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  1. In first, Mormon Church appoints 3 women to leader...Read the original story

    Wednesday Aug 19 | WHTC

    The Mormon Church said on Wednesday that for the first time in its history the Utah-based faith has appointed a trio of women to high-level leadership councils that had been traditionally served only by men. The decision by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is major development in the role of women in the faith amid sometimes fractious debate over their role in its hierarchy.


  2. Delta flight makes emergency landing in Denver due...Read the original story

    Saturday Aug 8 | WHTC

    A Delta airliner flying from Boston to Salt Lake City encountered a hail storm and was forced to make an emergency landing in Denver, a federal official said on Saturday. Photos taken by a passenger and posted on the website of Salt Lake City television station KSTU showed cracks in the windshields of the plane's cockpit and damage to its nose cone.


  3. Former heart surgeon to head Mormon Church's boardRead the original story

    Jul 16, 2015 | WHTC

    A 90-year-old retired heart surgeon has been appointed head of the powerful board that oversees the finances and evangelical direction of the Mormon Church, officials have said. Russell Nelson takes over the position as president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the second-highest governing body of the Utah-based church, from Boyd Packer, who died earlier this month at his home in Salt Lake City.


  4. Former Utah teacher sentenced to up to 30 years fo...Read the original story

    Jul 9, 2015 | WHTC

    A former high school teacher in the U.S. state of Utah who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing three of her teenage students was sentenced on Thursday to between two and 30 years in prison, a prosecutor said. Handcuffed and dressed in an orange jail uniform, Brianne Altice, 36, of suburban Salt Lake City, cried during her court appearance, saying she was sorry for the grief her actions had caused her victims and their families.


  5. High-ranking Mormon church figure Boyd Packer dies...Read the original story

    Jul 3, 2015 | WHTC

    Boyd Packer, head of the Mormon Church's highest governing body, died at his home in Salt Lake City on Friday, the church said on its website. He was 90 and died of age-related causes, Elder Russell Ballard of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement.


  6. U.S. Episcopalians vote to let gay couples wed in ...Read the original story

    Jul 1, 2015 | WHTC

    The U.S. Episcopal Church voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to let gay couples wed in the denomination's religious ceremonies, reinforcing its support for same-sex nuptials days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The Church, part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, became in 2012 the largest U.S. religious denomination to approve a liturgy for clergy to use in blessing same-sex unions, including gay marriages in states where they were already legal.


  7. Utah police find four dead in apparent murder-suic...Read the original story

    Jun 22, 2015 | WHTC

    Officers responded to a report of an assault at the house in the city of Roy, about 25 miles north of Salt Lake City, around 10 p.m. local time on Sunday night, according to the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper and other news outlets. Officer Josh Taylor, a spokesman for the Roy Police Department, told the Tribune that four bodies were discovered inside the home and that police were not looking for a suspect.


  8. About 55 people at Utah homeless shelter suffer fo...Read the original story

    Jun 1, 2015 | WHTC

    About 55 people, including some children, fell ill with suspected food poisoning at a homeless shelter in Salt Lake City on the weekend, and authorities were investigating the source of the illness, officials said on Monday. Ambulances and a bus were sent to the shelter on Sunday to take those sickened to local hospitals, where they reported nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and diarrhea, according to Salt Lake City Fire Department spokesman Jasen Asay.


  9. Mormon leader L. Tom Perry dies at 92, opposed sam...Read the original story

    May 30, 2015 | WHTC

    Mormon leader L. Tom Perry, the oldest member of the faith's highest governing body and who spoke against same-sex marriage, died from cancer on Saturday at age 92, the church said. Perry, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, died at his home in Salt Lake City, Utah, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a statement.


  10. Mormons defend traditional marriage at annual conf...Read the original story

    Apr 4, 2015 | WHTC

    Less than three weeks after Utah enacted the state's first nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender residents, the Mormon Church on Saturday extolled the eternal value of marriage between a man and a woman. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has long held that marriage is a sacred union, in life and in the hereafter, and reiterated that belief in its 185th Annual General Convention in Salt Lake City.


  11. Colorado teen found in suitcase suffered drug over...Read the original story

    Mar 31, 2015 | WHTC

    A teenage Colorado girl whose remains were found dumped in a suitcase in a remote park area last month died from a drug overdose, the local coroner's office said on Tuesday. Kelly Mae Myers, 18, was reported missing in the mountain town of Grand Junction in December by relatives who said she may have tried to hitchhike to visit friends in Salt Lake City.


  12. Boston Olympic backers say they won't make bid wit...Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 23, 2015 | WHTC

    The organizers for Boston's campaign to host the 2024 Olympic Games on Monday said they would not make a final bid to the International Olympic Committee unless a majority of Massachusetts residents support the idea. The vow, which came in a full-page ads in the Boston Globe and Boston Herald newspapers, comes days after a poll showed that a majority of Boston-area residents opposed the idea, with many concerned that city taxpayers would be left to cover some of the estimated $9.5 billion costs of hosting the Summer Games.


  13. Colorado police find remains of teen girl missing ...Read the original story

    Mar 2, 2015 | WHTC

    The remains of an 18-year-old girl who vanished in western Colorado late last year have been found and the police are treating the teen's death as suspicious, authorities said. Kelly Mae Myers was reported missing by relatives in the mountain town of Grand Junction who said they last heard from her on Dec. 18 and described her disappearance as very unusual.


  14. FBI probes fatal Utah police shooting of man carry...Read the original story

    Feb 20, 2015 | WHTC

    Federal prosecutors and the FBI are reviewing the fatal police shooting of a 22-year-old black Utah man who was holding a sword when he was killed, the Salt Lake Tribune reported on Friday. The police killing of Darrien Hunt in Sarasota Springs last September raised tensions in the mostly white city some 30 miles south of Salt Lake City, and came a month after a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, fatally shot an unarmed black teen, prompting waves of protests across the country.


  15. Utah Mormon activist to learn fate in coming days:...Read the original story

    Feb 9, 2015 | WHTC

    A prominent Mormon activist who faces possible excommunication after going against the church by supporting same-sex marriage and questioning doctrine is set to learn his fate "in the coming" days, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. John Dehlin, founder of the Mormon Stories website and podcast, has drawn supporters and the attention of church leaders who fear his work could unduly influence the faithful.


  16. Utah parents who fatally drugged children feared a...Read the original story

    Jan 27, 2015 | WHTC

    The parents of a Utah family found dead in a locked bedroom at their home last year often discussed religiously-held notions of the apocalypse and orchestrated a multi-drug familicide using methadone and over-the-counter cold medication, police said on Tuesday. The bodies of Benjamin and Kristi Strack and three of their children aged 11 to 14 were discovered by the Stracks' lone surviving child and his grandmother on Sept.


  17. Mormon church announces support for U.S. laws prot...Read the original story

    Jan 27, 2015 | WHTC

    The Mormon church on Tuesday announced its support for laws protecting the rights of gay individuals - as long as religious freedoms are not compromised - a rare conciliatory move toward a community with whom it has long been at odds. Leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said at a news conference in Salt Lake City they were taking a "fairness for all" approach that would balance religious freedom with safeguards for gays and lesbians in terms of housing, employment and other rights.


  18. Bostonians want a vote on city's bid to host 2024 ...Read the original story

    Jan 20, 2015 | WHTC

    Three-quarters of Boston-area residents say that they should get a chance to vote on a planned bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games, according to a poll released on Tuesday. While about half of respondents to the poll by MassINC Polling Group for WBUR radio said they supported the idea of hosting the games, they disagreed with Mayor Martin Walsh's statement that no vote was needed.


  19. Utah's Brigham Young University issues first beard...Read the original story

    Jan 15, 2015 | WHTC

    Utah's Brigham Young University, the Mormon Church's flagship education institution, has for the first time issued guidelines on when students may grow beards without violating its rule that men must be clean-shaven. Under the private school's honor code, which forbids premarital sex, tattoos and drinking alcohol, and requires that men and women dress modestly, only certain students will be permitted to grow facial hair.


  20. How much pain still looms for U.S. energy firms?Read the original story w/Photo

    Jan 12, 2015 | WHTC

    With nearly a quarter of U.S. energy shares' value wiped out by oil's six-month slide, investors are wondering if the sector has taken enough punishment and whether it is time to pile back in ahead of earnings reports later this month. The broad energy S&P 1500 index gained more than 4 percent over the past month, suggesting many believe markets have already factored in the pain caused by oil prices tumbling by more than half since June below $50 a barrel.


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