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Boy Scouts of America board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

The Boy Scouts of America have ended a blanket ban on gay adult leaders

Hispanics energized by Argentinian pope's first visit to US

Vianel Garcia told family members they could sleep on the floor of her East Harlem hair salon when Pope Francis visits the city in September so they can try to catch a glimpse of him when he makes... Read more »

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Experts: Time is an enemy in solving Bobbi Kristina's death

examiners performing an autopsy on Bobbi Kristina Brown said Monday their initial findings turned up no obvious cause of death, while experts said the months that have passed since Brown was found... Read more »

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If you aren’t living in poverty, odds are you will before your 60th birthday

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At 60 you plan to be nearing retirement, maybe spending time with grandkids and reflecting on a full life, but odds are that that full life will include at least a short struggle of living in... Read more »

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Boston out and USOC to look elsewhere

Only seven weeks remain before cities have to be officially nominated. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun said the federation wants to stay in the race. If so, Los Angeles would be the likely choice. Read more »

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US appeals court rejects apartheid cases against Ford, IBM

Victims of apartheid in South Africa cannot sue IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Corp. in New York because they cannot show that the companies' alleged offending behavior occurred in the United States, a... Read more »

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Mental health experts respond carefully to mass killings

One psychiatry professor calls it "the conversation we're stuck with," a teachable moment growing out of horror. Read more »

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Shipwreck-hunting company sues over Blackbeard's ship

The shipwreck-hunting company that found Blackbeard's sunken ship off the North Carolina coast has sued the state for more than $8 million, saying officials violated a contract involving photos and... Read more »

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House leader rules out Senate version of highway bill

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday that the House will not consider the Senate version of a long-term, must-pass highway bill, setting up an apparent impasse as Congress faces a Friday... Read more »

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NATO holding rare emergency meeting at Turkey's request

For just the fifth time in its 66-year history, NATO ambassadors will meet in emergency session Tuesday to gauge the threat the Islamic State extremist group poses to Turkey, and the debated... Read more »

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Turkish bombing of Kurds carries risk of instability

Turkey's unexpected move to launch raids against Kurdish rebels at the same time it is cracking down on the Islamic State group risks ending of a period of relative calm that has been boon for... Read more »

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'Just the ticket': 4-star solution to nuclear Air Force ills

Working to reinvigorate its nuclear force after years of missteps and scandal, the Air Force is putting a four-star general in charge for the first time since the end of the Cold War. His mission:... Read more »

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White House Notebook: Lions on the White House lawn? Or not.

President Barack Obama, owner of two dogs, seems a little envious. Read more »

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Boston mayor refuses to sign host contract for 2024 Olympics

s mayor delivered a harsh blow to the city's effort to host the 2024 Olympics on Monday when he declared he wouldn't sign any document "that puts one dollar of taxpayer money on the line for one... Read more »

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Planned Parenthood official says no profit from fetal organs

The president of Planned Parenthood said her organization's clinics never adjust the abortion procedure to better preserve fetal organs for medical research and that the organization's charges... Read more »

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Obama: Kenya at 'crossroads' between peril and promise

Declaring Kenya at a "crossroads" between promise and peril, President Barack Obama on Sunday pressed the nation of his father's birth to root out corruption, treat women and minorities as equal... Read more »

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Obama urges Ethiopia to curb crackdowns on media, opposition

President Barack Obama urged Ethiopia's leaders Monday to curb crackdowns on press freedom and political openness as he began a visit that human rights groups say legitimizes an oppressive government. Read more »

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US, Turkey aim for Islamic State-free zone in northern Syria

The United States and Turkey are finalizing plans for a military campaign to push the Islamic State group out of a strip of Syrian territory along the Turkish border, a move that would further... Read more »

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Medical examiner: Autopsy planned for Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of singer Whitney Houston

An autopsy will be needed to evaluate what led to the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of singer Whitney Houston, authorities said Monday, the day after her death. Read more »

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Gov't: Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back 500,000 pickups

Fiat Chrysler must offer to buy back from customers more than 500,000 Ram pickup trucks and other vehicles in the biggest such action in U.S. history as part of a costly deal with safety regulators... Read more »

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2 lives cut short: Remembering the two young women shot at movies

One was a talented artist who sang in an all-female band and planted trees to beautify her neighborhood. Another was studying to be a radiology technician and looking forward to a future with a... Read more »

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In an Afghanistan awash in arms, a push to ban toy guns

The weapons of Afghanistan's long decades of war can be seen almost everywhere, from the burned-out hulks of Soviet tanks to the Kalashnikov assault rifles slung over policemen's shoulders and... Read more »

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With warning to US, North Korea marks end of Korean War

North Korean officials warned the United States that another war on the Korean Peninsula would leave no Americans alive to sign a surrender document as the country marked Monday's anniversary of... Read more »

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AP tracks missing slave fishing boats to Papua New Guinea

From space, the fishing boats are just little white specks floating in a vast stretch of blue water off Papua New Guinea. But zoom in and there's the critical evidence: Two trawlers loading... Read more »

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Endangered butterfly recovering in some, not all, of range

More than 20 years of habitat restoration and breeding programs have helped the endangered Karner blue butterfly make a comeback in the pine barrens of upstate New York where it was discovered by... Read more »

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Kenyan girl who gave flowers to Obama goes back to school

An 8-year-old Kenyan girl who presented flowers to President Barack Obama at an arrival ceremony last week got lots of attention when she returned to school on Monday. And she was a little... Read more »

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