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Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become more accepting of gay members.

The church's stance toward gays has softened considerably since it was one of the leading forces behind California's ban on gay marriage in 2008, but high-ranking leaders have reiterated time and again the faith's opposition to same-sex unions.



Ex-guard, inmate convicted in Hawaii “USO” gang trial

HONOLULU (AP) — A former guard was found guilty of taking bribes from a Hawaii prison gang to smuggle drugs and cigarettes to prisoners, while an inmate was convicted of leading a brutal attack to maintain his position in the gang.
 



FBI seeks kidnapping suspect in Hawaii and other islands

HONOLULU (AP) — The FBI says a Seattle man charged with the international kidnapping of his 9-year-old son could have sailed with the boy to Hawaii or other Pacific islands.
 
It's not known exactly when Jeffrey Ford Hanson set sail from Seattle with his son, Billy Hanson. They were last seen by authorities Aug. 28.
 
The FBI doesn't know where they went, but Coast Guard nautical experts say they may have traveled to the Hawaiian islands and beyond based on Hanson's sailing skills.
 



Non-English speeches given at Mormon Conference

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — On a day when two Mormon leaders made history by delivering speeches in foreign languages, the church reiterated its opposition to gay marriage while urging members to be gracious toward those who believe differently.



Ex-inmate describes life in USO prison gang

HONOLULU (AP) - A man who served 20 years for robbery, kidnapping, assault and sexual assault describes some of the inner workings of a Hawaii prison gang.

William Woods says he joined the "USO Family" gang in 2000 while in an Arizona prison where some Hawaii inmates were sent.

Woods testified Friday at a trial for Tineimalo Adkins, the inmate he says recruited him, and Feso Malufau, a former guard accused of taking bribes for smuggling drugs into Halawa Correctional Facility for the gang.



Te'o 'frustrated and devastated' with foot injury

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te'o says he's "frustrated and devastated" with a third foot injury in 13 months.

Te'o sustained a fractured right foot in Sunday's 22-10 victory at Buffalo and is out indefinitely.

Te'o and the team are declining to reveal much information, but club spokesman Bill Johnston said Wednesday that it's a different injury than the one Te'o suffered in the first exhibition game of his rookie season in 2013. Te'o missed the first three games of 2013 with a foot injury and had surgery in the offseason.



Prosecutor: Hawaii prison gang 'kings of castle'

HONOLULU (AP) — A Hawaii prison gang formed out of a need for inmate protection evolved into a violent organization whose members are "kings of their castle," a federal prosecutor told a jury Wednesday at the start of a racketeering trial for a former prison guard and an inmate.

The "USO Family" formed in the 1990s when Hawaii started sending its inmates to mainland prisons because of overcrowding and budget constraints, Assistant U.S Attorney Jill Otake said. At prisons in states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Mississippi, "they found themselves alone and subject to attack and extortion."



New Zealand prime minister wins 3rd term in office

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Prime Minister John Key won an emphatic victory Saturday in New Zealand's general election to return for a third term, a result that will be seen as an endorsement of the way his National Party has handled the economy.

"This is a great night. This is a victory for those who kept the faith," Key told a cheering crowd in Auckland. "This is a victory for those who refused to be distracted and who knew that a vote for National was a vote for a brighter future for all New Zealanders."



Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

NEW YORK (AP) -- Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice.

The authors said they are not recommending any changes in how people use artificial sweeteners based on their study, which included some human experiments. The researchers and outside experts said more study is needed, while industry groups called the research limited and said other evidence shows sweeteners are safe and useful for weight control.



Seau among 113 Hall of Fame nominees

Super Bowl-winning quarterback Kurt Warner and linebacker Junior Seau are among 15 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also nominated for the class of 2015 in their first year of eligibility are receivers Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt, tackle Orlando Pace, and placekicker Jason Elam.

A total of 99 players and 14 coaches comprise the 113 nominees. A modern-era player or coach must be retired at least five consecutive seasons to be eligible.



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