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A record number of young Mormons signed up for missions after church leaders lowered the minimum age in 2012, but new figures show the onslaught of proselytizing Latter-day Saints didn’t lead to an equally dramatic spike in converts. Statistics released …

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  • In this Thursday, April 16, 2015 photo, Beverley Petrunich, co-owner of DoGone Fun, a day care and boarding facility, visits with some of her clients in Chicago. Experts say doggie day care contributed to an epidemic of dog flu in Chicago that is spreading in the Midwest. Petrunich says when the virus emerged in Chicago, her canine clients were hit hard. She consulted with vets, then closed for five days in late March to control the outbreak. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) Dog flu outbreak gained foothold at urban doggie day cares
    Chicago • Many urbanites use doggie day cares while they work long hours. Paying others to exercise their pets, owners can forgo long walks and enjoy ...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • In this Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 photo, Pidgeon Pagonis poses for a photo at her home in Chicago. Pagonis, who was raised a girl but has male chromosomes, works as an activist opposing drastic genital surgery for intersex children. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) Intersex surgeries spark move away from drastic treatment
    Chicago • She was born to a young Chicago couple, named Jennifer, and grew into a beautiful long-lashed child with wavy dark hair, big brown eyes and ...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 08:27 am   |     |   Share
  • Parents of marathon victim say take death penalty off table
    Boston • The parents of the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombing are urging federal authorities to consider taking the death penalty off the...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 08:24 am   |     |   Share
  • Obama nominates ambassador for Central African Republic
    Washington • President Barack Obama has nominated a career foreign service officer to become the U.S. ambassador to the Central African Republic. Jeff...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 08:22 am   |     |   Share


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  • FILE - This April 27, 2010 file photo shows an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico near the Chandeleur Islands, off the Southeastern tip of Louisiana. From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life: a testament to the resilience of nature. But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it's not nearly as pretty a picture, nor as clear. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File) Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred
    From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resi...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Pam Yorksmith, left, and her spouse Nicole Yorksmith, along with their children, Grayden, 4, and Orion, are photographed in the office of their attorney, Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA, Friday, April 3, 2015 in Cincinnati. A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her latest reminder of why she took up the fight for same-sex marriage. Before baby Orion could be treated for croup, the hospital had to call his birth mother, Yorksmith’s wife, Nicole, Supreme Court’s gay marriage case: Stories of love, life and death
    Washington • A middle-of-the night trip to the emergency room, with her 9-month-old son coughing and laboring to breathe, gave Pam Yorksmith her lates...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 11:20 am   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken April 15, 2015, Deesha Dyer walks across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington to attend the seventh annual White House Kitchen Garden Planting withfirst lady Michelle Obama. There’s a new social director at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. The White House announced Thursday that deputy social secretary Deesha Dyer is being promoted to the top job. She will be in charge of planning everything from the annual Easter Egg Roll to opulent state dinners, along with numerous receptions, ceremonies and other events. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) White House names 37-year-old former hip-hop journalist to social secretary top job
    Washington • A former hip-hop journalist who became a White House intern in her 30s was named on Thursday as the new White House social secretary. Dee...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 03:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • Lawsuit seeks to legalize prostitution in California
    San Francisco • Advocates for California sex workers are seeking to legalize the world’s oldest profession. A federal lawsuit filed March 4 seeks to s...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 02:45 pm   |     |   Share
  • This Wednesday, April 23, 2014 photo shows electronic cigarettes and accessories displayed at a store in Chicago. For the first time, a government survey released on Thursday, April 16, 2015 says U.S. teen cigarette smoking fell below 10 percent, but dramatic increases in teens puffing electronic cigarettes and hookahs offset the use of traditional nicotine products like cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chewing tobacco. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) Study: High school smoking fell as e-cigarette use boomed
    New York • Teen smoking hit a new low last year while the popularity of electronic cigarettes and water pipes boomed, a government report shows. The n...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 02:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Ambush: Louisiana deputy shot while directing traffic near school
    Paradis, La. • Authorities say a 36-year-old Louisiana sheriff’s deputy has been shot multiple times while directing traffic in a school zone. St. Cha...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 12:09 pm   |     |   Share
  • Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush tells reporters he will make up his mind “in relatively short order” on whether to seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, after attending a bill signing ceremony with Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Thursday, April 16, 2015. Bryant signed a bill based on a program created in Florida under Bush which has the state issuing $6,500 vouchers to some special education students, allowing their families to use public money to pay for private school tuition, tutoring or other education services. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) Jeb Bush: Campaign decision ‘in relatively short order’
    Jackson, Miss. • Jeb Bush said Thursday he will make up his mind “in relatively short order” whether to seek the Republican nomination for president i...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 12:06 pm   |     |   Share
  • FILE - In this April 7, 2015, photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Howard University in Washington, at the university's medical center to discuss the impact of climate change on public health and steps his administration is taking to reduce the health impacts of climate change on communities. The cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s plan to address climate change is still months away from being finished, but it’s already facing a high-stakes legal challenge from critics who want to halt the process in its tracks.  (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File) Court skeptical of challenge to Obama’s climate change plan
    Washington • Two out of three judges on a federal appeals court panel expressed doubts Thursday about a legal challenge to the Obama administration’s ...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 09:22 pm   |     |   Share
  • In this photo taken Sunday, April 12, 2015, Tammy Boyd, left, and Kimberly Franklin pose for a photo in Louisville, Ky. They are among the six Kentucky couples that will have their cases argued at the United States Supreme Court in later April 2015. Every time Kim Franklin saw Tammy Boyd in their small town of Simpsonville, Ky., a Rod Stewart ballad streamed uncontrollably through her head: Gay marriage profile: A long road from high school crush to fight for gay marriage
    Louisville, Ky. • Every time Kim Franklin saw Tammy Boyd in their small town of Simpsonville, Kentucky, a Rod Stewart ballad streamed through her head...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 11:18 am   |     |   Share
  • This image provided by Joseph Vitale, shows Joseph, right with Rob Talmas, left, holding their adopted son Cooper in New York City. Living and married in New York City, Vitale and Talmas joined the legal battle over Ohio’s same-sex marriage law because their adopted son was born in the state. A couple since 1997, they married in New York in 2011. Both are from large families and wanted to have their own. Working with an adoption agency, they adopted a son, Cooper, who is known in court documents as “Adopted Child Doe,” in 2013.  (Joseph Vitale via AP) Gay marriage profile: A new baby pulled NY couple into Ohio gay marriage lawsuit
    Cincinnati • Married and living in New York City, Joseph Vitale and Robert Talmas joined the legal battle over Ohio’s same-sex marriage law because th...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 11:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Pam Yorksmith, left, and her spouse Nicole Yorksmith, along with their children, Grayden, 4, and Orion, are photographed in the office of their attorney, Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA, Friday, April 3, 2015 in Cincinnati. They are Ohio plaintiffs in a same-sex marriage case to be argued before the Supreme Court on April 28. Raising two young children in states that don’t recognize that their parents are married has confronted Nicole and Pam Yorksmith with a range of issues. They live and work in neighboring states, Kentucky and Ohio, that ban same-sex marriage, and that complicates school enrollment, benefits, travel and tax matters and, most worrisome, medical emergencies. Gay marriage profile: Lesbian couple wants to lift obstacles to raising children
    Cincinnati • Raising two young children in states that don’t recognize that their parents are married has confronted Nicole and Pam Yorksmith with a r...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 11:18 am   |     |   Share
  • Jayne Rowse, left, and April DeBoer, right, pose with their adopted children Jacob, 5, from left, Nolan, 6, Ryanne, 6, and Rylee, 2, at their home in Hazel Park, Mich., Sunday, April 12, 2015. DeBoer and Rowse initially went to court to win the right to jointly adopt each other’s children, not to confront Michigan’s ban on gay marriage. But three years later, the Detroit-area nurses sometimes can’t buy groceries without supporters recognizing them and giving a hug. Each woman has adopted two kids, but they can’t jointly adopt them because joint adoption in Michigan is tied to marriage.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya) Gay marriage profile: Michigan gay marriage challenge began as adoption case
    Detroit • April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse initially went to court to win the right to jointly adopt each other’s children, not to confront Michigan’s ban...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Gay marriage profile: California couple part of Tennessee gay marriage challenge
    Nashville, Tenn. • Johno Espejo and Matthew Mansell moved from the San Francisco Bay area to Franklin, Tennessee, in 2012 for Mansell’s job as a confl...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Kelly Noe, left, and her spouse, Kelly McCracken, along with their daughter, Ruby Noe-McCracken, are photographed in the office of their attorney, Gerhardstein & Branch Co. LPA, Friday, April 3, 2015 in Cincinnati. They are Ohio plaintiffs in a same-sex marriage case to be argued before the Supreme Court in late April. Noe and McCracken say they give their baby daughter a lot of love. Now, they want the nation’s highest court to give them more legal status. The 32-year-olds have been a couple since 2009, were married in 2011 in Massachusetts, and Kelly Noe gave birth to Ruby 10 months ago.(AP Photo/Gary Landers) Gay marriage case profile: Two Kellys raising baby as loving, if not legal, parents
    Cincinnati • Kelly Noe and Kelly McCracken say they give their baby daughter a lot of love. They want the nation’s highest court to give them more leg...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 11:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Oldest hotel in Yellowstone designated as historic landmark
    Billings, Mont. • The oldest hotel in Yellowstone National Park has been designated as a National Historic Landmark. Park officials announced the desi...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 10:33 am   |     |   Share
  • Study: U.S. moms typically space pregnancies 2½ years apart
    New York • For U.S. moms, the typical time between pregnancies is about 2½ years but nearly a third of women space their children too close, a governm...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 10:27 am   |     |   Share
  • This photo provided by Orange County, Calif., Animal Care shows a goose with an arrow piercing its neck awaiting treatment by veterinarians in Lake Forest, Calif., after its capture in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, April 15, 2015. A worker at the Anaheim Hills Car Wash befriended the goose several days ago and was able to catch it and turn it over to officers from Orange County Animal Care, department spokeswoman Katie Ingram said. Veterinarians at an area bird and wildlife clinic examined the bird and said it appeared to be in good health, except for the arrow that missed all its vital organs, Ingram said. (Orange County Animal Care via AP) California goose with arrow piercing neck dies after surgery
    Anaheim Hills, Calif. • An Egyptian goose that lived for at least a week with an arrow piercing its neck as it evaded capture by animal control worker...
    Updated Apr 16 2015 10:06 am   |     |   Share
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