A 59-year-old American soldier has been killed in Afghanistan, the oldest casualty in the Afghan war so far. First Sgt. Jose San Nicolas Crisostomo, a Vietnam War vet, was killed by a roadside bomb in Kabul. The two-time Bronze Star recipient had volunteered last year to return to military service, CNN.
Mexico has eased drug laws in the country. New law decriminalizes small amounts of certain drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine. A big problem for the country in the past has been police officers accepting bribes in return for allowing drug possessors to go free, and the new law aims to combat that, BBC News.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has voted to allow gay and lesbian ministers in the church. The new policy states all homosexual clerics hired must be in a committed relationship. A previous policy had allowed homosexual ministers, but required that they remain celibate, AP.