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April 27, 2015

First Line News Articles for Monday, April 27 2015

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Cameron Starts to Sweat as Odds on Miliband Victory Shorten

His jacket off, his face dripping with sweat, David Cameron shouted himself hoarse, telling business supporters they have 10 days to win Britain’s election for the Conservative Party. Meanwhile, bookmakers said his chances of winning are slipping.

Riot, looting prompt state of emergency, curfew in Baltimore

Rioters plunged part of Baltimore into chaos Monday, torching a pharmacy, setting police cars ablaze and throwing bricks at officers hours after thousands mourned the man who died from a severe spinal injury he suffered in police custody.

Loretta Lynch Sworn in as 83rd Attorney General

“It’s about time this woman is being sworn in,” Vice President Joe Biden said Monday

Stage set for landmark U.S. Supreme Court gay marriage arguments

A day before the U.S. Supreme Court hears landmark arguments on whether the Constitution provides a right to same-sex marriage, activists on both sides of the contentious social issue converged on the white marble courthouse to voice their views.

Nepal earthquake: Death toll nears 4,000

Rescue and aid workers in Nepal struggled to gain the upper hand Monday against the devastation dealt by Saturday’s powerful earthquake — digging through rubble by hand, performing surgeries in makeshift operating theaters, scouring notoriously difficult terrain for more victims.

LDS News

Dr. Phil Interviews LDS Students Deceived by Catfish

Seven LDS women were featured on “Dr. Phil” Friday as they discussed their experience with their catfish — an LDS woman from Texas who pretended to be a man.

LDS missionaries safe after harrowing experience in Nepal

Elder Jim Valentine had gone to the church a little early to meet with some members. His wife, Sister Chris Valentine, stayed at their apartment on the seventh floor of an apartment building. They are serving in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Mormon humanitarian Bishnu Adhikari, family safe after Nepal earthquake

Bishnu Adhikari, one of six LDS Church members featured in the 2014 film, “Meet the Mormons,” is alive and actively engaged in the recovery effort following Saturday’s devastating earthquake in Nepal.

All 4 of Joseph Smith’s firsthand accounts of the First Vision released in 10 languages

For the first time, the Joseph Smith Papers has translated all four of Joseph Smith’s firsthand accounts of the First Vision into 10 languages.

FamilySearch arbitration event May 1-8

With a backlog of more than 6 million indexed images with an estimated 19.5 million names waiting to be arbitrated through the FamilySearch indexing system, FamilySearch is scheduling the first online Worldwide Arbitration Event May 1–8.

National

As Senate debates Iran, Energy secretary vows to stay ‘open’ with Congress

This week, the full Senate will debate a carefully crafted, bipartisan bill that requires Congress to have a say in any final deal to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon. Critics of a deal abound, raising specific questions about its workability as well as broader regional issues such as Iran’s refusal to recognize Israel.

Jim Webb tests Iowa waters, weighs run as Hillary ‘alternative’

Could Hillary Clinton be worried about former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb? Or is it just coincidence that she has an op-ed piece running in the Des Moines Register on the same day Webb is meeting with Democratic legislators at the Iowa Capitol?

Obama Presses Case for Asia Trade Deal, Warns Failure Would Benefit China

President says anti-globalization sentiments from left and right ‘a big mistake’

Many Hospital ERs Aren’t Ready to Treat Children

When a child has a medical emergency, the first instinct is to rush to the nearest hospital ER. But, many emergency rooms are ill-equipped to treat infants and children and they are staffed with doctors and nurses who may not be trained in the specifics of pediatric care.

‘Trial of the Century': Killer’s sanity in question as Holmes case begins in Colorado

More than 1,000 days after James Holmes opened fire in a Colorado movie theater, killing 12 and wounding 70, the onetime University of Colorado neuroscience student’s murder trial was set to get under way Monday.

Obama administration seeks to advance Iran deal as Senate weighs how hard to press the brakes

The Obama administration moved on two fronts Monday to advance its nuclear diplomacy with Iran, with talks between top U.S. and Iranian diplomats and an aggressive effort to sell the emerging deal to skeptical American lawmakers and constituencies.

Japan and US unveil defence deal

Japan and the US have unveiled new guidelines on their defence co-operation as Japanese leader Shinzo Abe visits the US for talks.

Does Hillary Clinton have a ‘trustworthiness’ problem?

Reports of the appearance of conflict of interest between her role as secretary of State and foreign donations to her family foundation have generated lots of headlines in recent days.

Wildfire burns near Los Angeles, threatening upscale homes

A wildfire erupted on Monday near an upscale neighborhood of Los Angeles as some 200 firefighters, backed by water-dropping helicopters, fought the flames.

Andrew Cuomo Signals He’ll Probably Seek Third Term as New York Governor

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signaled that he intends to run for a third term in 2018.

World

Saudis pound arms depots in Yemen as bread, medicine run short

The humanitarian situation in Yemen has become catastrophic, relief officials said on Monday, as Saudi-led aircraft pounded Iran-allied Houthi militiamen and rebel army units for a second day, dashing hopes for a pause in fighting to let aid in.

Yemeni foreign minister rejects peace talks call from ex-president

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen on Sunday rejected a call for peace talks issued by former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and said a Saudi-led military campaign against Iran-allied Houthi fighters opposed to his government had not ended.

Okinawa residents protest over new US military base

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is visiting the United States and will travel to Washington where he will become the first Japanese leader ever to address a joint session of Congress.

EU won’t send armed force to Ukraine despite clashes

EU leaders have told Ukraine they are worried about ceasefire violations in the east of the country but will not send armed peacekeepers there.

Islamic State kills five journalists working for Libyan TV station-army official

Islamic State militants have slit the throats of five journalists working for a Libyan TV station in the eastern part of the country, an army commander said on Monday.

Heavy fighting as Taliban attack northern Afghan city

Heavy fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents that killed more than 30 combatants threatened a major northern city on Monday, officials said.

Thailand makes second big ivory bust in two weeks

Thai customs officials on Monday announced their second big seizure of African ivory in two weeks, amounting to around three tonnes of tusks worth about $6 million.

Business

Why Corinthian Colleges went belly up

Corinthian Colleges, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based for-profit education provider, announced Sunday that it will close its remaining 28 physical campuses, effective immediately. About 16,000 current students are affected by the closure.

Chipotle goes GMO-free in first for fast-food sector

Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Monday said the 46 ingredients used in its roughly 1,800 restaurants were now free of genetically modified organisms, becoming the first major U.S. restaurant chain to make that switch.

Amazon among companies asking FAA to expand drone rules

Amazon is among a host of companies asking the Federal Aviation Administration to expand the abilities of small commercial drones and the traffic control system that would monitor them.

Koch Industries drops criminal-history question from job applications

Koch Industries, one of the nation’s largest private companies, has removed questions about prior criminal convictions from its job applications, becoming the latest corporation to join a burgeoning movement trying to make it easier for ex-offenders to find work.

ESPN takes Verizon bundle battle to court, alleging breach of contract

The Disney division is suing Verizon over the pricing structure of its new customizable pay-TV bundle.

How to download your entire Google search history

Google users can now download their entire Web search history to a desktop, according to instructions posted on the company’s support site.

Culture

American Civil War commemorated way down south of Dixie by Brazilian heirs of Confederates

It had all the trappings of a down-home country fair somewhere well below the Mason-Dixon line: Lynyrd Skynyrd medleys, mile-long lines for fried chicken, barbeque and draft beer, and a plethora of Confederate flags emblazoning everything from belt buckles to motorcycle vests to trucker caps.

Sultana explosion 150 years ago today: 1,800 died in US history’s greatest maritime disaster

What remains of the greatest maritime disaster in U.S. history lies buried beneath an Arkansas beanfield where the Mississippi River once ran.

Health

Just 1 hour of TV a day linked to unhealthy weight in kids, study says

A new study has researchers calling for stricter recommendations on screen time for kids following evidence that suggests watching only an hour of TV a day is linked to an unhealthy weight.

How to Block the Hunger Pangs When You Diet

The hardest part of a diet are the cravings. That’s because dieting goes against the body’s developed-over-millions-of-years instinct to feed when energy levels drop.

Some kids leave the autism spectrum but still struggle

For most, autism is a lifelong disorder. But not for everyone. A recent study found that a small but significant portion of toddlers (1 in 14) who are diagnosed with the cognitive disorder were no longer meeting the diagnostic criteria by elementary school.