Friday, July 25 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:45:50 GMT
President Barack Obama is summoning Central American leaders to the White House to discuss the influx of young immigrants from their countries to the U.S., hoping to show presidential action even as Congress...Full Story >
Pressing for action on Friday, President Barack Obama urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans at home to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:33 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:33:36 GMT
French officials say that the wreckage of an Air Algeria plane which crashed with 116 people aboard has been found in Mali.Full Story >
Aviation experts, criminal investigators and soldiers began converging Friday on an isolated patch of restive Mali to search for clues that might explain why an Air Algerie jetliner fell from the sky in a storm and...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:23 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:23:27 GMT
An Israeli defense official says the Security Cabinet is meeting to discuss international cease-fire efforts, but also the option of expanding its eight-day-old ground operation in Gaza.Full Story >
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that more work was needed to reach a deal between Israel and Hamas for a seven-day truce in the Gaza war. Israel's defense minister warned that the military may soon...Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 4:09 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:09:20 GMT
The Ukrainian army has reported rebel attacks overnight throughout the restive east, claiming that at one border crossing the rebels were supported by artillery fire from the Russian side.Full Story >
Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.Full Story >
Currently, only men ages 18 to 25 are required to register with the Selective Service System. Never has the United States drafted women into military service.
However, legal experts say the Obama administration's recent
decision to lift the ban on women in combat has opened the door for a change in
In fact, lifting the ban now allows women on the front line, giving them access to thousands
of jobs that until recently were unattainable. In addition, it may open the door to women being drafted into the military.
It's an issue that hits close to
home for Raymond Fowler. His 22-year-old daughter Reyneisha is currently
serving in Afghanistan.
"She's very dedicated to it. It's natural we don't want
her over there... We keep praying for her," said Fowler.
Her brother was also
nervous at first, but says he's not anymore.
"I didn't like it at all. I was like that's my sister, and she's a girl, but she says if you go into it scared then you're going to get hurt... She knows what she's getting herself into, so it's okay," said Samu'el Fowler.
The idea of drafting women
to the military has never been done before, and neither the administration nor
congress is in a hurry to do it.
But it could happen, and if it does, Reyneisha's family says they would support a change to the law after seeing their daughter fight for the United States.
"Women are different today
than years ago. They are stronger. It's just like being a lady fireman or police
officer," said Raymond.
More than 1 million troops serving
on active duty are women.
As it stands now, only men must
register for the draft to create a pool of potential combat troops in case of a
Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 AM EDT2014-07-25 15:13:25 GMT
Police planned Friday to present their case to prosecutors on whether charges should be filed against an 80-year-old man who fatally shot of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Police planned Friday to give prosecutors the results of their investigation into an 80-year-old man's fatal shooting of one of two burglars who attacked him when he found them ransacking his home.Full Story >
Friday, July 25 2014 10:38 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:38:42 GMT
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday. Jenna Montgomery and Jess Taylor both pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbery and assault charges. MontgomeryFull Story >
Two teenagers accused of torturing a 16-year-old boy inside a shed were sentenced to prison Thursday.Full Story >
Thursday, July 24 2014 8:05 PM EDT2014-07-25 00:05:21 GMT
The Eastville volunteer fire department confirms a tornado touched down at a campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning, killing three people. The volunteer fire department confirms three peopleFull Story >
A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton. Full Story >