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Mattis: Jury is out on women succeeding in combat jobs

Sep. 25, 2018 7:05 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The jury is still out on whether women can be successful in infantry jobs, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday, while offering students at the Virginia Military Institute a dim view of female troops serving on the front line. Mattis, a retired Marine, said there are too few women in...

Veterinarian removes eel from loggerhead sea turtle's body

Sep. 25, 2018 6:32 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A veterinarian has removed a 2-foot-long (0.61-meter-long) eel from the body cavity of a loggerhead sea turtle in the Florida Keys. Dr. Brooke Burkhalter needed three hours Tuesday to complete the unusual procedure to remove the goldspotted eel from Shelmore, a sub-adult turtle who...

US-China tensions spilling over into the military arena

Sep. 25, 2018 5:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A deterioration in U.S.-China relations, seen most dramatically in their escalating trade dispute, is spilling over into the military arena. The Pentagon on Tuesday confirmed that China had canceled a Washington visit by the head of its navy, and U.S. officials said China had denied a...

US: Stoppage of US, Korea exercises cause readiness loss

Sep. 25, 2018 2:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The decision to cancel major military exercises on the Korean peninsula this year caused a slight degradation in the ability of American and Korean forces to work together and remain ready to fight, the U.S. general nominated to take command of troops in South Korea told senators Tuesday....

Southern Command nominee defends Navy record

Sep. 25, 2018 1:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy admiral nominated to lead U.S. Southern Command defended attending a dinner party in Hong Kong sponsored by a defense contractor who later pleaded guilty to bribery and defrauding the U.S. military. Vice Adm. Craig Faller told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that...

China demands US cancel arms sale to Taiwan

Sep. 25, 2018 6:48 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday demanded the U.S. cancel a $330 million sale of military equipment to Taiwan, warning of "severe damage" to bilateral relations and mutual cooperation if Washington fails to comply. Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a regular briefing that the sale...

US approves sale of $330 million in military gear to Taiwan

Sep. 24, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration says it has approved the sale to Taiwan of $330 million in spare parts and related support for Taiwan's F-16 fighters and other military aircraft. A Pentagon statement Monday said the sale will improve Taiwan's ability to defend itself without altering the basic...

Air Force reservist sentenced to 4 years in child rape case

Sep. 24, 2018 5:37 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A former Dover Air Force Base reservist who impregnated a 14-year-old girl has been sentenced to four years in prison on child rape charges. Thirty-four-year-old Staff. Sgt. Byron White received the minimum mandatory sentence Monday after pleading guilty in July to two counts of...

US warns Russia over missile defense for Syria

Sep. 24, 2018 4:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Trump administration is warning Russia that supplying Syria with an advanced missile defense system would be a "major mistake" and should be reconsidered. It also says U.S. forces will not leave Syria until Iran leaves. National security adviser John Bolton said Monday that delivery of...

Congress set to keep gov't open, delay action on border wall

Sep. 24, 2018 1:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is set to pass a crucial spending bill that averts a government shutdown, but there's one potential obstacle: President Donald Trump. Neither party wants the government to close ahead of the midterm elections that will determine control of Congress, but Trump has made clear his...