Ashraf Khalil, The Associated Press

  • World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer, 96, receives the Bronze Star from U.S. Army Maj. Peter Semanoff at the World War II Memorial, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)
    The ‘Hero of Cologne’ receives his Bronze Star 75 years late

    When 96-year-old Clarence Smoyer came to Washington Wednesday, he thought he was heading to the Pentagon to sign copies of “Spearhead,” a recent book detailing his exploits as a World War II tank gunner.

  • A former member of Blackwater joins family members, friends, and supporters of four former Blackwater security guards outside the federal court in Washington on April 13, 2015, following sentencing for four former Blackwater security guards in connection with a 2007 shooting of civilians in Iraq. (Andrew Harnik/AP)
    Sentences reduced for 3 Blackwater guards from 2007 Iraq massacre

    A federal judge on Thursday greatly reduced the sentences of three former Blackwater security contractors, in the latest development from a complex case dating back to the 2007 shootings of unarmed civilians in Baghdad.

  • Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush, top left, watch as the casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried out after a State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (Susan Walsh/AP)
    Nation bids goodbye to Bush with high praise, cannons, humor

    The nation bid goodbye to George H.W. Bush with high praise, cannon salutes and gentle humor Wednesday, celebrating the life of the Texan who embraced a lifetime of service in Washington and was the last president to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral as a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad as “the brightest of a thousand points of light.”

  • Former Sen. Bob Dole salutes the flag-draped casket containing the remains of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
    Crowds honor Bush for long service, from war to White House

    Soldiers, citizens in wheelchairs and long lines of others on foot wound through the hushed Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday to view George H.W. Bush’s casket and remember a president whose legacy included World War military service and a landmark law affirming the rights of the disabled. Bob Dole, a compatriot in war, peace and political struggle, steadied himself out of his wheelchair and saluted his old friend and one-time rival.

  • The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool)
    At Capitol, Bush saluted as ‘gentle soul,’ ‘great man’

    The nation’s capital embraced George H.W. Bush in death Monday with solemn ceremony and high tributes to his service and decency, as the remains of the 41st president took their place in the Capitol rotunda for three days of mourning and praise by the political elite and everyday citizens alike.

  • In this file frame grab from video provided by Voice of America, members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail are shown violently reacting to peaceful protesters during Erdogan's trip to Washington in May. (Voice of America via AP)
    19 indicted for attacking protesters during Erdogan US visit

    A total of 19 people, including 15 identified as Turkish security officials, were indicted Tuesday by a grand jury in the U.S. capital for attacking protesters in May 2017 during a U.S. visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

  • This undated image released by the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units, known as the YPG, on Monday, March 9, 2015 shows Ivana Hoffman, 19, a German citizen fighting with Kurdish militiamen who was killed Saturday battling the Islamic State group near the village of Tel Tamr, Syria, according to Kurdish officials and activists. Hoffman, born in Germany to South African parents, is the third foreign national — and the first female foreign fighter — known to be killed fighting with Kurdish forces against the Islamic State group.(AP Photo/YPG)
    German woman killed in Syria fighting Islamic State

    A German woman fighting with Kurdish militiamen was killed battling the Islamic State group in Syria, Kurdish officials said Monday — the third foreign national known to be killed fighting with Kurdish forces against the extremists in the war ravaged country.