• United States Nov 10, 2019

    Mormon Families Fleeing Mexico Violence Arrive in Arizona

    An 18-vehicle caravan carrying about 100 members of Mormon families leaving their homes after a violent attack in Mexico arrived in Arizona on Saturday. The families came nearly a week after the attack Monday in which nine women and children were killed by what authorities said were hit men from drug cartels. On Saturday, families went in and out of...

  • Mexico Nov 6, 2019

    9 U.S. Citizens Who Were Killed by Drug Cartel Gunmen in Mexico Belonged to a Mormon Offshoot Group

    The nine U.S. citizens who were killed in a brutal ambush by drug cartel gunmen Monday while traveling in Mexico belonged to a Mormon offshoot group that has been touched by cartel violence before, NBC News reports. The group was part of the extended LeBaron family, Mormon fundamentalists who first came to Mexico nearly a century ago — when the...

  • social media Oct 6, 2019

    Thousands Show Up for Free Kanye West “Service” in Utah

    Thousands of people showed up to an outdoor shopping center in Utah to see rapper Kanye West perform what he calls a worship service. Saturday’s concert was held right before the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints held its twice-yearly conference in Salt Lake City. West took the stage late in his worship service and performed one song —...

  • social media Sep 19, 2019

    Taylor Swift Calls Kanye West ‘Two-Faced' Amid Ongoing Feud

    Taylor Swift is finally sharing her side of the story. The “Lover” songstress sat down with Rolling Stone for an interview in which she broke down the details behind her ongoing feud with Kanye West.

  • Facebook Aug 19, 2019

    Elizabeth Smart's Father Announces He Is Gay and Is Divorcing His Wife

    Ed Smart, the father of kidnapping survivor and child safety activist Elizabeth Smart, has announced he is gay, divorcing his wife, and leaving The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Smart, 64, who has also served as a child safety advocate for years through his daughter’s foundation, announced the emotional decision to family and friends in a Facebook message...

  • America May 7, 2019

    Mormons Making Wedding Rule Change to Be More Inclusive

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints changed wedding rules Monday in hopes of preventing family members who aren’t church members from feeling excluded. Couples who get married in civil ceremonies will no longer have to wait one year to do a temple wedding ceremony that only members in good standing can attend, the faith said in a news...

  • Danielle Abreu Apr 30, 2019

    Student at Mormon University Comes Out as Gay in Valedictorian Speech

    A student who came out as gay during a valedictorian speech at Mormon-owned Brigham Young University has drawn praise from fellow students and notable figures such as Kristin Chenoweth and the husband of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Matt Easton, 24, said Monday he hopes his decision helps ease loneliness felt by other LGBTQ students at the institution where an...

  • LGBTQ Apr 4, 2019

    Mormons Repeal Ban on Baptisms for Children of Gay Parents

    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules banning baptisms for children of gay parents and making gay marriage a sin eligible for expulsion — marking a reversal of policies condemned as jarring detours from a push by the faith to be more compassionate about LGBTQ issues. The 2015 rules that were approved by global church...

  • United States May 9, 2018

    Mormons Severing All Ties With Boy Scouts, Ending Long Bond

    The Mormon church will completely sever ties with the Boy Scouts of America at the end of next year. The religion will move its remaining boys into its own scouting-type program. The announcement Tuesday night by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Boy Scouts marks an end to close relationship that lasted more than a century built...

  • President Apr 5, 2018

    Woman Sues Mormon Church Alleging Rape by Leader in 1980s

    A woman who recently accused a former Mormon missionary training center director of raping her in the 1980s and the church of failing to take her allegations seriously has sued them — a move that will bring more scrutiny to the handling of sexual abuse reports. McKenna Denson, 55, alleges in a lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in Utah...

  • President Mar 30, 2018

    Mormon Youth Interviews With Bishops Under Scrutiny

    A group of people demanding an end to one-on-one interviews between Mormon youth and lay leaders and the sexual questions that sometimes arise during the meetings plan to march to church headquarters Friday to show they’re not satisfied despite a rule change this week that allows children to bring parents with them. Group organizer Sam Young, a Mormon father from...

  • President Jan 4, 2018

    Mormon Church President Thomas S. Monson Dies at 90

    Thomas S. Monson, 16th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who led the nearly 16 million-member faith for nine years as the church’s “prophet, seer and revelator,” died Tuesday evening at the age of 90. President Monson, who served as president of the Church since February 2008, died from causes incident to age. Two years ago,...

  • Attorney Dec 6, 2017

    Missing Girls Found Near Makeshift Utah Compound, 2 Arrested

    Two Utah men, one a self-styled prophet, were under arrest Tuesday after a search near a remote, makeshift compound turned up four girls whose fathers were in an upstart group with beliefs in polygamy and doomsday, police and relatives said. Police said two of the girls were considered to be kidnapping victims after their father dropped off the grid with...

  • San Diego Jun 2, 2017

    Trash Truck Driver Dumps Burning Trash Heap in Tierrasanta Church Parking Lot

    A trash truck driver dumped his trash load into the parking lot of a church in Tierrasanta Wednesday after he smelled smoke while making rounds at a nearby apartment complex.

  • Department of State Mar 23, 2016

    Woman in Brussels Attacks Photo Is Indian Flight Attendant, Family Says

    A woman sitting bloodied and dazed just moments after the Brussels airport bombings was one of the most haunting images from the attacks. The woman’s family in India saw the photo after Tuesday’s blasts. They identified her as Nidhi Chaphekar, a 40-year-old Jet Airways flight attendant and mother of two from Mumbai. “We were searching through the Internet to try...

  • NBC Mar 23, 2016

    Brussels Airport Attack Is 2nd Major Bombing for Utah Teen

    Surviving a major bombing is the extraordinary — and repeated — situation that one Utah teen can live to tell about. Mason Wells, a 19-year-old from Sandy, Utah, is expected to make a full recovery from the bombing attack at the Brussels airport Tuesday, which left him with a surgery scar, severed Achilles tendon, head gash, shrapnel injuries and severe burns.

  • Department of State Mar 23, 2016

    At Least 12 Americans Hurt in Brussels Attacks; No U.S. Deaths Reported: State Department

    The U.S. State Department said Wednesday it is aware of about 12 Americans injured in a series of deadly blasts that rocked a subway station and international airport in Belgium’s capital city Tuesday morning. State Department Deputy spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement, “At this time, we are not aware of any U.S. citizen deaths. We must emphasize that...

  • driver Mar 7, 2016

    Gladys Knight Serenades Officer With ‘Happy Birthday' During Traffic Stop

    A Utah police officer who pulled over a car carrying iconic soul singer Gladys Knight was treated to an impromptu rendition of “Happy Birthday” Wednesday night.

  • Governor Jan 13, 2016

    Lotto Players Go Great Lengths for Chance at Major Jackpot

    Lottery ticket buyers have to suspend their belief in math to drop $2 on an infinitesimal chance to win the Powerball jackpot, but in Nevada, they also have to drive across the desert and wait in lines that can stretch for hours. In Hawaii and Alaska, they need to cross an ocean or mountains to reach a lottery kiosk. As...

  • Governor Jan 13, 2016

    $1.5 Billion Puts the ‘Power' in Powerball With Buying Frenzy

    Powerball fever grows ahead of tonight’s record jackpot drawing on Jan 13, 2016. Lines wrap around gas stations, shops and markets across the country, with some players even crossing the border in the six states that don’t play the game.

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