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Extreme Heat and Colorado Wildfiresupdated: Mon Jul 02 2012 16:42:00

Rob Marciano is live in Colorado Springs, CO where the Waldo Canyon Fire rages. Also get an update on the extreme heat.

Records don't back 'America's Got Talent' contestant's war injury claimsupdated: Thu Jun 07 2012 19:38:00

An "America's Got Talent" contestant's emotional story of getting hit by a grenade in Afghanistan is not backed up by military records. And now, questions surround whether he embellished his heroic tale.

Texas fires have destroyed more than 170 homesupdated: Tue Apr 19 2011 22:12:00

Firefighters in Texas had to contend with 11 new fires Tuesday in addition to carryover blazes that have claimed more than 170 homes and burned more than 1 million acres in the past two weeks, state officials said.

Iowa National Guard going through worst week ever in Afghanistanupdated: Sat Apr 16 2011 09:45:00

This year is shaping up, so far, to be less violent than 2010 for American troops in Afghanistan. But there are still troops fighting and dying there, and this week, the Iowa National Guard seems to be taking the brunt of the attacks.

National Guard heads for the borderupdated: Tue Aug 31 2010 04:47:00

President Obama's push to increase border security has National Guard troops heading to the Mexican border.

Officials: National Guard troops headed to border next monthupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 20:27:00

U.S. National Guard forces will begin deploying along the U.S. border with Mexico in August and will be fully trained and deployed by the end of the month, government officials announced Monday.

More troops headed to Mexican borderupdated: Mon Jul 19 2010 20:27:00

Government officials discuss the increase of National Guard troops along the U.S. - Mexico border in August.

National Guard available -- but only fraction used in spill cleanupupdated: Fri Jun 04 2010 09:57:00

While local officials are calling for more federal government -- specifically military -- help with the oil cleanup, only a fraction of thousands of authorized, federally funded National Guard troops have been put into service.

Sight of oil-soaked birds 'sickening'updated: Fri Jun 04 2010 09:57:00

CNN's Anderson Cooper describes the heartbreaking scene he witnessed aboard a boat in Grand Isle.

National Guard helps as Ida's remnants flood East Coast countiesupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 16:29:00

Governors in three Eastern Seaboard states Friday called on National Guard troops to help evacuate people from flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida.

Water up to reporter's chestupdated: Fri Nov 13 2009 16:29:00

WTKR reporter Kurt Williams describes the scene at a flooded area in Norfolk, Virginia.

A battle far from Iraq, but just as hotupdated: Sat Jul 12 2008 13:35:00

Their weapon in Iraq was a rifle.

Vets fighting fires at homeupdated: Sat Jul 12 2008 13:35:00

Kara Finnstrom reports on Iraqi war veterans now fighting northern California wildfires. Calif. Wildfires Out of Controlupdated: Wed Jul 02 2008 20:00:00

Authorities ordered most of the remaining residents of this scenic coastal community to leave Wednesday because an out-of-control wildfire, one of hundreds in California Army Turns to Guard for Recruitsupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 16:00:00

The U.S. Army, struggling to meet recruitment goals in the midst of a long and unpopular war in Iraq, is turning to the National Guard for help in signing up would-be soldiers

Army offers Guardsmen $2,000 for soldier referralsupdated: Tue Aug 28 2007 08:16:00

The U.S. Army is turning to the National Guard for help recruiting would-be soldiers in hometowns across America.

At least 4 killed after foot of rain floods upper Midwestupdated: Sun Aug 19 2007 22:33:00

Severe storms deluged parts of the upper Midwest during the night with as much as a foot of rain, causing flooding that washed away bridges and roads and killed at least four people, authorities said Sunday.

Disasters and homecomings: I-Report weekly highlightsupdated: Fri Aug 03 2007 08:00:00

I-Report marked another big week after readers sent in some of the first images of a bridge that collapsed Wednesday, August 1, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

I-Reporters document collapseupdated: Fri Aug 03 2007 08:00:00

I-Reporters document collapse

I-Report: Iowa soldiers come home from Iraq updated: Tue Jul 31 2007 01:23:00

The Iowa Army National Guard's 1st Battalion, 133rd Infantry received an emotional welcome home July 25 -- more than a year and a half after leaving for Iraq. More than 600 soldiers marched on the field at Riverfront Stadium in Waterloo, Iowa, in front of thousands of friends and family members.

Hiring heroesupdated: Mon Jul 09 2007 01:26:00

Hiring heroes

Battlefield breakdown: The full price of war in Iraqupdated: Wed Jun 27 2007 15:40:00

Army Sgt. Chris Tucker is a textbook case of the wear and tear of multiple deployments to Iraq and the strain this remarkably frustrating war has been on the men and women who serve in it. Venezuela Troops Fire on Protestersupdated: Mon May 28 2007 17:05:00

At least three students are injured after Chavez takes a television station off the air

New Jersey blaze 70 percent containedupdated: Wed May 16 2007 09:40:00

A flare dropped from an F-16 jet fighter during a training exercise may have caused a wildfire that has burned 14,000 acres since Tuesday afternoon in southern New Jersey, according to the state's National Guard.

Greensburg focuses on rebuildingupdated: Mon May 07 2007 06:48:00

Federal officials arrived Monday in ravaged Greensburg to survey the damage caused by the weekend's tornado-packed storms.

Survivors sought as more storms threaten Plainsupdated: Sun May 06 2007 01:33:00

Rescue crews Sunday resumed sifting through the rubble of a small Kansas town destroyed by tornadoes Friday night.

Immigration: Key datesupdated: Wed Sep 27 2006 09:38:00

Some key dates surrounding the immigration issue:

Tropical Storm Ernesto hits North Carolinaupdated: Thu Aug 31 2006 00:59:00

Hovering just below hurricane strength, Tropical Storm Ernesto made landfall near Long Beach, North Carolina, late Thursday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Dobbs: Bush spittin' in the wind at border updated: Tue Aug 08 2006 16:10:00

There you go again, Mr. President. You just couldn't help yourself this weekend. For crying out loud, you did everything but declare "Mission Accomplished" on our southern border.

St. Louis struggles without powerupdated: Sun Jul 23 2006 17:54:00

Almost 300,000 electric customers in the St. Louis, Missouri, area remained in the dark Sunday night, four days after the first of two severe thunderstorms battered the region amid a lingering heat wave, a utility spokesman said.

Hundreds of thousands flee Northeast floodsupdated: Wed Jun 28 2006 10:07:00

At least 10 people were killed and hundreds of thousands displaced in the U.S. Northeast as major rivers and their tributaries overflowed their banks Wednesday.

First Guard troops set to work at Mexican borderupdated: Mon Jun 05 2006 03:31:00

The first of about 6,000 National Guard troops ordered to bolster patrols along the U.S.-Mexico border started work Monday as a 55-member detachment from Utah began working on projects in southern Arizona, a Guard spokesman said.

Bush pushes immigration plan on border visitupdated: Thu May 18 2006 18:16:00

President George W. Bush visited the U.S.-Mexico border Thursday to try to build support for his plan to stem the tide of illegal immigrants into the United States.

Gen. Blum: Not every guardsman on border 'will be armed'updated: Wed May 17 2006 15:53:00

President Bush announced this week that 6,000 National Guardsmen would be sent to the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border to assist Border Patrol with surveillance and intelligence duties.

Dobbs: Bush speech satisfies nobody updated: Wed May 17 2006 09:39:00

President Bush's address from the Oval Office on border security and illegal immigration failed to satisfy either advocates of amnesty or those demanding that the government secure our borders and ports. Whether by design or not, however, the president did manage to advance public awareness of both crises.

GOP resists Bush's immigration pitchupdated: Tue May 16 2006 04:13:00

The first test vote in the Senate after President Bush's national address on immigration -- coupled with resistance in the House -- illustrated the challenges he faces in uniting his own party on the politically thorny issue.

Durbin questions Guard use at borderupdated: Mon May 15 2006 21:44:00

Delivering the Democratic response to President Bush's immigration speech, Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin questioned Bush's plan to deploy National Guard troops on the United States' southern border.

Democrats' immigration responseupdated: Mon May 15 2006 20:58:00

President Bush spoke to the nation about immigration Monday night. Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois, the assistant minority leader, gave the Democratic Party's response.

Reaction to Bush immigration speechupdated: Mon May 15 2006 20:56:00

The following is a sampling of reaction to President Bush's speech on immigration Monday night in which he proposed deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border:

Sunday, May 14updated: Mon May 15 2006 02:52:00

BAGHDAD (CNN) -- Four British soldiers were wounded in a mortar attack on a military outpost in southern Iraq Monday, a British military source in Basra said.

Frist: Guard troops the best short-term border fixupdated: Sun May 14 2006 17:48:00

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist on Sunday dismissed concerns about a proposal to use National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border, saying it is the only short-term solution to stem the flow of illegal immigrants.

Concerns raised over Guard border planupdated: Sun May 14 2006 10:47:00

As President Bush prepared to address the nation on immigration, U.S. lawmakers and Mexico's president on Sunday raised concerns about the possible deployment of U.S. National Guard troops along the border.

Pentagon weighs border deploymentupdated: Fri May 12 2006 19:07:00

The Pentagon has been asked to draw up options for deploying military personnel to help secure the border with Mexico, CNN has learned.

Bush to address nation on immigration updated: Fri May 12 2006 14:38:00

President Bush will speak from the Oval Office Monday about immigration and border security, hot-button issues that have inspired massive demonstrations and a growing political divide.

Search-and-rescue to resume Sundayupdated: Sat Sep 24 2005 14:53:00

As many as 1,000 people who did not follow mandatory evacuation orders in one southwestern Louisiana parish may need to be rescued, an emergency management official said Saturday.

Lt. Gen. Honore a 'John Wayne dude'updated: Fri Sep 02 2005 15:45:00

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin calls Lt. Gen. Russel Honore a "John Wayne dude" who can "get some stuff done."

Convoys bring relief to New Orleansupdated: Fri Sep 02 2005 06:43:00

Four days after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of the northern Gulf Coast, tired and angry people stranded at the convention center in New Orleans welcomed a supply convoy carrying food, water and medicine with cheers and tears of joy.

At the convention center: 'These little guys got guns'updated: Thu Sep 01 2005 21:52:00

Thousands of frustrated people waited for help Thursday amid dead bodies, feces and garbage with little food and water, and in 90-degree heat and rain.

Louisiana wants 40,000 troopsupdated: Thu Sep 01 2005 07:38:00

Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco said Thursday she has requested the mobilization of 40,000 National Guard troops to restore order and assist in relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.

New Orleans evacuations under wayupdated: Wed Aug 31 2005 07:45:00

The first of New Orleans' evacuees began arriving in Texas early Thursday as the Gulf Coast began to grasp the magnitude of what President Bush called "one of the worst natural disasters in our nation's history."

Floodwaters, tensions rise in New Orleansupdated: Tue Aug 30 2005 07:17:00

National Guard troops moved toward the French Quarter in an effort to stop rising unrest in flood-stricken New Orleans late Tuesday as police reported looting, attempted carjackings and shootings near the city's main shelter.

Bush: We will complete the missionupdated: Wed Aug 24 2005 15:06:00

Americans appreciate "the service and the sacrifice of the military families" during the ongoing war in Iraq, President Bush told Idaho National Guard members and their families Wednesday, as he insisted again that a withdrawal from the strife-torn country would be a mistake.

Female troops in Iraq exposed to combatupdated: Sat Jun 25 2005 06:27:00

The Pentagon's policy banning women in combat is being tested in Iraq, where the lack of a defined front line and insurgents' guerrilla tactics expose female troops to deadly situations.

U.S. female troops face combatupdated: Fri Jun 24 2005 12:23:00

The Pentagon's policy banning women in combat units is being tested in Iraq, where the lack of a defined front line is exposing female troops to combat.

Democrats slam budget cuts for veterans' services updated: Sat Mar 19 2005 13:26:00

The governor of Pennsylvania on Saturday said the federal government must do a better job helping America's war veterans and criticized proposed budget cuts affecting them.

Pilot investigated after alleged Wall Street threatupdated: Thu Feb 10 2005 16:38:00

A commercial airline pilot who also flew for the New York Air National Guard is under investigation after allegedly threatening to fly a plane into Wall Street, according to court documents.

Rumsfeld: U.S. military 'stressed'updated: Sun Feb 06 2005 15:05:00

The U.S. military "is clearly stressed," and recruitment of new troops is falling short of plans, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said Sunday.

CBS ousts four over Bush Guard storyupdated: Mon Jan 10 2005 11:12:00

CBS News has ousted four employees over its "60 Minutes Wednesday" report about President Bush's National Guard service, the network said Monday.

Troops put thorny questions to Rumsfeldupdated: Wed Dec 08 2004 07:25:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld faced tough questioning Wednesday from troops about to be deployed to Iraq.

Dan Rather to leave anchor desk in Marchupdated: Tue Nov 23 2004 13:29:00

Longtime anchor Dan Rather will leave the "CBS Evening News" on March 9, the network said Tuesday, just months after Rather's use of questionable documents in a report critical of President Bush's National Guard service.

Veterans Day events follow contentious election updated: Thu Nov 11 2004 10:43:00

With the nation observing another Veterans Day, men and women in armed forces and their loved ones may remember 2004 as a particularly trying year.

Judge: Guardsmen ordered to Iraq can't quitupdated: Fri Nov 05 2004 16:38:00

A federal judge in Sacramento, California, has upheld the Army's policy of involuntarily extending enlistments, a process critics have called a "backdoor draft," Justice Department officials said Friday.

Burkett: 'Jury still out' on memos CBS airedupdated: Thu Sep 23 2004 20:59:00

Bill Burkett, who gave CBS News the alleged documents about President Bush's National Guard service, insists "the jury is still out" on whether those documents are authentic.

GOP, Dems swap charges over CBS documents updated: Tue Sep 21 2004 23:53:00

Republicans demanded answers from the Kerry campaign Tuesday after revelations that a senior Kerry adviser and one of his most prominent supporters both had contact with the man who supplied now-discredited documents before CBS News used them in a story about President Bush's National Guard service.

Audience appealupdated: Tue Sep 21 2004 08:02:00

President Bush faces a tough crowd this morning at the U.N. General Assembly, where he'll talk about Iraq's stability at a time when the country looks anything but stable. The applause will be polite, at best, but Bush isn't there for the audio. "It's all visual," one GOP sage told the Grind. And while this may be an international body, "Bush's visit is all about domestic politics." (More on this below.)

CBS can't vouch for Bush Guard memosupdated: Mon Sep 20 2004 13:23:00

CBS News said Monday it cannot vouch for the authenticity of documents that cast doubt on President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service, and the White House suggested Democrats might have been involved.

CBS revisits Bush's Guard memosupdated: Wed Sep 15 2004 15:01:00

The growing controversy over President Bush's National Guard records, and whether some of the memos aired on CBS were fake, took another turn Wednesday night.

CBS' experts say they didn't authenticate Bush memosupdated: Wed Sep 15 2004 03:25:00

Three experts asked by CBS News to examine memos alleging President Bush received special treatment during his service in the Texas Air National Guard told CNN Tuesday they did not authenticate the documents -- and one said the network "ignored" her reservations about them before a "60 Minutes" broadcast last week.

Group offers $50,000 for proof of Bush serviceupdated: Tue Sep 14 2004 13:41:00

The founder of the group Texans for Truth said Tuesday that he is offering $50,000 to anyone who can prove President Bush fulfilled his service requirements, including required duties and drills, in the Alabama Air National Guard in 1972.

Staring contestupdated: Tue Sep 14 2004 07:54:00

President Bush stares down the controversy over his military service today with a speech before the National Guard in Las Vegas, Nevada. Back east, Porter Goss, the president's pick for CIA director, stares down tough questioning about the 9/11 commission report in his first day of Senate confirmation hearings.

Professor says Bush revealed National Guard favoritismupdated: Mon Sep 13 2004 16:08:00

A business school professor who taught George W. Bush at Harvard University in the early 1970s says the future president told him that family friends had pulled strings to get him into the Texas Air National Guard.

4 Iraqis killed, family kidnappedupdated: Sat Sep 11 2004 07:05:00

Four Iraqis were killed Saturday in separate incidents and the wife and three children of an Iraqi National Guard officer were kidnapped.

Dan Rather's standupdated: Fri Sep 10 2004 16:29:00

This is not the first time Dan Rather has found himself in a serious dispute with a U.S. president.

Bush's war record still in questionupdated: Thu Sep 09 2004 09:17:00

Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

Ohio and Florida, continuedupdated: Wed Sep 08 2004 07:54:00

President Bush faces new questions today about how he spent the Vietnam War, while John Kerry, in a major speech and new TV ad, attacks the president's handling of the current war.

Daily Blog Roundup: Thursday, September 2, 2004updated: Fri Sep 03 2004 11:57:00

While bloggers were a novelty at the DNC in Boston and were less of a story in and of themselves during the RNC, the quality of commentary and the number of breaking stories during the RNC show that bloggers are starting to hit their stride.

Guardsman denies revealing secretsupdated: Wed Sep 01 2004 12:45:00

A National Guardsman accused of trying to pass information about American tanks to al Qaeda told federal agents posing as terrorist operatives that he wasn't giving them anything they couldn't find publicly.

Bush and Vietnam updated: Fri Aug 27 2004 17:21:00

It's an issue that has dogged the president almost since the day he first entered the political arena, as illustrated in a add that said, "George Bush used his father to get into the National Guard, was grounded and then went missing."

U.S. Marines take command of troops in Najafupdated: Mon Aug 09 2004 00:48:00

U.S. Marines have taken over as the lead multinational force in the holy city of Najaf, where radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr vowed Monday to fight American troops to the death.

Money Magazine: Ephrata, Washington Pays For The War A small town's National Guard soldiers trained hard for duty in Iraq. No one trained their updated: Sun Aug 01 2004 00:01:00

It's two minutes before parade time on a sunny Saturday morning when Sheila Kelly, 40, dissolves into tears. Her son Michael, 10, has disappeared just as he was to take his place in the procession....

Car bombs kill six, injure dozensupdated: Sat Jul 17 2004 01:33:00

Two car bombs exploded at almost the same time in and near Baghdad Saturday morning, wounding dozens of people and killing at least six, Iraqi police said.

Defending Kerry, senator blasts 'chicken hawks'updated: Thu Apr 29 2004 08:17:00

The rough-and-tumble of the presidential campaign spilled onto the Senate floor Wednesday in an unusually sharp and personal exchange over military service during the Vietnam War.

After sister's death, surviving Witmers make painful choiceupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 16:52:00

After suffering an enduring loss, the Witmer sisters were faced with an excruciating decision.

Soldier sisters won't return to combatupdated: Tue Apr 27 2004 15:04:00

Two female soldiers have decided not to return to combat in Iraq after their sister was killed in Baghdad this month, a spokeswoman for the family said Tuesday.

Nerves rattled by military jets over Capitolupdated: Tue Apr 06 2004 18:20:00

The sight of military jets flying low over the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall rattled some nerves Tuesday.

National Guard soldier charged with desertion updated: Sat Mar 27 2004 12:10:00

The U.S. Army charged a Florida National Guard soldier, who went absent without leave while on a two-week break from duty in Iraq, with desertion, an Army spokesman said Saturday.

Chavez opposition urges new protestsupdated: Thu Mar 04 2004 13:39:00

Opposition leaders Thursday called for a new demonstration this weekend against President Hugo Chavez's government to encourage a national electoral commission to approve a recall vote.

Soldier charged with trying to aid al Qaedaupdated: Tue Feb 17 2004 19:27:00

A National Guard soldier stationed in Fort Lewis, Washington, was formally charged Wednesday with attempting to aid al Qaeda after he was caught in a sting operation involving the military, FBI and Justice Department.

Bush releases his Vietnam-era military filesupdated: Fri Feb 13 2004 14:16:00

Hundreds of pages of President Bush's Vietnam-era military files were released to the media Friday amid questions about whether he completed his required service in the Air National Guard.

Dueling military recordsupdated: Fri Feb 13 2004 08:33:00

Check out the links below to hot political stories around the country this morning.

GOP, Democrats get down and dirtyupdated: Fri Feb 13 2004 07:35:00

Despite calls to move away from negative attacks in the 2004 presidential campaign season, Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie and campaign officials for Democratic hopeful John Kerry traded barbs, each accusing the other of dirty politics.

Alleged al Qaeda link shocks soldier's neighborsupdated: Fri Feb 13 2004 06:51:00

Neighbors of the National Guard soldier who was detained in Washington on suspicion of aiding al Qaeda expressed surprise Friday.

Bush military dental record releasedupdated: Thu Feb 12 2004 08:32:00

The White House released a military dental examination record for President Bush, claiming the document proves the president was at the base where he was to carry out his service in the Air National Guard.

Guardsman says he saw Bush's Guard records in trashupdated: Wed Feb 11 2004 23:02:00

A former officer in the Texas National Guard said Thursday he once overheard a conversation in which there was a request to sanitize President Bush's Guard records during Bush's tenure as Texas governor.

White House blasts 'gutter politics'updated: Wed Feb 11 2004 13:06:00

People who question President Bush's Air National Guard service 30 years ago are engaging in "gutter politics" and "trolling for trash for political gain," a White House spokesman said Wednesday.

An absence in Alabamaupdated: Tue Feb 10 2004 13:05:00

As Bush's military service re-emerges as an issue, here is what we know--and don't know

White House releases Bush's military payroll recordsupdated: Tue Feb 10 2004 10:19:00

The White House released payroll records Tuesday it said demonstrate that President Bush fulfilled his obligations to the Texas Air National Guard in the early 1970s, hoping to defuse lingering election-year questions about the president's service.

Bush defends Iraq war in TV interviewupdated: Sun Feb 08 2004 08:12:00

President Bush defended the U.S.-led war in Iraq and said he didn't want to rush an inquiry into U.S. prewar intelligence that suggested Iraq had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.

Fortune: The Mayor, His Troops, And The Health Of A City Chicago is better prepared than any other large city to protect its citizens agaupdated: Mon Nov 26 2001 00:01:00

As anthrax terrorized America in mid-October, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley met with his high command in the city's Emergency Communications Center, a technology-packed fortress two miles from the do...

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