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Former principal shares experiences at Oklahoma school

- Associated Press

From the moment Sam Smith took the job as principal of Geronimo Road Elementary School in 1972, he knew he was given an opportunity to shape the futures of students in an entirely unique environment. It's no wonder he stayed there for 20 years.

Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi

- Associated Press

The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group that has seized a strategically important swath of the Middle East.

Texas House opts not to cut veterans education benefits

- Associated Press

Texas lawmakers on Sunday opted to water down a major attempt to reduce the rising costs of a program offering free college tuition to veterans' children, relenting amid criticism that cutting the benefits too deeply wouldn't be fair to those who sacrifice so much.

Highlights from around the state Capitol

Associated Press

Texas lawmakers on Sunday opted to water down a major attempt to reduce the rising costs of a program offering free college tuition to veterans' children, relenting amid criticism that cutting the benefits too deeply wouldn't be fair to those who sacrifice so much.

Astronaut's visit excites Ketchikan students

- Associated Press

It takes approximately eight minutes and 52 seconds for a shuttle carrying astronauts to the International Space Station to get to space, according to astronaut Steve Swanson, who visited Ketchikan earlier this month. A shuttle reaches speeds of 5 miles a second in breaching the earth's atmosphere.

Iraqi lawmaker slams US criticism of Iraqi military

- Associated Press

An Iraqi lawmaker says U.S. military commanders are pointing fingers for their own failure to properly support the Iraqi military in the fight against the Islamic State group.