A court in the Philippines will decide on Tuesday whether a U.S. Marine is guilty of murder in the killing of a transgender woman, a case that has reignited debate over the American military presence in the poor Southeast Asian country. Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who is being held at a U.S. facility at the main army base in Manila, has been on trial for the murder of Jennifer Laude, who was found dead last year in a hotel in Olongapo City, near a former U.S. naval base northwest of the Philippine capital. "We've presented overwhelming evidence for the murder," Harry Roque, a lawyer for the victim, told Reuters, saying he was confident the court would find Pemberton guilty and sentence him to life imprisonment.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah Highway Patrol trooper who survived being shot four times during a shootout recounted how he tried to scurry to safety on his back while thinking of how badly he wanted to return home to his wife and four children.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — UNLV President Len Jessup said the school needs to keep "Rebels" as its nickname in spite of calls for its removal, citing newly released historical research that concluded the moniker is not a reference to the Confederacy.
By Roberta Rampton and Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House announced changes to the U.S. visa waiver program on Monday so that security officials can more closely screen travelers from 38 countries allowed to enter the United States without obtaining visas before they travel. Under the new measures, which were prompted by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris by Islamic State militants, the Department of Homeland Security would immediately start to collect more information from travelers about past visits to countries such as Syria and Iraq, the White House said.