First Line News Articles for Friday, February 24 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions signaled Thursday his strong support for the federal government’s continued use of private prisons, reversing an Obama administration directive to phase out their use. Stock prices of major private prison companies rose at the news.
President Donald Trump said on Thursday he wants to ensure the U.S. nuclear arsenal is at the “top of the pack,” saying the United States has fallen behind in its weapons capacity.
Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly ruled out the possibility of using military troops in immigration enforcement, after meetings in Mexico City on Thursday.
President Trump’s push to ramp up U.S. immigration enforcement and increase deportations is further souring U.S. ties with Mexico, where the administration’s orders could destabilize the country’s economy and political system.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that he wants to see “very significant” tax reform passed before Congress’ August recess but the Trump administration is still studying the merits of a proposed border tax system.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Thursday that two temples will close for extensive renovation in 2018.
The travels of the latter-day apostles may be frequent — yet they are never commonplace.
Recently returned from serving an 18-month mission for the Church in sub-Saharan Africa, Sharon and Robert Berg of Pearland, Texas, were full of enthusiasm for what they witnessed in the lives of African people.
Award-winning tenor Nathan Pacheco has toured the world featured alongside world-class artists like Yanni, Katherine Jenkins, and Placido Domingo.
Three blocks east from the historic Provo City Center Temple, an unexpected adventure invites visitors to discover the inspired wonders in printing the first edition of the Book of Mormon.
Chicago Public Schools officials plan on denying Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents entry into district buildings without a a criminal warrant.
The Pentagon said Tuesday that cuts to military child care programs at two Army bases may have been unnecessary.
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said she intends to finish out 2017 on the Supreme Court but is uncertain about how much longer she will remain on the bench.
Now that the contest to host the 2024 Olympic Games has narrowed to just two cities, President Trump may have an opportunity to notch an international achievement that eluded his predecessor: attract the Olympics to the U.S. for the first time in decades.
Relentless rain and snow in California continues to eat away at the state’s five-year drought, federal experts said Thursday.
Sen. John McCain, one of President Donald Trump’s harshest critics, made a secret trip to northern Syria to visit U.S. forces stationed there and discuss the campaign for defeating the Islamic State extremists, his office said Wednesday.
The White House said Thursday it expects law enforcement agents to enforce federal marijuana laws when they come into conflict with states where recreational use of the drug is permitted.
The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a city’s ordinance banning discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, but it stopped short of saying whether a state law aimed at prohibiting such local LGBT protections is constitutional.
The full Arizona Senate on Wednesday approved a bill that makes participating in or helping organize a protest that turns into a riot an offense that could lead to criminal racketeering charges, legislation Republican backers say is needed to crack down on violent protesters.
House GOP leaders’ push for a tax on imported goods hit the skids in Congress, and they are looking for support from President Trump to keep the plan alive, but the White House only toys with the idea.
President Trump’s vision of “safe zones” for refugees fleeing the brutal violence of Syria’s civil war is running into opposition from a key ally, Turkey, which is warning that the U.S.-protected areas will become havens for Kurdish militant movements that have long battled Ankara. The dispute widens deep-seated resentments between two key allies that the U.S. is relying on in the final battle to defeat the Islamic State in Syria.
The leading critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s expansive crackdown on drug dealers is facing an arrest warrant on drug-related charges that she described as “simply surreal.”
North Korea lashed out at Malaysia over the death of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother Thursday, in a searing diatribe that accused its ally of collaborating with South Korea to harm the regime.
Turkish-backed rebels said they seized the center of the Syrian town of al-Bab from Islamic State militants Thursday, marking a breakthrough in a grinding offensive to push the extremist group from one of its final strongholds.
Iraqi forces have seized most of Mosul’s airport, an important milestone in the broader offensive to retake from the Islamic State the western half of the city, allied and Iraqi officials said on Thursday.
President Donald Trump summoned some of America’s most prominent corporate executives to the White House Thursday and told them he intends to put them to work restoring manufacturing jobs and U.S. dominance in trade.
Never underestimate the power of the bee brain.