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Oklahoma court favors church in Syrian torture lawsuit

Sean Murphy, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 5:12pm

A man from Syria who says he was tortured in his home country after converting to Christianity has no legal recourse against an Oklahoma church that published his name and baptism online, the state's highest court ruled on Wednesday.

Astronomers discover 7 Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby star

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:43pm

Astronomers have found at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the same star 40 light-years away, according to a study published Wednesday in the journal Nature. The findings were also announced at a news conference at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

Senate bill would create school program for computer science, engineering

Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:50pm

The Utah Legislature is considering a bill that would create a grant program encouraging a focus on computer science, information technology and computer engineering in schools.

2 Amish men dump horse-poop lawsuit against Kentucky city

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 2:45pm

Two Amish men from Kentucky who sued the city of Auburn's mayor and police chief over an ordinance requiring horses to wear excrement-catching bags within city limits have voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit.

Detroit suburb will allow mosque to settle lawsuits

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

A Detroit suburb that had denied a religious organization's proposal for a mosque in a residential neighborhood will allow construction to move forward to settle two lawsuits that alleged religious discrimination, U.S. authorities said Wednesday.

Have You Seen This? Alex Trebek is our favorite rapper

Angie Treasure, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:15pm

Alex Trebek — the Canadian septuagenarian who has hosted “Jeopardy!” since 1984 — is making waves after a rap category on the perpetually popular game show has the internet in a tizzy.

Vatican abuse probe of Guam archbishop heads to mainland US

Grace Garces Bordallo and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 12:06pm

Vatican officials prosecuting Guam's archbishop for alleged sex abuse have moved their investigation from the territory to Hawaii and now the mainland U.S. so they can interview potential witnesses.

Local entrepreneurs aim to feed 1 billion hungry by November 2020

Amy Osmond Cook, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 11:59am

Entrepreneur Dr. Ambuj Jain has launched Feed a Billion, an organization aiming to feed 1 billion of the world's hungry by the year 2020. He has already served up 1.3 million meals.

Son of dissident cleric begins prison term

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:28am

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency is reporting that the son of late dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri has begun serving a six-year prison term.

Serbs warn Bosnian Muslim bid at UN court revives old wounds

Jovana Gec, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:25am

A decision by Bosnia's Muslim leader to revive a wartime genocide lawsuit against Serbia at the United Nations' top court has rekindled divisions that led to the 1992-95 war, the top leaders of Serbia and Bosnian Serbs warned on Wednesday.

Sitcoms that influenced us and our parenting

Kelly Wallace, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:10am

Ask anyone who grew up in the 1970s, '80s and '90s about their favorite sitcoms and they probably won't miss a beat, answering quickly and with tremendous passion about shows that influenced them in countless ways.

Iceland's president says he would not ban pineapple pizza

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:41am

Iceland's president's strong views on pizza have caused an international stir.

Pope demands access for food aid to famine-struck S. Sudan

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 4:10am

Pope Francis is demanding concrete action to get food aid to famine victims in South Sudan, saying words aren't enough to prevent millions from being condemned to death by hunger.

Militants kill 2 Christians in Egypt's Sinai

Ashraf Sweilam, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 3:50am

Egyptian security officials say suspected militants have killed two Christians in the restive north of the Sinai Peninsula, days after an Islamic State affiliate vowed to step up a wave of attacks on the embattled minority.

Trump pick as security adviser is independent-minded

Robert Burns, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:34am

President Donald Trump's choice of an outspoken but non-political Army general as national security adviser is a nod to pragmatism, but Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will serve a commander in chief with unorthodox ideas about foreign policy and an inner circle of advisers determined to implement them.

NASA in Tooele County? Lawmakers encourage new testing facility

Katie McKellar  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:35pm

State and county officials say NASA has its eye on a site about 10 miles south of Tooele for a new testing facility — and the site may have a competitive edge over others being considered in Texas, California and New York.

Residents concerned trail improvement will remove natural traits of Sandy park

Alex Cabrero and Xoel Cardenas  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 9:04pm

Voters in Salt Lake County recently approved a Zoo, Arts, and Parks Bond of which some $4 million is going to trail improvements at Dimple Dell in Sandy. Now many voters say they had no idea what "improvements" meant.

Evidence of rising anti-Semitism, but data mostly elusive

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:54pm

Has anti-Semitism accompanied Donald Trump's rise to power? Some organizations that monitor hate groups and hate crimes believe so, noting a rash of recent incidents. But data is elusive, and the president's supporters note his family connection — a Jewish daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren — and his comments this week condemning hate and prejudice.

A dietitian's advice on how to love, savor and enjoy food without guilt

Emily Fonnesbeck, KSL.com Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:33pm

Mindful eating has real potential to create positive experiences with food, increasing self-trust and decreasing fear. With less focus on what you eat and more focus on how you behave around food, you can learn how to self-moderate without rules.

'More than worthy': Family receives Purple Heart their father earned as POW

McKenzie Romero  |  Posted   Feb 21st - 8:03pm

Granting recognition their father never received in life, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, presented a family with the Purple Heart Army Staff Sgt. Royce Fuhriman earned as a prisoner in World War II and a survivor of the Bataan Death March.