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The California Supreme Court ban prohibits state judges from belonging to nonprofit youth organizations that practice discrimination. That includes Boy Scouts, which has restricted gay troop leaders.

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Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately.


Malaysia, Cuba taken off US human trafficking blacklist

Many human rights advocates and U.S. lawmakers say the upgrade has more to do with politics than with the facts on the ground in those countries.

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NSA will stop looking at old US phone records

The Obama administration has decided that the National Security Agency will soon stop examining — and will ultimately destroy — millions of American phone records.

Boston out as US candidate for 2024 Olympics

The decision throws the bid process — and hopes that the U.S. will host another Olympics — into flux. If the USOC wants to stay in the race, Los Angeles is its likely choice. Let us know if you would want the Olympics here in our poll.

Michelle Obama opens Special Olympics in Los Angeles

The first lady opened the games Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, telling 6,500 athletes from 165 countries that she and her husband love them and are proud of them.

Cost of war: Veterans remember USS Indianapolis, shark attacks

After delivering the atomic bomb for the U.S. attack on Hiroshima 70 years ago, the Indianapolis was torpedoed and sank. Its story has been all but forgotten, but 32 survivors are having a reunion.

While Obama talks security in Kenya, Al-Shabab carries out attack in Somalia

The al-Qaida affiliated extremist group has claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack in Mogadishu that has killed at least 10 people.

Traffic takes a tremendous global toll, but cheap fixes can save lives

It's a global issue, and deaths are often high in the developing world. A new report looks at inexpensive ways to cut down on fatalities.

Fire erupts at Cosmopolitan hotel on Las Vegas Strip

A fire at a hotel swimming pool that sent large plumes of black smoke high above the Las Vegas Strip appears to be under control.

Pentagon asks 'armed citizens' not to stand guard at recruiting centers

The Department of Defense said it appreciates the "outpouring of support" but that the practice "could adversely impact our mission, and potentially create unintended security risks."

GOP-controlled Senate panel votes to lift Cuba travel ban

The panel's 18-12 vote comes just days after the U.S. and Cuba formally ended more than a half-century of estrangement by re-establishing diplomatic relations cut off during the Cold War.

Greece approves reforms, clearing hurdle for bailout deal

The measures involve an overhaul to the banking and judicial systems — demands made by Greece creditors in exchange for the 86 billion euro rescue package.

Ferguson hires black police commander as interim chief

Andre Anderson has a quarter century in law enforcement and is touted for his knack for community outreach in policing. He starts Thursday.

Backers, foes of Iran nuclear deal lobby Congress

The intense lobbying on both sides of the issue reflected the importance of the pact for Obama, seeking a foreign policy capstone in the final months of his presidency, and the fierce opposition from Israel to the accord with Tehran.

Pet porkers pack rescues as trendy teacup pigs fatten up

Online sellers offer teacup pigs for thousands of dollars, promising the animals will stop growing after age 1 and stay small if fed a restricted diet, but once they grow too big to handle, people give them up.

Washington Post seeks UN agency help in freeing reporter

Jason Rezaian was arrested over a year ago and has been held for months without charges in Iran's Evin Prison.