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Swedish Air Force fighter jet crashes; pilot safe

Aug. 21, 2018 6:54 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Swedish Air Force jet fighter crashed Tuesday near an air base in southern Sweden after striking several birds as it was about to land, Sweden's Armed Forces said. The pilot of the Swedish-built JAS 39 Gripen fighter aborted the landing he was attempting and ejected, said Col....

Trump looks to Brennan for a foil in Russia probe spat

Aug. 21, 2018 12:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and taunts, President Donald Trump is attempting to turn one of his most outspoken critics into the public face of the Russia probe that he has long worked to discredit. In John Brennan, the blunt former CIA director, Trump believes he has found an unsympathetic foil —...

Army reinstates at least 36 discharged immigrants

Aug. 20, 2018 9:57 PM EDT

At least three dozen immigrant recruits who were booted from the U.S. Army after enlisting with a promised pathway to citizenship are being brought back to serve, according to court records filed Monday. Since Aug. 17, the U.S. Army has reinstated 32 reservists, and revoked discharge orders of another six...

Federal officials pledge readiness for pipeline spills

Aug. 20, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials said Monday they were prepared to act quickly if oil pipelines in a sensitive Michigan waterway leak, drawing a skeptical response from a U.S. senator who said the handling of a suspected anchor strike last spring exposed flaws in the system. Sen. Gary Peters,...

Shootouts leave 13 dead, including 2 soldiers, in Rio

Aug. 20, 2018 8:30 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — At least 11 suspects and two soldiers died during shootouts with military personnel and police in greater Rio de Janeiro on Monday as violence erupted in several areas of the city that hosted the Summer Olympics two years ago. The direct confrontations between soldiers and armed...

Trump elevates Brennan in proxy fight over Mueller probe

Aug. 20, 2018 7:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With tweets and taunts, President Donald Trump is attempting to turn one of his most outspoken critics into the public face of the Russia probe that he has long worked to discredit. In John Brennan, the blunt former CIA director, Trump believes he has found an unsympathetic foil —...

Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify 'unknowns' dies

Aug. 20, 2018 7:20 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Pearl Harbor survivor who pushed to identify buried unknown remains from the 1941 attack died Monday at age 97. Ray Emory lived through the early morning Japanese aerial bombing but never forgot those who didn't. He spent the past few decades doggedly pushing for those unknown buried...

Brazil rules out closing border to Venezuelan immigrants

Aug. 20, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil won't close its border with Venezuela despite tensions that led to attacks on migrants who had fled to the border town of Pacaraima in the northern state of Roraima, an official said Monday. Institutional Security Minister Gen. Sergio Etchegoyen told a news conference that closing...

Correction: Brazil-Venezuelan Immigrants story

Aug. 20, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

SAO PAULO (AP) — In a story Aug. 19 about Venezuelan migrants in a Brazilian border town, The Associated Press reported erroneously that officers sent to the Brazil-Venezuela border are troops. They are members of a military-style police unit, but not part of the military. A corrected version of the story...

Judge weighs suit challenging arrests of married immigrants

Aug. 20, 2018 5:40 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A federal judge in Boston heard arguments on Monday in a case centered on whether immigrants married to U.S. citizens but facing deportation should be allowed to remain in the country while they seek to become legal residents. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the class action...