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Trump to honor US military during Fourth of July address

Jun. 19, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's participation in the nation's annual Fourth of July celebration will include a Trump speech honoring America's armed forces, along with music, military demonstrations and flyovers, the administration announced Wednesday, about two weeks before the patriotic...

Man accused of stealing WWII dog tags from National Archives

Jun. 19, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Virginia National Guard sergeant is accused of stealing World War II-era dog tags from the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland, at least the second theft case involving the research facility. Robert Rumsby, 29, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, told investigators...

US Navy expert: Tanker attack mine resembles Iranian mines

Jun. 19, 2019 9:04 AM EDT

U.S. NAVY 5TH FLEET BASE NEAR FUJAIRAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The limpet mines used to attack a Japanese-owned oil tanker near the Strait of Hormuz last week bore "a striking resemblance" to similar mines displayed by Iran, a U.S. Navy explosives expert said Wednesday, stopping short of directly...

Today in History

Jun. 19, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, June 19, the 170th day of 2019. 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 was over, and that all remaining slaves in Texas were free — an event celebrated...

The Latest: Acting Defense boss steps down amid Iran tension

Jun. 18, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan's decision to step down (all times local): 8 p.m. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is citing a "painful" family situation as he steps down from the position before his formal nomination has even been sent to the Senate....

Shanahan drops bid to lead Pentagon, citing 'painful' past

Jun. 18, 2019 11:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a "painful" family situation that would hurt his children and reopen "wounds we have worked years to heal." President Donald Trump announced Shanahan's departure in...

Trump's Pentagon pick is Army veteran, defense lobbyist

Jun. 18, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's pick for new Defense Secretary is an Army veteran who served in the first Iraq war and also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist. Trump on Tuesday said Mark Esper, his current Army secretary, would...

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...

US launches hospital ship to countries absorbing Venezuelans

Jun. 18, 2019 4:25 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence declared Tuesday that Venezuela's authoritarian leader "must go" as the U.S. Navy launched a hospital ship on a five-month mission to help Latin American countries struggling to absorb migrants from the crisis-wracked country. Pence briefly toured the ship at Miami's...

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...