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US Army helicopter crash in California kills two soldiers: official

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A U.S. Army Apache attack helicopter crashed early Saturday morning in California, killing two soldiers, a spokesman for the Army said.

An investigation is ongoing into the crash of the AH-64 Apache helicopter on the sprawling National Training Center at Fort Irwin in southern California, Lieutenant Colonel Jason Brown, U.S. Army spokesman, said in a statement emailed to Reuters.

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Another Army spokesman said that the pilot and the co-pilot were killed, but did not give their names, saying their families had yet to be notified.

The crew of soldiers and the aircraft were based in Fort Carson in Colorado and were on a training rotation at the base in the Mojave Desert, said Brandy Gill, a spokeswoman for the Army at Fort Carson.

The crash occurred about 1 a.m. local time, Gill said.

The AH-64 Apache is made by Boeing in Arizona.

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Boeing signed a $3.4 billion, five-year deal to make AH-64 Apache helicopters for the U.S. Army and an unnamed foreign customer, the company said in a statement last March.

Boeing’s website shows that 2,200 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters have been sold globally since the U.S. Army took delivery of its first one in January 1984. Those helicopters have been delivered to Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, the Netherlands, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates and Britain, Boeing said.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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A Republican mayor from Florida is asking City Council members to call for a ban on "military-style" weapons and other restrictions on gun sales, because he said his prayers have not yet been answered to stop gun violence.

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Donald Trump's childhood home in Queens, New York, is set to go on auction after failing to sell for $2.9 million, reports The New York Times.

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GOP MASS EXODUS: Republican congressman in district Trump won by double-digits ‘retires’ to run for county seat

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A four-term Republican U.S. Congressman who represents a district President Donald Trump won by double digits has just announced he is retiring at the end of his term. Rep. Paul Cook of California will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, according to the L.A. Times and The Hill.

Republicans, who know they cannot win back the House next year, are leaving in droves.

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