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November 12, 2015 - 1:50pm
1 week 5 days ago

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new Mormon church policy targeting gay members and their children has triggered a firestorm of backlash from church members of all political backgrounds.

The new rules bar children living with gay parents from being baptized until they're 18. After that, they can be baptized only if they disavow same-sex relationships. The rules also make gay marriages a sin worthy of expulsion.

The changes marked a dramatic detour from the...

November 12, 2015 - 1:43pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — Discount retailer Family Dollar is recalling 32,000 ceramic wax warmers after some users said it created high flames, causing burns and property damage.

The wax warmers are shaped like a teacup and come with four vanilla-scented wax cubes. A candle is placed inside the wax warmer and the cubes are melted over it. The wax warmer costs $4 and was sold at Family Dollar stores from April to September.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety...

November 12, 2015 - 1:41pm
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is facing a challenge to his eligibility for the Democratic primary ballot in New Hampshire because of his longtime status as an independent.

The state's five-member Ballot Law Commission, which rules on questions of eligibility, will take up the challenge Nov. 24.

The state's filing paperwork requires a candidate to declare as a registered member of whichever party he or she is running in. The...

November 12, 2015 - 1:38pm
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah state officials are challenging a decision made by a Utah judge to a take a baby away from lesbian foster parents and place her with a heterosexual couple for the child's well-being.

Utah Division of Child and Family Services said in a news release Thursday afternoon that they will go to an appeals court if state juvenile Judge Scott Johansen doesn't rescind his decision.

The state agency says the judge went against its...

November 12, 2015 - 1:38pm
1 week 5 days ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Drexel and Bryant universities have joined a number of schools in rescinding honorary degrees awarded to Bill Cosby, citing accusations of sexual assault.

Drexel President John Fry says the misconduct that came to light in a deposition Cosby gave "stands in clear opposition" to the Philadelphia school's values.

He said in a letter Thursday to the Drexel community that universities are "critical arenas" in addressing sexual...

November 12, 2015 - 1:36pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — An Ohio man who prosecutors say professed online support for the Islamic State has been charged with soliciting the killings of U.S. service members.

Federal prosecutors say 25-year-old Terrence McNeil reposted names and addresses of members of the military and called for online followers to take the "final step" and kill them.

McNeil appeared Thursday in federal court in Ohio on a charge of solicitation of a crime of violence. It...

November 12, 2015 - 1:35pm
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NEW YORK (AP) — News helicopters from two New York television stations helped police track down and arrest suspects who allegedly pointed lasers at the choppers while they were in flight.

NBC New York says Chopper 4 was over Prospect Heights in Brooklyn at about 6 p.m. yesterday when it was stuck by a green laser. A chopper reporter used a camera to zoom in on the suspects, who were seen standing behind a building and laughing.

Police and the FAA...

November 12, 2015 - 1:31pm
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BAY MINETTE, Ala. (AP) — The aunt of a missing south Alabama teenager has been sentenced on sodomy and child sex abuse charges.

Mobile County Circuit Court records say Mendy Wood was sentenced Thursday to 20 years on each charge. Her sentences will run consecutively.

Authorities have said 19-year-old Brittney Wood was last seen in 2012 and is presumed dead. Authorities believe she was among the young victims of a group of relatives and friends who...

November 12, 2015 - 1:23pm
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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Jenean Hampton made history earlier this month when she became the first black person to win a statewide election in Kentucky.

Hampton is the lieutenant governor-elect along with Republican Gov.-elect Matt Bevin. The two were elected together on the same ticket. Hampton joins U.S. Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina as the only black statewide officeholders in the south. Both are Republicans.

Hampton grew up poor in Detroit but...

November 12, 2015 - 1:12pm
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A professional skier who walked away after falling 1,600 feet down an Alaska mountain says the experience was "gnarly."

Video of Canadian skier Ian McIntosh cartwheeling down a near vertical mountain has gone viral this week.

The fall happened last April in the Neacola Mountains, about 125 miles southwest of Anchorage. McIntosh was being filmed for the Teton Gravity Research movie "Paradise Waits," which opens this week....

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