IRVING, Texas – Caught in an ideological crossfire, the Boy Scouts of America is putting off until May a decision on whether to ease its policy of excluding gays.
The delay, which the Scouts attributed to the complexity of this issue, was announced Wednesday after closed-door deliberations by the BSA’s national executive board. Under consideration was a proposal to ease the long-standing ban on gays by allowing sponsors of local troops to decide for themselves on the membership of gay Scouts and adult leaders.
100 homes ruined in Pacific tsunami
A magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands, generating a tsunami that destroyed at least 100 homes and killed several people in the South Pacific island chain, according to the aid organization World Vision.
A wave measuring 3 feet in height was recorded at Lata Wharf in Santa Cruz Islands, near the epicenter, and an 11-centimeter wave was recorded in Luganville, Vanuatu, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center reported. Tsunami warnings for several nations in the region, including Nauru, Fiji and New Caledonia were later canceled.
The sea surge following the earthquake cut water and electricity and forced about 4,000 people to move to central Lata.
Pickup driver dies; bus crash toll hits 8
The driver of a pickup truck struck by a careening tour bus died Wednesday at a California hospital, bringing the death toll from the mountain road crash to eight.
Fred Bailey Richardson, 72, died at Loma Linda University Medical Center, authorities said.
Richardson was towing a trailer full of equipment when his truck was struck head-on Sunday evening on Highway 38 near Yucaipa by the bus, which was returning a group to Tijuana, Mexico.
Rare baseball card fetches $92,000
A rare 148-year-old baseball card discovered at a rural Maine yard sale has been auctioned for $92,000.
Saco River Auction Co. in Biddeford held an auction Wednesday night that included a card depicting the Brooklyn Atlantics amateur baseball club.
Troy Thibodeau, manager and auctioneer at Saco River Auction, said the card drew plenty of interest. Bidding started at $10,000 and quickly rose to the final $92,000, which included an 18 percent premium.
Obama names interior secretary
President Obama’s choice for interior secretary is a lifelong outdoors enthusiast who likes to bike, ski and climb mountains.
As president and chief executive at Recreational Equipment Inc., Sally Jewell has applied her passion to her job, helping push REI to nearly $2 billion in annual revenues and a place on Fortune Magazine’s list of Best Places to Work.
7 hurt on cable car in San Francisco
Seven people were injured Wednesday when a San Francisco cable car carrying about 40 passengers came to a sudden stop in the city’s Nob Hill neighborhood, authorities said.
One of the injuries to an elderly man who fell and hit his head was considered potentially life-threatening, San Francisco fire officials said.
Four other people were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Great white sharks may be endangered
The most feared predator in the ocean received new protections today when a California commission decided the great white shark should be studied as a potential endangered species.
The Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted to advance the candidacy of the shark, which means during a one-year study review it will receive the same protections it would if it were listed as endangered.
Great white sharks are internationally protected and already can’t be targeted for catch.