October 31, 2014

First Line News Articles for Friday, October 31 2014

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UN Holds Emergency Meeting on Israel Tensions

A U.N. official warned in an emergency meeting of the Security Council on Wednesday that Israel’s plans for further settlements in east Jerusalem threaten the viability of the future Palestinian state. Close ally the United States also warned against Israel’s plans.

Russia warns citizens not to travel abroad because of Ebola

Fears about the spread of Ebola have driven many countries to restrict incoming travelers from abroad. In Russia, those same fears are being given as an official reason why Russians shouldn’t leave home.

Mid-Continent Airport Crash: Plane Hits Building In Wichita

An airplane flew into a building at the Mid-Continent Airport in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday morning.

Hawaii Calls in National Guard as River of Lava Creeps Onward

A delegation of 83 National Guard troops headed to Hawaii on Thursday to provide security for the Big Island community of Pahoa as a stream of lava from the Kilauea volcano continues to creep toward the small town.

Why Islamic State threat is ‘unprecedented,’ but doesn’t change much for US

The Islamic State is a unique hybrid of terrorist group and nation-state that has shown remarkable strategic clarity and organization. But its threat to the America – and America’s options for dealing with it – remain limited.

Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve: officials

Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown said Thursday.

Dating coaches address LDS singles’ concerns

Amy Stevens, a professional matchmaker and dating coach, and marriage and family therapist Alisa Snell, were recently featured on Mormon Channel Daily and offered their tips for greater success in dating.

Syria IS: Iraqi Peshmerga fighters ‘enter Kobane’

Ten Iraqi Kurd Peshmerga fighters have entered the besieged Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish border, Syrian opposition activists say.

Why all of Jerusalem is seething

A disputed holy site was the immediate focus of the Jerusalem tensions, which spiked after the attack on a Jewish activist and the killing of his suspected assailant. But a new generation of Palestinian protesters has been in the streets for weeks.

Republican senators warn Obama against executive action on amnesty

Three of President Obama’s GOP partners on immigration warned him Thursday not to try to act on his own to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, saying the border is not yet secure enough from either illegal immigration or potential terrorist threats.

LDS News

25 Ways to Pray

One of the greatest blessings we enjoy as children of a loving God is the opportunity to connect to Him through personal prayer. We Mormons follow a basic pattern in our prayers — we address Heavenly Father with reverence, give thanks, petition God with our needs and desires (using ‘thee, thou, thy, and thine’), and close in the name of Jesus Christ.

First Presidency Calls for Participation in Upcoming Elections

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sent out a letter to congregations in the United States ahead of the midterm elections to be held on Tuesday, November 4.

LDS Church confirms women’s meeting now part of general conference

The LDS Church’s First Presidency has made the General Women’s Meeting held one week before the faith’s semi-annual general conferences this year an official session of general conference, a church spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

LDS missionaries, members being trained in Ebola areas

LDS Church mission presidents in areas where cases of Ebola are prevalent have been instructed to train missionaries on how to avoid and prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

Arizona mom makes Halloween costumes a fun family tradition

As a child, Nicole Eagleston enjoyed celebrating each holiday with her family. Holidays were something to anticipate and enjoy, and Halloween was no exception.

National

Colorado election law prompts concerns about voter fraud

Colorado’s new election system is being panned by critics as a “ridiculous experiment” that could lead to more voter fraud — in a year of very tight races with nothing less than control of the Senate on the line.

Mitt Romney stumps for US Senate hopeful Mike Rounds in South Dakota

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stumped for U.S. Senate candidate Mike Rounds on Thursday as part of a national tour to energize the GOP base ahead of Election Day.

Californians will pay more for water, must still conserve: officials

Californians face higher water prices and permanent conservation measures amid drought, global warming and population growth in a state that has long struggled to satisfy urban and agricultural needs, the administration of Governor Jerry Brown said Thursday.

Judge Approves Bankruptcy Exit for Stockton, Calif.

A judge on Thursday confirmed a plan by Stockton, Calif., to exit bankruptcy, rejecting arguments that it unfairly discriminated among creditors by chopping a mutual fund’s recovery to near zero while shielding city retirees from any impairment at all.

Republican senators warn Obama against executive action on amnesty

Three of President Obama’s GOP partners on immigration warned him Thursday not to try to act on his own to grant legal status to illegal immigrants, saying the border is not yet secure enough from either illegal immigration or potential terrorist threats.

World

Zambia: Body of President Michael Sata to be flown home Saturday ahead of burial

The Zambian government says the body of President Michael Sata, who died in London after a long illness, will be flown to Zambia on Saturday.

Parents of 43 missing Mexico students meet with president

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met with parents of 43 teachers college students Wednesday for the first time since they disappeared over a month ago, when investigators say police detained the students and handed them over to a drug gang.

For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

The increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all.

Special Report: Tsunami evacuees caught in $30 billion Japan money trap

Thirty billion dollars in funding for roads, bridges and thousands of new homes in areas devastated by the tsunami in Japan three and a half years ago is still languishing unspent in the bank. That means Keiko Abe is heading into a fourth winter of sub-zero temperatures in a cramped, temporary dwelling that is succumbing to the elements.

Anti-Islamists take control of Tunisia’s parliament

An explicitly anti-Islamist party won 85 seats in Tunisia’s parliament, giving it the right to name a prime minister. The moderate Islamist Ennahda Party, which had previously dominated the parliament, won 69 of the 217 seats.

Mass graves found in Iraq’s Anbar province

Mass graves have turned up in Iraq’s Anbar province that may contain up to 220 victims of the Islamic State group.

Poll: Economy, IS, and Ebola overshadow social issues for midterm voters

Social issues are eclipsed by concerns about the economy, health care, the Islamic State group, and Ebola, a new poll finds.

Russia’s flights over Europe: How much bark, how much bite?

NATO says it has seen an ‘unusual level of air activity over European airspace,’ involving 19 Russian bombers and fighters on Wednesday alone. But the flights are more message than menace, experts say.

Ukraine conflict: The “cyborg” defenders of Donetsk airport

The airport has become a symbol of Ukraine’s fight against separatists, and the “cyborgs” are Ukrainians who have held on to it despite persistent rebel attack.

Could Burkina Faso protests signal end of president’s 27-year rule?

With parts of the military joining the uprising, the protests against President Blaise Compaore running for a fifth term are likely to bring to a rocky close the tenure of one of Africa’s longest-standing rulers.

Culture

From Ebola suits to terrorist garb, Halloween costumes reach new low, critics say

Terrorism, Ebola fears and domestic violence in sports have brought out the worst in Halloween revelers, with costumes taking bad taste to frightening lows and even causing potential national security issues, according to one expert.

Science

Newt flesh fungus ‘brought by pets from Asia’

Zoologists say a skin-eating fungus threatens salamanders and newts across Europe, and probably arrived on pet amphibians imported from Asia.

Scientists catch fruit fly disguising itself as four distinct species

Previously thought to be four distinct species, the Oriental fruit fly has now been reclassified as one, potentially boosting pest control efforts.

Health

Terminally ill woman who intends to end her life posts new video about her condition

Brittany Maynard, 29, a terminally ill woman who’s made headlines for her decision to end her life, may not do so on the scheduled date of Nov. 1, she said in a new video posted Wednesday