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U.S. Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after deadly USS John S. McCain crash. U.S. Navy dismisses 7th Fleet commander after deadly USS John S. McCain crash.
The U.S. Navy dismissed Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin as commander of the 7th Fleet on Wednesday, following the deadly collision between the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker off Malaysia. It was the fourth accident involving a U.S. warship this year and the second fatal collision. Adm. Scott Swift, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, dismissed Aucoin "due to a loss of confidence in his ability to c...
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Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular. Solar eclipse 2017: Americans gaze at sky spectacular.
A total solar eclipse has wowed the US. A huge shadow cast by the Moon as it passed in front of the Sun swept across the nation, from Oregon in the west to South Carolina in the east. Millions of people moved to get into the path of darkness, putting on their protective glasses to gaze at the sky in wonder. It was the first total solar eclipse visible from America's lower 48 states in 38 ...
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Roger B. Taney statue removed from Maryland State House ground. Roger B. Taney statue removed from Maryland State House ground.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A statue of the of the U.S. Supreme Court justice who wrote the Dred Scott decision that upheld slavery and denied citizenship to African-Americans has been removed from the grounds of the Maryland State House. The statue of Roger B. Taney was lifted away by a crane at about 2 a.m. Friday. It was lowered into a truck and driven away. A panel voted by email Wednesday to remov...
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Swastika use is on the rise, but among those who understand it least. Swastika use is on the rise, but among those who understand it least.
When the ancient hooked cross first appeared on the Nazi Party's new red, white and black flag in the summer of 1920, Adolf Hitler recalled, “it had an effect like a flaming torch.'' But 97 summers later, when Hitler’s political heirs rallied in Charlottesville, Va., his “torch’’ – the swastika -- was not as conspicuous. Instead, most of the neo-Nazis and white supremacists who helped turn J...
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President Trump has sent private messages to Russia special counsel Robert Mueller. President Trump has sent private messages to Russia special counsel Robert Mueller.
WASHINGTON – President Trump has publicly called the widening federal investigation into Russia's election meddling a "witch hunt." But through his lawyer, Trump has sent private messages of "appreciation" to special counsel Robert Mueller. "He appreciates what Bob Mueller is doing,'' Trump's chief counsel John Dowd told USA TODAY in an interview Tuesday. "He asked me to share that with him and...
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Trump, Mattis warnings to North Korea backed by aging but potent nukes. Trump, Mattis warnings to North Korea backed by aging but potent nukes.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. nuclear arsenal of 6,800 warheads is plenty strong, to be sure. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, on Wednesday, underlined that, saying President Trump was informed of the growing threat from North Korea last December and has since stressed the need to enhance U.S. readiness. Mattis warned North Korea, which he referred to by its initials, that it would lose a nuclear showdown...
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Trump declares US opioid pain drugs national emergency. Trump declares US opioid pain drugs national emergency.
The crisis over the US addiction to painkillers - opioids - is a national emergency, says President Donald Trump. "It's an emergency, it's a national emergency. We are going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid crisis," he said. The number of deaths from the drugs - prescribed to a third of Americans in 2015 - has quadrupled in 20 years. Declaring a nat...
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White House goes under renovation during President Trump's vacation. White House goes under renovation during President Trump's vacation.
When the president is away, the renovators come to play. The West Wing is undergoing renovation over the next couple weeks, while President Trump vacations in Bedminster, N.J.. On the list of repairs: the replacement of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, as well as restoration of the South Portico's steps and repairs to the Navy mess kitchen and the lower lobby, Trump spok...
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US suspends search for missing marines off Australia coast. US suspends search for missing marines off Australia coast.
US officials say they have suspended a search and rescue operation for three marines missing after their aircraft crashed off the Australian coast. Saturday's incident involved an MV-22 Osprey belonging to the US Marines based in Okinawa, Japan. The third Marine Expeditionary Force said they had shifted their operations to recovery efforts, which could last several months. Families of the...
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Superfund cuts would lead to delays in toxic cleanups, experts warn. Superfund cuts would lead to delays in toxic cleanups, experts warn.
WASHINGTON — Experts warned a Senate panel Tuesday that the Trump administration’s proposed 30% cut in the Superfund program would likely delay cleanup at some of the nation’s most toxic sites, especially those requiring complex and lengthy remediation. “That is going really hurt the program regardless of how one feels about the Superfund program,” Katherine Probst, an expert on Superfund told ...
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