Pentagon ends ban on transgender troops in military

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon announced Thursday that transgender people will be allowed to serve openly in the U.S. military, ending one of the last bans on service in the armed forces.

  • Written by LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

Judge blocks Indiana genetic abnormality abortion law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge blocked an Indiana law Thursday that would have banned abortions sought because of a fetus' genetic abnormalities, saying that the state does not have the authority to limit a woman's reasons for ending a pregnancy.

  • Written by TOM DAVIES, Associated Press

Report: US sailors ill-prepared for Iran encounter in Gulf

WASHINGTON (AP) — Weak leadership, poor judgment, a lack of "warfighting toughness" and a litany of errors led to the embarrassing capture and detention by Iran of 10 U.S. sailors in the Persian Gulf in January, according to a Navy investigation released Thursday.

  • Written by ROBERT BURNS, AP National Security Writer

'Active shooter' report at military base was false alarm

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. (AP) — The military base outside Washington where the presidential plane Air Force One is stationed was temporarily locked down Thursday after an "active shooter" report that turned out to be a false alarm.

  • Written by JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press