Female Marines have been training for the past month at Camp Lejeune, trying to make it through infantry training. They've got a month to go, including a 12-mile hike with a heavy pack. They're the first ones ever to handle the training, part of an effort to integrate women into combat positions by 2016.
Colorado ski towns are gearing up to sell recreational marijuana this winter during ski season. Resort towns overwhelmingly support legalization and say they don't see it hurting the state's multibillion-dollar tourism business. But there are those who worry pot shops will keep families away and hurt the bottom line.
A deal was announced late Monday ending the four-day strike that had stranded riders of Bay Area Rapid Transit. BART management called the deal a good one for union members while allowing for new infrastructure spending on the rail system in the future. This was the second strike to hit BART this year alone.
The tiny Seattle suburb of SeaTac, home to the airport of the same name, is the latest front in the battle for "living wage" ordinances. On this fall's ballot is a measure mandating a $15 an hour floor for large hospitality and transportation companies. $15 is higher than the base wage in neighboring suburbs, but the heart of economic activity in SeaTac is the international airport — and that's not about to move.
Charity Navigator's ratings system currently looks at how much a nonprofit spends on its programs versus its overhead. Beginning in 2016, the rating will also factor in a group's effectiveness. But some nonprofits argue that results can be hard to measure — especially if you're working in a war zone.
Since 1980, the percentage of women at the U.S. Military Academy has stayed largely the same, leading some to conclude that the school has set an artificial cap on the number of female cadets it accepts. Now, West Point has been told it must raise those numbers to meet the demand for more female leaders.
A Supreme Court ruling paved the way for same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits. Now Justice Department lawyers are working to make it happen. It's a challenge because they have more than 1,000 rules and laws to review.
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