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FCC chairman proposes new net neutrality rules

Netflix Inc. and other Internet companies may soon be able to pay for a faster road online for streaming movies and other content into customers' homes, raising concerns about who ultimately may end up with the bill.

Sub Nears End of Search While Debris Found Ashore Not From MH370

The submarine scouring the Indian Ocean for a missing Malaysian Air (MAS) plane has completed more than 90 percent of its search area without success while a study of debris that washed ashore turned out to be a false lead.

Ukraine crisis: US troops land in Poland for exercises

Some 150 soldiers, who landed in north-west Poland, are due to be followed in coming days by a further 450 troops.

Koreans, Even in the North, Begin to Bid Farewell to Victims of Ferry Disaster

With hopes of finding more survivors of the South Korean ferry sinking all but gone, some families, as well as the nation, began bidding farewell on Wednesday to the students and other victims whose bodies have been recovered. And in an unusual gesture, North Korea sent its condolences.

LDS
Utahn creates app after traveling to 65 LDS temples

A Utah man decided to take on a personal venture to travel for a year across the U.S. and compile video and pictures of all the LDS temples. Murry Dalton of South Jordan is a videographer, and he decided to put his talents to use in a unique project. He said he was inspired to do the project to give people the opportunity to see the LDS temples across the U.S.

Rare Mormon coins go up for auction

Some very rare coins are up for auction, and you may be surprised at how much people will pay for them. One of the rare Mormon gold coins could fetch as much as $1 million.

Church Partners to Help the Homeless

The Church made a donation of $1.5 million to help build the Lantern House, an Ogden facility to house the homeless and specifically to keep families together. A groundbreaking ceremony was held 22 April 2014, with all participating organizations getting a chance to turn some dirt to begin the project.

National
Explosion shuts large natural gas processing plant in Wyoming

An explosion on Wednesday shut a natural gas-processing plant in Wyoming that can churn out about 2 percent of the daily U.S. gas supply, and a nearby town was evacuated though no injuries were reported.

A Defiant Rancher Savors the Audience That Rallied to His Side

Cliven Bundy stood by the Virgin River up the road from the armed checkpoint at the driveway of his ranch, signing autographs and posing for pictures. For 55 minutes, Mr. Bundy held forth to a clutch of supporters about his views on the troubled state of America — the overreaching federal government, the harassment of Western ranchers, the societal upheaval caused by abortion, even musing about whether slavery was so bad.

World
China says quality of its groundwater has worsened

Nearly 60 percent of the groundwater at sites monitored throughout China is of poor or extremely poor quality, with excessive amounts of pollutants, according to an annual report by the Ministry of Land and Resources.

Obama goes stag to Asia, and Japanese don't like it

Obama travels to Japan without the first lady, and Japanese tongues are wagging about what that says about Japan's place on the US priority list. After all, Michelle Obama and daughters recently went to (gasp!) China.

Culture
He's lovin' it: Ronald McDonald rocking a new look

Ronald McDonald is going chic. Or, at least he's certainly trying to. The McDonald's icon famous for his wild red hair, yellow jumpsuit and floppy shoes, has gotten a makeover from a theatrical stylist – really – who has updated just about everything but

Go time traveling with Google Maps

Google is giving users something of a time machine in a new feature on Maps. The company is adding past images of places noted in Street View for the desktop version of Google Maps. The goal is to give users the ability to see how places have changed over time.

'Walking Dead,' 'Doctor Who' stars attend Mormon Tabernacle Choir performance

In an interview with the Deseret News, Salt Lake Comic Con co-founder Dan Farr mentioned that two celebrity guests who were in town for the FanXperience convention last weekend stuck around to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Sunday morning "Music and the Spoken Word" Easter performance. The two guests were Laurie Holden, known for her role as Andrea on AMC's TV-MA zombie series "The Walking Dead," and Karen Gillan, known as Amy Pond from the BBC's hit show "Doctor Who."

Science
Asteroids hit Earth with force of nuclear blasts

Findings released for the first time by the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization — which operates a network of sensors that monitors Earth around the clock, listening for the infrasound signature of nuclear detonations — confirmed that between 2000 and 2013, 26 explosions on Earth's atmosphere were detected, ranging in energy from 1,600 kilotons — all caused by asteroid impacts.

Researchers See New Importance in Y Chromosome

There is new reason to respect the diminutive male Y chromosome. Besides its long-known role of reversing the default state of being female, the Y chromosome includes genes required for the general operation of the genome, according to two new surveys of its evolutionary history. These genes may represent a fundamental difference in how the cells in men’s and women’s bodies read off the information in their genomes.

Scientists solve 'bio-duck' ocean sound mystery: Antarctic Minke whales

A strange noise, sounding much like a duck, has been heard in waters surrounding Antarctica for decades. The sounds have also been recorded in the waters off Western Australia and the Eastern Weddell Sea off Antarctica.

Opinion
Equity, not debt: a whole new way to invest in education

What if instead of charging tuition a private investor took an equity stake in students? If the student does well, the investor gets a strong return. If the student just gets along, the investor gets a modest gain. If the student flails and fails, the investor gets burned.