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Oldest US veteran of WWII celebrates his 112th birthday

Sep. 13, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man who is the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States has marked his 112th birthday. Lawrence Brooks celebrated Sunday with a drive-by party at his New Orleans home hosted by the National World War II Museum, The...

Mississippi World War II veteran celebrates 100th birthday

Sep. 13, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

VANCLEAVE, Miss. (AP) — A World War II veteran on the Mississippi Coast celebrated his 100th birthday over the weekend. Talmage Byrd of Vancleave was born in 1921 and joined the U.S. Navy when he was 20 years old. He said he was influenced to become a member of the...

Rhode Island VFW post renamed in honor of veteran

Sep. 13, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Veterans of Foreign Wars post in Rhode Island has been renamed in honor of a soldier who was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan and later dedicated his life to helping other veterans in crisis. Post 272 in Warwick was rededicated Saturday as the...

After 71 years, Korean War vet will finally be laid to rest

Sep. 12, 2021 17:39 PM EDT

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — A Korean War veteran from upstate New York who died in action during one of the coldest winters on record is finally coming home. Army Corporal Walter A. Smead's remains were among many that were turned over by the North Korean government in...

Retired Navy officer sentenced to life for child sex abuse

Sep. 11, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A retired Navy officer from Rhode Island has been sentenced to serve life in prison for sexually abusing a child for years. U.S. District Judge John McConnell ordered retired Lt. Cdr. Ronald Zenga to serve the rest of his natural life in federal...

From battlefield to Tokyo: Combat vets vie at Paralympics

Sep. 11, 2021 10:25 AM EDT

FREMONT, Ind. (AP) — The bald, broad-shouldered cyclist has spent years remembering a nighttime road in a faraway city. He can still describe the city’s narrow streets and crushing heat. He talks about the dead end that forced his convoy turn around. And the...

Wyoming troop deaths 20 years apart bookend Afghanistan war

Sep. 10, 2021 22:40 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — When news came that a 20-year-old Wyoming soldier was one of the last casualties of the two-decade-long U.S. war in Afghanistan, it arrived as a tragic bookend: A 20-year-old soldier from Wyoming was among the first to die in the same war. Army...

CDC finds unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die of COVID

Sep. 10, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

New U.S. studies released Friday show the COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitalizations and death even as the extra-contagious delta variant swept the country. One study tracked over 600,000 COVID-19 cases in 13 states from April through mid-July. As...

VA nurse practitioner pleads guilty to sex abuse of patients

Sep. 10, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A nurse practitioner has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two patients at a Veterans Affairs clinic in St. Louis County. William Luchtefeld, 62, of Edwardsville, pleaded guilty Thursday in St. Louis County Circuit Court to second-degree sodomy and...

As flights resume, plight of Afghan allies tests Biden's vow

Sep. 10, 2021 01:28 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Evacuation flights have resumed for Westerners, but thousands of at-risk Afghans who had helped the United States are still stranded in their homeland with the U.S. Embassy shuttered, all American diplomats and troops gone and the Taliban now in charge. ...