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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo provided by Xinhua News Agency, the Shandong aircraft carrier is docked at a naval port in Sanya in southern China's Hainan Province. China’s Defense Ministry said Friday, May 29, 2020, the navy’s only entirely home-built aircraft is carrying out sea trials to test weapons and equipment and enhance training of the crew. (Li Gang/Xinhua via AP, File)

China home-built aircraft carrier conducting sea trials

May. 30, 2020 12:20 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China’s Defense Ministry said the navy’s only entirely home-built aircraft is carrying out sea trials to test weapons and equipment and enhance training of the crew. Ministry spokesperson Ren Guoqiang said Friday the exercises were being conducted as planned, apparently...

Diana Rubito, foreground, plays with her son Bryce in the afternoon sun where they had the beach nearly all to themselves Tuesday afternoon, May 26, 2020 in Auburn, Maine. There were not many people swimming and taking advantage of the ideal weather at Crescent Beach Tuesday.   (Russ Dillingham/Sun Journal via AP)

Maine postpones some reopenings, probes unemployment fraud

May. 27, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor announced Wednesday the state is postponing full reopening of restaurants in some parts of the state because of the risk of coronavirus. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, plans to move the state into its second phase of reopening on June 1. However, she said restaurants...

Military continues to boost Hawaii economy during virus

May. 25, 2020 11:14 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. military spending continues to be a pillar of Hawaii's economy as the Department of Defense has so far proved resistant to the financial impact of the coronavirus. The financial damaged suffered by the state because of the significant decrease in tourism has been offset by...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2019, file photo, soldiers from China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy let out a yell as they march in formation during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in Beijing. China will boost defense spending by just 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday, May 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

China hikes defense spending by 6.6%, lowest rate in years

May. 22, 2020 1:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China will increase its defense spending by 6.6% in 2020, the lowest rate in years as it battles an economic crisis brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, the government said Friday. The figure is down from the double-digit percentage increases of just a few years ago that have given China...

Retailers in 12 counties to reopen; CDC watches for outbreak

May. 11, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Retailers in 12 counties that have not experienced large numbers of coronavirus cases began reopening Monday in Maine. New guidelines announced late last week by Gov. Janet Mills allow retail stores to reopen with enhanced safety precautions in all parts of Maine except four counties:...

Defense Secretary Mark Esper speaks by video teleconference from U.S. Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Thursday, May 7, 2020, with military medical specialists at civilian hospitals in New York and Connecticut. (AP Photo/Robert Burns)

Esper: Pentagon ready for any new wave of coronavirus

May. 7, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Venturing beyond Washington for the first time since March, Defense Secretary Mark Esper got updated Thursday on the military’s coronavirus battle plan and declared the Pentagon ready for any new wave of infections. “We are preparing for a second wave and maybe...

Developer wins court battle over Hoboken riverfront towers

May. 6, 2020 1:21 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Supreme Court has sided with a developer in its nearly decade-long court battle with the city of Hoboken over a proposed residential development along the Hudson River. The ruling held the city can't use zoning ordinances retroactively to block the project by Shipyard...

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard neighbors warned of noise

May. 4, 2020 8:04 AM EDT

KITTERY, Maine (AP) — Construction of a new lock system to make a dry dock less dependent on tides is about to get noisy at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, officials said. The $158 million project calls for a lock system, or “super flood basin,” that’ll allow Navy submarines to float into...

In this April 28, 2020, photo, the USS Kidd passes downtown San Diego as it returns to Naval Base San Diego, seen from Coronado, Calif. Lessons learned from a coronavirus outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt played a central role in limiting damage when the virus hit the USS Kidd at sea (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Coronavirus lessons from Roosevelt outbreak helped 2nd ship

May. 1, 2020 6:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Navy destroyer USS Kidd was heading east across the Pacific from Pearl Harbor when it added an unusual twist to its transit — a quarantine-and-isolation drill. The practice was part of a new protocol built on lessons from a coronavirus outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier soon...

Wisconsin shipyard wins contract to build Navy frigates

Apr. 30, 2020 8:52 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A Wisconsin shipbuilder won a contract for up to 10 frigates on Tuesday, beating out three other shipbuilders, as the Navy seeks to build smaller, lethal warships during a time of growing threats. The $795 million contract calls for Fincantieri Marinette Marine to move forward with...