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Cleanup of Southern California shore from spill nears end

Nov. 30, 2021 18:01 PM EST

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — About three-quarters of the Southern California shoreline being combed for tar following an offshore oil spill have been signed off as cleaned, officials said Tuesday. U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Jeannie Shaye said officials have...

Pentagon chief says Guard who refuse vaccine cannot train

Nov. 30, 2021 15:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has decided that National Guard members who refuse COVID-19 vaccination will be barred from federally funded drills and training required to maintain their Guard status. Austin spelled out the policy in an internal memo...

Navy medical team heading to New Mexico to help with COVID

Nov. 30, 2021 13:18 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The U.S. Navy is sending a 20-member medical team to New Mexico to help the San Juan Regional Medical Center cope with a staff shortage for treating COVID-19 patients. The military team is being deployed at the request of the Federal Emergency...

Iran strikes hard line as talks over nuclear deal resume

Nov. 30, 2021 11:01 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran struck a hard line Tuesday after just one day of restarted talks in Vienna over its tattered nuclear deal, suggesting everything discussed in previous rounds of diplomacy could be renegotiated. Speaking to Iranian state television, Ali Bagheri,...

US lifts terror designation for Colombia's ex-guerrilla army

Nov. 30, 2021 10:34 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration formally revoked the terrorist designation of Colombia's former FARC guerrilla army on Tuesday, but newly imposed the designation on commanders and offshoots of the group who have refused to lay down their arms. Lifting of the...

Rights group: Taliban kill, abduct dozens of ex-officers

Nov. 30, 2021 08:25 AM EST

KABUL (AP) — Taliban fighters have summarily killed or forcibly “disappeared” more than 100 former police and intelligence officers since taking power in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said in a report Tuesday. The group pointed to continuing retaliation against the armed forces of the...

Ex-Air Force worker sentenced for stealing government funds

Nov. 30, 2021 08:24 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force civilian employee has been sentenced to more than a year in prison and another year in home confinement after his guilty plea in a scheme to use his travel credit card to get more than $1 million in cash advances, a federal prosecutor said. ...

Journalist freed by Myanmar helps light menorah in Detroit

Nov. 30, 2021 06:52 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — An American journalist who was recently freed after spending nearly six months in jail in military-ruled Myanmar helped light one of eight Hanukkah candles during a holiday celebration in downtown Detroit. Danny Fenster, 37, joined elected and community...

Japan confirms first case of new coronavirus variant

Nov. 30, 2021 06:28 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japan confirmed on Tuesday its first case of the new omicron coronavirus variant, a Namibian diplomat who recently arrived from his country, officials said. Chief Cabinet Secretary said the patient, a man in his 30s, tested positive upon arrival at Narita...

Top adviser to Ellsworth AFB commander removed from post

Nov. 29, 2021 18:42 PM EST

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) — The primary adviser to the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota has been removed from his post for what officials described Monday as inappropriate conduct. Chief Master Sgt. Just Deisch, the...