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An explosive technician in a bomb suit approaches a vehicle near the entrance to White House in Washington, Saturday. The Secret Service says two men were arrested in separate recent incidents for trying to unlawfully enter the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

White House intruder identified as Army veteran

Associated Press

The man accused of getting inside the White House after scaling a fence is a veteran who was awarded a medal for his service in Iraq and retired due to disability, the Army said Sunday.

A Secret Service agent gives directions during an evacuation of the White House minutes after President Barack Obama departed for Camp David aboard Marine One on Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Second man arrested trying to enter White House

- Associated Press

The Secret Service says a man has been arrested for trying to unlawfully enter the White House, less than 24 hours after a fence-jumper made it all the way into the building.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Russian nuclear bombers buzz Alaska, N. Europe

Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out air defense zone incursions near Alaska and across Northern Europe this week in the latest nuclear saber rattling by Moscow.


Dem Rep. says FBI watching 40 Islamic State fights back from Middle East

Rep. Tim Bishop, D-N.Y., warned during a recent speech that up to 40 radicalized U.S. citizens who have fought alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) have already returned to the United States, where they could pose a terrorist threat.

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Nearly 700 complaints over waits at Madison VA

Associated Press

Records show that over the last two years, there have been nearly 700 complaints about the timeliness of getting health care at Madison's Veterans Hospital.

Hopes dim for return of Philippine troops to Golan

Associated Press

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III said he's been told security threats on the Syrian side of the Golan Heights are not expected to ease soon, dimming hopes that U.N. peacekeepers can be deployed back to the region in the near future.

Montgomery, Ala., man commands cruiser in US Navy

- Associated Press

Riding his bike through the Cloverdale community to school, Charles Bradford Cooper II never dreamed he would be sailing at the helm of the USS Gettysburg, commanding one of the U.S. Navy's warships in the Atlantic.

Ground broken on new Chicago veterans' home

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Ground was broken Sunday on a new $70.5 million Illinois Veterans Home - the first such facility to be built in Chicago and the fifth statewide, officials said.

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama speaks during an inter-faith meeting in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. The Dalai Lama brought religious leaders together Saturday to mull some of India's most pressing problems, from gender violence to widespread poverty, while praising the country's religious harmony as proof to the world that different communities can live peacefully together. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

Dalai Lama praises China's leader as 'realistic'

- Associated Press

The Dalai Lama praised Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday for being "more realistic" and principled than his predecessors, a day after Xi's three-day visit to India ended.

FILE - In this July 6, 2013 file still photo from a video produced by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers ride on an armored medical rescue vehicle in a drill simulating a terrorist attack in downtown Los Angeles. A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement agencies permits even those departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and receive lethal weaponry. That lack of communication between two parts of the federal government adds to questions about a program already facing an Obama administration review in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. The. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Police Department, File)

Feds censure local police, yet give lethal weapons

- Associated Press

The Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement agencies got a lot of attention - and criticism - in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

US general: Arab nations need to help in Iraq

- Associated Press

The U.S.-led military campaign plan to retake Iraqi territory held by the Islamic State group calls for attacking the extremists from several directions simultaneously, and its success depends on getting more Arab help, the top American military officer said Sunday.

Former Army Reserve Sgt. Xavier Watt visits his grandfather's grave, who served in the U.S. Air Force,  on Memorial Day at the Houston National Cemetery on May 26, 2014, in Houston.  Like hundreds of thousands of soldiers back from the war in Iraq, Watt has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and is finding that complicates things in the workplace. He takes medication to control his dark moods, he's had extensive counseling to help him cope with conflict and he leans on his supportive family as he wrestles with scarring memories earned a decade ago far away.  He says he is OK to return to work and that he's got medical reports to prove it. So far, SunEdison won't let him back.  The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission estimates 400,000 veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have some form of PTSD.  (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Johnny Hanson)

Mental trauma keeps Iraq vet from holding job

- Associated Press

The past several months have given Xavier Watt the opportunity to ferry his 10-year-old daughter to and from school, take her to visit her grandparents and go out for ice cream. He does the grocery shopping and keeps the house clean for his wife and little girl. He has time left over to play video games.

MEMBER EXCHANGE ADVANCE FOR SUN SEPT 21 In this Sept. 9, 2014 photo, women veterans participate in a yoga class led by Patricia Donnelly, far left, at the New Seabury Country Club in Mashpee, Mass. as part of an Adventure Series hosted by the Home Base Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. (AP Photo/Steve Heaslip, Cape Cod Times)

Women veterans enjoy day of yoga, golf in Mashpee

- Associated Press

When Angela Cincis, 28, a first lieutenant with the Army National Guard, attends leadership meetings, she often is the only woman among a group of 20 people.

Smokes rises from an area due to clashes between Sunni militiamen and Hawthi Shiite rebels in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014. Yemen's top security body imposed an overnight curfew in restive areas of the capital, Sanaa, on Saturday after Shiite rebels took over the state television building amid heavy clashes and the U.N. envoy to the country signaled that a deal had been reached to end the violence. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

Yemen government signs peace deal with Shiites

- Associated Press

Yemeni government officials and Shiite rebels signed a peace agreement on Sunday following days of violence that left more than 140 people dead and sent thousands fleeing their homes, state media said, although major rebel advances earlier in the day deepened a sense of uncertainty in the country.

After Sept. 11, port security a regional priority

- Associated Press

Thirteen years ago, when the country went on alert following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, first responders in the region were suddenly responsible for watching over potential targets including a military base, nuclear power plants and a deep water port. But they found they were ill-equipped to coordinate with one another.

Barksdale museum flying high

- Associated Press

More than five years after it survived frowning reviews from its parent museum, the Global Power Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base is soaring.

Army veteran Brian Fausett is studying natural sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage. (AP Photo/Alaska Dispatch News, Marc Lester)

Alaska university campuses adapt to more veterans

- Associated Press

Bryan Box, a 28-year-old student veteran, carries a large thermos with "SAB9491T" scribbled on its side. The inscription is Box's battle roster, which he described as a digital "dog tag" used by the U.S. Army to identify soldiers.

Military court upholds soldier's rape conviction

Associated Press

A military appeals court has upheld a Fort Campbell soldier's conviction on two charges of rape by force and his sentence demoting him and granting a dishonorable discharge from the service.