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The U.S. Army is now handing out armor in three new sizes — extra small short, small short and small long — to address complaints primarily from female soldiers and smaller-stature men about fitting into the equipment, AP reports.

Driving the news: The move comes after some complained that traditional armor sizing can be cumbersome and hinder some soldiers' movements. It highlights the fact that more women have moved into combat roles that were traditionally reserved for men, AP notes.

  • Army researchers have been working for years to find ways to make protective equipment lighter and better fitting.

The big picture: The armor was previously available in five sizes — extra small, small, medium, large and extra large — but the new sizes can also be better suited to some more slender male soldiers, per AP.

  • The army is also now offering a new combat shirt specifically designed for female soldiers.

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Hundreds of thousands of U.S. troops remain unvaccinated as deadlines near

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Hundreds of thousands of U.S. service members remain unvaccinated ahead of the impending deadlines set by the individual service branches, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: The deadlines for active-duty members are quickly approaching, and while the military's overall vaccination rate has increased, it is still shy of full compliance.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.

In photos: Drought-ravaged California lashed by major storm

Workers try to divert water into drains as rain pours down on Oct. 24 in Marin City, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

A major storm system was pummeling Northern California and parts of the Pacific Northwest with heavy rains overnight.

The big picture: "Atmospheric river" storms, associated with a record-strong "bomb cyclone" offshore from the Pacific Northwest, have brought flooding and mudslides to parts of California that were razed by recent wildfires and in severe drought. It's also caused widespread power outages in California and Washington state.