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Biden: Changing world needs new officer skills

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- Vice President Joe Biden says this year's Air Force Academy graduates are entering a changed world that requires the nation to decide when it should act alone and when to build coalitions.

In a speech at the academy commencement Wednesday, Biden told the graduates their country needs them to be strategic thinkers as well as warriors.

Biden echoed President Barack Obama's remarks earlier in the day, saying the U.S. must approach foreign policy with "wisdom and humility" when deciding when to get involved.

Speaking at West Point's graduation, Obama urged restraint before any new military engagements.

Biden says the nation needs a strong economy, a reputation for defending human rights and a strong presence in the Pacific to remain a global power.

Nearly 1,000 cadets are graduating from the academy.




Guns N' Roses visit Nellis Air Force Base

Guns N' Roses visit Nellis Air Force Base

Service men and women at Nellis Air Force Base got a special treat Tuesday when members of the band Guns N' Roses stopped by to thank them for their service to our country.

The band signed autographs and posed for pictures. Master Sergeant Michael Culver, who has been a lifelong fan of the band, says it was great to finally meet them.

"It's awesome. The band takes their time to come out here and visit with all the airmen and the troops that are here on Nellis. It is so awesome, we really appreciate it." Master Sgt. Culver said.

The legendary band is currently headlining its second residency at The joint at the Hard Rock Hotel through June 7.

Coroner identifies motorcyclist killed in crash with truck

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Authorities have identified a 24-year-old motorcyclist who died after slamming into pickup truck in northeast Las Vegas.

Clark County coroner's officials say Steven Michael Bennett died after the crash that happened about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of East Carey Avenue and North Camel Street.

Police say Bennett was riding on Carey Avenue at a high rate of speed when he hit a pickup that was making a left turn.

He was thrown off the motorcycle and later pronounced dead at University Medical Center. Four people were in the pickup truck, including two boys, ages 7 and 5.

One of the boys and a 64-year-old woman in the truck suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital.

Nevada gets head start on drone technology

LAS VEGAS -- Unmanned-aerial vehicles are expected to become a $900 billion industry worldwide.

The state of Nevada has a head start on most other areas of the country with the first official Federal Aviation Administration test scheduled for next Wednesday, north of the Nevada Test and Training Range.

It could mean billions of dollars for Nevada and could create thousands of jobs from software engineering to manufacturing.

Private companies are racing to develop and use commercial drones. They've been used to make movies and to advertise real estate. The catch: they are currently illegal.

The FAA is considering streamlining the permit process for smaller drones in low-risk areas, but a complete set of regulations could be years away.

White House threatens veto of defense bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House is threatening a veto of the House version of a $601 billion defense bill over election-year moves to spare weapons systems and popular programs in the face of limited budgets.

In a statement on Monday, the Obama administration said that if the bill in its current form impedes the Pentagon from directing scarce resources to the military, senior advisers would recommend that the president veto the measure.

The White House also complained about the bill's limits on the president's ability to transfer terror suspects being held at the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The House is expected to debate and vote on the bill this week. The Senate Armed Services Committee is beginning its work on its version. The two measures will have to  be reconciled.


Local cancer center offers military appreciation event

LAS VEGAS -- A military veteran's appreciation day picnic will be held on Saturday, May 17 at Craig Ranch Regional Park.

The event is sponsored by 21st Century Onocology of Las Vegas. There will be a food truck village and children's activities.  It starts at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

"We're very proud to be a part of this event to honor the brave men and women who protect our country," says Brian D. Lawenda, M.D., former Navy commander and Board Certified Radiation Oncologist with 21st Century Oncology. "Being a sponsor is a great way to show our appreciation and give back to our community."

Admission is free and the event is also open to the public. The park is located at 628 W.  Craig Road in North Las Vegas.

Lake Mead Cruises offers special deals to the military

LAS VEGAS -- Lake Mead Cruises is honoring past and present military members special deals on cruises aboard the Desert Princess Paddle Wheel tour boat.

The special deals coincide with Memorial Day, Father's Day and Flag Day. Here are some of the highlights:

Memorial Month - Lake Mead Cruises salutes America's troops by offering veterans and active duty military a 25 percent discount on any midday sightseeing cruise for as many as six adults. All you need is to enter or mention promo code AFM at booking and show a military ID at check-in.
Flag Day, June 14 - Veterans and active military personnel can get a 25 percent discount on any midday sightseeing cruise for as many as six adults. Enter the promo code FLG at booking and present a military ID at check-in.
Father's Day, June 15 - Lake Mead Cruises offers two special ways to recognize dads.