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Lack of communication spurs fear of U.S.-Russia conflict

Vladimir Putin shoots an advanced Kalashnikov sniper rifle during a visit to the military-themed Patriot Park outside Moscow, in September. Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images
Vladimir Putin shoots an advanced Kalashnikov sniper rifle during a visit to the military-themed Patriot Park outside Moscow, in September. Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/AFP/Getty Images

"The deep chill in U.S.-Russian relations is stirring concern ... that Washington and Moscow are in danger of stumbling into an armed confrontation that, by mistake or miscalculation, could lead to nuclear war," AP's Bob Burns writes.

Why it matters: "Unlike during the Cold War, when generations lived under threat of a nuclear Armageddon, the two militaries are barely on speaking terms."

Everything you need to know about the transgender military ban

In this image, the Supreme Court is visible against a clear blue sky.
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President Trump's ban on transgender military personnel has evolved after a lengthy battle with multiple federal court injunctions, and the latest version goes into effect April 12.

Where it stands: The current version of the ban prohibits new military recruits from transitioning and also allows the military to discharge those currently serving if they do not present as their birth gender. This policy battle started before Trump took office.