Boy Scout board approves end to blanket ban on gay adults

...teleconference."For far too long this issue has divided and distracted us," said the BSA's president, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates. "Now it's time to unite behind our shared belief in the extraordinary power of Scouting to be a force for...
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US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in Syria a ground operation against IS. The U.S. has long complained about having no reliable partners among them. Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged earlier this month that the U.S. has only 60 trainees in a program to prepare and arm thousands...
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Federal judge rejects state stance on ANWR

...issued Tuesday, Gleason upheld Interior Secretary Sally Jewell's interpretation that...the coastal plain but gave the Interior Secretary limited authority to conduct exploration...under the language of the 1980 law the Secretary was actually required to approve an application...
Replacement for No Child Left Behind passes U.S. Senate

...Child Achieves Act puts specific restrictions on the U.S. Secretary of Education and the federal government's role in state...accountability measures."The Every Child Achieves Act prohibits the Secretary from requiring a state to include or delete any element of...
Sitka makes big plans for 150th Alaska Day

...Williams and the steering committee hope the commemoration will be recognized Outside.To that end, the U.S. President and Secretary of State and the leaders of Russia will be invited to come to Sitka.Although most of the focus will be on the 150th anniversary...
Walker travels to Pentagon to make case for Alaska troops

...civilian positions also would be cut.Walker on Thursday reviewed criteria for making cuts with Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, and in a separate meeting, her Air Force equivalent."This is...
Judge sides with Jewell in dispute over exploration

...federal judge has sided with Interior Secretary Sally Jewell over whether Jewell must...that Congress authorized the Interior secretary to approve limited-duration exploratory...the law is ambiguous as to whether the secretary must approval additional exploration...

WASHINGTON - For John Kerry, vindication came at midnight.As last Monday became Tuesday in Vienna, the U.S. secretary of state picked up the telephone in his first-floor room at the ornate, 19th-century Palais Coburg and dialed the White...
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10 Things to Know for Tuesday

...murder investigation."3. WHY OBAMA NEEDS SCIENTIST'S HELP WITH IRAN: Ernest Moniz, the MIT professor-turned-Energy secretary, played a pivotal role in reaching the nuclear accord - and will now try to help sell the deal to a heavily skeptical Congress...
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Grievances persist despite start of new era in US-Cuba ties

...hours after an agreement to restore diplomatic ties broken in 1961 took effect at the stroke of midnight. He later met with Secretary of State John Kerry, becoming the first Cuban foreign minister to set foot in the State Department since 1958.Kerry announced...
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