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  • Future soldiers from the Phoenix Recruiting Battalion recite the oath of enlistment during a mass enlistment ceremony, Nov. 18, 2018, at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. (Army)
    Judge rules against male-only military draft, but no changes imminent

    The chairman of a panel considering changes to the U.S. military draft said Monday its recommendations to Congress won’t be influenced by a federal judge’s recent ruling that the current system is unconstitutional because it only applies to men.

  • 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.

  • Arizona's Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, front right, meets with Arizona National Guard soldiers prior to their deployment to the Mexico border at the Papago Park Military Reservation on Monday, April 9, 2018, in Phoenix. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)
    Gradual deployment of US troops to Mexico border underway

    The deployment of National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border at President Donald Trump’s request was underway Tuesday with a gradual ramp-up of troops under orders to help curb illegal immigration.

  • Bailey LeJeaune, 17, and David Betancourt, 18, hold candles during a vigil in Sutherland Springs for the victims of a deadly shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. A man opened fire inside of the church in the small South Texas community on Sunday, killing more than 20 people. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
    Texas resort manager says church gunman was security guard

    The gunman who opened fire on a Texas church recently began working as a security guard at a vacation resort near his home outside of San Antonio, a manager at the resort said Monday.

  • John Kerry to revisit Vietnam War before Obama trip

    Before joining President Obama on his first trip to Vietnam next month, Secretary of State John Kerry will take a day to reflect on his long and complicated history with the Asian country, first as a soldier and later as

  • FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2015 file photo, members of the National Guard patrol along the Rio Grande at the Texas-Mexico border, in Rio Grande City, Texas. Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, extended the deployment of National Guard troops at the Mexico border due to a spike in the number of unaccompanied minors entering the country. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
    Texas extends National Guard order amid new border crossings

    Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas National Guard troops on Tuesday to remain at the Mexico border, extending once again a mission that began in 2014 when unaccompanied children started pouring into the country and that will now continue due to another wave of arrivals.

  • Son of Army doctor gets 10 years on terrorism charge

    AUSTIN, Texas — A former top University of Texas student who pleaded guilty to charges of recruiting terrorists said Friday he was not anti-American and expressed remorse before a federal judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

  • Texas Governor Greg Abbott talks about his border security plan during a news conference as Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw stands behind him Friday, March 27, 2015 at DPS' Region 3 Headquarters in Weslaco, Texas. Abbott remains noncommittal on a timeline for pulling the National Guard off the Texas-Mexico border after hundreds of police officers applied for jobs to effectively replace those troops. (AP Photo/The Monitor, Nathan Lambrecht) MAGS OUT; TV OUT
    Texas Gov. Abbott stays noncommittal on pulling Guard from border

    Republican Gov. Greg Abbott remained noncommittal Friday on a timeline for pulling the National Guard off the Texas-Mexico border after hundreds of police officers recently applied for jobs to effectively replace those troops.