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• MORMON BISHOP DRESSES IN DISGUISE TO TEACH LESSON: TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Members of a Mormon congregation in the Salt Lake City suburb of Taylorsville were greeted by what they thought was a homeless man at church on Sunday. At least five people asked him to leave the church property, some gave him money and most were indifferent to his presence. What they did not know is that the man was David Musselman, a bishop for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Musselman told the Deseret News he disguised himself as a homeless man to teach his Taylorville congregation about compassion. He says it was a way to convey the “importance of not being critical,” and he was surprised by the loud gasps of the congregation when he removed his wig and glasses at the pulpit during the service. espite the less-than-warm reception he received before then, Musselman says he learned that more people want to improve than he had originally thought.

• KIDNAPPED SQUIRREL RETURNED HOME: OGDEN, Utah (AP) — A squirrel that was kidnapped from Utah by a truck driver, carted hundreds of miles away to Wisconsin and then rejected by her adopted family has returned home for the holidays. The yet-unnamed critter is now recuperating at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah in Ogden, after hitching a ride back west with a former assistant from the Four Lakes Wildlife Center in Madison. The Wisconsin State Journal first reported the furry rodent’s saga, which began when a truck driver at an Interstate 80 rest stop near the Utah-Wyoming border lured her into a makeshift box trap. When she arrived in Wisconsin, she was given to a family near Madison as a pet. They surrendered her to a wildlife sanctuary after two months; things just weren’t working out.

• MAYORAL RACE COULD BE DECIDED BY CARDS: NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A central Ohio community’s mayoral race could be decided by a drawing from a deck of cards if the tie between two candidates holds during a recount set for next week. Chad Waters was declared the winner of the Hanover mayoral race this week when he drew a nine of diamonds from the deck to beat the five of spades pulled by Nicole Gieseler, The Advocate newspaper in Newark reported. The county’s official tally after the general election had the two tied with 104 votes apiece once provisional and absentee ballots were counted. A winner has to be declared before a recount under state law, said Sue Penick, director of the Licking County Board of Elections. Officials opted for the card drawing instead of a coin toss, the other option permitted by law. Gieseler said she doesn’t plan to withdraw before the recount and believes Waters will do a good job if the position becomes his.

• GLITCHES KEEP ROCKET ON GROUND: CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A new communications satellite that has both public and government applications is still sitting on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral, Fla. The privately owned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket has experienced several technical issues this year and two attempts to launch on Thanksgiving were aborted. SpaceX says it will try again in a few days to launch the 7,000-pound satellite into geostationary orbit.