In phone call, Ryan apologizes to Dempsey
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan says he has apologized in a telephone call to the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman for accusing the military of not giving its "true advice" on President Obama's budget plan.
Military generals are required under oath to provide lawmakers their personal views on security matters, even if those views conflict with the White House.
In this case, Gen. Martin Dempsey had testified that he thought Obama's $614 billion plan for defense spending next year was adequate. Dempsey said he stood by his testimony, despite Ryan's remarks.
Sunday, the Wisconsin Republican said he was wrong for suggesting the generals weren't on the up and up. Ryan said he "really misspoke."
Mayor defends police in handling Powell case
WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah (AP) -- The city's mayor is defending his Police Department's handling of the Susan Powell case, insisting the department did everything possible to resolve it.
After Friday's release of court documents linking Josh Powell to the 2009 disappearance of his wife, her family and prosecutors in Washington State questioned why he wasn't arrested for her murder before he killed himself and their two young sons two months ago.
Mayor Mike Winder told the Deseret News that it's easy to second-guess police decisions, but police didn't want to make a "premature arrest and let someone slip through."
Motor home crash kills five, hurts 13
LYNDON, Kan. (AP) -- A packed motor home headed from Texas to Minnesota crashed Sunday morning in northeast Kansas, killing five people and sending 13 others to hospitals.
The Kansas Highway Patrol said the northbound vehicle was filled with 18 people and pulling a trailer when the driver lost control at 9 a.m. on Interstate 35. The vehicle hit a guardrail and a concrete bridge rail before crashing into a creek ravine near the small town of Williamsburg, which is located about 70 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo. Trooper Don Hughes said he couldn't immediately release the names, ages or hometowns of the victims because their relatives were still being notified.
Mexican man allowed into U.S. to bury son
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- An immigration lawyer says a Mexican man will be allowed to enter the United States to bury his 10-year-old son, a U.S. citizen who died in a house fire in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Fidelmar "Fidel" Merlos-Lopez initially was barred entry into the country. But his Philadelphia-based attorney, Elizabeth Surin, told WFMZ-TV that her client was issued a humanitarian parole to attend the funeral.
She says Lopez is on a plane bound for Pennsylvania.
Lopez's son, Damien Lopez, died Tuesday in a Shenandoah row house fire along with his cousin, aunt and 7-month-old half brother. The funeral is set for today.
Lopez was an illegal immigrant who left the United States voluntarily in 2008. He's in the process of getting his green card so he can rejoin his wife in Shenandoah.