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Watchstanders onboard USS Decatur

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Women leaders no longer a rarity in today's Navy

Having women command Navy warships is routine, but it wasn't always that way. And now the last restrictions keeping them from direct combat have been dropped.

Mojave Desert Flyover - Ivanpah Solar Power Facility

Mirrors spark fire at world's largest solar-thermal plant

Firefighters had to climb about 300 feet up a boiler tower at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System after the fire was reported on an upper level around 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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Mexican president proposes legalizing gay marriage

Enrique Pena Nieto said he signed initiatives that would seek to add same-sex marriage provisions to Mexico's constitution and the national civil code.

Supreme Court avoids major ruling in birth control dispute

The Supreme Court rid itself of a dispute between faith-based groups and the Obama administration over birth control, asking lower courts to take another look.

When a transgender person uses a public restroom, who is at risk?

Supporters of North Carolina's "bathroom law" say it blocks sexual predators' access to victims. There's little evidence backing that, while research suggests transgender people face greater threats.

California Amtrak train slams into pickup, killing 3 men

The collision happened in Madera County north of Fresno surrounded by vineyards. The unidentified men were in their late 20s or early 30s.

Black tar's dangerous rise: from Mexico's heroin fields to the streets of LA

A potent form of heroin, known as black tar, is flooding the market in Southern California and could signal an alarming trend in the opioid epidemic in the country.

How could Brazil's political crisis affect the rest of Latin America?

Latin America's largest economy and most populous country reached a new level in its political crisis – and it comes at a critical time, just month's before playing host to the Olympics.

You're getting your news from Facebook, and someone's controlling that feed

More people are getting their news on Facebook and other sites. But they might not know humans control what they see.

Some relatives of Filipino vets will be allowed to immigrate sooner

Starting next month, immigration officials will let some adult children and siblings of elderly Filipino American vets wait for their immigrant visas in the United States instead of in the Philippines.

The future of airbags

An update on the Takata airbag recall and new technologies that put airbags on the outsides of cars

In historic step, Obama to visit Hiroshima later this month

President Obama will be the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Japanese city since America dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of 1945.

Dwyane Wade takes heat for practicing during the Canadian National Anthem

Saturday, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was in the middle of his pre-game ritual for game three against the Toronto Raptors.

North Carolina sues federal government over ‘bathroom’ law

(AP) North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory's administration sued the federal government Monday in a fight for a state law that limits protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Panama Papers database of offshore companies to go live

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists said it was putting the information online "in the public interest" as "a careful release of basic corporate information."

Moms around the world teach their kids a lot of cool rules

Global mothers give special wisdom depending where they live. What do you call your elders? Do you know how to gather firewood? What's the family password?