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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

Warren says Congress should demand release of Trans-Pacific trade pact draft

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Sen. Elizabeth Warren said Congress should demand that President Barack Obama release the draft text of a trade deal with Asian-Pacific nations before handing him fast-track authority to ease approval. “We’re being asked to grease the … 0

Clinton urges State to hurry release of emails

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday pressed the State Department to expedite the release of 55,000 pages of emails from her time as secretary of state, telling reporters in Iowa, “I want those emails out.” … 0

Some states yell ‘cut’ on film tax credits

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Louisiana residents may go gaga over Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson when they arrive in the state later this year to film a movie about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. But Louisiana … 0

Iraq’s struggles continue

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BAGHDAD — As it moves to try to reverse the stunning loss of Ramadi, the capital of Iraq’s largest Sunni province, the Shiite-led government is hamstrung by the sectarian politics it has failed to overcome ever since the … 0

House bill would cap expenses for ex-presidents

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and other former presidents who earn lucrative speaking fees and draw other income would no longer be able to count on taxpayer dollars to pay for their post-White House office space … 0

Motorcycle club culture alive, even thriving

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Former undercover agent Jay Dobyns says people can be forgiven for thinking Sunday’s biker bloodbath in Waco, Texas, was a throwback to a bad 1970s movie. The shootout — which killed nine people and wounded 18 — seemed … 0

Killing spree

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants searched door-to-door for policemen and pro-government fighters and threw bodies in the Euphrates River in a bloody purge Monday after capturing the strategic city of Ramadi, their biggest victory since overrunning much of … 0

Discovery opens door for homemade morphine, painkillers

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Scientists have figured out all the steps to make morphine and similar painkillers without using opium poppies, opening the door for home-brewed drugs and even wider abuse. While no one has yet reported making morphine … 0

Obama to limit military-style equipment for local cops

Monday, May 18, 2015

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to stop the federal government from distributing some military equipment to law enforcement agencies around the country, trimming back a practice that drew scrutiny amid concerns about the militarization of local police … 0

Experts: US claims that Ramadi a mere setback are ‘delusional’

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration Monday called the fall of the capital of Iraq’s Anbar province to the Islamic State a temporary setback that Iraqi forces would reverse with U.S. support. Experts dismissed that assessment as ludicrous. “‘Delusional,’ really, is the better word,” Ali Khedery, a former U.S. … 0