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1:49am

Thu October 4, 2012
National Security

First Female Marines Take Combat Leadership Test

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 8:19 am

Female Marines unload their rifles after a patrol with Afghan soldiers in Helmand province in June. The Marine Corps leadership has started an experiment to determine whether female Marine lieutenants have what it takes to become infantry officers and lead on the battlefield.
Adek Berry AFP/Getty Images

Women in the U.S. military have been flying warplanes for years, and recently began serving in artillery and tank units. But they're still barred from direct ground combat.

Now, for the first time in the course's 35-year history, the Marine Corps is putting the first women through its grueling Infantry Officer Course: 86 days crawling through obstacle courses, lugging heavy machine guns, navigating the woods at night.

Col. Todd Desgrosseilliers, the top trainer at Marine Base Quantico in Virginia, says there's a good reason the course is so tough that 1 in 5 Marines fail.

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4:14pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Chick-fil-A Chief: 'We Support Biblical Families'

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 4:58 pm

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2:39pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Did Man Who Armed Black Panthers Lead Two Lives?

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 9:39 am

Richard Aoki was known as the "minister of education" for the Berkeley, Calif., chapter of the Black Panther Party.
Nikki Arai Courtesy of Nancy Park

In the mid-1960s, the Black Panthers came to symbolize black militant power. They rejected the nonviolence of earlier civil rights campaigners and promoted a radical socialist agenda.

Styled in uniforms of black leather jackets, dark sunglasses and black berets, the Panthers were never shy about brandishing guns, a sign that they were ready for a fight.

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2:18pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

'Bully Creep' Or 'Erudite Takedown?' TV Anchor's Response To Being Called Fat

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 5:11 am

La Crosse, Wis., TV anchor Jennifer Livingston during her on-air response.
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1:49pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Report: If Captured Alive, Obama Favored Putting Osama Bin Laden On Trial

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:27 pm

In an interview with Vanity Fair's contributing editor, President Obama said if Osama bin Laden was captured alive, he would have favored putting him on trial in a federal courtroom.

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