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Ryan Speaks Out Against Military Cuts


FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Republican Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney will prevent planned cuts to the U.S. military if elected president.

The GOP vice presidential hopeful spoke to supporters Thursday in Fayetteville, N.C., home to the Fort Bragg Army base and a large number of military families.

Ryan warned of the cuts to military spending outlined in sequestration, a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn't reach a budget solution in the next few months. Half of the cuts are set to come from the Pentagon.

As a Wisconsin congressman and chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan voted for budget control legislation that included sequestration. He spoke favorably about the agreement on the House floor.

Ryan has since voted for legislation to block the cuts.

President Obama Arrives in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- President Barack Obama has arrived at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas ahead of a campaign stop in one of the most economically downtrodden communities in the country.

Air Force One touched down at the base on Tuesday evening, almost an hour after the president left Reno on his third visit to the city in three months. Obama plans to meet with teachers and speak at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Education also was the theme on Tuesday, when he addressed a crowd at a community college in Reno.

Obama is spending millions of dollars in the key swing state that helped him win the White House in 2008. Polls show he is in a tight race with Mitt Romney.

8NewsNOW.com will carry live coverage of the President's rally Wednesday.

Obama: Military Budget Deal Unlikely by November


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he doesn't believe Congress can reach a deal before the November elections that avoids deep cuts in military spending, but says he is optimistic that reductions won't occur.

Obama says he has made sure that service members don't lose pay or benefits and veterans continue to receive their benefits. Obama made his remarks in interviews Monday with news outlets in regions with a large military presence.

Obama told the Virginian Pilot that Democrats must understand that any deal will require additional spending cuts. He said Republicans must accept the need for additional tax revenue. Without a deal, the Pentagon faces $500 billion in cuts over 10 years.

Nellis' RED HORSE Adds Airborne Explosive Experts


A new group is joining the RED HORSE squadron at Nellis Air Force Base.

Jumping, building and now defusing - the 820th RED HORSE here has added airborne explosive ordinance disposal to its toolkit. 

Read more at Nellis Air Force Base website.

Woman Agrees to Guilty Plea in Breast Implant Scheme


The Attorney General’s Office announced the guilty plea of a woman who stole money from Nellis Air Force Base in a breast implant scheme.

According to the office, 31-year-old Shanita Flax pled guilty Monday to two counts of felony theft. Flax worked as a civilian contactor at O’Callaghan Federal Hospital on the base. She used her position to talk to women who were getting cosmetic breast implants, telling them to pay her cash for the procedures. She would then pocket the cash and bill the Air Force for the procedures. On claims forms, she told the Air Force the procedures were for cancer patients.

Under the plea agreement, Flax agreed to repay the U.S. Air Force $17,400 for the fraudulent billing. She has also agreed to pay the Attorney General’s Office $10,000 for the costs of prosecution.

Student's Death in Las Vegas Ruled an Accident

Student's Death in Las Vegas Ruled an Accident

PHOENIX (AP) -- A coroner has ruled that the death of a 22-year-old pre-med student from Arizona who fell from her Las Vegas hotel room after taking Ecstasy was an accident.

Family and friends of Emily McCaughan have told The Arizona Republic that the University of Arizona student became paranoid while in Las Vegas in June for a concert, believed someone was following her and wanted to go home.

Police say she took a cab back to her hotel and was found dead hours later.

Toxicology reports show McCaughan had Ecstasy and traces of methamphetamine and gamma-hydroxybutyric acid in her system.

McCaughan's father, in a previous interview with the Republic, said he believes his daughter feared for her life when security tried to enter her room after receiving a noise complaint.