Latest Nation headlines

D.C. drivers get a new gender option on their licenses

Starting today, residents in the city will be allowed to choose “X”, the gender-neutral identifier.

Top Republican presses for $705 billion defense budget

That would be more military spending than at any point during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Susan Collins says she doesn’t support GOP health bill

Maine’s Collins, a pivotal moderate, joined a small but potentially decisive Republican rebellion.

Judge considering national freeze on Iraqi deportations

Detroit-area Iraqi nationals fear they could be tortured or killed if they’re kicked out of the country.

Extreme heat begins to break in West

The high temperature was about 110 in Arizona, but that’s lower than it was at the peak of the heat wave.

SpaceX launches 10 satellites from California air base

The Falcon 9 rocket blasted off through low-lying fog at 1:25 p.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base.

JFK: 50 Years Later

Special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/11/21/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/KENNEDYANNIVERSARY-4.jpg

A five-part series examining the profound impact of former President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Globe Investigations

Special section

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/10/01/BostonGlobe.com/Special/Images/magnifying_glass1500618-081--90x90.jpg Recent investigative reports

Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.

Gay marriage in the US

Interactive Graphic

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/08/01/BostonGlobe.com/National/Images/Untitled-12.jpg Timeline of gay marriage in US

In the early 1970s, there were zero states banning or allowing same-sex marriage. Now it’s legal nationwide, and all bans have been overturned.

Instagram

//c.o0bg.com/rf/image_90x90/Boston/2011-2020/2013/12/17/BostonGlobe.com/Metro/Images/a4a68392593311e3a80a0a154a02c3a8_7-7210--90x90.jpg Boston Globe Instagram photos

A live stream of Instagram posts from The Boston Globe photo department.