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American warship destroys Iranian drone in Strait of Hormuz

Jul. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. warship on Thursday destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after it threatened the ship, President Donald Trump said. The incident marked a new escalation of tensions between the countries less than one month after Iran downed an American drone in the same waterway and...

Suspected Islamic State member brought to US for prosecution

Jul. 18, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday that it has brought home for prosecution a U.S. national suspected of fighting alongside the Islamic State group in Syria. The Pentagon said the individual had previously been held by Syrian Democratic Forces as a suspected member of IS. Tens of...

Trump: Administration to review Pentagon computer contract

Jul. 18, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that the administration will "take a very long look" at a massive multibillion-dollar contract the Pentagon is preparing to award for a cloud computing system, citing "tremendous complaints" he's heard about the process. Amazon Web Services Inc., a...

El Salvador judge gives new charges for El Mozote massacre

Jul. 18, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A Salvadoran judge has ruled that a group of former members of El Salvador's military, including leaders of the armed forces, will face new charges related to the 1981 El Mozote massacre. A judge in San Francisco Gotera, a town northeast of the capital, told 13 of the 17...

Trial of ex-Flynn business partner allowed to go forward

Jul. 18, 2019 5:13 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A judge is allowing the trial of a one-time business partner of former national security adviser Michael Flynn to go forward even though he says the evidence is weak. Prosecutors rested their case Thursday in the trial of Bijan Kian . He is accused of failing to register as a Turkish...

South Carolina trustees to meet on new university president

Jul. 18, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The University of South Carolina appears ready to take a vote Friday on whether to hire a retired Army general with ties to President Donald Trump as its new president. Protests by students and complaints from professors led trustees to cast no vote on Army general and West Point...

North Dakota sues feds over pipeline protest police costs

Jul. 18, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota sued the federal government Thursday to recover the $38 million the state spent policing protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said he filed the claim in Bismarck federal court after the Army Corps of Engineers ignored an...

Iran FM not giving up hope tensions with US can be resolved

Jul. 18, 2019 3:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Iran and the United States were only "a few minutes away from a war" after Iran shot down an American spy drone last month, Iran's foreign minister said Thursday, but the diplomat said he remains hopeful that escalating tensions might somehow be resolved. In a wide-ranging discussion with...

Mnuchin: Negotiators agree on core elements of budget deal

Jul. 18, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday that negotiators have reached an agreement on the core elements of a deal to increase the government's borrowing cap and set a $1.3 trillion overall level for the agency budgets that Congress passes each year. He told CNBC's "Squawk Box"...

AP Explains: Why NATO member Turkey wants Russian missiles

Jul. 18, 2019 3:06 PM EDT

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — NATO ally Turkey is being kicked out of the U.S.-led F-35 fighter jet program over its decision to buy the Russian-made S-400 air defense system. The White House said Turkey's decision to buy the Russian system "renders its continued involvement with the F-35 impossible" while the...