Maya Angelou was gratified, but not surprised by her extraordinary fortune.
"I'm not modest," she told The Associated Press in 2013. "I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned behavior. But I do pray for humility, because humility comes from the inside out."
Robert Gates, the new president of the Boy Scouts of America, said Friday that he would have moved last year to allow openly gay adults in the organization but said he opposes any further attempts to address the policy now.
Gates took over an organization this week that serves about 2.5 million youth but faces continued membership declines and fights over its inclusion of openly gay boys, but not adults. Gates, the former secretary of defense who oversaw the end of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, addressed those issues Friday, a day after Scouting's national leadership elected him president.
And then there was one. Six couples filed a federal lawsuit this week seeking to block South Dakota's gay marriage ban, leaving North Dakota as the only state in the country with an unchallenged law prohibiting same-sex weddings.
The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls, challenges a 1996 law passed by the Legislature and a voter-approved 2006 constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which means such cases are now pending in 30 states with gay marriage bans. The lawsuit also challenges a U.S. provision allowing states not to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
The head of the Confederate League of the South says an advertising company has removed a highway billboard that advocated a Southern secession from the United States.
Michael Hill is president of the Confederate League of the South. He said this week that Lamar Advertising Co. took down the billboard along Interstate 85 in Montgomery, Alabama, following complaints. The billboard had the word "secede" in capital letters, along with the league's name and website.
When the late author Ken Kesey and his pals, the Merry Pranksters, took their psychedelic bus ride across America to visit the New York World’s Fair, the nation was mourning President John F. Kennedy’s assassination and the Grateful Dead was not yet a band.
And, perhaps most importantly, LSD was still legal.
As North Dakota's ban on gay marriage awaits an almost inevitable legal challenge, leaders in the conservative state must decide whether to spend some of its vast oil riches on a court fight — a step they already took to defend another divisive policy.
Six same-sex couples sued South Dakota this week over that state's ban, leaving North Dakota as the only state not currently facing a lawsuit against its prohibition on gay weddings. Advocates for overturning the ban say it's a question of when, not if, one is filed.
Amid a surge of public opinion in favor of gay rights in the U.S., the WNBA is launching a campaign to market the league to the LGBT community, becoming the first pro sports league to specifically recruit gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender fans to its games.
With the marketing campaign, the WNBA is capitalizing on what it has known for years: The community makes up a significant portion of its fan base. The difference now is that the league is talking about it publicly and making it a deliberate part of its marketing strategy.
Occasionally, landscape gardening goes well beyond flowers and shrubbery to encompass questions of national identity, culture, even social change. The era from 1900 to 1930 in America was one of those times, thanks to several enterprising and unsung women.
Well before American women could vote, these college-educated few rose to the pinnacle of their fields as garden designers, writers and photographers. Declaring American gardens to be distinct from those in Europe, they took as their mission the beautification of America, whose cities were polluted and whose residents were suffering from decades of grinding income disparity and rampant industrialism.
ABC's Diane Sawyer will get the first one-on-one television interview with Hillary Rodham Clinton surrounding the June release of the former secretary of state's new book, "Hard Choices."
The network said this week the Clinton interview will air during a primetime special airing on June 9. ABC said Robin Roberts will conduct the first live interview with Clinton the following day on "Good Morning America."
Immigration advocates angry that legislation to reform the system has stalled in Congress are increasingly focusing their ire at one person: Eric Cantor, the House majority leader.
More so than House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Cantor is seen as responsible for the House's election-year failure to act on immigration 11 months after the Senate passed a wide-ranging bill with billions for border security and a path to citizenship for the 11.5 million immigrants in the country illegally. The issue is a top priority for President Barack Obama.
A federal judge on May 20 struck down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III said the ban is unconstitutional.
Jones wrote, “We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.”