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Canada's parliament attacked, soldier fatally shot nearby

A gunman attacked Canada's parliament on Wednesday, with gunfire erupting near where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was speaking, and a soldier was fatally shot at a nearby war memorial, stunning the Canadian capital.

Mexican Official Links a Mayor to Missing College Students

The authorities on Wednesday provided a broad account of the apparent abduction of 43 college students last month in southern Mexico, saying that the police in a small city attacked them on orders of the mayor and his wife out of fear they were going to disrupt a speech she was giving.

Baby killed, 8 wounded in terror attack at Jerusalem train stop

A baby was killed and eight people wounded when a car rammed pedestrians at a Jerusalem train station on Wednesday in a terrorist attack, police said.

Jury Finds Blackwater Guards Guilty of Iraq Shootings

A federal jury Wednesday convicted four former Blackwater USA private security guards in the shooting deaths of 14 Iraqis in a Baghdad traffic circle in 2007, closing a chapter in a saga that complicated U.S.-Iraq relations.

LDS
LDS Church releases video about suicide prevention, Greg Olsen painting

A new Mormon Message video was released Tuesday night by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints regarding suicide prevention

Mormon Artist Gets Recognition on Huffington Post for Breathing Life into Disney Artwork

On Monday, the Huffington Post published an article titled, “Artist Uses Photoshop to Breathe New Life Into Old Disney Movie Scenes.” The artist mentioned is Tyson Murphy, who also happens to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS pitcher Matthew Neil asked for a trial and got it

Pitcher Matthew Neil is at the bottom of his mountain, and he’s ready to climb. What’s at the top?

LDS Church publishes two new essays on past history of plural marriage

The LDS Church posted two new essays online Wednesday about its past history of plural marriage. One covers the beginnings of the practice in the 1830s and 40s. The other covers the endings, from 1890 and beyond.

LDS Church will give 'Standing for Something' award to film executive-turned-philanthropist

Leslie Moore, a senior missionary for LDS Church Public Affairs in Sydney, Australia, first heard of Scott Neeson at a synagogue when a Jewish rabbi equated his story with Joseph of Egypt.

17 Easy-to-Ship Christmas Gifts for Your Missionary & Their Investigators

What are you sending your missionary for Christmas? Now is the time to send gifts to your missionary so that they arrive before Christmas. Here is the perfect gift guide full of inspiring and affordable gifts for your missionary and their investigators.

National
Secret Service dogs nab White House fence jumper

An unidentified man who climbed the White House fence shortly after 7 p.m. on Wednesday was immediately apprehended by uniformed agents and K-9 teams. The incident comes on the heels of other Secret Service security breaches.

California orders churches, others to pay for abortion, despite federal protections

Despite a 2004 federal law, the state of California is telling churches and other faith-based employers their health insurance programs must pay for elective surgical abortions. Two Christian groups are threatening a federal lawsuit.

Tom Coburn highlights ridiculous government spending in final Wastebook

This year’s Wastebook does not show the $5,210 that the State Department tried to spend on a blowup, human-size foosball field for an embassy in Belize.

Georgia Dems face backlash over flier urging vote to ‘prevent another Ferguson’

A new mailer being circulated in Georgia by the state’s Democratic Party is drawing criticism for linking the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., to the upcoming elections.

Social Security payments to increase 1.7 percent for retirees in 2015

Social Security payments for 64 million retired American workers will increase 1.7 percent in 2015. That means the typical retiree will get an extra $22 per month, receiving a $1,328 average monthly Social Security payment and $15,936 annually.

Rare correction made in Justice Ginsburg’s dissent on Texas voter ID law

The U.S. Supreme Court made a rare correction on Wednesday to a dissent written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Texas’ controversial new voter-identification law.

Democrat Clay Aiken courts Republicans in longshot House bid

“American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken can’t hand out yard signs for his congressional campaign fast enough. Not because of the openly gay Democrat’s broad appeal in this deep-red district, but because people steal them.

US increases security following Canadian attack

Following the fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial, the US military upped security at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery. The FBI and Homeland Security said the US had not received specific threats.

Prisons Agree to End Race Policy

California officials agreed Wednesday to end a policy in which it segregated prison inmates after riots based on their race as a way to prevent further violence.

Navajo nation presidential candidate rejected: How well can he speak Navajo?

The Navajo Nation's top court rejected an appeal from presidential candidate Chris Deschene after a lower court disqualified him for refusing to demonstrate proficiency in the Navajo language.

National Park Service: 5 western parks vandalized, incidents under investigation at 5 more

The National Park Service says vandalism has been found within five western national parks and officials are investigating vandalism reports at five other parks.

World
Jean-Claude Juncker issues migrant threat to Cameron

Jean-Claude Juncker has issued a direct threat to David Cameron and said he is "not willing to compromise" on the issue of the freedom of movement of migrants within the European Union.

Woman charged after remains of 6 infants found in Canada

A Canadian woman was charged Wednesday after the remains of six babies were found earlier this week in a Winnipeg storage facility.

Nigeria's Frayed Ceasefire With Boko Haram

Last week, Nigerian military officials announced a ceasefire agreement between the government and the Boko Haram militant group which dominates significant swaths of territory in the northeastern regions of the country. The deal, brokered in neighboring Chad, included an agreement to secure the release of the more than 200 schoolgirls whose abduction in April this year drew an international outcry.

South Korea Dismantles ‘Propaganda’ Christmas Tree Tower

A South Korean Christmas tree tower that shone near the border of North Korea has been taken down, about a week after officials from the two countries convened for the first time since 2007.

UN rejects North Korea's 'honeyed words,' moves forward with human rights case

North Korean officials made a rare appearance to defend the country's human rights record at a UN event featuring the testimonies of North Korean refugees. The UN Security Council is considering referring North Korea's alleged violations to the International Criminal Court.

British Man Pleads Guilty After Faking 2 Year Coma to Avoid Court, Cops Say

A British man pleaded guilty this week to stealing 40,000 pounds from an elderly neighbor and pretending to be in a coma for two years to avoid charges, authorities said.

Business
Camel maker Reynolds halts workplace smoking

Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American (RAI) is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.

Apple-1 computer sold at auction for $905,000

One of the first Apple-1 computers has been sold at auction for $905,000, making it the most expensive Apple computer ever.

More scrutiny for Japanese maker of defective air bags

Today the government urged still more owners of vehicles with potentially deadly airbags to bring them in immediately for repair. 3 million more vehicles were added to the list, bringing the total to 7.8 million.

Target will offer free shipping on all holiday items starting today

Target Corp. is offering for the first time free holiday shipping on all items, including even $6 lipsticks, as the discounter throws itself in the ring to compete better with the likes of Amazon.

Science
Humongous, toothless wonder of a dinosaur unveiled

Nearly 50 years after discovering Deinocheirus mirificus, paleontologists have established a complete picture of the 36-foot-long dinosaur.

Health
Why Ebola Hasn’t Really Spread Across West Africa

Though a few cases of Ebola in the U.S. and Europe have sparked panic that the deadly virus is spreading far and wide, a closer look at the outbreak in West Africa tells a slightly different story. The epidemic, which the World Health Organization reports has claimed at least 4,877 lives, largely in West Africa, has so far been mainly confined to three countries: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. But why have others like Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Côte d’Ivoire — which all share at least one border with a badly afflicted country — so far managed to avoid any cases of the virus?

U.S. tightens Ebola monitoring for West African visitors

The United States imposed new constraints on Wednesday on people entering the country from three nations at the center of West Africa's Ebola epidemic, mandating that they report their temperature daily and stay in touch with health authorities.

Economy
China Factory Gauge Rises as Workers Weather Slowdown

A Chinese manufacturing gauge rose in October, adding to signs a resilient labor market and export demand are helping the world’s second-largest economy weather a housing market downturn.