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Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Aug. 16, 2019 7:28 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. A group of employees called...

Google employees call for pledge not to work with ICE

Aug. 15, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hundreds of Google employees are calling on the company to pledge it won't work with U.S. Customs and Border Protection or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It's the latest in a year full of political and social pushback from the tech giant's workforce. A group of employees called...

Pentagon auditor probing disputed cloud computing contract

Aug. 13, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon's independent auditor is conducting a broad review of the handling of a cloud computing project potentially worth $10 billion, officials said Tuesday. The probe includes an investigation of potential misconduct by current or former Defense Department officials involved in the...

Police: Man with gun, bourbon arrested outside Pentagon

Aug. 13, 2019 11:45 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Pentagon police say a Kentucky man with a shotgun arrived at the government facility last week and told officers he had driven through the night to attend to "liberty business" there. WTOP-FM reports Charles Lawson of Pineville, Kentucky, was arrested and charged with unlawfully...

US military says Marine from Colorado has died in Iraq

Aug. 11, 2019 9:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. military officials have identified a Marine who died Saturday in Iraq as 35-year-old Gunnery Sgt. Scott A. Koppenhafer of Mancos, Colorado. In a statement Sunday, the Pentagon says Koppenhafer died after being engaged by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations. In an...

Pentagon chief visits Mongolia to strengthen military bonds

Aug. 8, 2019 6:56 AM EDT

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — With one hand resting on the mane of a sturdy Mongolian horse, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper invoked the name of one of America's great soldiers as he sought to strengthen the military bonds between the U.S. and this landlocked democracy sandwiched between Russia and China....

NY judge cites 'urgency' of FOIA case regarding Khashoggi

Aug. 6, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal agencies must produce thousands of pages monthly of records pertaining to the killing of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi because learning about his disappearance as quickly as possible is of "paramount importance," a judge said Tuesday. Representatives of the U.S. Department of...

China vows to counter US deployment of midrange arms in Asia

Aug. 6, 2019 9:00 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China said Tuesday that it "will not stand idly by" and will take countermeasures if the U.S. deploys intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region, which Washington has said it plans to do within months. The statement from the director of the foreign ministry's Arms Control...

US still seeks allies in Gulf maritime coalition

Aug. 4, 2019 2:41 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Senior U.S. leaders expressed confidence that they will be able to convince allies to help protect shipping in the Persian Gulf area against Iranian threats, but they provided no new details Sunday on which nations may be willing to participate. Speaking at a meeting between U.S. and...

Esper: US to soon put intermediate range missile in Asia

Aug. 3, 2019 6:15 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he wants to deploy an intermediate range conventional missile in the Pacific region within months, now that the Trump administration has formally pulled out of a Cold War-era arms control treaty with Russia. Esper, however, added that it will likely take...