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As Jan. 6 probe begins, Dem vows: 'We have to get it right'

Jul. 26, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Bennie Thompson, didn’t realize the severity of the Jan. 6 insurrection until his wife called him. He was inside the Capitol, sitting in the upper gallery of the House, hoping for what he called...

‘Holy moly!’: Inside Texas' fight against a ransomware hack

Jul. 26, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — It was the start of a steamy Friday two Augusts ago when Jason Whisler settled in for a working breakfast at the Coffee Ranch restaurant in the Texas Panhandle city of Borger. The most pressing agenda item for city officials that morning: planning for a country music concert...

AP Interview: PM says Iraq doesn't need US combat troops

Jul. 26, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s prime minister says his country no longer requires American combat troops to fight the Islamic State group, but a formal time frame for their redeployment will depend on the outcome of talks with U.S. officials this week. Mustafa al-Kadhimi said...

Noem's border visit comes with political opportunities

Jul. 26, 2021 07:02 AM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Photo ops with the troops. Political points on an issue sure to loom large in 2024 presidential debates. Another chance to tout a tough-on-illegal immigration stance that comes rarely for a governor whose state is closer to Canada than Mexico. ...

New Zealand to accept alleged Islamic State militant, 2 kids

Jul. 26, 2021 01:54 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand on Monday agreed to repatriate an alleged Islamic State militant and her two young children, who have been detained in Turkey since February. The decision follows a bitter dispute with Australia over which country needed to...

Combat training program prepares pilots, crews for real deal

Jul. 26, 2021 01:02 AM EDT

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (AP) — Capt. Matt Cale watched F-16 flyovers growing up in Arizona, which changed his dream of wanting to be a race car driver to being a pilot. In January 2019, he was assigned to Ellsworth Air Force Base as a B-1B Lancer pilot, his top...

A Mexican state suffers bloody fallout of cartel rivalry

Jul. 26, 2021 00:03 AM EDT

VALPARAÍSO, Mexico (AP) — When they heard gunfire in the valley, residents locked their doors and cowered inside their homes. Some 200 armed men had just looted a gas station, according to a witness, and the shooting would continue for hours as an equal number from an opposing group...

Pro-Hamas activists launch incendiary balloons into Israel

Jul. 25, 2021 19:31 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli warplanes struck a target in the southern Gaza Strip, the Israeli military announced early Monday, saying it was responding to the launches of incendiary balloons that caused at least three blazes in southern Israel. The military said it had...

Russia marks Navy's 325th anniversary, Iranian ship joins in

Jul. 25, 2021 11:40 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia marked the 325th anniversary of the founding of its navy with ship parades at major ports on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the main parade of more than 50 vessels in St. Petersburg, which included ships from the navies of Iran,...

Buckley Space Force Base prepares for the next frontier

Jul. 25, 2021 10:12 AM EDT

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — For more than two decades, Col. Marcus Jackson’s fatigues have been emblazoned with the cinnamon font synonymous with the U.S. Air Force. The newest commander of Aurora’s longtime Air Force installation has been a career military man with...