Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly gay boys
GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) -- The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders - a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors....
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Writer Chinua Achebe honored in Nigeria funeral
OGIDI, Nigeria (AP) -- Writer Chinua Achebe shunned Nigeria's corrupt politicians and twice turned down national honors, never fearing to criticize those he felt ruined his country. On Thursday, however, the lawmakers and the country's elite came to praise him....
Muslim hard-liners ID suspect in London attack
LONDON (AP) -- A man seen with bloody hands wielding a butcher knife after the killing of a British soldier on the streets of London was described as a convert to Islam who took part in demonstrations with a banned radical group, two Muslim hard-liners said Thursday....
Q&A: What is known about London attack
A look at the key known facts about attack in south London in which two men killed a British soldier near military barracks Wednesday....
Authorities seize 1,000 drug-laced candies in Pa.
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities say they confiscated more than 1,000 pieces of drug-laced candy during a house search in northeastern Pennsylvania....
8 charged in alleged high-grade pot ring in Pa.
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Authorities in suburban Philadelphia say they've broken up a multimillion-dollar drug ring that trafficked in high-grade marijuana....
Judge awards $7,500 to former inmate for beating
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that a former Allegheny County Jail corrections officer should pay $7,500 to a former inmate....
6 Wyeth paintings fetch $2M at NYC auction
NEW YORK (AP) -- Six paintings by the famous Wyeth family of artists have sold for just over $2 million at a New York City auction....
Lancaster Police say woman lied about abduction
LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) -- Police in central Pennsylvania say a woman lied when she called 911 from inside a car trunk to say she had been abducted by two men....
Allentown fire crews find body in burned apartment
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) -- Firefighters responding to an apartment blaze in Allentown have discovered a man's body in a top-floor unit....
Ex-PSU player takes battle vs. bullying to book
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- A former Penn State women's basketball player has written a new book to champion the anti-bullying efforts she supported during her playing days in Happy Valley....
SEPTA riders to see fare hikes starting July 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Public transit riders in Philadelphia and its suburbs will be paying more to travel starting this summer....
Defense: Ex-Pa. judge cooperating in coke case
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania judge who abruptly resigned last year was charged Thursday with stealing cocaine from evidence in cases before him, and his attorney said the former jurist is cooperating with the investigation....
Study: No higher cancer rate at Conn. Pratt plant
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- An 11-year study of the incidence of brain cancer at jet engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney in the state ended Thursday with university researchers saying they found no statistically significant elevations in the rate of cancer among workers....
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Local leaders of the Boy Scouts of America are deciding this week whether to change their long-standing ban on openly gay boys belonging to the organization. The Boy Scouts would keep their ban on gay adult leaders. Some conservatives have denounced the plan, saying the Scouts' tradition would be undermined by the presence of openly gay youth.
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