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Girl Scouts chapter returns $100K donation that excluded transgender girls

Girl ScoutsThe Girl Scouts of Western Washington were "thrilled" when they received a $100,000 donation last May.

But when the donor discovered that Girl Scouts USA welcomes transgender girls, they asked the organization to "guarantee" that the gift would not be used to support them.

The group decided to return the money.

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US, Cuba to announce plan to open embassies

US-Cuba embassies t openPresident Barack Obama will announce Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba have reached an agreement to open embassies in Havana and Washington, a senior administration official said.

The announcement marks a major step in ending hostilities between the longtime foes.

The U.S. and Cuba have been negotiating the reestablishment of embassies following the Dec. 17 announcement that they would move to restore ties.

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Deadly ISIS attacks hit Egypt's Sinai

Deadly attacks hit sinaiAt least 35 people have been killed in ongoing attacks on several military checkpoints and police stations in Egypt's northern Sinai, security sources and witnesses have told Al Jazeera.

About 70 fighters of a group calling itself the Province of Sinai simultaneously attacked several targets in the area on Wednesday, the sources said.

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South Carolina church fire: Mt. Zion AME burns in Greeleyville

church fireAbout 50 firefighters, local police, the FBI, five agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are working together to work the scene and investigate. The sheriff's office and state police are also pitching in.

"Anytime there is a house of worship involved in a fire, ATF is automatically assigned to look into the cause," said agency Special Agent Tom Mangan.

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Cuba stamps out mother-to-child HIV

Cuba leminates mother to child HIVCuba has successfully eliminated mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.

The head of the WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, called it one of the greatest public health achievements possible.

It follows years of efforts to give pregnant women early access to prenatal care, testing and drugs to stop these diseases passing from mother to child.

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Misty Copeland attains American Ballet Theater's highest rank in historic first

Misty CopelandAmerican ballerina Misty Copeland has made history as the first black female principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater, marking the culmination of her remarkable ascent in an industry that has long been faulted for its lack of diversity.

Copeland, a powerful voice on diversity, has captivated the public’s attention both onstage and off. And now after 14 years with ABT, she has been appointed to the company’s highest rank – indeed, the highest in North American ballet.

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Alex Baer: Dear Greece, Please Call Iceland.

call to IcelandA love letter to Greece seems an improbable mission for me, so far away, never having met her, never having chatted over coffee on the somewhat-mandatory, U.S.-style, daylight date in an aboveboard, public place...

But I can't help it. I've seen the travel posters. I've seen documentaries. I've read books. I'm in love. I can't help it.

And here I am, locked away in a nearly insane country run by mouth-foaming, pinstripe-suited financiers and fiscal charlatans of all stripes -- except the cartoony prison sort wearing the broad bands of old-fashioned, black-and-white-striped suits...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court Orders Removal Of Ten Commandments Monument From State Capitol

Oklahoma CapitolThe Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a Ten Commandments monument placed on State Capitol grounds must be removed because the Oklahoma Constitution bans the use of state property for the benefit of a religion.

The 6-foot-tall (1.8-meter) stone monument, paid for with private money and supported by lawmakers in the socially conservative state, was installed in 2012, prompting complaints that it violated the U.S. Constitution's provisions against government establishment of religion, as well as local laws.

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22 Alabama Counties Refuse Gay Marriages

Alabama coutnies defy gay marriage rightsNearly one-third of Alabama counties on Monday were not issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, or had shut down marriage license operations altogether, despite Friday's landmark U.S Supreme Court ruling that same-sex couples have a fundamental right to marry.

An Associated Press telephone survey of counties on Monday found that at least 32 of the state's 67 counties were issuing the licenses to gay couples. However, at least 22 counties were not issuing the licenses, with many of those shutting down marriage license operations altogether as probate judges said they needed time to sort out the ruling.

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