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6 Russian military officers charged in vast hacking campaign

Six current and former Russian military officers sought to disrupt through computer hacking the French election, the Winter Olympics and U.S. hospitals and businesses, according to a Justice Department indictment unsealed Monday that details destructive attacks on a broad range of political, financial and athletic targets.

Portland, Oakland sue over use of federal agents at protests

The cities of Oakland and Portland, Oregon, have sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Justice Department, alleging that the agencies are overstepping constitutional limits in their use of federal law enforcement officers to tamp down on protests.

Specter of election chaos raises questions on military role

WASHINGTON – It’s a question Americans are unaccustomed to considering in a presidential election campaign: Could voting, vote-counting or the post-vote reaction become so chaotic that the U.S. military would intervene?

Armenia, Azerbaijan clash in separatist region for a 2nd day

Armenian and Azerbaijani forces fought over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh for a second day Monday, with both sides blaming each other for resuming the attacks that reportedly killed and wounded dozens as the decades-old conflict has reignited.

Military suicides up as much as 20% in COVID era

Military suicides have increased by as much as 20% this year compared to the same period in 2019, and some incidents of violent behavior have spiked as service members struggle under COVID-19, war-zone deployments, national disasters and civil unrest.

Pentagon reaffirms Microsoft as winner of disputed JEDI deal

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Friday reaffirmed Microsoft as winner of a cloud computing contract potentially worth $10 billion, although the start of work is delayed by a legal battle over rival Amazon's claim that the bidding process was flawed.

Democrats request Hatch Act probe of Republican convention

WASHINGTON – Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are seeking an investigation into what they call repeated violations of the federal Hatch Act by members of the Trump administration during last month’s Republican National Convention.

Defense official: Arson suspected as cause of Navy ship fire

SAN DIEGO – Arson is suspected as the cause of a July 12 fire that left extensive damage to the USS Bonhomme Richard, and a U.S. Navy sailor is being questioned as a potential suspect, a senior defense official said Wednesday.

ACLU sues over federal action in Portland protests

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on Wednesday alleging agents sent by President Donald Trump to protect a federal courthouse targeted by Black Lives Matter protesters used excessive force and illegal detentions to rob protesters of their freedom of speech and assembly.

Family: Soldier believed dead was happy until recently

An aunt of a soldier whose body is believed to have been found about 30 miles from the Texas base where he was stationed says her nephew had been happy in the Army up until a few months ago, when he reported being sexually assaulted by a superior.

Mali needs to focus on its security, Nigerian president says

Mali needs to focus on its security, under threat from Islamic extremists, and put individual interests aside after a coup last week deposed the president and left a power vacuum, Nigeria’s president said Wednesday after discussing negotiations with the junta with a regional envoy.