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Coast Guard searching Washington waters for downed plane

Jan. 26, 2021 10:11 PM EST

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A search is underway for a small plane that reportedly crashed Tuesday in the waters near Port Angeles, Washington, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard said on Twitter that a Cessna 170 with one man aboard was flying from Ketchikan, Alaska, when it reportedly...

FILE - In this March 10, 2011, file photo, then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia.  President Joe Biden has been thrown into a high-wire act with Russia as he seeks to toughen his administration's stance against Putin while preserving room for diplomacy in a post-Donald Trump era. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

Jan. 26, 2021 10:10 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first conversation as counterparts Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the former Cold War foes. According to the White House, Biden raised concerns about the...

FILE - In this July 13, 2020, file photo, Noah Petty, of Boise, Idaho, has his hair cut by Jeanine Jennings on his first day at the U.S. Military Academy, Monday, July 13, 2020 in West Point, N.Y. Female soldiers can let their hair down and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. But male soldiers will still have to shave. Army leaders are loosening restrictions on various grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders try to address longstanding complaints, particularly from women. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Let down your hair: New Army rules for ponytails, nail color

Jan. 26, 2021 5:08 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Female soldiers can let their hair down, and flash a little nail color under new rules being approved by the Army. But male soldiers will still have to shave. Army leaders announced Tuesday that they are loosening restrictions on various grooming and hairstyle rules, as service leaders...

Amid backlash, Harvard cancels class on policing strategy

Jan. 26, 2021 5:00 PM EST

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University's engineering school has canceled a class that intended to evaluate a policing strategy based on U.S. military tactics after students raised concerns about the strategy's impact on people of color. In a message to students on Monday, the school's dean said the...

FILE - In this May 9, 2015, file photo, workers unload pipes in Worthing, S.D., for the Dakota Access oil pipeline that stretches from the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota to Illinois. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, upheld the ruling of a district judge who ordered a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. Following a complaint by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said in April 2020 that a more extensive review was necessary than the one already conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

Court upholds order for Dakota Access environmental review

Jan. 26, 2021 4:53 PM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a district judge's order for a full environmental impact review of the Dakota Access pipeline, but declined to shut the line down while the review is completed. Following a complaint by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, U.S. District Judge James...

250 Indiana Guard troops remaining in Washington until March

Jan. 26, 2021 1:34 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About 250 Indiana National Guard soldiers are expected to remain in Washington for about two more months after being sent there to help with security for President Joe Biden’s inauguration, officials said Tuesday. Gov. Eric Holcomb authorized Indiana soldiers going to Washington...

Some Pennsylvania Guard will be in Washington until March

Jan. 26, 2021 9:54 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Hundreds of members of the Pennsylvania National Guard will be in Washington for the next two months to help with crowd management, assist with traffic control and perform other duties. A state Guard spokeswoman said Tuesday about 2,350 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were...

Some Maine soldiers are returning home, others heading south

Jan. 26, 2021 9:34 AM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — About 75 members of the Maine National Guard are headed to Washington, D.C., this week as most of the original 200 soldiers who were deployed are returning home, officials said. They'll be joining about a dozen soldiers from the original group who volunteered to remain on duty in the...

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 2020 file photo, a member of the U.S. Air Force stands near a Patriot missile battery at the Prince Sultan Air Base in al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia. The U.S. military is exploring the possibility using a Red Sea port in Saudi Arabia and an additional two airfields there amid heightened tensions with Iran, the military  said Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Pool via AP, File)

US exploring new bases in Saudi Arabia amid Iran tensions

Jan. 26, 2021 7:48 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The U.S. military is exploring the possibility of using a Red Sea port in Saudi Arabia and an additional two airfields in the kingdom amid heightened tensions with Iran, the military said Tuesday. While describing the work as "contingency" planning, the U.S. military said...

Kentucky Lock and Dam project to receive $110 million

Jan. 26, 2021 4:23 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will dedicate $110 million to the Kentucky Lock and Dam project this year, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said. Congress authorized the improvement project in 1996 and when completed, the larger lock will essentially eliminate delays, which are among the...