National Guard delays Alaska staffing changes that threatened national security, civilian rescues

The Air National Guard has delayed its plan to downgrade the status of about 80 members of its Alaska unit, a move that would have threatened national security and civilian rescues in the nation’s most remote state.

Crews turn sights to removing debris from ship’s deck in Baltimore bridge collapse cleanup

Salvage crews at the site of the collapsed Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore are turning their focus to the thousands of tons of debris sitting atop the Dali, the massive cargo ship that veered off course and caused the deadly catastrophe.

2 House bills aim to streamline veterans’ appeals for disability claims

A pair of bills that aim to ease the lengthy appeals process for disability claims with the VA would keep the same judge on cases, track delays on pending claims and immediately notify veterans about missing or incomplete forms.

Competing calls for combating maritime migrant smuggling off San Diego

A powerboat sped past surfers just offshore and onto a California beach. A dozen or so people jumped out of the vessel, ran across the sand and got into a waiting SUV on a nearby road. Officials are calling for harsher penalties on human smugglers and more resources for the Coast Guard and National Guard.

Marine based at Camp Lejeune killed during training

A Camp Lejeune Marine, a member of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, died Thursday during a training exercise near the North Carolina base, Marine Corps officials said.

Man in critical condition after setting himself ablaze near Trump trial courthouse

A man who lit himself on fire Friday across the street from the Manhattan courthouse where former President Donald Trump is facing a criminal hush money trial is in critical condition, New York City police said.

Fight over flying Pride flag ends with strict new rules in NJ town

A N.J. town passed an ordinance amending rules about displaying flags, saying “town-owned flag poles are not intended to serve as a forum for free expression by the public and are for official purposes.” The ordinance allows the American flag, state and county flags, and military flags or POW/MIA flags.

Court-martial of Army doctor accused of 53 counts of sexual abuse delayed until early 2025

The court-martial of an Army doctor accused of 53 counts of sexually abusing soldiers and veterans under his care has been delayed until January 2025, according to Army court records.

Final jurors seated for Trump hush money case, with opening statements set for Monday

The final jurors were seated Friday in Donald Trump’s hush money trial, and an appellate judge rejected the former president’s latest bid to halt the case as a hectic day in court set the stage for opening statements to begin Monday.

Tampa Bay veterans grapple with uncertainty over access to delta-8 hemp products

Veterans in Florida who rely on hemp extract for pain issues may find themselves scrambling for alternatives. Access could soon be curtailed if Gov. Ron DeSantis signs a bill limiting the types of products that shops can sell.