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Top US diplomat for Europe resigns

Jan. 22, 2019 12:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The top U.S. diplomat for Europe is resigning after only 16 months on the job in a blow to efforts to maintain trans-Atlantic unity amid questions about the Trump administration's commitment to historic alliances. The State Department said Tuesday that Assistant Secretary of State for...

Supervisor of Navy SEAL accused of murder faces charges

Jan. 22, 2019 12:08 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy officer who supervised a SEAL accused of fatally stabbing an Islamic State prisoner in Iraq in 2017 is due in a military court to face various offenses Tuesday, including allegedly conducting the SEAL's re-enlistment ceremony next to the corpse and encouraging enlisted personnel...

High court lets military implement transgender restrictions

Jan. 22, 2019 11:49 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration can go ahead with its plan to restrict military service by transgender men and women while court challenges continue, the Supreme Court decided Tuesday. The high court split 5-4 in allowing the plan to take effect, with the court's five conservatives greenlighting...

Trump's shutdown proposal faces uncertain fate in Senate

Jan. 22, 2019 11:29 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposal to reopen the government, with immigration provisions Democrats denounce as inadequate, is headed for Senate action, its prospects uncertain. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will try to muscle through the 1,300-page spending measure, which includes...

Israel: Advanced missile defense system successfully tested

Jan. 22, 2019 10:56 AM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel said Tuesday that it has successfully tested the country's advanced missile defense system capable of defending against long-range ballistic missile threats. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu toured an Israeli aerospace facility following the test and leveled a thinly veiled...

Afghan security service suffers heavy toll in Taliban attack

Jan. 22, 2019 10:45 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Dozens of people killed in a brazen Taliban attack on a military base were members of Afghanistan's intelligence agency, officials said Tuesday, in a severe blow to the government that already has lost control of nearly half of the country to the insurgents. At least 45 people...

Supreme Court: Pentagon can move forward with plan to limit transgender military service while lawsuits continue

Jan. 22, 2019 9:37 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court: Pentagon can move forward with plan to limit transgender military service while lawsuits continue.

Afghan officials say the Taliban attack on a military base in eastern province on Monday killed 45 military personnel

Jan. 22, 2019 12:42 AM EST
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say the Taliban attack on a military base in eastern province on Monday killed 45 military personnel.

House Democrats bringing new scrutiny to education secretary

Jan. 22, 2019 12:22 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wielding control of the House and a new set of investigative powers, Democrats are preparing to bring Education Secretary Betsy DeVos under the sharpest scrutiny she has seen since taking office. DeVos has emerged as a common target for Democrats as they take charge of the House and its...

The shutdown today: No signs of progress

Jan. 22, 2019 12:17 AM EST

What's up with the partial government shutdown on Day 32: WHAT'S NEW Lawmakers marked the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday with commemorative statements and memorial visits. But there appeared to be no movement on the shutdown front. Senate Republicans released late Monday legislation to implement President Donald...