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H. Ross Perot's devotion to family, friends remembered

Jul. 16, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot, a hard-charging Texan with a folksy manner who made billions in business and twice sought the presidency, was celebrated at a Tuesday memorial service for his devotion to his family, friends, faith and country. Earlier Tuesday, the U.S. Air Force conducted an F-16 flyover in...

Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Jul. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data. "We know we need to take the time to get this...

Report: Slick plastic sheeting led to flood barrier failure

Jul. 16, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — A new report released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says an April flood barrier breach in downtown Davenport was caused by pressure from the swollen Mississippi River shifting a barrier with slick plastic sheeting under it. The report, released Tuesday to Davenport city...

The Latest: Facebook denies that it's a monopoly

Jul. 16, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on the reach of big tech (all times local): 4:50 p.m. Rep. Joe Neguse, a Democrat from Colorado, sought to pin down Facebook on the subject of "monopoly" during a hearing on the power of Big Tech. Facebook argues it is not a monopoly because it has...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

Air Force: Rescue team helps injured Mexican fishermen

Jul. 16, 2019 4:20 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says two airmen from a base in Arizona were instrumental in rescuing two Mexican fishermen injured at sea. The U.S. Air Force says airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base parachuted into the Pacific Ocean on July 10 to get medical aid to the men, who were being...

North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium

Jul. 16, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion. The statement by the North's Foreign Ministry comes during...

Air Force major charged with murder in death of Texas wife

Jul. 15, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force major based in San Antonio has been charged with murder after authorities found the remains of his wife whom he reported missing in March. Forty-year-old Andre McDonald is being held Monday at the Bexar (bayr) County jail. Bail is set at $2 million. Sheriff's officials say...

Wisconsin National Guard plans disaster training exercise

Jul. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People in Monroe and Juneau counties can expect to see more military vehicles on the road and aircraft overhead this week as the Wisconsin National Guard runs a massive disaster training exercise. The exercise, dubbed Patriot North, is set to begin Monday and run through Thursday at...

Hundreds of guard soldiers deploying to Afghanistan

Jul. 15, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A standing-room-only crowd packed a fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for a send-off ceremony for nearly 400 Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers headed for a year's deployment in Afghanistan. The Eau Claire-headquartered 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry and its...