Military and defense

The duck boat that sank in Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo., is raised Monday, July 23, 2018. The boat went down Thursday evening after a thunderstorm generated near-hurricane strength winds. (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP)
July 23, 2018 - 3:20 pm
The investigation into the sinking of a sightseeing boat that claimed 17 lives will look at whether operators violated Coast Guard rules by venturing onto a Missouri lake as thunderstorms rolled in, a Coast Guard official said Monday. More than three days after the deadly accident, a crane attached...
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July 18, 2018 - 5:03 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon is objecting to a defense bill's inclusion of a Republican proposal that would bar the Fish and Wildlife Service from using the Endangered Species Act to protect two chicken-like birds in the western half of the U.S. The Defense Department says in a position paper...
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 In this Tuesday, July 17, 2018, photo, Col. Omar Melhem, 51, who defected from the Syrian army defector and once commanded a rebel faction of some 3,000 fighters speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in the central Syrian town of Talbiseh,
© AP Photo/Hassan Ammar
July 18, 2018 - 3:43 pm
TALBISEH, Syria (AP) — Former rebel commander Omar Melhem has nearly come full circle. He was a colonel in the Syrian army when the uprising against President Bashar Assad began in 2011. He defected a year later and joined the armed revolt against the Syrian leader. Then, when Assad's forces...
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