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Mormons Back Limited Gay Rights

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mormon Church leaders on Tuesday voiced support for some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in Utah and across the nation as long as the laws protect the freedom of religious people who in turn oppose such protections. Some people welcomed the announcement, while others said it did not go far enough. In a news conference that included three members of the governing Twelve Apostles and one female …

Where Did The Snow Go? Blizzard Was A Miss, Not A Bust

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In the wild world of winter weather, location is everything, which New York and Massachusetts learned too well Tuesday. Small last-minute changes in the air morphed what was supposed to be crippling feet of snow into a handful of inches in New York, leading one forecaster to apologize, the National Weather Service boss …

Obama: U.S., India ‘Best’ Partners

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Delhi — President Obama laid out a sweeping vision for the future of U.S.-India relations here Tuesday, pushing India on human rights issues while asserting that the relationship between the two countries could become one of the “defining partnerships” of the 21st Century. Obama, in front of an enthusiastic crowd of 1,500 …

Consumer Confidential: GOP’s Cuts to IRS Budget Will Tax Our Patience

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, speaking last week at a conservative policy summit, presented what he called the “single most important tax reform” America could make: abolishing the Internal Revenue Service. That probably won’t happen any time soon. But Republican lawmakers have managed to slash the tax agency’s budget …

Restaurants: We Don’t Live In a Foodie Desert

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Phoenix — Feeding Super Bowl visitors a year after New York’s restaurant scene did it is a hard act for any city to follow. But for downtown Phoenix, the NFL’s big game is a chance to simply score …

Arizona Is Super Bowl Central

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Phoenix — The last time the Super Bowl took place in Arizona, in 2008, Phoenix looked like an obstacle course. The city was wrapping up construction of a light rail and expanding its convention center. Partying was relegated …

Winners and Losers of a Strong Dollar

Sunday, January 25, 2015

It’s a really good time to own wads of crisp, green American cash. As President Obama boasted during his State of the Union address last week, the U.S. economy is back. The job market is growing at a pace unseen in 15 years. The unemployment rate is lower …

Stocks Snap 4-Day Winning Streak

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New York — A batch of mixed earnings reports Friday helped push the stock market to its first day of losses last week. Shares of tissue and diaper maker Kimberly-Clark dropped after the company’s earnings fell short of expectations and it gave a disappointing outlook. Package-delivery service UPS …

A Test for Obama, New Saudi Leader

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Washington — In the late 1980s, a U.S. diplomat in Riyadh went to ask a small favor from then-Crown Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, who replied: A friend who doesn’t help you is no better than an enemy …

Unfulfilled Promise of the Crock-Pot

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Seventy-five years ago, an inventor named Irving Nachumsohn received a patent for the first commercially successful electric slow cooker. A few decades later, his device was more than just a beloved accessory in millions of American kitchens. The …

IS: Japan Hostage Dead

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Irbil, Iraq — The Islamic State group on Saturday claimed it had killed Japanese hostage Haruna Yukawa after Japan declined to pay a $200 million ransom for two men it kidnapped last year in Syria. In a departure from its previous practice of posting a video of the …

Rockets Kill 30 in Ukraine

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Kiev, Ukraine — Indiscriminate rocket fire slammed into a market, schools, homes and shops Saturday in Ukraine’s southeastern city of Mariupol, killing at least 30 people, authorities said. The Ukrainian president called the blitz a terrorist attack and NATO and the U.S. demanded that Russia stop supporting the …

N.Y. Politician Arrested on Bribery Charges

Sunday, January 25, 2015

New York — New York and its Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo start this year’s legislative session facing the latest taint on its already tarnished reputation for government ethics with the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who bent …