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Wilson urged to speak with UTEP students before starting job

Mar. 19, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — El Paso-area lawmakers are urging U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to reach out to concerned students ahead of the final vote on her nomination as the next president at the University of Texas at El Paso. Wilson announced earlier this month that she was resigning as soon as her...

The Latest: Booker says he would reverse transgender ban

Mar. 17, 2019 11:57 PM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic race for president (all times local): 10:50 p.m. Democratic White House hopeful Cory Booker said Sunday night he would reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military if elected president. Speaking to a crowd of more...

New Pentagon transgender rule sets limits for troops

Mar. 12, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender. The memo outlining the new policy was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press,...

Military leaders apologize for problems in family housing

Mar. 7, 2019 2:22 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top leaders of the U.S. military services apologized to Congress on Thursday for allowing substandard living conditions in military family housing. They acknowledged failing to have fully understood the problem earlier and promised to fix it. At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing,...

Trump aims to stem vet suicide with outreach, local grants

Mar. 5, 2019 3:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at stemming a persistently high number of veteran suicides, urging expanded outreach by awarding grants to community programs. The order creates a Cabinet-level task force that will seek to develop a national roadmap for...

Transgender troops tell Congress they excel in military

Feb. 27, 2019 11:58 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Transgender troops testifying for the first time to Congress on Wednesday said transitioning to another sex made them stronger, while Pentagon officials defended the Trump administration's desire to bar people like them from enlisting in the future. Army Capt. Alivia Stehlik, an infantry...

Judge rules against male-only draft, but no changes imminent

Feb. 25, 2019 9:30 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The chairman of a panel considering changes to the U.S. military draft said Monday its recommendations to Congress won't be influenced by a federal judge's recent ruling that the current system is unconstitutional because it only applies to men. The military has not drafted anyone into...

Police chief: Contacting ICE about former Marine was proper

Feb. 22, 2019 6:53 PM EST

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan police chief says his department acted properly when it contacted Immigration and Customs Enforcement following a former Marine's arrest, leading to a three-day stay in a detainment center. The Grand Rapids Press reports Grand Rapids Interim Police Chief David Kiddle...

Brazil education overhaul aims at ousting 'Marxist ideology'

Feb. 6, 2019 11:01 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro is taking his anti-leftist ideological war to Brazil's classrooms and universities, causing angst among teachers and education officials who say the government wants to fight an enemy that doesn't exist. Bolsonaro and top officials have announced plans to...

Transgender military personnel in limbo over Trump plan

Jan. 26, 2019 12:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Long term, lawyers and activists battling to ensure that transgender people can serve openly in the U.S. military are convinced they will prevail. Short term, they are braced for anguishing consequences if the Trump administration proceeds with its plan to sharply restrict such service. The...