- US officials mark 70th anniversary of WWII's official end Updated: Sep-03-15 4:07 am
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - U.S. officials and veterans gathered on a decommissioned battleship in Pearl Harbor on Wednesday to mark the 70th anniversary of World War II's end.
- China marks Japan WWII defeat, shows rising power in parade Updated: Sep-03-15 12:46 am
BEIJING - China's leader presided over a parade of tanks, missiles and troops that displayed growing military might Thursday as fighter jets roared overhead, but pledged a 300,000 reduction in troops in a bid to show his country poses no expansionist threat.
- Western Pennsylvania played role in WWII victory Updated: Sep-02-15 12:12 pm
PITTSBURGH - Everyone everywhere spilled into the streets.
- Last World War II-era tank-landing ship docked in Pittsburgh Updated: Sep-02-15 10:01 am
PITTSBURGH - A World War II-era tank-landing ship has docked in Pittsburgh so the public can tour the ship for a week.
- Russia's Putin commemorates victory over Japan in WWII Updated: Sep-02-15 7:52 am
MOSCOW - President Vladimir Putin joined Russian veterans on Wednesday for an unusual ceremony commemorating the 1945 victory over Japan to end World War II.
- Correction: Australia-Obit-Great Escape story Updated: Sep-02-15 4:52 am
CANBERRA, Australia - In a story Aug. 28 about a World War II Australian pilot who took part in a mass escape from a German prison camp, The Associated Press reported erroneously that one of the three prisoners who successfully made it home was Danish. He was, in fact, Dutch.
- WWII vet transmitted news of Japanese surrender 70 years ago Updated: Sep-01-15 11:35 am
MECHANICVILLE, New York - Stephen Dennis enlisted in the Navy soon after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Less than a year later, the raw 19-year-old recruit was thrust into fighting off the Solomon Islands and survived one of the fiercest naval battles in the South Pacific.
- China parade draws Putin, but few other major world leaders 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.
- Mothers, students join Japan's protests over security bills Updated: Aug-31-15 1:10 am
TOKYO - Mothers holding their children's hands stood in the sprinkling rain, some carrying anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans to the beat of a drum against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies.
- Poland's mixed feelings over memorial to rescuers of Jews Updated: Aug-30-15 5:58 pm
WARSAW, Poland - As a Catholic Pole, Elka shouldn't even have been in the ghetto of Czestochowa, in southern Poland. But the nanny was so devoted to the 12-year-old Jewish boy she had raised since infancy that she refused to leave. She ended up being sent to the Treblinka death camp - where she was murdered with the Jews.
- Fairmont facility lives on at less hectic pace Updated: Aug-30-15 11:22 am
FAIRMONT, Nebraska - The Fairmont Army Air Field was bustling as World War II was fought in Europe and the Pacific.
- New York town's large collection of WWII vet photos endures Updated: Aug-30-15 11:13 am
MECHANICVILLE, New York - During World War II, hundreds of servicemen in uniform had their photographs taken at a popular tavern near the Hudson River in upstate New York.
- Shinnston resident receives French honor for WWII heroism Updated: Aug-30-15 9:56 am
SHINNSTON, West Virginia - As a lifelong resident of Shinnston, John Belcastro has served his community in various ways, whether working in the local coal mines or serving in American Legion Post 31 and VFW Post 573.
- China's leadership fans smoldering antipathy toward Japan Updated: Aug-30-15 1:24 am
BEIJING - By administrative order, dramas about resisting the Japanese wartime enemy will fill Chinese TV channels this week as China celebrates - including with a massive military parade - the victory over Japan 70 years ago.
- Diving researchers find sunken military vessel Updated: Aug-29-15 2:37 pm
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - Researchers made a surprising find when diving in the waters off Hawaii: a large US naval tanker that had been sitting unseen in 80 feet of water for nearly 60 years.
- Texan recalls time 70 years ago as POW during WWII Updated: Aug-29-15 1:26 pm
FORT WORTH, Texas - A gold-framed black-and-white photo shows a smiling man in an Army Air Forces uniform, his cheeks still chubby with youth.
- Belgium lays to rest heroine who saved countless GI lives Updated: Aug-29-15 11:07 am
BASTOGNE, Belgium - A Congo-born nurse was laid to rest in a quiet corner of Belgium on Saturday, surrounded by emissaries from the King and the United States, politicians and a military honor guard.
- New York family has ties to hero Belgian nurse of WWII fame Updated: Aug-27-15 11:58 am
SYRACUSE, New York - Every Dec. 24 when his children were still young, World War II veteran John "Jack" Prior would read them "The Night Before Christmas." Then he would tell them the story about the Christmas Eve he spent treating scores of wounded soldiers in Belgium with the help of just two nurses, one of whom he would remain in contact with until his 2007 death.
- Stories of internees reveal events during the war Updated: Aug-27-15 5:02 am
CODY, Wyoming - The reunion weekend at Heart Mountain Interpretive Center brought former incarceree Takashi Hoshizaki and Raymond Uno, son of internee Clarence Uno, to the site where thousands of Japanese were held during World War II. They share their stories here.
- Unclaimed remains of WWII veteran escorted to Arlington Updated: Aug-26-15 4:48 pm
CASA GRANDE, Arizona - After seven years sitting unclaimed in a Maricopa County funeral home, the remains of a World War II Navy veteran are making their journey to Arlington National Cemetery for a formal military burial.
- Swoyersville couple celebrating 70 years of marriage Updated: Aug-26-15 1:46 pm
SWOYERSVILLE, Pennsylvania - Anthony and Betty Leptuck of Swoyersville fell in love in the late 1930s after meeting at dances in the borough fire hall.
- Belgian WWII nurse who helped save many US troops dies Updated: Aug-26-15 8:22 am
BRUSSELS - A Belgian nurse who helped save hundreds of American soldiers during the Battle of the Bulge at the end of World War II has died and will be buried near where thousands of Allied troops fell.
- Soviet WWII plane, Jewish tombstones found in Polish rivers Updated: Aug-25-15 11:17 am
WARSAW, Poland - As river levels in Poland fall to record lows amid a prolonged drought, Jewish tombstones and a Soviet fighter plane with the remains of its pilots have been found in the riverbank, evidence of Poland's tortured 20th-century history.
- Japan says PM will not attend military parade in China Updated: Aug-24-15 3:16 am
TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not attend a military parade in China next week to commemorate the end of World War II, the government's top spokesman said Monday.
- Utah veteran who played role in D-Day invasion dies Updated: Aug-23-15 6:37 pm
SALT LAKE CITY - A World War II veteran who took part in the D-Day invasion that helped defeat the Nazis has died in Utah.