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  • Momentum grows for closing gaps in US vaccine requirements

    HARTFORD, Conn. - A law adopted this week in Connecticut adds momentum to the push to strengthen vaccination requirements for schoolchildren, but efforts to give families more leeway are brewing in statehouses around the country in debates that go back more than a century.
  • Prospects dim for passage of LGBTQ rights bill in Senate

    WASHINGTON - Controlling Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade, Democrats were hopeful that this would be the year they finally secured civil rights protections for LGBTQ Americans.
  • Arizona city becomes latest to pass hair discrimination ban

    TUCSON, Ariz. - It is now illegal in Tucson, Arizona, to enforce dress code or grooming policies that discriminate against hair texture and hairstyles in the workplace and public schools, officials said.
  • Zimbabwean teen teaches taekwondo to fight child marriage

    HARARE, Zimbabwe - In Zimbabwe, where girls as young as 10 are forced to marry due to poverty or traditional and religious practices, a teenage taekwondo enthusiast is using the sport to give girls in an impoverished community a fighting chance at life.
  • Girl Scouts rebuke Boy Scouts in escalating recruitment war

    NEW YORK - The Girl Scouts are in a “highly damaging” recruitment war with the Boy Scouts after the latter opened its core services to girls, leading to marketplace confusion and some girls unwittingly joining the Boy Scouts, lawyers for the century-old Girl Scouts organization claim in court papers.
  • Louis Vuitton yoga mat made of leather draws Hindu complaint

    BOSTON - A Hindu activist is calling on luxury goods maker Louis Vuitton to pull a yoga mat made partly from cowhide leather, calling it “hugely insensitive.”
  • Millennial Money: Be effective with your generosity in 2020

    If you’re fortunate enough to be able to donate money this year, plenty of causes need your attention.
  • Officials cite mistakes as CDC removes coronavirus guidance

    NEW YORK - U.S. health officials removed some coronavirus reopening tips for religious organizations only hours after posting them late last week, deleting guidance that discouraged choir gatherings and the use of shared communion cups.
  • In reversal, White House tells CDC to post church guidance

    WASHINGTON - After refusing for weeks to release reopening guidance for churches, the Trump administration on Thursday abruptly changed course — with the president saying he had instructed health officials to put the advice out.
  • US health officials quietly release more reopening guidance

    NEW YORK - U.S. health officials have quietly released more reopening guidance that was created more than a month ago but initially shelved.

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