May 1, 2016

First Line News Articles for Sunday, May 1 2016

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Supreme Court refuses to block Texas voter ID law

The Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal on Friday to block Texas’ controversial voter ID law ahead of the November election.

Cruz Again Bests Trump at Most Weekend Delegate Contests

Even as his campaign struggles for survival, Senator Ted Cruz dominated weekend delegate selection contests that he and other Republicans hope could block Donald Trump from winning the party’s nomination at their national convention.

Kasich: Homosexuals Are ‘Probably’ Born Gay, Shouldn’t Be Discriminated Against

Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich said Friday that he thinks gay people are “probably” born that way, and he sees no reason to discriminate against homosexuals.

Car bombings kill at least 23 people in Iraq

Militants on Sunday unleashed dual car bomb attacks in southern Iraq, killing at least 23 people and wounding dozens, officials said, at a time when the country’s government is struggling with mounting public unrest in the capital over delays in promised reform plans.

LDS News

LDS leaders announce new teaching manual, teacher council meetings

LDS Church leaders introduced a new monthly program Sunday called teacher council meetings and released a new manual for training teachers throughout the church. The announcement was made via email to teachers and local leaders.

Utah businessman to buy 500 more acres in Vermont for Joseph Smith-inspired community

A Mormon Utah businessman who wants to build a massive, futuristic, utopia-like community in central Vermont says he’s about to buy 500 more acres of land for the project, bringing his total to about 1,400 acres.

Relief Society in Frankfurt organizes effort to donate ‘welcome kits’ to refugee camps

Three large box trucks left Frankfurt loaded with 1,061 “welcome kits” for six different refugee camps in Germany on April 22. It was the culmination of a month-long project organized by Relief Society sisters in the Frankfurt 1st Ward.

First California Pioneer History Day set for May 21

The first annual California Pioneer History Day will be May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park.

Would BYU honor code be better with an amnesty clause like Southern Virginia’s?

Southern Virginia University, which isn’t run by the LDS Church but has a student body that is 90 percent Mormon, last year adopted an amnesty clause for victims of sexual assault. How did it work, and could it be an answer for BYU?

Families of Mormon missionaries being targeted in phone scam

A telephone scam is targeting grandparents of Mormon missionaries, asking for money to release their relatives from jail.

LDS Stake in California Organizes Multi-Faith Service Project for New Moms

More than a hundred women joined together to assemble a thousand kits for newborn babies at the “Tender Hearts for Babies” workday on Saturday, March 26. Each kit contained a receiving blanket, a knit or crocheted hat, a pacifier, a onesie, and some diapers. Women from area churches and neighborhoods made the blankets and hats and donated money over a period of several months.

National

Broadcaster interest in U.S. spectrum auction strong: government

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Friday said there is strong television broadcaster interest in an upcoming spectrum auction and announced an initial target of clearing 126 MHz of spectrum.

Kentucky Confederate monument to be removed after 120 years

A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895.

House defense policy bill would require women to register for draft

The House Armed Services Committee approved an annual defense policy bill early Thursday morning that includes a provision that would require women to register with the Selective Service System.

Missing North Carolina Mother and Daughter Hikers Found Safe in New Zealand Forest

A mother and daughter from North Carolina who went missing Tuesday while hiking in New Zealand have been found, after reportedly spending days huddled together for warmth and rationing their supplies, local police said Saturday.

CSX train derails in Washington, DC; possible hazardous leak

One of the derailed cars is leaking sodium hydroxide, which is used to produce various household products including soap and detergents, says a CSX spokesperson.

Six killed in Texas floods as severe weather lashes central U.S.

A grandmother and four of her grandchildren were killed and another person also died in floods in Texas caused by storms that unleashed tornadoes, damaging hail and torrential rains on several central U.S. states, officials said on Saturday.

Elephants to perform for final time at Ringling Bros. circus

Elephants will perform for the last time at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, as the show closes its own chapter on a controversial practice that has entertained audiences since circuses began in America two centuries ago.

Appeals ruling clears way for Bowe Bergdahl case to resume

An appeals court has cleared the way for Bowe Bergdahl’s legal case to resume by rejecting prosecutors’ argument that defense attorneys were given too much leeway on classified documents.

Russian aircraft barrel rolls U.S. Air Force plane, second time in a month

A Russian fighter jet performed what the United States considers an unsafe arial maneuver over a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance plane while flying over the Baltic Sea, the second such maneuver in a month.

Pentagon slams Benghazi panel for wasting money with exhaustive probe, repeated ‘threats’ and demands

The U.S. Department of Defense this week sent a letter to the House panel still investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi and expressed frustration with the committee’s prolonged probe and exhaustive requests, which have persisted for nearly two years.

World

Militants Free 10 Indonesian Hostages in South Philippines

Abu Sayyaf militants have freed 10 Indonesian crewmen who were seized at sea in March in the first of three attacks on tugboats that have sparked a regional maritime security alarm, officials said Sunday.

North Korea party congress to show unity around Kim Jong Un

North Korea is preparing to hold a once-in-a-generation congress of its ruling party that is intended to rally the nation behind leader Kim Jong Un and could provide an important glimpse into Kim’s plans for the country’s economy and military.

Historic ivory burn covers the sky in smoke and ash

Twelve ivory towers burned in Kenya on Saturday, sending thick plumes of ash and smoke over Nairobi National Park as elephant and rhino tusks smoldered.

Iran’s final-round vote for parliament: a boost for moderates

Iranians headed to the polls Friday inan election cycle th at had already seen moderate and reform candidates make a strong showing.

US citizen sentenced to hard labor in North Korea for ‘confessed’ espionage

A Korean-American businessman, Kim Dong Chul, has been sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in North Korea. He is one of six foreigners being held by North Korea.

Kenya building collapse: At least 16 killed, dozens missing

The number of people killed after a residential building collapsed in Kenya has risen to 16, a disaster official said.

‘Holy Fire,’ Fireworks: Orthodox Christians Celebrate Easter

With “Holy Fire,” fireworks and solemn Masses, Orthodox Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, commemorating the day followers believe that Jesus was resurrected more than 2,000 years ago.

Three Turkish soldiers killed, 14 others wounded in PKK attack in the southeast: army

Three Turkish soldiers were killed and 14 others were wounded on Sunday in an armed attack by Kurdish militants during a military operation in the southeastern town of Nusaybin, Turkey’s army said in a statement.

Rescuers Pull 72-Year-Old Man From Rubble 13 Days After Ecuador Earthquake

Nearly two weeks after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador, killing at least 654 people, a Venezuelan rescue crew pulled a 72-year-old man from the rubble of a building.

Russia says talks to extend Syrian lull in fighting to Aleppo

Russia said on Sunday talks were taking place to include Aleppo in a temporary lull in fighting declared by the Syrian army in some western parts of the country, a sign of intensified efforts to halt a surge of violence in its former commercial capital.

Business

SBA chief urges respect, support for small businesses

Since 1963, the first week of May has been designed by the president of the United States as a time to celebrate entrepreneurs.

Health

Spike in Cost of Certain Oral Cancer Drugs Puts Squeeze on Patients, Study Finds

As rising drug costs have become a topic of intense debate, a new review finds a significant increase for some cancer drugs.

Teen pregnancies at all-time low. Is peer influence responsible?

The decline in the teen pregnancy rates is due to several factors, including contraceptives and education. But teenagers are also waiting longer to have sex.