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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2019, file photo, a Moran tugboat nears the stern of the capsizing vessel Golden Ray near St. Simons Sound off the coast of Georgia. The salvage team salvage team is seeking a federal permit to surround the shipwreck with a giant mesh barrier to contain any debris when they cut the ship apart. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)

Dire warning in ship salvage lawsuit not repeated in court

Feb. 25, 2020 6:59 PM EST

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — Officials for a salvage company suing to halt demolition of an overturned cargo ship on the Georgia coast appeared to back away Tuesday from claims that sawing the vessel into enormous chunks would cause an “environmental catastrophe.” Officials from the salvage firm...

Workers wearing protective gears spray disinfectant as a precaution against the new coronavirus at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. China and South Korea on Tuesday reported more cases of a new viral illness that has been concentrated in North Asia but is causing global worry as clusters grow in the Middle East and Europe. (Jin Yeon-soo/Yonhap via AP)

As world scrambles, experts warn virus spread in US certain

Feb. 25, 2020 5:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials warned Tuesday that the burgeoning coronavirus is certain to spread more widely in the country at some point, even as their counterparts in Europe and Asia scrambled to contain new outbreaks of the illness. “It’s not so much a question of if this will...

Arkansas man charged with trying to blow up car at Pentagon

Feb. 25, 2020 5:13 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — An Arkansas man was arrested on charges he tried to blow up a car at a Pentagon parking lot, federal officials said Tuesday. Matthew Dmitri Richardson, 19, of Fayetteville, Arkansas, made an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Alexandria. He was ordered...

Attorney General William Barr arrives for a meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill about expiring intelligence provisions, in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Barr meets with Senate GOP to push surveillance renewals

Feb. 25, 2020 4:59 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr met with lawmakers Tuesday to encourage them to extend expiring surveillance authorities, making his first visit to Capitol Hill since news broke a week ago that he had contemplated resigning over President Donald Trump's refusal to heed his warning to stop...

Border Patrol agents wait to reporters an immigration holding facility, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in El Paso, Texas. The complex of modular buildings can house and process 1,040 and will replace tents hastily erected for processing last spring.  (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

Migrant detention center to open after conditions stir anger

Feb. 25, 2020 4:49 PM EST

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A year after asylum-seekers and other migrants overwhelmed U.S. immigration authorities at the southern border, the Border Patrol is opening a processing facility in Texas that officials say could help it better care for detainees following outcry last year over young children and...

FILE - In this April 2, 2008 file photo, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak looks attends a meeting at the Presidential palace, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt state TV said Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. that the country's former President Hosni Mubarak, ousted in the 2011 uprising, has died at 91. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Mubarak, Egypt's autocrat ousted in uprising, dies at 91

Feb. 25, 2020 1:36 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian leader who was the autocratic face of stability in the Middle East for nearly 30 years before being forced from power in an Arab Spring uprising, died Tuesday, state-run TV announced. He was 91. Mubarak was a stalwart U.S. ally, a bulwark against Islamic militancy...

FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2019 file photo, the Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court is ruling 5-4 to close the courthouse door on the parents of a Mexican teenager who was shot dead over the border by an American agent. The court's five conservative justices ruled Tuesday that the parents could not sue Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa Jr., who killed their unarmed 15-year-old son in 2010.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Court closes courthouse door on slain Mexican teen's family

Feb. 25, 2020 12:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 Tuesday to close the courthouse door on the parents of a Mexican teenager who was shot dead over the border by an American agent. The court's five conservative justices held that the parents could not use American courts to sue Border Patrol Agent Jesus Mesa...

Defense Secretary Mark Esper, left, listens as South Korean National Defense Minister Jeong Kyeong-doo, right, speaks during a news conference at Pentagon in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

US and SKorea may cut back military moves due to coronavirus

Feb. 24, 2020 9:56 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States and South Korea are considering curtailing joint military exercises due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus, officials said Monday. After a meeting at the Pentagon to review a full range of issues, including a standoff over U.S. demands that Seoul pay a much...

This April 11, 2019 photo provided by the Phoenix Police Department shows Warren Jose's bullet-riddled Chevy Trailblazer, left, facing two unmarked pickup trucks driven by plainclothes Homeland Security Investigations agents in the Ahwatukee area of Phoenix, Ariz. The suspect's SUV spun 180 degrees after crashing into a truck driven by a n HSI agent and then was rammed head-on by another HSI truck attempting to stop it. The shooting although extreme, was not an isolated incident. Since 2011, there have been at least 13 shootings involving HSI agents, most of them in 2018-19, according to an investigation by the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism. (Phoenix Police Department via AP)

Agents' shootings escape scrutiny, use-of-force reforms

Feb. 24, 2020 7:17 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — First came the crash, reverberating off the walls of the retirement community like a “mini atom bomb,” then a barrage of gunfire shattered the desert morning calm. Neighbors working in their garages and gardens scrambled for cover, as rounds ripped through metal and cut into...

FILE - In this Dec. 20, 2019, file photo Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon is adopting new ethical principles as it prepares to accelerate its use of artificial intelligence technology on the battlefield. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Pentagon adopts new ethical principles for using AI in war

Feb. 24, 2020 4:23 PM EST

The Pentagon is adopting new ethical principles as it prepares to accelerate its use of artificial intelligence technology on the battlefield. The new principles call for people to "exercise appropriate levels of judgment and care" when deploying and using AI systems, such as those that scan aerial imagery to...