First Line News Articles for Saturday, December 20 2014
Two senior Islamic State group leaders were killed in U.S. and coalition airstrikes in northern Iraq over the last week, U.S. officials said Thursday, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved new orders for several hundred troops to deploy to Iraq to train Iraqi forces.
The computer files of more than 40,000 federal workers may have been compromised by a cyberattack at federal contractor KeyPoint Government Solutions, the second breach this year at a major firm handling national security background investigations of workers at federal agencies, the government confirmed Thursday.
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How does one end almost 54 years of hostility toward a next-door neighbor? That’s about to become clear as the Obama administration and the communist government of Raul Castro move to normalize more than a half-century of bitter animosity between the United States and Cuba.
President Barack Obama’s announcement Wednesday about normalizing relations with Cuba led LDS Church members to think about the possibility of missionary work in that country, where the faith has two small but growing congregations.
It’s been 25 years since LDS Church President Gordon B. Hinckley dedicated the Las Vegas Nevada Temple.
As it should be, Joseph Smith’s birthday on Dec. 23 is far overshadowed by celebrations of Christmas. But he remains enormously important, not least because his life and mission confirm the truth of the Christmas message.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a charitable organization, with a robust humanitarian aid program run largely by volunteers and a firm doctrinal foundation that celebrates and encourages giving to the poor.
New LDS missions and mission president assignments effective next July began to leak this week and caused a stir. The Utah Provo Mission will split to create a mission in Orem. A Washington mission will split for the second time in two years.
Budget cuts at the IRS could delay tax refunds, reduce taxpayer services and hurt enforcement efforts, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen said Thursday.
Calling President Obama “willfully ignorant” and “the worst negotiator” the U.S. has had in decades, Sen. Marco Rubio on Wednesday slammed the administration’s agreement with Cuba to open normal diplomatic relations for the first time in more than 50 years,vowing that the incoming Republican majority in the Senate will try to undo the deal with whatever tools they have at their disposal.
Nebraska and Oklahoma challenged neighboring Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday amid complaints its pot was seeping across their borders, and Colorado vowed to defend its laws.
Federal investigators believe a fire that took down an entire apartment complex in downtown Los Angeles last week was set on purpose
Sen. Rand Paul broke with the field of Republicans considering a 2016 presidential run on Thursday, calling President Barack Obama’s decision to normalize relations with Cuba a “good idea” since the American embargo against Cuba “just hasn’t worked.”
The US Secret Service, which guards the US president, is too insular and must recruit its next head externally, a review prompted by a White House security breach says.
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev returned to court Thursday for the first time since he was arraigned in July 2013, and he received a shout of encouragement from the mother-in-law of a man who was shot and killed while being questioned by law enforcement after the bombings.
European Union leaders warned Moscow they were ready exercise their combined muscle over the long haul in a confrontation with an economically wounded Russia if President Vladimir Putin refused to pull back from Ukraine.
Kurdish forces in northern Iraq are claiming their biggest victory yet against Islamic State (IS) militants.
President Vladimir Putin assured Russians on Thursday that the economy would rebound after the ruble’s dramatic slide this year but offered no remedy for a deepening financial crisis.
North Korea’s envoy to the United Nations lashed out at the U.S. Thursday ahead of the General Assembly’s passage of a draft resolution calling for the country to be referred to the International Criminal Court for alleged crimes against humanity.
Are you hoping falling oil prices will make it cheaper to fly? Well, keep hoping. International oil prices have fallen more than 40% since mid-June as global supplies have piled up amid a production boom and weakening demand overseas.
MetLife Inc. , the biggest U.S. life insurer by assets, was labeled a systemically important financial institution by a council of regulators and said it will consider whether to sue the government over the decision.
Saudi Arabia and OPEC would find it “difficult, if not impossible” to give up market share by cutting crude production, the country’s oil minister said.
The US Federal Reserve has given Wall Street banks even more time to comply with parts of the Volcker Rule, a key provision of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill.
Former executive of Countrywide Financial led a jury to find parent company Bank of America liable for fraud over shoddy mortgages.
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Archaeologists have been excavating Fag el-Gamous for about three decades, a cemetery that they say was the site of a million burials between the first and seventh centuries.
Philae, the European lander lander that is currently sitting idle near a cliff on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, could soon wake up from its unexpected hibernation, say mission scientists.
The two men assigned to a one-year spaceflight said Thursday that their upcoming mission will allow the world to push deeper into space.
Obesity can constitute a disability in certain circumstances, the EU’s highest court has ruled.
Jobless claims filed by US Americans unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting the labor market continued to strengthen. Initial jobless claims ropped by 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 289,000 for the week that ended Dec. 13, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
Despite a disappointing Thanksgiving weekend, U.S. holiday sales may squeak by expectations if steeper and longer-running discounts lure enough shoppers.
Stocks extended their rally into Thursday, with the Dow posting a 400-point gain, after the Federal Reserve offered a dovish outlook for interest rates.