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Toxic mix of gangs, vigilantes fuels rising Mexican violence

Jun. 21, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

XALTIANGUIS, Mexico (AP) — What now passes for the law in Xaltianguis, a little town on the road to Acapulco, arrived with a car bomb and butchery. A heavily armed vigilante force took over the town in the Mexican state of Guerrero last month by driving out a rival band, blowing up a car with gas cylinders...

Prosecutor: Navy SEAL bragged about killing captive in Iraq

Jun. 18, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A decorated Navy SEAL stabbed to death a wounded and captive teenage Islamic State fighter in Iraq and then bragged about it, a military prosecutor told jurors Tuesday during opening statements in a politically charged court-martial. Lt. Brian John projected photos of the dead prisoner in...

The Latest: Photo of dead militant shown at Navy SEAL trial

Jun. 18, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a decorated Navy SEAL charged with killing an Islamic State prisoner in his care (all times local): 1:10 p.m. A military prosecutor says a decorated Navy SEAL bragged about killing a teenage Islamic State prisoner in Iraq. During opening statements in a...

Couple accused of defrauding military seek separate trials

Jun. 5, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Separate trials are being sought by a Tennessee couple accused of defrauding the U.S. military out of $65 million in a scheme involving prescriptions for pain and scar cream. The Tennessean reports a recently filed court motion says Jimmy Collins and Ashley Collins each plan to...

Shanahan tells Naval Academy graduates to change status quo

May. 24, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday to change the status quo and stand their ground in the face of ethical failure, urging them to "set the standard on preventing sexual harassment and assault" among ranks. He called on...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia won't hesitate to defend itself

May. 20, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 2:30 a.m. The U.S. military command that oversees the Mideast has confirmed an explosion outside the U.S. Embassy...

US deployments across Mideast factor in Iran tensions

May. 11, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group rushes toward the Persian Gulf. Decades-old B-52 bombers rumble down runways at desert air bases. The Pentagon, meanwhile, routes a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious supply ship to return to the region. These military...

Marine Corps says platoon commander killed in accident

May. 10, 2019 7:52 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Marine Corps says a 24-year-old platoon commander from the nation's capital has died after being injured in a rollover accident involving a light armored vehicle during training at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego. Officials on Friday said 1st Lt. Hugh C. McDowell from Washington,...

Reports of sexual assault in the military spike

May. 2, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of military sexual assaults jumped by 13% last year, but an anonymous survey of service members released Thursday suggests the problem is vastly larger. The survey results found that more than 20,000 service members said they experienced some type of sexual assault, but only a...