Military and defense

FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2018, file photo, U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, left, listens during talks with Vietnam's Communist Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi, Vietnam. Mattis is planning to make his second visit to Vietnam this year, signaling how vigorously the Trump administration is trying to counter China's military assertiveness in the South China Sea by building up relations with smaller nations in the region. (AP Photo/Tran Van Minh, File)
October 16, 2018 - 2:17 am
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam (AP) — Amid speculation that he may soon be replaced, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said President Donald Trump told him he supports the retired Marine general "100 percent." The assertion comes just days after Trump mused on national television about Mattis leaving his...
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President Donald Trump meets with farmers impacted by Hurricane Michael, Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, in Macon, Ga. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 15, 2018 - 6:41 pm
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's visit to areas hit by Hurricane Michael (all times local): 6:30 p.m. President Donald Trump has heard from Georgia farmers whose crops were wiped out by Hurricane Michael. Trump on Monday visited a farm near Macon where fourth...
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FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, a mining dumper truck hauls coal at Cloud Peak Energy's Spring Creek strip mine near Decker, Mont. The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
October 15, 2018 - 2:09 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia, as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis speaks to reporters at the Pentagon, in Washington. President Donald Trump says he has a “very good relationship” with Mattis even though he thinks the Pentagon chief is “sort of a Democrat.” Asked during a “60 Minutes” interview airing Sunday, Oct. 14, whether Mattis will step down, Trump says Mattis hasn’t told him that. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
October 14, 2018 - 8:02 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has a "very good relationship" with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis even though he thinks the Pentagon chief is "sort of a Democrat." Asked during a "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday whether Mattis will step down, Trump says Mattis hasn't told him...
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Pastor Andrew Brunson, center, and U.S. Charge d'Affaires Jeffrey Hovenier, left, arrive at Adnan Menderes airport for a flight to Germany after his release following his trial in Izmir, Turkey, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, A Turkish court on Friday convicted an American pastor of terror charges but released him from house arrest and allowed him to leave Turkey, in a move that is likely to ease tensions between Turkey and the United. (AP Photo/Emre Tazegul)
October 13, 2018 - 7:30 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Andrew Brunson, the American pastor freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey (all times local): 3 p.m. American pastor Andrew Brunson, recently freed after nearly two years of detention in Turkey, has asked God for "supernatural wisdom" for President...
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FILE - In this March 13, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks during as he reviews border wall prototypes, in San Diego, as Rodney Scott, the Border Patrol's San Diego sector chief, listens. Congress is heading toward a post-election showdown over President Donald Trump’s border wall, as GOP leaders signal they’re willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for the wall, a centerpiece of his 2016 campaign and a top White House priority. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
October 13, 2018 - 6:45 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is heading toward a postelection showdown over President Donald Trump's wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as GOP leaders signal they're willing to engage in hardball tactics that could spark a partial government shutdown and the president revs up midterm crowds for the...
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Security personnel stand at the entrance of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 12, 2018. Germany says it is "very concerned" about the disappearance of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, and is calling on Saudi Arabia to "participate fully" in clearing up reports that he may have been killed. Khashoggi went missing over a week ago after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
October 12, 2018 - 7:38 pm
The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi diplomatic mission in Turkey has fueled calls for the United States to reconsider arms sales to the kingdom that have been championed by President Donald Trump. The administration says the proposed $110 billion deal would bolster the...
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October 12, 2018 - 5:38 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon on Friday said there has been a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that compromised the personal information and credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel. According to a U.S. official familiar with the matter, the breach could have...
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FILE - In this Sept. 18, 2018, file photo, dozens of family members and friends of four women who authorities say were killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent Juan David Ortiz, gather for a candlelight vigil at a park in downtown Laredo, Texas. The Border Patrol sector in Laredo, Texas, where two agents were accused this year of multiple murders in separate cases, disciplined employees more over two years than any other major sector, according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Friday. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
October 12, 2018 - 4:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Border Patrol sector in Laredo, Texas, disciplined employees more on average over two years than any other major sector. That's according to data released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Friday. The findings were part of a comprehensive look at misconduct at the law...
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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2018, file photo, people hold signs during a protest at the Embassy of Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Washington. The Trump administration’s ongoing courtship of Saudi Arabia is on pause over allegations that the key U.S. ally is involved in the mysterious disappearance of a Saudi writer and dissident who went into his nation’s consulate in Turkey but never came out. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File )
October 12, 2018 - 8:14 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sword dancers. Gleaming palaces. Military jets streaming red, white and blue trails. President Donald Trump soaked up the grandeur of Saudi Arabia on his first foreign stop as president last year and envisioned huge benefits for the United States in building closer ties with the...
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