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‘We just feel it’: Racism plagues US military academies

Dec. 03, 2021 00:39 AM EST

Eight years after he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Geoffrey Easterling remains astonished by the Confederate history still memorialized on the storied academy’s campus – the six-foot-tall painting of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the library, the barracks...

Ex-Air Force worker sentenced for stealing government funds

Nov. 30, 2021 08:24 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A former U.S. Air Force civilian employee has been sentenced to more than a year in prison and another year in home confinement after his guilty plea in a scheme to use his travel credit card to get more than $1 million in cash advances, a federal prosecutor said. ...

Top adviser to Ellsworth AFB commander removed from post

Nov. 29, 2021 18:42 PM EST

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) — The primary adviser to the commander of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota has been removed from his post for what officials described Monday as inappropriate conduct. Chief Master Sgt. Just Deisch, the...

Exit polls: Bulgarian president wins apparent reelection

Nov. 21, 2021 13:42 PM EST

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Exit polls in Bulgaria suggest that incumbent Rumen Radev is the apparent winner in the country’s presidential runoff. Partial official results are expected later Sunday. Surveys by several polling organizations give Radev, 58, about 65% of the...

Seoul says Russian, Chinese warplanes enter air buffer zone

Nov. 19, 2021 07:53 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Friday it scrambled fighter jets to respond to a group of Russian and Chinese warplanes that entered its air buffer zone unannounced. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said it detected seven Russian and two Chinese...

NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal SC plane crash

Nov. 11, 2021 18:14 PM EST

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — Federal investigators have released a preliminary report on a plane crash that killed its sole passenger and seriously injured the pilot last month in South Carolina. The National Transportation Safety Board reported Wednesday that the small...

Air Force report: Nearly half in survey saw abuse, violence

Nov. 09, 2021 18:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than half of Air Force and Space Force personnel who responded to a survey said they've experienced some type of mental or physical abuse in the past two years, ranging from workplace bullying and hazing to rape or murder, according to a report released Tuesday, ...

Iran begins annual war games ahead of nuke talks with West

Nov. 07, 2021 11:48 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s military began its annual war games in a coastal area of the Gulf of Oman, state TV reported Sunday, less than a month before upcoming nuclear talks with the West. The report said navy and air force units as well as ground forces were...

EXPLAINER: Rittenhouse plane part of widespread surveillance

Nov. 03, 2021 19:43 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors working to convict Kyle Rittenhouse in the shootings of three people during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin have introduced as evidence surveillance video taken from an FBI airplane circling thousands of feet above the chaos. ...

Military weighs penalties for those who refuse COVID vaccine

Nov. 01, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As deadlines loom for military and defense civilians to get mandated COVID-19 vaccines, senior leaders must now wrestle with the fate of those who flatly refuse the shots or are seeking exemptions, and how to make sure they are treated fairly and equally. ...