President Obama signs a bill to fund the Defense Department, though he's upset with one provision that prohibits bringing Guantánamo detainees to the US for trial. He vows to fight the restrictions.
The Tehachapi fire is actually two separate blazes that had burned as many as 40 homes by mid-day Wednesday.
Republicans may back closing the Guantanamo Bay prison if the Obama administration decides to try alleged 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed by military tribunal.
She hasn't ruled on hot-button issues, which puts her in a middle position - for now, anyway.
Some Guantánamo detainees – with new legal protections for statements made under interrogation – will be tried.
His modifications ban evidence obtained through cruel treatment and restrict prosecutors' use of hearsay evidence. Also, detainees will have more flexibility in choosing their lawyers.
Gen. Ray Odierno, along with other top defense officials, argued that releasing the images of alleged detainee abuse would endanger US troops abroad.