World War II

HELSINKI | Report: Finnish SS volunteers likely killed Jews in WWII

HELSINKI (AP) — An Israeli Holocaust historian praised authorities in Finland on Sunday for publishing a report that concluded Finnish volunteers serving with Nazi Germany’s Waffen-SS “very likely” took part in World War II atrocities, including the mass murder of Jews. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center lauded the determination of the National Archives of … Continue reading HELSINKI | Report: Finnish SS volunteers likely killed Jews in WWII

TOKYO | Japanese TV cancels BTS appearance over shirt’s A-bomb image

TOKYO — A Japanese broadcaster has canceled an appearance of the Korean band BTS over reports a member wore a T-shirt with an image of an atomic bombing juxtaposed with the celebration of Korea’s liberation from Japan after World War II. Japanese social media was filled with chatter over the T-shirt, reportedly worn by Jimin … Continue reading TOKYO | Japanese TV cancels BTS appearance over shirt’s A-bomb image

THESSALONIKI, Greece | Greek, Italian presidents attend WWII commemoration parade

THESSALONIKI, Greece  — Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Sunday attended Greece’s annual military parade commemorating Greece’s entry into World War II — against Italy. Mattarella appeared at the parade in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, at the invitation of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos, who later hailed his counterpart’s presence. “We are leaving behind what divided us. We … Continue reading THESSALONIKI, Greece | Greek, Italian presidents attend WWII commemoration parade

SEATTLE | Paul Allen’s passions: Rock n’ roll, sports and philanthropy

SEATTLE — Personal computers, conservation, pro football, rock n’ roll and rocket ships: Paul G. Allen couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend, invest and donate the billions he reaped from co-founding Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates. Allen used the fortune he made from Microsoft — whose Windows operating system is found … Continue reading SEATTLE | Paul Allen’s passions: Rock n’ roll, sports and philanthropy

PARIS | French court rules Pissarro painting belongs to Jewish heirs

PARIS — A Paris appeals court has confirmed a ruling ordering an American couple to return a Camille Pissarro painting to the descendants of a Jewish family that owned the art work before it was seized during World War II. The couple, prominent Philadelphia collectors Bruce and Robbi Toll, loaned Pissarro’s “La Cueillette des Pois” … Continue reading PARIS | French court rules Pissarro painting belongs to Jewish heirs

WARSAW, Poland | Poland asks to see US documents on deported ex-Nazi guard

WARSAW, Poland — Poland has asked the U.S. to share all the documents gathered on a deported former Nazi concentration camp guard in the hope they may provide grounds for charging the 95-year-old with World War II-era crimes, a prosecutor said Friday. Jakiw Palij, an ethnic Ukrainian, was deported to Germany on Aug. 21 for … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Poland asks to see US documents on deported ex-Nazi guard

U.S. Department of State News: Germany Accepts Former Nazi Slave-labor Camp Guard Jakiw Palij

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of State released the following statement: The United States expresses its deep appreciation to the Federal Republic of Germany for re-admitting former Nazi slave-labor camp guard Jakiw Palij, who was removed from the United States on August 20. During World War II, Palij served as an armed guard at the Trawniki … Continue reading U.S. Department of State News: Germany Accepts Former Nazi Slave-labor Camp Guard Jakiw Palij

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Survivor of newly found WWII shipwreck: ‘So many’ to rescue

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Daryl Weathers remembers trying to pull men from the sea off Alaska’s Aleutian Islands after a U.S. Navy destroyer hit a mine left by the Japanese following the only World War II battle fought on North American soil. The explosion, which ripped the stern off the USS Abner Read, also covered many … Continue reading ANCHORAGE, Alaska | Survivor of newly found WWII shipwreck: ‘So many’ to rescue

TOKYO | Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in WWII

TOKYO — Hiroshima has marked the 73rd anniversary of the Aug. 6, 1945, atomic bombing with a somber ceremony to remember the people killed and injured and a call to eliminate nuclear weapons amid hopes of denuclearizing North Korea. Mayor Kazumi Matsui raised concerns in his peace address Monday about the rise of egocentric policies … Continue reading TOKYO | Hiroshima marks 73rd anniversary of atomic bombing in WWII

BOSTON | The Latest: JFK’s rocking chair sells for $50K at auction

BOSTON— The Latest on an auction of iconic memorabilia associated with the late President John F. Kennedy (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A rocking chair that the late President John F. Kennedy used to meet with world leaders in the Oval Office has sold at auction for $50,000. The chair and other iconic items associated … Continue reading BOSTON | The Latest: JFK’s rocking chair sells for $50K at auction

BERLIN | WWII ammo complicates efforts to fight German forest fire

BERLIN — German authorities say a forest fire near a village southwest of Berlin is under control, but the situation remains precarious because of unexploded World War II ammunition that’s buried in the ground there. The German news agency dpa reported Friday that it was difficult for firefighters to get inside the pine forest near … Continue reading BERLIN | WWII ammo complicates efforts to fight German forest fire

TOKYO  | Released memo points to Hirohito’s role in Pearl Harbor raid

TOKYO  — A newly released memo by a wartime Japanese official provides what a historian says is the first look at the thinking of Emperor Hirohito and Prime Minister Hideki Tojo on the eve of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that thrust the U.S. into World War II. While far from conclusive, the five-page … Continue reading TOKYO  | Released memo points to Hirohito’s role in Pearl Harbor raid

BELGRADE, Serbia  | Israel’s president thanks Serbia over restitution law

BELGRADE, Serbia  — Israel’s president has praised Serbia for passing a law that allows for the restitution to the Jewish community of heirless and unclaimed Jewish property seized during the Holocaust. Reuven Rivlin said Thursday after talks with Serbia’s President Aleksandar Vucic that the 2016 bill should serve as a model for other countries. Thousands … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia  | Israel’s president thanks Serbia over restitution law

LOS ANGELES  | Manzanar detainee who found reason for WW2 internment dies

LOS ANGELES  — Aiko Herzig-Yoshinaga, who uncovered proof that thousands of Japanese-Americans incarcerated in the United States during World War II were held not for reasons of national security but because of racism, has died at age 93. Bruce Embrey, co-chair of the Manzanar Committee, told The Associated Press Wednesday that Herzig-Yoshinaga died July 18 … Continue reading LOS ANGELES  | Manzanar detainee who found reason for WW2 internment dies

BRANSON, Mo. | At least 11 die when duck boat capsizes in Missouri lake

BRANSON, Mo. — At least 11 people, including children, died after a boat carrying tourists capsized and sank on a lake during a thunderstorm in a country music mecca in southwest Missouri, the sheriff said. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said five people remain missing and seven others were hospitalized after a Ride the Ducks … Continue reading BRANSON, Mo. | At least 11 die when duck boat capsizes in Missouri lake

BRANSON, Mo.  | Sheriff: 11 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

BRANSON, Mo.  — At least 11 people, including children, died after a boat carrying tourists on a Missouri lake capsized and sank Thursday night, the local sheriff said. Stone County Sheriff Doug Rader said five people remain missing and seven others were hospitalized after a Ride the Ducks boat sank on Table Rock Lake in … Continue reading BRANSON, Mo.  | Sheriff: 11 people dead after Missouri tourist boat accident

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. | Ted Williams’ Mexican-American heritage explored in PBS film

ALBQUERQUE, N.M. — Ted Williams is the last major league baseball player to hit over .400. The Boston Red Sox slugger captivated millions with his dazzling swing and towering homers throughout the 1940s and 1950s in competition with New York Yankees hero Joe DiMaggio. But beneath the smiles and happy trots around the bases sat … Continue reading ALBQUERQUE, N.M. | Ted Williams’ Mexican-American heritage explored in PBS film

LONDON | Trump says May’s Brexit plan would kill UK-US trade deal,

LONDON — U.S. President Donald Trump lobbed a verbal hand grenade into Theresa May’s carefully constructed plans for Brexit, saying Thursday that the British leader had wrecked the country’s exit from the European Union and likely “killed” chances of a free-trade deal with the United States. Trump, who is making his first presidential visit to … Continue reading LONDON | Trump says May’s Brexit plan would kill UK-US trade deal,

BRUSSELS  | Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill

BRUSSELS  — President Donald Trump is all in for Winston Churchill during his first visit to the United Kingdom as president, paying his respects to an icon of American conservatives who coined the phrase the “special relationship.” Trump was joining British Prime Minister Theresa May for a black-tie dinner Thursday at Blenheim Palace, Churchill’s birthplace … Continue reading BRUSSELS  | Trump attending dinner at birthplace of Winston Churchill

PROVIDENCE, R.I | Filmmaker to open WWII education center in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I.  — A filmmaker who shares the stories of World War II veterans is opening an education center in Rhode Island so students can learn about the war and meet the men who fought in it. Tim Gray, founder of the nonprofit World War II Foundation, has made 21 documentaries and amassed a large … Continue reading PROVIDENCE, R.I | Filmmaker to open WWII education center in Rhode Island

TIRANA, Albania | Archaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritage

TIRANA, Albania — Researchers are urging Albanian authorities to build a museum to display hundreds of Roman and Greek artifacts and ancient shipwrecks that are sitting under the country’s barely explored coastline. Archaeologists at the Albanian Underwater Archaeology conference warned Tuesday that the wealth of underwater artifacts in the country’s southwestern seabed, near its border … Continue reading TIRANA, Albania | Archaeologists urge Albania to protect underwater heritage

MCALLEN, Texas | Politicians visit border amid outrage on family separation

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — Politicians and advocates flocked to the Mexican border to visit U.S. immigration detention centers and turn up the pressure on the Trump administration amid a growing uproar Monday over its policy of separating immigrant children from their parents. A group of congressional lawmakers on Sunday visited an old warehouse in South … Continue reading MCALLEN, Texas | Politicians visit border amid outrage on family separation

ST. GEORGE, Utah | WWII Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday dies at age 94

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — Samuel Tom Holiday, one of the last surviving Navajo Code Talkers, died in southern Utah Monday surrounded by family members who raised money through a crowdfunding campaign to be by his side. He was 94. Holiday was among hundreds of Navajos who used a code based on their native language … Continue reading ST. GEORGE, Utah | WWII Navajo Code Talker Samuel Tom Holiday dies at age 94

LONDON | Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel, consoler of Anne Frank, dies

LONDON (AP) — Gena Turgel, a Holocaust survivor who comforted Anne Frank at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp before the young diarist’s death and the camp’s liberation a month later, has died. She was 95. Turgel died Thursday, Britain’s chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, said on Twitter. The news triggered tributes from some of the people the … Continue reading LONDON | Holocaust survivor Gena Turgel, consoler of Anne Frank, dies

TOKYO | Japan’s Abe to meet Trump ahead of US-North Korea summit

TOKYO — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, unable to meet North Korea’s leader himself, is heading to Washington to try to make sure President Donald Trump doesn’t overlook Japan’s security and other concerns at the unprecedented U.S.-North Korea summit next week. Abe will have less than two hours to make his points to Trump at … Continue reading TOKYO | Japan’s Abe to meet Trump ahead of US-North Korea summit

HONOLULU | Japanese royal couple on first official US visit

HONOLULU — Prince Akishino, the second son of Japan’s Emperor Akihito, and his wife, Princess Kiko, are making their first official visit together to the U.S. The Japanese royal couple is in Hawaii this week as part of a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants arriving in the islands. Akishino … Continue reading HONOLULU | Japanese royal couple on first official US visit

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine | Former President George HW Bush hospitalized, misses parade

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — The hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush caused him to miss out on the local Memorial Day parade that he traditionally attends. The 93-year-old was taken to a hospital Sunday after he experienced low blood pressure and fatigue. A spokesman said he’d likely be in the hospital for a couple … Continue reading KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine | Former President George HW Bush hospitalized, misses parade

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | 75 years later, ‘forgotten’ WWII battle haunts soldiers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The only World War II battle fought on North American soil was waged 75 years ago this month on Attu Island in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. Japan had invaded both Attu and Kiska islands in 1942. American forces began the 19-day campaign to reclaim Attu in May 1943. It is known as … Continue reading ANCHORAGE, Alaska | 75 years later, ‘forgotten’ WWII battle haunts soldiers

TOKYO | AP Explains: American football’s niche following in Japan

TOKYO (AP) — Japan has been absorbed for several weeks by a late hit during a college football game. The tackle earlier this month in a game between Japanese teams — Nihon University and Kwansei Gakuin University — has been repeatedly shown on television and social media sites and talked about by many who know … Continue reading TOKYO | AP Explains: American football’s niche following in Japan

LOS ANGELES | Clint Walker, star of TV’s ‘Cheyenne,’ dies at age 91

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clint Walker, the towering, strapping actor who handed down justice as the title character in the early TV western “Cheyenne,” has died, his daughter said Tuesday. Walker died Monday of congestive heart failure at a hospital in his longtime home of Grass Valley, California at age 91, his daughter, Valerie Walker, … Continue reading LOS ANGELES | Clint Walker, star of TV’s ‘Cheyenne,’ dies at age 91