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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. Josh Duggar's police record destroyed on Arkansas judge's order


    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas police have destroyed a record outlining a nearly decade-old investigation into reality TV star Josh Duggar, a spokesman said Friday, a day after the 27-year-old resigned his role with a prominent conservative Christian group amid reports about sexual misconduct allegations from when …

     Josh Duggar speaks at the Arkansas state capitol in Little Rock, Ark., in this Aug. 29, 2014 file photo. (AP Photo)
  2. Clinton got now-classified Benghazi info on private email


    WASHINGTON — Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified.

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during a round table discussion at Smuttynose Brewery, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Hampton,N.H. [Associated Press]
  3. 28 workers evacuated after fire starts on gulf oil platform


    NEW ORLEANS — Fire broke out Friday morning on an oil platform off Louisiana's coast, forcing the evacuation of 28 workers, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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


    BAGHDAD — Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days.

    A picture released Thursday on a website run by Islamic State militants shows damaged Syrian military helicopters at a Palmyra air base captured after a battle with Syrian government forces in. Activists and officials say members of the Islamic State group are conducting search operations in the ancient town of Palmyra where they have detained and killed dozens of people. [Associated Press]
  5. 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.