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Saudis say they don't want war, but will defend themselves

May. 19, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia does not want war but will not hesitate to defend itself against Iran, a top Saudi diplomat said Sunday, after the kingdom's energy sector was targeted this past week amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. On Sunday night, a rocket crashed in the Iraqi...

The Latest: Reports: Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone

May. 19, 2019 2:09 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Latest on developments in the Persian Gulf region and elsewhere in the Mideast amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran (all times local): 9:55 p.m. An apparent rocket attack has exploded in the Iraqi capital's heavily fortified Green Zone, home to...

US-Nicaraguan man killed in detention served in US Navy

May. 18, 2019 4:50 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A Nicaraguan-American dual national who died in a prison disturbance in Nicaragua served in the U.S. Navy and was a staunch opponent of the government of President Daniel Ortega, his cousin said Saturday. Eddy Montes Praslin, 56, was shot dead Thursday at La Modelo prison outside...

US: Iran military could misidentify airliners amid tension

May. 18, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Commercial airliners flying over the Persian Gulf risk being targeted by "miscalculation or misidentification" from the Iranian military amid heightened tensions between the Islamic Republic and the U.S., American diplomats warned Saturday, even as both Washington and...

Civil Air Patrol's Arizona Wing conducts emergency exercise

May. 18, 2019 12:58 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Wing of the Civil Air Patrol is conducting an exercise featuring a simulated emergency to demonstrate to a U.S. Air Force evaluation team that it is ready to respond to an actual emergency. The CAP said in a statement that 10 single-engine planes, a drone team and a ground...

Once again, Iraq caught up in tensions between US and Iran

May. 18, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sat down with Iraqi officials in Baghdad last week as tensions mounted between America and Iran, he delivered a nuanced message: If you're not going to stand with us, stand aside. The message, relayed to The Associated Press by two Iraqi government...

Woman has flown planes all her life _ and isn't slowing down

May. 18, 2019 8:51 AM EDT

YORK, Pa. (AP) — As we begin to lift off the ground, the power of a single propeller blade rattles the three of us inside the cockpit. As we ascended a few hundred feet off the ground, my insides have remained anchored to my spine. It's a moment of perspective. I look out my window and see the silhouette...

Maine Air National Guard commander retires from the military

May. 18, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — The outgoing commander of the Maine Air National Guard has retired after a military career that spanned more than three decades. Brig. Gen. Scott Young said he was honored to be a part of the "MAINEiacs," the nickname for the 101st Air Refueling Wing in Bangor. Maj. Gen. Douglas...

Political pitfalls: Iran tests 'America First' pledge

May. 18, 2019 12:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won the White House pledging to wind down the nation's many foreign entanglements and put "America First." But as his administration in recent days has sent mixed signals on the prospects of a military conflict with Iran, Trump's campaign trail promise is being put...

Ammo from crashed F-16 safely destroyed

May. 17, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Live ammunition from an F-16 fighter jet that crashed through the roof of a Southern California warehouse was safely destroyed Friday afternoon and miles of closed freeway were reopened. KABC-TV video showed the ordnance blowing up in huge clouds of dirt after being buried in...