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Education

School blocks speech by valedictorian declaring he is gay

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado charter school refused to let a class valedictorian deliver a graduation speech in which he planned to come out as gay, prompting criticism from activists. Evan Young, 18, said he agreed to make some suggested changes to the speech he planned to deliver on May 16 at the commencement...

Environment

White House vow to veto fishing law changes sparks fight

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A White House pledge to veto proposed changes to federal fishing laws has divided fishermen over whether the rule changes should be saved or scrapped. U.S. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) has proposed a bill to change the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide fishery managers with more flexibility in...