February 12, 2016

First Line News Articles for Friday, February 12 2016

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Congress gives final OK to banning local Internet taxes

Congress voted Thursday to permanently bar state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet, as lawmakers leapt at an election-year chance to demonstrate their opposition to imposing levies on online service.

Last four occupiers surrender at Oregon wildlife refuge, ending 41-day standoff

The four holdouts in an armed protest at a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon surrendered on Thursday, with the last occupier repeatedly threatening suicide during an intense phone call with mediators before he finally walked out, ending the 41-day standoff with the FBI.

Flint City Officials Ask Congress for $55 Million to Replace Pipes

City officials from Flint, Michigan asked Democratic members of congress to find the $55 million to fund a plan to replace the city’s lead pipes.

U.S. tells allies campaign to defeat Islamic State must be accelerated

The United States pressed allies on Thursday to contribute more to a U.S.-led military campaign against Islamic State that it says must be accelerated, regardless of the fate of diplomatic efforts to end Syria’s civil war.

LDS News

David Archuleta says ‘most fulfilling performances’ were as an LDS missionary

In his latest blog post, David Archuleta wrote about the fulfillment he found while serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

RootsTech presenter shares tips for using Facebook for family history

Thomas MacEntee knows Facebook can be one of the most valuable tools for finding information — the sheer number of people around the world who use Facebook can help locate distant relatives or overcome roadblocks.

Friends and family remember Sister Sadie Wells, LDS missionary killed in Pennsylvania crash

Sweet memories from friends and family continue to fill social media sites as they honor Sister Sadie Danielle Wells of Kaysville, who was killed Tuesday while serving in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

LDS Church members in Dubai participate in interfaith conference about strengthening homes, families

More than 250 delegates gathered in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on Feb. 3 for the first World Interfaith Harmony Day, held as part of United Nations World Interfaith Harmony Week. Latter-day Saints participated in the conference.

Can You Guess Which Are the Real Donny & Marie?

Last November, Donny and Marie sat for the Madame Tussauds studio team in an extensive process that took over three hours and 300 measurements per person. Then, the team began the meticulous process of sculpting, adding each hair one by one, fitting eyes and teeth, and painting–all steps that are done entirely by hand.

National

US Army orders hundreds of soldiers back to southern Afghanistan

For the first time since combat operations were declared over at the end of 2014, a battalion of 500 U.S. Army infantrymen is being sent to southern Afghanistan’s volatile Helmand Province where the Taliban have made a comeback, Fox News has learned.

Taiwan earthquake death toll rises to 59

The death toll from a weekend earthquake in Taiwan rose to 59 on Thursday, with 76 people still missing and presumed trapped under the rubble of a collapsed residential building, the Ministry of Interior said.

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy arrested by FBI in Oregon

Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the father of the jailed protest leader whose followers have occupied a federal wildlife refuge in eastern Oregon for the past 40 days, was arrested by FBI agents in Portland, Ore. late Wednesday, as the remaining holdouts at the refuge indicated they would soon turn themselves in.

Miscarriages reported in 2 U.S. women with Zika virus, CDC says

Two U.S. women who contracted the Zika virus while traveling out of the country miscarried after returning home, and the virus was found in their placentas, a spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Former L.A. County Sheriff Pleads Guilty in Jail Abuse Scandal Cover-Up

A retired Los Angeles County sheriff has filed a plea agreement in which he admitted that in 2013 he made false statements to federal authorities conducting a probe of the county’s jail system.

Obama plans to nominate King as education secretary

President Barack Obama will nominate Dr. John B. King Jr. to serve as Education Department secretary after receiving commitments from lawmakers to give his nomination speedy consideration, the White House said Thursday.

Dozens of Georgia prison guards accused of taking bribes, drug trafficking

More than 40 prison guards and officers in Georgia have been indicted on charges of accepting bribes and drug trafficking, the latest in a federal effort to crack down on contraband and criminal activity in the state’s prisons.

Maryland Democrats go after guns

Maryland Democrats on Wednesday introduced a package of three gun-control measures as part of their legislative priorities, aiming to build on the state’s sweeping 2013 weapons ban that recently was challenged by a federal court.

Baby born weighing 10 ounces who defied odds heads home

The smallest surviving baby born at Carolinas HealthCare System is finally headed home more than four months after she was born. E’Layah Faith Pegues was born weighing 10 ounces and has fought to survive since the day she arrived, Fox 46 Charlotte reported.

American Airlines Flight Lands Safely At LAX After Declaring Emergency

An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport this morning due to a “mechanical problem,” an LAX spokesperson has confirmed.

World

Kurdish forces said to take air base near Turkish border

Kurdish fighters backed by Russian bombing raids have driven Syrian rebels from a former military air base near the border with Turkey, a group that monitors the war said on Thursday.

Auschwitz trial: Ex-guard Reinhold Hanning in German court

A 94-year-old former Nazi SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp has gone on trial in Germany over the murder of at least 170,000 people.

Female suicide bombers kill 58 in a Nigerian camp meant to be a haven

Two female suicide bombers blew themselves up this week in a camp in northeastern Nigeria set up to shelter people from terrorism, killing at least 58 people. But others were spared when a third intended bomber realized at the last minute that her family had taken shelter there, too, and refused to detonate her explosives, relief officials sad.

French president names new foreign minister in reshuffle

French President Francois Hollande has named former Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault as foreign minister in a government reshuffle.

NATO Will Send Ships to Aegean Sea to Deter Human Trafficking

NATO will deploy ships to the Aegean Sea in an attempt to stop smugglers moving migrants from Turkey to Greece, the military alliance’s secretary general said on Thursday.

North Korea orders military takeover of inter-Korean factories

North Korea on Thursday ordered a military takeover of a factory park that had been the last major symbol of cooperation with South Korea, calling Seoul’s earlier suspension of operations at the jointly run facility as punishment for the North’s recent rocket launch a “dangerous declaration of war.”

Business

Morgan Stanley to pay $3.2 billion to settle financial crisis-era charges

Morgan Stanley (MS.N) is poised to pay $3.2 billion to settle federal and state charges that it misled investors in residential mortgage-backed securities that later soured during the financial crisis, the New York Attorney General’s office said on Thursday.

Google Defends U.K. Tax Deal as Lawmakers Go on the Attack

Google Inc. defended its settlement with British tax officials as lawmakers used a televised hearing to attack the company and question the 130 million-pound ($188 million) deal.

Science

Revolutionary discovery: Scientists find gravitational waves Einstein predicted

In a discovery that promises to revolutionize astronomy, scientists have made the first direct observations of gravitational waves – bizarre ripples in space-time foreseen by Albert Einstein a century ago.

Health

Dementia rates decline in U.S., researchers unsure why

Predictions for a massive increase in the number of people with dementia remain, though rates of the disease in the U.S. have decreased by about 20 percent per decade since 1970.