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Mormon LGBT policy change triggers widespread backlash among church members

SALT LAKE CITY New Mormon church rules targeting gay members and their children have triggered a firestorm of backlash from church members of all political backgrounds.

Mormon scholar Patrick Mason said the symbolism of targeting kids has riled up even conservative, orthodox Latter-day Saints who don’t usually get on the LGBT bandwagon or question church decisions.

Kremlin-controlled TV airs ‘secret’ plans for new submarine-launched nuclear torpedo

MOSCOW President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said plans for a new submarine-launched nuclear torpedo shown on Kremlin-controlled television were secret and should never have been aired.

NTV and Channel One showed a large document ‚Äî filmed over a military officer’s shoulder during a meeting with Putin ‚Äî with drawings and details of a weapons system called Status-6.

Rare blue diamond expected to fetch up to $55 million in 2 days of jewelry auctions in Geneva

GENEVA Two rare colored diamonds go under the auction hammer this week in Geneva, with one standout blue diamond discovered in a South African mine last year expected to fetch up to $55 million — which would set a world record for any gemstone.

By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Thursday unveiled the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered as hundreds of people lined up to get a look.

Scientists had cut open the giant plaster jacket that protected the skull as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the museum.

Puppet, Twister, Super Soaker make National Toy Hall of Fame, beat Wiffle ball, coloring book

ROCHESTER, N.Y. Twister, the parlour game once too hot for the Sears catalogue but cool enough for Johnny Carson, was inducted Thursday into the National Toy Hall of Fame. The class of 2015 also includes the old-as-time puppet and Super Soaker — think squirt gun on steroids.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi eyes post ‘above the president’ to sidestep ban on her holding top office

YANGON, Myanmar Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday that if her opposition party wins historic polls this weekend she will take a post “above the president” to circumvent a constitutional ban that blocks her from the presidency.