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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 serving 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.


Puddle of Mudd singer Scantlin accused of DWI, fleeing

This July 26, 2015 photo provided by the Renville County Jail shows Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin. The Puddle of Mudd singer faces charges of drunken driving and fleeing police after a chase in Minnesota that reached speeds of about 100 mph. Scantlin appeared Monday, July 27, in Renville County court on charges of felony fleeing police in a motor vehicle; refusing to submit to a chemical test; and DWI. (Renville County Jail/Star Tribune via AP)OLIVIA, Minn. (AP) — Puddle of Mudd singer Wes Scantlin faces charges of drunken driving and fleeing police after a chase in Minnesota that reached speeds of about 100 mph.


Oregon sheriff treated after 20 suspicious envelopes found across state
The FBI is investigating at least 20 letters received by law enforcement agencies across Oregon on Monday after a rural sheriff was hospitalized following exposure to an unidentified white powder in an envelope, officials in the state said. Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Grant County was exposed to an unknown "chemical substance" after opening a letter delivered to his office, a department dispatcher said. Palmer was hospitalized after developing a rash and was being treated early Monday evening, said Eric Schmidt, communications manager for the Association of Oregon Counties.
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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