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  • Mattis: North Korea a 'clear and present danger' to world

    June 2, 2017 10:05 PM

    SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is calling North Korea a "clear and present danger" to the world. Speaking at an international security conference in Singapore, Mattis says the North Koreans are increasing the pace and scope of their efforts to develop nuclear weapons and the long-range missiles to... more »
  • S. Korea installs parts of contentious US missile defense

    April 25, 2017 9:57 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea says key parts of a contentious U.S. missile defense system have been installed a day after rival North Korea showed off its military power. The work to set up the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, within this year has angered North Korea,... more »
  • Defense attorney gets 30 months in prison for tax evasion

    April 23, 2017 12:25 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana criminal defense attorney has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for failing to pay approximately $1 million in income and employment taxes, including interest and penalties. The Justice Department said in a statement that 66-year-old Michael Thiel, of Baton Rouge, used trusts to conceal... more »
  • Officials: US expects next North Korean missile launch soon

    March 21, 2017 9:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - American defense officials say they expect another North Korean missile launch in the next several days. The officials say the U.S. has increased its surveillance. The increased scrutiny follows the sighting of a North Korean missile launcher that is being moved around. The construction of VIP seating in... more »
  • US moves parts of controversial missile defense to SKorea

    March 6, 2017 9:54 PM

    SEOUL, South Korea - The U.S. military has begun moving equipment for a controversial missile defense system to ally South Korea. The announcement Tuesday by the U.S. military comes a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. The plans to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude... more »
  • White House: Trump budget will hike defense spending by $54B

    February 27, 2017 10:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says President Donald Trump's upcoming budget will propose a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending and impose corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid. White House budget officials outlined the information during a telephone call with reporters given on condition of anonymity. The... more »
  • Military services detail plans for $30 billion budget boost

    February 7, 2017 7:38 AM

    WASHINGTON - The military services have delivered to Congress blueprints for increasing the defense budget by more than $30 billion to pay for new jet fighters, armored vehicles, improved training and more. The informal plans represent the first attempt by the Trump Pentagon to halt an erosion of the military's... more »
  • Trump officially announces Pentagon pick Mattis

    December 6, 2016 9:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump is officially announcing he will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to be his Defense Secretary, bringing his pick onstage in North Carolina. Mattis briefly addressed the crowd in Fayetteville, thanking Trump for the nomination. Fayetteville is the latest stop in Trump's "thank you" tour... more »
  • State, defense rest at hearing for 'Serial' case

    February 8, 2016 6:11 PM

    BALTIMORE - The state and the defense rested their cases after four days of testimony in a hearing for the man convicted of the killing at the center of the "Serial" podcast. Adnan Syed, now 35, was convicted of killing his high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 2000.... more »
  • Who's defending Bill Cosby? A look at his criminal team

    January 18, 2016 1:02 PM

    PHILADELPHIA - Bill Cosby is deploying a two-prong legal strategy to fight sexual-assault charges in suburban Philadelphia. Local criminal lawyer Brian McMonagle will press for the case to be thrown out when the 78-year-old Cosby returns to court Feb. 2. But lawyer-turned-legal analyst Monique Pressley is expected to defend Cosby... more »
  • Obama vetoes $612 billion defense bill in rebuke to GOP

    October 22, 2015 4:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vetoed a sweeping $612 billion defense policy bill in a rebuke to congressional Republicans. Obama says the bill does a number of good things, but falls woefully short in other areas. He says it "resorts to gimmicks." The White House invited reporters and photographers... more »
  • Second airship launched in test of missile defense system

    August 19, 2015 3:04 PM

    MIDDLE RIVER, Md. - The U.S. military has launched the second of two helium-filled airships near Baltimore to test an East Coast missile defense system. The confirmed launch Wednesday at the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground completes the aeronautical part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted... more »
  • Senate on track to confirm Obama's pick for Pentagon chief

    February 12, 2015 3:03 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate is on track to confirm President Barack Obama's pick to run the Pentagon. A vote is scheduled for Thursday afternoon on Ashton Carter's nomination. If confirmed, Carter will be Obama's fourth defense secretary in six years. He will replace Chuck Hagel, the Vietnam War veteran... more »
  • Payton sees promise in Saints' defense

    December 1, 2014 4:35 PM

    METAIRIE - Saints coach Sean Payton says statistics can be deceiving, particularly the number of yards a defense gives up. New Orleans' defense ranks 31st in the NFL, having plummeted from a ranking of fourth last season. Yet Payton sounds encouraged by the progress defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's unit demonstrated... more »
  • Defense starts for companies in Gulf spill trial

    March 18, 2013 10:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - The owner of the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 has started to present its defense at a trial designed to determine the causes of the deadly disaster and assign fault to the companies involved. Transocean Ltd. called its first witness Monday... more »

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