Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
President Thomas S. Monson stops and smiles for some photos after the Sunday morning session of the 181st Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011.

Here’s a look at the news for Jan. 3.

Thomas S. Monson dies

President Thomas S. Monson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died at 10:01 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Salt Lake City. He was 90.

According to the Deseret News, President Monson served as the church’s president for 10 years. During his time as an apostle and prophet, the church expanded from 2.1 million to 15.9 million people and the number of temples jumped from 12 to 150.

Read more about President Monson at the Deseret News.

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Hatches announces retirement

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced on Tuesday that he will retire at the end of his term, according to the Deseret News.

Speculation suggests that this will pave the way for Mitt Romney to run for the Senate position.

"I've always been a fighter," Hatch said in a video announcement. "But every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me that time is soon approaching."

Hatch said with "much prayer and discussion with family and friends, I've decided to retire at the end of this term."

Several Utah leaders responded to Hatch’s decision.

“Sen. Hatch has been a tremendous servant to the people of Utah, and he will be sorely missed. It has truly been an honor serving with him in the United States Senate, and I know he will continue to do fantastic work for Utahns,” said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

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Trump tweets raise concern

President Donald Trump taunted North Korea on Tuesday night with a tweet about nuclear weapons, according to CNN.

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"North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the 'Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.' Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!" Trump tweeted.

Trump’s comments came one day after Kim said that the U.S. was within striking distance of a North Korean missile.

Kim also said he hoped to have open communication with South Korea.

Trump responded to Kim’s gesture toward South Korea, too.

Read more at CNN.

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