WASHINGTON (AP) - Same-sex spouses of military members could get health care, housing and other benefits by the end of August. That's according to a Pentagon proposal under consideration.
But the agency may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married. According to a draft Defense Department memo, the department instead may provide up to 10 days of leave to military personnel in same-sex relationships so they can travel to states where they can marry legally.
While no final decisions have been made, the memo from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to top defense leaders would reverse the earlier plan that would allow same-sex partners of military members to receive limited benefits, such as access to military stores and some health and welfare programs.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Powerball officials say there are three winning tickets in Wednesday night $448 million jackpot.
One ticket was sold in Minnesota and two in New Jersey.
The winning numbers are 05, 25, 30, 58, 59 and Powerball 32.
Missouri Lottery officials report that one ticket sold in the state matched all five white balls, but not the powerball. That ticket is worth $1 million.
Two $1 million tickets were sold in Illinois.
MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Henriette (hen-ree-EHT') is moving west-northwest in the Pacific far from land.
Hurricane Henriette's maximum sustained winds late Tuesday night are near 90 mph (150 kph) with additional strengthening possible into the night, followed by gradual weakening on Wednesday.
The hurricane is centered about 1485 miles (2390 kilometers) east of the Hawaiian islands and is moving west-northwest near 10 mph (17 kph). It was projected to follow a path that takes it well south of Hawaii.
Also in the Pacific, the National Hurricane Center in Miami says Gil is now a tropical depression, with maximum sustained winds near 35 mph (56 kph). Gil is centered about 1,185 miles (1907 kilometers) east-southeast of Honolulu, Hawaii and is moving west near 9 mph (15 kph).