January 29, 2015

First Line News Articles for Thursday, January 29 2015

Top Stories

Romney takes aim at Obama, Hillary Clinton in new speech

Republican Mitt Romney, considering whether to run for president a third time, on Wednesday will take aim at President Barack Obama’s handling of foreign policy and by extension, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic candidate.

Secret tapes undermine Hillary Clinton on Libyan war

Top Pentagon officials and a senior Democrat in Congress so distrusted Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s 2011 march to war in Libya that they opened their own diplomatic channels with the Gadhafi regime in an effort to halt the escalating crisis, according to secret audio recordings recovered from Tripoli

Two Israeli soldiers, U.N. peacekeeper killed in Israel-Hezbollah violence

Two Israeli soldiers and a Spanish peacekeeper were killed on Wednesday in an exchange of fire between Hezbollah and Israel, one of the most violent clashes between the two sides since a 2006 war.

AG nominee backs Obama on immigration actions, cites ‘right’ to work for all residents

Attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch backed up President Obama on his controversial immigration executive actions during her confirmation hearing Wednesday — while going as far to say she believed in an illegal immigrant’s “right” and “obligation to work.”

LDS News

‘Studio C’ cast talks to LDS teens about humor — seriously

When Whitney Call, Mallory Everton, Jason Gray and Matt Meese are trying to be funny, they’re very funny. More and more people are discovering this fact as the popularity of their BYUtv sketch comedy show, “Studio C,” continues to grow.

President of Pixar Animations Ed Catmull spoke on Jan. 27 to BYU students

President of Pixar Animations Ed Catmull spoke on Jan. 27 to BYU students about the culture of creativity, failures and mistakes and working as a team

Tomorrow at 1:15 p.m.: LDS leaders Oaks, Christofferson will appear on Trib Talk to discuss religious freedom, LGBT rights

In a rare news conference, four high-ranking LDS Church leaders called for more respectful rhetoric and state law that would protect both LGBT rights and religious freedom.

“Al Qaeda Wants to Kill Him” – LDS Member Acts As Ambassador to Yemen

Al Qaeda wants to kill him. Insurgents who chant “Death to America!” have toppled the government. A civil war rages around him. Most of his colleagues have left, and a top U.S. senator says he should go, too.

LDS missionary preparation begins earlier than ever

Thanks to the change in missionary ages, young men and women must begin earlier than ever before to prepare for full-time missionary service.

National

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake strikes off California coast

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck off the coast of Northern California on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Sheriffs expand concerns about Waze mobile traffic app

Sheriffs said Wednesday that Google’s popular Waze traffic app is making it harder to nab speeders, adding to earlier police complaints that a feature in the software that lets drivers warn others about nearby police activity is putting officers’ lives at risk.

DEA chief: US abandoned plan to track cars near gun shows

The Drug Enforcement Administration abandoned an internal proposal to use surveillance cameras for photographing vehicle license plates near gun shows in the United States to investigate gun-trafficking, the agency’s chief said Wednesday.

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama’s plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press.

Perry pledges to keep up fight against indictment

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry again asserted his innocence in the felony abuse-of-power case against him Wednesday and pledged to fight the charges, despite a Texas judge’s refusal to dismiss the case this week.

U.S. government says Obamacare could affect up to 29 percent of taxpayers

The Obama administration estimates that up to 29 percent of U.S. taxpayers could have to take the law known as Obamacare into account as they complete their 2014 income tax returns, officials said on Wednesday.

Raul Castro demands U.S. pay back Cubans for ‘damages,’ return Guantanamo

Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations.

World

Jordan prisoner swap on hold, fate of Japanese IS hostage unclear

Jordan said on Wednesday it had received no assurance that one of its pilots captured by Islamic State insurgents was safe and that it would go ahead with a proposed prisoner swap only if he was freed.

Ukraine conflict: US warns of more sanctions on Russia

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has said sanctions against Russia could be extended because of the escalation of violence in east Ukraine.

North Korean leader accepts invitation to visit Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office confirmed Wednesday that “North Korea’s leader” will visit Moscow in May.

Nigerian Army missing in action amid Boko Haram terror surge

The militant Islamist group has increased its destructive attacks in the new year, leaving many wondering why the response from the Nigerian Army and government has been inadequate.

After vote, Afghanistan still can’t form working government. Why?

Parliament today approved only eight of 25 cabinet nominees. After a year of delay, many nominees fell apart under scrutiny or could not satisfy hurdles like age, education, and anti-communism.

Greece ‘not going gently into the night,’ says new finance minister

Yanis Varoufakis, an economist with a fondness for Dylan Thomas and loud shirts, promises to take a hard line against what he calls Europe’s ‘fiscal waterboarding’ of Greece.

Business

Facebook Quarterly Revenue, Profit Top Estimates on Ad Growth

Facebook Inc. reported quarterly revenue that topped analysts’ estimates, fueled by the mobile-advertising business that the company is now expanding beyond its main social network.

Tiger Fight: China and Alibaba Face off Over Fake Goods

Regulators on Wednesday issued a scathing report against one of the country’s biggest stars, accusing e-commerce giant Alibaba of failing to do enough to prevent fake goods from being sold on its websites.

Boeing 4th-qtr profit surges; sees cash rise in 2015

Boeing Co reported a 23 percent increase in core fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday, topping analysts’ estimates and sending its shares up 4.3 percent.

McDonald’s stock surges with CEO’s resignation

McDonald’s announced the resignation of CEO Don Thompson Wednesday, as the world’s largest hamburger chain struggles with sliding sales and negative image perception. McDonald’s shares jumped 3 percent in after-hours trading.

The IBM Axe Starts Chopping–Widespread Layoffs Begin

When it was first suggested that IBM IBM -1.38% was considering mass layoffs, the company was quick to suggest that the allegations were without substance. In a follow-on post, it was suggested that the 100,000+ figure might not come purely from redundancies, but also from accelerated retirements, poor performance reviews and the like.

Amazon ramps up enterprise push with email service

Amazon.com Inc accelerated its efforts to win over corporate clients on Wednesday by announcing an email and scheduling service that will compete with Microsoft Corp and Google Inc.

Culture

The song “We Are the World,” thirty years later

“We Are the World,” a song recorded by an ad hoc super-group of pop stars to aid African fund famine relief, had its 30th anniversary Wednesday.

Pentagon picks new Air Force One plane

The Pentagon has chosen Boeing’s 747-8 to replace the two aging planes that serve as the President’s Air Force One fleet.

Judge clears ‘Friendship 9,’ who dared to sit at white lunch counter in 1961

Nine young black men had been sentenced to 30 days of hard labor for sitting at McCrory’s white lunch counter in Rock Hill, S.C. On Wednesday, that ugly episode was officially rectified.

Half a Billion Facebook Users Only Visit on Mobile Devices

Facebook’s efforts on smaller screens are paying off big.

Nobel laureate Charles Townes, laser co-creator, dies at 99

Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. He was 99.

Science

Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave.

Health

California’s top public health official slams e-cigarettes

California’s top public health official on Wednesday said electronic cigarettes are addictive, leading to nicotine poisoning among children and threatening to unravel the state’s decades-long effort to reduce tobacco use.

Researchers Claim Breakthrough in Treating Peanut Allergies

A daily combination of peanut protein and a probiotic helped 80% of children in a study

Economy

Fed upbeat on U.S. economy, cites strong job gains

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday said the U.S. economy was expanding “at a solid pace” with strong job gains in a signal that the central bank remains on track with its plans to raise interest rates this year.

Wall Street ends lower after Fed statement, oil drop

U.S. stocks closed down on Wednesday, driven by a sharp decline in the S&P 500 energy sector, after the Federal Reserve said the domestic economy was growing at a solid pace, signaling it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year.