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May 26, 2016

First Line News Articles for Thursday, May 26 2016

Top Stories

11 States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Directive

A group of eleven states filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday challenging Obama administration rules that instruct public schools to allow transgender students to use whichever bathroom they like.

TSA boss: More money, staff needed to cut down on wait times at airport

The embattled Transportation Security Administration boss told lawmakers Wednesday that lengthy wait times recently seen at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport were “preventable” and that the fault lies with the agency — which was not prepared for the recent surge in air travel.

US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces launch offensive to take IS stronghold Raqqa

For the first time, US-backed Kurdish and Arab forces are mounting a major ground offensive into territory close to Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.

State Department report faults Clinton over email use

A State Department Inspector General report faulted former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for not complying with policies for email preservation, according to a copy of the report obtained by CNN on Wednesday.

LDS News

New Harmony: The haunting saga of a Latter-day refugee

For many, the word “refugee” sounds like someone foreign and far away, but the truth is former refugees move among us daily. I’m thinking of “fellowcitizens with the saints” such as Francisco Carranza.

How a Marriage Refusal Led a Nonmember to Becoming a General Authority

“She received a mission call; I received a marriage call,” said Elder Joaquin Estevan Costa about the beautiful young women he met in Buenos Aires, Renée Varela. It had been, he said, love at first sight for him. But Elder Costa found far more than he bargained for when he began to pursue this new love.

BYU students find humanity in the midst of the refugee crisis

BYU student Melena Warden moves down the line at a refugee camp in Moria, Greece. She can’t provide the refugees with assurances of asylum, but she can provide them with a sense of humanity.

Tours being offered of new Philadelphia Mormon Temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is nearing completion of its Temple being built at 1739 Vine Street in Philadelphia.

Students answer the call to action: BYU-I to hold event supporting refugees

BYU-Idaho Service Activities is running a donation drive on Tuesday to assist refugees around the world.

National

Navy, Coast Guard Ships Get Under Way for Annual Fleet Week New York

Navy Capt. John “JC” Carter’s grandfather was a ploughboy from Michigan who wound up in Brooklyn after serving on the destroyer USS Cole in World War II.

Court of Appeals reinstates Right to Work law

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals on Tuesday granted a stay of a Dane County Circuit judge’s decision to strike down the state’s right-to-work law, reinstating the law while an appeal is pending.

Kasich instructs his delegates to remain bound to him through GOP convention

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this month, is instructing the 161 delegates he won to remain bound to him through the party’s July nomination convention.

U.S. Embassy in Venezuela halts new visas for lack of personnel, high demand

The U.S. Embassy in Venezuela has temporarily stopped scheduling appointments for first-time visa seekers because of the consular staff is insufficient to serve the overwhelming demand, the consular office announced.

Active-duty U.S. soldiers, veteran summit Mount Everest

Retired Staff Sgt. Chad Jukes, 2nd Lt. Harold Earls and Capt. Elyse Ping Medvigy reached the summit of Mount Everest on Tuesday.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he met with Chinese businessman who gave to his campaign

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said Wednesday he had met the Chinese businessman whose donations to his 2013 campaign are now under scrutiny from federal investigators — downplaying the extent of the meetings but backtracking on statements he made a day earlier indicating he never met the man in person.

President Obama’s balancing act during visit to Japan

The US president hopes to help heal wounds from World War II atrocities by pointing toward future relations among Asia’s Pacific nations without slighting deeply held grievances by South Korea, a US ally.

Schumer added loophole that could halt 9/11 Saudi suits

Last week’s unanimous passage of a Senate bill making it easier for 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia and other foreign terror sponsors was widely heralded as a major victory.

House panel calls for criminal probe into failed Oregon health care exchange

Ex-Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his staff mismanaged the creation of the state’s doomed health insurance website, including by making decisions based on his re-election campaign, according to a congressional report released Wednesday which seeks a criminal probe.

Senate votes to scrap catfish inspection program

The Senate has voted to scrap a new catfish inspection program that critics have argued is wasteful and unnecessary.

World

Avigdor Lieberman named as Israel’s defence minister

The controversial right-wing Israeli politician Avigdor Lieberman has agreed to bring his Yisrael Beitenu party into the country’s governing coalition.

Death toll in Sri Lanka landslide surpasses 100

More than 100 people died in last week’s mudslides in Sri Lanka, officials said, as floodwaters recede and survivors return to their villages.

Taiwan Minister Hopes to Work With China on Health Issues

Taiwan hopes to work with China to help improve the health of people “on both sides of the Taiwan Strait” and is engaging more with the world to fight viruses like Zika, MERS, Ebola and dengue, the Taiwanese health minister said in an interview Wednesday.

Russia releases captured Ukrainian pilot in prisoner swap

Russia freed Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko on Wednesday after holding her for nearly two years, with President Vladimir Putin pardoning her as part of a swap for two Russian servicemen jailed in Ukraine.

No sign of EgyptAir plane technical problems before takeoff – sources

The EgyptAir jet that disappeared last week did not show technical problems before taking off from Paris, sources within the Egyptian investigation committee said late on Tuesday.

Business

New Whole Foods chain 365 faces tough mission

Whole Foods Market Inc’s (WFM.O) 365 grocery chain offers lower prices and more technology than the company’s namesake supermarkets, but experts say the fledgling brand must beat its many rivals without hijacking customers from its parent.

Citigroup to Pay $425 Million to End CFTC Benchmark Probes

Citigroup Inc. will pay $425 million to resolve U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission claims that the bank attempted to manipulate global benchmarks for interest-rate products multiple times from 2007 to 2012.

The SEC is investigating Alibaba

Alibaba has disclosed that it is being investigated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its accounting practices and how it reports data from its blockbuster Singles’ Day sale.

Health

Antidepressants used for more than depression: study

Millions of people take antidepressants to help ease depression, but new research suggests many others are receiving the medication to treat conditions that are not depression-related.

This Weight Loss Pill Inflates a Balloon In Your Stomach

It sounds like a load of hot air. But it’s now possible for some people to lose weight by inflating a balloon inside their stomach, according to the results of a new study.

Letting baby ‘cry it out’ isn’t harmful, study says

Many new parents may think letting babies cry themselves to sleep is cruel, but a new study could offer reassurance. Researchers at Flinders University in Australia found letting babies “cry it out”— or allow them to cry for an extended period of time”— does not lead to long-term emotional or behavioral harm.