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Ban on Gay Adults in Boy Scouts Must Change, Leader Says

Ban on Gay Adults in Boy Scouts Must Change, Leader Says

NEW YORK (AP) — 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 [...]
Military Equipment for Police Is Restricted by ObamaCAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice. Grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft [...]
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Many Ferguson Bills are Skipped by Missouri LawmakersJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s legislative session began with hundreds of protesters shutting down the Senate, demanding changes to state law in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. It ended on May 15 with the Senate again shut down — this time because of its own partisan [...]
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Facebook to Pay Minimum Wage of $15 to U.S. ContractorsNEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is pushing for higher pay and improved benefits for the janitors, cooks and other workers who support its employees.  The world’s largest online social network is implementing a set of new standards for its U.S.-based contractors who do a “substantial amount of work” with Facebook. Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, announced [...]
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Immigrant Detention System Must End, U.S. Bishops SayWASHINGTON (AP) — Catholic bishops called Monday for the federal government’s immigrant detention system to be dismantled, and predicted Pope Francis would address the issue when he visits the U.S. this fall. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a sobering report that tens of thousands of immigrants are housed in prison-like conditions that [...]
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Stereotypes Hurt Finding Solutions to Poverty, Obama SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — It wasn’t your typical panel discussion: President Barack Obama sat down Tuesday with leading thinkers from the left and right to reflect on poverty, income inequality and the stereotypes that get in the way of finding solutions. “The truth is more complicated” than the caricatures of liberals as just wanting to throw [...]
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Graduation Rates Soar but Improvement Still NeededWASHINGTON (AP) — Even as America’s high school graduation rate has reached historic highs, the gains aren’t consistent. Students with disabilities, low-income and minority students have failed to catch up with their peers, although some states are doing better than others in helping these students. “This year, we need to sound a stronger alarm,” said [...]
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Immigration Policy is ‘Broken’ and Candidates Offer FixesWASHINGTON (AP) — Immigration, a prominent issue as the presidential campaign begins in earnest, is a complicated, emotional and broad subject. But for political purposes there’s a very real question to be answered: What to do about the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally? With Republicans in Congress unable to agree on an answer, [...]
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How Data Can Stop Police ViolenceNot long after the August 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Samuel Sinyangwe was watching the television coverage. Talking heads filled the screen, some saying police target Black people, while others said this was untrue. Sinyangwe, a data scientist who works at PolicyLink, noticed that no one seemed to have any hard numbers [...]
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LGBTQ Activist: Full Equality is Needed for All to ThriveA few days ago, I stood at the steps of the Supreme Court and shared my story as a queer immigrant in the United States. Thinking back, the most beautiful moment for me was when my husband said, “I’m an immigrant so I want to share my story in Spanish.” People get married for many [...]
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