February 1, 2015

First Line News Articles for Sunday, February 1 2015

Top Stories

Senate approves Keystone bill, White House threatens veto

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Thursday approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, setting up a looming veto showdown with the White House.

Obama seeking to ‘fully reverse’ sequester cuts, raise spending caps in budget plan

President Obama will push to “fully reverse” the so-called sequester cuts and significantly raise government spending caps as part of his upcoming budget plan, a proposal likely to anger fiscal conservatives who want to see spending limits in place.

Attorney General nominee wins GOP endorsements

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch won two key Republican endorsements Thursday en route to likely confirmation as the first black woman in the nation’s top law enforcement job.

As Romney weighs ’16 bid, his past donors commit to Jeb Bush

Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

LDS News

LDS Church releases statement on construction of Rome Italy Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a statement Thursday regarding the construction of the Rome Italy Temple.

LDS family shares infertility struggles, joy after birth of quadruplets

Ashley and Tyson Gardner struggled with infertility for eight years. By what they deem a miracle, the Gardners became pregnant with quadruplets who were born on Dec. 28, 2014

BYU-Idaho devotional: ‘Accomplishing the impossible’

Elder Russell M. Nelson speaks to Brigham Young University-Idaho students during a campus devotional on Jan. 27.

Former Utah basketball player spreads hope from his battle with depression, anxiety

After battling depression and anxiety for much of his life, former Utah basketball player Craig Rydalch is sharing his story with the hope of helping others in the same situation.

For the Strength of Youth: 1965 to today

The 1965 edition of For the Strength of Youth has become the stuff of legends for its dated, prescriptive guidelines, especially concerning dress and grooming. The widely accepted American view in 1965 that women should never wear pants in public made its way onto those pages — the pages that were the forerunner of today’s important reference for youth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

National

Senators seek to end U.S. restrictions on travel, trade with Cuba

A bipartisan group of senators wants to end travel restrictions on Americans seeking to go to Cuba, saying it would help foster change in the Communist island nation.

U.S. funding impasse blocks Secret Service hires: Homeland Security chief

The U.S. Secret Service cannot hire new agents for the next presidential election or make improvements at the agency until Congress settles a dispute over funding, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said on Thursday.

Lindsey Graham to test 2016 Republican presidential waters

South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Thursday formed a political organization to explore a potential run for his party’s presidential nomination, the latest high-profile politician to test the 2016 waters.

Senator John McCain Calls Out Protesters Who Swarmed Henry Kissinger

Sen. John McCain earned some applause inside a Senate Armed Services hearing this morning after he erupted at protesters of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, calling them “low-life scum.”

Delta Plane Makes Unscheduled Landing After Pilot Locked Out of Cockpit

A Delta Air Lines flight heading from Minneapolis to Las Vegas was forced to make an unscheduled landing today, airport official said today.

‘Anonymized’ credit card data not so anonymous, study shows

Credit card data isn’t quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says.

New chief of CIA Clandestine Service is spying veteran

The CIA officer credited with saving Hamid Karzai’s life during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has been named director of the National Clandestine Service, the agency’s spying arm.

Senators renew push for more oversight of global deals by little-noticed US development agency

Key U.S. senators said they want more oversight of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the federal government’s development finance agency that was the subject of an Associated Press investigation earlier this week into a failed $217 million energy project in western Africa marked by insider connections and questionable due diligence.

US nuclear scientist jailed for trying to sell secrets

A former scientist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the US has been sentenced to five years in jail for attempting to pass nuclear bomb-making secrets to Venezuela.

World

Malaysia declares Flight 370 disappearance an ‘accident’

More than 10 months — precisely 328 days — after it went missing with 239 passengers and crew on board, Malaysian investigators Thursday declared the disappearance of Flight 370 an accident, clearing the way for families to pursue compensation claims.

If Jordanian pilot is still alive, will the Islamic State even release him?

The situation looks grim for a Jordanian pilot and a Japanese journalist who the Islamic State are trying to use to gain the release of a woman who helped murder 58 people in Amman in 2005.

Gas blast at children’s hospital in Mexico City leaves at least 2 dead; truck driver detained

A gas tank truck exploded outside a maternity and children’s hospital in Mexico City on Thursday morning, leaving much of it in ruins.

Hungary’s Experience Suggests Greece Will Follow E.U. on Russia – For a Price

Both Budapest and Athens have flirted with support for Russia but have fallen in line with Brussels

EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine

The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro-Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday.

At least 20 dead in militant attacks in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula

At least 20 people died and dozens of others were injured Thursday in multiple militant attacks across Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.

Three American contractors killed at Kabul airport

Three American contractors and an Afghanistan national were killed in a shooting Thursday night in Kabul’s airport, a U.S. military official said.

The Islamic State is weakened, but not defeated

The extremist group is increasingly beleaguered as it faces fronts against rebels

Indonesian investigators: Crashed AirAsia flown by co-pilot

Indonesian investigators announced Thursday the co-pilot of the crashed AirAsia jet was in control when he struggled to recover the aircraft as stall warnings sounded.

Business

Amazon Handily Beats Estimates for Holiday Quarter; Sales surge

Amazon.com Inc. reported profit for the holiday quarter that topped analysts’ estimates, shrugging off the effects of heavy spending on fast delivery and original video programming to attract customers.

Google Revenue Falls Short as Competition on Mobile Intensifies

Google Inc.’s fourth-quarter sales and profit missed estimates as the Web company’s advertising business faced more competition on mobile devices.

Visa Rising After Beating On Earnings And Announcing 4-For-1 Stock Split

Shares of the world’s largest credit and debit card company are on the rise in Thursday’s after-hours trading session: Visa released better-than-expected first quarter fiscal 2015 earnings results and said that its board of directors has approved a four-for-one stock split

FCC Spectrum Auction Pulls in Staggering $44.9 Billion

Wireless providers certainly are eager to snap up available spectrum. The FCC today said that its most recent auction generated approximately $44.8 billion in revenue.

Microsoft Is About To Deal A Harsh Blow To Android

Microsoft is reportedly about to invest in Cyanogen, a startup that builds and maintains its own version of Android that is separate from Google’s.

Nissan recall includes 768K SUVs for electrical, hood problems

Nissan will recall 768,000 Rogue and Pathfinder SUVs to fix faulty hood latches and electrical shorts that could cause fires. The Nissan recalls affect vehicles sold between 2008 and 2014.

Culture

Facebook dives deeper into Yelp, Foursquare world with Place Tips

The social network is testing a mobile-app feature that serves up information about wherever you happen to be. For now, it’s iPhone-only.

Balloon crew matches distance record in Pacific flight

The pilots of a helium balloon flying across the Pacific Ocean have matched a distance record as they approach North America.

Science

Mysterious ‘God’s hand’ space globule imaged by Very Large Telescope

The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope has captured an image of CG4, a cometary globule that lies some 1,300 light years from Earth and whose origins remain unknown.

Office puts chips under staff’s skin

The chip allows employees to open doors and use the photocopier without a traditional pass card

Health

Measles May Be in U.S. to Stay, 15 Years After It Left

Measles could once again become native in the U.S., disease experts worry, as an outbreak in California linked to Disneyland has put a spotlight on a growing failure to vaccinate that’s helping the disease to spread.

Some doctors won’t see patients with anti-vaccine views

With California gripped by a measles outbreak, Dr. Charles Goodman posted a clear notice in his waiting room and on Facebook: His practice will no longer see children whose parents won’t get them vaccinated.

Economy

US jobless claims tumble to unexpected 15-year low

Jobless claims dropped unexpectedly last week, bolsters views of tightening labor market conditions and comes a day after the Federal Reserve maintained its upbeat assessment of the jobs market. Jobless claims dropped 43,000 to a seasonally adjusted 265,000 for the week ending Jan. 24.

U.S. pending home sales index falls 3.7 pct.

The index of pending home sales in the United States fell 3.7 percent in December, the National Association of Realtors, or NAR, said Thursday.