The U.S. Navy is tripling paid maternity leave for women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps from six to 18 weeks in the first year after birth. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said on Thursday the change was effective immediately and would be retroactive to Jan. 1. "When the women in our Navy and Marine Corps answer the call to serve, they are making the difficult choice to be away from their children - sometimes for prolonged periods of time - so that they can do the demanding jobs that we ask them to do," Mabus said in a statement.
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to a seven-year low of 5.3 percent and employers hired at a solid pace in June, but other gauges of the job market drew a bleaker picture: A wave of people stopped looking for work, and paychecks failed to budge.
Raised by firefighters from the smoking wreckage of the World Trade Center, a flag telegraphed both anguish and resolve. Planted atop a mountain on Iwo Jima, another piece of national cloth came to symbolize collective perseverance and conquest.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Police issued an "all clear" on Thursday after a false alarm about gunshots fired at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington, the site of a mass shooting that took 12 lives two years ago. Thursday's incident came as U.S. law enforcement agencies are on high alert heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend due to concerns about possible attacks inspired by al Qaeda or Islamic State militants."An employee thought they heard something of concern, they made a call," said Chief Cathy Lanier of Washington's Metropolitan Police Department. The phone call was placed from inside the Naval Sea Systems Command Building around 7:29 a.m. (1129 GMT) and was relayed to city police, she said.