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Pentagon looks at stateside prisons as alternatives to Gitmo

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By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) - The Defense Department is taking another look at the military prison in Kansas and the Navy Brig in South Carolina as it evaluates potential U.S. facilities to house detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, part of the Obama ...

Terror tops Americans’ foreign policy concerns

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Few Americans want to see the United States take a more active approach to foreign policy, but the vast majority thinks it may be appropriate to take military action to achieve at least some goals in international affairs, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated ...

In speech, Rubio slams Obama’s outreach to Iran and Cuba

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NEW YORK (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio vowed Friday to roll back the Obama administration's new Cuba policy on his first day in office, casting the plan to normalize relations with the island nation as a dangerous shift that gives the Castro regime international ...

Cheers & Jeers

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CHEERS that Ohioans apparently aren't lighting up as much as they used to (or else, they're doing it at home) as violations of the indoor smoking ban dropped from 2,287 in 2008 to 334 in 2014.JEERS, however, that uncollected fines regarding the indoor smoking ban total $2.1 million.CHEERS to ...

Bridgeport Residents

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor:This past Sunday there was a letter to the editor from our mayor that contained many inaccuracies.I will begin by agreeing with him, by saying that we need a council to take action. Sir, we already have that council. What this village needs is a mayor that will execute policies and ...

OVAC Hall of Fame

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THE OHIO Valley Athletic Conference once again puts its best foot forward Saturday night with the enshrinement of the 12th class into its Hall of Fame.The OVAC is the largest functioning conference in the nation. It is also one of the finest.The OVAC Hall of Fame -- headquartered at Wheeling's ...

Familiar foes eye 4th race in New Hampshire House district

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - When voters in New Hampshire's 1st Congressional District take a look at their ballots in November 2016, it could be deja vu all over again, and again and again.Democrat Carol Shea-Porter filed paperwork this week to run for the seat she lost in 2014 to Republican Rep. ...

Ted Cruz sees path to White House running through the South

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LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP) - Ted Cruz sees his way to the White House, and it runs between the hedges, through waters patrolled by the "Volunteer Navy" and a spot on the Mississippi River nicknamed Death Valley.Confused? Not if you're one of the voters the Texas senator is counting on to carry ...

Toxic Issue

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FEAR - that's what people in the Southwest are feeling because of more than 3 million gallons of water containing arsenic, lead, copper, aluminum and cadmium being released from the Gold King Mine down the Animas River and into the San Juan River.And one can't blame them.A couple of days ago, ...

Bush: US may need more troops to beat Islamic State

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SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Tuesday the U.S. may need to send more ground troops into Iraq to defeat Islamic State militants, but he stopped short of saying how many as he outlined his strategy for combating a threat that's "spreading like a ...

Kasich defends immigrants as ‘contributing significantly’

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DERRY, N.H. (AP) - Republican presidential candidate John Kasich defended millions of immigrants in the U.S. illegally as "people who are contributing significantly" to the nation, taking on a divisive issue Wednesday as he promised to redefine conservatism during his latest New Hampshire ...

FAA Shortcomings

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THE FEDERAL Aviation Administration's actions regarding information and controllers aren't coming through with flying colors.The Associated Press this week revealed: "Air traffic controllers' work schedules often lead to chronic fatigue, making them less alert and endangering the safety of the ...

Bush links Clinton to rise of Islamic State

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BURBANK, California (AP) - Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush will step up his criticism of Hillary Rodham Clinton and her tenure as secretary of state on Tuesday, arguing in a speech on foreign policy that the Democratic front-runner shares in the mistakes that he says led to the rise ...

Can super PAC support save cash-strapped Perry bid?

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By WILL WEISSERT and JULIE BYKOWICZAssociated PressAUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Rick Perry has raised so little money for his second-chance presidential bid that he's stopped paying his campaign staffers, the kind of cash crisis that could normally sink a candidate.But the former Texas governor has ...

Patriotic at its best

Letters to the Editor

Dear?Editor,My wife and I have made the circuit of free concerts in the valley this year. They are great with different styles of music at every venue. If you do not attend these free evenings out, then shame on you. There has to some free time in everyone's lifestyle to put a folding chair in ...

Social Security

Editorials

SOCIAL SECURITY will reach its 80th birthday this Friday. The $64,000 question is how many more birthdays will the federal government's largest benefit program celebrate.Social Security is experiencing tough times. It is a program at the crossroads.With its funding reserves dwindling, Social ...

Constitutional convention sparking buzz

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - With Republicans controlling more than half the state legislatures across the country, some want to use that power to push for a federal spending limit through a mechanism unused since George Washington's day.Their plan: Persuade enough states to call a national ...

Bernie Sanders picks up first major labor endorsement

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernie Sanders picked up his first major labor endorsement from the nation's largest organization of nurses, reflecting the Vermont senator's appeal among unions in his challenge to Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination.The 185,000-member National ...

Barton Flooding

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FLOODING PROBLEMS and Barton have become synonymous over the years. Wheeling Creek overflows its banks on a much too frequent basis. As a result, the East Loretta section of the Belmont County community feels the brunt of excessive water.The flooding issue has caught the eyes of local ...

The border has become more orderly at San Diego

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - A sign that greets motorists entering the U.S. at the nation's busiest border crossing shows a silhouette of a man, woman and pigtailed girl running for their lives under the word "Caution."It was erected 25 years ago, when hordes of immigrants regularly stormed the border in ...