Black soldiers are honored, name by name, at a Civil War battlefield

A Civil War battlefield in Mississippi is providing more information about Black history, as recent ceremonies at Vicksburg National Military Park honored the memory of 18 Black soldiers who fought for the Union and were killed or wounded in 1864 by irregular Confederate soldiers.

SpaceX delays Crew-8 launch, but lines up Starlink launch instead

Bad weather conditions on the launch corridor for a human spaceflight from Kennedy Space Center prompted a two-day delay, so SpaceX took the opportunity to roll out and try and shoehorn a launch without humans from nearby Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday.

Ga. university slaying spotlights Venezuelan immigration, special treatment

Before being charged with kidnapping and brutally killing a nursing student on the University of Georgia campus, Jose Antonio Ibarra was among the nearly 34,000 Venezuelan nationals who entered Border Patrol custody after illegally crossing the southern border in September 2022.

FBI raids two homes owned by top aide to New York City Mayor Eric Adams

An FBI spokesperson confirmed that agents carried out morning raids at two Bronx addresses, which records show are owned by Winnie Greco, a former fundraiser for Adams who now serves as his director of Asian affairs.

Congress passes short-term funding extension to avert government shutdown

Congress passed legislation Thursday to prevent a looming partial government shutdown, extending funding for federal agencies later into March — and teeing up another mad scramble over policy and spending negotiations with another shutdown deadline only about a week away.

Virginia-class submarine New Jersey completes first set of sea trials

The Virginia-class attack submarine New Jersey has returned after several days of tests that included submerging for the first time and conducting high-speed maneuvers on and below the surface. New Jersey is the first sub designed with modifications for gender integration.

Former career US diplomat abruptly admits to spying for communist Cuba for decades

A former career U.S. diplomat told a federal judge Thursday he will plead guilty to charges of working for decades as a secret agent for communist Cuba, an unexpectedly swift resolution to a case prosecutors called one of the most brazen betrayals in the history of the U.S. foreign service.

Appeal hearing set to start in killing of mother of Naval Academy midshipman

Oral arguments challenging Angelo Harrod’s murder conviction in the high-profile killing in June 2021 of a woman whose son was being inducted into the U.S. Naval Academy are slated to begin Friday morning.

Pilot training brings noise to MacDill Air Force Base

A squad of F-35 pilots who are visiting from Eglin Air Force Base near Pensacola, Fla., are training with MacDill Air Force Base pilots on KC-135s at MacDill, giving pilots from both bases more exposure on different aircraft.

Family of Cuban dissident who died in mysterious car crash sues accused American diplomat-turned-spy

The widow of a prominent Cuban dissident killed in a mysterious car crash has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a former U.S. ambassador suspected of working for Cuba, accusing the former diplomat of sharing intelligence that emboldened Cuba’s communist leaders to assassinate a chief opponent.

Senate confirms Paparo to lead Indo-Pacific Command

Adm. Samuel Paparo was confirmed by the Senate on Wednesday evening to be the next leader of Indo-Pacific Command. He was approved along with 25 other military promotions in an unanimous consent vote.

On the border, 300 miles apart, Biden and Trump try to use immigration to election advantage

On the banks of the same Rio Grande but 300 miles apart, President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Donald Trump on Thursday surveyed the U.S.-Mexico border and tussled from a distance over who is to blame for the nation’s broken immigration system and how to fix it.

Justin Amash announces Republican bid for Michigan U.S. Senate seat after having previously left GOP

Former U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, who left the GOP in 2019 after calling for the impeachment of then-President Donald Trump, announced a Republican bid for Michigan’s U.S. Senate seat Thursday.

Austin says command and control remained intact during hospitalization as Republicans demand accountability

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Thursday took responsibility for the secrecy surrounding his hospitalization last month but pushed back against accusations from House Republicans that there were gaps in command authorities during his absence.

Long COVID may cause cognitive decline of about 6 IQ points, study finds

COVID may cause measurable, long-term effects on cognition and memory, a new study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine suggests.

Judge blocks Texas law allowing police to arrest migrants

A federal judge has blocked a Texas law empowering police across the state to arrest immigrants suspected of entering the country illegally — a measure derided by advocates as permitting racial profiling and criminalizing anyone who looks like an immigrant.

The FBI’s new tactic: Catching suspects with push alerts

The cellphone feature allows a technique for catching suspected kidnappers and pedophiles. It also fuels fear of a “privacy nightmare” as abortion is criminalized.

Coast Guard officer whose Virginia Beach-themed shoes went viral is back with new designs

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Kenneth Jones, a Hampton Roads native, is gearing up to enter the fashion industry full-time with his 757-inspired shoe designs.

Massive Texas wildfire now largest in state’s history

A massive wildfire moving through the Texas Panhandle grew into the state’s largest on record, with fears it could again spread rapidly when hot and windy weather returns this weekend.