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Facebook executive defends currency plan to senators

Jul. 16, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under withering criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network giant's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of users' data. "We know we need to take the time to...

The Latest: Senators grill Facebook on Libra and trust

Jul. 16, 2019 12:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on congressional hearings on the reach of big tech (all times local): 12:05 p.m. Senators are grilling Facebook on its plans to launch a new digital currency when it's still battling problems with privacy and other issues. Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally says she doesn't...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

North Korea suggests it might lift weapons test moratorium

Jul. 16, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — North Korea on Tuesday suggested it might call off its 20-month suspension of nuclear and missile tests because of summertime U.S.-South Korean military drills that the North calls preparation for an eventual invasion. The statement by the North's Foreign Ministry comes during...

Air Force major charged with murder in death of Texas wife

Jul. 15, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — An Air Force major based in San Antonio has been charged with murder after authorities found the remains of his wife whom he reported missing in March. Forty-year-old Andre McDonald is being held Monday at the Bexar (bayr) County jail. Bail is set at $2 million. Sheriff's officials say...

Wisconsin National Guard plans disaster training exercise

Jul. 15, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — People in Monroe and Juneau counties can expect to see more military vehicles on the road and aircraft overhead this week as the Wisconsin National Guard runs a massive disaster training exercise. The exercise, dubbed Patriot North, is set to begin Monday and run through Thursday at...

Hundreds of guard soldiers deploying to Afghanistan

Jul. 15, 2019 8:23 AM EDT

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) — A standing-room-only crowd packed a fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin-Stout for a send-off ceremony for nearly 400 Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers headed for a year's deployment in Afghanistan. The Eau Claire-headquartered 1st Battalion, 128th Infantry and its...

Utah National Guard crews battle wildfire near Camp Williams

Jul. 14, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah (AP) — Utah National Guard officials say crews are battling a wildfire that sparked near a gun range at Camp Williams. They say the fire was first reported about 11 a.m. Sunday and charred about 100 acres (0.15 square miles or 0.38 square kilometers) by 2:15 p.m. and was 25% contained....

Decorated soldier dies in combat operations in Afghanistan

Jul. 14, 2019 4:51 PM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A decorated Special Forces company sergeant major has died during combat in Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said Sunday. James G. "Ryan" Sartor, 40, was killed Saturday during combat operations in Faryab Province, according to Lt. Col. Loren Bymer, spokesman for the U.S. Army...

Elevated levels of PFAS chemicals found near Delaware base

Jul. 14, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware officials say high levels of a worrisome class of manmade chemicals have been detected in four private wells near Dover Air Force Base. Officials said in a news release Sunday that they had been notified about the elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalykyl substances, or PFAS,...