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FILE - In this Friday, May 23, 2014 file photo, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates addresses the Boy Scouts of America's annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., after being selected as the organization's new president. On Thursday Gates said that the organization's longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski, File)

Boy Scouts’ leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NEW YORK — The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts’ national annual meeting, Gates referred to recent moves by … 0

Former Boko Haram captives still held — by Nigerian military

Thursday, May 21, 2015

YOLA, Nigeria — The accusations against a woman who was rescued from Boko Haram abductors came from some of her fellow former captives during a group counseling session. Why had she received preferential treatment and better food while they were held? Wasn’t she married to a fighter from the Islamic extremist group? As … 0

Charges in fatal derailment could be hard to pursue

Thursday, May 21, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — The Amtrak engineer at the controls of a train that derailed in Philadelphia, killing eight people, remains the focus of an inquiry by federal transportation safety investigators. But a second probe could prove more personally devastating: Prosecutors are trying to determine if he committed a crime. Brandon Bostian, 32, could face … 0

National/World Briefs

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Obama’s fast-track trade bill narrowly clears a key Senate hurdle WASHINGTON — In a triumph for President Barack Obama, sweeping legislation to strengthen the administration’s hand in global trade talks advanced toward Senate passage Thursday. The 62-38 vote … 0

Officers indicted in Gray death

Thursday, May 21, 2015

BALTIMORE — All six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray were indicted by a grand jury, a prosecutor said Thursday. The indictments were very similar to the charges Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced about … 0

Ray Rice domestic violence case dismissed

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A domestic violence charge against former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has been dismissed following his completion of a pretrial intervention program. New Jersey Superior Court Judge Michael Donio told ABC News in an email Thursday that … 0

Days after Waco, S.C. braces for bikers

Thursday, May 21, 2015

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. — Tens of thousands of bikers are expected to descend on South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach area this Memorial Day weekend — and when they do, they’ll be met with heavy security. Locals say there are … 0

Fears mount in Syria as IS expands hold

Thursday, May 21, 2015

DAMASCUS, Syria — Fears mounted over the fate of one of the Mideast’s most prominent archaeological sites after Islamic State militants overran the historic Syrian town of Palmyra. The takeover also expanded the extremists’ hold, making them the … 0

N.J.’s ‘rapid rehousing’ takes on homelessness

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. — Two years ago Jenaie Scott had a $20 an hour cleaning job, which was plenty to cover the rent for a modest apartment on the west side of this state’s capital city. But Scott lost … 0

Climate change lands on agenda of the PTA

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

School districts in California — and perhaps nationwide — will soon feel increased pressure from parents to teach climate science in their classrooms. The California State Parent Teacher Association, which represents nearly 1 million parents and educators, adopted a resolution this month to urge schools to prioritize climate … 0

Banks fined $2.5B, to plead guilty to rigging market

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Four big banks will pay $2.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to criminally manipulating the global currency market going back to 2007. JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Barclays and The Royal Bank of Scotland conspired with one another to fix rates on U.S. dollars and euros traded … 0

N. Korea says it can mount nuclear warhead on missile

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HONG KONG — North Korea said it has developed the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile, signaling the country may now have the ability to launch a nuclear attack against the United States. South Korea … 0

California farmers propose water cuts to avoid bigger pinch

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. — A group of California farmers, in a surprising turnaround, is volunteering to give up a fourth of its available water this year, sharing a resource all but guaranteed to them for more than a century. … 0