UNDATED -- The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year's Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications -- ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades. By David Crary and Nomaan Merchant.
WASHINGTON -- Secretary of State John Kerry will head to the Middle East next week to continue talks on an elusive Mideast peace deal just as Israel is poised to announce plans to build more Jewish settlements in the West Bank and east Jerusalem -- a move expected to anger the Palestinians. By Deb Riechmann.
NEW YORK -- At a recent briefing in lower Manhattan, the New York Police Department gave an auditorium full of private security executives plenty to worry about. The presentations demonstrated the nation's largest police department's determination to stay at the forefront of counterterrorism, even as the man who spearheaded the effort -- Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly -- is headed out the door. By Tom Hays and Colleen Long.
CALIFORNIA H ISPANICS-ISOLATED
WATSONVILLE, California -- In a grassy downtown plaza, strolling musicians wearing glitzy cowboy outfits blast a mariachi song, while Spanish-speaking shoppers bustle between farm stands, sampling tart cactus leaves, sniffing roasting chilies and buying bundles of warm pork tamales. Spanish is spoken in most homes and businesses in town, and one out of five households is linguistically isolated, meaning no one over 14 speaks English. By Martha Mendoza.
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BURYING THE BLUES
ST. LOUIS -- Blues guitarist Tommy Bankhead rubbed shoulders with some of the genre's royalty, from Howlin' Wolf and Elmore James to Albert King and Sonny Boy Williamson. By Alan Scher Zagier.