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Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing gets historic new leader

Jun. 23, 2021 09:14 AM EDT

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. (AP) — Offutt Air Force Base's 55th Wing has a new leader — the first woman to command the 80-year-old reconnaissance unit. The Omaha World-Herald reports that Col. Kristen Thompson took over command Tuesday, becoming...

China prepares for Communist Party centenary in secret

Jun. 23, 2021 09:11 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities have closed Beijing's central Tiananmen Square to the public, eight days ahead of a major celebration being planned to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ruling Communist Party. The square, which normally attracts...

AP PHOTOS: Indian police train villagers for border security

Jun. 21, 2021 22:56 PM EDT

KATHUA, India (AP) — For nearly three months, from dusk to dawn, Rita Devi has followed a similar drill. Her day begins with physical training, followed by classes on border management and on collaborating with police and border guards in the event of skirmishes along...

U.K.'s newest carrier joins IS fight, stirs Russian interest

Jun. 21, 2021 20:50 PM EDT

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN SEA (AP) — Britain's newest aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, is helping to take on the “lion’s share” of operations against the Islamic State group in Iraq, U.K. naval commanders said. It has also piqued the interest of Russian warplanes, who try to keep...

Today in History

Jun. 19, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Saturday, June 19, the 170th day of 2021. There are 195 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War...

UN assembly condemns Myanmar coup, calls for arms embargo

Jun. 18, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In a rare move, the U.N. General Assembly on Friday condemned Myanmar’s military coup and called for an arm embargo against the country in a resolution that demonstrated widespread global opposition to the junta and demanded the restoration of the country’s...

Study: Texas bases lead Army posts in risk of sexual assault

Jun. 18, 2021 13:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Female soldiers at Army bases in Texas, Colorado, Kansas and Kentucky face a greater risk of sexual assault and harassment than those at other posts, accounting for more than a third of all active-duty Army women sexually assaulted in 2018, according to a new Rand Corp....

Hawaii soldier pleads not guilty to murder in wife's death

Jun. 17, 2021 23:54 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii-based soldier on Thursday pleaded not guilty in military court to first-degree premeditated murder in the January beating and stabbing death of his wife. Spc. Raul Hernandez Perez also pleaded not guilty to disobeying a noncommissioned...

Top general 'shocked' by AP report on AWOL guns, mulls fix

Jun. 17, 2021 20:11 PM EDT

Shocked by an Associated Press investigation into the loss and theft of military guns, the Pentagon's top general signaled Thursday that he will consider a “systematic fix” to how the armed services keep account of their firearms. The AP’s investigation reported how...

New vaccine lottery announced for military in Washington

Jun. 17, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state’s military, family members and veterans because the federal government wasn’t sharing individual vaccine status of those groups with the state and there were...