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Bus bombs kill 14 in Syria capital; shells elsewhere kill 10

Oct. 20, 2021 07:34 AM EDT

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Two bombs attached to a bus carrying Syrian troops exploded in Damascus during the morning rush hour Wednesday, a military official said. Fourteen people were killed in the attack, one of the deadliest in the capital in years. While the Syrian...

Navy probe finds major failures in fire that destroyed ship

Oct. 20, 2021 00:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy report has concluded there were sweeping failures by commanders, crew members and others that fueled the July 2020 arson fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, calling the massive five-day blaze in San Diego preventable and unacceptable. ...

N Korea confirms missile test designed for submarine launch

Oct. 19, 2021 23:45 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Wednesday that it had test-fired a newly developed ballistic missile from a submarine, in its first such underwater test-launch in two years and one it says will bolster its military's undersea capabilities. The test Tuesday...

Navy probe finds major failures in fire that destroyed ship

Oct. 19, 2021 20:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Navy report has concluded there were sweeping failures by commanders, crew members and others that fueled the July 2020 arson fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard, calling the massive five-day blaze in San Diego preventable and unacceptable. ...

US Homeland Security secretary tests positive for COVID

Oct. 19, 2021 18:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas tested positive Tuesday for COVID-19 and is isolating at home, the agency said. The secretary has been fully vaccinated and is experiencing only “mild congestion,” DHS said in a statement. ...

North Korea tests possible submarine missile amid tensions

Oct. 19, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday fired at least one ballistic missile, which South Korea’s military said was likely designed to be launched from a submarine, in what is possibly the most significant demonstration of the North’s military might since U.S. President Joe...

New Mexico finishes tests of wells for Air Force chemicals

Oct. 19, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico environmental protection officials have wrapped up testing of nearly five dozen private wells near a U.S. Air Force base on the eastern side of the state for so-called “forever chemicals” known as PFAS, which can be toxic to humans and animals. ...

Navy report obtained by AP finds sweeping failures by commanders, crew in 2020 fire that destroyed warship

Oct. 19, 2021 13:26 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) — Navy report obtained by AP finds sweeping failures by commanders, crew in 2020 fire that destroyed warship.

US defense secretary underlines support for Ukraine

Oct. 19, 2021 13:00 PM EDT

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin visited Ukraine on Tuesday, underlining Washington's support for the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity amid a tense standoff with Russia. Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy hailed the U.S. as...

Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans

Oct. 19, 2021 11:57 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — As an American leader, Colin Powell’s credentials were impeccable: He was national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs and secretary of state. But his legacy as the first Black person in those roles is murkier, with some African Americans saying that his voice on...