A Pentagon official who sought to move military judges to Guantanamo Bay to speed up slow-moving trials of al Qaeda suspects is resigning, the Defense Department has said. Retired Marine Corps Major General Vaugh Ary, who sparked a judicial rebellion as overseer of military tribunals at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, will be replaced on an interim basis by Paul Oostburg Sanz, the general counsel of the Navy Department, the Pentagon said in a Wednesday statement.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State University's president says an investigation into the Facebook posting of nude photographs by a now-suspended fraternity points to the possible need for a re-evaluation of the entire fraternity system.
(Reuters) - Manhole covers popped into the air and smoke billowed after a series of underground explosions in Indianapolis on Thursday morning, Indiana's WHTR television reported. According to preliminary reports, no one was injured in the series of blasts, which began about 6:45 a.m. Two to three buildings were evacuated and power was shut off in the area, said WHTR, citing Indianapolis Fire Department spokeswoman Rita Reith. Fire crews and Indianapolis Power & Light responded on Monday morning and rescued one person who was stuck on an elevator, and also warned people away from the area and told them not to walk near manhole covers, the television station said.
The state of Texas sued the U.S. Labor Department over a rule that would grant family medical leave protections to all married same-sex couples, saying it violates the rights of states that don't recognize gay marriage. The lawsuit filed on Wednesday in federal court in Wichita Falls, Texas is the first challenge to the department's rule, which is set to take effect on March 27. President Barack Obama last year first announced the so-called "place of celebration" rule in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in June 2013 in United States v. Windsor, which said the Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defined marriage as a heterosexual union, was unconstitutional.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco on Wednesday dismantled a sprinkler system it had installed at the city's cathedral during one of the worst droughts in California history to soak the alcoves and prevent homeless people from sleeping there.
By Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A civil liberties group on Thursday sued the U.S. government for information about a program that screens airport passengers using behavior detection techniques that it says is a vehicle for racial and religious profiling. The effectiveness of the Transportation Security Administration program, which uses thousands of TSA employees to screen nearly 2 million airline passengers daily for fear, stress and other behavior, has been questioned by government watchdogs and in congressional hearings. An American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit filed on Thursday seeks to force the TSA to hand over documents about the Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques (SPOT) program. "The TSA's use of behavior techniques has given rise to numerous allegations of racial and religious profiling," the lawsuit said.