Marines let women join combat course

WASHINGTON, D.C. — For the first time in Marine Corps history, women are attending a previously male-only combat training course in California.

Marine Capt. Joshua Pena said 40 female Marine students checked-in Tuesday to the Marine Combat Training Battalion at Camp Pendleton.

The move comes at least seven months after senior Marine leaders said they were considering the change, amid criticism that much of the early training excludes women.

Governor signs bump stock ban

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Spurred by last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas, Washington on Tuesday became the latest state to ban trigger devices that allow semi-automatic rifles to fire more rapidly.

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the ban on bump stocks, calling it a “commonsense piece of legislation. It will help save lives from mass gun violence.”