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Record charitable donations reported for Giving Tuesday

NEW YORK - Giving Tuesday, a 5-year-old phenomenon aimed at encouraging online charitable giving, produced record-shattering donations this week, according to two organizations which tracked the flow of gifts. Read more

Gallup: Record high 60 percent of Americans back legal marijuana

NEW YORK - A record high 60 percent of American adults support legalization of marijuana, according to a new Gallup poll released three weeks before voters in nine states decide whether to expand legal access to pot. Read more

Anti-abortion movement unified in rebuke of Trump

NEW YORK — Donald Trump’s remark that women getting abortions were they to be banned should be punished drew swift, unified... Read more

Activists: Nancy Reagan should have pushed harder on AIDS

NEW YORK - Gay-rights and HIV/AIDS activists remain bitter at Ronald Reagan for a slow response to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Read more

Planned Parenthood changes fetal-tissue reimbursement policy

NEW YORK - Responding to a furor over undercover videos, Planned Parenthood says it will maintain programs at some of its clinics that make fetal tissue available for research, but will cover the costs itself rather than accepting any reimbursement. Read more

Boy Scouts executive committee OKs ending ban on gay leaders

NEW YORK - The executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America has unanimously approved a resolution that would end the organization's blanket ban on gay adult leaders and let individual Scout units set their own policy on the long-divisive issue. Read more

Video of fatal SC police shooting may have major impact

NEW YORK - Graphic videos have surfaced previously that kindled outrage over police use of force - the Rodney King beating in Los Angeles, last year's chokehold death in New York City. Read more

Huge advances for gay marriage in an eventful year

One year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pair of landmark rulings, one striking down the statute that denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages and the other clearing the way for gay couples to wed legally in California. Read more

Foreign adoptions by Americans decline sharply

NEW YORK - The number of foreign children adopted by U.S. parents plunged by 18 percent last year to the lowest level since 1992, due in part to Russia's ban on adoptions by Americans. Adoptions from South Korea and Ethiopia also dropped sharply. Read more

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