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National Guard, Protesters Gather in Ferguson

Police pledge that there won't be another night of violence

(Newser) - National Guard troops showed up in Ferguson, Mo., today, pouring out of an unmarked school bus with automatic rifles to guard buildings that haven't burned down yet, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Meanwhile, a crowd of roughly 50 protesters gathered in front of the Ferguson police station and several... More »

National Guard Is Returning to Ferguson

Gov. Jay Nixon takes action before Michael Brown grand jury decision

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency today and activated the National Guard in advance of a grand jury decision about whether a white police officer will be charged in the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. Nixon says the National... More »

National Guard May Go to Africa to Fight Ebola

President gives Pentagon authority to call up troops

(Newser) - Members of the National Guard may soon find themselves in West Africa helping to contain the spread of Ebola. President Obama today authorized the Pentagon to call up Guard troops and reservists if necessary, reports AP . The executive order doesn't mean these troops are definitely going, however, notes USA ... More »

Missouri Governor Calls Off National Guard

Jay Nixon orders withdrawal from Ferguson

(Newser) - With the violence in Ferguson seemingly winding down, Missouri's governor has told the state's National Guard to go home, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . Jay Nixon made the controversial move to deploy the Guard earlier this week , but his office said today that "the situation has greatly... More »

Holocaust Survivor Arrested in Ferguson Protest

Tear gas fired, 2 shot in another night of violence

(Newser) - No peace in weary Ferguson: At least two people were shot and 31 arrested during late-night protests, according to police, who say no officers were involved in the shootings and some of those arrested came from as far away as New York and California. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson... More »

Obama: Eric Holder Is Going to Ferguson

Americans should 'listen and not just shout,' president says

(Newser) - Calling for understanding in the face of racially charged anger, President Barack Obama said today that the vast majority of protesters in a St. Louis suburb were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice for the unarmed black man shot and killed by police. During a brief... More »

Missouri Deploys National Guard to Ferguson

Governor says Guard will 'restore peace and order'

(Newser) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson early today, hours after another violent night. The National Guard will help "in restoring peace and order" to the St. Louis suburb that has been rocked by angry protests since the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown,... More »

Perry Deploying 1K Guardsmen to Border: Reports

Expected cost per month for new patrols: $12M

(Newser) - Rick Perry hasn’t been exactly coy about his thoughts on the immigration crisis, but now he’s putting his (state's) money where his mouth is: He plans to announce today that he's sending up to 1,000 National Guard troops to shore up security along the Mexico... More »

Chicago Needs a Troop Surge

Obama should do same in his hometown as Afghanistan, pundits argue

(Newser) - Last weekend 84 Americans were shot in Chicago, 16 of them fatally. "If this happened in Kabul, Afghanistan, it would spark a change in policy," observes John Feehery at the Wall Street Journal . Instead, President Obama has barely acknowledged the wave of gang violence in his hometown. "... More »

Nat'l Guard Soldier Gets Death Threats for 'Funeral Fun' Pic

Wisconsin soldier pulled from military funeral duties

(Newser) - A National Guard soldier has been suspended indefinitely from military funeral duties after a picture of her and other soldiers clowning around a training casket surfaced on social media. "We put the FUN in funeral," read the caption on the photo posted on the Instagram account of Spc.... More »

Fired Recruiter in Custody After 2 Shot at Navy Base

Victims, expected to survive, are members of National Guard

(Newser) - Two members of the National Guard were shot today at a Navy base in Millington, Tennessee, but both are expected to survive, reports WMC-TV in Memphis. A suspect is in custody, and the AP says he worked as a recruiter for the National Guard but had just been fired. Police... More »

'Hero' Teacher Killed in School Shooting Was Former Marine

Math teacher Michael Landsberry, 45, IDed as victim

(Newser) - The teacher killed in today's school shooting in Nevada has been identified by his family as Michael Landsberry, 45, a math teacher at Sparks Middle School who had previously served in the Marines. A local police deputy chief described Landsberry as a "hero" for intervening in the shooting... More »

Texas, Mississippi Won't Honor Troops' Gay Marriage Benefits

Meanwhile, a new same-sex marriage battle brewing in New Mexico

(Newser) - Texas and Mississippi are defying a Defense Department directive (and a Supreme Court ruling ) granting full benefits to troops in same-sex marriages, by denying those benefits to their respective national guards. In a statement yesterday, the commander of Texas' guard said that the federal rule violates Texas' "Family... More »

Alaska Town Submerged by 30-Mile 'Ice Jam'

Residents evacuated as homes are destroyed

(Newser) - The remote Alaska town of Galena is accustomed to spring flooding, so much so that many of its homes are built on stilts, reports the AP . But it wasn't prepared for what it faced this week: a 30-mile ice jam that literally jammed the Yukon River and unleashed intense... More »

Bill Would Have National Guard Protect Schools

Barbara Boxer: 'Is it not part of the national defense to make sure our children are safe?'

(Newser) - Would you feel safer sending your kids to school if the National Guard was outside? Well, that could be a possibility if Barbara Boxer has her way. The California senator has introduced a bill that would allow local governments to use the Guard to enhance school security, Politico reports. That... More »

East Coast Picks Up the Pieces

A look at how the recovery effort is progressing

(Newser) - Hurricane Sandy's fingerprints are still all over the Northeastern US—particularly in New York and New Jersey—but the region began slowly churning back to life today. Here's the latest on the recovery:
  • New York City's subway is still waterlogged, but buses are expected to be out
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National Guard Arrives in Flooded NJ City

Thousands in Hoboken trapped in homes

(Newser) - The New Jersey National Guard arrived in Hoboken last night to help residents of the heavily flooded city across the Hudson River from New York. Officials say Guard members will use high-wheeled vehicles to help evacuate residents and deliver supplies to flooded areas. Hoboken was hard hit by superstorm Sandy,... More »

Recruiters Hunted Homeless With Paintball Guns: Probe

Arizona National Guard faces wide-ranging investigation

(Newser) - Members of Arizona's National Guard hunted the homeless with paintball guns, forged documents, sexually abused women, embezzled funds—and were allowed to go more or less scot-free due to a lax and corrupt climate, the Arizona Republic reports. The newspaper's investigation, based on interviews with Guard officers, found... More »

RNC Guardsman Shot With Own Gun in Hotel Mishap

Shooter was examining colleague's gun

(Newser) - A Florida National Guardsman in Tampa for the Republican National Convention accidentally shot a colleague with the man's own gun. Police say the guardsman was examining the grip on 21-year-old Michael Wdowiak's revolver when it went off, striking Wdowiak in the upper body and left hand, reports the... More »

Nikki Haley's Hubby Deployed to Afghanistan

Will aid in agribusiness training for a year

(Newser) - The husband of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will soon head off to Afghanistan for a year's deployment. It appears to be the first time a governor's spouse has been sent to a combat zone as a member of the National Guard, McClatchy reports. South Carolina National Guard... More »

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