Register for draft: It's what a man's got to do, and women?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is on the verge of ordering young women to register for a military draft for the first time in history, touching off outrage among social conservatives who fear the move is another step toward blurring gender lines.

  • Written by RICHARD LARDNER, Associated Press

Crowds to line streets to honor US Navy SEAL killed in Iraq

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Schoolchildren, retired Navy officers and throngs of others were expected to line the streets of the Southern California military town of Coronado on Friday to honor a special warfare operator killed in Iraq.

  • Written by JULIE WATSON, Associated Press

Lt Gov: Texas will forego federal funds over LGBT policy

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' lieutenant governor said Friday that the state is prepared to forfeit billions of federal dollars in public school funding in defiance of an Obama administration directive requiring schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

  • Written by PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

Texas Supreme Court upholds state's school funding formula

DALLAS (AP) — Texas' complicated school finance system is constitutional, the state Supreme Court unanimously ruled Friday — a surprise defeat for the 600-plus school districts that endured more than four years of costly legal battles hoping judges would force the Republican-controlled Legislature to fork over more funding.

  • Written by WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

Hero dog saves 7-year-old girl from rattlesnake

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — When a venomous Eastern diamondback rattlesnake appeared in the backyard of a 7-year-old Florida girl, her German shepherd came to her rescue, refusing to back down despite multiple snakebites.

  • Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS