The Boy Scouts of America is expected to vote next week on whether to change its national policy that bans gay leaders and gay scouts. Many suggest the more than 100-year-old organization is backing away from the ban because some prominent sponsors are pressuring the group to reconsider.
The Baltimore Ravens hope to top off their run to the Super Bowl with a win in the big game Sunday. If they do, they'll continue a trend of unlikely champions — six of the past eight Super Bowl victors weren't the top seeds in their conferences.
The San Francisco 49ers are favorites to win the Super Bowl but the Baltimore Ravens have a special source of fuel. Raven Jacoby Jones is from New Orleans, where the game will be played. His mom made the team 150 plates of food.
About 110 million people are expected to tune in to watch the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers. Some might be watching just for the ads. Steve Inskeep talks to Tim Nudd, a senior editor at Adweek, to find out more about advertisers' game plans.
Officials at the Justice Department have filed a lawsuit to block Anheuser-Busch InBev from buying Grupo Modelo which sells Corona. The government says preventing the acquisition is the only way to keep beer prices down.
A 5-year-old boy has been held captive in an underground bunker since Tuesday. Authorities continue to negotiate with his captor. The child's bus driver was killed before the kidnapping. His sister says Charles Poland, "would have done anything to protect those kids."
The three-term former mayor, who led the city out of its financial crisis in the late '70s, was 88. Known for asking "hey, how'm I doing?" he was sometimes too candid for his own political good. But when the city needed a lift, he was everywhere. He thought it needed a big personality — his.
New York was practically falling apart in 1977 when Koch first ran for mayor, but he created a feeling the city could come back. His larger-than-life personality was well-suited to the nation's biggest city but could also get him in trouble. A spokesman says Koch died early Friday. He was 88.
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