World War II

In this Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013 photo, Typhoon Haiyan survivors play basketball in a destroyed neighborhood in Tacloban, Philippines. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

Signs of life amid misery reveal Filipinos’ spirit

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — They found the hoop in the ruins of their obliterated neighborhood. They propped up the backboard with broken wood beams and rusty nails scavenged from vast mounds of storm-blasted homes. A […]

11/19/2013

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy and her husband Dr. Edwin Schlossberg, right, drink sake during a toast at a reception in Kennedy's honor at the Japanese Ambassador's residence in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Caroline Kennedy sworn in as ambassador to Japan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Caroline Kennedy, the new U.S. ambassador to Japan and daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy, leaves for Japan on Thursday to begin her work to strengthen the critical bond between the […]

11/12/2013

Federal Veteran's Day observance is today

SoCal communities commemorate Veterans Day

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Communities across Southern California are commemorating Veterans Day with parades, music, wreath-laying ceremonies and other events. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who is a lieutenant in the Naval Reserve, is grand […]

11/11/2013

Two of the four surviving members of the 1942 raid on Tokyo led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, Edward Saylor, center, and Richard Cole, right, are thanked by Gen. Mark Welsh III, Chief of Staff of the US Air Force, and Eric Fanning, left, acting Secretary of the US Air Force, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at a monument marking the raid at the National Museum of the US Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

WWII Doolittle Raiders making final toast

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — The surviving Doolittle Raiders, all in their 90s, considered their place in history for their daring World War II attack on Japan amid thousands of cheering fans, as they prepared for a […]

11/09/2013

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WWII aviator’s Purple Heart returning to Pa.

A Purple Heart given to a World War II aviator beheaded by Japanese forces in 1945 is back in the hands of the serviceman’s family after a ceremony in southeastern Pennsylvania. Gordon Yates’ 80-year-old sister, […]

11/09/2013

Musician Roger Waters and his band hold rehearsals with members of the Wounded Warriors Project for the "Stand Up For Heroes" benefit concert presented by the New York Comedy Festival & the Bob Woodruff Foundation at S.I.R. Studios on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Comics, Springsteen, Waters in benefit for wounded

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Springsteen auctioned off the guitar around his shoulder for $250,000 to benefit wounded servicemen and women, the climax of Wednesday’s seventh annual “Stand Up for Heroes” benefit run by ABC […]

11/06/2013

Michael Coon,top, smiles as his father Phillip Coon, in wheelchair, receives military honors from Rita Aragon, secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs for the State of Oklahoma, after Phillip's return from Japan, where he was a POW, at the Tulsa International Airport, on Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.  (AP Photo/Tulsa World, Cory Young)

WWII vet honored with long-overdue military medals

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Given the choice, World War II veteran Phillip Coon probably wouldn’t want the formality and fuss of being honored on a military base with men and women standing at attention, dressed […]

10/22/2013

Food bank volunteer Sarah Laughton gathers food for distribution at a food bank in Bromley, south London, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

Demand for food aid spikes in Britain

LONDON (AP) — Demand for emergency food aid has spiked this year in Britain, a leading charity said Wednesday, suggesting low-income households’ living standards are still sliding despite the end of the recession. The Trussell […]

10/16/2013

The Oct. 22, 2009 photo shows Hans Riegel, the longtime boss of German candy maker Haribo who took the gummi bear to international fame. (AP Photo/dpa, Rolf Vennenbernd)

German gummi bear baron Hans Riegel dies at 90

BERLIN (AP) — Hans Riegel turned little gold bears into a global candy juggernaut. In a career spanning almost seven decades, Riegel was the driving force that made Haribo’s gummi bears a sugary staple in […]

10/15/2013

In this Thursday, Dec. 7, 1995 photo, Former Nazi SS captain Erich Priebke enters military court in Rome. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis, File)

Hundreds protest funeral for Nazi criminal

ALBANO LAZIALE, Italy (AP) — Shouting “murderer” and “executioner,” hundreds of people jeered the remains of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke as his coffin arrived Tuesday for a funeral Mass celebrated by a splinter Catholic […]

10/15/2013

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DC crowd pushes through barriers to WWII Memorial

WASHINGTON (AP) – A crowd converged on the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Sunday, pushing past barriers to protest the memorial’s closing under the government shutdown. Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of […]

10/13/2013

Angelina Jolie delivers a statement before screening the film "In the Land of Blood and Honey" directed by her, at the United Nations University in Tokyo Monday, July 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Angelina Jolie to direct ‘Unbroken’ in Australia

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Universal Pictures has announced that Angelina Jolie is in Sydney, Australia, to direct the survival saga “Unbroken.” The film will tell the true story of Lou Zamperini, a World War II […]

10/01/2013

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