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April 4, 2015 2:43 PM Adorable Otter Pup Takes A Break To Learn How To Otter

A large flock of starlings fly illuminated by the setting sun near Bacau, north eastern Romania, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. Large numbers of starlings populate the vast cereal growing agricultural lands in eastern Romania, feeding on the seeds already laid in the ground. (Vadim Ghirda/AP) In this late Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 photo taken using long exposure 36

April 4, 2015 1:41 PM Mormons set to gather in Salt Lake City to learn news, get guidance at biannual conference

SALT LAKE CITY – More than 100,000 Mormons will descend on Salt Lake City this weekend for the faith's biannual conference to listen to spiritual guidance from leaders and to learn about church news. Few people know ahead of time what news will be announced or which issues will be discussed by Mormon church leaders. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 27

April 4, 2015 1:32 PM Mormon Conference Set to Begin This Weekend in Utah

The biannual Mormon conference is set to kick off Saturday morning in Salt Lake City. More than 100,000 people will file in and out of the church's conference center over five sessions Saturday and Sunday. They come to receive spiritual guidance and hear about church news. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds two conferences each year: one in the spring 22

April 4, 2015 1:29 PM 2 days after meeting with President Obama, Mormon leaders set to kick off biannual conference

SALT LAKE CITY – The biannual Mormon conference is set to kick off in Salt Lake City Saturday morning. More than 100,000 people will file in and out of the church's conference center over five sessions Saturday and Sunday. They come to receive spiritual guidance and hear about church news. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints holds two conferences 13

April 4, 2015 12:14 PM Transgender Mormons Struggle To Feel At Home In Their Bodies And Their Religion

SALT LAKE CITY – Sixteen-year-old Grayson Moore had no label, only metaphors, to describe the disconnect he felt between his body and soul. It was like car sickness, he says, when your eyes and inner ears disagree about whether you are moving. When Moore’s mother gave her then-daughter a vocabulary for the feelings — “gender dysphoria,” or transgender 34

April 4, 2015 6:50 AM NFL set to hire first permanent female referee, report says

Sarah Thomas became the first woman to referee an NCAA football game in 2007. The NFL has yet to officially announce the introduction of Sarah Thomas into its officiating ranks, but the Baltimore Sun reported the potential hire Friday. According to the report, Thomas will be among eight new officials the NFL will introduce for the 2015 season. "She has the right 26

April 4, 2015 1:37 AM In a first, NFL offers Sarah Thomas a game official job, insider says

The call came from one retired NFL game official to another. Joe Haynes, who had moved on to scouting officiating prospects, phoned Gerry Austin, then coordinator of officials for Conference USA. "Gerry," Haynes said, "I've got a high school official down here in Mississippi that you need to take a look at, somebody who's ready for college football 17 1

April 4, 2015 1:04 AM NFL Hires First Full-Time Female Official

The NFL has hired its first time full-time female official, reports the Baltimore Sun’s Aaron Wilson. Sarah Thomas, a native of Mississippi who began her officiating career in high school, officiated games before leaving to continue her career in pharmaceutical sales. She was then contacted by Gerald Austin, who was a coordinator of football officials 24

April 3, 2015 10:27 PM Sarah Thomas to become NFL's first female full-time official

Sarah Thomas never viewed herself as a pioneer even now that she is poised to break the gender barrier as the NFL's first permanent woman official. Thomas, who worked preseason games and the New Orleans Saints minicamp this past spring as a line judge, will become the league's first full-time female official during the 2015 season, a person familiar 20

April 3, 2015 8:17 PM Drummer pledges $10K to help high school recover from fire

Drummer Deen Castronovo of Journey heard about Wednesday's fire at South Albany High School through a text from a friend and fellow Oregonian. His text back: "How can I help?" The friend contacted a TV station, which in turn provided a contact at Greater Albany Public Schools. Castronovo and his wife, Deidra, have committed to a $10,000 donation to the high school's 27