Christian Science Monitor
Mormon church officials explain the past ban on black priests
The Mormon ban on priests of African descent ended in 1978, but this is the first time the church has given an official explanation for the reasons behind the racist ban or addressed the once widely held notion that skin color indicated spiritual superiority.
George Zimmerman's girlfriend withdraws her statement against Zimmerman
George Zimmerman asked a judge on Monday to grant him contact with the girlfriend he's accused of assaulting. She signed an affidavit saying she doesn't want him charged with aggravated assault, battery, or criminal mischief.
Newtown asks for privacy and kindness as Sandy Hook anniversary approaches
Newtown officials and families of the victims recommend marking the upcoming anniversary with acts of kindness. They also asked the news media not to come to Newtown.
Mike Ditka honored with 'Ditka Day' in Illinois
Mike Ditka Day: Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's office says today is 'Mike Ditka Day' in honor of 'Ca Coach' – the former Chicago Bears player and football coach whose jersey is being retired.
Roy Halladay retires after signing a one-day deal with Toronto Blue Jays
Roy Halladay will retire a Blue Jay. The two time Cy Young winner started his decorated major-league career with Toronto and finished it with a one-day contract with his home team.
From D.C. north to Maine, storms' snow and ice to bedevil into Tuesday
Waves of winter storms, which began at the end of last week, are expected to last into Tuesday for areas north of Virginia, forecasters say. The weather has interrupted air and auto travel, plus Senate proceedings.
Obama expected to speak at Mandela memorial. Joe Biden, not so much. (+video)
President Obama is off to South Africa for a global extravaganza honoring Nelson Mandela. Joe Biden got left behind – but is that so bad?
'Creepy Uncle Sam' doubles down on Snapchat! Is he scaring Millennials from Obamacare? (+video)
The Creepy Uncle Sam ad campaign has taken conservatives' anti-Obamacare message to Millennials. Polls suggest young Americans might be open to the message.
Like NSA, local police sweep up cellphone data of innocents, report says
Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies asked wireless carriers for 'cell tower data dumps' at least 9,000 times in 2012, as part of their investigative work, a US senator reports. His push is to buttress privacy protections for cellphone users in America.
Why tech giants are now uniting against US surveillance
Technology firms like Google and Facebook on Monday called on the US government to curtail its online surveillance. If users no longer trust them, such companies could face big problems.
Is Harry Reid fueling Senate's escalating 'arms war'? (+video)
The Senate is expected to confirm an Obama judicial nominee with a simple majority as Democrats take advantage of rules changed by the 'nuclear option.' But Republicans weren't the only ones using Senate rules to obstruct.
'Parole in place': Obama's illegal-immigration order stokes amnesty worries
The Obama administration has issued a directive on illegal immigration that allows undocumented immigrants who are closely related to military personnel to stay in the country. The order comes amid mounting pressure on President Obama.
Periplaneta japonica: New cockroach in town sneers at a New York winter (+video)
Periplaneta japonica: Biologists identify a species of cockroach in New York City that can reportedly survive a winter there, according to a report released Monday. The newcomer is from Asia. Might it evict its American cousin?
NSA infiltrated online games. Was 'World of Spycraft' effort smart or a waste? (+video)
According to the latest leak from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, massive multi-player online video games have been targeted for years, though for only very modest intelligence gains.
Why a ban on plastic guns is likely to be renewed
Plastic guns will likely be required to still have some metal parts under federal law. But an effort to make plastic guns more detectable, by requiring plastic guns to have an unremovable metal part, seems likely to fail Monday.
Thousands of flights canceled by winter storm
A plodding winter storm that dumped ice and snow across the country forced the cancellation of more than 2,800 flights Sunday. By Monday morning, more than 1,200 flights were already canceled.
Four US presidents to attend Nelson Mandela memorial. Security challenge? (+video)
Four US presidents, at least 50 other world leaders, some two dozen members of Congress, and many other notables will attend Nelson Mandela's memorial service Tuesday in a soccer stadium. With such short notice, it's a big challenge for the Secret Service and other agencies.
Rhode Island recall: Gun-rights battle could backfire on town leaders
Four members of the Exeter, R.I., town council wanted the state to handle concealed-carry permits. Not only did they fail, but gun rights residents have now put them up for a recall election.
Could Satanists get a monument at Oklahoma State Capitol? (+video)
Oklahoma approved the erection of a Ten Commandments monument on the State Capitol grounds in 2009. Satanists now say they have an equal right to put up one of their own.
Rand Paul: My wife says 'no' to presidential bid (+video)
Rand Paul is near the head of the pack of Republicans considering a run for the presidency in 2016. But Sen. Paul's wife Kelley Ashby is giving that possibility a thumbs-down, and she may have the last word.