Boy Scouts woo Hispanics
The Boy Scouts are making their debut en espanol, with an advertising campaign launched Thursday and a soon-to-come Spanish-language Scout Handbook intended to draw Hispanics to the ranks of the nearly century-old organization. The Spanish-language campaign, called Valores para toda la vida, translated as "Values for life," includes television, radio and online spots that speak to the nation's largest minority in their language. The outreach is intended to keep the Scouting movement relevant and growing as the country's cultural landscape shifts, taking a toll on Scout ranks. Boy Scouts of America is still the country's largest youth organization, with 2.8 million members, but that is half its membership in its peak year, 1972.
Dog handler appeals Abu Ghraib conviction
Lawyers for former Army Sgt. Michael J. Smith, the dog handler convicted of abusing detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, told the U.S. military's highest court Thursday that he was following orders when he let his dog bark and lunge at prisoners. Smith's case is the first in the scandal to go before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Smith, of Fort Lauderdale, was one of 11 soldiers who were convicted.
Suspect's father accused of lying to FBI
The father of Afghan immigrant Najibullah Zazi, who is accused of plotting a terror attack in New York City, has been indicted on a charge of lying to federal investigators. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said a grand jury returned the indictment against Mohammed Zazi, 53, on Thursday for allegedly making a false statement in a matter involving terrorism. Mohammed Zazi remains free on $50,000 bail.
10 percent of male dropouts incarcerated
On any given day, about one in 10 young male high school dropouts is in jail or juvenile detention, compared to one in 35 young male high school graduates, according to a new study by civil rights and public education groups in Chicago. Among African-Americans, the rate is nearly one in four, compared to about one in 14 young, male, white, Asian or Hispanic dropouts. There are 6.2 million high school dropouts in the U.S.
One stabbed to death at retiree community
A member of a southern New Jersey retirement community stabbed three neighbors Thursday, killing an 88-year-old woman, after two of the victims and other residents accused him of disturbing the peace, authorities said. Anthony Milano, a 65-year-old resident of the Village at Linwood, is likely to face murder and aggravated assault charges.