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LGBTQ youth of faith pray, bond at ‘Beloved Arise’ group

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Jessika Sessoms grew up in a conservative Black evangelical family, attended Christian schools and often heard that being gay was an abomination, until she...

People along the US-Canadian border await word of reopening

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BURLINGTON, Vt. — In a normal, pre-COVID-19 summer, scores of pleasure boats are anchored in Lake Champlain off the Burlington waterfront by July 4,...

Justices turn away florist who refused same-sex wedding job

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex...

Tax law experts see ‘strong’ case against Trump Org. CFO

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NEW YORK — Companies give perks to their employees all the time. Many top executives at Fortune 500 companies have access to a corporate...

Death toll from Northwest heat wave expected to keep rising

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SEATTLE — Each day, more deaths are being linked to the heat wave that struck the Pacific Northwest this past week, with medical staff...

Gates Foundation commits $2.1B to advance gender equality

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Bill and Melinda Gates’ namesake foundation announced Wednesday it will spend $2.1 billion to advance global gender equality. It comes as private donors, government...

Microsoft exec: Targeting of Americans’ records ‘routine’

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WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement agencies secretly seek the data of Microsoft customers thousands of times a year, according to congressional testimony being given...

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts suffer huge declines in membership

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America’s most iconic youth organizations – the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of the USA – have been jolted by unprecedented...

Buttigieg doles out transport grants with eye toward climate

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg doled out $905 million in infrastructure grants Wednesday, including to repair a cracking bridge in Seattle during a crippling heat...

Amazon says its carbon footprint grew 19% last year

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NEW YORK — Amazon said Wednesday that its carbon footprint grew 19% last year as it rushed to deliver a surge of online orders...