Afghanistan

New Pentagon chief visits commanders

After only a few days on the job, Defense Secretary Ash Carter made his first trip to Afghanistan as Pentagon chief. Carter arrived in the Afghan capital, Kabul, for meetings with U.S. military commanders and Afghan leaders. The U.S. combat role in Afghanistan is winding down after more than a decade of fighting. But there's widespread debate about whether the residual contingent of U.S. military trainers and advisers is enough to protect coalition gains against the Taliban.

Texas

Same-sex marriage fight isn't over yet

After declaring the first same-sex marriage in Texas "void," state Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a request with the state Supreme Court to have the union overturned. Texans voted to ban same-sex marriage in 2005. But on Thursday an Austin couple received their marriage license after a state district judge ordered the Travis County clerk not to rely on "the unconstitutional Texas prohibitions against same-sex marriage as a basis for not issuing a marriage license." Paxton immediately appealed to the state Supreme Court for a stay, which it issued hours later, and said the marriage was invalid.

Connecticut

Fraternity sues over admitting women

A Wesleyan University fraternity that was ordered to admit women has sued the college after members were barred from living in their house next school year. The university won't allow students to live in Delta Kappa Epsilon's house, even after the fraternity agreed to set aside rooms for women and began working toward sharing space with a sorority, according to the suit filed in Connecticut Superior Court. The suit claims the university, President Michael Roth and Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley unfairly breached a contract to permit members to continue to reside in the house.

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