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WWII researcher: Sea wreck must be plane of US MIA pilot

May. 24, 2019 6:07 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Wreckage on the ocean floor near a Japanese island must be from a fighter-bomber that crashed in 1945 with an American pilot who is still listed as missing in action, according to a World War II researcher who recently visited the crash site. The aircraft, lying on coral reef about 70...

US beefing up forces in Middle East to counter Iran

May. 24, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. will send hundreds of additional troops and a dozen fighter jets to the Middle East in the coming weeks to counter what the Pentagon said is an escalating campaign by Iran to plan attacks against the U.S. and its interests in the region. And for the first time, Pentagon officials...

The Latest: US blames Iran for tanker bombings, Iraq attack

May. 24, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the United States and Iran tensions (all times local): 1:25 p.m. A senior Pentagon officer says the U.S. blames Iran and its proxies for the recent tanker bombings near United Arab Emirates and a rocket attack in Iraq. Vice Admiral Michael Gilday says the U.S. has a high...

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...

US charges WikiLeaks founder with publishing classified info

May. 24, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic sources. The...

Pentagon proposing troop reinforcements in Mideast

May. 23, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Thursday outlined proposals to the White House that would send military reinforcements to the Middle East to beef up defenses against Iran amid heightened tensions in the region. President Donald Trump, speaking to reporters before the meeting, said he was not convinced...

Judge weighs court's role in dispute over border wall

May. 23, 2019 1:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge is weighing whether courts should intervene in a political dispute between Congress and President Donald Trump over funding the border wall. Judge Trevor McFadden on Thursday questioned attorneys for the House of Representatives, which brought the lawsuit last month, on...

Liberal groups want 2020 Dems to back Pentagon spending cuts

May. 23, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two dozen progressive groups are launching a new push to persuade Democratic presidential candidates to support dramatic spending cuts at the Pentagon. The liberal groups are writing Thursday to all candidates in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary, urging the White House hopefuls...

Supreme leader criticizes Iran's politicians amid US tension

May. 22, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers. The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's...

Flu outbreak sickens over 30 migrants at border center

May. 22, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — More than 30 migrants have tested positive for influenza at a major processing center where a flu-stricken teenage boy died, the latest evidence of growing public health threats posed by inadequate facilities to deal with a surge of families and children reaching the U.S. border. It was...