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Watchdog says Capitol Police deficient at monitoring threats

May. 10, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Capitol Police force was hobbled by inadequate intelligence gathering ahead of the Jan. 6 siege, the department's watchdog told Congress on Monday, alarming lawmakers who are concerned for their own safety amid rising threats against members of Congress. ...

US ship fires warning shots in encounter with Iranian boats

May. 10, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of 13 armed speedboats of Iran's Revolutionary Guard made “unsafe and unprofessional” high-speed maneuvers toward U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz on Monday, and a U.S. Coast Guard cutter fired warning shots when two of the Iranian boats came...

Pentagon reconsidering huge JEDI cloud-computing contract

May. 10, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is reconsidering how to make a massive shift to cloud computing, officials said Monday, suggesting it could scrap the so-called JEDI contract potentially worth $10 billion that was awarded to Microsoft Corp. but is mired in legal challenges. ...

Flight 93 families hope heroism award helps keep story alive

May. 10, 2021 14:54 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Serene, stark and seemingly in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania, the National Park Service memorial to the people who died on United Airlines Flight 93 is hard to find on a map — as the Sept, 11, 2001, terrorist attack itself slips deeper into the nation's...

New commander takes charge of Army Corps' Savannah District

May. 08, 2021 11:00 AM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Army Corps of Engineers has a new commander for its Savannah District. The federal agency officially welcomed Col. Joseph R. Geary as its top officer in Savannah during a ceremony Friday. The Army Corps’ Savannah...

Former acting Defense chief to testify on Jan. 6 response

May. 07, 2021 21:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller is scheduled to testify next week about the Pentagon's role in responding to the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, the latest in a series of high-profile congressional hearings centered on the insurrection. ...

China discounts possibility of harm from falling rocket

May. 07, 2021 05:14 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China says the upper stage of its Long March 5B rocket that launched the core module of its space station will mostly burn up on re-entry, posing little threat to people and property on the ground. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbing said Chinese...

Virgin Orbit aims to launch multiple satellites in June

May. 06, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Virgin Orbit, the satellite launch company founded by Richard Branson, is targeting June for its next mission. The Long Beach, California-based company, which conducted its first successful launch last January, said Thursday it will launch...

US sends more warplanes to protect pullout from Afghanistan

May. 06, 2021 16:29 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has deployed a dozen additional warplanes to bolster protection of American and coalition troops making a final withdrawal from Afghanistan as Taliban insurgents step up pressure on Afghan government forces, top Pentagon officials said Thursday. ...

Army to put civilian in charge of criminal probes, add staff

May. 06, 2021 12:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army is putting a civilian in charge of its criminal investigations, adding staff and freeing up more agents to work on cases, in a plan to address widespread failures that surfaced last year after a string of murders and other crimes at Fort Hood, Texas. ...