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WASHINGTON - In its latest report to Congress, military leaders say sex crimes in the armed forces have gone down. But New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand charged earlier this year that the real numbers are not being reported.

SAN FRANCISCO — Humboldt County authorities have identified remains found in a Northern California river as that of a woman missing for more than a year.

Danielle Bertolini was 23 years old when she was reported missing in February 2014.

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Lt. Wayne Hanson confirmed Thursday that a skull found in a river in March belongs to Bertolini.

Bertolini moved from Bangor, Maine to Fortuna, California. Her family launched a media campaign to find her, along with another woman who went missing around the same time.

WASHINGTON - Maine's U.S. senators - Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King - say the U.S. Department of Transportation's new rules for rail transportation of oil are a step in the right direction.

Both Collins and King have pressed for higher safety standards. Sen. King says there's still much more to do.

"I welcome the administration's new rule as a positive step toward enhancing rail safety, and safeguarding communities in Maine and throughout the nation," he says. "But I do intend to stay on this issue until it's fully resolved."

Colby College

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Waterville and Colby College.

Jamille Bigio, former White House director for human rights and gender, reflects on her work to promote equal rights and opportunities for women and LGBT people around the world in "Leaning In from the White House: Promoting Global Women's and LGBT Human Rights."

WASHINGTON - Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the lead of witness as the Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings on re-authorizing legislation aimed at curbing human trafficking of young Americans.

Collins said too many have turned to prostitution.

"Homeless youth need access to safe beds at night and services during the day, so that they never have to choose between selling their bodies and a safe place to sleep," she said.