The NATO alliance is weighing rotating four battalions of troops through Eastern member states, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Monday, in the latest proposal by allies to guard against aggressive behavior by Russia. The Baltic states - Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - which joined NATO in 2004, have requested greater presence of the alliance, fearing a threat from Russia after it annexed the Crimea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. Carter acknowledged NATO deliberations included the deployment of the four battalions to the Baltic states and Poland.
Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Josh Ravin was banned for 80 games on Monday after testing positive for growth hormones, the Major League Baseball team announced in a statement. Ravin, 28, said supplements he had taken in order to accelerate his recovery from a bout of flu were to blame for the positive test.