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October 24, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two U.S. National Guard soldiers were wounded in a shooting at a National Guard armory near Memphis, Tenn., shortly after noon Thursday, officials said. Officials said a suspect, a National Guard member, was apprehended by fellow service members before Millington police arrived and was taken into custody. The two service members were each shot once, one in the foot and the other in the leg, officials said. The injuries were not expected to be life-threatening. The Naval Support Activity Mid-South facility next to the National Guard armory was put on lockdown as a precaution, the U.S. Navy's official account tweeted.
October 20, 2013 | By Jessica Gelt
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wrote a $10,000 check Friday to a sobbing 22-year-old single mother and Ruby Tuesday waitress who paid the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers during her afternoon shift. "You're a good person," DeGeneres said, enfolding Sarah Hoidahl in a warm embrace. "You're a good person. " Before that DeGeneres had Hoidahl recount the good deed to the live studio audience. Hoidahl, who is pretty and blond and lives with her mother and 15-month-old son, Ashton, in Concord, N.H., said she overheard two uniformed women at lunch discussing what to eat. PHOTOS: Ellen DeGeneres: Career in pictures They said they had to keep it light since they had been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown and were therefore not getting paid.
October 2, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
The Republicans' Plan Q in the government shutdown cabaret (give or take a few letters) is their most transparent ploy yet: pass a few bills restoring the budget for popular or heartwarming programs, in the hope that these will chip away at the united front that Democrats are showing in the standoff.  There isn't much to say about this scheme, beyond quoting Lily Tomlin: "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up. " ...
September 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce, Michael Muskal and Jenny Deam
Things have gotten so bad in Colorado that even the governor is rescuing people. Gov. John Hickenlooper said his helicopter crew stopped to rescue four stranded people, a dog and a cat while he was on his way to a news conference Saturday to brief reporters on the disaster. Yet hundreds more remained stranded, with the death toll poised to rise as the news Saturday otherwise remained grim. See photos below for the latest look at the damage. A 60-year-old woman missing after floods overtook much of Colorado this week is expected to become the disaster's fifth fatality, the Larimer County Sheriff's Department said Saturday.
July 2, 2013 | By Tony Perry
Two air tankers from the California Air National Guard are being sent from Colorado to fight the Yarnell Hill blaze in Arizona that has killed 19 firefighters and burned more than 8,000 acres. The C-130s from the 146th Airlift Wing at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station had been sent to fight fires in Colorado.  Along with two similar craft from the Air Force Reserve at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, the California planes are being sent to the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway airport in Mesa, Ariz.
May 28, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
A massive ice jam on the Yukon River sent a flood of water into Galena, Alaska, inundating most of the town and forcing the evacuation of nearly the entire population. “I think the majority of the folks have been evacuated from the village,” Dave Streubel, National Weather Service hydrologist, told the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday afternoon as floodwaters approached the last lifeline to the isolated village -- the airport. Water was backed up 40 to 50 miles behind the large ice jam at a sharp bend in the river known as Bishop Point, 15 miles downriver from Galena, and most of the town was flooded, Streubel said.
May 5, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
The jobs of the nation's citizen soldiers are supposed to be safe while they are serving their country: Federal law does not allow employers to penalize service members because of their military duties. Yet every year, thousands of National Guard and Reserve troops coming home from Afghanistan and elsewhere find they have been replaced, demoted, denied benefits or seniority. Government agencies are among the most frequent offenders, accounting for about a third of the more than 15,000 complaints filed with federal authorities since the end of September 2001, records show.
December 19, 2012 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON - Federal funds would be made available to deploy National Guard troops at schools under legislation introduced Wednesday by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) in response to last week's mass slaying at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. The Save Our Schools Act would leave it to governors to decide whether to call out the National Guard and how to use troops around schools. "Is it not part of the national defense to make sure that your children are safe?" Boxer said at Capitol Hill press conference.  Boxer also introduced the School Safety Enhancement Act, which would increase funding for a federal grants program, from $30 million to $50 million, to help fund school security measures, such as installation of metal detectors and surveillance cameras.
November 23, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
For 1st Lt. Ernest Rodriguez, weekly chats with his young daughter via phone or Skype are the highlight of duty in Afghanistan. The father from Sacramento desperately wants to come home to 7-year-old Samantha. But instead, he has signed up for another year in the war zone. He needs the money and he knows that returning National Guard troops face high unemployment. More than half of those in his unit had no work when they got back to California in August. Across the country, an estimated 20% of returning National Guard soldiers and airmen are without jobs, former National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Craig R. McKinley told Congress earlier this year.
November 11, 2012 | By Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
In the corner of a drab Culver City business park, nestled inside a gray two-story building, treasures from the Cold War lie waiting for the historically curious: Hungarian oil paintings, a full run of East Germany's official party newspaper and a Vladimir Lenin bust, vandalized with pink and turquoise paint to resemble a clown. Outside, 2.6 tons of the Berlin Wall greets those who enter. It's all there, if you can find it. "I think the Wende Museum is one of Culver City's best kept secrets," Councilman Jim Clarke said.
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