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U.S. Won’t Enforce Laws Banning VA Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

U.S. Won’t Enforce Laws Banning VA Benefits For Same-Sex Couples

The Obama administration will stop enforcing two sections of a law that lays out benefits for U.S. veterans. The sections define marriage as between a man and woman and deny legally married same-sex couples Veterans Affairs benefits like health care and disability payments.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Officiates Same-Sex Marriage

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Officiates Same-Sex Marriage

Two months after she joined a landmark Supreme Court decision that the federal government must recognize gay marriages, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was officiating such a wedding.

35-Year Sentence For Bradley Manning

35-Year Sentence For Bradley Manning

Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was responsible for the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, was sentenced by a military judge to 35 years in prison.

Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses

Pentagon Details Plan To Extend Benefits To Same-Sex Spouses

The Department of Defense announced Wednesday that it is extending full benefits to the same-sex spouses of service members and civilian employees.

Judge Cuts Bradley Manning’s Possible Sentence To 90 Years

Judge Cuts Bradley Manning’s Possible Sentence To 90 Years

The military judge presiding over the sentencing of Pfc. Bradley Manning today reduced the maximum possible sentence the former intelligence analyst could face.

Court-Martial To Begin Tuesday In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

Court-Martial To Begin Tuesday In Fort Hood Shooting Rampage

Former Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan is charged with opening fire in a troop processing center at Fort Hood, Texas, and killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 others in 2009.

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

U.S. Declassifies Documents About Surveillance Programs

The National Security Agency declassified more documents that shed light on formerly secret programs that collect a vast amount of metadata on the phone calls made in the United States, as well as the electronic communication of foreigners.

Halliburton Will Plead Guilty To Destroying Evidence In BP Gulf Spill

Halliburton Will Plead Guilty To Destroying Evidence In BP Gulf Spill

Halliburton Energy Services Inc. will plead guilty to destroying evidence in connection to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in April 2010 that left 11 dead and resulted in the largest oil spill in U.S. history, the Justice Department said on Thursday.

Cyclist’s Felony Manslaughter Plea First Of Its Kind In U.S.

Cyclist’s Felony Manslaughter Plea First Of Its Kind In U.S.

A bicyclist who struck and killed a pedestrian in San Francisco last year has pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

Book News: Scrapbooks Of Hemingway’s Childhood Made Public

Book News: Scrapbooks Of Hemingway’s Childhood Made Public

Although it’s hard to imagine Ernest Hemingway as anything other than bearded, gruff and gin-scented, five detailed scrapbooks by the Nobel Prize winner’s mother give a glimpse of his early life through baby photos, school reports, drawings and school paper clips. The fragile books compiled by Grace Hall Hemingway had been kept in storage at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, but digitized versions are now available on the museum’s website.