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Officer’s ‘split second’ decision in 2013 shooting defended

CHICAGO — A defence attorney says a Chicago police officer made a “split second” decision when he fired on a vehicle moving away from him, wounding two teenagers inside. Marco Proano is charged with federal civil rights violations for using unreasonable force and causing bodily injury. The 42-year-old allegedly fired multiple times into the vehicle …

Afghanistan vets reassured by Trump reversing calls for exit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Many veterans who fought in America’s longest war say it’s reassuring that President Donald Trump reversed his past calls for a speedy exit from Afghanistan and won’t pull troops out under a strict deadline. They don’t want the sacrifices they’ve made to be in vain, though some worry the administration’s strategy is …

Trump renews Afghan war commitment, sees no speedy exit

WASHINGTON— Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump renewed the United States’ commitment Monday to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring that U.S. troops must “fight to win.” He pointedly declined to disclose how many more troops might be sent to wage America’s longest war. In a prime-time address to unveil …

Navy orders 7th Fleet review amid search for 10 from McCain

SINGAPORE— The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided in Southeast Asia, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and five injured. It was the second major collision in two months involving the 7th Fleet. Seven sailors died …

Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street gains

BEIJING— Asian stock markets were mixed Tuesday after Wall Street gained as investors looked ahead to this week’s gathering of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 1 per cent to 27,421.58 points and Seoul’s Kospi added 0.3 per cent to 2,362.40. The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 …

New lawsuit alleges Baylor failures under new rape

WACO, Texas— A woman who reported that she’d been sexually assaulted filed a lawsuit Monday against Baylor University, alleging questions she faced from the university shifted blame away from her attacker toward her. The lawsuit filed in a Waco federal court on Monday alleges Baylor’s response to the attack violated federal Title IX laws against …

Mets left hander Steven Matz to have elbow surgery again

NEW YORK— Mets pitcher Steven Matz needs another elbow operation, almost certainly ending a miserable season for the New York left-hander. Matz was diagnosed Monday with irritation of the ulnar nerve in his left elbow, the team said. Surgery was recommended to reposition the nerve and relieve the irritation, a similar procedure to the one …

10 missing, 5 hurt in US Navy destroyer, merchant vessel collision

SINGAPORE— Some 10 sailors were missing and five others were injured after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a merchant vessel in waters east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore early on Monday, the US navy said in a statement. According to the statement by U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet, USS John …

US and S. Korean troops start drills amid N. Korea standoff

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — U.S. and South Korean troops kicked off their annual drills Monday that come after President Donald Trump and North Korea exchanged warlike rhetoric in the wake of the North’s two intercontinental ballistic missile tests last month. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills are largely computer-simulated war games held every summer and …

3rd New Zealand party leader quits in close election race

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Three weeks ago, New Zealand’s conservative National Party appeared to be cruising to a fourth straight election victory. Opinion polls showed the party had strong support and the opposition was struggling to inspire people ahead of September’s general election. But much has changed since then due to the rise of opposition …