Female Marine recruits during "the Crucible," a 54-hour series of physical and emotional trials which make up the final test for recruits before they

Congress debates expanding military draft to women, making registration automatic

Both proposals face an uphill path as the Pentagon faces recruitment challenges amid a raft of risks and conflicts around the world.

RFK Jr. won't meet CNN debate requirement for ballot access

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. spoke during a presidential campaign stop at Dallas College North Lake Campus in Irving on Oct. 11, 2023.
The independent presidential candidate has said he has qualified for enough state ballots, but state election officials have said that's not true.

'We can always do better,' Gov. Walz says of Education Department after report criticizes Feeding Our Future oversight

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Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz addresses the media in May.
Walz said the Legislative Auditor's report was a "fair critique" of the department, though he said no state employees are accused of wrongdoing.
Nation
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The fight for abortion rights gets an unlikely messenger in swing state Pennsylvania: Sen. Bob Casey

Abortion rights, suddenly a potent political force in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to leave such matters to the states, have found an unlikely champion in swing state Pennsylvania.
Business
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Poisoned trees gave a wealthy couple in Maine a killer ocean view. Residents wonder, at what cost?

Suspicious deaths in an idyllic seaside community and detective work that points to poison sound like themes from a classic murder mystery. But the victims in this Maine whodunnit were trees that stood in the way of a wealthy family's oceanfront view, allegedly felled by well-heeled killers who, while ostracized and publicly shamed, remain free.
Nation
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Antonio Valle, left, and wife, Brenda, stand for a photo after an interview with The Associated Press in Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 18, 2024. Both wer

Immigrant families rejoice over Biden's expansive move toward citizenship, while some are left out

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants had reason to rejoice when President Joe Biden unveiled a highly expansive plan to extend legal status to spouses of U.S. citizens but, inevitably, some were left out.
Nation
June 18

Cliffhanger congressional contest between Bob Good and John McGuire tests power of Trump endorsement

One of America's most conservative congressmen was locked in a tight renomination battle against an opponent endorsed by former President Donald Trump in Virginia's primary election Tuesday.
Nation
June 18

Former federal official Johnson and ex-Trump aide Jack win Georgia GOP nominations for US House

Georgia Republicans settled two congressional nominations in Tuesday runoffs, with a former federal official defeating a man who was convicted for illegally demonstrating inside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and an ex-aide to Donald Trump winning in a race for an open seat in another district.
Nation
June 18

US Rep Tom Cole wins Oklahoma GOP primary outright against well-funded challenger, 3 others

Eleven-term Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Tom Cole won a five-way Republican primary outright on Tuesday and avoided an August runoff.
Nation
June 18
Migrants waiting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border on the night President Joe Biden signed an executive order effectively closing it to asylum seekers i

Half a million immigrants could eventually get US citizenship under a sweeping new plan from Biden

President Joe Biden ordered expansive election-year action Tuesday to offer potential citizenship to hundreds of thousands of immigrants without legal status in the U.S., aiming to balance his recent aggressive crackdown on the southern border that enraged advocates and many Democratic lawmakers.
Nation
June 18

Alaska did not provide accessible voting for those with disabilities, US Justice Department alleges

The state of Alaska has violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing accessible machines for in-person voting, the U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday. The state was also faulted for selecting inaccessible polling places and operating a state elections website that can't be accessed by everyone.
Nation
June 18

Biden again calls Trump a 'convicted felon' at a fundraiser pushing his 5-day total to around $40M

President Joe Biden again taunted Donald Trump as a ''convicted felon'' during a high-dollar fundraiser Tuesday, saying his likely opponent in November's election is waging an ''all-out assault'' on the U.S. legal system.
Nation
June 18

New York's 'equal rights' constitutional amendment restored to ballot by appeals court

A proposed amendment to New York's constitution barring discrimination based on ''gender identity'' and ''pregnancy outcomes'' was restored to the November election ballot Tuesday by a state appeals court.
Nation
June 18

Jury deliberates in state case against man who attacked Nancy Pelosi's husband with hammer

A judge on Tuesday expelled from court the former partner of the conspiracy theorist charged with breaking into former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's home in 2022, banning her from the public gallery as the man's state trial wrapped up.
Nation
June 18

Trump declares 'I love Milwaukee' after reportedly using the word 'horrible' for the RNC host city

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday repeatedly praised Milwaukee just weeks before it hosts the Republican National Convention, playing cleanup after he reportedly used the word ''horrible'' in talking about swing-state Wisconsin's largest city.
Business
June 18

Florida medical marijuana patients get an unexpected email praising DeSantis

Florida has more than 700,000 medical marijuana patients and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis — who is battling a proposal to allow recreational use of marijuana — wants them all to know what a great job he's doing.
Local
June 18
Trustees for the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities on Tuesday agreed to freeze tuition for most undergraduate students, though some

Minnesota State system freezes tuition for most students, but some fees could rise

Minnesota lawmakers required the freeze, and some trustees suggested asking for additional flexibility. Many schools, including St. Cloud State University, are facing budget cuts.
Nation
June 18
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), right, and Rep. Tim Burchett (R-Tenn.), left, arrive for a meeting with House GOP members and former President Donald Trump

Ethics probe into Matt Gaetz now reviewing allegations of sexual misconduct and illicit drug use

The House Ethics Committee on Tuesday gave an unusual public update into its long-running investigation of Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., saying its review now includes whether Gaetz engaged in sexual misconduct and illicit drug use, accepted improper gifts and sought to obstruct government investigations of his conduct.
Business
June 18

California governor wants to restrict smartphone usage in schools

California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday that he wants to restrict students' usage of smartphones during the school day, citing the mental health risks of social media.
Nation
June 18
FILE - Public Service Commissioner Julie Fedorchak, a Republican candidate for North Dakota's single U.S. House seat, speaks to reporters during a pre

North Dakota US House candidate files complaints over misleading text messages in primary election

An attorney for the Republican primary winner for North Dakota's only U.S. House seat has filed complaints with federal authorities regarding text messages that falsely stated she had dropped out of the heated GOP primary contest on the day of the June 11 election. Her attorney said the messages might be a test for a wider effort this fall.
Politics
June 18
Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell has long been an outspoken critic of the state's long probation terms, which can span decades.

Former Minnesota corrections employee says he was fired after exposing punishment scheme

Whistleblower lawsuit alleges retaliation because he stood up for inmate rehabilitation over profits.
Nation
June 18

Turmoil rocks New Jersey's Democratic political bosses just in time for an election

Being a political boss in New Jersey ain't what it used to be.
Nation
June 18

Here's where courts are slowing Republican efforts for a state role in enforcing immigration law

The federal government has long had sole authority over immigration policy in the United States, but several Republican-led states have continued to push for a role in enforcing regulations out of frustration with current policy and as a way to criticize Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden.

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