Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is set Monday to recommend a limit on military pay raises, higher fees for health-care benefits and less generous housing allowances to prune billions of dollars in benefits from the defense budget, setting up an election-year confrontation with veterans groups and lawmakers.
House Republicans are plotting a broad effort to push the Obama administration to rein in federal regulations in a bid to curb what lawmakers see as abuse of executive power by an "imperial presidency."
Though police said they are still working on a motive, the nephew of a Northern California woman accused of killing four people, including three of her own relatives, says that she snapped when members of an Indian tribe threatened to evict her and her son from tribal land.
The unusual mass ceremony, scheduled for March 18, will honor veterans, most of Hispanic or Jewish heritage, who had already been recognized with the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second-highest military award. Only three of the recipients are living.