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Mothers say Air Force fails amid child sex assaults reports

Jun. 12, 2019 11:43 PM EDT

To the mothers, the 13-year-old boy appeared largely unsupervised as he roamed among the clusters of townhomes on the U.S. Air Force base in Japan. It would have been unremarkable — the neighborhood was full of kids — except that young girls were starting to report the boy had led them from play and...

Taiwan confirms request for US tanks, air defense systems

Jun. 6, 2019 5:20 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan confirmed Thursday it has asked to purchase more than 100 tanks from the U.S., along with air defense and anti-tank missile systems in a major potential arms sale that drew immediate protest from China. A Defense Ministry statement said it has submitted a letter of request for...

Ceremony, political gibes mark Trump's first day in London

Jun. 3, 2019 9:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Mixing pageantry and pugilism, President Donald Trump plunged into his long-delayed state visit to Britain on Monday, welcomed with smiles and a cannon salute by the royals but launching political insults at others in a time of turmoil for both nations in the deep, if recently strained,...

Groups ready to sue over fuel spill at New Mexico air base

May. 31, 2019 4:54 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A coalition of state lawmakers and nonprofit groups took the first step toward suing the U.S. Air Force on Friday, saying it wants firm deadlines for cleaning up jet fuel contamination at a base bordering New Mexico's largest city. The coalition filed a notice of intent to sue ,...

Trump: New AF officers are 'rock-ribbed American patriots'

May. 30, 2019 3:32 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) — President Donald Trump told newly minted Air Force officers on Thursday that "to dominate the future, America must rule the skies." Speaking at the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement, Trump praised the class of "rock-ribbed American patriots" and paid tribute to them for...

Wisconsin National Guard whistleblower alleges retaliation

May. 24, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin Air National Guard sergeant whose complaints about sexual assault within his unit sparked two federal investigations believes his commanders are now trying to force him out of the service and deny him retirement benefits in retaliation. Master Sgt. Jay Ellis filed a...

Trump nominates aerospace executive for Air Force secretary

May. 21, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump nominated an aerospace executive and former ambassador to Finland to be the next secretary of the Air Force on Tuesday. Trump said in a tweet that he has chosen Barbara Barrett, former chairman of The Aerospace Corporation, to replace Heather Wilson when she steps...

Packing his bags: Trump plans jet-setting summer of travel

May. 20, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four days in Tokyo. Then it's off to see Queen Elizabeth before a jaunt to Normandy, France, and perhaps time in Ireland. A return trip to Japan? Why not. And throw in Seoul. Then it's back to France for President Donald Trump for a summit with world leaders. The homebody president is...

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

May. 19, 2019 11:58 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR'S NOTE: This is a weekly look...

The Latest: Ordnance team on scene of California F-16 crash

May. 17, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of an F-16 fighter jet in Southern California (all times local): 9:05 a.m. A military official says an explosive ordnance disposal detail is on the scene of an F-16 fighter jet crash in Southern California but he will not say whether any armaments were...