• In this Nov. 25, 2015 photo, a lot stands empty in West Hempstead, N.Y., after the township had the home that once stood on it torn down. Homeowner Philip Williams says he went to Fort Lauderdale for the knee replacement in December, 2014. When he returned to the West Hempstead home in August 2015, his home was gone. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

    Town demolishes veteran’s house while he has surgery

    WEST HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) — When a U.S. Navy veteran traveled from Long Island to Florida for a knee replacement, his house was the last thing on his mind. But now his memory of it is all he can think about.

  • Vietnam’s transgender say new law paves way for surgeries

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Gay and transgender activists in Vietnam say a new law recognizing their rights will pave the way for gender reassignment surgery in the communist country and reduce discrimination.