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Army-Navy game in December moves from Philly to West Point

Oct. 23, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

The Army-Navy football game in December has been moved from Philadelphia to West Point because of attendance limits placed on outdoor events in Pennsylvania. By playing the game on Army's home field in New York, the entire Brigade of Midshipmen and Corps of Cadets will be able to attend. The game is scheduled...

Army quarterback Cade Ballard, right, celebrates a touchdown with teammates Jordyn Law, Noah Knapp (65) and Mike Johnson (59) during an NCAA college football game against UTSA on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in San Antonio, Texas. Army won 28-16. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

The Latest: Army-Navy game being moved to West Point

Oct. 23, 2020 12:34 PM EDT

The 121st Army-Navy game will be played at West Point’s Michie Stadium instead of the traditional site in Philadelphia. The academies made the announcement Friday. The move is being made due to attendance limits placed on outdoor events in Pennsylvania because of the novel coronavirus. Those limits would...

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Air Force 'Candy Bomber' glides into milestone birthday

Oct. 18, 2020 8:00 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Air Force Colonel (retired) Gail S. Halvorsen changed the course of history with just two pieces of gum. Now has made a bit of his own history. Halvorsen turned 100 years old this month. For all that has been written and documented, and all the awards that have been given, the infamous...

Identified sailor killed at Pearl Harbor will be honored

Oct. 16, 2020 4:53 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The remains of a U.S. Navy sailor who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor were identified and will be honored in Kentucky. Navy Fireman 2nd Class Martin Young, 29, of Hawesville, died on Dec. 7, 1941 when the USS Oklahoma capsized, news outlets reported. In October 1949, Young's...

Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski, left, poses for the media with Stanislaw Buchala, right, who received the Israeli distinction of the Righteous Among the Nations on behalf of his late grandparents, Stefania and Jan Buchala, who saved Polanski, from the Holocaust in 1943-45, during the ceremony of bestowing the honor in Gliwice, Poland, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020.(AP Photo/Michal Buksa)

Roman Polanski honors Poles who saved him from the Holocaust

Oct. 15, 2020 2:44 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Oscar-winning filmmaker Roman Polanski returned to Poland, the country of his youth, and paid tribute on Thursday to a Polish couple who took him in and protected him when he was a child, saving him from the Holocaust during World War II. Stefania and Jan Buchala were posthumously...

WWII bomb explodes underwater in Poland, no injuries

Oct. 13, 2020 3:27 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A British World War II bomb exploded while being made safe underwater by navy demolition specialists in northwestern Poland on Tuesday. No one was injured. The 5.4-ton Tallboy bomb was found in September 2019 beneath a waterway leading to the port of Szczecin during work to deepen the...

FILE - This Aug. 2, 1944 photo, courtesy of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, shows members of the famed WWII Army unit Merrill's Marauders less than 75 yards from enemy positions, on display during a gathering of remaining members, family and history buffs, in New Orleans. The unit that spent months marching and fighting behind enemy lines in Burma has been approved to receive the Congressional Gold Medal, Congress' highest honor. Nearly 3,000 soldiers began the unit's secret mission in Japanese occupied Burma in 1944. Barely 200 remained in the fight when their mission was completed five months later.   (U.S. Army Signal Corps via AP, File)

WWII jungle fighting unit approved for congressional medal

Oct. 13, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

The soldiers spent months behind enemy lines, marching hundreds of miles through the tangled jungles and steep mountains of Burma as they battled hunger and disease between firefights with Japanese forces during their secret mission. In February 1944, the American jungle fighting unit nicknamed Merrill's...

Facebook donates $1.3M to keep UK codebreaker museum open

Oct. 13, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook has made a 1 million-pound ($1.3 million) donation to support Britain’s Bletchley Park, the base of codebreakers during World War II, after the historic site lost almost all of its income amid the coronavirus pandemic. Facebook said Tuesday that the donation was in recognition...

Poland evacuates 750 people as WWII Tallboy bomb is defused

Oct. 12, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of people in northwest Poland have been evacuated for a few days to allow Navy sappers to neutralize a British World War II giant Tallboy bomb resting under a waterway leading to the port of Szczecin. The 5.4 ton bomb was found in Sept. 2019 during work to deepen the...

People read the inscription of a statue commemorating so-called 'comfort women', an euphemism given by Japan to the women and girls enslaved for sex by the Japanese army during World War II, displayed at a residential area in central Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

Korean group must remove Berlin tribute to "comfort women"

Oct. 9, 2020 7:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A Berlin district has ordered a local Korean group to remove a statue commemorating women used as sex slaves by Japan during World War II, saying Friday it goes beyond what had been approved. The issue of sex slaves, euphemistically called “comfort women,” has been a major...