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By Riley Snyder RENO, Nevada (Reuters) - A couple and four young children missing in frigid weather since they went on an outing to play in the snow on Sunday were found alive in a remote mountain range in Nevada on Tuesday huddled in their overturned vehicle, a sheriff's dispatch supervisor said. The couple had taken their two children and the woman's niece and nephew, who range in age from 3 to 10, to an abandoned mining camp in the Seven Troughs range of northwestern Nevada, Pershing County dispatch supervisor Sheila Reitz said. The six were found in good condition and were treated for exposure and dehydration at the Pershing General Hospital in Lovelock, Nevada, said Patty Bianchi, chief executive officer of the facility. "They did a lot of things right by staying with the vehicle, and they did have food and water available with them, and as soon as the vehicle suffered this slow rollover accident, the father jumped into action," Dr. Douglas Vacek added.
The East Coast's first significant snowfall of the season dumped as much as 6 inches on northern Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and southern New England, according to the National Weather Service. By midday the storm had blown through Washington, D.C., where federal government offices were shut for the day, the Office of Personnel Management said. In neighboring Delaware, Governor Jack Markell announced state offices were shut and urged residents to stay off dangerously slick roads. "People were just sliding into one another." In Oklahoma, the medical examiner said winter weather was responsible for 11 deaths ranging from traffic accidents on icy roads to falling into icy waters.
By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) - Thirty-five years after lifting a ban on blacks entering the priesthood, the Mormon church has offered an explanation for a practice that was in place for more than 100 years, saying it was rooted in the racism of the times. A church-produced essay, "Race and the Priesthood," ties the ban to an 1852 speech by Brigham Young, the faith's second president, who led the church to Utah, and distances the modern Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the policy. "The justifications for restrictions echoed the widespread ideas about racial inferiority that had been used to argue for the legalization of black 'servitude,'" reads the essay, part of a series aimed at giving Mormons more context for understanding various aspects of church history, practices and doctrine. "Church leaders today unequivocally condemn all racism, past and present, in any form," the essay says.
MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) ? Alan Alda, the actor-turned-part-time professor, has a new question for scientists to consider: How do you explain color to an 11-year-old?
Key findings on the gender pay gap and attitudes toward workplace equality, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center:
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Young American women are increasingly likely to receive pay nearly equal to their male counterparts, with earnings at 93 percent of men, a new study finds. Still, those women remain as pessimistic as their mothers and grandmothers regarding gender equality.
Today is Wednesday, Dec. 11, the 345th day of 2013. There are 20 days left in the year.
(Reuters) - The winning numbers have been drawn for the fourth-largest jackpot in the history of the Mega Millions lottery that is played in the majority of U.S. states but it is not yet known if a matching ticket was sold. The winning numbers from Tuesday night's drawing for a top prize of $344 million were: 5, 12, 22, 41, 65 and 13, Mega Millions said. The next largest prizes in the 17-year history of Mega Millions were worth $390 million and $380 million.
DALLAS (AP) ? A Texas woman and former actress pleaded guilty Tuesday to sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, under a deal that her attorney has said would cap prison time at 18 years.