US lawmakers urge binding vote on Puerto Rico statehood
The draft proposal unveiled at an online news conference Thursday would commit Congress to accepting Puerto Rico into the United States if voters on the island approve it.
Navy ship to be named for Filipino sailor Telesforo Trinidad
A future U.S. Navy destroyer will be named the USS Telesforo Trinidad in honor of a Filipino sailor who rescued two crew members when their ship caught fire more than a century ago.
Blowback as Bush gaffes Iraq war, not Ukraine, 'unjustified'
Former President George W. Bush on Thursday was facing criticism after mistakenly describing the invasion of Iraq as “brutal” and “wholly unjustified,” before correcting himself to say he meant to refer to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
FDA head: Baby formula factory could reopen by next week
FDA Commissioner Robert Califf faced congressional anger Thursday for not answering questions about whether his agency should have intervened earlier at the Michigan plant tied to a national formula shortage.
Air Force Museum opens exhibit celebrating 75 years of technical, social changes
A new temporary exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is highlighting technical, military and social milestones in Air Force history, as the service approaches its official 75th birthday on Sept. 18 this year.
A bear market may be on the horizon. Here’s what that means
A bear market is a term used by Wall Street when a market index has fallen 20% or more from a recent high. The S&P 500 is now down 18.2% from the record high set on Jan. 3.
Bill aiming to help veterans who survived sexual assault unanimously passes House
The bill aims to streamline the flow of basic information from the Veterans Benefits Administrations and the Veterans Health Administration. It also requires the Department of Veterans Affairs provide information about counseling and care on the Veterans Crisis Line as well as additional resources for survivors.
What might happen to 100s of Ukrainian POWs?
Russia’s military says at least 1,730 Ukrainian troops at the steel mill have surrendered. Attention now is turning to what rights those prisoners of war have. The Geneva Conventions insists that POWs are treated humanely, including getting medical treatment for their wounds. But the Ukrainian POWs could be brought to Russia, where some officials have said they should face trial.
Guardsman and Holyoke, Mass., city councilor returned to Rhode Island to face forgery, obstruction, child porn charges
Rhode Island authorities have accused Holyoke, Mass., City Councilor Wilmer E. Puello-Mota of deceiving prosecutors and his commanders in the Air National Guard in an apparent attempt to keep his job following the child porn charges.
Court considers whether US can seize a Russian yacht in Fiji
On May 5, five U.S. federal agents boarded the massive Russian-owned superyacht Amadea that was berthed in Lautoka harbor in Fiji. The ship’s seizure highlights the thorny legal ground the U.S. is finding itself on as it tries to seize assets of Russian oligarchs around the world.
Milley speaks with top Russian general days after post-Ukraine invasion call between Austin and Russian defense minister
Army Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Valery Gerasimov, chief of the Russian General Staff, held a conversation that the Pentagon declined to further detail beyond acknowledging it had happened.
Militant attacks hurt Pakistan relations with Afghan Taliban
Pakistan is taking a tougher line to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban rulers to crack down on militants hiding on their soil who have stepped up attacks in Pakistan. But so far, the Taliban remain reluctant to take action.
Senate passes $40 billion aid bill for Ukraine, sending military and humanitarian assistance to bolster war effort
The legislation will be sent to President Joe Biden for his signature just as his ability to transfer weapons from U.S. stockpiles runs out. Pentagon officials warned Congress last week that it urgently needed additional funding to keep arming Ukrainian forces.
Spy agencies urged to fix open secret: A lack of diversity
Shortly after the death of George Floyd two years ago, employees of the National Security Agency had a call to speak to their director about racism and cultural misunderstandings. One by one, officers spoke about examples of racism that they had seen in America's largest intelligence service.
Key witness testifies in trial tied to Trump-Russia probe
A key witness in the trial of a Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer testified Thursday that he was "100 percent confident" that the attorney told him he was not acting on behalf of a particular client when he presented information meant to cast suspicions on Donald Trump and possible links to Russia.
Alabama senator: Colorado’s ‘sore loser syndrome’ in the way of Space Command’s move
U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville of Alabama called on leaders to “embrace” the Air Force’s decision and that energy moving forward should focus on the relocation of Space Command from its startup home in Colorado Springs.
Israeli military identifies gun that may have killed journalist
The Israeli military has identified a soldier's rifle that may have killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but said it cannot be certain unless the Palestinians turn over the bullet for analysis.
Officials tell family of Marine veteran imprisoned in Russia to 'make more noise' to help secure release
During a recent a phone call with U.S. Marine veteran Paul Whelan's family, U.S. Department of State officials told them to "make more noise" or "be a squeakier wheel" in order to draw more attention to his case and help to secure his release.
Jordan king puts half-brother accused of plot under house arrest
In a public letter describing the unprecedented family rift, King Abdullah II said Prince Hamzah Bin Hussein continued to manipulate “events to bolster his false narrative” and sow unrest.