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Veterans group: Lawsuit prompts Pentagon to reopen database

Jan. 24, 2020 5:17 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The Pentagon will reopen a records database that helps service members who are appealing a less-than-honorable discharge, a veterans group said Friday. The National Veterans Legal Services Program had sued the Defense Department over a lack of access to the database, arguing that the...

FILE - In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during as he reviews border wall prototypes, in San Diego, as Rodney Scott, the Border Patrol's San Diego sector chief, listens. The Trump administration has named Rodney Scott the new head of the U.S. Border Patrol. Scott will take over for Carla Provost, who is retiring, according to an announcement obtained Friday by The Associated Press from Mark Morgan, acting head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Scott has been a member of the Border Patrol for 27 years. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Career Border Patrol official picked to lead agency

Jan. 24, 2020 1:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday named a 27-year Border Patrol veteran who has forcefully advocated for the president's agenda to lead the agency after a surge of asylum-seeking families led to increased scrutiny and unprecedented turmoil on the Mexican border. Rodney Scott follows...

Sauntore Thomas, right, and his lawyer, Deborah Gordon, left, talk, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Thomas, a black Air Force veteran who tried to deposit settlement checks from a discrimination lawsuit was rejected by his suburban Detroit bank, which suspected fraud and called police. After settling a lawsuit with his former employer, Sauntore Thomas now is suing TCF Bank, alleging racial discrimination. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

Veteran accuses bank of discrimination for not taking checks

Jan. 23, 2020 6:47 PM EST

LIVONIA, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit-area bank that suspected fraud and refused to cash $99,000 in checks from a black Air Force veteran said Thursday that it mishandled the incident and should not have called police. Sauntore Thomas attempted to deposit checks from the settlement of a discrimination lawsuit...

Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

Jan. 23, 2020 3:28 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would require doctors and other health workers to provide life-saving care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt was approved by a Kentucky Senate panel Thursday. The measure sailed through the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection...

Republican Rep. Matt Shea speaks at a gun-rights rally, where many gathered in support of the embattled lawmaker, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Shea was suspended from the Republican caucus in the wake of a December report that found he was involved in anti-government activities and several lawmakers have called on him to resign, something he says he will not do. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Controversial Washington lawmaker spreads views across West

Jan. 23, 2020 12:35 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state lawmaker whose actions surrounding an armed standoff with federal agents were dubbed “domestic terrorism” in a recent report has for years been spreading his anti-government views to other Western states. Republican Rep. Matt Shea is a co-founder of...

Ex-VA employee sentenced for leaking Ojeda's medical records

Jan. 22, 2020 9:48 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — A former Department of Veterans Affairs employee has been sentenced to six months in prison for leaking the medical records of Richard Ojeda as the former Army major was running for Congress in West Virginia. Jeffrey Miller of Huntington was sentenced Tuesday in federal court....

South Korean army Sergeant Byun Hui-su speaks during a press conference at the Center for Military Human Right Korea in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. South Korea's military decided Wednesday to discharge Byun who recently undertook gender reassignment surgery, a ruling expected to draw strong criticism from human rights groups.(AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

S. Korean military decides to discharge transgender soldier

Jan. 22, 2020 6:10 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's first known transgender soldier pleaded to be allowed to continue serving after the military decided Wednesday to discharge her for undergoing gender reassignment surgery. It was the first time in South Korea that an active-duty member has been referred to a military...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a campaign event, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Grimes, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

The Latest: Prominent New Hampshire Democrat endorses Warren

Jan. 21, 2020 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 presidential race (all times Eastern): 5:05 p.m. A prominent New Hampshire Democrat is endorsing Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 run. Warren’s campaign announced Tuesday that Kathy Sullivan, a Democratic National Committee member from New Hampshire, now...

Off-duty fire lieutenant stabbed at Portland bar

Jan. 19, 2020 3:48 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say they're investigating after an off-duty Portland fire lieutenant was stabbed at a bar. The lieutenant's wife called called from the Kingston Sports Bar and Grill on Southwest Morrison Street at just after 8 p.m. Saturday to say her husband had been stabbed by a stranger....

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Iowa State Education Association Candidate Forum, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in West Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Buttigieg says Oval Office needs wartime veteran

Jan. 19, 2020 7:30 AM EST

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg said Saturday the Oval Office benefits from the perspective of a wartime veteran, a niche he occupies exclusively among top-tier candidates in his party's race for the 2020 nomination. During an interview on Iowa PBS in suburban Des...