from military prison for killing an unarmed Iraqi man, former Army 1st Lt. Behenna is trying to free himself from his past entanglements. Read More
Michael Behenna: Once-imprisoned soldier looks ahead to his future
Four months after his release from U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Michael Behenna is beginning his new life as a ranch hand in Medford. Read More
Obama prods GOP on border issue, cites progress
WASHINGTON (AP) — With one week left before Congress' August recess, President Barack Obama is prodding Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families from Central America, but with chances dimming that border legislation will reach his desk before the break, he also is focusing on other ways... Read More
US evacuates embassy in Libya amid clashes
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States shuttered its embassy in Libya on Saturday and evacuated its diplomats to neighboring Tunisia under U.S. military escort as fighting intensified between rival militias. Secretary of State John Kerry said "free-wheeling militia violence" prompted the move. American personnel at... Read More
Women's aviation organization calls pilots to air rally and scholarship fundraiser in Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Chapter of the Ninety-Nines will host the 36th Annual Okie Derby Proficiency Air Rally challenging pilots skills and raising money for scholarships. Read More
Migrants: Obama urges Latin leaders, GOP to help
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressing for swift action, President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S. He emphasized to the regional leaders that despite U.S. compassion for... Read More
House, Senate chairs resume talks on VA
WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after offering competing plans to improve veterans' health care, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees are attempting again to find a compromise. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Republican Rep. Jeff Miller of Florida chair their chamber's panels... Read More
Bigger Russian artillery moving into Ukraine soon
WASHINGTON (AP) — The movement of Russian heavy caliber artillery systems across the border into Ukraine is "imminent", the Pentagon said Friday, saying Russia is escalating the military action there. Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. has seen the powerful rocket systems moving closer to the... Read More
US clears Kuwaiti for release from Guantanamo
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has cleared the release of a Kuwaiti man held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more than 12 years because of his suspected links to terrorism. A board reviewing the cases of dozens of detainees ruled July 14 that Fawzi al-Odah no longer needs to be held... Read More
Senate backs new commandant for Marine Corps
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has approved a new commander for the Marine Corps and a new leader in Afghanistan. By voice vote this week, the Senate approved President Barack Obama's nomination of Gen. Joseph Dunford to be commandant of the Marine Corps. Dunford succeeds Gen. James Amos. The Senate also endorsed... Read More
Oklahoma aeronautics firm works with Navy researchers to modify combat jet for storm research
As recently as March 2013, the U.S. Navy Postgraduate School’s A-10 Thunderbolt was flying missions over Afghanistan. Now, it’s sitting at an Oklahoma airport, where a team from Guthrie-based Zivko Aeronautics and the school’s Center for Interdisciplinary Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Studies is turning the combat... Read More
House, Senate chairs offer competing bills on VA
WASHINGTON (AP) — With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees offered competing proposals Thursday to fix a veterans' health care program scandalized by long patient wait times and falsified records covering up the delays. Both proposals would... Read More
SWOSU study shows financial impact of Oklahoma National Guard on state economy
According to the study, by 2018, the Oklahoma National Guard will contribute an increase of $2.649 billion in state output. Read More
Senator: No arms to Iraq unless Congress gets info
WASHINGTON (AP) — An influential Democratic senator threatened Thursday to block U.S. arms sales to Iraq if Congress doesn't get an assessment of Iraqi forces and assurances the weapons won't fall into the hands of extremist militants. In a testy exchange, Sen. Bob Menendez lashed out at senior State Department... Read More
Skydiver dies during WWII-style jump in Oklahoma
FREDERICK — Authorities say a skydiver from Illinois has been killed while taking part in a demonstration jump in Oklahoma to honor World War II paratroopers. Oklahoma medical examiner’s office spokeswoman Amy Elliott says 69-year-old Jim Yost died Tuesday from blunt force injuries after his parachute... Read More
House, Senate advance competing border proposals
WASHINGTON (AP) — At an impasse on immigration, House Republicans and Senate Democrats advanced competing proposals Wednesday for dealing with tens of thousands of young migrants showing up at the southern border. Each side quickly ruled the other's approach unacceptable, leaving any solution unclear with... Read More
Sanders pleads for VA reform bill as talks stall
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee said Wednesday there is still time for Congress to approve a landmark bill to improve health care services for veterans, despite deep disagreement over how much the changes will cost and how they should be paid for. "It really would be a... Read More

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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...

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Soldier suprises kids with return at RedHawks game

Jul 8Staff Sgt. Jason Bellar talks before surprising his three kids on...

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Michael Behenna goes home

Mar 14Vicki Behenna said Michael left in a white van, and watched him...

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Behenna released from U.S. Disciplinary Barracks

Mar 14Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna sat down with The...

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DC Talkback: Changes Coming to Tinker

Mar 5The Air Force plans to increase the number of refueling aircraft at...