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Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay adult leaders, employees

Boy Scouts stand on stage with a U.S. flag during the Pledge of Allegiance to begin the inaugural Freedom Summit meeting for conservative speakers in ManchesterBy Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The Boy Scouts of America lifted its outright ban on openly gay adult leaders and employees on Monday, rolling back a policy that has deeply divided the membership of the 105-year-old Texas-based organization. The new policy, which takes effect immediately, comes three years after the organization removed its prohibition on gay youth, but local Boy Scout units chartered by religious organizations will still be permitted to exclude gay adults from volunteering as den leaders, scoutmasters or camp counselors. The latest move was widely seen as being aimed at quelling a backlash against the Boy Scouts amid declining membership and the threat of litigation, while addressing concerns of religious institutions that account for about 70 percent of the 100,000-plus Boy Scout units nationwide.


'The Book of Mormon' satirical musical finally in Utah

People walk past signs announcing the "Book of Mormon" musical at the Capitol Theatre, Monday, July 27, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons is finally coming to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two week run on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at a theater two blocks from the church’s flagship temple and headquarters. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The biting satirical musical that mocks Mormons has finally come to the heart of Mormonlandia, starting a sold-out, two-week run Tuesday at a Salt Lake City theater two blocks from the church's flagship temple and headquarters.


Hikma to buy Boehringer's U.S. generics unit for $2.65 billion

To go with Interview PHARMA-HIKMA/JORDAN(Reuters) - Hikma Pharmaceuticals Plc said it would buy German drugmaker Boehringer Ingelheim's U.S. specialty generic drugs business for about $2.65 billion in cash and stock to bolster its presence in the United States. Hikma said it will pay about $1.18 billion in cash and issue 40 million new Hikma shares, or about 16.71 per cent of its issued share capital, for Boehringer's Roxane Laboratories Inc and Boehringer Ingelheim Roxane Inc on closing of the deal. The Jordanian company, which makes and markets branded and non-branded generics and injectable drugs, said the deal would make it the sixth biggest U.S. generics provider.


Colorado movie gunman's sister sobs, says she still loves him

James Holmes sits in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman DENVER (Reuters) - The younger sister of Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes testified at his trial for the first time on Monday, telling jurors who will decide his fate that the murders were completely out of character, and she still loves him. Chris Holmes, 22, was called by the defense during the punishment phase of the trial.


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