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Questions remain about GOP's election 'investigation'

Nov. 23, 2021 19:14 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Many questions remain unanswered Tuesday as to what Republicans in Pennsylvania's Senate can accomplish from what they call a “forensic investigation" into last year's presidential election now that they have hired a contractor that has not pointed to any experience...

Minnesota National Guard to reinforce nursing home staffs

Nov. 22, 2021 18:24 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard will deploy 400 members to reinforce nursing staffs at long-term care facilities that have been struggling with severe personnel shortages amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday. The governor also...

Review says Pentagon reacted appropriately to Jan. 6 riot

Nov. 17, 2021 18:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — An independent review has concluded that the Defense Department and its top leaders acted appropriately before and during the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, despite sharp criticism from some local and congressional leaders that the military did not respond quick...

Defense Department will help relieve 2 Minnesota hospitals

Nov. 17, 2021 18:33 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Department of Defense will send medical teams to two major Minnesota hospitals to relieve doctors and nurses who are swamped by a growing wave of COVID-19 patients, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday. The teams, each comprising 22 people, will...

Austin: Moscow should explain its troop buildup near Ukraine

Nov. 17, 2021 17:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — American officials are unsure why Russian President Vladimir Putin is building up military forces near the border with eastern Ukraine but view it as another example of troubling military moves that demand Moscow's explanation, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said...

Pentagon boosts housing money for troops, as hunger persists

Nov. 17, 2021 15:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon will increase housing payments for troops in key areas and look for ways to combat hunger across the force, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced Wednesday, in the department's latest effort to address food insecurity among service members. ...

Oklahoma challenging Pentagon's vaccine mandate for Guard

Nov. 17, 2021 15:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A dispute between Oklahoma's governor and the Pentagon over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate is setting up the first critical test of the military's authority to require National Guard troops to get the shot and laying the groundwork for potential protests from other states. ...

Audit: North Dakota firm was properly awarded wall contract

Nov. 16, 2021 17:05 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Defense Department’s internal watchdog said its investigation into a $400 million border wall contract found it was properly awarded to a North Dakota firm whose owner used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The...

Mexico arrests wife of Jalisco New Generation cartel leader

Nov. 16, 2021 14:20 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican soldiers have captured the wife of the leader of the Jalisco New Generation cartel, authorities said Tuesday. In a joint statement, the Attorney General’s Office, Defense Department and National Intelligence Center said that Rosalinda...

US accuses Iran of unsafe helo maneuver near US Navy ship

Nov. 15, 2021 16:34 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Monday accused Iran of “unsafe and unprofessional” conduct by a naval helicopter that it said flew within about 25 yards of a U.S. Navy ship and circled it three times in the Gulf of Oman. Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said...