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U.S. suspects Russian space spying

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 2/11/20, 11:07 am

Like a pair of high-tech Bond villains, two Russian satellites appear to be following an American one. U.S. Space Force commander Gen. John “Jay” Raymond said the Russian spacecraft have several times in the past few months come within 100 miles of the U.S. orbiter, which is used to gather intelligence.

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Coast Guard nabs millions of dollars of cocaine

by Kent Covington
Posted 2/11/20, 10:38 am

The U.S. Coast Guard on Monday unloaded about 20,000 pounds of cocaine it seized while pursuing drug runners in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It took the drug haul—which has an estimated street value of nearly $340 million—to Naval Base San Diego.

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Associated Press/Photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Trump releases 2021 budget

by Harvest Prude
Posted 2/10/20, 01:06 pm

WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has a $4.89 trillion plan for running the country if he wins reelection in November. His 2021 budget, released Monday, proposes cuts to social safety net programs and foreign aid and asks for increases for defense, veterans, and building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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