April 25, 2015

First Line News Articles for Saturday, April 25 2015

Top Stories

Trey Gowdy Asks Hillary Clinton to Testify at Benghazi Hearing in May

The House committee investigating the Benghazi attacks has asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to appear before the panel in May.

U.S. strike inadvertently killed U.S., Italian hostages; Obama apologizes

A U.S. drone strike in January targeting an al Qaeda compound in Pakistan near the Afghan border inadvertently killed an American and an Italian who had been held hostage for years by the group, U.S. officials said on Thursday.

Loretta Lynch confirmed as attorney general

Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch won confirmation to serve as attorney general Thursday from a Senate that forced her to wait more than five months for the title and remained divided to the end.

Former CIA Director David Petraeus Sentenced to Probation for Classified Leaks

Former CIA Director David Petraeus received a sentence of two years probation and a $100,000 fine today after he admitted he leaked classified information to Paula Broadwell, his mistress.

LDS News

Cause for Hope mentors help South, Central American families out of poverty

Cause for Hope helps families in poverty to become self-sufficient business owners, budget-keepers and entrepreneurs. Its unique mentoring program has helped 1,600 families since 2001 in poor Central and South American countries.

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Mormon Family Home Evening: An Episcopal Priest’s Perspective

April 27 marks the hundredth anniversary of Family Home Evening, a weekly Mormon event inaugurated by President Joseph F. Smith (not to be confused with founder Joseph Smith; this was his nephew). Once a week since its initiation, Mormon families have come together for prayers, Scripture lessons, songs, games and a snack. The idea is that the night makes families stronger and more faithful in their calling.

The Ultimate Missionary Preparation Guide

The decision to go on a mission is something that each individual has to make for his or herself. This decision can seem daunting and a little nerve-racking. This guide will help any future missionary have a plan so he or she knows what to do to start preparing for a mission.

Elder Oaks warns of rising secularism, champions religious freedom

Apostle warns of rising secularism and calls for the protection of religious freedoms.

Elder Perry resting at home after brief hospitalization for ‘breathing difficulties’

Elder L. Tom Perry, 92, returned home Wednesday night and was resting comfortably, a church spokesman said, after a short stay in the hospital for observation and testing due to trouble breathing.

Utah woman produces her own Book of Mormon musical

Sherry Allred, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the composer and writer of “Nephi and the Sword of Laban,” a musical that has “been brewing within (her) heart for a long time.”

National

$23,660-a-Year ‘Executives’ Will See a Raise From Obama Rule

President Barack Obama is preparing to do what the U.S. economic recovery has been slow to accomplish: raise the wages of millions of Americans.

Arizona’s Sheriff Joe Arpaio subdued in 1st day of testimony in contempt of court case

An Arizona sheriff was to resume testifying Thursday, a day after the normally defiant law officer delivered subdued responses to questions in court about why he violated a judge’s orders to stop carrying out his signature immigration patrols.

Quicken sued by feds over home loans

The U.S. government sued Quicken Loans Thursday alleging the company violated federal rules when it made loans backed by the Federal Housing Administration.

FTC Pursues Tech Company It Claims Violated Privacy Policy While Tracking 9 Million Phones

A technology company that helps retailers track consumers through mobile devices agreed Thursday to settle after the FTC issued a complaint about the company’s violations to its privacy policy.

Minnesota declares state of emergency over bird flu outbreak in poultry: report

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has declared a state of emergency because of the fast-spreading avian flu that has led to the death of killed more than 7.3 million birds this year, and called for National Guard personnel to be called up for duty if needed, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Senate committee passes fast track trade bill, but major challenges ahead

The Senate Finance Committee passed the trade bill Wednesday night. The House is expected to take up a similar bill Thursday.

First female Blue Angel pilot taking flight

The first woman who to hold the distinction as a United States Navy pilot with the US Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, better known as the Blue Angels, will have an opportunity to fly in front of friends and family at home in June.

Pentagon cybersecurity strategy comes with olive branch to Silicon Valley

In the first visit to Silicon Valley by a Defense secretary in nearly 20 years, Pentagon chief Ashton Carter rolled out the national cybersecurity defense strategy on Thursday during a trip meant to repair ties with the technology industry.

Few vets getting care through $10 billion VA program

A new program that was supposed to get patients off waiting lists at Veterans Affairs medical centers by letting them switch to private-sector doctors is proving to be an even bigger disappointment than initially thought.

Prosecution rests in penalty phase of Boston bomber’s trial

A video played Thursday at the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev showed a mother crouched over her 8-year-old son as he lay dying on the sidewalk, a scene that prosecutors hoped would linger in jurors’ minds while they determine whether Tsarnaev lives or dies.

World

South African Demonstrators Condemn Attacks on Immigrants

Several thousand people marched through South Africa’s largest city on Thursday in a demonstration against recent attacks on immigrants that killed seven people.

China: North Korea could double its nuclear arsenal to 40 warheads

China’s top experts on North Korea told U.S. specialists that Pyongyang could double its nuclear arsenal to 40 warheads by 2016.

Military experts fear Saudi Arabia’s strategy in Yemen is failing

A Saudi-led coalition is keeping up an air campaign against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen, despite an announcement to end airstrikes.

Russia claims US troops are training guardsmen in eastern Ukraine

Russia’s Defense Ministry says U.S. military instructors are training Ukrainian national guardsmen in urban fighting techniques in the eastern regions where Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatist rebels have fought for the past year.

Rocket launched from Gaza explodes inside Israel

Officials say projectile did not cause casualties or damage; residents report alarm at renewed Palestinian aggression

British police arrest 14-year-old on terror charges

One of the youngest suspects yet has been arrested on terror-related charges in England.

Iran demands relief on sanctions as nuclear talks resume

Iran and the other countries in the nuclear talks – China, France, Russia, Britain, the United States, and Germany – reached a tentative deal on April 2 and now aim to finalize the details by an end of June deadline.

State Dept. warns of new Russian military buildup on Ukraine border

Russia has recently sent arms and drone aircraft into eastern Ukraine and is massing its troops along the tense border, which raises concern about new escalation in the conflict, the State Department said Wednesday.

Flights canceled as ash cloud pours out from Chile volcano

An ash cloud from volcano Calbuco in southern Chile that erupted unexpectedly on Wednesday was blowing into Chile and Argentina on Thursday, forcing the cancellation of flights from nearby towns in both countries.

Mediterranean migrants crisis: EU leaders gather for talks

European leaders are holding crisis talks on how to deal with the large numbers of migrants risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea.

Business

For Microsoft, catching the future is an uphill battle

The software maker reported earnings that topped analyst expectations, but Microsoft is still maneuvering on its path to regain relevance and figure out new ways to sell its software.

Amazon deliveries coming to car trunks

The e-commerce firm is set to bring its well-known brown delivery boxes to the trunks of customers’ cars — but only in a German test program.

Deutsche to pay U.S., UK $2.5 billion over interest rate manipulation

Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE)(DB.N) will pay U.S. and British authorities $2.5 billion and its London subsidiary will plead guilty to wire fraud for manipulation of benchmark interest rates, U.S. authorities said on Thursday.

Comcast plans to drop Time Warner Cable merger: source

Comcast Corp’s board was meeting late on Thursday to finalize plans to abandon its proposed $45 billion merger with Time Warner Cable Inc, according to a person directly familiar with the matter.

Southwest Airlines to explore new IT functions, such as codesharing

Southwest Airlines Co (LUV.N) will explore new functions enabled by a new reservation system after it is in place, such as codesharing flights and assigning seats to passengers, Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said in an investor call on Thursday.

Culture

Norman Rockwell’s ‘Rosie the Riveter’ model dies at 92

Mary Doyle Keefe was a 19-year-old telephone operator in Arlington, Vt., when in 1943 she posed as a model for Norman Rockwell, her neighbor. She sat only twice for the painter, earning $5 a session. But her image as “Rosie the Riveter,” the symbol of female independence and patriotism during World War II, lives on.

Science

Chinese Scientists Edit Genes of Human Embryos, Raising Concerns

The experiment with human embryos was dreaded, yet widely anticipated. Scientists somewhere, researchers said, were trying to edit genes with a technique that would permanently alter the DNA of every cell so that any changes would be passed on from generation to generation.

Health

Exercise ‘not key to obesity fight’

Physical activity has little role in tackling obesity – and instead public health messages should squarely focus on unhealthy eating, doctors say.

Economy

U.S. jobless claims edge up; trend signals firmer labor market

The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits rose last week for a third straight week, but the underlying trend continued to point to a solidly improving labor market.