Military leaders struggle to navigate 2016's political swirl

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior military leaders take their political neutrality seriously. But this year's presidential election — with its forays into national security issues that have included proposals for carpet-bombing Syrian cities or waterboarding extremists — has America's top brass navigating a political minefield.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

SpaceX launches futuristic pop-up room, lands rocket at sea

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX resumed station deliveries for NASA on Friday, and in a double triumph, successfully landed its booster rocket on an ocean platform for the first time.

  • Written by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

US water systems repeatedly exceed federal standard for lead

GALESBURG, Illinois (AP) — This railroad town promotes its ties to Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and the poet Carl Sandburg. But Galesburg's long history also shows in a hidden way: Aging pipes have been leaking lead into the drinking water for decades.

  • Written by RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press MEGHAN HOYER, Associated Press

Weapon authorization unclear in Texas military base shooting

DALLAS (AP) — Military officials investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened Friday on a U.S. air base in Texas are trying to determine whether the gunman was authorized to have a weapon on the base, where the possession of firearms is heavily restricted.

  • Written by DAVID WARREN, Associated Press