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Boy Scouts president's call to end gay leader ban draws mixed reaction
Robert M. Gates, the president of the Boy Scouts of America, urged the group on Thursday during its annual meeting in Atlanta to end its ban on gay leaders, saying the prohibition “cannot be sustained.”
(Thu, 21 May 2015 18:35:00 PDT)

Throngs expected to pay respects to blues legend B.B. King in Las Vegas
Like loyal roadies scrambling about a stage, the staff at the Palm Mortuary west of the Strip rushed this week to ensure that B.B. King’s last big public appearance comes off without a hitch.
(Fri, 22 May 2015 06:00:00 PDT)

New York preservationists, officials square off over concrete boxes
From the beginning, the hulking edifice drew furrowed brows in Goshen, a lovingly preserved town with a harness racing museum, village green and buildings harking back to the Revolutionary War.
(Fri, 22 May 2015 04:00:00 PDT)

1,000 weapons recovered at Waco biker brawl? Not quite, cops now say
Police in Waco, Texas, have sharply revised downward the number of weapons seized after a deadly brawl in a shopping center parking lot that left nine people dead, 18 wounded and at least 177 facing criminal charges of engaging in an organized criminal activity.
(Thu, 21 May 2015 19:54:00 PDT)

Grand jury indicts six Baltimore police officers in Freddie Gray's death
Six Baltimore police officers have been indicted on substantially the same charges they already faced in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured while being transported in a police van after being taken into custody.
(Thu, 21 May 2015 18:33:00 PDT)

Senate dispute over NSA data collection threatens to shut other spy programs
Intelligence and law enforcement officials scrambled Thursday to prepare for the possible shutdown of several programs used to track terrorism suspects in the United States, as brinkmanship in the Senate threatened to end the government’s bulk collection of domestic telephone data.
(Thu, 21 May 2015 16:05:00 PDT)

Pilot in Capitol gyrocopter landing pleads not guilty to all charges
Doug Hughes was not exactly coy about his plan to fly a contraption known as a gyrocopter onto the West Lawn of the Capitol in broad daylight last month. He told a major newspaper, which said it had in turn alerted the Secret Service, which had already interviewed him back in 2013.
(Thu, 21 May 2015 12:59:00 PDT)

177 arrestees, hundreds of weapons seized: Waco courts overwhelmed after biker brawl
It is perhaps symbolic that the statue of Justice atop the dome crowning the white limestone courthouse here had the scales ripped from her hand in a storm. After a bloody weekend melee between motorcycle gangs left nine people dead, 18 wounded and more than 177 in jail, the criminal justice system...
(Thu, 21 May 2015 12:56:00 PDT)

House Democrats call for end to immigrant family detention
Two House Democrats from California called for the Department of Homeland Security to end its practice of holding families seeking asylum in jail-like detention centers while they wait for their cases to play out.
(Thu, 21 May 2015 11:49:00 PDT)

Senate vote boosts Obama's effort to push through biggest trade deal in U.S. history
Despite some last-minute drama, the Senate on Thursday advanced a measure that would give President Obama "fast-track" authority to finalize a pending trade pact with leading Pacific nations.
(Thu, 21 May 2015 08:49:00 PDT)

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