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Esper is sworn in as defense secretary to succeed Mattis

Jul. 23, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally got a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense to succeed Jim Mattis. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8 and was sworn in at the White House by Supreme...

The Latest: Esper sworn in as new secretary of defense

Jul. 23, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation of Mark Esper as defense secretary (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Mark Esper has been sworn in as the next U.S. defense secretary, ending the longest period in Pentagon history that it has gone without a confirmed leader. President Donald Trump said Tuesday...

Army reserve soldier killed when tree falls during storm

Jul. 23, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

BLACKSTONE, Va. (AP) — Military officials say an U.S. Army Reserve soldier was killed and two others injured when a large tree was toppled during severe weather in Virginia. A statement from Fort Pickett on Tuesday says the soldiers were taking part in a training exercise on Monday when the incident...

Kosovo prime minister who resigned heads to war crimes court

Jul. 23, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — The former prime minister of Kosovo left Tuesday for The Hague to be questioned by a special court investigating alleged war crimes by members of the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army two decades ago. Ramush Haradinaj resigned as prime minister a week ago so as "not to be questioned...

New USC leader learns to listen and choose words carefully

Jul. 22, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Retired Army general Bob Caslen said Monday he has learned he needs to listen more and communicate his ideas better as he moves into the civilian world to lead the University of South Carolina. A divided Board of Trustees selected Caslen on Friday after a divisive search . A number of...

Hong Kong crisis escalates after mob attack on protesters

Jul. 22, 2019 4:30 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — An overnight attack by white-clad assailants apparently targeting pro-democracy protesters raised tensions to new levels in Hong Kong on Monday as China harshly criticized the weekend demonstration, saying "central authority cannot be challenged." The Chinese rebuke came after its Hong...

Correction: Military-Hyperfit Women story

Jul. 22, 2019 2:14 PM EDT

ARMY SOLDIER SYSTEMS CENTER, Mass. (AP) — In a story July 21 about a U.S. military study of "hyperfit" women, The Associated Press reported erroneously that a vo2 Max score measures how many millimeters of oxygen are used per kilogram of body weight per minute. It measures milliliters used. A corrected...

Hifter calls on youth to help with battle for Tripoli

Jul. 20, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The commander of the self-styled Libyan National Army has called on young people in Tripoli to join its offensive to capture the capital from the U.N.- backed government based there amid warnings from the international community of military escalation and targeting of civilians. The LNA, led...

As government tackles veteran suicide, SC vet shares story

Jul. 20, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Army veteran Joyce Letellier stopped herself from saying her future is bright. "I don't want to sound corny," the 61-year-old Hanahan resident said. Instead, she stresses she cares about her life now and doesn't want to die anymore. "If that makes sense," Letellier said. It's...

Lebanon lawmakers ratify austerity budget to address a slump

Jul. 19, 2019 2:55 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese lawmakers ratified Friday a controversial austerity budget that aims to save an indebted economy following a raucous voting day that saw protesters attempting to breach the parliament security zone. The austerity budget, which increased income and import taxes and suspended early...