Getty Images, File
The Department of Defense is expected to announce within weeks that transgender men and women will be allowed to openly serve in the military, several Pentagon officials tell NBC News.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter could make the announcement as early as next week; he is expected to call for full implementation in one year.
The details of the repeal could shift. One defense official told NBC News that the working group that has been studying this issue since July 2015 will provide broad guidance.
It will be up to the individual services to work out the details. Those details include barracks, rules for new recruits, allowance for sex reassignment surgery, diagnosis of dysmorphic disorder, policies on group showers and more.
Get More at NBC News
The waitress bounded with a cup of chowder and a plate of fish and broccoli.
It was Ann LePage's first double shift at McSeagull's, a bustling restaurant touting double-wrapped bacon scallops and views of Boothbay Harbor.
The wife of Maine Republican Gov. Paul LePage had kept a low profile for the first few weeks of her summer job. But then her husband told a crowd at a recent town hall that his wife took a job to "supplement" his $70,000 salary, the lowest of any U.S. governor.
Ten-year-old Garrett Lowry loves playing baseball, but there are caps more important to him than the ones he wears on the baseball field.
With the help of his mom and grandma, the Littleton, Colorado, native knit 50 caps for sick patients at Children's Hospital Colorado, NBC affiliate KUSA reports.
"Going through that kind of thing might scare people, and I just want to make something that can make them more comfortable while they are in the hospital," Garrett told the station.
Bernie Sanders says he will vote for Hillary Clinton for president.
Sanders, who has not officially endorsed his rival, was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Friday whether he would vote for Clinton in November.
"Yes," he said. "I think the issue right here is I'm going to do everything I can to defeat Donald Trump. I think Trump in so many ways would be a disaster for this country if he were to be elected president."
Still, he stopped short of a full endorsement and made clear he was not ending his campaign.
"Why would I want to do that when I want to fight to make sure that we have the best platform that we possibly can, that we win the most delegates that we can?" he said.
The comments came a day after the Vermont senator told a roaring crowd of supporters on Thursday his campaign is "just getting started" fighting economic inequality, changing the Democratic Party and bolstering Democrats running for Congress.
Even as Donald Trump drew parallels on Friday between the British vote to leave the European Union and the American presidential election, migration experts and activists cautioned against too close a comparison of anti-immigrant sentiment in the two countries. There are lessons to be taken from the Brexit decision, but more important are the very different heritages of U.S. and the United Kingdom, they said.
Getty Images, File
Months after President Obama's historic trip to Cuba, 15-time NBA all-star Shaquille O'Neal will visit the island nation. The State Department announced Friday that O'Neal will be part of a U.S. Department of State Sports Envoy to promote sports to the Cuban youth for four days starting this weekend.
The United Kingdom's historic vote to exit the European Union is dominating the conversation online as well as global headlines.
Google Trends is reporting spiking searches in the United Kingdom for "getting an Irish passport" and "move to Gibraltar," the British territory on the south coast of Spain.
The British vote to leave the European Union and not the clothes were the talk of the front row crowd at menswear shows in Paris on Friday.
The lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case to legalize marriage equality nationwide is calling on Senate Republicans to “do their job” and hold a confirmation hearing for Judge Merrick Garland, NBC News reported.
Jim Obergefell said the 4-4 split to keep frozen President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration underscores the importance of having a full panel of justices to decide the most pressing legal issues.
"If that had happened a year ago, and if it were a different justice who passed away, a 4-4 split could have meant we would have been denied the right to marry and have our lawful marriages recognized," Obergefell said. "It is unconscionable that these Republicans continue to obstruct."
Obergefell won the right to have his marriage to his late partner, John Arthur, recognized by their home state of Ohio in last year’s Supreme Court case. The 5-4 decision, handed down on June 26, 2015, led the way for thousands of other same-sex couples to marry in any state.
Get More at NBC News
Christopher Furlong/Getty Images
The United Kingdom's decision to sever itself from the European Union on Friday exposed something approaching an intergenerational war of ideas.
While the "leave" campaign won the referendum with 51.9 percent of the vote, young people — the ones who will likely grapple with the decision for decades — overwhelmingly wanted to remain part of the EU, NBC News reported.
According to data gathered by British pollster YouGov on election day, a staggering 75 percent of people between 18 to 24 voted for "remain."
What pushed the country toward Brexit, according to pollsters, was a remarkably high turnout among white, working-class older people — most of whom voted leave. Sixty-one percent of people over the age of 65 voted Leave, according to YouGov's data.
Get More at NBC News
British author J.K. Rowling expressed her Brexit dismay Friday, warning that "Scotland will seek independence now" after a majority of voters in the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union. The "Harry Potter," who was born in England and lives in Scotland, has been an opponent of the campaign to leave the EU. She took to social media late Thursday, tweeting, "I don’t think I’ve ever wanted magic more."
NBC 4 New York
A man who spent 20 years in prison for a New York City killing he says happened while he was in Florida could have his murder charges dropped, but asked a judge Friday to keep his case open so he can be fully vindicated.
Richard Rosario's unusual request came after prosecutors said they were ready to drop murder charges against him but stopped short of fully exonerating him.
The judge agreed to leave the case open through at least Aug. 30.
Rosario, 40, had been freed in March, when prosecutors agreed he had been wrongfully convicted in the 1996 killing of Jorge Collazo, also called George Collazo. But they held off fully clearing Rosario as they reinvestigated.
NBC 5 News
Donald Trump was fined $10,000 by New York City after his attorneys missed a hearing to determine if the company that manages his midtown tower violated an agreement with the city over a bench in the lobby.
The World Anti-Doping Agency has stopped its accredited laboratory in Rio de Janeiro from conducting tests just weeks before the Olympic Games open in the city.
WADA says the lab's accreditation has been suspended due to "non-conformity with the International Standard for Laboratories." The suspension prohibits the laboratory from carrying out all anti-doping analyses on urine and blood sample, the agency said in a statement.
Press Herald via Getty Images
From their enclosures at zoos in New York and Rhode Island, the New England cottontail offers a cute distraction for visitors.
But for scientists working to restore the rabbit in the wild, these captive bunnies represent a whole lot more. They are part of a plan to eventually release up to 500 of the rabbits a year into the overgrown farms and brushy fields of New Hampshire, Rhode Island and possibly Maine.
The goal is to increase New Hampshire's population to 1,000 and Rhode Island's to 500 by 2030.
So far, about 140 kits have been bred in captivity and released into the wild.