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Putin orders Russia to respond after US missile test

Aug. 23, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military on Friday to work out a quid pro quo response after the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty. In Sunday's test, a modified ground-launched version of a U.S. Navy Tomahawk cruise missile accurately struck its...

US lawmakers to look into cancelled Alaska missile project

Aug. 23, 2019 9:52 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's members of Congress have said they plan to look into a Pentagon decision to cancel a project to improve Alaska-based missiles, a report said. The Pentagon canceled a Boeing contract last week because of unspecified missile design flaws, The Anchorage Daily News reported...

S. Korea cancels Japan intelligence deal amid trade dispute

Aug. 22, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Thursday it will terminate an intelligence-sharing deal with Japan that focused on classified information about North Korea, a surprise announcement that is likely to set back U.S. efforts to bolster security cooperation with two of its most important allies in...

Congressman: Space Command's initial home will be Colorado

Aug. 21, 2019 8:42 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The initial headquarters for the Pentagon's new Space Command will be at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, a congressman said Wednesday. The command will officially start operations next month at the base in Colorado Springs, said Rep. Doug Lamborn, a Colorado Republican....

Pentagon cancels billion-dollar missile defense project

Aug. 21, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is pulling the plug on a billion-dollar, technically troubled project to build a better weapon that would destroy incoming missiles. The move is aimed in part at considering new approaches to missile defense at a time of rapid technological change. The announced reason for...

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...

Putin says US missile test raises new threats to Russia

Aug. 21, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday that the test of a new U.S. missile banned under a now-defunct arms treaty has raised new threats to Russia and will warrant a response. The U.S. tested a modified ground-launched version of a Navy Tomahawk cruise missile that accurately...

Mississippi man is awarded highest civilian defense medal

Aug. 21, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been awarded the U.S. Department of Defense's highest civilian honor. Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith on Tuesday presided over the formal presentation to John "Jay" Fulton Blount Jr., of Greenville, who is the second Mississippian to earn the Defense of...

Trump attacks on Google recycle baseless claims

Aug. 20, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Donald Trump has been on a tear about Google that traces back to a series of unfounded claims about the technology giant circulating among conservatives. Among those claims: that Google interferes with U.S. elections, is biased against conservatives and prefers working with...

Pentagon conducts 1st test of previously banned missile

Aug. 19, 2019 3:25 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The test off the coast of California on Sunday marked the resumption of an arms competition that...