By Marice Richter GRAPEVINE, Texas (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America will vote on Thursday on a proposal to remove its ban on openly gay scouts that has been in place throughout the organization's 103-year history. The vote by more than 1,400 delegates comes amid intense lobbying by gay-rights activists and members of conservative organizations. The proposal would not remove the organization's ban on gay adult leaders. Representatives from both sides have rallied in Grapevine, Texas, near Dallas, where the scouting organization is hosting its national annual meeting. ...
By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Supporters of U.S. immigration reform are hoping that the smooth and drama-free passage of their legislation through a Senate committee - a departure from almost everything that has happened in Congress over the past four years - will boost the likelihood of the bill winning full Senate approval. Even Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the senior Republican on the Judiciary Committee who voted against the immigration bill on Tuesday, told Reuters TV that the "very fair" debate by the panel "does improve its chances. ...
By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Military and civilian lawyers for prisoners at the Guantanamo naval base urged U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to improve conditions for detainees, putting more pressure on the Obama administration to make good its promise to close the camp. The plea from 18 lawyers representing "high-value" prisoners came before a speech by President Barack Obama on Thursday when he will address counterterrorism measures such as drone strikes and closing Guantanamo. ...
MOORE, Okla.—Some of the photos are crumpled. Others coated in crud. But what the monster tornado couldn’t obliterate are the memories captured in the images. A girl playing kitchen with her pink toy stove. Colleagues clowning around the office. A father posing with his young girls at a daddy-daughter dance. “These are things insurance can’t [...]
MOORE, Okla.—As a helicopter pilot for Los Angeles’s KCAL-TV, Jim Gardner had flown over deadly mudslides and earthquakes, covered car chases and was shot at by snipers during the L.A. riots. Yet Gardner was best known for giving the world its first glimpse of O.J. Simpson’s infamous white Bronco leading police on a low-speed chase [...]
Five-year-old Tatum Raetz was cheered on by hundreds of police officers Wednesday at her kindergarten graduation. What was going to be a happy occasion took a heart-breaking, tragic turn when her father, Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz, was struck and killed by a car Sunday during a DUI arrest. The officers were there "in proxy [...]
Pieces of a 747 cargo plane fell onto a woman's house and a Wal-Mart parking lot in Georgia on Sunday afternoon. Federal authorities are investigating why. Homeowner Pamela Ware spoke with WSBTV.com about the experience. "And boom! I was like, 'Huh?' Actually, I hit the floor," Ware told WSBTV.com. "If it had landed in here [...]
So you're considering college but don't have the dough. Or maybe you're out of college now and still don't have any dough. You're not alone: In the past 30 years, the cost of a college degree has risen 1,120 percent and the number of people taking out loans to pay for it has skyrocketed. The [...]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A San Francisco State University professor considering a run for Oakland mayor is drawing scrutiny for a class assignment that asked students to create a political campaign ad and gave them the option of developing it for him.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The United States and Israel raised hopes Thursday for a restart of the Middle East peace process, despite little tangible progress so far from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's two-month-old effort to get Israelis and Palestinians back to the negotiating table.