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VA moves to offer gender confirmation surgery to vets

Jun. 19, 2021 21:59 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is moving to offer transgender veterans gender confirmation surgery, Secretary Denis McDonough announced at a Pride Month event in Orlando Saturday. McDonough said in prepared remarks that the move was “the...

Uganda Olympic team member tests positive for coronavirus

Jun. 19, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A member of Uganda’s Olympic team has tested positive for the coronavirus and was barred entry into Japan, in the first detected infection among arriving athletes for the Tokyo Games opening in five weeks. The eight other members of the team left early...

Editor, CEO denied bail in Apple Daily case in Hong Kong

Jun. 19, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court ordered the top editor of pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily and the head of its parent company held without bail Saturday in the first hearing since their arrest two days ago under the city's national security law. Ryan Law, the...

Veterans court program graduate ‘is as tough as they come’

Jun. 19, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — People typically go to court to be judged for the wrongs they’ve committed against society, not to be praised for being superstars. But when a former drug addict and thief who repeatedly served jail time for her crimes uses the programs and...

Hit by a ransomware attack? Your payment may be deductible

Jun. 19, 2021 07:23 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As ransomware attacks surge, the FBI is doubling down on its guidance to affected businesses: Don't pay the cybercriminals. But the U.S. government also offers a little-noticed incentive for those who do pay: The ransoms may be tax deductible. The IRS...

Today in History

Jun. 19, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 19, the 170th day of 2021. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War...

North Korean leader swears to overcome economic hardships

Jun. 18, 2021 22:56 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “solemnly swore” to navigate his country out of deepening economic troubles as he concluded a major ruling party meeting, acknowledging food shortages and urging officials to prepare for both dialogue and confrontation with the...

Appeals court upholds FCC subsidy ban for Huawei purchases

Jun. 18, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Friday to hear Chinese tech giant Huawei's request to throw out a rule used to bar rural phone carriers on national security grounds from using government funds to purchase its equipment. The 5th Circuit Court of...

NSA to NSO: NY filmmakers explore circles of surveillance

Jun. 18, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — American filmmaker Laura Poitras, known for her award-winning 2014 documentary on former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden and his revelations about the National Security Agency, has once again turned her camera on the watchmen. In an exhibition...

UN assembly condemns Myanmar coup, calls for arms embargo

Jun. 18, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a rare move, the U.N. General Assembly on Friday condemned Myanmar’s military coup and called for an arm embargo against the country in a resolution that demonstrated widespread global opposition to the junta and demanded the restoration of the country’s...