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August 19, 2015 - 1:42pm
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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church for the first time is appointing women to three high-level church councils previously reserved only for men.

Scholars and Latter-day Saint feminists say the move marks a small, but noteworthy step in an ongoing push to increase visibility and prominence of women in the faith.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the appointments Tuesday evening. The three named to the councils that set...

August 19, 2015 - 1:39pm
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GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A federal judge says she plans to issue a written ruling at a later date on whether to send a former Salvadoran colonel to Spain to stand trial for the slayings of Jesuit priests more than two decades ago during El Salvador's civil war.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kimberly Swank in Greenville, North Carolina, was hearing arguments Wednesday on Spain's request to extradite Inocente Orlando Montano Morales.

She said she planned to...

August 19, 2015 - 1:38pm
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LA CRESCENT, Minn. (AP) — The caskets of eight family members will be lined up inside a church in a small Minnesota community, far from the Texas home where they were killed.

The victims, including six children, will be buried in La Crescent, a city of about 5,000 along the banks of the Mississippi River.

A funeral service at United Methodist Church is scheduled for Thursday afternoon. Pastor Gregg Nelson says the family from Houston will be buried...

August 19, 2015 - 1:31pm
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BELLEFONTAINE, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor says three young boys in Ohio died because their mother decided to suffocate them, not because children's services or the legal system failed.

Twenty-three-year-old Brittany Pilkington is jailed on murder charges in all three deaths in the last 13 months. No defense lawyer has been named.

Logan County Prosecutor William Goslee said Wednesday that Pilkington said she suffocated the boys because she wanted their...

August 19, 2015 - 1:28pm
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The International Monetary Fund says China must wait until next year to join an exclusive club of the world's top currencies.

The IMF's board voted to leave unchanged until Sept. 30, 2016 a basket of currencies used in IMF operations. China, world's second-biggest economy, had wanted the IMF to include its currency, the yuan, in the basket along with the U.S. dollar, euro, British pound and Japanese yen starting Jan. 1.

Unlike the...

August 19, 2015 - 1:21pm
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry says building a wall is not the best way to secure the U.S. border and halt illegal immigration.

Speaking Wednesday at the Iowa State Fair, the Republican presidential hopeful said he would secure the border through more guards, fencing and air patrols.

Perry was responding to a new immigration plan from 2016 GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, which includes a permanent border wall and a plan to end...

August 19, 2015 - 1:20pm
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RUNNEMEDE, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman has used her obituary to make a final request to friends and family: Please don't vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton for president.

Elaine Fydrych's (FIHD-rihks) husband says she was a registered Democrat and not "a political person."

But he says she grew to strongly dislike Clinton after the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi and believed Clinton's handling of the matter as secretary of state was "terrible."...

August 19, 2015 - 1:18pm
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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out part of a lawsuit stemming from a 2012 train derailment that leaked hazardous chemicals in southern New Jersey.

The ruling published Tuesday dismisses some claims against CSX and Norfolk Southern, two rail companies connected to Conrail.

Seven cars on a train operated by Conrail derailed in Paulsboro on Nov. 30, 2012. Vinyl chloride, a gas linked to respiratory problems, dizziness and death, was...

August 19, 2015 - 1:02pm
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Florida Legislature now has two rival maps for Congress.

The Florida Senate voted 28-8 on Wednesday to approve a map that would make dramatic shifts to many of the state's 27 congressional districts.

The Senate proposal has a different configuration for districts in the Tampa Bay area and in central Florida when compared with the House version.

The two sides have until Friday to...

August 19, 2015 - 1:01pm
1 week 6 days ago

WINSLOW, Maine (AP) — A Maine police department is offering drug dealers a free service to get their competition off the streets.

The Kennebec Journal reports ( the Winslow Police Department posted a flier on its Facebook page Monday afternoon encouraging drug dealers to fill out a form detailing the names, addresses and cellphone numbers of their competitors.

The flier also asks them to list where and to whom their competitors...

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