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  • Salvage crew at Fla. site of helicopter crash that killed 11

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A salvage barge moved off the Florida Panhandle coast to lift the wreckage of a shattered Black Hawk helicopter from the waters, days after seven Marines …


  • Police storm Paris grocery where gunman holds 5 hostages

    PARIS (AP) — Explosions and gunshots were heard as police forces stormed a kosher grocery in Paris where a gunman was holding at least five people hostage. A woman was …


  • American, South African hostages killed during rescue attempt

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — An American photojournalist and a South African teacher were killed Saturday during a high-risk, U.S.-led raid to free them from al-Qaida-affiliated militants in Yemen, a turbulent …


  • Army troops isolated after Africa duty tour

    WASHINGTON (AP) — An Army two-star general and 11 of his staff are being isolated at the base in Italy upon returning from serving in West Africa to help with …


  • Ukraine government repels rebel attack on airport

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Despite the cease-fire agreement, renewed fighting flared up Saturday in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian rebels and government forces, while Moscow sent a second convoy of trucks …


  • 9/11 commemoration held in open plaza

    NEW YORK (AP) — With the solemn toll of a bell and a moment of silence, the nation paused Thursday to mark the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror …


  • Attack at Afghan base kills US major general, wounds 15

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A man dressed in an Afghan army uniform opened fire Tuesday on foreign troops at a military base, killing at least one U.S. soldier and wounding …


  • 63 abducted females escape extremists in Nigeria

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 60 Nigerian girls and women abducted by Islamic extremists two weeks ago have managed to escape, officials said Monday, though more than 200 girls …


  • Putin orders forces in the Urals on combat alert

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday ordered military forces in central Russia on combat alert as well as a drill of airborne troops, a day after Ukraine …


  • Kurds seize disputed oil hub amid Iraq chaos

    KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) — After a decades-long dispute between Arabs and Kurds over the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, it took just an hour and a half for its …


  • Nigerian defense chief says abducted girls located

    ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria’s defense chief says the military has located nearly 300 school girls abducted by Islamic extremists but cannot use force to free them. Air Marshal Alex …


  • Endangered butterfly lives on Lewis-McChord firing range

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) — An undeveloped stretch of native prairie in south Puget Sound offers one of the few habitats in the world where a two-inch colorful checkered …


  • Russian troops take over Ukraine’s Crimea region

    KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests …


  • Navy seeks more sexual assault survey responses

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Participation in an anonymous survey aimed at determining how big a problem sexual assault is in the Navy and Marines is lagging this year compared to …


  • Mortar shells hit near inspectors’ hotel in Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Two mortar shells hit Syria’s capital Saturday near a hotel where international chemical inspectors and United Nations staff are staying, state media and a hotel guest said. …


  • Syria weapons deal averts U.S. military move for now

    GENEVA (AP) — A diplomatic breakthrough Saturday on securing and destroying Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile averted the threat of U.S. military action for the moment and could swing momentum toward …


  • Al-Qaida in Iraq calls on Egyptians to fight army

    CAIRO (AP) — A leader of al-Qaida’s Iraqi branch called Saturday on Egyptians to fight their army and derided the Muslim Brotherhood as “evil” for seeking power through democracy. The …


  • Soldier guilty of murder for Fort Hood shootings

    FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Army Maj. Nidal Hasan was convicted Friday in the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, a shocking assault against American troops at home by one …


  • Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak released

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt’s ousted leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and transported by helicopter to a military hospital Thursday in Cairo, according to exclusive footage shown on a …


  • Bradley Manning says he wants to live as a woman

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Bradley Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the soldier said Thursday, a …


  • Manning sentenced to 35 years in WikiLeaks case

    FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was sentenced Wednesday to 35 years in prison for giving hundreds of thousands of secret military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks …


  • Westerners evacuated amid terror fears in Yemen

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A suspected U.S. drone killed four alleged al-Qaida members Tuesday in Yemen, as the U.S. and British embassies evacuated staff amid reports of a threatened attack …


  • Iraq sees highest monthly death toll in 5 years

    BAGHDAD (AP) — More than 1,000 people were killed in Iraq in July, the highest monthly death toll in five years, the U.N. said Thursday, a grim figure that shows …


  • Royal Navy makes traditional toasts gender neutral

    LONDON (AP) — Britain’s Royal Navy says it is dropping the traditional sailors’ toast to “our wives and sweethearts,” replacing the timeworn language with a gender-neutral reference to “our families.” …


  • Air Force sidelines 17 ICBM officers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Air Force stripped an unprecedented 17 officers of their authority to control — and, if necessary, launch — nuclear missiles after a string of unpublicized failings, …


  • Rebels attack sprawling air base in northern Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels attacked a sprawling military air base in the country’s northwest on Saturday, while in the south opposition forces assaulted a string of army checkpoints and …


  • Hagel defends proposed cuts in defense spending

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is defending President Barack Obama’s proposed cuts to the military as the Pentagon faces deficit-driven smaller budgets. Hagel told the House Armed Services …


  • VIDEO: Meteor explodes over Russia, 1,000 injured

    MOSCOW — A meteor streaked across the sky and exploded over Russia’s Ural Mountains with the power of an atomic bomb Friday, its sonic blasts shattering countless windows and injuring …


  • Clear sky aids mountain hunt for fugitive ex-cop

    Searchers took advantage today of a break from recent stormy weather in their hunt for a former Los Angeles police officer suspected in three killings, patrolling a mountain resort town …


  • US eyes drone base in Africa with al-Qaida in mind

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Plans to base unarmed American surveillance drones in the African nation of Niger highlight the Obama administration’s growing concern about extremist influences in the volatile region. They …


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