Gene Johnson, The Associated Press

  • In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb. (Nati Harnik/AP)
    US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail

    A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

  • In this April 2, 2020, file photo, a United States Postal Service worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Warren, Mich. (Paul Sancya/AP)
    States ask judge to reverse changes at US Postal Service

    A group of states suing over service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service is asking a federal judge to immediately undo some of them, saying the integrity of the upcoming election is at stake.

  • The government did not disclose which subs were affected. (U.S. Navy/Huntington Ingalls Industries)
    Feds say company provided subpar steel for US Navy subs

    For decades, the U.S. Navy’s leading supplier of high-strength steel for submarines provided subpar metal because one of the company’s longtime employees falsified lab results.

  • A U.S. soldier asks questions of an Iraqi villager through an interpreter in Yaaskhdir, in the Radwaniyah District, south of Baghdad, during a joint Iraqi and U.S. patrol, Aug. 3, 2009. (Army)
    US speeds cases of military interpreters, others blocked by travel ban

    President Donald Trump's administration has agreed to speed up the cases of some former interpreters for the U.S. military in Iraq and hundreds of other refugees whose efforts to move to the United States have been in limbo since he announced his travel bans three years ago.

  • An EA-18G Growler assigned to the Lancers of Electronic Attack Squadron 131 taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island on Aug. 18, 2017, during the squadron's welcome home ceremony. (Navy)
    Island residents grumbling over Growlers

    It’s the second recent case challenging the Navy’s operations; the state of Washington sued in July, saying the Navy failed to adequately consider the effect the expanded flight operations would have on people or wildlife.

  • Southern Resident killer whale J50 and her mother, J16, swim off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Port Renfrew, B.C. on Aug. 7. Teams searched Thursday for the sick, critically endangered orca in the waters of Washington state and Canada, but a scientist who closely tracks the population in the Pacific Northwest said he believes the whale, known as J50, has died. (Brian Gisborne/Fisheries and Oceans Canada via AP)
    Coast Guard had searched for the young killer whale

    A Coast Guard helicopter, 10 vessels, whale watch crews and other teams on both sides of the border were involved in the search.

  • In this March 27, 2018, file photo, plaintiffs Cathrine Schmid, second left, and Conner Callahan, second right, listens with supporters during a news conference in front of a federal courthouse following a hearing in Seattle. A federal judge in Seattle has ordered President Donald Trump not to take any action barring transgender troops from serving in the military, finding that it's unclear whether recent tweaks to his administration's policy are constitutional. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
    Judge: Trump’s ban on transgender troops on hold until trial

    A U.S. judge in Seattle has ordered President Donald Trump not to ban transgender troops from serving in the military, saying it’s unclear whether recent changes to his administration’s policy are constitutional.

  • Plaintiff Cathrine Schmid, second left, listens as attorney Natalie Nardecchia speaks to media members in front of a federal courthouse following a hearing there Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Seattle. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman says she won't immediately consider President Donald Trump's new policy banning transgender people from serving in the military. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
    Judge shows scant patience for military transgender ban

    President Donald Trump’s move last week to tweak his ban on transgender people joining the military might not save it from being struck down, a federal judge in Seattle suggested Tuesday.