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  • Obama to award Presidential Medal of Freedom to Brokaw, Streep, others

    November 24, 2014 2:50 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is awarding the nation's highest civilian honor to 19 artists, activists, public servants, scientists and others. The distinguished and high-achieving group includes actress Meryl Streep, Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder and Rep. John Dingell, a Michigan Democrat... more »
  • Obama presents Afghan war vet with Medal of Honor

    October 15, 2013 2:14 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says a former Army captain who survived one of the Afghan war's deadliest firefights is a reminder that Americans look out for one another even when it's difficult. Obama commented at a White House ceremony on Tuesday before placing America's highest military honor, the Medal of... more »
  • 8 La. WWII veterans receive French Legion of Honor

    September 11, 2013 3:08 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Eight World War II veterans from Louisiana have received the French government's highest medal, the Legion of Honor, including a veteran from Gonzales. They include a soldier in the "Ghost Army" that tricked the Germans, one who led 55 days of fights behind enemy lines in Normandy... more »
  • La. author among Natl. Medal of Arts winners

    July 10, 2013 3:38 PM

    WASHINGTON - An author from Pointe Coupee Parish was among 24 recipients of national medals for contributions in the fields of the arts and humanities recognized today by President Barack Obama. Ernest J. Gaines is most known for his novels "A Lesson Before Dying" and "The Autobiography of Miss Jane... more »
  • Boston Marathon winner presents his medal to city

    June 23, 2013 10:45 AM

    BOSTON - The champion of the men's 2013 Boston Marathon has returned his medal to Mayor Thomas Menino to honor the city and those killed and injured in the bombings near the finish line of one of the world's top running events. Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia participated in the Boston... more »
  • Obama signs bill on lying about military medals

    June 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Barack Obama has signed a bill making it a crime to lie about receiving a military medal. The Stolen Valor Act cleared both chambers of Congress last month. The White House says Obama signed it Monday. The measure revives a law struck down... more »
  • House passes bill on lying about military medals

    May 20, 2013 6:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a bill making it a crime for people to falsely claim they have received a military medal in order to obtain money or government benefits. Under the legislation, which passed overwhelmingly and now goes to the Senate, offenders could face up to a year... more »
  • Sources: IOC strips Armstrong of Olympic medal

    January 17, 2013 6:45 AM

    LONDON - Officials familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press the IOC has stripped Lance Armstrong of his bronze medal from the 2000 Sydney Olympics because of his involvement in doping. Two officials say the IOC sent a letter to Armstrong on Wednesday night asking him to return the... more »
  • 'They want to see the medal': Felix toting gold

    August 10, 2012 10:45 AM

    LONDON - Olympic 200-meter champion Allyson Felix figures she has one more Summer Games in her. And she's sure she can run faster. What it's far too soon to tell: whether she'll try a 100-200 or 200-400 double in Rio de Janeiro four years from now. In an interview Friday,... more »
  • Obama congratulates US women's soccer team

    August 9, 2012 4:44 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - President Barack Obama has congratulated the U.S. women's soccer team for winning the Olympic gold medal. Obama visited the U.S. Olympic Committee's training center in Colorado Springs Thursday and singled out the women's soccer team, which had just finished its gold-medal match. Obama offered a "special... more »
  • US tops Japan to take Olympic women's soccer gold

    August 9, 2012 3:48 PM

    WEMBLEY, England - The U.S. women's soccer team won the Olympic gold medal Thursday, avenging one of its most painful defeats with a 2-1 victory over Japan. Carli Lloyd scored in the eighth and 54th minutes for the Americans, who lost to the Japanese in penalty kicks at last year's... more »
  • Phelps takes record 19th Olympic medal

    July 31, 2012 3:27 PM

    LONDON - Michael Phelps broke the Olympic medals record Tuesday with his 19th as the United States romped to a dominating win in 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the London Games. With 19 career medals spanning three Olympics, Phelps moved one ahead of Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, who got her haul... more »
  • Phelps finishes second again for 18th medal

    July 31, 2012 2:33 PM

    LONDON - Michael Phelps has won a record-tying 18th Olympic medal, taking silver in the 200-meter butterfly. The winningest Olympian ever is still looking for his first gold of the London Games, getting out-touched at the wall by South Africa's Chad le Clos. Phelps flipped away his cap in disgust... more »
  • Gold, overall medal counts a 'stretch' for US team

    July 12, 2012 4:19 PM

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The chief of sport performance for the U.S. Olympic team calls it a stretch for Americans to win the most overall and gold medals at the London Olympics. Alan Ashley said Thursday the goal for the Americans to win both medal counts is "very ambitious, very... more »
  • Surprise of a lifetime honors WWII vet Play Video

    December 14, 2011 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE-- Staff Sergeant Steven Guidry's wife, Leola, got the surprise of a lifetime when she laid hands on the medals he earned more than 60 years ago. She never thought she'd see them, because all his records burned up with thousands of others in a fire at the... more »
  • Winners of 2010 Presidential Medal of Freedom announced

    November 17, 2010 3:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says former President George H.W. Bush, poet Maya Angelou and investor Warren Buffett are among the 2010 winners of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. President Barack Obama will present the awards to the 15 honorees early next year. Other winners... more »

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