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Airman on trial in Arizona in death of Mennonite woman

Sep. 21, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Sasha Krause was a devout Mennonite woman, often immersed in books, who easily quoted scripture and occasionally taught Sunday school before her body was found in a forest clearing in northern Arizona. Mark Gooch was raised in a Mennonite...

After Afghans fell from plane, families live with horror

Sep. 21, 2021 02:11 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — It’s a scene that has come to symbolize the chaotic end to America’s 20 years of war in Afghanistan: A lumbering U.S. Air Force cargo plane takes off from Kabul airport, chased by hundreds of desperate Afghan men scrambling to get on the aircraft. ...

Liability concerns lead to shutdown of some Colorado 14ers

Sep. 20, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The ramifications of a lawsuit that ended with the U.S. government paying an injured mountain biker several million dollars after a crash on a washed-out trail continue to challenge Colorado fourteener hikers. And more recreational pursuits could be...

B-2 stealth bomber out of service after emergency landing

Sep. 16, 2021 19:01 PM EDT

KNOB NOSTER, Mo. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is investigating after a B-2 stealth bomber made an emergency landing at Whiteman Air Force base earlier this week. The bomber had an in-flight malfunction during a routine training mission early Tuesday, according to a...

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. ...

Study: Pentagon reliance on contractors hurt US in 9/11 wars

Sep. 13, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

Up to half of the $14 trillion spent by the Pentagon since 9/11 went to for-profit defense contractors, a study released Monday found. It's the latest work to argue the U.S. reliance on private corporations for war-zone duties that used to be done by troops contributed to mission failure in...

Vietnam War photos returned to former Air Force photographer

Sep. 11, 2021 00:05 AM EDT

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — In 1968, a young U.S. Air Force captain assigned as a photographer was trekking through the cities and countryside of South Vietnam focusing his lens on city scenes, infantrymen and the casualties of war. Fifty-three years later, Richard Pitera sat at...

Judge refines evidence for trial of airman accused of murder

Sep. 10, 2021 21:33 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Prosecutors will be allowed to present evidence at an upcoming trial that they say shows a U.S. Air Force airman charged in the death of Mennonite woman had disdain for the religious group, a judge ruled Friday. The evidence includes text message...

Report of gunshot triggered lockdown at Air Force base

Sep. 10, 2021 03:12 AM EDT

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s Wright-Patterson Air Force Base went into lockdown for several hours while security officials investigated reports of a shooter on the campus but eventually gave the all-clear early Friday morning. Two individuals...

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...