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Pentagon chief declares 'ironclad' US commitment to Israel

Apr. 11, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Sunday declared an “enduring and ironclad” American commitment to Israel, reinforcing support at a tense time in Israeli politics and amid questions about the Biden administration's efforts to revive nuclear negotiations...

US-Philippines officials discuss concerns over China's ships

Apr. 10, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Saturday discussed with his Philippine counterpart China’s recent positioning of “militia vessels” near the Philippines in the South China Sea. Austin spoke by phone with Philippine Secretary...

‘Clear the Capitol,’ Pence pleaded, timeline of riot shows

Apr. 10, 2021 13:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — From a secure room in the Capitol on Jan. 6, as rioters pummeled police and vandalized the building, Vice President Mike Pence tried to assert control. In an urgent phone call to the acting defense secretary, he issued a startling demand. “Clear the...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 10, 2021 00:34 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House budget...

Biden budget seeks more for schools, health care and housing

Apr. 09, 2021 20:39 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden released a $1.5 trillion wish list for his first federal budget Friday, asking for substantial gains for Democratic priorities including education, health care, housing and environmental protection. The request by the White House...

Lawsuit: Virginia police officers threatened man during stop

Apr. 09, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — A second lieutenant in the U.S. Army is suing two Virginia police officers over a traffic stop last December during which the officers drew their guns, pointed them at him and used a slang term to suggest he was facing execution before pepper-spraying him and...

Pentagon to better screen recruits for extremist behavior

Apr. 09, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is developing ways to better screen military recruits for extremist behavior, while improving training for troops leaving the service so they can be more prepared if violent hate groups lure them to join. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin...

Contract awarded for part of Red River diversion project

Apr. 09, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a nearly $67 million contract to a West Fargo-based company to raise a portion of Interstate 29 as part of the Red River diversion project. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven called the project a major milestone...

Judge orders delay amid debate over Dakota Access pipeline

Apr. 09, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Friday delayed a decision on whether the Dakota Access Oil pipeline should be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review on the project, after lawyers for the pipeline asked for more time to outline the effects of...

New Mexico governor gets request to send troops to US border

Apr. 09, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell on Friday asked Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to deploy New Mexico National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as more migrant families and unaccompanied children arrive, but the Democratic governor's office suggested that she redirect her...