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FILE - This undated photo provided by the Riley County (Kansas) Police Department shows Jarrett Smith. Smith, an Army infantry soldier described by prosecutors as a Satanist who hoped to overthrow the U.S. government pleaded guilty in February to distributing information through social media about building a bomb and making napalm.   Hs defense attorney argued in a court filing Thursday, Aug 13, 2020 for a more lenient punishment of 15 months in prison. (Riley County Police Department via AP,File)

Defense seeks leniency for 'Satanist' soldier in bomb plot

Aug. 13, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A former Army infantry soldier described by prosecutors as a Satanist who hoped to overthrow the U.S. government endured a lifetime of victimization, isolation and trauma that led him to become involved with online extremist groups, his defense attorney argued Thursday in a motion...

Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it

Aug. 13, 2020 11:17 AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal appeals court upholds constitutionality of all-male military draft system; says only Supreme Court can change it.

FBI investigates shooting of military helicopter in Virginia

Aug. 12, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI is investigating the shooting of a military helicopter during a training mission this week in northern Virginia, injuring one crew member who was aboard, officials said Wednesday. The Air Force helicopter was flying over Middleburg on Monday when it was shot from the ground...

Police probe claims that Indian army faked Kashmir gunbattle

Aug. 11, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir said Tuesday they are investigating allegations by three families that three of their relatives were killed by the military in a staged gunbattle and buried as unidentified militants. Police are taking “all necessary steps to ascertain...

Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty speaks at a polling place Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Brentwood, Tenn. Hagerty and Dr. Manny Sethi are competing to become the GOP nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Hagerty vs. Bradshaw in race to succeed US Sen. Alexander

Aug. 7, 2020 7:29 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in November will feature a matchup between a Republican candidate endorsed by President Donald Trump and a Black activist who pulled off an astonishing upset victory over the Democratic establishment's choice — with a...

French President Emmanuel Macron, center, visits the devastated site of the explosion at the port of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday Aug.6, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Beirut to offer French support to Lebanon after the deadly port blast. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, Pool)

Macron promises help, Beirut residents vent fury at leaders

Aug. 6, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of Beirut vented their fury at Lebanon’s leaders Thursday during a visit by French President Emmanuel Macron, blaming them for the deadly explosion that ravaged the capital. Shouting “Revolution!” they crowded around the visiting leader who promised to press the...

FILE - This Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, file aerial photo shows the crash site of a Minnesota National Guard Black Hawk helicopter,  near Kimball, Minn. The Minnesota National Guard says mechanical failure and human error led to the crash that killed three Guard members. (Brian Peterson/Star Tribune via AP, File)

Mechanical failure, human error cited in Guard copter crash

Aug. 5, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mechanical failure and human error led to the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter that killed three Minnesota National Guard members last December, according to a Guard summary released Wednesday. According to the summary of results from a military investigative board, the crew was...

Albania transfers IS terror cell suspect to Germany

Aug. 4, 2020 4:32 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Albania has transferred to Germany a Tajik man accused of being part of a cell of the Islamic State group that allegedly planned to attack U.S. military facilities in Germany, prosecutors said Tuesday. The suspect, identified only as Komron B. in line with German privacy rules, was arrested...

FILE - In this Dec. 10, 2014, file photo Steve Linick, then State Department Inspector General, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.House Democrats have subpoenaed four top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the Trump administration is stonewalling their investigation into the firing of the State Department's top independent watchdog earlier this year. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

House committees subpoena top Pompeo aides over IG firing

Aug. 3, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats have subpoenaed four top aides to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying that the Trump administration is stonewalling their investigation into the firing of the State Department's top independent watchdog earlier this year. Former State Department Inspector General Steve...

This photo provided by Reda Fhelboom shows Ismail Bouzreeba al-Zway in Tunis in July 2015.   A military court in eastern Libya has sentenced  al-Zway, a local photojournalist to 15 years in prison on vague terrorism-related charges, prompting an outcry Friday, July 31, 2020 from human rights groups. The verdict sent a chilling message, local advocates said, underscoring the perils that journalists must navigate in east Libya, where military commander Khalifa Hifter has moved to quash all dissent  and more broadly in a war-torn country overrun with fractious militias. (Reda Fhelboom via AP)

East Libyan military court sentences journalist to 15 years

Jul. 31, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A military court in eastern Libya has sentenced a local photojournalist to 15 years in prison on vague terrorism-related charges, prompting an outcry Friday from human rights groups. The verdict sent a chilling message, local advocates said, underscoring the perils that journalists must...