WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Joseph Dunford, said in a written message on Thursday to military leaders that there has been no change yet to the military's policy on transgender personnel, despite plans for a ban announced by President Donald Trump.
LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are getting good at their on-field celebrations. They had another one Wednesday night after Justin Turner singled with two outs in the ninth inning to drive in Austin Barnes with the winning run in a 6-5 victory against the Minnesota Twins at Dodger Stadium. It was the eighth walk-off victory of the season for the Dodgers and finished off their 13th series sweep. "You know something is going to happen," Turner said. "You just don't know who it's going to be."
WASHINGTON - U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise, the No. 3 Republican leader in the House of Representatives who was shot and wounded last month, has been discharged from a hospital, the medical center said on Wednesday. The Louisiana lawmaker has made "excellent progress" in his recovery and is beginning a period of intensive rehabilitation after being released from MedStar Washington Hospital Center on Tuesday, MedStar said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would not permit transgender people to serve in the U.S. military, citing "tremendous medical costs and disruption," an action condemned by critics as "raw prejudice" and a political stunt. It was not the first time Trump had targeted transgender people since taking office in January. The Republican president in February rescinded protections for transgender students put in place by his predecessor, Democrat Barack Obama, that had let them use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity.
BELGRADE- Twelve-times grand slam champion Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the tennis season, including next month's U.S. Open, to recover from a right elbow injury, the Serbian said on Wednesday. The 30-year-old posted a video statement on Facebook in which he said he had decided to let heal the injury which caused him to retire during his Wimbledon quarter-final against Czech Tomas Berdych earlier this month.
LOS ANGELES - Justin Turner is the redhead with the easy smile that belies the lethal bat. Corey Seager is the steady hand, Cody Bellinger the dashing newcomer, Alex Wood the confident understudy, and Kenley Jansen the man who turns out the lights, night after night. The star is Clayton Kershaw, and now is the time for the Dodgers to rally around their injured leading man.
LOS ANGELES - "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening is swapping Springfield for a medieval kingdom in a new animated adult comedy series called "Disenchantment" for Netflix, the streaming platform said on Tuesday. "Disenchantment" will follow a princess named Bean, voiced by "Broad City" actress Abbi Jacobson, her friend Elfo (Nat Faxon) and her demon Luci (Eric Andre) in the crumbling kingdom of Dreamland, Netflix said. The series, which will debut ten episodes starting in 2018, will include creatures such as ogres, harpies, trolls and "lots of human fools."
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to slap new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite President Donald Trump's objections to the legislation. The sanctions bill coincided with lawmakers taking steps to show they are willing to push hard as they investigate possible meddling by Russia in the 2016 presidential election and potential collusion by Republican Trump's campaign.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senate Republicans narrowly agreed on Tuesday to open debate on a bill to end Obamacare, but the party's seven-year effort to roll back Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law still faces significant hurdles. The Senate deadlocked 50-50 on moving forward with the healthcare debate, forcing Vice President Mike Pence to cast the tie-breaking vote.
LOS ANGELES - Pop star Justin Bieber has apologized to his fans for the sudden cancellation of the remainder of his world tour , saying he needed some rest after being on the road for two years. His manager, Scooter Braun, also apologized but said the Canadian-born Bieber's "soul and well being" are the top priority.