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Nominations for National Guard leaders languish, triggering concerns as top officers retire

Jul. 19, 2024 17:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top four officers of the National Guard Bureau have left or are set to retire in about two weeks, and to date no nominations for their replacements have been confirmed by the Senate, leaving the bureau, the Air Guard and the Army Guard without permanent leadership as they...

Venice nets $2.2 million in day-tripper tax pilot. Opponents say it failed to deter visitors

Jul. 14, 2024 20:32 PM EDT

VENICE, Italy (AP) — Venice on Sunday wrapped up a pilot program charging day-trippers an entrance fee, more than 2 million euros ($2.2 million) richer and determined to extend the levy, but opponents in the fragile lagoon city called the experiment a failure. Several dozen...

Book Review: Gonzo journalist Barrett Brown’s memoir a piquant take on hacktivism’s rise

Jul. 10, 2024 15:46 PM EDT

His talents in full flower and basking in public admiration, gonzo journalist and inveterate anti-establishment troublemaker Barrett Brown is jailed in his native Texas on various federal felony charges. It is 2013 and Brown’s adventures have included helping Anonymous hacktivists...

Who is Kash Patel? Trump loyalist looks to build influence and power

Jul. 08, 2024 21:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kash Patel, a national security aide and player in Donald Trump’s political orbit, is widely expected to take on an influential role in the federal government should the former president win a second term. A swaggering campaign surrogate who mythologizes the...

Russia warns it can take unspecified measures in response to US drone flights over Black Sea

Jun. 28, 2024 10:00 AM EDT

Russia's defense minister ordered officials to prepare a “response” to U.S. drone flights over the Black Sea, the ministry said Friday, in an apparent warning that Moscow may take forceful action to ward off the American reconnaissance aircraft. The Russian Defense Ministry noted...

Long, fraught time line of tensions over Iran's nuclear program ahead of its presidential election

Jun. 25, 2024 01:34 AM EDT

Iran will elect a new president Friday after the death of hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi. Whoever takes the helm in the country will inherit Iran's rapidly advancing nuclear program, which now enriches uranium closer than ever to weapons-grade levels. Here’s a time line of the...

Capital murder charges filed against 2 Venezuelan men in the death of a 12-year-old girl in Houston

Jun. 21, 2024 16:59 PM EDT

Prosecutors filed capital murder charges Friday against two men suspected of killing a 12-year-old Houston girl whose body was found in a creek after she disappeared during a walk to a convenience store. The charging documents filed in Harris County, Texas, court do not list...

Historic flooding in southern China kills 47, with more floods feared in coming days

Jun. 21, 2024 07:26 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — At least 47 people have died as downpours in southern China’s Guangdong province caused historic flooding and slides, state media reported Friday, while authorities warned of more extreme weather ahead in other parts of the country. State broadcaster CCTV said...

2 men arrested in strangulation of 12-year-old Houston girl whose body was found in a creek

Jun. 20, 2024 18:11 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Two men who were seen on surveillance footage with a 12-year-old girl before her body was found in a Houston creek earlier this week were arrested Thursday in her death, police said. Johan Jose Rangel Martinez, 21, and Franklin Jose Pena Ramos, 26, each face a charge...

Defendant in Vatican trial takes case to UN, accuses pope of violating his rights with surveillance

Jun. 20, 2024 08:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the defendants in the Vatican’s big financial trial has filed a formal complaint with the United Nations, alleging that Pope Francis violated his human rights by authorizing wide-ranging surveillance during the investigation. A lawyer for Raffaele...