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Launch of next generation GPS satellite postponed for 1 day

Dec. 18, 2018 6:54 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The launch of a new GPS satellite was postponed for one day Tuesday because of an unspecified problem with the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that will put the satellite in orbit. Liftoff was rescheduled for Wednesday at Cape Canaveral, Florida. SpaceX said Tuesday's launch was scratched because of...

Air base worker charged with making threats; many guns found

Dec. 18, 2018 6:46 PM EST

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police have seized more than 70 firearms from the home of a man who is accused of threatening to shoot co-workers at Selfridge Air National Guard Base in suburban Detroit. Master Sgt. Roque Diegel (DEE'-gul) is charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism. He...

US hospital ship returns after treating Venezuelan migrants

Dec. 18, 2018 4:03 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy hospital ship has returned home after its crew treated thousands of people in Central and South America, including migrants who fled crisis-wracked Venezuela. Kevin Buckley, the commanding officer for medical operations on the USNS Comfort, said Tuesday that 26,000 people...

Lawsuit: Florida think-tank fired worker over military duty

Dec. 18, 2018 2:39 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A former employee of a Tallahassee conservative think tank says he was fired because he had to spend time on military duty with the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Christopher Ricardo filed a federal lawsuit last week against The James Madison Institute. Ricardo's lawsuit says he worked at...

Trump signs order to create US Space Command

Dec. 18, 2018 11:38 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump launched the Pentagon's new Space Command Tuesday, an effort to better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next five years. Trump signed a one-page memorandum Tuesday authorizing the Defense...

The Latest: Trump signs order to create US Space Command

Dec. 18, 2018 10:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Pentagon's new Space Command (all times local): 10:30 a.m. President Donald Trump has launched the Pentagon's new Space Command. It's an effort to better organize and advance the military's vast operations in space that could cost as much as $800 million over the next...

President Trump issues order creating new space command to better advance the military's vast operations in space

Dec. 18, 2018 10:27 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump issues order creating new space command to better advance the military's vast operations in space.

AP Explains: What happens in a partial government shutdown

Dec. 18, 2018 12:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Donald Trump and Congress bicker over Trump's call for $5 billion to build a border wall with Mexico, government agencies are preparing for a partial government shutdown set to begin at midnight Friday. Many agencies, including the Pentagon and the departments of Veterans...

US airstrikes in Somalia on the rise

Dec. 17, 2018 10:07 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A spate of American airstrikes against Islamic extremists in Somalia is the latest in a dramatic uptick in U.S. attacks in the Horn of Africa nation since President Donald Trump took office. The weekend strikes, which killed 62 people, targeted al-Shabab militants who want to establish...

Turkey sees 'positive' signals from US on northern Syria

Dec. 17, 2018 2:15 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey's leader said Monday he received "positive answers" from President Donald Trump on the situation in northeastern Syria, where Turkey has threatened to launch a new operation against American-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters. Turkey has vowed to launch a new offensive against the...