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Germany taps UAE-owned Haenel for new assault rifle contract

Sep. 15, 2020 5:46 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government has chosen arms manufacturer Haenel, which is owned by a company in Abu Dhabi, to make assault rifles for the military, sidelining long-time supplier Heckler & Koch. Germany's Defense Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that C.G. Haenel GmbH, based in the central...

FILE - Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey celebrates the team's win over the Chicago Bears in an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in Los Angeles. Jalen Ramsey will become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract extension with the Rams. The extension announced Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, includes $71.2 million, the most guaranteed money ever given to a defensive back, according to Ramsey's agent, David Mulugheta.(AP Photo/Kyusung Gong, File)

Corner lockdown: Ramsey gets 5 years, $105 million from Rams

Sep. 9, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Jalen Ramsey showed up at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp last year in an armored bank truck. A year later on the opposite coast, he's going to need that ride. Ramsey will become the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history after agreeing to a five-year, $105 million...

Air Force awards $13.3 billion contract for nuclear missiles

Sep. 8, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force on Tuesday awarded a $13.3 billion contract for engineering and development work on a replacement for the Minuteman 3 missile, which has operated continuously for half a century as a key part of the nuclear force. Critics call the replacement project wasteful and dangerous....

President Donald Trump speaks during a signing ceremony with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Kosovar Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump won't let Pentagon close Stars and Stripes newspaper

Sep. 4, 2020 11:10 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he won't allow the Pentagon to cut funding for the military's independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, effectively halting Defense leaders' plan to shut the paper down this month. “The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to...

FILE - In this July 25, 2020 file photo, striking Bath Iron Works shipbuilders march in solidarity in Bath, Maine. A 63-day strike at Bath Iron Works — against the backdrop of a pandemic in an election year — came to an end Sunday, Aug. 23 with shipbuilders voting to return to their jobs producing warships for the United States Navy. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Shipbuilders approve 3-year pact, ending monthslong strike

Aug. 23, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

BATH, Maine (AP) — A 63-day strike at Bath Iron Works — against the backdrop of a pandemic in an election year — came to an end Sunday with shipbuilders voting to return to their jobs producing warships for the United States Navy. With the approval of a three-year contract, the 4,300...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019 file photo, Brian Kolfage, founder of We Build the Wall Inc., speaks at a news conference in Sunland Park, N.M., where a privately funded wall is being constructed. Former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, on charges that he and three others, including Kolfage, ripped off donors to the online fundraising scheme “We Build The Wall.”  (Mark Lambie/The El Paso Times via AP, File)

Questions and answers on status of Trump's border wall

Aug. 20, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

President Donald Trump is trying to keep his promised border wall with Mexico in the public eye during his reelection bid, touting it this week on a trip to Yuma, Arizona. But the wall brought Trump unwanted attention Thursday when former White House adviser Steve Bannon was arrested on charges that he and three...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's smoke and mirrors on executive orders

Aug. 10, 2020 12:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't telling the full story when it comes to executive orders on coronavirus relief payments and health care. Over the weekend, the president suggested that his move to bypass Congress with executive action calling for up to $400 in weekly unemployment assistance...

President Donald Trump speaks during an event at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, Ohio, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump misleads on mail ballots, virus vaccine

Aug. 8, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was a week of relentless attacks by President Donald Trump and his allies on mail-in voting for the November election, and truth took a beating at every turn. Fearing a pandemic-induced surge in such voting will work against him, Trump persisted in arguing that fraud is rampant for...