Tag: United States military



Obama taps Black former Pentagon senior attorney to head Homeland Security

President Barack Obama stands with Jeh Johnson, his choice for the next Homeland Security Secretary, in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. Johnson was general counsel at the Defense Department during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Avis Thomas-LesterFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–President Barack Obama has selected Jeh Johnson, a graduate of Morehouse and Columbia Law School, as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. If confirmed, Johnson, who retired from government to go into private practice, would come to the position with substantial experience, officials said.



Pittsburgh sorry to see huge rubber duck depart

Thousands of people line both sides of the Allegheny River as a version of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman giant “Rubber Duckie” is towed past PNC Park for its debut in Pittsburgh on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) PITTSBURGH (AP) — The huge rubber duck that has been at Pittsburgh’s waterfront is leaving town Sunday after a stay of about a month. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust plans to deflate the 40-foot duck as planned and store it in an undisclosed location.



3 shots, 3 kills? SEALs rescue in 2009 not so tidy

Tom Hanks, director Paul Greengrass, and Captain Richard Phillips, pose for photographers as they walk the red carpet at a screening for the movie “Captain Phillips” at the Newseum, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) by Adam GoldmanAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — After U.S. Navy SEAL snipers conducted a dramatic rescue in 2009 that freed a cargo ship captain being held by pirates, $30,000 disappeared from a lifeboat, triggering an investigation that questioned the integrity of the commandos.



Obama to public: Don’t give up on health sign-ups

In this photo taken Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with The Associated Press in the White House library in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) by Julie PaceAP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Defending the shaky rollout of his health care law, President Barack Obama said frustrated Americans “definitely shouldn’t give up” on the problem-plagued program now at the heart of his dispute with Republicans over reopening the federal government.



Government powers down; blame trading in capital

A National Park Service employee posts a sign reading “Because of the Federal Government SHUTDOWN All National Parks are Closed” on a barricade closing access to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) by David Espo and Donna CassataAssociated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) — First slowed, then stalled by political gridlock, the vast machinery of government clanged into partial shutdown mode on Tuesday and President Barack Obama warned the longer it goes “the more families will be hurt.” Republicans said it was his fault, not theirs. Ominously, there were suggestions from leaders in both parties that the shutdown, heading for its second day, could last for weeks and grow to encompass a possible default by the Treasury if Congress fails to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. “This is now all together,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill..



For Obama, diplomatic openings on 3 fronts

In this Sept. 20, 2013, photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks to workers at the Ford Kansas City Stamping Plant in Liberty, Mo. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) by Julie PaceAssociated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama arrives at the United Nations on Monday with diplomatic openings, the result of help from unexpected partners, on three fronts: Iran, Syria, and elusive peace between Israel and the Palestinians.



Gunman in Navy Yard rampage was hearing voices

This undated photo provided by Kristi Kinard Suthamtewakul shows Aaron Alexis in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Kristi Kinard Suthamtewakul) by Brett Zongker, Eric Tucker and Lolita BaldorAssociated Press Writers WASHINGTON (AP) – A month before he went on the rampage that left 13 dead, Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis complained to police in Rhode Island that people were talking to him through the walls and ceilings of his hotel rooms and sending microwave vibrations into his body to prevent him from sleeping.



DC police chief: 12 dead in Navy Yard shootings

A U.S. Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) by Brett Zonger Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Police say at least 12 people have died in the shootings at the Washington Navy Yard. D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said during a news conference Monday that 12 people were confirmed dead. Lanier says people are being told to stay in their homes and out of the area as authorities search for two other possible suspects. One of the shooters has died. The police chief says officers are searching for two other people with firearms wearing military-style uniforms. She says there is no indication of a possible motive at this time.