Military and defense

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2019, file photo, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper talks to the media with Qatar Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense Khalid Al Attiyah at the Pentagon in Washington. Barely four months into his tenure, Esper is making his second trek across the Pacific. And yet it is the Middle East – most recently a near-war with Iran and an actual war in Syria – that in Washington commands more attention and demands more American troops. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)
November 14, 2019 - 6:55 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper has opened the door for athletes at the nation’s military academies to play professional sports after they graduate, and delay their active-duty service. Esper signed a memo last Friday laying out the new guidelines, which says the athletes must get...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Sept.21, 2019 file photo, Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku celebrates after scoring during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Inter Milan, at the San Siro stadium in Milan, Italy. The Italian soccer federation is considering employing an advanced listening device used in anti-terrorism operations to identify fans who sing racist chants. Federation president Gabriele Gravina has detailed "a passive radar device that uses directional microphones to determine the source of the noise." (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)
October 22, 2019 - 6:58 am
ROME (AP) — After five cases of racist chants in eight rounds of Serie A, the Italian soccer federation is considering employing advanced listening devices used in anti-terrorism operations to identify offending fans. Federation president Gabriele Gravina has detailed "a passive radar device that...
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September 07, 2019 - 6:51 am
PRAGUE (AP) — Officials say police in Kosovo have arrested eight Czech soccer fans who were allegedly planning to fly a drone with a pro-Serbia banner during Saturday's 2020 European Championship qualifier between Kosovo and the Czech Republic. Michal Jurman, spokesman for the Czech soccer...
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FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2019, file photo, driver David Ragan waves to fans while walking through the garage area during a practice session for the NASCAR Daytona 500 auto race at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. David Ragan and Front Row Motorsports announced Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, that Ragan will step away from full-time NASCAR competition after this season. Ragan will continue to race on a part-time basis in NASCAR and other series at his desire.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
August 14, 2019 - 2:39 pm
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Veteran NASCAR driver David Ragan plans to scale back his racing schedule starting next season. Ragan said Wednesday in a statement from Front Row Motorsports that he will race on a part-time basis in 2020 in NASCAR and other series. The 33-year-old Ragan cited his desire to...
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