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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...

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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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Court: more study needed on Yellowstone-area gold mining

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A gold exploration proposal just north of Yellowstone National Park has suffered a significant setback with a court ruling released Friday that faulted Montana officials for understating mining’s potential harm to land, water and wildlife. The ruling from a state district...


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Hawaii school cleans, but ash still coats desks, floors

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...


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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...


Business

Famed chef Mario Batali's Vegas Strip restaurants will close

Mario Batali-Sexual Misconduct

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mario Batali’s three Las Vegas Strip restaurants will shut down July 27, officials said Friday, as the celebrity chef faces sexual misconduct allegations from multiple women. Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group partner Joe Bastianich sent a letter to nearly 300 workers about the...


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Recalls this week: strollers, compact utility loaders

A line of strollers that fail to meet federal safety standards are among this week’s recalled consumer products. Others include compact utility loaders and bicycles. Here’s a more detailed look: STROLLERS DETAILS: The US model of Jané Muum strollers. The recalled strollers have a black frame, a...


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From snipers to moms: World War II exhibit focuses on women

Women in WWII Exhibition

NATICK, Mass. (AP) — The terrors of World War II impacted most of the world’s women, both on the home and battlefronts. A new exhibition opening Friday at the International Museum of World War II in Natick, Massachusetts, highlights just that — the important and sometimes unconventional roles women...


National

Rachel Dolezal, who posed as black, accused of welfare fraud

Rachel Dolezal Welfare Fraud

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A former NAACP leader in Washington state whose life unraveled after she was outed as a white woman pretending to be black has been charged with welfare fraud. Rachel Dolezal, who legally changed her name to Nkechi Diallo in 2016, was charged this week with theft by welfare...


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New Orleans council votes to halt some short-term rentals

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The city council in tourist-friendly New Orleans voted Thursday to halt the proliferation of one type of tourist housing: short-term rentals such as those facilitated by Airbnb and Homeaway. Council member Kristin Palmer’s measure affects those who rent out entire homes for short-...


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