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Russell M. Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Photo: Paul Hennessy/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints urged members at a conference on Saturday to take precautions when it comes to COVID-19 and thanked those who have followed church guidance, which includes getting vaccinated, the Associated Press reports.

Why it matters: The Mormon Church, one of the largest Christian denominations in the U.S., has faced internal division among its 16 million members worldwide over pandemic guidelines.

The big picture: Church President Russell M. Nelson said Saturday that the world is "still dealing with the ravages of COVID-19 and its variants.”

  • “One of the plagues of our day is that too few people know where to turn for truth," Nelson said, per AP. "I can assure you that what you will hear today and tomorrow constitutes pure truth."
  • The church's twice annual conference is taking place without full attendance due to the coronavirus, but several hundred people returned Saturday to watch in person.
  • In Utah, where the church is headquartered, roughly 65% of residents ages 12 and older have been fully vaccinated as of Saturday, according to state data.

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Oct 20, 2021 - World

Putin supports week at home for workers amid rising COVID-19 deaths

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Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday supported a proposal to institute a non-working week to curb record high coronavirus deaths, AP reports.

Driving the news: Putin said Wednesday that he backs a non-working period, where workers will stay at home, beginning Oct. 30 and continuing through the following week, when four of seven days are already state holidays, per AP.

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Facebook changes corporate name to Meta

Screen shot of CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company's "Connect" virtual event

CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday said the social media giant is renaming its company Meta.

Why it matters: The effort is meant to shift its image from a social media platform to a “metaverse” company that focuses on building virtual work and social communities.

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Filings show Sweetgreen isn't profitable, despite claims

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Restaurant chain Sweetgreen on Monday filed to go public, and revealed that it lost money in each year since 2014.

Why it matters: The company lied when it repeatedly told reporters it was profitable.