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FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2019, file photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, the dive boat Conception is engulfed in flames after a deadly fire broke out aboard the commercial scuba diving vessel off the Southern California Coast. The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime disasters in recent U.S. history. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP, File)

California boat captain indicted in fire that killed 34

Dec. 1, 2020 9:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The captain of a scuba diving boat that caught fire and sank off the coast of California last year, killing 34 people who were trapped below deck, was indicted Tuesday on federal manslaughter charges for one of the deadliest maritime disasters in recent U.S. history. Jerry Boylan, 67,...

Authorities probe deaths of 2 service members at Texas base

Dec. 1, 2020 7:05 PM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The deaths of two U.S. service members whose bodies were found last week in separate incidents at a military base in San Antonio are being investigated, officials said Tuesday. Officials with Joint Base San Antonio said while both deaths are still under investigation, foul play is not...

4 rescued, 6 missing after boat capsizes near Puerto Rico

Dec. 1, 2020 12:23 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday that four people have been rescued and it is searching for six more who were on a boat that capsized west of Puerto Rico. The Coast Guard said the boat capsized on Sunday in unclear circumstances while near Desecho Island in the Mona Passage. A...

Lobster diver missing off Southern California island

Dec. 1, 2020 10:01 AM EST

PORT HUENEME, Calif. (AP) — Authorities are searching for a diver missing since Sunday off Southern California's Santa Cruz Island. Santa Barbara County sheriff’s officials say the man and a partner were tank diving for lobster from a boat when he did not resurface. The dive partner radioed for...

FILE - In this July 12, 2020, file photo, smoke rises from the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego in San Diego, after an explosion and fire onboard the ship at Naval Base San Diego. The Navy on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020, said that it will decommission the warship docked off San Diego after suspected arson caused extensive damage, making it too expensive to restore. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

Navy will decommission warship damaged in suspected arson

Nov. 30, 2020 6:06 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Navy said Monday that it will decommission a warship docked off San Diego after suspected arson this summer caused extensive damage, making it too expensive to restore. Fully repairing the USS Bonhomme Richard to warfighting capabilities would cost $2.5 billion to $3 billion and take...

National Guard sets up field hospital at Worcester facility

Nov. 30, 2020 5:37 PM EST

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The National Guard started setting up a coronavirus field hospital at the DCU Center in Worcester on Monday. The Guard trucked in cots, medical supplies, tables and other items needed to operate the 250-bed hospital in the convention center portion of the arena, The Telegram &...

FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2020, file photo the morning sun illuminates the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington. After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning to Washington for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal making on a challenging menu of year-end business. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Congress returns with virus aid, federal funding unresolved

Nov. 30, 2020 5:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of shadowboxing amid a tense and toxic campaign, Capitol Hill's main players are returning for one final, perhaps futile, attempt at deal-making on a challenging menu of year-end business. COVID-19 relief, a $1.4 trillion catchall spending package, and defense policy...

FILE - In this March 30, 2019, file photo, Alexanda Amon Kotey, left, and El Shafee Elsheikh, who were allegedly among four British jihadis who made up a brutal Islamic State cell dubbed

Charging the 'Beatles': Inside the case against IS militants

Nov. 30, 2020 11:06 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — As two Islamic State militants faced a judge in Virginia last month, Diane Foley listened from home through a muffled phone connection and strained to make out the voices of the men prosecutors say kidnapped her son before he was murdered. Alexanda Kotey and El Shafee Elsheikh stand...

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2020 file photo, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks during a ceremony marking the 19th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, at NATO headquarters in Brussels. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg warned Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020 that the military organization could pay a heavy price for leaving Afghanistan too early, after a U.S. official said President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw a significant number of American troops from the conflict-ravaged country in coming weeks. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco, Pool, File)

NATO mulls Afghan dilemma as US draws down, attacks mount

Nov. 30, 2020 10:41 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday that the military alliance is grappling with a dilemma over its future in Afghanistan, as the United States starts pulling troops out while attacks by the Taliban and extremist groups mount. More than 17 years after taking the lead on...

Editorial Roundup: Iowa

Nov. 30, 2020 10:00 AM EST

Des Moines Register. Nov. 24, 2020 Iowa nursing homes are in crisis; Gov. Kim Reynolds should bring in the Iowa National Guard to help Troops could deliver meals, ensure proper use of protective equipment, coordinate visits with family and assist understaffed facilities. When a restaurant’s cooks, servers...