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Migrants won't see armed US soldiers on border

Nov. 16, 2018 11:55 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — As thousands of migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum-seekers converge on the doorstep of the United States, what they won't find are armed American soldiers standing guard. Instead they will see cranes installing towering panels of metal bars and troops wrapping concertina wire...

Colombia president snagged by protests, congressional revolt

Nov. 16, 2018 6:07 PM EST

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Ivan Duque was sworn in as Colombia's president in August after an easy election victory in which he promised to boost the sluggish economy by decreasing corporate taxes, while bringing order to rural areas that have long been plagued by drug trafficking and violence between armed...

UN says 8 peacekeepers killed in fight against Congo rebels

Nov. 15, 2018 7:51 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Eight U.N. peacekeepers and at least 12 Congolese soldiers were killed in a joint military operation against rebels in Congo's northeast, which is facing a deadly Ebola outbreak, the U.N. Security Council said late Thursday. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said 10 peacekeepers also...

2 Navy SEALs and 2 Marines charged in Green Beret's death

Nov. 15, 2018 5:09 PM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Two U.S. Navy SEALs and two Marines have been charged in the strangulation death of an Army Green Beret while the service members were stationed in the African country of Mali last year, the Navy said on Thursday. Charging documents describe a situation in which some of the nation's...

Democrat flips US House seat in Maine ranked balloting

Nov. 15, 2018 4:12 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A Democrat who trailed a Republican incumbent in a costly U.S. House race came from behind to emerge as the victor Thursday following extra rounds of tabulations under Maine's new voting system that's facing a legal challenge. Election officials declared Jared Golden the winner,...

The Latest: Congressman says election lawsuit will proceed

Nov. 15, 2018 3:29 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. House race in Maine (all times local): 3:30 p.m. Republican U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, of Maine, isn't conceding defeat in the first use of ranked balloting in a U.S. congressional race. He said in a statement Thursday he "won the constitutional 'one-person,...

ICE head denounces political vitriol, apologizes for tweet

Nov. 15, 2018 1:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The acting head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement told senators Thursday that employees' morale has suffered because of the bitter political climate, and he apologized for sending a tweet in 2015 that suggested renaming the Democratic Party as the "NeoKlanist" party. The Senate...

Iowa National Guard soldiers told to return overpaid wages

Nov. 15, 2018 1:12 PM EST

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of Iowa National Guard soldiers have been told they were overpaid after a year-long deployment to the Middle East and that they must make plans to repay the money. The 248th Aviation Support Battalion held a homecoming ceremony on Nov. 2 to celebrate returning from Kuwait...

WWII pilot's remains will join those of his son at Arlington

Nov. 15, 2018 12:48 PM EST

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The remains of an Air Force pilot from Pennsylvania whose plane crashed off Croatia during World War II are coming home and will be interred alongside those of his son, a Vietnam War veteran, at Arlington National Cemetery. The remains of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Eugene P. Ford will be...

Pentagon: Troop contingent on border 'pretty much peaked'

Nov. 15, 2018 12:17 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of U.S. active-duty troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border has "pretty much peaked" at the current total of 5,800, the Pentagon's No. 2 official said Thursday. That is far below the 10,000 to 15,000 that President Donald Trump initially said would be needed to secure the...