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The Air Force knows what failed on an Osprey in a crash in Japan, but still doesn't know why

Feb. 20, 2024 14:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Air Force Special Operations Command said Tuesday it knows what failed on its CV-22B Osprey leading to a November crash in Japan that killed eight service members. But it still does not know why the failure happened. Because of the crash, hundreds of Osprey...

A day after his latest hospital release, Austin presses for urgent military aid for Ukraine

Feb. 14, 2024 10:50 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A day after his latest hospital stay for health issues following treatment for prostate cancer, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hosted a virtual session on Ukraine to help resource urgently needed ammunition and artillery for Kyiv as it faces shortages in its now almost two-year...

A timeline of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment

Feb. 12, 2024 16:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The revelation that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin had prostate cancer surgery and was later hospitalized in intensive care due to complications from that operation without President Joe Biden, Cabinet members or even his deputy knowing has put an intense spotlight on what staff...

Pentagon finishes review of Austin's failure to tell Biden and other leaders about his cancer

Feb. 08, 2024 16:52 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has completed its review of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin 's failure last month to quickly notify the president and other senior leaders about his hospitalization for complications from prostate cancer and how the notification process can be improved, but no other...

Pentagon believes it has identified problem behind Osprey crash that killed 8 Air Force crew members

Feb. 06, 2024 21:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon believes it has identified the mechanical failure that led to a fatal crash of an Osprey aircraft in Japan and the grounding of the fleet for two months, a U.S. defense official told The Associated Press. It is now weighing how the aircraft can be returned to...

How Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce became the focus of baseless political conspiracy theories

Jan. 31, 2024 21:18 PM EST

The budding love story featuring music superstar Taylor Swift and Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce took an unexpected turn into the world of political conspiracy theories this week after the team advanced to the Super Bowl. Myriad baseless rumors emerged on social media —...

Shock, grief and mourning for 3 Georgia-based US soldiers killed in Middle East drone strike

Jan. 30, 2024 06:09 AM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Described by their parents as bubbly and constantly laughing, Spc. Kennedy Sanders and Spc. Breonna Moffett became close friends soon after enlisting in the Army Reserve five years ago. Sgt. William Jerome Rivers served a tour in Iraq before joining the same company of Army...

White House sets new guidelines for Cabinet notifications after Austin's secret hospitalization

Jan. 26, 2024 17:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is laying out a new set of guidelines to ensure it will be informed any time a Cabinet head can't carry out their job after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's secret hospitalization this month was kept for days from President Joe Biden and his top aides. ...

The US and Iraq will begin talks soon on ending the mission of the US-led military coalition in Iraq

Jan. 25, 2024 16:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and Iraq will begin talks soon to wind down the mission of a U.S.-led military coalition formed to fight the Islamic State group in Iraq, both governments said Thursday. The Pentagon said the size of the U.S. military footprint in the country will be part of...

2 US-flagged ships with cargo for US Defense Department come under attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels

Jan. 24, 2024 15:51 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Two American-flagged ships carrying cargo for the U.S. Defense and State departments came under attack by Yemen's Houthi rebels on Wednesday, officials said, with the U.S. Navy intercepting some of the incoming fire. The attacks on the container ships Maersk...