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December 7, 2016

First Line News Articles for Wednesday, December 7 2016

Top Stories

Trump says Air Force One Boeing order should be cancelled

US President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to cut government costs by cancelling the order for new planes to carry the American president.

Michigan recount now in doubt; Pennsylvania sets hearing

Michigan’s presidential recount suddenly became in doubt Tuesday as a state appeals court said the Green Party candidate’s poor showing disqualified her from seeking a second look at the votes.

Manager of Oakland warehouse ‘incredibly sorry’ after deadly fire

The manager of Oakland’s Ghost Ship expressed sorrow Tuesday for the fiery tragedy that killed 36 people at a dance party last week as authorities announced all but one of the victims had been identified.

Pentagon buries evidence of $125 billion in bureaucratic waste

The Pentagon has buried an internal study that exposed $125 billion in administrative waste in its business operations amid fears Congress would use the findings as an excuse to slash the defense budget, according to interviews and confidential memos obtained by The Washington Post.

LDS News

Payson Veterans home renamed for Medal of Honor recipient and Latter-day Saint killed at Pearl Harbor

One Pearl Harbor hero’s legacy of courage, service and sacrifice continues to inspire his family and his home state of Utah.

Elder Christofferson presents database of freed slave records to National African American Museum

Pulling a flash drive from a lantern, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the LDS Church’s Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presented a database of African American slaves freed after the Civil War to the Smithsonian’s new National African American Museum of History and Culture on Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

History of the Lights on Temple Square

Christmastime at Temple Square really is the most magical time of year! As Temple Square is dressed in its Christmas best, covered with millions of sparkling lights, beautiful nativities and hopefully fluffy snow, a December visit is the perfect way to capture the Christmas spirit.

Church Gives Member, Missionary Update Following Devastating Tennessee Wildfires

The Church reports all missionaries and members in Sevier County, Tennessee, were not harmed following the wildfires that rampaged for almost two weeks through the Great Smoky Mountains.

Church members provide vital home repairs to low-income elderly women in community

Gloria Adams, 82, made her way past the ladders and buckets of paint in front of her brick home in the Hiram Clarke area of Houston. She looked up to a newly repaired and painted area under the eaves.


Republicans in Congress target governors for help in bid to ax Obamacare

Republicans are trying to rope the country’s governors into their Obamacare repeal effort, soliciting feedback from the state executives Monday as they plot their strategy for early next year.

Congressional Republicans slam Clarence Thomas ‘omission’ from African-American museum

Republicans in the House and Senate introduced resolutions on Monday denouncing the Smithsonian for omitting Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas from the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Muriel Bowser, D.C. mayor, talks statehood with Donald Trump

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser emerged from a meeting Tuesday with President-elect Donald Trump and declared that he would be a friend to the city, but she wouldn’t say if he supported the statehood.

Obama defends record on terrorism in national security speech

President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned that the United States would not be able to wipe out terrorism with military might as he offered a sweeping defense of his administration’s national security record.

Supreme Court Backs Prosecutors Over Tips From Friends, Family in Insider-Trading Cases

The Supreme Court gave the government more leeway to pursue insider-trading cases in a ruling on Tuesday that upheld the prosecution of a Chicago man convicted of trading on inside tips from relatives.

Japan’s SoftBank to Invest $50 Billion in U.S., Trump Says

President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Twitter that SoftBank Group Corp. founder and Chief Executive Officer Masayoshi Son will invest $50 billion in the U.S., creating 50,000 new jobs.

Chairmen tell Obama to release secret refugee agreement with Australia

The Obama administration has written a secret deal that could let Australia ship more than 2,400 refugees waiting to enter its borders over to the U.S. instead, including refugees from terrorist-connected countries such as Somalia and Syria, two top congressmen said Tuesday.

U.S. Students Falling Flat on Math, Science and Reading Scores

American students have a math problem. The latest global snapshot of student performance shows declining math scores in the U.S. and stagnant performance in science and reading.

Massive Texas Sinkhole Swallows Two Cars, Killing Sheriff’s Deputy

A massive sinkhole in Texas swallowed two cars on Sunday night, injuring one person and killing a reserve deputy, officials said.

As Trump vows to stop flow of jobs overseas, U.S. plans to make fighter jets in India

As a new American president bent on retaining American jobs prepares to take office, the Obama administration and the U.S. defense industry are working on a deal with the Indian government to build iconic U.S. combat aircraft in India.


South Korean leader to accept impeachment outcome, lawmakers say

South Korean President Park Geun-hye will calmly accept impeachment if the opposition-controlled parliament votes for her removal this week, but prefers to resign on her own terms, lawmakers from her party said Tuesday.

UK man found guilty of funding Brussels, Paris bombing suspect

A British man was convicted Tuesday of providing cash to a key suspect in the deadly Brussels and Paris bombings.

Angela Merkel endorses burka ban ‘wherever legally possible’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said the wearing of full-faced veils should be prohibited in the country “wherever it is legally possible”.

E.U. Leaders Talk Tough on ‘Brexit’ and Warn That Time Is Short

For months, Britain’s government has suggested that, when the country leaves the European Union, it will be able to retain many of the economic advantages of membership in the bloc.

French Premier Steps Down to Focus on Presidential Election

Bernard Cazeneuve became France’s new prime minister on Tuesday, shifting over from his job as interior minister after Manuel Valls stepped down as prime minister to focus on running for the presidency.

Syria says it rejects Aleppo ceasefire if rebels remain – state media

Syria rejects any ceasefire negotiated by any party in rebel-held eastern Aleppo unless what it describes as terrorist groups there depart, its Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday in a statement carried by state media.

Japanese leader Abe won’t apologize at Pearl Harbor

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won’t apologize for Japan’s attack when he visits the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor later this month, the government spokesman said Tuesday.

Fifteen Saudi Shia sentenced to death for ‘spying for Iran’

A court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced 15 people to death for spying for Iran and handed 15 others prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years.

Putin’s Russia Seeks to Project Power With Modern Military

With an aircraft carrier deployed off Syria’s shores and hundreds of new jets, missiles and tanks entering service each year, President Vladimir Putin can project Russian military power on a scale unseen since Soviet times.


Supreme Court sides with Samsung in Apple patent damages dispute

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled for Samsung in a dispute over damages related to Apple’s iPhone design.