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US jets down 4 objects in 8 days, unprecedented in peacetime

Colleen Long, Lolita C. Baldor and Zeke Miller

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - A U.S. fighter jet shot down an "unidentified object" over Lake Huron Sunday on orders from President Joe Biden, possibly the same object that led to closure of airspace over Havre, Montana, Saturday.

It was the fourth such downing in eight days and the latest military strike in an extraordinary chain of events over U.S. airspace that Pentagon officials believe has no peacetime precedent.

Part of the reason for the repeated shoot-downs is a "heightened alert" following a spy balloon from China that emerged over U.S. a...


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