Now it goes to the House. A bill to stop the across-the-board tax increases and program budget cuts that went into effect at midnight was approved by the Senate early this morning on an 89-8 vote. (Jan. 1)
The Boy Scouts of America threw open its ranks Thursday to gay Scouts but not gay Scout leaders — a fiercely contested compromise that some warned could fracture the organization and lead to mass defections of members and donors.
Get ready for another busy hurricane season, maybe an unusually wild one, federal forecasters say. Their prediction Thursday calls for 13 to 20 named Atlantic storms, seven to 11 that strengthen into hurricanes and three to six that become major hurricanes.