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Pascal Tessier, center, is the nation’s first openly gay Eagle Scout hired as a summer camp leader in New York.Associated Press (2014)

Boy Scouts' leader says ban on gay adults not sustainable

Robert M. Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America and former secretary of defense, on Thursday called to end the Scouts' blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning the group's executives that "we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be," and that "any other alternative will be the  …


  1. Islamic State captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria's Palmyra


    BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants have seized another town in Iraq's western Anbar province less than a week after capturing the provincial capital, a tribal leader said Friday, while in neighboring Syria the group's fighters killed dozens of pro-government forces in the ancient town of Palmyra.

  2. S. Korea court suspends nut rage executive's prison term


    SEOUL, South Korea — A South Korean court today suspended the prison term of the former Korean Air executive whose onboard "nut rage" tantrum delayed a flight last year, immediately ending her incarceration.

  3. Six Baltimore police officers indicted in death of Freddie Gray


    Six Baltimore police officers were indicted Thursday in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who suffered a fatal spine injury while in police custody, touching off a wave of protests and riots across parts of the city last month.

  4. Americans care about their digital privacy, but not enough to protect it


    Revelations about government snooping in recent years proved some of the most paranoid privacy advocates right. So, it's perhaps no surprise that Americans in general are more worried about their privacy than ever.

  5. Obama defends approach to ISIS fight but says more is needed


    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama denied that the United States and its allies were losing the fight against Islamic State forces in the Middle East, but he acknowledged in an interview posted online on Thursday that more should be done to help Iraqis recapture lost territory.