The Big Dance wraps up with the NCAA national championship game between No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 University of North Carolina. The Tar Heels are a five-time tournament champion who have made 20 appearances in the tournament and 11 appearances in the championship game. Although the Bulldogs have had 19 consecutive appearances in the tourney, this is their first time even making it into the Final Four. North Carolina and Gonzaga will play at the University of Phoenix Stadium.The game will air on CBS at 9:20 p.m. Eastern time.
President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law that adds the exploration of Mars as a goal for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA. The law also authorizes $19.5 billion in funding for the agency during the 2017 budget year, which began on October 1. Trump also recently sent Congress a proposal of $19.1 billion in funding for NASA next year. The law additionally directs NASA to manage human space flight programs to help humans explore Mars and other planets and destinations.
The Boy Scouts has officially changed its decades-old policy to allow transgender kids to freely join the program. Enrollment will now be based on the gender a child or parent lists on his application to become a scout, instead of the gender on his birth certificate. Any child who identifies as a boy, regardless of their sex, can now become a scout. The policy goes into effect immediately. The Girl Scouts, a separate organization, has already accepted transgender girls into its program for several years.
President Barack Obama commuted the rest of Chelsea Manning's 35-year sentence Tuesday. Manning is a former Army intelligence analyst who was convicted of leaking classified material in 2013. Manning was arrested in 2010 for leaking 700,000 military files and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks. Her sentence is longer than any other individual convicted of releasing classified material. As a transgender female, she has attempted to commit suicide twice while incarcerated in a male military prison and went on a hunger strike. Manning is expected to be released in May 2017. Obama has now shortened the sentences of more federal inmates than any other president.