November 13, 2012
utah
Ancestry.com posts
military burial data

The genealogy Web site Ancestry.com on Monday posted burial records online for more than half a million U.S. military personnel for the first time as part of a government bid to digitally preserve the aging paper documents.

The burial and headstone applications records, which include entries for Gen. George Custer and President Abraham Lincoln, were previously available only on paper at the National Archives in Washington.

They were posted on Ancestry.com through a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Archives and Records Administration, a senior official at the Utah-based company said.

The Army began tracking burials at national cemeteries and military posts in the 1860s. In 1973, data for 82 national cemeteries were turned over to the veterans department, where the records are overseen by the National Cemeteries Administration.

— Reuters

georgia
Boy Scouts lose UPS
Foundation grants

The UPS Foundation says it will no longer give grants to the Boy Scouts of America as long as the group excludes gays from being scouts or scout leaders.

The philanthropic arm of the Atlanta-based shipping giant made the change after an online petition protesting the foundation’s annual grants to the Boy Scouts attracted more than 80,000 signatures. The UPS Foundation gave $150,000 to the organization in 2010. It wasn’t clear how much it gave the group last year.

The foundation distributed $45.3 million in grants last year.

— Associated Press

oklahoma
Planned Parenthood
suing state agency

Planned Parenthood is suing the head of the Oklahoma Department of Health over the agency’s decision to withdraw federal funding for three clinics in the Tulsa area that provide food and nutritional counseling to low-income mothers.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland filed its lawsuit in federal court against Terry Cline, Oklahoma’s commissioner of health.

— Associated Press

Euthanized ox won’t be used for food: Lou, an 11-year-old ox that lived on a Vermont college’s farm and was put down amid an outcry over the school’s decision to process it into meat, will be not used for food. Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., said euthanizing the animal made the meat inedible.

— Associated Press

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