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US airstrikes to support Iraqi troops under attack

The US has carried out airstrikes in Iraq in support of troops who were being attacked by Islamic State (IS) fighters, the US military has said.

Russia sanctions risk lasting damage to Europe’s shaky economy

The tit-for-tat sanctions between Russia and the West that heated up last week are only adding to fears that Europe’s economy will fall back into recession or experience “lost decades” comparable to the downturn in Japan that left the Asian giant’s economy drifting, deflated and diminished in global influence.

Ebola crisis: Obama administration to ask Congress for $1 billion to fight outbreak

The Obama administration plans to ask Congress to approve $1 billion to fight Ebola, sources say, as the U.S. military command in Africa makes countering the deadly disease its highest priority.

Separation anxiety: Many questions as Scottish vote nears

If Scots vote Thursday to sever their 307-year-old union with England, the repercussions of a split may be felt globally — from entrenched economic and defense treaties to a flag that will go from three colors to two.

LDS
How to get 'Meet the Mormons' in theaters near you

Church members living outside of Utah can participate in a "demand it campaign," and draw the Church's new documentary to theaters in their area.

LDS Youth Prepare for Ogden Temple Dedication

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are showing their enthusiasm for the Ogden Temple’s rededication in a variety of ways. Some have previously visited the temple’s open house and others will attend the rededication armed with their white handkerchiefs. But for 16,000 Latter-day Saint youth simply attending the open house wasn’t enough.

Former University of Utah President Chase Peterson dies

The son of a university president, Peterson spent all but seven of his 84 years enveloped in the life of the mind — as student, professor, dean, researcher, and eventually reaching his father’s stature as president.

Auditions for Mormon Tabernacle Choir Movie Now Open

Candlelight Media Group is looking for actors for their upcoming film, Singing with Angels. Candlelight Media is working with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on the movie, which follows the fictional story of one woman’s journey to join the choir.

Sister Reeves celebrates 'The Family,' encourages LDS Church members to share doctrine of eternal marriage

This month marks the 19th anniversary of "The Family: A Proclamation to the World." In order to qualify for the blessings outlined in it, eternal marriage between husband and wife is essential and follows the pattern set by our Father.

National
Hundreds flee as 11 wildfires blaze across California

Nearly a dozen wildfires across the state have driven more than 1,000 Californians from their homes. The largest fire, the the Happy Camp Complex fire, has burned more than 100,000 acres.

Clinton aides scrubbed Benghazi files before review, former official says

A former State Department official is claiming confidants of Hillary Rodham Clinton scrubbed files on the 2012 Benghazi attack before turning them over to the accountability review board, according to multiple news sources.

State Sen. Rod Wright resigns over perjury conviction

State Sen. Rod Wright (D) resigned from the California Senate after he received a three month jail sentence for lying to voters about his residency.

White House backs use of body cameras by police

Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution for bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of an unarmed black man last month in Ferguson, Missouri.

World
5-Hurricane Odile batters Mexico's Baja resorts, sparks looting

Hurricane Odile ground its way up Mexico's Baja California peninsula on Monday, gradually losing strength after injuring dozens of people, forcing the evacuation of thousands and smashing shops open to looters in the popular tourist area.

45 dead after Nigeria building collapse

Rescue workers have recovered 46 bodies and rescued 130 survivors from a collapsed shopping mall and guesthouse at the campus of renowned Nigerian preacher T.B. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations, the West African nation's emergency agency said Monday.

6 Killed, 15 Wounded in East Ukraine City

Shelling killed six people and wounded 15 others in the rebel stronghold of Donetsk, the city council said Monday — the worst reported violence since a cease-fire between Russian-backed rebels and Ukrainian troops took effect on Sept. 5.

As many as 700 migrants feared drowned in Mediterranean

More than 700 people fleeing Africa and the Middle East may have drowned in shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over the last week, bringing the death toll this year to almost 3,000, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said on Monday.

Heads up! Chinese city launches smartphone-only sidewalk

A sidewalk in Chongqing now has two lanes: one where cellphones are banned and another that encourages them. It's modeled after an experiment in Washington.

Massive Flight Cancellations as Air France Pilots Go on Strike

A week-long workers strike that began Monday has caused Air France to cancel over half of all its flights, as pilots protest cost-cutting measures.

Almost Half of China's Rich Want to Emigrate

About half of China’s wealthy are considering moving to a new country within five years, says a just-released report by U.K.-based bank Barclays. The survey of more than 2,000 individuals around the world, all with personal wealth over $1.5 million, showed Chinese are more eager to emigrate than the very well-off in any other region.

Business
United Airlines offers flight attendants $100,000 in voluntary buyout

United Airlines and union officials said Monday that eligible flight attendants will be paid up to $100,000 to leave the company through a voluntary buyout, in a deal that aims to end furloughs at the over-staffed airline.

Alibaba boosts IPO as demand strengthens

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd [IPO-BABA.N] raised the price range on its initial public offering from $66 to $68 on Monday, reflecting strong demand from investors for the year's most anticipated debut and potentially the world's largest-ever IPO.

Science
Rosetta mission: Scientists choose landing site on comet

The Rosetta orbiter will launch its Philae lander in November toward a touch-down site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. This mission represents the first attempt ever to land on a comet.

Health
Brain may 'compensate' for Alzheimer's damage

The human brain may be able to compensate for some of the early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease, research in Nature Neuroscience shows.

Is male pattern baldness an early warning sign of prostate cancer?

Men with male pattern baldness may face a higher risk of developing an aggressive type of prostate cancer than men with no balding, a new study suggests.

Economy
Businesses reported cutting jobs due to ObamaCare

Businesses are cutting jobs due to ObamaCare, according to surveys by several regional Federal Reserve Banks.

Income inequality: States struggle to balance budgets as rich-poor gap widens

That finding adds a new layer to already-hot public debate about rich-poor gaps in America, and the degree to which income inequality is squeezing not only particular groups of Americans but the whole economy, too.