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  • Chinese warships in Bering Sea as Obama visits Alaska 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 5:50 pm

    WASHINGTON - Five Chinese warships have moved into the Bering Sea near Alaska after participating in a naval exercise with Russia, but officials said they don't view the ships as a threat as President Barack Obama travels in northern Alaska near the Arctic Circle.

  • Taxpayers responsible for $30 million in legal fees 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 2:43 pm

    PORTLAND, Oregon - Taxpayers are responsible for $30 million in legal fees a military contractor has spent defending itself against a lawsuit from soldiers who say the company exposed them to toxic chemicals in Iraq.

  • Residents: Bloody scene after Somalia attack 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 1:04 pm

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - A day after Islamic extremists overran an African Union military base in Somalia, shaken residents of an adjacent town were describing the daring attack and its aftermath. One resident said some soldiers may have been taken captive by the rebels.

  • A preview of new gear China's military showing off at parade 
    Updated: Sep-02-15 1:10 am

    BEIJING - When China rolls out its latest armaments Thursday for a lavish parade commemorating the defeat of Japan in World War II, defense experts and foreign armies will be watching closely for any revelations about new military capabilities.

  • Pentagon to survey S. Carolina brig for Guantanamo detainees 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 5:53 pm

    COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A Pentagon team is coming to South Carolina this week to evaluate whether the Navy brig near Charleston could be suitable to house detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, officials said Tuesday.

  • Carter, in folksy talks, describes US military of future 
    Updated: Sep-01-15 5:09 pm

    WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter used a speech and a wide-ranging exchange with troops on social media sites Tuesday to press his agenda for change in the military, signaling his early support for expanded maternity leave, women serving in combat jobs and greater flexibility pay, promotions and benefits.

  • China parade draws Putin, but few other major world leaders story has photos
    Updated: Sep-01-15 9:18 am

    BEIJING - Russian leader Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Park Geun-hye and U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shine at the top of China's guest list at this week's grand commemorations of the 70th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II. After them, the wattage gets pretty low.

  • Report: Colombia collecting bulk data without warrants 
    Updated: Aug-31-15 4:08 pm

    BOGOTA, Colombia - Intelligence agencies in Colombia have been building robust tools to automatically collect vast amounts of data without judicial warrants and in defiance of a pledge to better protect privacy following a series of domestic spying scandals, according to a new report by Privacy International.

  • US envoy discusses Afghan peace efforts on Pakistan visit 
    Updated: Aug-30-15 2:05 pm

    ISLAMABAD - U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice met with Pakistani leaders during a visit to the country on Sunday to discuss efforts to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban which were suspended after the announcement of the death of longtime Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

  • Venezuela extends border closure despite Colombia's protests story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 8:28 pm

    CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro on Friday broadened a crackdown on Colombian migrants and border smugglers that has drawn strong rebuke by Colombian leaders and international organizations.

  • Lebanon: Shiny on the outside, rotting from the inside story has photos
    Updated: Aug-28-15 5:26 pm

    BEIRUT - To the casual visitor, Lebanon may seem like a tiny slice of Mediterranean modernity and coexistence in a turbulent region plagued by violence and extremism.

  • Pentagon: IS hacker killed in US strike also was recruiter 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 3:00 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Islamic State group hacker killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria this week had been recruiting sympathizers in the West to conduct "lone wolf" terrorist attacks, and his death eliminates a "significant threat" to the U.S., a military official said Friday.

  • 3 militants killed, 10 Philippine marines wounded in clash 
    Updated: Aug-28-15 7:43 am

    MANILA, Philippines - At least three Abu Sayyaf extremists were killed and 10 Philippine marines were wounded in a clash Friday with about 300 of the militants in a remote southern village, the military said.

  • Frank E. Petersen Jr., first black Marine aviator, dies story has photos
    Updated: Aug-27-15 11:13 pm

    BALTIMORE - Frank E. Petersen Jr., the first black aviator and brigadier general in the Marine Corps, has died.

  • Agent says he had 'no other option' but to kill NY escapee 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 9:59 pm

    NEW YORK - A border patrol agent who shot an escaped inmate who led authorities on a weekslong manhunt in upstate New York says he had "no other option" but to kill him.

  • School leaders OK property trade with Iowa National Guard 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 4:32 pm

    DAVENPORT, Iowa - Leaders of the Davenport school district have approved a property trade that provides the Iowa National Guard with the necessary land for a planned $24 million readiness center.

  • SAFB Commander: Efforts to fight cyberattacks should improve 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 10:47 am

    SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE - The newly-installed leader of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base says cyberattacks are an "evolving threat" that need to be dealt with aggressively.

  • Air Force: 2 special ops troops killed in Afghan attack 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 10:16 am

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says the two Americans killed in Afghanistan in an apparent insider attack by Afghan soldiers were Air Force special operations troops.

  • Mother of man killed by Border Patrol agent files suit 
    Updated: Aug-27-15 8:14 am

    TUCSON, Arizona - The mother of an unarmed man killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent last year is suing the federal government.

  • Mayor thanks US student who helped thwart France attack story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Aug-26-15 11:31 pm

    SACRAMENTO, California - An American student who helped stop a terror attack on a Paris-bound high-speed train said Wednesday it's been a "crazy few days" and he is happy to be home.

  • Suu Kyi: Myanmar rebels should think carefully on peace deal 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 9:40 pm

    YANGON, Myanmar - Myanmar's popular opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi is urging armed ethnic minority groups to think carefully before signing a nationwide cease-fire agreement, a top party colleague said, a position that pits her against President Thein Sein, who has made reaching a deal before November elections his top priority.

  • New tactical vehicle contract big boost for Wisconsin city story has photos
    Updated: Aug-26-15 5:52 pm

    OSHKOSH, Wisconsin - A lucrative military contract awarded to Wisconsin-based Oshkosh Corp. to build the Humvee's replacement will provide an economic boost to the city of Oshkosh and across the state, company and local leaders said Wednesday.

  • Judge tosses lawsuit over removal of Grand Haven cross 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 5:25 pm

    GRAND HAVEN, Michigan - A lawsuit opposing a western Michigan community's decision to remove a 48-foot cross from city-owned land has been dismissed.

  • Pentagon probing alleged distorting of war intelligence 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 1:14 pm

    WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's inspector general is investigating an allegation that the military command overseeing the anti-Islamic State campaign distorted or altered intelligence assessments to exaggerate progress against the militant group, a defense official said Wednesday.

  • Official: Syrian opposition figure dies in attack in Turkey 
    Updated: Aug-26-15 11:25 am

    ANKARA, Turkey - A Syrian opposition commander has died in a bomb attack in the Turkish city of Antakya, near the border with Syria, an official said Wednesday.