November 22, 2014

First Line News Articles for Saturday, November 22 2014

Top Stories

Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in South Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for South Carolina to become the 35th U.S. state where gay marriage is legal, denying a request to block same-same weddings from proceeding.

Obama unveils U.S. immigration reform, setting up fight with Republicans

President Barack Obama imposed the most sweeping immigration reform in a generation on Thursday, easing the threat of deportation for some 4.7 million undocumented immigrants and setting up a clash with Republicans who vow to fight his moves.

GOP leaders vow to fight Obama immigration action as top Dems praise move

Republican lawmakers reacted with swift condemnation to President Obama’s announcement that he plans to grant “deferred action” status to two groups of illegal immigrants, though Democratic leaders praised the president for his move.

Obama announces immigration plan to grant ‘deferred action’ to 2 groups

In his immigration speech to the nation Thursday night, President Obama said his administration will grant “deferred action” to two groups – parents of United States citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the country for five years, and young people who were brought into the country illegally as of 2010.

LDS News

David Archuleta and Studio C to perform at RootsTech 2015

“American Idol” finalist David Archuleta and BYUtv’s Studio C are the latest be announced as participants at RootsTech 2015, the largest family history conference in the world.

Founder of KFC, Pete Harman, has died

Pete Harman, the man who opened one of the very first Kentucky Fried Chickens has died.

Dutch Potato Project Changed Lives and Hearts

At the close of World War II, members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Europe faced crises both material and spiritual. The video “That They Might Be One” on the Church History website shows how the Saints overcame both kinds of problems.

Community fast: City asking residents to skip meal, donate cost

The second annual Community Fast of Compassion, with a goal of keeping it going for many years to come, comes to an end Saturday. The City of Show Low began sponsoring the fast last year to help provide for the less fortunate.

Jabari Parker posts photo of himself with LDS missionaries

Jabari Parker, a professional basketball player and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, posted a picture of himself with two LDS missionaries on Instagram Monday.

National

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb forms exploratory committee for 2016 White House run

Former Virginia Senator Jim Webb says he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016.

Republican Governors Pick Haslam as Chairman, Martinez as Vice Chairman

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was chosen Thursday to be chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, succeeding Chris Christie at the helm of a political group that helped give the New Jersey governor new prominence as he considers a possible 2016 presidential bid.

Potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush ready for fight on Common Core

Even before the 2016 presidential campaign truly begins, division lines between Jeb Bush and his potential foes in the Republican primary already have been drawn.

Obamacare premiums for most popular plans will spike 10 percent

Premiums on the most popular Obamacare exchange plans will increase by an average of 10 percent in 2015, according to an analysis released Thursday that underscores the importance of shopping around in the law’s second year.

Feds Investigating Drone Sightings at NYC Airport

Federal officials are investigating after three commercial pilots reported drones flying near their planes as they approached New York City’s Kennedy Airport this week.

U.S. to allow people from nations hit by Ebola to stay temporarily

The Department of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to people from the three West African countries most affected by Ebola who are currently residing in the United States, department officials said on Thursday.

NSA Director: China can damage US power grid

The head of the NSA issued a blunt warning Thursday to lawmakers: China can shut down the United States.

AG pick Lynch may face grilling over seizing properties

A boast by President Obama’s pick to be the nation’s top law enforcement official could come back to haunt her in confirmation hearings before the Senate

Obamacare enrollment stats fudged

Only 6.7 million Americans were enrolled in Obamacare health insurance plans as of mid-October, not 7.1 million, the Obama administration admitted Thursday.

Most Thanksgiving travel expected since 2007, AAA says

It’s going to take longer to get to that turkey and dressing this year.

World

As protests rage, what can Mexico do to stop more students from going missing?

Nearly two months have passed since 43 college students disappeared in Iguala. As Mexico looks to improve security in Guerrero, it could look north to cities and states along the US border that have seen marked success in cracking down on violence.

NATO scrambles jets 400 times in 2014 as Russian air activity jumps

NATO warplanes have had to scramble 400 times this year in response to an increase in Russian air activity around Europe not seen since the Cold War, the alliance’s chief said on Thursday.

Almost 1,000 dead since east Ukraine truce

In the eight weeks since the truce came into force, the UN says 957 people have been killed, amid continuing violations on both sides.

Sec. Kerry joins Iran nuclear talks in Vienna

US Secretary of State John Kerry held out hope of a last-minute nuclear deal with Iran Thursday, as he prepared to add his diplomatic muscle to talks aimed at overcoming deep differences with Tehran over the size and scope of its future atomic activities.

U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine

The United States plans to increase non-lethal military assistance to Ukraine, including deliveries of the first Humvee vehicles, having decided for now not to provide weapons, U.S. officials said.

As Taiwan prepares to vote, China peers closely over its shoulder

Gone are the days of bellicose speeches and saber-rattling by Beijing. Ahead of Taiwan’s Nov. 29 by-election, China exerts influence through strategic spending, travel discounts for those returning to vote, and trade delegations.

Business

Amazon’s Pricing Strategy Makes Life Miserable For The Competition

During the Christmas shopping season we will see Amazon change prices on as many as 80 million products during a single day.

4.7M strollers recalled after finger amputation reports

After reports of six fingertip amputations, four partial-fingertip amputations and one finger laceration, Graco Children’s Products has recalled about 4.7 million strollers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Delta confirms it’s going with Airbus in big 50-jet order

Delta will go with Airbus in deal for 50 wide-body jets that would be worth more than $14 billion at list prices. The Wall Street Journal calls the order “a big victory for the European company in its battle with Boeing to sell long-range passenger aircraft.”

How did medical device makers become poster children for Obamacare critics?

A year later, the Affordable Care Act’s tax on medical devices is back under scrutiny. If Republicans can line up a significant number of Democrats to vote in favor of repealing the tax next year, they get an easy win and make the case that there is bipartisan opposition to the ACA.

How did medical device makers become poster children for Obamacare critics?

Best Buy says its revenue edged up in the third quarter, a positive sign for the electronics retailer as the holiday season kicks off. Both revenue and earnings per share beat expectations, and Best Buy stock rose almost 10 percent in premarket trading.

Science

Scientists ‘confident’ comet lander will wake up

The Philae lander is expected to wake up once it nears the sun, scientists involved in the project believe.

Economy

Initial jobless claims slip to 291,000

The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits declined slightly last week, suggesting that job gains should remain solid.

Oct. consumer prices flat; core CPI up 0.2%

Tumbling gasoline prices held down inflation for the fourth straight month in October, the Labor Department said Thursday