A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would require American women to register for the military draft, setting the stage for a fight in Congress over the historic shift in policy later this year. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved the requirement late on Thursday, as an amendment to the $602 billion National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA. The House of Representatives Armed Services Committee approved a similar amendment late last month.
The wife of a white Chicago police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a black teenager said her husband is "not the monster" people think he is, the Chicago Tribune reported on Friday. The wife of officer Jason Van Dyke, Tiffany Van Dyke, in an interview with the newspaper said he is not a trigger-happy, racist cop as he has been portrayed, but a gentle man who wanted to make a difference in law enforcement and loves his two daughters. Jason Van Dyke, 38, has declined to speak with the media since his arrest last fall, when he was charged with first-degree murder almost a year after he shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The widow of the pastor gunned down with eight of his parishioners at Charleston's Emanuel AME Church last year sees the spirit of her late husband, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, in a new mural honoring the victims.