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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a "balanced approach" in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An international team is piloting a helium-filled balloon across the Pacific Ocean in an effort to break two major ballooning records. Here are five things to know about the challenge. THE PILOTS. Accomplished balloon pilots Troy Bradley of Albuquerque...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Vanderbilt football player on trial for rape took "deplorable" photos of the alleged assault, but shouldn't be convicted of rape because he didn't take part in it, a defense attorney said Tuesday. Prosecutors say Brandon Vandenburg encouraged...
PHOENIX (AP) — For some travelers visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl, the trip may be just as memorable as the game. Hundreds of luxury jets will arrive at eight airports around metropolitan Phoenix by kickoff Sunday. Perks for passengers include goody-filled swag bags, a...
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Thieves in an SUV smashed through the glass doors of the Wells Fargo History Museum in downtown San Francisco and made off with gold nuggets on display. KNTV reports ( http://bit.ly/1BuxPeE ) that police haven't made any arrests after an unknown amount of...
AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMEN: A state Senate bill allowing students, faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on public college campuses was filed Monday with 19 senators as joint authors. Current law allows those who hold a concealed handgun license to carry their weapons on...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A historic New Orleans cemetery that may have started New Orleans' tradition of above-ground crypts will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated vandalism among the tombs, the Roman Catholic archdiocese that owns the property has...
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Bishop Brian Thom stood quietly in front of Idaho lawmakers, hastily collecting his thoughts before responding to a question in a room packed with supporters of religious freedom and hundreds of gay rights advocates. "Can you tell me where gay people come...
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Facebook said it suffered a self-inflicted outage lasting an hour on Tuesday that made its site inaccessible to users worldwide. The glitch reported in Asia, the United States, Australia and the U.K. affected access from PCs and Facebook's mobile app...