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FILE - This Jan. 4, 2020 file photo shows a sign for at Fort Bragg, N.C.  The fight over removing the names of Confederate generals from U.S. Army bases, like Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, has become a national debate. But in North Carolina’s new 8th Congressional District, which includes Fort Bragg and all of Cumberland County, the issue is much more personal. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

Army quarantines 90 soldiers with coronavirus at Fort Bragg

Jul. 1, 2020 11:53 AM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — The U.S. Army has quarantined 90 soldiers and instructors who tested positive for the coronavirus during a survival course at Fort Bragg. A total of 110 people participated in the course, which was cut short after a single soldier tested positive. Subsequent tests then showed that...

FILE - In this June 17, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs after speaking about the PREVENTS

Russian bounties further strain Trump's bond with veterans

Jul. 1, 2020 9:26 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — They didn't like it when then-candidate Donald Trump criticized John McCain for being captured in combat. They were angrier when Trump, as commander in chief, abandoned Kurdish allies in the Middle East. And they were upset again last month when he threatened to deploy troops against...

A paratrooper assigned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina's 82nd Airborne Division participates in rollover training on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The exercise is meant to simulate what can happen if a vehicle hits an improvised explosive device. Over the next month, the division will send over two thousand soldiers to the Middle East for a nine-month deployment. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)

As soldiers deploy amid pandemic, they fight 2 battles

Jun. 17, 2020 1:09 AM EDT

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — Edward Brown has always found a way to deal with his husband's military deployments in the past, but the most recent one felt different. Instead of an endless parade of family visits and last-minute errands, Brown and Staff Sgt. James Clyde were holed up inside their Fayetteville,...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo a sign for at Fort Bragg, N.C., is shown. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, both former Army officers, put out word that they are “open to a bipartisan discussion” of renaming Army bases like North Carolina’s Fort Bragg that honor Confederate officers associated by some with the racism of that tumultuous time. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

Trump: No change at bases named for Confederate officers

Jun. 10, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said his administration will “not even consider” changing the name of any of the 10 Army bases that are named for Confederate Army officers. Two days earlier, Defense Secretary Mark Esper indicated that he was open to a broad discussion of...

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2020, file photo a sign for at Fort Bragg, N.C., is shown. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, both former Army officers, put out word that they are “open to a bipartisan discussion” of renaming Army bases like North Carolina’s Fort Bragg that honor Confederate officers associated by some with the racism of that tumultuous time. (AP Photo/Chris Seward, File)

US military now rethinking links to Confederate army symbols

Jun. 9, 2020 5:16 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military is rethinking its traditional connection to Confederate Army symbols, mindful of their divisiveness at a time the nation is wrestling with questions of race after the death of George Floyd in police hands. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy,...

A group of protesters take a knee while marching in lower Manhattan, Saturday, June 6, 2020, in New York. Protests continued following the death of George Floyd, who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Massive, peaceful protests across US demand police reform

Jun. 7, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive demonstrations against racism and police brutality filled some of the nation’s most famous cityscapes Saturday, with tens of thousands of people marching peacefully in scenes that were more often festive than tense. Wearing masks and urging fundamental change, protesters...

The Latest: Flash bang, pepper spray disperses Seattle crowd

Jun. 6, 2020 11:48 PM EDT

TOP OF THE HOUR: — Police use flash bang devices, pepper spray to disperse Seattle protesters — Mayor of Portland, Oregon, orders police not to use CS gas except as last resort — Thousands demonstrate again in New York City. — Jesse Jackson calls on Congress to pass anti-lynching law....

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo police clear the area around Lafayette Park and the White House as demonstrators gather to protest the death of George Floyd in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

More active-duty troops leaving D.C., others remain on alert

Jun. 5, 2020 10:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 500 of the active-duty troops brought in to help if needed with the civil unrest in the nation’s capitol have been given orders to leave Washington after a fourth day of largely peaceful protests, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy and other officials said Friday. But a number of...

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump departs the White House to visit outside St. John's Church in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pentagon-Trump clash breaks open over military and protests

Jun. 4, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is not only drawing criticism from his usual political foes but also facing backtalk from his defense secretary, his former Pentagon chief and a growing number of fellow Republicans. A day after Defense Secretary Mark Esper shot down Trump's idea of using...

Demonstrators walk along Pennsylvania Avenue as a line of police and military vehicles drive as they protest the death of George Floyd, Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Washington. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Active-duty troops deployed to DC region start to leave

Jun. 4, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Several hundred active-duty troops brought in to help if needed with the civil unrest in the nation’s capitol are leaving Washington, D.C. Thursday, just a day after their initially planned departure was abruptly delayed. The soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division have been kept...