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May 22, 2015

Indiana approves first U.S. needle-exchange program

The central state of Indiana approved a yearlong needle-exchange program Thursday for a rural county at the center of an HIV outbreak that spurred a new state law allowing such programs to curb the spread of diseases among intravenous drug users. State health Commissioner ...

End ban on U.S. Boy Scout leaders, BSA chief urges

May 22, 2015

End ban on U.S. Boy Scout leaders, BSA chief urges

The head of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the organization’s ban on gay adult scout leaders, describing the policy as unsustainable in a fast-moving climate of social change. Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, national president of ...

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard's admission practices

May 16, 2015

Asian groups file complaint over Harvard's admission practices

An alliance of Asian-American groups Friday filed a federal complaint against Harvard University, saying that school and other Ivy League institutions are using racial quotas to admit students other than high-scoring Asians. More than 60 Chinese, Indian, Korean and Pakistani groups came together for ...

The power of karaoke on Skid Row

May 13, 2015

The power of karaoke on Skid Row

Darkness is falling on another long, depressing night in one of America’s most marginal neighborhoods. For the 200 or so battered souls lining up outside the aging street-corner edifice housing the Central City Community Church of the Nazarene, however, this one will seem neither ...

May 12, 2015

Americans becoming less Christian, more secular: study

The number of Americans who do not identify with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Christianity ...

May 10, 2015

U.S. man recites Muslim call to prayer in all 50 states

A Michigan marketing executive has recited the Muslim call to prayer in all 50 U.S. states. Jameel Syed, 40, finished his 35-day trek Friday at the Islamic Association of Greater Detroit in the suburb of Rochester Hills. That’s where he regularly delivers the call ...