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CDC confirms first case of Ebola in US

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed on Tuesday that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case diagnosed in the United States.

After first Ebola case, red flags emerge that U.S. unprepared for pandemic

The confirmation Tuesday of the first Ebola case on U.S. soil emerges against a backdrop of increasing concern in America’s medical community that preparedness for a pandemic has stagnated or slipped in recent years because of tough economic times and increasing malaise since the 2001 anthrax threat.

Court Rules Oklahoma ObamaCare Not OK

Opponents of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) have rung up a win in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in the case titled Pruitt V Burwell

Chris Christie assails Obama over ISIS inaction

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie blasted President Obama's leadership in handling the ISIS threat, in an interview with "CBS This Morning" anchor Gayle King which will air Wed. morning.

LDS
LDS temples grow ever closer to members

The LDS Church now has 143 operating temples. Another 27 have been announced or are under construction. As temples have spread rapidly throughout the world, accessing important temple blessings has become more and more convenient for church members.

Mormonism in Pictures: Preparing for a Worldwide General Conference

The Conference Center has 21,000 seats; they will be filled five times between the 4th and 5th of October 2014 for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ semiannual general conference. More than 100,000 people will experience the worldwide conference from inside the Conference Center — many for the very first time.

Danny Ainge speaks about career, Mormon faith

The opportunity to hear Boston Celtics president and general manager Danny Ainge talk about his road to the NBA was enough to attract nearly 300 residents into a chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on a recent Sunday evening.

America’s Got Talent’s Josh Wright Talks About Faith, Family, Fortune

Josh, at just 26 years old, is already a decorated and accomplished pianist. He’s also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Josh’s album, his self-titled album, “Josh Wright” topped the Classical Billboard charts 3 weeks after its release in 2011. This young man has wowed audiences throughout the United States and Europe. He had his debut at Carnegie Hall earlier this year in January 2014. You might also have seen him on Episode 9 of “America’s Got Talent,” where he had a stellar performance.

Young Women Make Mormon Beliefs Video to Share Goodness

Two young women in Las Vegas, Nevada decided to ‘Share Goodness’ by making a video about their Mormon beliefs with other youth in their ward.

How Doubt Can Actually Strengthen Your Faith

Sometimes it's easy for us to be overwhelmed by our doubts, especially in the world we live in today. Read about how that doubt can in fact strengthen us if we use it properly.

National
California wildfires: 2014 budget spent, as typical high-fire season begins

Facing historic drought conditions, California firefighters are tapping into a state backup fund. As a result, firefighting crews can still be deployed and water tankers flown, despite spending beyond annual firefighting budget.

UPDATE 1-Colorado movie theater massacre trial may be televised, judge rules

A judge presiding over the Colorado theater massacre case ruled on Tuesday that he will allow the murder trial of accused gunman James Holmes to be recorded for television despite opposition from lawyers on both sides, a court ruling showed.

Secret Service let armed felon ride in an elevator with Obama

President Obama shared an elevator earlier this month with an armed security contractor who has three felony convictions relating to assault and battery, in the latest report of a serious violation of Secret Service security protocols.

California becomes first in nation to ban plastic bags at stores

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed into law Tuesday legislation that will prohibit large grocery stores from offering single-use plastic bags to consumers, starting next July. Other restrictions will also phase in.

Shots reported fired at Kentucky high school, 1 injured school, lockdown ordered

A Kentucky high school was put on lockdown Tuesday afternoon after shots were reported and one student injured, WDRB.com reported.

Living wage: New York mayor gives thousands of workers a raise

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s executive order requires business tenants in certain city-subsidized building projects to raise their minimum wages to $13.13 for employees who don't receive benefits.

Reporter claims she was told not to talk to crowd at Michelle Obama event

A Milwaukee reporter is claiming that journalists covering first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at a campaign rally for Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke were told not to speak with the crowd at the event.

Bats May Mistake Wind Turbines for Trees

Some species of bats may mistake wind turbines for tall trees, and follow seemingly familiar air flow patterns to their doom.

Transparency groups press White House on FOIA delays

Government watchdog groups and transparency advocates are asking the Obama administration to review its policy of having the White House sign off on an expanded number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests—a procedure they say causes significant delays.

World
Islamic State Fighting Strains Pentagon Budget

President Barack Obama's expansion of airstrikes in the Middle East is creating new strains on Pentagon planners who thought the days of costly military operations in that region were over—at least for now.

In Hong Kong, both sides brace for Wednesday showdown

A showdown looms Wednesday between China and pro-democracy protesters who hope a two-day national holiday will spark even greater mass demonstrations to expand this enclave's freedom.

US-Afghan security deal signed: why it's small, but important

The security agreement signed by the US and Afghanistan Tuesday doesn't mean big numbers of American troops. It means an important confidence boost.

Islamic State: Is Turkey jeopardizing peace with Kurdish minority?

Islamic State militants are besieging the Syrian town of Kobane, leading tens of thousands of Kurds to flee into Turkey. Kurdish leaders accuse Turkey of supporting IS in order to curb Kurdish self-rule in Syria.

Business
Asian stocks retreat on Hong Kong protests and weak data

Asian stocks are headed for their fourth day of losses as political protests in Hong Kong show no signs of abating and US consumer confidence unexpectedly fell.

EBay to Spin Off PayPal in 2015

Ebay said it would spin off PayPal, its fast-growing payments business, into a publicly traded company in the second half of 2015, marking an about-face for the company.

Microsoft unveils first look at Windows 10

Microsoft on Tuesday lifted the veil on the next version of Windows: Windows 10.

U.S. orders airlines to replace cockpit displays on 1,300 Boeing airplanes

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is requiring airlines to replace cockpit displays on more than 1,300 Boeing Co (BA.N) airplanes to avoid interference from Wi-Fi and cellular devices.

U.S. lawsuits related to Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac profits dismissed

A U.S. federal judge on Tuesday dismissed claims seeking to stop the U.S. government from making Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pay a quarterly dividend to the U.S. Treasury.

Culture
World's oldest clown dies at 98 in Montana

Floyd "Creeky" Creekmore, a former Montana rancher who held the record as the world's oldest performing clown, has died at age 98, his son said Tuesday.

Science
The People Have Voted: Pluto is a Planet!

When Pluto was hurled from the pantheon of planets back in 2006, it could simply have slinked away, accepting its new title of “dwarf planet” without a fuss. But thanks to the undying support of its millions of fans—not just schoolchildren, but many astronomers as well—the little planet that could is still a contender.

Health
White House Urges Calm After First Confirmed U.S. Ebola Case

Within minutes of confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the first confirmed case of Ebola on U.S. soil, the White House communications operation sprang into overdrive. Their message: don’t panic.

After-school exercise may improve thinking skills, fitness

Children who participated in a physical activity program after school did better on thinking tasks than kids who didn't take part in the program, according to a new study.

How often does enterovirus D68 cause paralysis?

Several children in Denver have developed limb weakness or paralysis after contracting respiratory illness, and four of the children have tested positive for enterovirus D68, the virus that has now sickened more than 400 people in 40 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.