The Pentagon will let transgender individuals serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the change Thursday, calling it "the right thing to do" and "another step in ensuring we continue to recruit and retain the most qualified people."
He said only a person's qualifications should matter, and that there should be no other unrelated barriers to service.
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President Barack Obama signed a rescue package on Thursday for financially strapped Puerto Rico, which is facing more than $70 billion in debt and a major payment due Friday.
Obama signed the bill hours after it won final passage in the Senate on Wednesday night. Obama said there is still tough work to do to get Puerto Rico out of the hole that it's in.
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The first U.S. self-driving car fatality took place in May when the driver of a Tesla S sports car using the vehicle's "autopilot" automated driving system died in a collision with a truck in Florida, federal officials said Thursday.
The government is investigating the design and performance of Tesla's system.
Preliminary reports indicate the crash occurred when a tractor-trailer rig made a left turn in front of the Tesla at an intersection of a divided highway where there was no traffic light, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. The Tesla driver died due to injuries sustained in the crash, which took place May 7 in Williston, Florida, the agency said.
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A thief broke into the home of the nation's oldest full-time park ranger, punched her and stole a special coin given to her by President Barack Obama when she was honored before Christmas in Washington, D.C., according to police in Richmond, California.
But it seems the president will soon send her a replacement coin, according to Betty Reid Soskin's boss at the National Park Service.
An unknown assailant broke into the 94-year-old's apartment about midnight on Monday, punched her several times and dragged her out of her bedroom into the hallway, according to police Lt. Felix Tan.
Police in Turkey arrested 13 for a possible connection to the attack on Istanbul's airport as the death toll as the death toll climbed to 44 on Thursday and funerals continued for the victims, NBC News reported.
Along with the dead, more than 200 were injured when assailants with guns and explosives hit the airport on Tuesday.
Officials have said the coordinated assault on Ataturk airport bore the hallmarks of ISIS, but there has been no official claim of responsibility. Turkish officials have not publicly identified the attackers. Police sources told NBC News that assailants were Russian, Uzbek and Kyrgyz.
Police carried out 16 raids targeting ISIS suspects in Istanbul overnight. The state-run Anadolu Agency said 13 people were taken into custody — including three foreign nationals.
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In an attempt to block the "Stop Trump" movement that aimed to upend the Republican National Convention, delegates began circulating a draft rule that would effectively lock-in Donald Trump as the GOP nominee.
Anti-Trump forces have talked up rules that could let delegates vote against Trump, regardless of the primary results. But the first proposed rule for this year's convention in Cleveland, obtained by MSNBC, proposes to freeze 2012 rules so that no new amendments can take effect until after this year's convention.
If the proposal passes, it guarantees that if amendments designed to stop Trump, such as a "conscience clause" that would function as a delegate escape hatch, are also passed, they would only go into effect at "the 2020 National Convention."
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The 10 U.S. sailors captured and humiliated by Iran after mistakenly steering their boats into Iranian waters in January were beset not just by poor judgment and faulty equipment. They also showed a remarkable lack of curiosity about potential dangers in one of the world's more dangerous waterways, according to an in-depth Navy investigation. In deviating from their planned Persian Gulf route from Kuwait to Bahrain -- without asking approval or notifying superiors -- they passed an island to their east and wondered whether it might be Saudi territory, rocks or oil platforms. The crews of both boats consulted their navigation systems, which depicted the mass as a small purple dot. If they had investigated the dot, they would have seen that it was labeled Farsi Island, a well-known base for the Iran Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy.
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A Palestinian youth sneaked into a fortified Jewish settlement in the West Bank on Thursday, broke into a home and stabbed to death a 13-year-old Israeli-American girl as she slept in bed before frantic security guards arrived and killed him.
The girl, identified as Hallel Yaffa Ariel, became the youngest Israeli victim of a nine-month wave of violence that has seen dozens of Palestinian attacks.
The early-morning stabbing, carried out by a 17-year-old Palestinian high school dropout, was among the most brazen attacks so far, drawing angry accusations and calls from Israeli leaders for the world to condemn the incident.
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The race to become Britain's next prime minister took a dramatic, unexpected turn Thursday as former London Mayor Boris Johnson — popular with the public and widely considered to be a front-runner — ruled himself out of contention after the defection of a key ally.
In a morning of political machinations and high-stakes treachery that had commentators reaching for Shakespearean parallels, Justice Secretary Michael Gove abruptly withdrew his support for Johnson and announced he would run for the Conservative Party leadership himself.
Johnson, a prominent campaigner for Britain's withdrawal from the 28-nation European Union, then told a news conference that the next Conservative leader would need to unite the party and ensure Britain's standing in the world.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved Apple's patent for a technology that could prevent iPhone cameras from recording or photographing live shows.
According to the patent, which was filed in 2009 and granted earlier this week, an infrared device could be set up on stage at live events.
After spending 16 years in prison, a man convicted of murder who was at the center of the podcast "Serial" has won a new trial in Baltimore.
Adnan Syed was convicted of murdering his former high school girlfriend Hae Min Lee in 1999 and burying her in a park. He was sentenced to life in prison.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Martin Welch ruled Thursday that Syed deserves another trial because his attorney failed to cross-examine a cell tower expert about the reliability of data that placed Syed's cellphone near the burial site.