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LDS Church to transfer missionaries in Nicaragua due to 'political instability'

LDS SLC Temple

The LDS Church said they will move over half of the 327 missionaries serving in Nicaragua due to...

World

Powerful cyclone lashes Oman, Yemen; 3 dead, 40 missing

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SALALAH, Oman (AP) — Cyclone Mekunu blew into the Arabian Peninsula early Saturday, drenching arid Oman and Yemen, cutting off power lines and leaving at least three dead and 40 missing, officials said. Portions of Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, lost electricity as the cyclone made landfall....


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China orders crackdown on large outdoor religious statues

China Religious Statues

BEIJING (AP) — China’s ruling Communist Party has ordered local governments to better regulate the construction of large outdoor religious statues amid increasing restrictions on religious expression of all kinds. The directive from the United Front Work Department viewed on its website Saturday...


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No rain in sight: Fire fears force land closures in Arizona

Wildfire Fears Forest Closures

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Dry pine needles and dead wood snapped under fire prevention officer Matt Engbring’s boots as he hiked a half-mile into the woods in search of a makeshift campsite that had served as one man’s home until this week when the area was closed because of the escalating threat of...


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Court: Montana minimizes impact of mining near Yellowstone

Yellowstone-Gold

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A gold exploration proposal near Yellowstone National Park faced a significant setback as a judge blamed Montana officials for understating the potential for mining to harm land, water and wildlife. The ruling released Friday means the Montana Department of Environmental...


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The Latest: So far, lava has destroyed 82 Hawaii structures

Hawaii Volcano-2

HONOLULU (AP) — The Latest on the eruption of Kilauea volcano on Hawaii’s Big Island (all times local): 3 p.m. Hawaii County officials say the number of structures lava has destroyed on the Big Island is now 82. County Managing Director Wil Okabe told The Associated Press Friday that the number...


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Volcanic ash swamps Hawaii school, turning tennis court gray

Hawaii Volcano Ash-1

HONOLULU (AP) — Aina Akamu gave final exams to his students as they sat on bleachers or the floor of the basketball court in the gym in his small town on Hawaii’s Big Island. He moved his class to the community of Pahala’s gym nearby after he and his students could no longer stand the volcanic ash...


Business

After Amazon Echo misfire, ways to protect your own privacy

Amazon Echo Private Conversation

NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family’s private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies. According to Amazon, the fault was an “unlikely” series of inadvertent vocal cues that triggered...


Business

Tiny California cottage on market for just under $1 million

Costly Cottage

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A 595-square-foot (55-square meter) Southern California cottage with one bedroom and one bathroom is on the market for just under $1 million. The Orange County Register reports the price of the tiny abode in tony Laguna Beach dropped to $998,900 this month after being...


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Scientists find opioids in Puget Sound mussels

SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists who track pollution have discovered traces of the pain reliever oxycodone in some Puget Sound mussels. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife obtained clean mussels from Penn Cove on Whidbey Island and put them in different areas to test for water contamination, KIRO-...


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Judge orders higher-calorie meals for Alaska Muslim inmates

Alaska Jail Ramadan Lawsuit

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. judge on Friday ordered Alaska corrections officials to provide Muslim inmates with nutritionally sufficient, pork-free meals when they break their Ramadan fasts at night. U.S. District Judge H. Russel Holland said in a written order that fasting Muslim inmates must be...


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