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April 27, 2017

First Line News Articles for Thursday, April 27 2017

Top Stories

U.S. Navy fires warning flare at Iranian vessel in Persian Gulf

A U.S. guided-missile destroyer fired a flare in the direction of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard ship this week during an encounter in the Persian Gulf, a Navy official has confirmed to ABC News.

White House Unveils ‘Biggest Tax Cut’ in History

White House officials on Wednesday unveiled a dramatic new tax reform plan that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is calling “the biggest tax cut” in history aimed at jump starting small businesses and putting more money in the pockets of middle-class Americans.

White House briefs Senate amid scary moment with North Korea

The Trump administration hosted senators for an extraordinary White House briefing Wednesday at a perilous moment with North Korea, marked by the unpredictable nation’s nuclear threats and stern talk of military action, if necessary, from the United States.

Trump tells Canada, Mexico, he won’t terminate NAFTA treaty yet: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico on Wednesday that he will not terminate the NAFTA treaty at this stage, but will move quickly to begin renegotiating it with them, a White House said.

LDS News

Mormon history stars in legal brief on Trump travel ban

American Mormons still endure “pernicious consequences” created by U.S. government discrimination against them in the 1800s, says a legal brief filed against President Trump’s travel ban in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

New Harmony: 2 ‘blessed events’ happened in 1830

In 1830, a birth in Fayette, New York, would change the face of religion. That same year, a birth 289 miles east in Amherst, Massachusetts, would change the face of literature.

2016 AML award winners announced

The Association for Mormon Letters announced honors for publications and other works across more than a dozen categories at its conference last week at Writ and Vision in Provo on April 21 and at Utah Valley University in Orem on April 22. About 55 works, from poetry and screenplays to novels and films, which are by, for or about members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, were named as finalists.

Survey explores the relationship between Mormon women and depression

Do Mormon women struggle with depression more than American women in general? If so, why? These are the questions that Religion News Service’s Jana Riess sought to answer through a portion of her Next Mormons Survey.

What you need to know about the Mormon temple open house

The long-awaited temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will open its doors to the public in June, but you’ll need to make reservations.

BYU grad overcomes life-changing accident to finish degrees, regain independence

Stephen Merrill stepped onto Brigham Young University’s campus his freshman year with the same excitement and hope for the future that many newcomers feel.

National

U.S. chief justice alarmed at Trump administration immigration case stance

U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts took issue on Wednesday with the Trump administration’s stance in an immigration case, saying it could make it too easy for the government to strip people of citizenship for lying about minor infractions.

Trump: national monuments a ‘massive federal land grab’

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Wednesday directing his interior secretary to review the designation of dozens of national monuments on federal lands, as he singled out “a massive federal land grab” by the Obama administration.

Trump signs order aimed at growing U.S. agriculture industry

President Donald Trump on Tuesday took executive action in an effort to help grow the domestic agriculture industry during a meeting at the White House with more than a dozen U.S. farmers.

Woman says she suffered 2nd-degree burns after her Fitbit exploded

A Wisconsin woman said she suffered second-degree burns on her arm after her Fitbit tracker exploded.

Battle begins over Wall Street rules

Lawmakers are digging in for a high-stakes battle over the future of financial regulation.

Trump to pull feds out of K-12 education

President Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday to start pulling the federal government out of K-12 education, following through on a campaign promise to return schools to state and local control.

Freedom Caucus Backs Updated GOP Health Care Bill

The House Freedom Caucus officially backs an updated version of the GOP health care bill that includes a significant amendment co-sponsored by the group’s chairman

Missouri lawmakers moving ahead with tougher restrictions on abortion

A decision by a federal judge to rescind some laws restricting abortions in Missouri had Planned Parenthood advocates celebrating last week — but Republicans aren’t going down without a fight.

Congress scrambles to wrap up deal averting government shutdown

The U.S. Congress moved closer to a deal to avoid a government shutdown at the stroke of midnight on Friday, as negotiators worked to clear away remaining disputes in a massive spending bill.

Air Force launches test missile off Central California coast to show nuclear deterrent capability

An unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile was launched just after midnight Wednesday from Vandenberg Air Force Base as part of an operational test to show the country’s nuclear deterrent capability, according to the U.S. Air Force.

World

China convicts US woman Sandy Phan-Gillis for spying

A Chinese court has convicted American businesswoman Sandy Phan-Gillis for spying and ordered her deportation.

Turkey arrests more than 1,000 ‘secret imams’ in police purge

Turkish police on Wednesday arrested more than 1,000 people accused of ties to a U.S.-based cleric blamed for a failed coup, in the latest mass crackdown of government opponents.

France Links Sarin Gas Used In Syria Attack To Regime

Samples obtained by French intelligence show that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad “undoubtedly” used sarin nerve gas in an April 4 attack in northern Syria, France’s foreign minister said on Wednesday, citing a declassified report.

US military begins installation of missile defenses in South Korea

In a surprise move, the U.S. military overnight transferred key parts of a controversial antimissile defense system into operational position, drawing angry reaction from residents near the site in Seongju, South Korea.

China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing’s assertiveness in the South China Sea.

Business

Boeing Sales Disappoint After Fewest Jet Deliveries Since 2014

Boeing Co.’s sales slumped as jet deliveries fell to the lowest in three years, ahead of the impending debut of a new version of the company’s best-selling plane.

Oil prices rise after big draw in U.S. crude inventories

Oil prices rebounded from earlier losses on Wednesday after data showed a larger-than-expected falloff in U.S. crude inventories, a salve for investors after several days of declines founded on worries about the slow pace of global efforts to reduce a glut.

Chipotle warns customers after discovering ‘unauthorized activity’ on payment processor

Chipotle Mexican Grill advised customers to review their credit statements after the company disclosed a security incident affecting the restaurant chain’s payment processing system.

Science

Baby humpback whales ‘whisper’ to mums to avoid predators

The humpback whale is known for its loud haunting songs, which can be heard 20 miles away.

Its location a mystery for centuries, huge Indian city may have been found in Kansas

Make note of the name Etzanoa, a long-lost city. Donald Blakeslee says he’s found it.

Cassini probe dives through Saturn’s rings

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has begun an unprecedented series of space dives that will see it plunge through the icy rings of Saturn, in the final phase of its 20-year mission.

Health

DNA-based test can spot cancer recurrence a year before conventional scans

‘Liquid biopsy’ diagnosed cancer recurrence up to a year before CT scans are able to in major lung cancer trial, and could buy crucial time for doctors

Edible insects give Mexicans a taste of history – and maybe the future

Mexican chefs are embracing entomophagy, or bug eating, amid heightened interest in their country’s heritage. But the high-protein, low-impact cuisine could have lessons for the rest of the world, as well.