Jul 30th, 2012 - International News
BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq said it neither needed nor wanted a U.S.-funded police training program, but it went ahead anyway at a cost of $200 million that government auditors say was a waste of money.
The Police Development Program was envisioned as a five-year, multibillion-dollar push to train security forces after the U.S. military left last December. But Iraqi political leaders, anxious to keep their distance from the Americans, were unenthusiastic.
A report released today by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction finds that the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad never got a written commitment from Iraq to participate.
And despite years of effort, Iraq's police force remains a vulnerable target for militants.
The report says one of the major lessons learned is that it's essential for the host country to "buy in" to such programs.
The program is now being drastically cut back.
Apr 23rd, 2014 - Local News
MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) — Officials with Consumers Energy said they're committed to helping find a new use for the site of a coal-fired power plant in western Michigan that's scheduled to close in two ...
Apr 22nd, 2014 - Local News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Dick Cheney said during a visit to Grand Rapids that he's "enormously grateful" to the donor who supplied the heart used in a transplant procedure performed on the former ...
Apr 23rd, 2014 - State News
IONIA, Mich. (AP) — A convicted murderer who escaped from a Michigan prison in February faces a court hearing Wednesday on escape, carjacking and kidnapping charges.
Michael Elliot is being arrai...
Apr 22nd, 2014 - State News
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has wrapped up more than four months of icebreaking to open shipping lanes on the lower Great Lakes.
Five U.S. and three Canadian vessels worked to cle...
Apr 23rd, 2014 - National News
DETROIT (AP) — A woman who successfully sued the University of Michigan over racial preferences says the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold a state ban on using race in university admissions is...
Apr 22nd, 2014 - National News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the National Transportation Safety Board is expressing alarm at a dramatic increase in hazardous liquids being hauled in freight trains.
NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersma...
Apr 23rd, 2014 - International News
PARIS (AP) — A study by the U.N. education agency says cellphones are getting more and more people to read in countries where books are rare and illiteracy is high.
Paris-based UNESCO says 774 mi...
Apr 22nd, 2014 - International News
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Vice President Joe Biden is warning Russia that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine.
Biden spoke today after meeting with Ukrainian...
Apr 23rd, 2014 - Sports News
DETROIT (AP) — Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings and the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Apr 22nd, 2014 - Sports News
BOSTON (AP) — The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was completed without incident and featured the first U.S. citizen in 31 years to win the event.
Former New York City Marathon champion and ...
Apr 8th, 2014 - Health News
LONDON (AP) — Doctors in London researching spinal cord injuries say they've had success using an experimental treatment on four patients now.
They've gotten them to stand and move their legs by ...
Jan 24th, 2014 - Health News
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nutrition facts label on the back of food packages is getting a makeover.
The Food and Drug Administration says knowledge about nutrition has evolved since the early 19...