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Pope calls violence in Syria 'inhuman,' backs UN cease-fire

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 4:35am

Pope Francis is denouncing the "inhuman" violence in Syria and is backing a U.N. Security Council-demanded cease-fire so food and medicine can reach desperate Syrians and the sick and wounded can be evacuated.

Tens of thousands at Jerusalem funeral of influential rabbi

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 25th - 3:49am

Tens of thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews are attending the funeral of an influential rabbi in Jerusalem.

Iraq's ethnic, religious groups fragmented as elections near

Qassim Abdul-Zahra and Sinan Salaheddin, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 11:35pm

Long beset by toxic divisions, Iraq seems to be growing even more fragmented ahead of national elections scheduled for May, with Iranian influence set to grow and the minority Sunnis seething as they fend for themselves in areas of the country shattered by the three-year war against the Islamic State group.

At Flag Day ceremony, Mexico's 'tri-color' flies upside down

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:53pm

A Flag Day ceremony in Mexico has gone awry, with troops flying the country's red, white and green "tri-color" upside down.

Have You Seen This? Tot outshines New Orleans jazz band

Martha Ostergar, Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 2:02pm

Good buskers can make you stop in your tracks. Great buskers can inspire you to move to the music. Babies can still outshine them all.

5 techy things in the Utah Legislature

Liesl Nielsen,  |  Posted   Feb 24th - 12:28pm

From self-driving cars to drones, here are five tech-centric bills on Capitol Hill.

Bishop at heart of abuse cover-up claims testifies in Chile

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 9:16pm

The Chilean bishop accused of covering up sex abuse by a pedophile priest has testified before a Vatican mission looking into the allegations, a priest involved in the interviews said Friday.

Hot baths, saunas can relieve pain, may help heart, experts say

Amy Chillag, CNN  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:36pm

Idahoan Don Benedict was on 14 pain and anxiety pill doses a day until he began to get relief from soaking in hot springs.

Myanmar bulldozes what was left of Rohingya Muslim villages

Todd Pitman and Esther Htusan, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:22pm

First, their villages were burned to the ground. Now, Myanmar's government is using bulldozers to literally erase them from the earth — in a vast operation rights groups say is destroying crucial evidence of mass atrocities against the nation's ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority.

Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 6:14pm

Myanmar's parliament has approved a budget of about $15 million for the construction of a fence and related projects along the border with Bangladesh in Rakhine state, from which about 700,000 members of its persecuted ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority have fled violence since last August.

3 things to do on your next family outing

Vicki Allsopp, Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:57pm

Research shows that participating in recreational and outdoor activities has positive effects on a family's communication, cooperation and resilience. Here are three not-so-typical recreational activities to plan for your next family outing.

US donors balk at pope's request for $25M for Rome hospital

Nicole Winfield, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 3:35pm

The Vatican is facing another financial headache after donors to a major U.S. Catholic foundation balked at a request from Pope Francis to foot a $25 million loan to a scandal-plagued Rome hospital.

Have You Seen This? Underwater forest

John Clyde, Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 1:14pm

A flood put this forest in Brazil underwater, and the crystal clear water makes it look like a page out of a storybook.

Hobbs residents rally to keep Ten Commandments at City Hall

The Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 10:46am

Some residents in southeastern New Mexico are opposing calls from civil liberties advocates to remove a Ten Commandments monument from public property.

'Lost Tapes' series examines Malcolm X through rare footage

Russell Contreras, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 23rd - 8:54am

Malcolm X was reviled and adored during his lifetime thanks to his views of black nationalism and "by any means necessary" approach to battle racial discrimination. Following his assassination, the civil rights advocate's popularity was revived by hip-hop artists in the late 1980s and early '90s and his image began appearing on clothing, college dorm posters and eventually in a Spike Lee 1992 biopic.

Decorated skier Lindsey Vonn wears gear from Utah company during Olympics

Jacob Klopfenstein,  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 9:12pm

Bryce Fisher woke up on Wednesday morning to see Olympic Skier Lindsey Vonn wearing one of his company’s products on live TV.

5 common myths about eating disorders

Emily Fonnesbeck, Contributor  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 8:39pm

Eating disorders are serious life-threatening mental illnesses. Here are five common myths and misconceptions and how you can get help.

Venezuelan pastor fills presidential void left by opposition

Ricardo Nunes and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press  |  Posted   Feb 22nd - 1:58pm

With two months to go before Venezuela's presidential election, the only challenger to jump in the ring against President Nicolas Maduro is a little-known television evangelist who was once arrested for fuel smuggling and has a range of business ventures.