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Ogden Utah Temple Rededicated by President Thomas S. Monson

The Ogden Utah Temple was rededicated Sunday, 21 September 2014, by President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after undergoing extensive renovation. The temple’s entire exterior was reshaped and new stone and art glass were added.

Fleeing Islamic State offensive, Syrian refugees stream into Turkey

At least 60,000 mostly Kurdish refugees have entered Turkey since Thursday after Islamic State militants surrounded a Kurdish stronghold in northern Syria. Some are calling for US airstrikes to stop the group's advance.

Ghani named Afghan president-elect after deal to end election dispute

Former finance minister Ashraf Ghani was named Afghanistan's president-elect on Sunday after he signed a deal to share power with his opponent, ending months of turmoil over a disputed election that destabilised the country as most foreign troops prepare to leave.

Sierra Leone reaches final day of Ebola lockdown

Frustrated residents complained of food shortages in some neighborhoods of Sierra Leone's capital on Sunday as the country reached the third and final day of a sweeping, unprecedented lockdown designed to combat the deadly Ebola disease, volunteers said.

Thousands of African youth participate in LDS conferences

Nearly 2,400 West African youth, ages 14-18, participated for the very first time in “For the Strength of Youth” programs in the countries of Ghana, Nigeria and Ivory Coast.

Leo Tolstoy's view of Mormons as teaching 'The American Religion'

In his diary, Leo Tolstoy wrote: “God is that infinite All of which man knows himself to be a finite part.”

Mourning family of Mormon missionary finds comfort in stranger's painting

A painting by a Utah artist brought some comfort to relatives of Nancy Vea, an LDS missionary serving in Oklahoma who was killed in August.

Latter-day Saints offering ‘Roots That Bind’ family history fair

That’s the invitation from local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who are presenting a public Family History Fair on Sept. 20.

Draper family shows that tragedy can reveal 'the very gold of truth'

D.H. Lawrence said, “Tragedy is like strong acid — it dissolves away all but the very gold of truth.” In Scott Shelton's post-tragedy message lies a glimpse into the human heart — into the very center of the very gold of truth.

White House Security Boosted After 2 Incidents in 24 Hours

The Secret Service is boosting security outside the White House following an embarrassing security breach in which an intruder with a knife scaled the White House fence, dashed across the lawn and made it all the way inside before agents managed to stop him.

More Western drought on horizon, most of Nevada, parts of Utah reporting severe conditions

Forecasters say severe drought or worse will continue into next year across much of the West, including parts of western Utah, most of Nevada and practically all of California.

Southwest flight makes emergency landing at LAX after wing flaps issue

A Southwest Airlines flight from Sacramento, California, had to make an emergency landing in Los Angeles after its wing flaps malfunctioned.

32 structures destroyed in California wildfire

Nearly three-dozen structures were destroyed in a massive Northern California wildfire that continues to spread more than a week after it started, officials said Sunday.

1 dead, several injured after bus overturns in Delaware

Authorities say at least one person is dead after a bus crash in Delaware and several others are injured.

A thousand volunteers search for missing U.Va. student

About 1,000 volunteers searched Saturday for Hannah Graham without finding significant clues a week after the 18-year-old University of Virginia student went missing, and they will continue their hunt Sunday.

New York Police Officer Dies in Van Crash

A rookie New York Police Department officer was killed and eight other officers were injured after their police van hit a traffic barrier in the Bronx on Sunday morning, police said.

Iran’s Quds force aiding Iraqi Shiites with Obama administration’s blessing

Iran’s secretive Quds force is becoming more active in Iraq along side Iraqi soldiers and militias battling the Islamic State terrorist group, as the Obama administration sends signals welcoming Tehran to the fight.

Ukraine crisis: Thousands march in Moscow anti-war rally

Tens of thousands of people have marched in Moscow to protest against Russia's involvement in the Ukraine conflict.

Free Henning, wife pleads with ISIS

The wife of the British taxi driver being held hostage by the ISIS has issued a plea for his release. Alan Henning from Eccles in Salford was seized while on an aid mission to Syria last December while driving an ambulance.

New York climate march draws hundreds of thousands

An international day of action on climate change brought hundreds of thousands of people onto the streets of New York City on Sunday, easily exceeding organizers' hopes for the largest protest on the issue in history.

China Beats Europe in Per-Capita Pollution for First Time

China surpassed the European Union in levels of pollution levels per capita for the first time last year, propelling to a record the worldwide greenhouse gas emissions that are blamed for climate change.

Kerry Meets Zarif on Nuclear Negotiations, Islamic State

The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats talked for more than an hour today about two security issues with global ramifications: Iran’s nuclear program and the territorial gains of Islamic State extremists.

Houthi rebels sign deal with Yemen parties to form new government

Yemen's Shi'ite Muslim rebels signed an agreement with other political parties on Sunday to form a more inclusive government after rebels advanced on major state institutions in the capital Sanaa, largely unopposed by troops and security forces.

General Motors recalls over 220,000 sedans over fire risk

General Motors is recalling 221,558 Cadillac XTS and Chevrolet Impala sedans because the brake pads can stay partially engaged even when they're not needed, increasing the risk of a fire.

iPhone 6 shoppers get a snack in line, courtesy of McDonald's

McDonald's representatives were up before dawn to provide apple pies and apple slices to early iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus adopters lined up at Apple stores in Chicago and New York. The chain has a vested interest in the iPhone 6's success – McDonald's announced last week that it will begin accepting ApplePay.

Apple's new iPhones score big in durability

Apple's new and bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are more durable than last year's model and a leading Android phone, a study says.

NASA's MAVEN set to enter Mars' orbit Sunday night

NASA will broadcast MAVEN's long-anticipated arrival at Mars in a live webcast Sunday night. India's Mars Obiter Mission will reach the Red Planet Wednesday.

After Surgery, Surprise $117,000 Medical Bill From Doctor He Didn’t Know

Before his three-hour neck surgery for herniated disks in December, Peter Drier, 37, signed a pile of consent forms. A bank technology manager who had researched his insurance coverage, Mr. Drier was prepared when the bills started arriving: $56,000 from Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, $4,300 from the anesthesiologist and even $133,000 from his orthopedist, who he knew would accept a fraction of that fee.

Antidepressant SSRI seen changing human brain architecture very fast in limited study

Some antidepressants, although they may take weeks to provide improvements apparent to patients, are capable of altering the architecture of the brain within a matter of hours, a study suggests.

Could income tax changes hurt the economy?

Policy makers and researchers have long been interested in how potential changes to the personal income tax system affect the size of the overall economy. A new paper examines the possibilities.