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Vintage WWII fighter plane to fly sightseers over Hawaii

Feb. 18, 2020 9:16 AM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Sightseers will soon have an opportunity to experience history while viewing Hawaii when a vintage World War II fighter plane begins passenger flights. A private company has modified a P-51D Mustang to allow space for the pilot and a backseat passenger beginning in March, The Honolulu...

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2019 file photo, the first panels of levee border wall are seen at a construction site along the U.S.-Mexico border, in Donna, Texas. The Trump administration said Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of the border wall with Mexico. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

Homeland Security waives contracting laws for border wall

Feb. 18, 2020 7:47 AM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will waive federal contracting laws to speed construction of a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Department of Homeland Security said waiving procurement regulations will allow 177 miles (283 kilometers) of wall to be built more quickly in...

Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, poses for a photograph in her office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, on the White House campus, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Darlene Superville)

Karen Pence adds campaigning for Trump to busy to-do list

Feb. 18, 2020 12:19 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence has no shortage of projects. The wife of Vice President Mike Pence promotes the healing power of art therapy and help for military spouses. She's into honeybees and supports sister cities. She's a watercolorist who designs the family's annual Christmas card and teaches art at...

In this image from a video taken on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, U.S. passengers who evacuated off the quarantined cruise ship the Diamond Princess and officials wait for the takeoff of a Kalitta Air airplane bound for the U.S., at Haneda airport in Tokyo.(Cheryl and Paul Molesky via AP)

American cruise passengers quarantined at US military bases

Feb. 17, 2020 6:03 PM EST

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. (AP) — More than 300 American cruise ship passengers, including 14 who tested positive for coronavirus, were being quarantined at military bases in California and Texas on Monday after arriving from Japan on charter flights overnight. One plane carrying cruise passengers...

Lawmakers to fight military plan to retire some A-10 jets

Feb. 17, 2020 2:23 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Some Arizona lawmakers intend to fight a plan by the U.S. Air Force to begin retiring parts of the nation’s fleet of A-10 Thunderbolt II ground-attack jets, which are part of a major operation at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. The Arizona Daily Star reports that...

Ricky Stenhouse Jr., right, goes through a security checkpoint before the drivers meeting for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Extra security measures were taken at the speedway because of the visit of President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

Trump fans wait in long lines to see president, Daytona 500

Feb. 16, 2020 7:31 PM EST

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was wearing his firesuit and had just finished signing autographs for fans stuck in long lines to enter Daytona International Speedway when he was stopped by Secret Service. Not even the Daytona 500 pole-sitter was immune from the security checkpoint, so...

Bennington considers land swap for National Guard armory

Feb. 16, 2020 1:10 PM EST

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The town of Bennington is considering a plan to swap almost 23 acres of town land on the edge of the community for a downtown Vermont Army National Guard armory. The proposal calls for a straight swap of the two properties, the Bennington Banner reported. If the deal goes through,...

Parents charged with abusing child until bone disorder found

Feb. 16, 2020 12:06 PM EST

FOUNTAIN, Colo. (AP) — When a child protection caseworker told Crystal Bryant they were taking her 5-month-old boy, the young mother dropped to her knees on the hospital floor. “Take me,” she pleaded. “For my son to stay home, take me, I don’t care.” She begged God and...

Navy tests whether drone ship can protect Norfolk station

Feb. 16, 2020 9:00 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Large cargo ships, small fishing boats and other watercraft sail safely past Naval Station Norfolk every day, but there’s always a possibility that terrorists could use any one to attack the world’s largest naval base. While Navy security keeps a close eye on every vessel...

Sri Lanka asks US to review travel ban on its army chief

Feb. 16, 2020 7:16 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka asked the United States on Sunday to review its decision to impose a travel ban on the island nation's army chief, who has been accused of grave human rights abuses during the final stage of the country's civil war that ended 11 years ago. Foreign Minister Dinesh...