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US accuses Russia of violating 1987 missile treaty

The Obama administration has accused Russia of violating a 1987 nuclear missile treaty by testing a ground-launched cruise missile and says the U.S. is prepared for immediate high-level dialogue with Moscow over the matter.

The return of Ebola and the spread of fear

No one knows for sure just how many people Patrick Sawyer came into contact with the day he boarded a flight in Liberia, had a stopover in Ghana, changed planes in Togo, and then arrived in Nigeria, where authorities say he died days later from Ebola, one of the deadliest diseases known to humans.

LDS
Thousands expected in Ogden for LDS temple re-dedication

Ogden is getting ready for hundreds of thousands of visitors thanks to a few events happening at the same time.

Perpetual Education Fund thriving in Ghana

Thirteen years after President Gordon B. Hinckley announced the beginning of the Perpetual Education Fund, the program is thriving in this West African nation.

Mormon couple celebrates 75 years of true love

Charles and Gloris Goff know the meaning of true love. The couple celebrated their 75-year wedding anniversary this month, and say it's a milestone that any couple can reach through dedication and compassion.

National
NC attorney general won't defend his state's gay marriage ban

North Carolina's attorney general said Monday his office will no longer defend the state's voter-approved ban on same sex marriage in court after a federal appeals court ruled a similar prohibition in neighboring Virginia unconstitutional.

Julian Castro Sworn In As New HUD Secretary

It's official - former San Antonio, Texas Democratic Mayor Julián Castro is now the nation's 16th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). President Obama said he was confident Castro would help build on the progress being made since the Great Recession to rebuild the housing market, make housing more available for veterans and work to connect neighborhoods with good schools and jobs.

NSA surveillance, government secrecy undercut press freedoms, report says

The NSA's surveillance and a government culture of secrecy are impairing the work of journalists and lawyers, two pillars of democracy, says a joint report by the ACLU and Human Rights Watch.

World
Iraq is already splitting into three states

Ever since U.S. forces invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003, the U.S. government has worried that Iraq would splinter into three states — each representing the feuding religious and ethnic factions the dictator held together through his iron rule.

MH17 suffered 'massive, explosive' pressure loss after being punctured by missile shrapnel, black box data reveals

A Ukrainian security spokesman said data from the recovered flight recorders shows Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed due to a massive, explosive loss of pressure after being punctured multiple times by shrapnel.

Business
In a surprising move, Dollar Tree will buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion

Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion, the companies announced Monday.

The airlines are making millions, but there’s no relief in sight for consumers

The top American airlines are making more money than ever — but don’t expect it to mean lower prices for passengers.

Science
Stanford Researchers Claim They Found "The Holy Grail" Of Battery Life

You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting a research team claiming to have discovered a new technology or ability that will miraculously enhance battery capabilities as soon as a few quick problems are patched up or some niggling cost factors get fixed.

Saturn’s moon Titan teaches scientists about alien atmospheres

Thanks to an extensive analysis of Saturn’s moon Titan, a group of scientists has recently created a way of decrypting the messages hidden in the light signatures of exoplanets located billions of miles from Earth. The group used data gathered by the Cassini spacecraft during the years 2006 to 2011 in order to develop their groundbreaking technique.

Regulations only a first step in cutting emissionsc

MIT study finds that sectoral regulations will not cut emissions enough to substantially limit climate change, but are a good step toward phasing in a price on carbon.

The Health Benefits of Trees

They prevent $7 billion in health costs every year by filtering air pollution—not to mention their psychological effects. New research says the closer you can live to trees, the better off you are.

What did in the dinosaurs? That giant asteroid (or comet) had accomplices.

The demise of the dinosaurs, some 66 million years ago, represents the ultimate "Cold Case" – no eye witnesses, ancient physical evidence that's partial at best, and a pod of PIs bent on solving the mystery.

Opinion
Why Thinking Mormons (and Jews) Support Israel in Gaza

The Israel-Hamas conflict in the Gaza strip has caused my email inbox to fill up, most recently from an old Mormon friend who is a libertarian-leaning conservative. He is baffled as to why a few of his fellow LDS libertarians would have harsh things to say about Israel.

Health
Daily running can lower death risk

A new US study has suggested that running everyday, even for a few minutes, can significantly reduce a person's risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases.

Economy
Zillow buys Trulia in $3.5B deal to merge the two biggest real estate advertising websites

Zillow agreed to buy its biggest competitor on Monday. The purchase comes at a time when an improving housing market is driving more potential home buyers to the Internet.