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The State Department will now grant U.S. citizenship to children born abroad through in vitro fertilization, surrogacy and other assisted reproductive technologies, the agency said Tuesday.

Why it matters: The Trump administration had denied citizenship to children born abroad to same-sex parents in several cases.

Context: The State Department under Trump defended a long-standing policy that categorized children born abroad via surrogate as "out of wedlock" even when a couple was married.

  • Several same-sex couples sued the agency for their children's citizenship, but the State Department continued to enforce the policy.

Driving the news: As of Tuesday, the State Department has notified all U.S. diplomatic posts to grant citizenship to children if their parents are married, among other requirements. The child must also have a genetic or gestational tie to one parent.

  • The change is retroactive, which will allow couples to reapply.

What they're saying: The new policy "is going to allow an increased number of married couples, who are using ART [assisted reproductive technology], to transmit citizenship to their children — and we are excited about that," a State Department official told ABC News, calling it a "recognition of the realities of modern family."

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The National Transportation Safety Board announced Sunday that it's investigating a fiery multi-vehicle weekend crash in Alabama that killed 10 people, including nine children, as storms swept the Southeast.

The big picture: Saturday's crash on Interstate 65, south of Montgomery, occurred amid a tropical depression that left 13 people dead in Alabama as it triggered flash floods and spawned tornadoes that razed "dozens of homes," per AP.

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The New Zealand Olympic Committee has announced that Laurel Hubbard has been selected for the women's weightlifting team for the Tokyo Games — making her the first openly transgender athlete to compete at the event.

The big picture: Hubbard, 43, is part of a five-member Kiwi weightlifting team and will compete in the women's super heavyweight category. Meanwhile, BMX rider Chelsea Wolfe will become the first openly trans athlete to travel to the Olympics with Team USA, when she arrives in Tokyo as a reserve rider.

American Airlines cuts hundreds of flights amid demand surge

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American Airlines announced Sunday that it's cutting some 950 flights from its schedule, including 296 this weekend, to reduce potential pressure on its operations, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

Driving the news: The U.S. vaccine rollout has led to a massive increase in travel bookings. The airline noted in an emailed statement that it's facing an "incredibly quick ramp up of customer demand."