November 29, 2014

First Line News Articles for Saturday, November 29 2014

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White House veto threat ices plans to renew tax breaks

A White House veto threat appears to have put on ice a congressional effort to permanently renew a handful of tax breaks for businesses and individuals. Officials say that the plan, brewing behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, favored corporations over the working class.

Mitt Romney still favorite of GOP voters for 2016

Republican voters haven’t given up on Mitt Romney for president, putting him at the head of the pack of the potential GOP field for 2016 in a new national poll.

Tensions Simmer After Ferguson Decision in Police Shooting

A few buildings were still smoldering here Wednesday morning from the widespread looting and arson in the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer in the killing of a black teenager in August.

U.S. top law enforcer promises strong Ferguson police probe

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told civil rights activists the Justice Department would aggressively investigate police practices in Ferguson, Missouri, after a grand jury declined to indict a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager, two of the activists said on Wednesday.

LDS News

BYUtv to air feature on Handel’s ‘Messiah’ narrated by Jane Seymour on Thanksgiving

BYUtv will air a docudrama Thursday night featuring composer George Frideric Handel and his journey toward composing the crowning piece of his career, “Messiah.”

Mormons Join Christians Around the World to Celebrate the Bible

Christians around the world are celebrating the International Day of the Bible and International Bible Week, which kicked off Monday, November 24, 2014. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are joining other Christians to share their love for the Bible on social media channels.

‘101 Ways to Hasten the Work Online’ shares practical ideas

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have increasingly encouraged members to use technology and social media to share the gospel. Larry Richman’s new book offers 101 practical ideas for this purpose.

JustServe: Building Bridges in Communities

A new tool for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints designed to build bridges with community members has begun in the western United States and will eventually move into the rest of the U.S. and much of the world.

How to Share the Gospel During the Holidays

Christmas. Just the word makes our hearts stir. Beautiful trees strung with tinsel and lights. Carols ringing through a frosty night. This is a special time of year when hearts, hands and homes are open, to each other and to the Savior.

National

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized Following Coronary Blockage

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been hospitalized after doctors discovered a blockage in her left coronary artery.

Campaign setbacks have Landrieu scrambling for support

Sen. Mary Landrieu has turned to churches, community leaders and her Democratic colleagues in the Senate in a last-ditch rush to rally her base and raise money as she fights for her political life ahead of a Dec. 6 runoff election in Louisiana.

Defense Secretary pick will be a challenge for Obama

The Defense Secretary job opening is emerging as a thanks-but-no-thanks opportunity, as some of the top potential prospects have already said they’re not interested in the job.

USDA makes big cranberry buy

As Americans break out the cranberries for Thanksgiving dinners, the federal government is taking steps to put more of the tart fruit in food pantries and school lunches.

Snow, Rain Threatening Millions of Thanksgiving Travelers

Wintry weather will bring massive delays for millions of Americans today, causing problems on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Over 400 Arrested As Ferguson Protests Spread Across US

National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence on Wednesday in Ferguson, Missouri, as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States in civil unrest after a white policeman was cleared in the killing of an unarmed black teenager.

Pentagon working on battlefield ‘hibernation’ treatment for wounded

Time is a killer on the battlefield when troops are wounded, but the Pentagon is betting that “hibernation” drugs being pioneered by an Australian researcher will mitigate that problem.

Global jihadists tweet in bid to recruit Ferguson protesters

Islamic jihadists worldwide have launched a barrage of recruitment messages amid the latest unrest in Ferguson, Mo., using Twitter accounts to call on African-Americans and others in the United States to join their cause.

World

Netanyahu lashes out at moves to recognize an independent Palestine

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu called the European initiatives a ‘big mistake for peace.’ Meanwhile, a bill to codify Israel’s identity as a ‘Jewish state’ is drawing fire.

Hong Kong riot police clear protest site, arrest student leaders

Hong Kong police on Wednesday cleared one of the largest protest sites that have choked the city for months, arresting scores of pro-democracy activists in a blow to those hoping to wrest greater political freedom from authorities in Beijing.

German Industry Keeps Door Open to Russia as Merkel Gets Tough

German companies are keeping the door open to Russia even as Chancellor Angela Merkel braced for a long confrontation with President Vladimir Putin over Ukraine.

British brothers jailed for Syria terror training, first to be sentenced for such offences in UK

Two British brothers who travelled to Syria with the intention of attending a militant training camp are jailed, becoming the first to be sentenced for such offences in Britain.

Russia vows support for Syria’s Assad to combat ‘terrorism’

Russia said on Wednesday it would support President Bashar al-Assad to combat “terrorism” in the Middle East, indicating there was no new room for compromise on one of the key contentious issues in the Syrian conflict.

Taiwan election: Wild, wooly, and partly a referendum on China

Taiwan’s young democracy puts down deeper roots with every election cycle, and the island holds an important vote this weekend with 20,000 candidates for more than 10,000 offices.

Young sister of North Korean leader takes senior party post

The younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has assumed a senior position in the ruling Workers’ Party, state media reported on Thursday, consolidating a third generation of Kim family rule in the secretive state.

Business

Behind Google’s Europe woes, American accents

When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants.

HSBC and Goldman sued for allegedly fixing metal price

Goldman Sachs and HSBC are among four platinum and palladium dealers to be sued in New York for allegedly fixing the price of the metals.

Google told to expand right to be forgotten

Google is under fresh pressure to expand the “right to be forgotten” to its international .com search tool.

Culture

White House turkey pardon: Did John F. Kennedy start the tradition?

Kennedy didn’t actually pardon the turkey, he merely extended its life, producing some great photo ops. It was George H. W. Bush who first offered an actual pardon.

Science

Comet landing: UK team’s data bonanza from Philae

UK Researchers received “rich” data from the Philae lander just before its power died.

Scientists discover Earth’s ‘Star Trek’-style invisible shield

A team of scientists led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible “Star Trek”-style shield that blocks so-called “killer electrons” 7,200 miles above Earth.

NASA clears Orion spacecraft for first test flight next week

NASA’s newest deep space capsule Orion, is getting ready for its first uncrewed test flight, launching next week.

Health

Bladder cancer: ‘Exciting’ drug breakthrough

A drug which makes a wide range of cancers more vulnerable to the body’s immune system is “exciting” and may mark a new era

How Many Calories You’ll Eat This Thanksgiving

There’s nothing like a day of solid eating to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit, but as family members catch up, they often don’t realize just how many calories they’re devouring over the course of the day.

FDA declines to approve Bristol-Myers hepatitis drug

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co on Wednesday said U.S. regulators had declined to approve the use of its experimental treatment for hepatitis C, daclatasvir, in combination with other antiviral drugs.

Number of American Smokers Dwindles

Cigarette smoking among adults in America is at its lowest level on record, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced Wednesday.

GlaxoSmithKline Ebola Vaccine Found Safe in Early Tests

GlaxoSmithKline Plc (GSK)’s Ebola vaccine produced responses from the immune system and didn’t raise safety concerns in a study with 20 healthy adults, completing an initial step toward making it widely available.

Economy

OPEC mulls cut in oil production to stem falling prices

In one of its most critical sessions in years, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meets Thursday to seek a compromise on cutting production to stem falling oil prices.