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Texas Governor Rick Perry to deploy troops to US border

The governor of Texas has ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the US border with Mexico to protect against what he described as criminals, human traffickers and drug cartels.

Obama’s order protects gay workers; Hatch wants religious exemption

With the stroke of a pen Monday, President Barack Obama barred federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT workers. Gay-rights groups heralded the executive order as a historic advancement, but others, including Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, criticized Obama for not carving out contractors tied to a religion.

LDS
New study: Mormon pioneers were safer on trek than previously thought, especially infants

The Mormon pioneer mortality rate wasn't much worse than that of the general American population in 1850, a new study shows, though it spiked for the Willie and Martin handcart companies. The infant mortality rate was lower than the national average.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Santino Fontana Headline Pioneer Day Concerts

Excited, honored and terrified is how actor and singer Santino Fontana described his feelings about the opportunity to headline a summer performance titled "A Summer Celebration of Song" with the world-renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

National
Propaganda war continues in Hobby Lobby aftermath

Opponents of the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling favoring religious freedom are distorting that decision's impact on women, critics allege.

Florida: Stay on Gay-Marriage Ruling Is Upheld

A judge rejected an emergency motion filed Monday by a gay couple hoping to wed, effectively allowing the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to remain in effect while it is appealed.

Activists say arrests made in protest at Utah tar sands mine project

Sheriff's deputies in Utah arrested nearly two dozen environmental protesters who chained themselves to fences and construction equipment on Monday at a tar sands mining project in the remote Book Cliffs mountains, an activist group said.

World
As Gaza death toll rises, so do diplomatic efforts to end the crisis

As Secretary of State John F. Kerry embarks on his latest Mideast mission, seeking to stem the escalating carnage in the Gaza Strip, he also wades into a complicated secondary fray: the enmity between Egypt and its regional rivals Turkey and Qatar.

Russian Television Under Spotlight After Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine

The crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 exposes the truth about RT, the Russian English-language propaganda outlet.

China's President Xi Jinping signs Venezuela oil deal

They include a $4bn (£2.34bn) credit line in return for Venezuelan crude and other products. The agreements came on the latest stop of a four-country visit to Latin America. Mr Xi has already signed key deals in Argentina and Brazil. He has now departed from Venezuela and will visit Cuba next.

Impeachment complaint filed against Philippine President Aquino for funds disbursement

Twenty-eight Filipinos, including prominent activists, have filed an impeachment complaint against Philippine President Benigno Aquino III for implementing a major economic stimulus program that the Supreme Court has declared partly unconstitutional.

Business
SpaceX ‘Flights Are As Safe And Reliable As Possible’: NASA Backs Musk's Company In Response To Air Force Letter

In a letter to Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.) a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the Air Force said there were problems in three of SpaceX’s missions: reignition failure in a second-stage rocket engine in September 2013, an engine fire during the December 2013 mission, and “unacceptable fuel reserves” at one point in the January mission, states the letter dated May 20 and cited in a report Monday from Bloomberg.

Culture
Apollo-era building named for Neil Armstrong

Lots of kids build model airplanes, but how many also build a wind tunnel to test and improve their models? Neil Armstrong did, and more than the "small step" on the moon that secured his place in history 45 years ago, that explains the kind of person he was, said Michael Collins, Armstrong's Apollo 11 crewmate along with Buzz Aldrin.

Science
Study says raising beef creates more pollution than pork, poultry or dairy

Raising beef for the American dinner table does far more damage to the environment than producing pork, poultry, eggs or dairy, a new study says.

Gut bacteria allow packrats to munch on toxic plants

Woodrats native to western North American deserts lose their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics kill their gut microbes, University of Utah biologists have found. Conversely, specimens that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters.

Sandstone shapes 'forged by gravity'

Geologists have discovered the secret that gives dramatic natural sandstone monuments their shape: gravity.

Last June hottest since NOAA records began

Last month was the hottest June since records began in 1880, according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s monthly global analysis. In the report, the NOAA say that the combined average temperature over both land and sea was 0.72 degrees centigrade higher than the 20th Century average, with global land surface temperatures being 0.95 degrees centigrade higher than the 20th Century average of 13.3 degrees centigrade.

Seals feast on invertebrates that collect near offshore wind farms

Recent studies on the subject prove that scientists were right about the reasons for marine life thriving near offshore structures of wind farms. Marine biologists tracked 2 group of seals at two different wind farms. Many crustaceans and small fish generally live around the surface of the sea and close to giant columns that stretch to the ocean floor.

Health
U.S. CDC says it 'may never know' how bird flu mishap occurred

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "may never know" how a fairly harmless form of bird flu was cross-contaminated with a dangerous bird flu strain before it was sent to a laboratory outside of the CDC, an agency spokesman said on Monday.

This should be the last Ebola outbreak without a treatment, Canadian expert says

A Canadian scientist who recently returned from the front lines of the West African Ebola outbreak says he hopes this is the last time the world has to combat the virus without specific treatments or protective vaccines.

Study says probiotics can reduce blood pressure as part of a healthy lifestyle

The live bacteria and yeasts usually eaten in yoghurts or taken as food supplements were shown to modestly lower blood pressure when taken for two months or more in a review published in the American Heart Association journal Hypertension.