March 31, 2015

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, March 31 2015

Top Stories

Arizona governor signs bill blocking abortion coverage through Obamacare

Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey signed a law on Monday that requires doctors to tell women that drug-induced abortions can be reversed and that blocks the purchase of insurance on the Obamacare health exchange that includes abortion coverage.

Obama to Release Military Aid for Egypt

President Barack Obama is releasing military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 coup in that country.

Justices limit lawsuits against state Medicaid programs

A closely divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that private parties cannot sue states over low Medicaid reimbursement rates, a finding that critics said could leave poor patients without enough health care providers to serve them.

Iran nuclear talks miss deadline; Russia says ‘key aspects’ agreed

Six world powers and Iran missed a Tuesday deadline to reach an outline accord reining in Tehran’s nuclear program, extending talks into an extra day as they edged toward a deal but failed to agree crucial details such as the lifting of U.N. sanctions.

LDS News

‘Meet the Mormons’ comes to DVD, featuring an additional story

“Meet the Mormons,” the full-length theatrical feature that opened in theaters last October, debuts on DVD today. In this format, viewers will meet one more Mormon.

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland visits Caribbean Area

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles made a special visit to the Church’s Caribbean Area that included meetings with local leaders and many other members in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Wright Words: Over 400 Mormons in Maryland Baltimore Mission join #SocialMediaSplit

In one mission, over 400 members across six LDS stakes spent time with the full-time missionaries on a single day in March. The initiative is called #SocialMediaSplit.

YouTube star Devin Graham releases Holy Land footage overlaid with messages from LDS apostles

Filmmaker Devin Graham, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, released footage of his team’s trip the Middle East, where they filmed iconic landmarks in the Holy Land.

LDS Church putting scripture translations direct to digital, then print

Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints living on Kosrae, an island in the Federated States of Micronesia, will now be able to read the Book of Mormon in their native tongue.

Benefits of equal costs for LDS missions

Widely differing mission costs were standardized in 1990 to make all monthly mission expenses equal. That has made a great difference for missionaries willing to serve anywhere.

National

US makes tweaks to asset forfeiture program, part of review

Attorney General Eric Holder is announcing policy changes to the federal government’s asset forfeiture program as part of an ongoing review.

Obama to release 22 drug offenders in clemency push

President Obama commuted the sentences of 22 convicted federal prisoners Tuesday, shortening their sentences for drug-related crimes.

IRS Chief Says Agency’s High-Profile Mistakes Are Behind It

The IRS has imposed limits to prevent problems such as overspending on conferences and videos, and inappropriate scrutiny of politically oriented nonprofit groups, he says.

US makes climate pledge to UN

The US has pledged to tackle climate change by cutting its carbon emissions 26-28% by 2025.

Why death penalty states may have harder time finding lethal-injection drugs

The American Pharmacists Association voted to oppose participation in executions, stating that to help put a person to death violates the goals of the profession.

AP Exclusive: Big rigs often go faster than tires can handle

Many tractor-trailers on the nation’s roads are driven faster than the 75 mph their tires are designed to handle, a practice that has been linked to wrecks and blowouts but has largely escaped the attention of highway officials.

Events, exhibits mark 150 years since Lincoln assassination

April 15th marks 150 years since the death of President Abraham Lincoln. Historic sites, museums and communities around the country are hosting exhibits, performances and events to mark the anniversary. Here are details on a few.

Boston bombing defense rests after detailing brother’s research

Lawyers for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrapped up their case on Tuesday after calling only four witnesses over two days.

Obama’s fourth veto protects unionization rules

President Obama vetoed a congressional resolution seeking to overturn new unionization voting rules Tuesday, keeping in place procedures that will allow a more streamlined process for workers to vote to unionize.

Indiana to ‘fix’ law on religion

The governor of Indiana has said that he wants state lawmakers to “fix” a religious freedom law that has created a national outcry.

World

Peru’s Prime Minister Ana Jara deposed over spy row

Peruvian Prime Minister Ana Jara was forced to step down after losing a vote of confidence in Congress on Monday.

Muslim groups attack Egyptian Copts over church honoring Christians killed by ISIS

Relatives of the Coptic Christians beheaded last month by jihadists in Libya – their deaths immortalized in a gory video set against the backdrop of a Mediterranean beach – are facing new extremist-Muslim violence as they seek to build a church to honor their murdered loved ones.

Venezuela’s government fires employees who refuse to sign against U.S. sanctions, NGO claims

Two employees at Venezuela’s Vice Ministry of Supreme Social Happiness were far from happy last week when they were fired for refusing to sign a manifesto against the Obama administration, a Caracas-based human rights organization is claiming.

Opposition wins Nigeria election

Former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win presidential elections in Nigeria.

Iraqi forces take Tikrit, but victory celebration may be premature

Iraqi forces celebrated progress in Tikrit on Tuesday, but analysts cautioned that securing the city that Islamic State fighters have controlled since June is not complete and warned that the next step, to retake Mosul, would be even more difficult than the weekslong battle in Tikrit, which required U.S. aid.

Countries have pledged $3.8 billion toward Syria humanitarian crisis: U.N.

Countries have pledged $3.8 billion to help with the humanitarian crisis in Syria, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said at a summit in the Kuwaiti capital on Tuesday.

Conservatives, Labour Party focus on economy for most unpredictable UK election

While issues such as the European Union and immigration will play a big role in the campaign in the UK election, both the Conservative Party and their main opposition, the Labour Party, are focusing their pitches on the economy.

Germany, France, Italy plan to develop military drones

Germany and France plan to work together with Italy to develop military surveillance drones that could also carry weapons.

Thai Junta’s Prayuth Takes First Step Toward Lifting Martial Law

Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-Ocha said he has asked the nation’s king for permission to lift martial law, which has been in place for more than 10 months.

Saudi Arabia disputes deadly airstrike on refugee camp in Yemen

A Saudi-led coalition is trying to stop Yemen’s major cities falling to Houthi Shiite insurgents after the removal of President Hadi, who has fled into exile. Rivalry with Shiite Iran lies behind the military intervention.

Business

Amazon launches ‘Dash’ home ordering kit

In an attempt to attract more household shoppers, retail giant Amazon has unveiled a device that can place orders to replenish items such as washing powder and razors.

HP sues former Autonomy leaders for $5.1bn, alleging fraud

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is suing Autonomy co-founder Mike Lynch and former chief financial officer Sushovan Hussain for about $5.1bn (£3.4bn).

Science

Kickstarter for Mars? What if NASA cuts Mars rover funding?

The Mars Rover Opportunity and the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter are once again in danger of being eliminated from the budget. Are they valuable enough to find funding elsewhere?