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UPDATED: Sun., July 30, 2017

Behind the mavericks: How one Thunderbirds crewman keeps the geese afloat for SkyFest weekend

While the mavericks are up above, twisting and turning to the delight of the crowd below, Chief Inspector Ryan Smith is perfectly content on the ground, where he belongs.


UPDATED: Sat., July 29, 2017

Back in action: Crowds converge as SkyFest returns after three-year hiatus

Cloudless blue skies stretched for miles above Fairchild Air Force Base Saturday as the return of SkyFest sent a cavalcade of biplanes, jets and tankers buzzing through the air.


Armed Forces Persons of the Year honored at GSI event

Greater Spokane Inc. honored members of the military at the organization’s Let Freedom Ring 60th Anniversary on Friday.


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 5, 2014

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 …


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 …


Ukraine’s Tymoshenko rallies protesters in Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Hours after her release from prison, former Ukrainian prime minister and opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko appeared before an ecstatic throng at the protester encampment in Ukraine’s …


Ariel Sharon, former Israeli PM, dies at 85

JERUSALEM (AP) — Ariel Sharon, the hard-charging Israeli general and prime minister who was admired and hated for his battlefield exploits and ambitions to reshape the Middle East, died today, …


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 …


India fears more militants as US quits Afghanistan

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India is bracing for more militancy in the battle-scarred region of Kashmir, believing that fighters now focused on resisting U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan will shift 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 …


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, …


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 …


Officials: 31 suspended in Army day care scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 31 people were suspended from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions …


Reported sex assaults spike at military academies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reported sexual assaults at the nation’s three military academies jumped by 23 percent overall this year, but the data signaled a continued reluctance by victims to seek …


Officials: 31 people fired in Army daycare scandal

WASHINGTON (AP) — At least 31 people were fired from two Army day care centers at Fort Myer, Va., last week after officials scrutinized their backgrounds and found criminal convictions …


Pentagon day care review expanding to schools

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is expanding a Pentagon review of hiring at military day care centers to include Defense Department schools, youth centers and other facilities where …


State Dept security chief resigns after Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three State Department officials resigned under pressure Wednesday, less than a day after a damning report blamed management failures for a lack of security at the U.S. …


Panetta orders probe of military day care centers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered …


Army probing day care centers worldwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on Tuesday ordered a worldwide review of hiring practices at all U.S. military day care centers after the Army revealed that it discovered …


Pentagon to send missiles, 400 troops to Turkey

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey (AP) — The U.S. will send two batteries of Patriot missiles and 400 troops to Turkey as part of a NATO force meant to protect Turkish …


Kerry, Hagel front-runners to lead State, Defense

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic Sen. John Kerry, who unsuccessfully sought the presidency in 2004 and has pined for the job of top diplomat, vaulted to the head of President Barack …


APNewsBreak: Border Patrol to stop interpreting

SEATTLE (AP) — U.S. Border Patrol agents will no longer serve as interpreters when local law enforcement agencies request language help, according to a new decree issued by the Department …


Fast and Furious gun buyer sentenced to prison

PHOENIX (AP) — A man who purchased two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent north of the U.S.-Mexico border was sentenced Wednesday …


Hearing for GI in WikiLeaks case enters 10th day

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — Military prosecutors are trying to show that an Army private charged with sending classified information to WikiLeaks didn’t avail himself of opportunities to complain about …


Marine brig officials grilled about GI’s jailing

FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A former Marine Corps brig commander testified Thursday that a vague rule meant he could keep Pfc. Bradley Manning on suicide watch even after a …


Pentagon begins planning for massive budget cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts over a decade that will be needed if Congress and the …