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Defense chief orders new review of mistaken US drone strike

Sep. 20, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered a senior-level review of the investigation that found that 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, were killed in an Aug. 29 U.S. drone strike in Kabul that the Pentagon initially said had killed an Islamic State fighter....

Company to pay USAF sergeant $60K for auctioning possessions

Sep. 16, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Massachusetts storage company that federal prosecutors said illegally auctioned the personal possessions of an Air Force sergeant while he was deployed has agreed to pay the service member $60,000 in compensation, the U.S. attorney's office in Boston announced Thursday. ...

Hawaii-based soldier sentenced to 62 years for killing wife

Sep. 15, 2021 17:44 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A military judge sentenced a Hawaii-based soldier to 62 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to premediated murder for brutally beating and stabbing his wife. The Army’s prosecutor sought the full 65-year term for 24-year-old Spc. Raul Hernandez...

UN sends home Gabonese peacekeepers in CAR over sexual abuse

Sep. 15, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday ordered the immediate repatriation of the entire U.N. peacekeeping contingent from Gabon serving in the Central African Republic following credible reports of sexual abuse by some of its 450 members and past allegations....

Madison man pleads guilty to entering US Capitol on Jan. 6

Sep. 15, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Madison-area man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge in connection with the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Brandon Nelson, 29, appeared by video conference in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. on a charge of parading,...

UN withdraws Gabon peacekeepers in Central African Republic

Sep. 15, 2021 14:49 PM EDT

LIBREVILLE, Gabon (AP) — The United Nations is withdrawing 450 Gabonese peacekeepers from its mission in Central African Republic following allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse, Gabon’s government said Wednesday. “Following the numerous cases of allegations...

Hawaii-based soldier admits to beating, stabbing his wife

Sep. 14, 2021 16:14 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based soldier has admitted to beating his wife with a baseball bat while she lay face down on the bed as she slept, and then stabbing her in the back the morning after their first anniversary. Army Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez changed his plea...

Judge unimpressed by latest argument in Abu Ghraib case

Sep. 10, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A military contractor being sued for alleged complicity in the torture of inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison argued Friday that recent Supreme Court cases make clear it can't be held liable for misconduct that occurred overseas, but a judge was skeptical. ...

Airman's attorney aims to limit evidence at murder trial

Sep. 09, 2021 23:26 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona judge ruled Thursday that expert testimony on cellphone data will be allowed in the case of a U.S. Air Force airman who is accused of kidnapping and killing a Mennonite woman. Authorities used the data and other records to link Mark...

Guantanamo prison lingers, an unresolved legacy of 9/11

Sep. 09, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba (AP) — President Joe Biden turned the page on one legacy of 9/11 by ending the war in Afghanistan. But he has yet to do much about another: the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The White House says it intends to shutter the prison on...