Category: u.s.

US 4×400 Mixed Relay Team Reinstated to Final

TOKYO—The United States’ mixed 4×400 meter relay team has been reinstated into Saturday’s final due to an official’s error, a World Athletics spokesperson said, after they were disqualified on Friday for exchanging the baton outside the changeover zone. The American team, comprising Elija Godwin, Lynna Irby, Taylor Manson and Bryce Deadmon, were reinstated by jury […]

US Approves Potential Sale of $3.4 Billion Helicopters to Israel

WASHINGTON—The U.S. State Department said on Friday it has approved the potential sale of 18 CH-53K heavy-lift helicopters to Israel in a deal valued at up to $3.4 billion. The package would include engines, navigation systems, weaponry, support equipment, spares, and technical support. Lockheed Martin Corp and General Electric Co are the prime contractors on […]

US Congressmen Reach Back Into Cold War Armory to Respond to China

WASHINGTON—Democratic and Republican congressmen on July 28 introduced a bill that aims to revive an arm of the old U.S. Cold War arsenal to improve understanding of China and potentially other strategic rivals of the United States. The House bill, introduced by Democratic Representatives Joaquin Castro and Bill Keating and Republicans Mike Gallagher and Brian […]

Canada Border Guards Vote to Strike Days Ahead of Reopening to US Tourists

VANCOUVER—Canadian border guards and customs officials voted Tuesday to go on strike just days before fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents will be allowed into Canada, unions representing the workers said, a move that could potentially cause disruptions and hurt businesses emerging out of the pandemic-driven economic downturn. A strike would slow down commercial […]

US Set to Defend Gymnastics All-Around Title Without Biles

TOKYO—Even without Simone Biles the United States will still offer a steely defence of the Olympic women’s gymnastics all-around crown worn by an American since the 2004 Athens Summer Games. Unbeaten in any all-around competition she entered since 2013, Biles was considered a lock to defend her title until Tuesday when the 24-year-old sent shockwaves […]

US Set to Defend Gymnastics All-Around Title Without Biles

TOKYO—Even without Simone Biles the United States will still offer a steely defence of the Olympic women’s gymnastics all-around crown worn by an American since the 2004 Athens Summer Games. Unbeaten in any all-around competition she entered since 2013, Biles was considered a lock to defend her title until Tuesday when the 24-year-old sent shockwaves […]

Bezos Offers NASA $2 Billion in Exchange for Moon Mission Contract

SEATTLE—Fresh off his trip to space, billionaire businessman Jeff Bezos on Monday offered to cover up to $2 billion in NASA costs if the U.S. space agency awards his company Blue Origin a contract to make a spacecraft designed to land astronauts back on the moon. NASA in April awarded rival billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s […]

FAA Issues New Flight Restrictions Over Afghanistan

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said on Monday it has imposed new flight restrictions over Afghanistan for U.S. airlines and other U.S. operators in response to the changing security environment. The FAA, in an emergency order effective Sunday, said flights operating below 26,000-feet are prohibited in the Kabul Flight Information Region, which largely covers […]

US Calls on China to Be a Responsible Power

BEIJING—A senior U.S. diplomat called on China, as a responsible global power, to rise above their differences and work with the United States on difficult global issues such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, speaking in an interview with The Associated Press after talks on July 26 with Foreign […]

Kennys Ready to Fire up Gold-Medal Machine

TOKYO —If Jason Kenny and his wife Laura were a country, their five track cycling golds at the Rio Olympics would have put them in the top 20 in the medals table. Now British sport’s golden couple, key players in their country’s domination on the boards, are aiming to top up their legacies and rewrite […]