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'Embrace this pain,' pastor urges after Oregon shootings

People sniffled in the pews of New Hope Church here Sunday as Pastor David Ewert read the names of the nine people killed in this week’s shooting at Umpqua Community College. Nine candles flickered at the Communion table near the pulpit. "These candles are lit in memory of these nine individuals...

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Shell's controversial Arctic drilling effort ends for 'foreseeable future'

It was only in recent weeks, after Royal Dutch Shell had spent eight years and more than $7 billion in its controversial effort to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean, that the company finally began to drill deeply into what it believed was a promising expanse of seafloor off the coast of Alaska...


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Mormon Church stays close to home with new leadership picks

The Mormon Church has chosen three new members for a top governing body that sets policy and runs the faith's business operations — but none from a foreign country, as had been speculated. The new members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, all from Utah, were serving in lower-level church leadership...