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  • Devin Patrick Kelley, the gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church last year told a military judge in 2012 that he
    5 years before massacre, gunman promised military judge not to hurt anyone

    The gunman in a mass shooting at a Texas church last year told a military judge in 2012 he “would never allow myself to hurt someone” again while admitting to abusing his stepson and a long struggle with anger, according to Air Force records obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.

  • Adm. Harry B Harris, Jr, commander, US Pacific Command, delivers a speech at the 30th International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Fullerton Lecture in Singapore on Oct. 17, 2017. In congressional testimony on Feb. 14, 2018, Harris said North Korea's
    Admiral says North Korea aiming to reunify Korean Peninsula

    The senior U.S. Navy officer overseeing military operations in the Pacific says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s long-term goal is to reunify the divided Korean Peninsula under his totalitarian regime.

  • In this Nov. 21, 214 file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Highland Heights, Ky. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)
    Senators oppose surveillance law extension in spending bill

    Two Senate Republicans are warning they’ll oppose a government spending bill if the measure includes a permanent or long-term extension of a foreign intelligence collection program set to expire at the end of the month.

  • The dome of the US Capitol is seen on Aug. 24, 2017, in Washington. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
    Congress sends Trump $700 billion military spending bill

    Congress on Thursday sent President Donald Trump a sweeping defense policy bill authorizing a $700 billion budget for the military, including billions of dollars more for missile defense programs to counter the growing nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during a joint press conference with Myanmar Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi at the Foreign Ministry office in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. (Aung Shine Oo/AP)
    Senators warn Tillerson diplomatic power is being dismantled

    In a letter to Tillerson, Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., said a hiring freeze in effect since late January at the State Department has almost halted the influx of new foreign service officers.

  • Retired Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, right, former commander of U.S. Strategic Command, testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on North Korea on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Also testifying are Dr. Peter D. Feaver, center, professor of political science and public policy at Duke University,and Brian McKeon, left, former acting under secretary for policy at the Defense Department. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
    Retired US general says nuclear launch order can be refused

    A retired Air Force general told the Senate on Tuesday that an order from President Donald Trump or any of his successors to launch nuclear weapons can be refused by the top officer at U.S. Strategic Command if that order is determined to be illegal.

  • Portions of the money would be used for interceptors for the THAAD, a U.S. mobile anti-missile system.
    Trump seeks nearly $6B to counter North Korean missiles, repair Navy ships

    The Trump administration is seeking nearly $6 billion to pay for urgent missile defense improvements to counter the threat from North Korea, increased U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and fast repairs to Navy ships in the Asia-Pacific theater.