THURSDAY | JULY 30, 2015

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Boy Scouts Allow Gays to Lead but Exclusion Remains

Boy Scouts Allow Gays to Lead but Exclusion Remains

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America has ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders but will allow church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. It was approved Monday by [...]
Moral Monday Leader on U.S.: ‘Can’t Afford to Be Silent’GOLDSBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. William Barber walks gingerly with a cane, in a hunched-over posture, yet here he is on a recent Monday, leading 3,500 protesters on a downtown street. He says God must have a sense of humor to call on a man who has such difficulty walking to lead the Moral [...]
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In Photos: Transgender Youth Blaze Trails of ResilienceMIAMI (AP) — The transgender community has gained a degree of acceptance in recent years with the help of such celebrities as Caitlyn Jenner and Laverne Cox from “Orange is the New Black.” But for those who are less known it can be more of a struggle. Many young transgender people, wrestling with their identities, [...]
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Migrant Families Win Victory With Detention RulingLOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice’s current system of detaining children with their mothers after they’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border violates an 18-year-old court settlement. The July 25 decision by U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee in California is a victory for the immigrant rights lawyers who [...]
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Final Resting Place of First Freed Black Male Slave Is FoundMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers believe they found the grave of a man who could be considered the first Black male slave freed by Abraham Lincoln, tracking his final resting place to the cemetery of a former Minnesota psychiatric hospital. William Henry Costley was just 10 months old in 1841 when Lincoln, who was still a young [...]
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Special Series: A Social Worker Stands Ready to HelpYoung, involved and passionate are some of the words that Mikki Anaya, a grassroots advocate in New Mexico uses to describe Aurea Cardiel, a 24-year-old community activist in New Mexico. Aurea became involved with helping her community when she was a high school student. She engaged in electoral organizing work with the La Raza Unida [...]
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Q&A: On Sandra Bland’s Death in a Texas JailDALLAS (AP) — The release of information from the autopsy of a Chicago-area woman who died in a Texas jail has provided some answers in the case, with authorities saying she had no injuries that were consistent with a homicide. Sandra Bland, who was from Naperville, Illinois, was stopped July 10 after coming to Texas to interview [...]
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U.S. Files Hate Crime Charges in Charleston ShootingWASHINGTON (AP) — The man accused of killing nine Black church members in Charleston, South Carolina, was motivated by racial hatred and a desire to commit a “notorious attack” when he opened fire inside a historic house of worship last month, according to a federal grand jury indictment issued Wednesday that makes him eligible for [...]
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Navajo Nation Changes Language Requirement for LeadersFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajos have voted to loosen language requirements for their top leaders, eliminating the need for them to be fluent in Navajo and giving voters more discretion in who can hold elected office.  The passage of the referendum also raises the possibility that the Navajo Nation could elect a non-Navajo-speaking president and vice [...]
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A $15 Hourly Wage Progresses in California and New YorkSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The push for a higher minimum wage gained momentum on both sides of the country Wednesday, with New York embracing an eventual $15 an hour for the state’s 200,000 fast-food workers and the huge University of California system announcing the same raise for its employees. “How we support our workers and their [...]
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