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Pentagon and Army sued over decades-old policy barring recruits with HIV

After a successful effort earlier this year to ease longstanding restrictions on service members living with HIV, LGBTQ rights advocates are now pushing for more change. They want to end the U.S. military’s decades-old policy of barring people with HIV from enlisting. LGBTQ advocacy group Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit Thursday on behalf of …


Chinese officials signal no change to ‘zero-COVID’ policy

BEIJING —  Chinese health officials gave no indication this weekend of any relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions, following several days of speculation that the government was considering changes to a “zero-COVID” approach that has stymied economic growth and disrupted daily life. The officials said at a news conference Saturday that they would “unswervingly” stick to the policy, …


Boy’s death stokes new anger at China’s ‘zero COVID’ policy

BEIJING —  Chinese officials are trying to quell an outcry over the death of a 3-year-old boy from a quarantined residential compound that added to public anger at anti-COVID controls that have confined millions of people to their homes. The boy died at a hospital in Lanzhou of carbon monoxide poisoning blamed on a gas leak. …


Review panel: 2 LAPD officers violated policy in shooting suicidal man

Two Los Angeles police officers broke department policy by fatally shooting a possibly suicidal man who was armed with a knife, according to the Police Commission, which agreed with Chief Michel Moore’s assessment that the man didn’t pose an immediate threat to either officer. A review of the shooting in December of 22-year-old Margarito Lopez …


Nuclear threats outlined in new U.S. military policy documents

WASHINGTON —  In a newly released defense strategy plan, the Biden administration says China remains the most dangerous security threat to the U.S. but that “for the first time,” Washington faces two possible nuclear conflicts with that country and Russia. The review released Thursday will guide the future size and shape of the U.S. armed forces. …