Indiana will issue same-sex military IDs
At least one state, Indiana, has reversed its decision not to issue military identification cards to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took action last week to address the controversy. In an August directive, the Pentagon chief ordered the military to treat all legally married couples equally in compliance with a Supreme Court decision in June overturning restrictions on federal benefits for same-sex couples. But nine states refused, citing conflicts with their state constitutions. Hagel on Wednesday directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve the issue. The eight states that still have not complied with Hagel's order are Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas and West Virginia.
Scores missing after passenger boat sinks
A boat carrying at least 70 Muslim Rohingya capsized and sank Sunday off the western coast of Myanmar, an aid worker said. Only eight survivors have been found.
The incident comes after the United Nations warned that an annual and often deadly exodus of desperate people from Myanmar's Rakhine state appears to have begun after the monsoon season.
Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million, has been gripped by sectarian violence in the past 18 months, leaving more than 240 people dead and causing 250,000 to flee from their homes. Most of the victims have been Rohingya, a long persecuted Muslim minority.
Airport reopens after threat prompts search
The Birmingham airport reopened Sunday after a threat prompted an investigation by bomb technicians, flight diversions and a two-hour evacuation of hundreds of passengers.
Airport authority spokeswoman Toni Bast said an airport employee found a note containing the threat in a bathroom.
Military commander demoted after attack
A senior military commander in China's restive far west has been stripped of his position on a powerful Communist Party governing body after an attack in the nation's capital last week that claimed five lives and deeply unnerved the Chinese leadership.
Gen. Peng Yong, chief of the People's Liberation Army in Xinjiang, was removed from the region's Standing Committee, according to a one-sentence notice Sunday on the front page of the newspaper Xinjiang Daily. The statement provided no explanation for his replacement by Liu Lei, a veteran army official in the region.
Toronto: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologized Sunday for making "mistakes" and acknowledged the need to curb his drinking, but he didn't address allegations of drug use and said he will continue to lead Canada's largest city despite pressure to resign.
Oregon City, Ore.: A man suspected of shooting a police officer who responded to a fire at his home was later found dead, authorities said Sunday.