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'Black Hawk Down' pilot Durant enters Alabama Senate race

Oct. 20, 2021 09:54 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Mike Durant, best known as the helicopter pilot shot down and held prisoner in the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident, is joining the U.S. Senate race in Alabama. Durant, now the founder and president of an aerospace company in Huntsville,...

Warnock raises $9M as cash flows in 2022 Georgia Senate race

Oct. 19, 2021 14:32 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock raised an eye-popping $7.2 million this spring. For his encore in the three months ended Sept. 30, he opened the firehose a little wider. Warnock raised more than $9 million during the quarter, leaving him with $17.2...

Anatomy of a kidnapping: Haitian woman recounts abduction

Oct. 19, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — When Doris Michel steps outside her home in Haiti, she packs her bulletproof vest and tries to use a bulletproof car. Ever since her father was kidnapped last month in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the 34-year-old Haitian-American woman...

Alabama veterans board wants inquiry into chemical exposure

Oct. 19, 2021 09:07 AM EDT

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s veterans affairs board is pushing for the creation of a program to aid veterans who have health problems that might stem from exposure to toxic chemicals at a former U.S. Army post. The State Board of Veterans Affairs unanimously passed...

Aging UK soldier dies while on trial for Troubles shooting

Oct. 19, 2021 06:45 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — An 80-year-old British army veteran has died while on trial for a shooting that occurred during “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland, fueling debate over the prosecution of soldiers for alleged crimes committed decades ago. Dennis Hutchings died Monday...

Man convicted of Albuquerque vet's killing to be re-tried

Oct. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The man convicted of killing a decorated Army veteran at an Albuquerque ATM in 2016 will get a new trial. The Albuquerque Journal reports that the state Court of Appeals overturned the convictions of Matthew Chavez in a ruling earlier this...

Reaction to Colin Powell's death from US and world figures

Oct. 18, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — World figures are reacting to the death of Colin Powell, a Vietnam War veteran who rose to the rank of four-star general and became the first Black chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and then secretary of state. Powell died Monday of COVID-19 complications at age 84. ...

Veterans, hospital in Bible dispute agree to mediation

Oct. 18, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Two U.S. Air Force veterans and New Hampshire's veterans hospital involved in a legal dispute over the display of a Bible have agreed to mediation. The lawsuit filed in federal court in 2019 by the veterans against the Manchester hospital director...

Honored service dog helps Army veteran with PTSD, isolation

Oct. 18, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A unique partnership was formed in 2017 when a 3-year-old service dog chose a New Salem Army veteran to be his human. JJ, a black Labrador, was the eighth Service Dogs of America candidate to greet Jared Bollom. JJ’s brother was the seventh, but...

Interior secretary's mother, a longtime civil servant, dies

Oct. 17, 2021 17:04 PM EDT

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's mother, Mary Toya, a longtime civil servant and U.S. Navy veteran, has died. Officials with the Interior Department confirmed Toya's passing Saturday but didn’t immediately release her age or cause of death. ...