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US says 2 troops killed in combat in Afghanistan

Aug. 21, 2019 5:16 PM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Two U.S. service members have been killed in combat in Afghanistan, officials said Wednesday. The NATO Resolute Support mission announced their deaths first, providing no details about what happened and saying that their names would be withheld for 24 hours until their families...

Biden centers campaign where he started: Trump's character

Aug. 9, 2019 2:02 PM EDT

BOONE, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden's campaign is not anchored in a big policy idea like Bernie Sanders' Medicare for All. He is not proposing transformative change like Elizabeth Warren. Instead, Biden's call to voters is a more visceral one, casting the 2020 race as a test of the country's character. The recent...

Navy confirms pilot died in jet crash in Death Valley

Aug. 1, 2019 9:25 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pilot of a U.S. Navy jet fighter that crashed in Death Valley National Park was killed, the military said Thursday. The identity of the pilot will be withheld until 24 hours after notification of next-of-kin in accordance with Defense Department policy, the Navy said in a statement....

The Latest: Navy confirms pilot died in California crash

Aug. 1, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a Navy fighter jet in California (all times local): 12:40 p.m. The U.S. Navy says it has confirmed the death of the pilot in the crash of a fighter jet in the California desert. The Navy says in a statement Thursday that the pilot's identity will be withheld...

Mnuchin says budget deal with Pelosi is 'very close'

Jul. 15, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and top Senate Republican Mitch McConnell vs. hardliners in the White House as lawmakers pursue a deal on federal spending and the debt. And the hardliners, wary of further increases to federal spending, appear to be losing. Talks between Pelosi and...

House Democrats lead push to restrict Trump on Iran strikes

Jul. 12, 2019 3:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic-controlled House voted Friday to put a liberalized stamp on Pentagon policy, including a bipartisan proposal to limit President Donald Trump's authority to make war against Iran. The measure passed along party lines after a series of votes that pushed it further to the...

The Latest: House OKs limiting Trump ability to strike Iran

Jul. 12, 2019 1:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Congress and the defense policy bill (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The Democratic-controlled House has voted to limit President Donald Trump's authority to make war against Iran. That restriction is part of a leftward-leaning defense policy bill that also cuts back Trump's...

Pentagon in its longest-ever stretch of leadership limbo

Jul. 12, 2019 6:40 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When he resigned as defense secretary last December, Jim Mattis thought it might take two months to install a successor. That seemed terribly long at the time. Seven months later, the U.S. still has no confirmed defense chief even with the nation facing potential armed conflict with Iran....

Red Sox sign Navy RHP Noah Song amid service uncertainty

Jul. 6, 2019 8:17 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have signed fourth-round draft pick Noah Song, a pitcher from the U.S. Naval Academy who may not be able to begin his full-time pro career until 2021. The team announced the signing Saturday. The 22-year-old Song must serve at least two years of military duty before he can...

Abe's G-20 show eclipsed by Trump-China trade talks, tweets

Jun. 29, 2019 6:33 AM EDT

OSAKA, Japan (AP) — The Group of 20 summit in Osaka ended Saturday with lofty language from powerful world leaders, but it was eclipsed by U.S. President Donald Trump, who agreed to restart trade talks with China and extended a surprise invitation for North Korea's leader to meet him Sunday. Despite the...