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Mormons to meet in Salt Lake City for biannual conference
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Mormons to meet in Salt Lake City for biannual conference

SALT LAKE CITY — Tens of thousands of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are scheduled to attend the faith’s biannual conference this weekend, in which senior leaders will address nearly 17 million believers throughout the world from their headquarters in Utah. The conference, held at the church’s 21,000-seat conference center...

UN says it’s ready to work with Congo on peacekeeper pullout
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UN says it’s ready to work with Congo on peacekeeper pullout

UNITED NATIONS — The head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Congo, which was the target of deadly protests during the summer, said the United Nations is “ready and willing” to work closely with the government to step up the pace of withdrawal of the U.N. force that has over 14,000 troops and police. Bintou...

Pollution from Florida mining a concern with Hurricane Ian
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Pollution from Florida mining a concern with Hurricane Ian

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The polluted leftovers of Florida’s phosphate fertilizer mining industry, more than 1 billion tons in “stacks” that resemble enormous ponds, are at risk for leaks or other contamination when Hurricane Ian comes ashore in the state, environmental groups say. Florida has 24 such phosphogypsum stacks, most of them concentrated in mining...

McConnell backs post-Jan. 6 revisions to elections law
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McConnell backs post-Jan. 6 revisions to elections law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he will “proudly support” legislation to overhaul rules for certifying presidential elections, bolstering a bipartisan effort to revise a 19th century law and avoid another Jan. 6 insurrection. The legislation would clarify and expand parts of the 1887 Electoral Count Act, which, along with the...

French Senate report denounces sexual abuse in porn industry
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French Senate report denounces sexual abuse in porn industry

PARIS — Sexual and physical abuse in France‘s porn industry is “systemic” and lawmakers should better regulate the production of videos and protect children who are “heavily exposed” to the content, according to a French Senate report released Wednesday. . The report, titled “Hell Behind the Scenes,” was the first prepared for the French parliament...

California murder suspect, teen daughter killed in shootout
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California murder suspect, teen daughter killed in shootout

LOS ANGELES — An abducted 15-year-old girl and her father — a fugitive wanted in the death of the teen’s mother — were both killed amid a shootout with law enforcement Tuesday on a highway in California’s high desert, authorities said. San Bernardino County Sheriff Shannon Dicus did not specify whether Savannah Graziano was shot...

Iran’s anti-veil protests draw on long history of resistance
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Iran’s anti-veil protests draw on long history of resistance

A young woman climbs to the top of a car in the middle of Mashhad, a conservative Iranian city famed for its Islamic shrines. She takes off her headscarf and starts chanting, “Death to the dictator!” Protesters nearby join in and cars honk in support. For many Iranian women, it’s an image that would have...

Fed’s Powell urges broader regulation for stablecoins
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Fed’s Powell urges broader regulation for stablecoins

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that stablecoins will need greater regulation as they become more widely used by consumers. Powell also said, in virtual remarks to a conference on digital finance in Paris, that the Fed hasn’t yet decided on whether to proceed with a digital dollar. The Fed’s sharp interest...

Shakira to face trial for tax fraud in Spain
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Shakira to face trial for tax fraud in Spain

BARCELONA, Spain — A Spanish judge on Tuesday approved a trial for Colombian pop singer Shakira on charges of tax fraud. Spanish prosecutors accused the entertainer in 2018 of failing to pay 14.5 million euros ($13.9) in taxes on income earned between 2012 and 2014. Prosecutors are seeking an eight-year prison sentence and a hefty...

Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes’ path: From Yale to jail
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Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes’ path: From Yale to jail

PHOENIX (AP) — Long before he assembled one of the largest far-right anti-government militia groups in U.S. history, before his Oath Keepers stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, Stewart Rhodes was a promising Yale Law School graduate. He secured a clerkship on the Arizona Supreme Court, in part thanks to his unusual life...