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In this September 2020 photo, an electric fence surrounds a campaign sign for President Donald Trump in John Oliveira's yard in New Bedford, Mass. Oliveira said he installed the fence to protect his sign after several were stolen from his lawn during the summer. (John Oliveira via AP)

Current events: Electric fence deters Trump sign thieves

Sep. 18, 2020 1:24 PM EDT

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man tired of people stealing his Donald Trump campaign sign has come up with a shocking solution: an electrified fence around it. John Oliveira, 54, a disabled Navy veteran and a member of the New Bedford School Committee, put the fence up a few weeks ago. Oliveira...

Former VA doctor pleads guilty to molesting patients

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that he molested three male patients and violated their civil rights. Jonathan Yates pleaded guilty in court filings to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law, which...

Kosovo veterans puzzled by court war crime file delivery

Sep. 17, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Kosovo war veterans said Thursday that war crime files inexplicably sent to their office have been returned to a special international court in The Hague, Netherlands, probing alleged crimes during and after the Balkan nation’s 1998-1999 war. Hysni Gucati, a spokesman for the...

FILE - In this Oct. 2, 2018 file photo, toppled headstones rest on the ground in Park Cemetery in Bridgeport, Conn. The former caretaker of the cemetery is facing a new charge of embezzling more than $60,000 from the cemetery. Dale LaPrade, 66, was charged with first-degree larceny on Sept. 10 after a forensic audit discovered the theft of funds from Park Cemetery in Bridgeport between 2016 and 2018. (Ned Gerard/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP)

Ex-manager of bone-strewn cemetery charged with embezzling

Sep. 16, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A former caretaker of a Connecticut cemetery where police found bones strewn about and new graves placed over old ones is facing a new charge of embezzling more than $60,000 from the cemetery. Dale LaPrade, 66, was charged with first-degree larceny on Sept. 10 after a forensic...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden courts Latino voters in 1st trip to Florida as nominee

Sep. 16, 2020 12:17 AM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee with an urgent mission to boost support among Latinos who could decide the election in one of the nation's fiercest battleground states. “More than any other time, the Hispanic community, Latino...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden courts Latino voters in 1st trip to Florida as nominee

Sep. 15, 2020 9:16 PM EDT

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Joe Biden made his first trip to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee on Tuesday with an urgent mission to boost support among Latinos who could decide the election in one of the nation's fiercest battleground states. “More than any other time, the Hispanic...

HFM*A photograph of Army veteran Damian Daniels is displayed before mourners during his funeral at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo, Ala., on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020. Daniels, an Alabama native who served in Afghanistan, was fatally shot by a sheriff's deputy at his home in San Antonio, Texas, last month. Relatives say he was troubled mentally. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Combat vet killed by Texas deputy buried in Alabama on 9/11

Sep. 11, 2020 11:26 PM EDT

MONTEVALLO, Ala. (AP) — His Army stint complete after serving in Afghanistan, Damian Daniels left Alabama to begin a new life in Texas. He bought a house, enrolled in college and supported the Black Lives Matter movement. Black himself, Daniels was working to start a new business when paranoid...

FILE - This June 21, 2013, file photo, shows the seal affixed to the front of the Department of Veterans Affairs building in Washington.  In a federal lawsuit filed this week, U.S. Navy veteran from South Carolina says he ended up with “full-blown AIDS,” because government health care workers never informed him of his positive test result in 1995. He says the test was done as part of standard lab tests at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Columbia, South Carolina. A V.A. spokeswoman says the agency typically does not comment on pending litigation. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

US Navy veteran: For 2 decades, VA never told him he had HIV

Sep. 11, 2020 8:48 AM EDT

A U.S. Navy veteran had no idea he was living with the virus that causes AIDS for more than two decades, because government health care workers never informed him of his positive test result in the mid-1990s, he says. In a federal lawsuit filed this week, the South Carolina man says he ended up with...

Joe Desiato, whose son U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Desiato was killed in 2004, speaks to reporters Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Bedford, Mass. The families of two servicemen from Bedford, Mass., killed in action in Iraq addressed reports of President Trump's statement on military service by the bridge named as a memorial to their sons. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Gold Star families fault Trump on alleged 'loser' remarks

Sep. 10, 2020 8:01 PM EDT

SALEM, Mass. (AP) — Two Gold Star families criticized disparaging remarks President Donald Trump allegedly made about veterans and those serving in the military while recalling the memories of their sons Thursday. The families of Pfc. John Hart and Lance Cpl. Travis Desiato — both Bedford natives...

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‘Corky’ Messner wins GOP Senate primary to challenge Shaheen

Sep. 8, 2020 11:57 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Bryant “Corky” Messner won the Republican primary for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, defeating a fellow veteran and setting up a bid to deny U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen a third term. Messner, who was endorsed by President Donald Trump, defeated Retired Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc and...