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Military announces plan to lift transgender ban

Posted 7/14/2015 in National

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has ordered a six-month study aimed at formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, saying the Pentagon's current regulations banning transgender individuals from serving in the military need to be examined.

 

 

Under fire for data breach, Obama personnel chief steps down

Posted 7/11/2015 in National

The embattled head of the government's personnel office abruptly stepped down Friday, bowing to mounting pressure following the unprecedented breach of private information her agency was entrusted to protect.

 

 

FBI: Roof shouldn't have been able to get gun

Posted 7/11/2015 in National

The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not have been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of "heartbreaking" missed opportunities and background check flaws that allowed the transaction to take place.

 

 

GOP White House hopefuls scramble for anti-abortion vote

Posted 7/11/2015 in National

Trying to distinguish themselves in front of an important group of social conservative activists, Republican White House hopefuls on Friday used the National Right to Life Convention to share personal stories and detail the abortion restrictions they've helped write into law.

 

 

New Harper Lee novel presents an unsaintly Atticus Finch

Posted 7/11/2015 in National

Harper Lee's unexpected new novel offers an unexpected and startling take on an American literary saint, Atticus Finch.

 

 

House scraps vote on Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

The Republican-controlled House scrapped a vote on permitting the Confederate flag at Park Service-run cemeteries on Thursday, a retreat under fire that only escalated a ferocious attack by Democrats complaining the banner celebrates a murderous, racist past.

 

 

US provides marriage benefits to gay couples in all states

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Same-sex married couples can start applying for Social Security and veterans benefits for spouses in all 50 states, but there are still issues to resolve as the federal government works to implement the Supreme Court ruling allowing gay couples to marry nationwide.

 

 

Jeb Bush's new challenge: How to spend $114M

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Jeb Bush has shattered political fundraising records with a $114-million haul in the first six months of the year, an extraordinary total designed to instill a sense of shock and awe into his Republican competitors.

 

 

Alexander Hamilton's descendant rankled at $10 bill change

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

Doug Hamilton is just fine with the plans to put a woman's portrait on U.S. paper money. But he'd like the Treasury Department to leave the $10 bill alone.

 

 

FBI: Potential July 4 violence plots stopped

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

FBI Director James Comey said Thursday that the agency believes it stopped potential acts of violence in the month before the July 4 holiday.

 

 

Personnel chief resists calls to resign amid data hack

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

The head of the U.S. government's personnel office is rejecting bipartisan calls for her resignation following revelations that hackers stole the personal information of more than 21 million people on her watch.

 

 

American Samoa questions gay marriage validity in territory

Posted 7/10/2015 in National

American Samoa stands as the only U.S. territory to hold out against the recent Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage.

 

 

House moves to ban Confederate flag in federal cemeteries

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

The House has voted to ban the display of Confederate flags at historic federal cemeteries in the deep South -- a low-profile move that prompted an outcry from supporters of the flag.

 

Confederate flag's days are numbered in South Carolina

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

More than 50 years after South Carolina raised a Confederate flag at its Statehouse to protest the civil rights movement, the state is getting ready to remove the rebel banner.

 

Overflowing GOP presidential field has Fox News in demand

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

It's the stuff of Republican nightmares: Fox News runs out of advertising time.

 

 

Wartime suicide attempts most common in newer soldiers, study finds

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

War-time suicide attempts in the Army are most common in newer enlisted soldiers who have not been deployed, while officers are less likely to try to end their lives.

 

 

Medicare's end-of-life counseling policy may find acceptance

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

Six years ago, a proposal for Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling touched off a political uproar that threatened to stall President Barack Obama's health care law in Congress.

 

 

Army troop cuts could grow if budget impasse persists

Posted 7/9/2015 in National

In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts.

 

 

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