The president of the Boy Scouts of America on Thursday called for an end to the group’s blanket ban on gay adult leaders, warning Scout executives that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we might wish it to be,” and that “any other alternative will be the end of us as a national movement.”Erik Eckholm
Cleanup crews wearing white coveralls and masks shoveled oil-soaked mud to plastic bags Thursday in Santa Barbara, California, where a ruptured pipeline fouled beaches just days before holiday weekend crowds were expected to descend on them, a blow to that tourism-dependent city.Richard Perez-Pena
A “sophisticated cyberattack” on Premera Blue Cross affected 11 million people in the U.S. Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield Alaska is encouraging members to apply for free credit monitoring and identity theft services.Laurel Andrews
A spokesman for the activists said they are protesting Shell's plan for Arctic drilling by chaining themselves to a support ship for the project.Associated Press
Veterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country.Rebecca Santana
U.S. military personnel who had been assisting earthquake relief and rescue efforts in Nepal began leaving Thursday, the Nepalese army said.Bhadra Sharma
The president’s first tweet from POTUS prompted racist, vitriolic responses, including a doctored image of his iconic campaign poster that showed him in a noose.Julie Hirschfeld Davis
A new study finds that processes related to global warming are weakening several Antarctic ice shelves surprisingly quickly – causing glaciers to lose large amounts of ice.Pete Spotts
A new analysis of ancient wolf DNA has shed light on the murky early history of man's best friend, suggesting that dogs split from wolves as many as 27,000 to 40,000 years ago -- not 11,000 to 16,000 years ago, as earlier genome research had propo...Eryn Brown
Islamic State militants overran the famed archaeological site at Palmyra early on Thursday, just hours after seizing the central Syrian town, activists and officials said, raising concerns the extremists might destroy some of the priceless ruins as they have done in neighboring Iraq.Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue