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Obama to raise federal, military pay by 1 percent

Posted: 08/30/2014 - President Barack Obama is offering civilian federal workers and members of the military a 1 percent pay increase in 2015, the same raise he offered last year citing efforts to keep government costs down during the economic recovery.

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GAO: Pentagon violated law with Bergdahl swap

Posted: 08/21/2014 - Congressional investigators say the Pentagon violated the law when it swapped five Taliban leaders for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years.

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Militants asked $132.5 million ransom

Posted: 08/21/2014 - A U.S. official says the Islamic State militants who beheaded American journalist James Foley in Syria had demanded $132.5 million -- or 100 million Euros-- in ransom for his release.

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US launches more airstrikes in Iraq

Posted: 08/21/2014 - U.S. aircraft are continuing their assault on Islamic State militants in Iraq, conducting six airstrikes overnight to help solidify Iraqi and Kurdish forces' efforts to retake and maintain control of the Mosul Dam.

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US official: More airstrikes in Iraq

Posted: 08/20/2014 - A U.S. official says American fighter jets and drones conducted nearly a dozen airstrikes in Iraq since Tuesday, even as Islamic State militants threatened to kill a second American captive in retribution for any continued strikes.

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Sale of custom guitars to help fund vets memorial

Posted: 08/19/2014 - Event organizers hope the sale of five customized guitars at a fundraiser will raise $50,000 to support the construction of the Reno County Veterans' Memorial.

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Iraq isn't Syria: Congress on board this time

Posted: 08/12/2014 - Little of the impassioned debate that fractured lawmakers a year ago over possible military intervention in Syria is happening now as American war planes strike extremist targets in Iraq.

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Military court to hear Wichita HIV appeal

Updated: 08/11/2014 - The nation's highest military court has agreed to review the evidence used to convict a Kansas airman of assault by exposing multiple sex partners to HIV at swinger parties in Wichita.

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US sending arms to Kurds in Iraq

Posted: 08/11/2014 - The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq.

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Obama: Airstrikes have destroyed arms, equipment

Posted: 08/09/2014 - President Barack Obama says U.S. airstrikes in Iraq have succeeded in destroying arms and equipment that could have been used against the Kurdish capital of Irbil.

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Obama: US won't be dragged into another Iraq war

Posted: 08/09/2014 - President Barack Obama says the United States can't and shouldn't intervene in every world crisis. But he says when innocent people face a massacre and the U.S. has the ability to stop it, the nation shouldn't look away.

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VA chief to make 1st hospital visit amid scandal

Posted: 08/08/2014 - Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald travels to Phoenix on Friday to visit a VA hospital for the first time since taking over the embattled agency late last month.

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President Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq

Updated: 08/07/2014 - President Barack Obama says he's authorized the U.S. military to carry out airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic militants if they advance toward the city of Erbil.

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