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Migrants react as they walk to the border gate of Pazarkule in Edirne, near Turkey-Greece border, early Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. An air strike by Syrian government forces killed scores of Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, a Turkish official said Friday, marking the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since it first intervened in Syria in 2016. (AP Photo/Ergin Yildiz)

NATO urges Syria, Russia to halt airstrikes as migrants move

Feb. 28, 2020 8:43 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO on Friday called on Syria and Russia to halt their airstrikes following the killing of 33 Turkish soldiers in northeastern Syria, as scores of migrants seeking entry into Europe gathered at Turkey's border with Greece With Turkey signalling that it would let migrants leave, Greece and...

Federal funding denied for Baltimore flood management study

Feb. 28, 2020 8:17 AM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A $3.2 million study that was supposed to evaluate Baltimore's risk of storm flooding was suspended after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to secure federal funding. The agency's Baltimore division announced Tuesday that work would be halted on the risk management study. It would...

Guinea-Bissau president sworn in despite contested vote

Feb. 28, 2020 7:26 AM EST

BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — Former army general Umaro Cissoko Embalo was sworn in Thursday as president of Guinea-Bissau despite a pending Supreme Court decision on a request to annul the election results. Outgoing President Jose Mario Vaz, who lost in the first round in November, was present at the...

Refugees and migrants arrive with a dinghy accompanied by Frontex vessels at the village of Skala Sikaminias, on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing the Aegean sea from Turkey, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. An air strike by Syrian government forces killed scores of Turkish soldiers in northeast Syria, a Turkish official said Friday, marking the largest death toll for Turkey in a single day since it first intervened in Syria in 2016. (AP Photo/Micheal Varaklas)

Turkey threatens Europe with refugees after 33 troops killed

Feb. 28, 2020 7:22 AM EST

REYHANLI, Turkey (AP) — The presidents of Turkey and Russia spoke over the phone on Friday, a day after Syrian government airstrikes killed 33 Turkish troops, significantly ratcheting up tensions between Ankara and Moscow. It was the highest number of Turkish soldiers killed in a single day since Ankara...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2015, file photo, two sailors stand with a gun as the USS John Stennis aircraft carrier leaves Naval Base Kitsap in Washington state. A federal judge in Seattle ruled Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, that President Donald Trump cannot divert $89 million intended for a construction project at the base to help build his wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Judge: Military funds for Washington state can't go to wall

Feb. 27, 2020 8:42 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — President Donald Trump may not divert $89 million intended for a military construction project in Washington state to build his border wall, a U.S. judge in Seattle ruled Thursday. The U.S. Supreme Court and some other courts have said the administration can begin diverting billions of...

Former VA worker gets 18 months in prison for taking bribes

Feb. 27, 2020 7:51 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A former Veterans Affairs employee in Colorado who pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for rigging federal contracts has been sentenced to a year and a half in prison. Dwane Nevins was sentenced Wednesday after previously pleading guilty to six corruption-related counts. His...

Feds, NY governor still in talks on Global Entry ban

Feb. 27, 2020 7:01 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Federal and state officials have yet to find a compromise to allow New Yorkers back into federal trusted travelers programs even as a Department of Homeland Security official said that the governor’s latest offer looks “promising.” Department of Homeland Security...

Western nations demand immediate cease-fire in Syria's Idlib

Feb. 27, 2020 6:59 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United States and key Western allies on Thursday demanded an immediate cease-fire in Syria’s last opposition stronghold in northwestern Idlib which is facing what the U.N. calls an “unfolding humanitarian catastrophe,” but Russia ignored their calls and said...

Air Force service song changed to use gender-neutral lyrics

Feb. 27, 2020 5:25 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force changed lyrics in its service anthem by dropping gender references that exclude women. The change announced Thursday by the Air Force chief of staff, Gen. David Goldfein, is designed to make the service friendlier to women, The Gazette reports. "Our song...

Arizona State denies Crow is candidate for California post

Feb. 27, 2020 2:57 PM EST

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State University has denied a published news report that ASU President Michael Crow is a candidate for the University of California presidency. The Mercury News reported Thursday that Crow was a candidate to replace Janet Napolitano when she steps down this summer as president...