Push renewed to elevate White Sands to national park status

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The push to elevate a vast expanse of shifting white sand dunes in New Mexico to national park status was renewed at the end of last month as members of the state’s congressional delegation reintroduced legislation aimed at boosting the profile of the already popular tourist destination.

Mormons ease opposition to same-sex couples and their kids

SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Thursday repealed rules that banned baptisms for children of gay parents and that labeled same-sex couples as sinners eligible for expulsion — marking a reversal of policies condemned as jarring detours from a push by the faith to be more compassionate about LGBTQ issues.

Commander in Cheat? New book recounts golf misdeeds by Trump

From pulling a fast one on Tiger Woods to exaggerating his handicap, Donald Trump’s alleged misdeeds on and around the golf course are the subject of a new book by former Sports Illustrated columnist Rick Reilly, “Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump.” Reilly documents dozens of examples of underhanded golf behavior by the president, transgressions talked about by pro golfers and duffers alike.

Winery owner turns to hemp to save his vineyard

LEBANON, Pa. — When William Hartmann opened Royal Oaks Vineyard & Winery in North Cornwall Township in Lebanon County, Pa., it was like a dream come true. Growing cannabis plants? That was never part of the dream.