Wilderness area gets protection
A rare California coastal wilderness that served as a training ground for generations of soldiers was designated a national monument Friday in a signing by President Barack Obama. The proclamation protects nearly 15,000 acres of the decommissioned Fort Ord military base along Monterey Bay. About 1.7 million soldiers trained at the former Army post from World War I through the Persian Gulf War.
Israeli seminary will accept gays
The Conservative Jewish seminary in Israel voted to allow gays and lesbians to become rabbis, overcoming years of opposition by many of its leaders and setting up a new point of contention with the Orthodox establishment. The Schechter Rabbinical Seminary announced the decision late Thursday. Conservative Judaism in the United States began accepting gay and lesbian rabbinical students in 2006.
Judge rules on CIA book profits
A federal judge ruled that a former CIA officer will have to forfeit any future money he earns from a scathing book he wrote about the spy agency after he failed to get approval prior to its publication. The CIA accused him of breaking his secrecy agreement with the agency. The former officer, who worked deep undercover, published The Human Factor: Inside the CIA's Dysfunctional Intelligence Culture in July 2008 using the pseudonym "Ishmael Jones."