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.
For many years, Apple Maps has struggled to compete with its more successful competitor Google Maps. Now, as Bloomberg News reports, Apple is planning to use drones to gather more accurate maps and traffic data. Currently, the company is using a fleet of minivans with specialized cameras and sensors to collect data from cities all over the country. The drones would be used to capture real-time data and push updates to maps rapidly. To make this work, Apple would have to comply with the Federal Aviation Administration's drone regulations. Apple has been releasing some improvements to its native maps app in recent months. In 2015, Apple finally released support for public transit in select cities. And this year, the app has an automatic feature that records where your car is parked based on Bluetooth connectivity as well as other small tweaks. But in directions, Apple Maps is still a little behind Google in accuracy and speed.
The second-largest Tennessee lottery prize will be split among 20 co-workers at a metal manufacturing plant. The jackpot totaled $420.9 million. The 20 workers buy $120 worth of lottery tickets twice a week. They have been paying into the lottery for eight years — and it has finally paid off. Each of the workers will reportedly receive $12.7 million before taxes.