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Illegal immigrants released from custody committed 1,000 new crimes

- The Washington Times

One thousand of the 36,000 illegal immigrant criminals the government released in 2013 have gone on to commit other crimes, including child sex abuse, hit-and-run and child cruelty, according to new data released Friday evening by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley.

Defense Dept.’s $2M staffing-needs calculator doesn’t meet needs

- The Washington Times

The Defense Department spent $2 million to develop a tool to estimate mental health staffing requirements, but the services say it doesn’t do an accurate job of estimating needs, choosing instead to use legacy or service-specific estimates for the fiscal 2016 requests, according to a report released Friday.

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Habitat converts container into home

- Associated Press

With welders on site, members of Habitat for Humanity made strides toward history for the state organization as they recently worked to convert a shipping container into a home.

Perry suffers legal setback; House embraces 'I am Poncho'

- Associated Press

Although he's just another private citizen now after 14 years as governor, Rick Perry is still being chauffeured around in a hulking black SUV that's a dead ringer for a state security vehicle.

This photo taken with a long exposure provided by NASA, spectators watch as a Delta 2 rocket carrying the Soil Moisture Active Passive, SMAP, satellite launches early Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.  The launch is a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers prepare for drought conditions.  (AP Photo/NASA, Bill Ingalls)  MANDATORY CREDIT

NASA launches Earth-observing satellite

Associated Press

A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts.

Navy abandons 'Global force for good' to broaden appeal

- Associated Press

The Navy is taking a new approach to its recruiting commercials: Appealing to people who are already in uniform, have long since left the military and those who never will join.

An Egyptian soldier mans a checkpoint in el-Arish, 290 kilometers (180 miles) east of Cairo, North Sinai, Egypt, Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi told the nation in a televised address Saturday to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. An Islamic State-linked group in Egypt claimed responsibility for a string of bomb and gun attacks Thursday night targeting Egyptian military positions that killed at least 30 security force members. (AP Photo)

President: Egypt faces long fight to defeat Sinai militants

- Associated Press

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi told his nation to prepare for a long fight to defeat Islamic extremists Saturday following a wave of attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

Obama budget sets up battle with GOP-controlled Congress

- Associated Press

After a year of relative peace in Washington's budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care.

Is he dead? Philippines awaits answer of costly terror raid

- Associated Press

The cellphone message of the Filipino police commandos to their base was triumphant: "Mike 1 bingo," a code meaning they have killed one of Southeast Asia's most-wanted terror suspects, Malaysian Zulkifli bin Hir, also known as Marwan.

FILE - In this Dec. 5, 2014 file photo, Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama's choice to head the Defense Department, listens as the president Barack Obama announces Carter as his nominee for defense secretary Friday, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Pile of daunting challenges ahead for next defense secretary

- Associated Press

As defense secretary, Ashton Carter would face a daunting pile of problems at home and abroad. And then there are the unforeseen crises, the ones that explode onto a Pentagon chief's agenda without warning.

Homeland Security advises Indiana drivers be ready for snow

Associated Press

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security is advising motorists to make sure they have emergency supplies in their vehicles in case they get stuck in a storm expected to bring up to 15 inches of snow in some areas of northern Indiana.