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Boy Scouts Ends Ban On Gay Leaders

The executive board voted Monday to end the blanket ban on gay people serving as Scout leaders. Individually chartered troops, however, can decide to keep the ban.<p>WASHINGTON — The Boy Scouts of America ended its blanket ban on gay leaders on Monday, following an executive board vote that capped off …

Grievances persist despite start of new era in US-Cuba ties

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Cuban national flag fluttered in the Washington sun Monday as the U.S. and Cuba formally ended more than a half-century of …

Obama: No mechanism to revoke Cosby's Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday rejected the idea of revoking Bill Cosby's Presidential Medal of Freedom because of sexual misconduct allegations.<p>"There's no precedent for revoking a medal," Obama said. "We don't have that mechanism."<p>The president, who was asked about Cosby's …

Nykhor Paul, ‘Tired of Apologizing’ for Her Blackness, Fights Fashion Racism

When Nykhor Paul rounded on makeup artists for not getting their ‘shit right’ when it came to black skin, she was highlighting yet another aspect of …

Greece and Spain face 'make or break' moment as workers stare into jobs abyss

OECD warns that a generation of people in Greece, Spain and other countries hit hard by the 2008 financial crisis are in danger of being "trapped at the bottom of the economic ladder"<p>Time is "running out" for a generation of workers in countries such as Greece and Spain whose job prospects may have …

U.S. jobless claims rise to highest level since February | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - New applications for U.S. unemployment insurance benefits rose last week to their highest level since February, suggesting some slowdown in the labor market recovery.<p>Job seekers listen to prospective employers during a job hiring event for marketing, sales and retail …

S.C. governor signs bill to remove Confederate flag from Capitol grounds

<b>Columbia, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> South Carolina's governor used nine pens Thursday to sign a law that will remove the Confederate battle flag from the State House grounds and send it to a museum.<p>Each pen, Gov. Nikki Haley said, will go to the families of the nine victims of last month's massacre at …

Dems blast GOP move on Confederate flag amendment

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> House Republican leaders decided to yank a bill on Thursday that would have allowed Confederate flags in federally run cemeteries. The decision comes on the same day South Carolina decided to remove the flag from its own state capitol.<p>The move came after House Democrats blasted …

Night time contact lenses stop children becoming short-sighted

None of the children within the study suffered further change in their vision during the three year trial period<p>Children could be cured of short-sightedness by wearing soft contact lenses at night which re-shape their eyes to prevent them ever needing glasses, a study has shown.<p>Trials involving …

Optometry

4 myths about global aging, debunked

This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org.<p>You probably know that the world is growing older due to a combination of declining …

Some gay marriage opponents balk, while couples rush to wed

CINCINNATI (AP) — With the mayor of Dayton declaring "you are now husband and husband," the wait for Ohio to allow same-sex marriage ended for a gay …

Greece Debt Crisis: Finance Ministers Refuse Bailout Extension

Greece cannot have an extension to its bailout program, euro zone finance ministers decided Saturday, as the country's financial future spiraled into uncertainty.<p>In a surprise television address in the early hours, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed a national referendum on austerity demands …

The Wireless Charging Future Is Getting Closer To Reality

But it still has a long way to go<p>Imagine a world where we don't have to plug anything in. Your phone, laptop, tablet and headphones are constantly being topped-up whenever they're placed on an inductive surface, so that when you take them out with you into the wider world, your devices are always …

Woman climbs pole, removes Confederate flag

<b>(CNN) —</b> Dressed in climbing gear and a helmet, Brittany "Bree" Newsome shimmied up a 30-foot flagpole on the grounds of the South Carolina state Capitol early Saturday and removed the Confederate battle flag that has reignited national debate over the emblem's place in modern America.<p>Newsome …

A new result released by the ATLAS experiment at CERN shows an intriguing anomaly, which could be evidence for a new particle with a mass of about two thousand times the mass of a proton. How excited should be we be?<p>I’m going to try to walk a line here, between hyping a result and being overly …

Physics

The Week in Review: Supreme Court Rules on Marriage Equality

Today, the United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in an historic 5-4 ruling. The decision was quickly celebrated by gay rights advocates across the country, as well as President Obama, who extended his congratulations and support in a phone call on live television.<p>Along with heads …

USA and Australia Advance to Second Round at Women’s World Cup

Donald Trump’s festival of narcissism

“I’m really rich,” Donald Trump informed supporters at his presidential campaign announcement.<p>“I’m proud of my net worth. I’ve done an amazing job.”<p>“I’m really proud of my success. I really am.”<p>“I have the best [golf] courses in the world . . . I have one right next to the White House.”<p>“One of the …

Associated Press News

Black like her: Is racial identity a state of mind?

The civil rights activist in Washington state who has come under fire for her disputed racial identity said she was stepping down as president of the NAACP’s Spokane chapter.<p>The civil rights activist in Washington state who came under fire for her racial identity said she was stepping down.<p>While …

Rachel Dolezal

Seasons May Tweak Genes That Trigger Some Chronic Diseases

The seasons appear to influence when certain genes are active, with those associated with inflammation being more active in the winter, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>A study involving more than 16,000 people found that the activity of about 4,000 of those genes appears to be affected …

Most Parents of Obese Children Think Their Kids Are 'Just Right'

Martha Holmes—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Martha Holmes—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Martha Holmes—The LIFE Picture …

Millennials leaving church in droves, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> At its core, Christian life is set of sacred traditions linking generations of sacraments and Sunday school lessons, youth ministry morals and family gatherings sanctified by prayer. An unbroken circle, in the words of an old hymn.<p>In modern America, that circle may not be completely shot, …

Religion

What would you see in a black hole?

What would it be like to fly a spacecraft into a black hole? Marcus Woo investigates.<p>Something about a black hole just pulls you in. Sure, its gravity is so strong that not even light can elude its grasp. But, there's something else, something harder to pinpoint. Maybe it's a black hole's absolute …

Black Holes

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

8 Of The Best Nude Beaches In Europe

By: Gianni Jaccoma<p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>American exceptionalism may have gotten us to the moon and back, but when it comes to actually <i>mooning</i> each other (you know, on the beach), we're not exactly world-beaters. Europe, by contrast, is in a completely different league when it comes to shoreline …