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Obama: Africa must create jobs for its next generation

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Closing a historic visit to Africa, President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged the continent’s leaders to prioritize creating jobs and opportunity for the next generation of young people or risk sacrificing future economic potential to further instability and disorder. He said the “urgent task” of generating jobs for a population that is expected to double to around 2 billion people in the coming decades will be “an enormous undertaking.” But he said it can be achieved with U.S. Continue reading

Four dead after small plane crashes in Wisconsin field

(Reuters) – Four people were killed when a small plane crashed in a field in western Wisconsin and burst into flames, local officials said on Tuesday. The single engine Beechcraft crashed Monday evening in the town of Alden, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release. Deputies and fire officials rushed to the scene and after extinguishing the blaze found four dead inside the wreckage of the plane, the release said. Continue reading

U.S. House Benghazi panel says State Deptartment to hand over documents Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, said the State Department has pledged to hand over 5,000 new pages of documents related to the incident on Tuesday. “The State Department has informed the Committee it will make a production of approximately 5,000 pages tomorrow – the second largest production the Committee has received and the largest since last summer,” Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, the committee’s chairman, said in a statement on Monday. Continue reading

Colorado theater shooter’s sister says his eyes changed

By SADIE GURMAN CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — When the younger sister of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes visited him in jail nearly two years after the attack, his eyes bulged from his head and he spoke in short, stilted phrases— a vast difference from the loving brother who protected her while they were growing up, she testified Monday Continue reading

Boy Scouts of America end total ban on gay adults

By DAVID CRARY NEW YORK (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America on Monday ended its blanket ban on gay adult leaders while allowing church-sponsored Scout units to maintain the exclusion for religious reasons. The new policy, aimed at easing a controversy that has embroiled the Boy Scouts for years, takes effect immediately. It was approved by the BSA’s National Executive Board on a 45-12 vote during a closed-to-the-media teleconference. Continue reading

Boy Scouts lift blanket ban on gay adult leaders, employees

By Marice Richter By 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. Churches and other faith-based organizations account for about 70 percent of the 100,000-plus Boy Scout units nationwide. Continue reading

Louisiana shooting suspect never involuntarily committed: Georgia authorities

By Karen Brooks By Karen Brooks (Reuters) – The man who police say killed two women at a Louisiana movie theater was able to legally buy a gun because there was never an order to have him hospitalized for psychiatric care against his will, Georgia state authorities said on Monday. Suspect John R. Houser, who killed himself after Thursday’s rampage in Lafayette, Louisiana, purchased the weapon he used in the attack from an Alabama pawnshop in 2014, authorities say. Continue reading

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

By Keith Coffman By 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. Continue reading

Box Office Top 20: ‘Ant-Man’ beats ‘Pixels’ by a tentacle

LOS ANGELES (AP) — He might be tiny and one of Marvel’s lesser-known properties, but “Ant-Man” has power — especially at the box office. The superhero pic held the No. Continue reading

Obama calls GOP criticism of Iran deal ‘ridiculous’ ‘sad’

By JULIE PACE ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — President Barack Obama unleashed a blistering and belittling rebuke of Republican White House hopefuls Monday, calling their attack on his landmark nuclear deal with Iran “ridiculous if it weren’t so sad.” Standing before television cameras during a trip to Africa, Obama suggested the bellicose rhetoric from some GOP candidates was an attempt to divert attention from Donald Trump, the wealthy businessman-turned presidential contender whose popularity is confounding the Republican field. “Maybe it gets attention and maybe this is just an effort to push Mr Continue reading