The Idaho Transportation Department this week agreed to new regulations allowing transgender drivers to change the sex designation on their driver's licenses without a note from a surgeon, after two people complained that previous policy violated their civil rights.
In April 2011, the highway agency began requiring a signed surgeon's note signifying the individual "had undergone a complete surgical change of gender." Read More
The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Connecticut school shooting used the opportunity to fill in for President Barack Obama during the weekly radio and Internet address to make a personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence. Read More
President Barack Obama's budget overtures to Republicans may limit his bargaining power if the GOP ever returns to the negotiating table on a grand deficit-reduction deal.
In essence, Obama's spending blueprint is a final offer, a no-budge budget whose central elements have failed to persuade Republicans in the past. Read More
Wisconsin has more than 50 drug treatment court programs across the state, and court officials say momentum is growing to bring the approach to more counties.
Judges, attorneys, social workers and treatment providers work together and set expectations for offenders that include employment and counseling. Participants who fail receive sanctions that sometimes include jail. Read More
A nursing program at Cuyahoga Community College is fighting to keep its accreditation.
The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reported Saturday (http://bit.ly/116tADU) that the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission recently voted to deny accreditation for the college's two-year registered nurse program. Read More
Mayor Thomas Menino was recovering and resting comfortably after surgery on Saturday to repair a fracture on the smaller of the two bones in his lower right leg.
Menino, 70, twisted his ankle and fractured his distal fibula while on his way to an event on Friday. Read More
A German official says Greece should temporarily cede sovereignty over tax and spending decisions to a powerful eurozone budget commissioner to secure further bailouts.
The official said Saturday the proposal is being discussed among the 17-nation currency bloc's finance ministers because Greece has repeatedly failed to fulfill its commitments under its current €110 billion ($145 billion) lifeline. Read More
A federal judge on Friday sentenced "Barefoot Bandit" Colton Harris-Moore to 6 1/2 years in prison for his infamous two-year, international crime spree of break-ins, and boat and plane thefts that ended in 2010. Read More
Almost half of American Indians and Alaska Natives identify with multiple races, representing a group that grew by 39 percent over a decade.
The U.S. Census Bureau released data Wednesday showing that 2.3 million people reported being Native in combination with one or more races. The growth in the multi-race category surpassed that of those who reported being Native alone. Read More
Tens of thousands of Egyptians rallied Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the country's 2011 uprising, with liberals and Islamists gathering on different sides of Cairo's Tahrir Square in a reflection of the deep political divides that emerged in the year since the downfall of longtime leader Hosni Mubarak. Read More