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Boat tours of Pearl Harbor's USS Arizona Memorial to resume

Jul. 8, 2020 9:38 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Some boat tours to the USS Arizona Memorial in Hawaii's Pearl Harbor will resume this week, the National Park Service said. The Pearl Harbor National Memorial will open for limited boat tours to the USS Arizona on Friday, the park service said in a statement Wednesday. The USS Arizona sank...

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Review: Hanks lends steady, sober hand to taut naval drama

Jul. 8, 2020 1:30 PM EDT

He’s Forrest Gump. He’s Mr. Rogers. He’s Woody. But with all the famous titles Tom Hanks has owned, few have fit as snugly and as smoothly as “captain” — whether it’s fending off Somali pirates in “Captain Phillips,” landing a plane on the Hudson in...

Today in History

Jul. 7, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, July 7, the 189th day of 2020. There are 177 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 7, 1865, four people were hanged in Washington, D.C. for conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln: Lewis Powell (aka Lewis...

This photo provided by Russell Contreras shows U.S. Marine Pfc. Ciprian Contreras, of Houston, in a World War II-era photo before being injured three times in the Pacific theater. In an essay, Associated Press writer Russell Contreras says the July Fourth holiday as a Mexican American has always troubled him because of his family's history in the U.S. But remembering his Uncle Ciprian Contreras' heroics as a U.S. Marine at Iwo Jima in 1945, makes him look at America's Independence Day differently. (Courtesy of Russell Contreras via AP)

AMERICAN DIARY: July 4 hurts, until I remember my WWII uncle

Jul. 4, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M, (AP) — The July Fourth holiday hurts me every year. Waving flags seems out of place, and wearing anything stars and stripes makes me feel like Apollo Creed in "Rocky." Lee Greenwood’s song “God Bless The U.S.A." doesn’t invoke patriotism inside of me, and I never take...

Name of ex-Supreme Court justice taken off historic warship

Jul. 1, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The name of a former U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who had ruled before the Civil War that free Black people and enslaved persons were not U.S. citizens is being removed from a historic warship. Roger B. Taney’s name has been taken off the retired warship that survived the...

Russian President Vladimir Putin appears in a televised address to the nation in Khoroshevo, the Tver region, with a monument to World War II Red Army soldiers seen in the background, Russia, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Putin urged voters to cast ballots in a constitutional vote wrapping up Wednesday that could allow him to extend his rule until 2036. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin unveils monument to fallen Red Army WWII soldiers

Jun. 30, 2020 12:27 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his counterpart from Belarus on Tuesday unveiled a monument honoring fallen Red Army soldiers who fought in one of the most bloody battles of World War II. Putin and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko traveled to the village of Khoroshevo, just...

FILE - In this file photo dated Monday May 9, 2015, roses are symbolically placed on the railroad tracks at former concentration camp Westerbork, the Netherlands, remembering more than a hundred thousand Jews transported from Westerbork to Nazi death camps during WWII.  The NS railway company, announced that it will donate 5 million euros (dollars 5.6 million U.S. ) to Dutch Holocaust memorial centers as a gesture of collective recognition, but Jewish organizations criticized the company Monday June 29, 2020, for not adequately consulting them in discussions. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, FILE)

Jewish groups angry at Dutch railway company reparation

Jun. 29, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Jewish organizations criticized the Dutch national railway company Monday for not adequately consulting them in discussions to work out a form of recognition for Holocaust victims the company transported to camps in the Netherlands during World War II — from where they were sent to...

In this picture made available Friday, June 26, 2020 an aerial view shows a giant ephemeral landart painting by Swiss French artist Saype entitled

Low-key 75th anniversary of UN's birth because of pandemic

Jun. 26, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations marked the 75th anniversary of its birth with a scaled-down event Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of many challenges a deeply divided world faces along with poverty, inequality, discrimination and unending wars. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio...

Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to French President Emmanuel Macron during a via video conference at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside Moscow, Russia, Friday, June 26, 2020. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin, Macron discuss closer cooperation in video call

Jun. 26, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed international crises during a video call Friday and vowed to cooperate more closely to tackle global challenges. Putin, noting that it was the 75th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations' charter, spoke...

Today in History

Jun. 25, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Thursday, June 25, the 177th day of 2020. There are 189 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 25, 1876, Lt. Col. Colonel George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of the Little Bighorn in Montana. On...