• In this March 7, 2016 file photo, Joe Biden, the U.S. Vice President talks to the U.S. military personnel at an Air Base in United Arab Emirates. Biden is set to deliver the commencement speech at the graduation ceremony for the U.S. Military Academy’s class of 2016. The graduation ceremony starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Michie Stadium on the West Point grounds along the Hudson River 50 miles north of New York City.  (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

    Vice President Biden gives West Point commencement speech

    WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden told the U.S. Military Academy’s class of 2016 on Saturday that greater diversity, including more women and openly gay soldiers, will strengthen the country’s armed forces.

  • Capitol Hill Buzz: NFL returns money used to honor troops

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Republican senators said Thursday that they’ve scored a touchdown for taxpayers after the National Football League informed them that it is refunding more than $700,000 paid by the Defense Department to NFL clubs to honor military service members at league games and events.

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 17, 2016, following a House Republican caucus meeting. From left re, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., and Ryan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    GOP-led House decisively approves $602 billion defense bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House voted convincingly Wednesday to approve a $602 billion defense policy bill after rejecting attempts by Democrats to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and to repeal the war powers President Barack Obama relies on to fight the Islamic State.

  • In this Oct. 15, 2015, file photo, U.S. soldiers walk into the charred remains of the Doctors Without Borders, MSF, hospital in the northern city of Kunduz, Afghanistan. The leading medical charity that suffered massive losses when U.S. helicopter gunships mistakenly struck its clinic in Kunduz is criticizing the United States for failing to pay compensation to the wounded and families of the Afghans killed in the assault last September. MSF said Washington should "urgently address" the issue -- even as the Afghan government prepares to rebuild the hospital with millions of dollars donated by the U.S. military. (AP Photo/Najim Rahim, File)

    Medical charity MSF urges US to pay Afghan hospital victims

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A leading medical charity that suffered massive losses when U.S. helicopter gunships mistakenly struck its clinic in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz is criticizing the United States for failing to pay compensation to the wounded and families of the Afghans killed in the assault last October.

  • 2 Air Force scientists from New Mexico receive honors

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two chief scientists who work at the Air Force Research Laboratory in New Mexico have been honored with the 2015 Presidential Rank Award.