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Coast Guard looks to consolidate, add ships in S. Carolina

Feb. 21, 2020 1:44 PM EST

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The Coast Guard plans to consolidate its facilities across the South Carolina coast to an old naval shipyard near Charleston and plans to base national security vessels at the new site, Adm. Karl Schultz said. The moves are linked with dredging of Charleston Harbor, which when...

Mississippi man sentenced in fatal shooting of bystander

Feb. 19, 2020 9:28 AM EST

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced in the shooting death of a shipyard employee who was on his way home from work in 2018. Luis Soto Jr., 29, was ordered on Tuesday to spend 40 years in prison, news outlets reported. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, two counts of...

Maine delegation opposes Trump's destroyer construction cuts

Feb. 11, 2020 5:30 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget proposal includes funding for two destroyers like those built at Bath Iron Works in the upcoming year but would slash the number of destroyers built in subsequent years, Maine's congressional delegation said Tuesday. The delegation “strongly...

Courtney: Trump plan to cut submarine production won't fly

Feb. 10, 2020 5:51 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A key Connecticut congressman said Monday that President Donald Trump's proposal to reduce funding for building Virginia-class submarines is “dead on arrival." Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, whose district includes the General Dynamics Electric Boat shipyard in Groton,...

UMass Lowell and Navy yard sign 5-year educational agreement

Feb. 6, 2020 9:18 AM EST

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — A Maine naval shipyard and the University of Massachusetts Lowell have entered into an educational partnership to share technology and enhance student education. The five-year agreement between Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, located in Kittery, Maine, and UMass was signed at a ceremony...

FILE - In this May 11, 2015 file photo, nuclear waste is stored in underground containers at the Idaho National Laboratory near Idaho Falls, Idaho. A nuclear test reactor in Idaho that develops fuel for the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships among other tasks will remain operating. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced a deal Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, involving the Energy Department's Advanced Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Idaho, Energy Department ink deal on reactor's nuclear waste

Feb. 4, 2020 6:14 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The future is clearer for a test reactor in Idaho that develops fuel for the nation's fleet of nuclear-powered warships following an agreement signed Tuesday. Republican Gov. Brad Little and Republican Attorney General Lawrence Wasden announced the deal involving the Energy Department's...

Submarine builder to hire thousands as production ramps up

Feb. 3, 2020 4:24 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Defense contractor General Dynamics Electric Boat will need to hire thousands more employees over the next decade as it ramps up submarine production, the company's president said Monday. Electric Boat President Kevin Graney met with elected officials in Connecticut and Rhode Island...

Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, top U.S. commander for the Middle East, right, listens as Lt. Maguel Brooks, the USS Harry S. Truman's handler, left, explains the movement of aircraft on the aircraft carrier's flight deck, on board the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier in the North Arabian Sea, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020. Nearly a month after Iran launched a rare direct military attack against United States forces in Iraq, an uneasy quiet has settled across the region. Watching fighter jets roar off the flight deck of the USS Harry S. Truman, the top U.S. commander for the Middle East believes he is surrounded by one of the reasons that Iran has dialed back it's combat stance, at least for now. He says the presence of an aircraft carrier make a potential adversary think twice about war.  But he and other commanders on the ship agree that deterrence is hard to measure. (AP Photo/Lolita Baldor)

Uneasy quiet in Mideast, month after Iran strike against US

Feb. 2, 2020 3:13 PM EST

ABOARD THE USS HARRY S TRUMAN (AP) — Nearly a month after Iran launched a rare direct military attack against United States forces in Iraq, an uneasy quiet has settled across the Mideast. Watching fighter jets roar off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman, the top U.S. commander for...

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech as he visits a plant of British-Swedish pharmaceutical group Astrazeneca in Dunkirk, northern France, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron is hosting 180 international business leaders later today at the Palace of Versailles in a bid to promote France's economic attractiveness despite over six weeks of crippling strikes over his government's planned pension changes.(Denis Charlet/Pool Photo via AP)

France's Macron tells global CEOs: we're open for business

Jan. 20, 2020 10:01 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France's president is taking on the role of salesman in chief for his strike-battered country. Emmanuel Macron used the splendor of the Palace of Versailles to woo international business leaders on Monday, insisting that his reforms are attracting investors despite six weeks of crippling...

FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2020, file photo, Myanmar's President Win Myint, right, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during their meeting at the Presidential Palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Xi deepened relations with Myanmar during a state visit last week to a neighbor who has been among the most supportive in Beijing’s dispute with other members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations over the South China Sea.  (AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo, File)

Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

Jan. 20, 2020 2:50 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves. ___...