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FILE - This March 27, 2008, file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The specter of election chaos in the United States is raising questions about whether voting, vote-counting or the post-vote reaction could become so chaotic that the military would intervene. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Army: No requests made for use of troops around election

Oct. 13, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

Army leaders said Tuesday that they have not received any requests to use active-duty or National Guard troops for possible civil unrest surrounding the presidential election next month, but are ready to do so if called on. Gen. James McConville, chief of the Army, said he's received no guidance to conduct any...

Today in History

Oct. 13, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, Oct. 13, the 287th day of 2020. There are 79 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 13, 1775, the United States Navy had its origins as the Continental Congress ordered the construction of a naval fleet. On this date: In A.D. 54, Roman Emperor...

FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun talks with the press, after meeting with Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius in Vilnius, Lithuania. Biegun said the U.S. was exploring ways to empower India without altering what he called New Delhi's “strong and proud tradition of strategic autonomy.

In India, top US diplomat calls China 'elephant in the room’

Oct. 12, 2020 8:53 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A top U.S. envoy speaking in New Delhi has called China “an elephant in the room” and said Washington is keen to advance India’s interests across the Indo-Pacific region. Deputy Secretary of State Stephen Biegun said the U.S. was exploring ways to empower India without...

FILE - This March 27, 2008, file photo shows the Pentagon in Washington. The specter of election chaos in the United States is raising questions about whether voting, vote-counting or the post-vote reaction could become so chaotic that the military would intervene. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Specter of election chaos raises questions on military role

Oct. 10, 2020 1:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a question Americans are unaccustomed to considering in a presidential election campaign: Could voting, vote-counting or the post-vote reaction become so chaotic that the U.S. military would intervene? The answer is yes, but only in an extreme case. There is normally no need for the...

In this 2019 photo, provided by Amy Sue Borja Santos, is her father, Vicente Borja at a Veteran of the Year ceremony in Ypao Beach, Guam. Vicente Borja is one of six former Hawaii residents who are living in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands suing to be able to vote by absentee ballot for president. Their federal lawsuit filed late Thursday, Oct, 8, 2020, says they are being treated like

Ex-Hawaii residents in territories seek presidential voting

Oct. 9, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Six former Hawaii residents who now live in Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands want to be able to vote by absentee ballot for president. They are being treated like “second-class citizens” because of where they live, they said in a federal lawsuit filed late Thursday in U.S....

In this image provided by the U.S. Marine Corps, then-Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Gary L. Thomas, deputy on Aug. 8, 2016. Thomas, now the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after he and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were in a Pentagon meeting with a Coast Guard leader who was infected with the virus.  (Lance Cpl. Paul A. Ochoa/Marine Corps via AP)

Marine general has COVID after Pentagon meeting

Oct. 7, 2020 8:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The assistant commandant of the Marine Corps has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after he and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were in a Pentagon meeting with a Coast Guard leader who was infected with the virus. The Marine Corps said Wednesday that Gen. Gary L. Thomas...

Today in History

Oct. 7, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, Oct. 7, the 281st day of 2020. There are 85 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Oct. 7, 1996, Fox News Channel made its debut. On this date: In 1910, a major wildfire devastated the northern Minnesota towns of Spooner and Baudette, charring at...

FILE - In this July 9, 2020, file photo Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday, Oct. 6, after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. Milley, and the vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, were among those affected, U.S. officials said. (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

Military leaders quarantined after official tests positive

Oct. 6, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top military leaders were under self-quarantine Tuesday after a senior Coast Guard official tested positive for the coronavirus, the Pentagon said. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark Milley, and the vice chairman, Gen. John Hyten, were among those affected,...

US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, left, is received by Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita, right, in Rabat, Morocco, Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. The visit is part of US Defense Secretary Mark Esper's North Africa tour and is his first visit to Africa as defense secretary. (AP Photo/Mosa'ab Elshamy)

US signs 10-year military cooperation deal with Morocco

Oct. 2, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The United States and Morocco on Friday signed an accord that aims to strengthen military cooperation and the North African kingdom's military readiness over the next decade. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper signed the 10-year agreement during a two-day visit to Morocco, his last...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, District of Columbia National Guard, and U.S. Park Police, advance through the white roses in front of the AFL-CIO headquarters, with St. John's Church behind them, as they move demonstrators back after they gathered to protest the death of George Floyd near the White House in Washington. The National Guard has designated military police units in two states to serve as rapid reaction forces in order to be better prepared to respond quickly to civil unrest around the country, in the wake of the violent protests that rocked the nation’s capitol and several states this summer.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

National Guard taps units for rapid response to civil unrest

Oct. 2, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Guard has designated military police units in two states to serve as rapid reaction forces so they can respond quickly to any potential civil unrest around the country, following violent protests that rocked the nation’s capital and several states this summer. Military...