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Ex-CIA official: GOP distorted agency analysis of Benghazi
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former CIA deputy director has written in a new book that Republicans repeatedly distorted the agency's analysis of the Benghazi attack in 2012, it has been reported. Michael Morell said the events were distorted about the attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya, according to a... Read More
Ohio vets' medical care to expand under Air Force, VA pact
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — An agreement intended to help decrease wait times for veterans seeking medical care has been forged between Air Force and Veterans Affairs officials in Ohio. The five-year agreement signed by Wright-Patterson Air Force Medical Center and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs officials allows VA... Read More
Arab coalition 'reconnaissance' troops land in Yemen
SANAA, Yemen (AP) — With helicopter gunships hovering overhead, at least 20 troops from a Saudi-led Arab coalition came ashore Sunday in the southern port city of Aden on what military officials called a "reconnaissance" mission, as fighting raged between Iranian-backed Shiite rebels and forces loyal to the... Read More
Congressmen to reconsider separate funding for Iraq factions
BAGHDAD (AP) — Congress may reconsider a provision in an upcoming bill funding the training of the Iraqi army that would also send weapons directly to Arab Sunnis and Kurds, a congressman visiting Baghdad said Sunday. However Rep. Michael T. McCaul (R-TX), chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security visiting... Read More
ND Guard sexual assault response coordinator recognized
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A social worker who leads a program within the North Dakota National Guard to help prevent sexual assaults and aid victims in their recovery has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense. The federal agency has named Heather Mattson the 2015 Sexual Assault Response Coordinator of the... Read More
Memorial for military bomb techs adds 7 names from WW II
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. (AP) — The names of seven military bomb technicians who died in World War II are now part of a memorial wall at Eglin Air Force Base. The Northwest Florida Daily News (http://bit.ly/1EO8nUL ) reported that the names of the seven soldiers, sailors and Marines were added during an annual... Read More
Angola: Opposition, police dispute fatalities in raid
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Angolan police and opposition politicians are at odds over the exact number of people killed in a raid on a religious sect that believes the world will end in 2015. Angola's main opposition party, UNITA, has accused the police of killing 1,080 people when they raided the Seventh Day Light of... Read More
Kuster co-sponsors bill to honor top-secret WWII unit
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Congresswoman Annie Kuster is co-sponsoring a bill to award a Congressional Gold Medal to the World War II special troops known as the "Ghost Army." The Ghost Army — whose contributions remained classified for more than four decades — diverted enemy attention by deploying... Read More
French defense chief urges soldiers to admit African abuse
PARIS (AP) — France's defense minister wants any soldiers involved in alleged sexual abuse of boys in Central African Republic to come forward to limit the damage to the military's image. Jean-Yves Le Drian, in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche newspaper Sunday, described his "disgust" at reading a report... Read More
Nigeria: Nearly 300 freed women, children led to safety
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Their faces were gaunt, their hair tinted orange, their stomachs distended, all signs of malnutrition. They looked ragged, lost, shattered. But the girls were alive and free. They were among a group of 275 children and women rescued from Boko Haram extremists, the first to arrive at a refugee... Read More
Patriots reinforce defensive line on draft's 3rd day
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick again traded down to get an extra pick Saturday, and the Pats bolstered their offensive and defensive lines by picking linemen with five of their first six picks. New England, which had eight picks on the third day of the NFL draft, traded a fifth... Read More
Massachusetts National Guard honors airmen killed on duty
WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Barnes Air National Guard Base is holding a memorial service to honor the 13 members of its 104th Fighter Wing who have died on duty since 1948. The ceremony for families and service members is Sunday afternoon at the western Massachusetts base. It will be the 28th rededication of the F-100... Read More
Lack of interest, funding blamed for banquet postponement
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A lack of interest has forced the organizers of a Kansas City banquet to honor members of the military and their families to postpone the inaugural event. The Kansas City Armed Forces Day banquet scheduled for May 16 was to be a first-of-its kind event in the city in which organizers hoped... Read More
More than 200 attend service for Oklahoma homeless veteran
Jerry Billings died on Christmas Eve 2014 and had no family to claim his body. On Friday, more than 200 people gathered in Del City, Oklahoma, to attend a military funeral in his honor. Read More
Summer camps with a mission: To create cybersecurity experts
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — At Vermont's Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they'll be able to take home. At Dakota State University in South Dakota, about 200 students will learn about programming. In Southern California, 250 middle school Girl Scouts will be given tiny computers, the... Read More
Editorials from around New England
Excerpts of recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New England newspapers: The Rutland Herald (Vt.), April 30, 2015 Sen. Bernard Sanders will announce today that he plans to run for president. He is the first candidate to take on Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary, though never before in... Read More
Proposal would help former base qualify for business program
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — An amendment recently passed by a congressional committee would help businesses on a former Navy base in Maine to qualify for a federal program that aims to encourage job growth and economic development. The amendment, which Maine Republican Rep. Bruce Poliquin helped draft, would adjust the... Read More
Homeland Security secretary speaks at graduation in Florida
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will deliver the commencement address at Florida Memorial University. The graduation ceremony begins Saturday morning at the school's Miami Gardens campus. This week, Johnson told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he has directed... Read More
May Day demonstrators clash with police in Pacific Northwest
SEATTLE (AP) — Demonstrators clashed with police in two cities in the Pacific Northwest late Friday, with marchers throwing rocks and chairs at officers as the evening gatherings spiraled into mayhem. Earlier demonstrations in Seattle and Portland, Oregon, to decry racism and income inequality were largely... Read More
Oklahoma House bill includes $155 million for construction at Tinker Air Force Base, other state military bases
Tinker, which has received $120 million in the past two years to prepare for maintaining a new refueling plane, would get another $37 million under the bill approved by the House. Fort Sill, the state’s Army post, would get money to renovate barracks. Read More

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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...