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German military opens new space operations center

Sep. 21, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German military on Monday officially opened its first 'Air and Space Operations Center,' a nod to the growing importance of satellites for the country's national security. The center, located in the western town of Uedem, has a staff of 50 that’s planned to triple over the next...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a Hispanic Heritage Month event, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla. Democrat Joe Biden has left little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump’s buildup in nuclear weapons spending. And although he has not fully detailed his nuclear policy priorities, Biden says he would push for less reliance on the world’s deadliest weapons. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden would push for less US reliance on nukes for defense

Sep. 21, 2020 11:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden leaves little doubt that if elected he would try to scale back President Donald Trump's buildup in nuclear weapons spending. And although the former vice president has not fully detailed his nuclear priorities, he says he would make the U.S. less reliant on the world's...

In this photo released by the U.S. Air Force, Capt. Ryan Vickers stands for a photo to display his new service tapes after taking his oath of office to transfer from the U.S. Air Force to the U.S. Space Force at Al-Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Space Force, the first new U.S. military service since the creation of the Air Force in 1947, now has some 20 members stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. (Staff Sgt. Kayla White/U.S. Air Force via AP)

US Space Force deploys to vast new frontier: Arabian Desert

Sep. 21, 2020 2:01 AM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The newly formed U.S. Space Force is deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula. Space Force now has a squadron of 20 airmen stationed at Qatar's Al-Udeid Air Base in its first foreign deployment. The force, pushed by President Donald Trump,...

FILE - This June 19, 2015, file photo, shows the Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration building in Washington.  The Transportation Department’s Inspector General said in an audit report published Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, that the FAA and hasn't done enough research to evaluate the new risks. In addition, it says the FAA largely only updates standards after accidents and hasn't revised them since a 1991 accident. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Watchdog: FAA not prepared to update jet evacuation rules

Sep. 18, 2020 5:40 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration hasn't updated standards for emergency airliner evacuations in nearly two decades, a period when travelers have increasingly had to deal with tighter aircraft seats, more carry-on bags and support animals, a government watchdog says. The Transportation...

FILE - In this Sept. 2, 2020, file photo, a help wanted sign hangs on the door of a Target store in Uniontown, Pa. Hundreds of thousands of Americans likely applied for unemployment benefits last week, a high level of job insecurity that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak. Economists expect that 850,000 people sought jobless aid, down from 884,000 the week before, according to a survey by the data firm FactSet. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

Sep. 17, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high number of people that illustrates the broad economic damage still taking place nine months after the first case of COVID-19 was detected in the U.S. The Labor Department said...

National Guard Maj. Adam DeMarco testifies during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on actions taken on June 1, 2020 at Lafayette Square, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Bill Clark/Pool via AP)

Report: Feds considered using 'heat ray' on DC protesters

Sep. 16, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A military whistleblower says federal officials sought some unusual crowd control devices — including one that’s been called a “heat ray” — to deal with protesters outside the White House on the June day that law enforcement forcibly cleared Lafayette...

A sign stands at the road leading to the Raytheon facility in a Monday, June 10, 2019 photo, in Marlborough, Mass.Raytheon Technologies plans to eliminate more than 15,000 jobs this year in its corporate offices, jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney and aviation and military equipment manufacturer Collins Aerospace. Chief Executive Officer Greg Hayes announced the revised job cut numbers Wednesday during a Morgan Stanley analysts conference.   (AP Photo/Bill Sikes, File)

Raytheon doubles job cuts to 15,000, citing airline downturn

Sep. 16, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — Raytheon Technologies Corp. plans to eliminate more than 15,000 jobs this year at its corporate offices, jet engine-maker Pratt & Whitney and aviation and military equipment manufacturer Collins Aerospace amid the downturn in the airline industry, Chief Executive Officer Greg...

FILE - In this Monday, June 29, 2020, file photo, a Boeing 737 Max jet heads to a landing at Boeing Field following a test flight in Seattle. A U.S. House committee is questioning whether Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration have recognized problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and if either organization will be willing to make significant changes to fix them. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Panel's report blasts Boeing, FAA for crashes, seeks reforms

Sep. 16, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

A House committee issued a scathing report Wednesday questioning whether Boeing and government regulators have recognized problems that caused two deadly 737 Max jet crashes and whether either will be willing to make significant changes to fix them. Staff members from the Democrat-controlled Transportation...

Cambodia, China, challenge US over sanctions on Chinese firm

Sep. 16, 2020 9:44 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia and China on Wednesday rejected U.S. allegations that a Chinese state-owned company was guilty of human rights abuses and corruption in its acquisition of land in Cambodia. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control announced Tuesday that it...

FILE - In this July 21, 2019 file photo, trainees Chris Graves, left, and Bryan Hetherington, right, participate in a security training session at Fellowship of the Parks campus in Haslet, Texas. An industry has sprung up following mass shootings at houses of worship around the country to train civilians to protect their churches with the techniques and equipment of law enforcement. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Does God want Christians to be a ‘good guy with a gun’?

Sep. 16, 2020 9:42 AM EDT

(RNS) — Does Jesus want you to own a gun? It’s a question Richard Berry said he wrestled with for years, unsure of how to match his Christian faith with his appreciation for firearms and self-defense. A native of Olathe, Kansas, he told Religion News Service he began grappling with the issue of God...