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  • FILE- This June 17, 2017 file photo shows the damaged USS Fitzgerald near the U.S. Naval base in Yokosuka, southwest of Tokyo. The Navy says the commanding officer of a warship that lost seven sailors in a collision off the coast of Japan will be relieved of command, and nearly a dozen other sailors face punishment. Adm. William Moran, the No. 2 Navy officer, told reporters at the Pentagon on Thursday, Aug. 17, that the actions are to be taken shortly, although the Navy’s investigation into how and why the USS Fitzgerald collided with the container ship in June has not yet been completed. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File) National News

    Senior officer on damaged ship to be relieved of command

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a Navy warship that lost seven sailors in a collision with a commercial container ship in June will be relieved of command and nearly a dozen others face punishment, the Navy’s second-ranking admiral said Thursday. Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations, told reporters that the top […]
  • FILE- In this March 22, 2017, file photo, a Federal Police stands next to unexploded bombs left by Islamic State group militants on the western side of Mosul, Iraq. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said for the first time that the American military will help contractors and other officials locate unexploded bombs dropped by the coalition. U.S. Embassy officials have asked the coalition to declassify grid coordinates for bombs dropped in Iraq to help clear the explosives. The coalition's unexploded bombs are only a small part of Mosul's problems. The bulk of the explosives have been hidden by IS fighters to be triggered by the slightest movement, even picking up a seemingly innocent children's toy, lifting a vacuum cleaner, or opening an oven door. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana, File) AP

    US helping clear ‘historic’ amount of explosives in Mosul

    BAGHDAD (AP) — The wires protruding from the small, misshapen stuffed animal revealed the deadly booby-trap tucked inside. For the people of Mosul, the sophisticated bomb was a reminder of how difficult it will be to return to homes littered with hidden explosives by Islamic State militants and dotted with the remnants of undetonated bombs […]
  • FILE - In this April 29, 2017, file photo, Steve Bannon, chief White House strategist to President Donald Trump is seen in Harrisburg, Pa. Bannon says there’s no military solution to North Korea’s threats and says the U.S. is losing the economic race against China. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) National News

    ‘Maniacal’ focus on China puts Trump aide out of mainstream

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House adviser Steve Bannon isn’t alone in pondering America’s possibly generation-defining question about China’s emerging superpower status — but his call for an “economic war” puts him far outside the mainstream. In an interview reflecting on some of his big-thinking projects, Bannon said the country should be “maniacally focused” on a […]
  • FILE - In this Nov. 11, 1942, file photo, U.S. Gen. John J. Pershing appears in uniform at Armistice Day ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery in Arlington, Va. President Donald Trump is being criticized for lauding the alleged tactics of Gen. John Pershing in dealing with Islamic extremists in the Philippines. (AP Photo) AP

    AP Explains: Why is Trump tweeting about a WWI general?

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is being criticized once again for lauding the alleged tactics of Gen. John Pershing in dealing with Islamic extremists in the Philippines at the turn of the last century. Trump tweeted on Thursday that people should “study what General Pershing of the United States did to terrorists when caught. […]
  • In this Aug. 9, 2017, photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is interviewed by The Associated Press in her office at the Education Department in Washington. It’s been six months since her bruising Senate confirmation battle, and DeVos remains highly divisive. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) National News

    In letter to staff, DeVos condemns Charlottesville violence

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Facing criticism over her muted response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday condemned those “tragic and unthinkable” events and blasted “neo-Nazis and other racist bigots” in a letter to staff. DeVos’ email to Education Department employees came after she was criticized for insufficiently condemning the violence, […]
  • FILE - In this July 27, 2017, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. is surrounded by reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Corker said Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, Donald Trump has not yet shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) National News

    GOP senator says Trump hasn’t shown stability, competence

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent Republican senator delivered a stinging rebuke Thursday of Donald Trump’s short time in office, declaring he has not shown the stability or competence required for an American president to succeed. Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, also said Trump “recently has not demonstrated that he […]
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    Democrats plan events to boost support after Charlottesville

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic National Committee plans more than 160 events across the United States this weekend, aiming to seize on the outrage following last weekend’s white supremacist rally in Virginia. DNC officials have declared a “Weekend of Action” with a theme of “Rise and Organize.” A DNC statement says the plans are a […]
  • U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, center, and his wife Karen Pence, left, walk with Panama's Foreign Minister Isabel de Saint Malo as they tour the Cocoli Locks at the Panama Canal during in Panama City, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. Panama is Pence's last stop during his week-long tour of Latin America. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco) World

    The Latest: VP Pence thanks Panama’s leader for drug fight

    PANAMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on Vice President Mike Pence’s trip to Latin America (all times local): 7:05 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is thanking Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela for his commitment to tackling illegal drugs. Pence made the remarks following a meeting with Varela at the presidential palace in Panama City. The […]
  • Emergency workers stand on a blocked street in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017. A white van jumped up onto a sidewalk and sped down a pedestrian zone Thursday in Barcelona's historic Las Ramblas district, swerving from side to side as it plowed into tourists and residents. Police said 13 people were killed and more than 50 wounded in what they called a terror attack. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) National News

    The Latest: VP Pence calls Barcelona attack ‘horrific’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on U.S. reaction to the attack in Barcelona, Spain (all times EDT): 3:50 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence is responding to the attack in Barcelona during remarks at the Panama Canal. Pence calls the attack “horrific” and says the images of carnage he’s seen “sicken us all.” He says, “The […]
  • Defense Secretary James Mattis listens during a news conference with Japanese officials, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) National News

    Before Camp David talks, Mattis says Afghan strategy is near

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After months of sometimes heated internal debate, the Trump administration has almost reached a decision on a new approach for fighting the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. He gave no hint of what the strategy would look like. In remarks at the State Department, Mattis told reporters […]
  • Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens to a question during a news conference with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera, Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at the State Department in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) National News

    US condemns Spanish attack, pledges justice for terrorists

    BRIDGWATER, N.J. (AP) — The United States swiftly condemned Thursday’s deadly attack in Barcelona and offered assistance to authorities in Spain. President Donald Trump, who remained out of public view for a second straight day, denounced what authorities are calling a terror attack in a statement on Twitter. “The United States condemns the terror attack […]
  • FILE - In this June 24, 2015 file photo, a statue of Alexander Hamilton Stephens, the Confederate vice president throughout the American Civil War, is on display in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif is calling for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moves to the halls of Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) National News

    Pelosi calls for removal of Confederate statues from Capitol

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Thursday for the removal of Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol as the contentious debate over the appropriateness of such memorials moved to the halls of Congress. Pelosi asked Speaker Paul Ryan to join Democrats in supporting legislation to remove the Confederate statues. The legislation can’t […]
  • FILE - In this Wednesday, March 8, 2017, file photo, Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a town hall meeting, in Yarmouth, Maine. LePage says taking down statues of Confederate figures is “just like” removing a monument to people who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. LePage made the comments during an appearance Thursday, Aug. 17, on WGAN-AM when asked for his reaction to the deadly violence in Charlottesville, Va, over the weekend. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) National News

    Gov: Removing Confederate statues like losing 9/11 memorial

    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Taking down statues of Confederate figures is “just like” removing a monument to victims of the 9/11 attacks, Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday, adding that the white nationalist and far-left protesters in Charlottesville over the weekend were “equally as bad” and “disgusting.” The Republican governor made the comments during an appearance […]
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    Trump’s first campaign manager joins super PAC backing him

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s first campaign manager is joining a growing outside political effort dedicated to helping him. Corey Lewandowski will be a senior adviser and spokesman for a super PAC called America First Action. That group and a related nonprofit aim to boost Trump’s legislative agenda and the political candidates the president […]
  • In this Aug. 15, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump points to members of the media as he answers questions in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York. Republican leaders on Wednesday tiptoed around Trump's extraordinary comments on white supremacists.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) National News

    The Latest: Trump won’t back down on Confederate monuments

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump (all times EDT): 10:45 p.m. President Donald Trump isn’t backing away from the racially charged debate over Confederate memorials, even lashing out at members of his own party. Trump tweeted his defense of monuments to Confederate icons — bemoaning rising efforts to remove them as an […]
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