GOP blocks provision to require women to register for draft

WASHINGTON (AP) — Buckling under conservative pressure, the Republican-led House Rules Committee pulled a legislative sleight of hand and stripped a provision from the annual defense policy bill that would have required women between the ages of 18 and 25 to sign up for a military draft.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

NTSB blames distracted engineer for deadly Amtrak wreck

WASHINGTON (AP) — The speeding Amtrak train that crashed in Philadelphia last year, killing eight people, most likely ran off the rails because the engineer was distracted by word of a nearby commuter train getting hit by a rock, federal investigators concluded Tuesday.

  • Written by MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press

Former GOP lawyer: Military acted properly on Benghazi

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. military acted properly on the night of the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, according to leaked testimony from a retired, three-star Army general who served as chief lawyer for Republicans on the House committee investigating the attacks.

  • Written by MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press