House advances end to ban on gays in military

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday passed a defense bill that paves the way for gays to serve openly in the military for the first time, but advocates on both sides geared up for a fight in the Senate.

Normally, defense bills pass by wider margins than Friday's 229-186 vote, but many Republicans and a few conservative Democrats said they would vote against it because of the issue, which was added to the $700 billion bill in a 234-194 vote late Thursday.

House approval of the "don't ask, don't tell" repeal was a victory for President Obama, who has pledged to change the policy, and for gay-rights groups, who have made it their top priority this year. The bill would give the Pentagon the rest of the year to study the issue before the repeal would take effect.

More children's medicine recalled

WASHINGTON — More children's medicines are being recalled because they were made at the same Johnson & Johnson plant where federal health authorities found poor quality standards.

Blacksmith Brands Inc. announced a recall on Friday for about 100,000 units of four PediaCare items sold nationwide. These recalled items include PediaCare Multi-Symptom Cold, PediaCare Long Acting Cough, PediaCare Decongestant and PediaCare Allergy and Cold.

Blacksmith Brands said on Friday it was recalling the four PediaCare items because they were made at the same plant. There have been no reported incidents linked to the recalled PediaCare products.