November 24, 2015

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, November 24 2015

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Worldwide travel alert issued by State Department over terror threats

Just in time for the holidays, the State Department issued a global travel alert to U.S. citizens warning of the increased likelihood of terror attacks by legions of terrorists — including the murderous Islamic State.

France attacks ISIS from aircraft carrier, launches bid to build coalition

France launched its first airstrikes from an aircraft carrier against ISIS on Monday as French President Francois Hollande prepared to meet with world leaders in an attempt to build an anti-ISIS coalition.

Emails show DOD analysts told to ‘cut it out’ on ISIS warnings; IG probe expands

Analysts at U.S. Central Command were pressured to ease off negative assessments about the Islamic State threat and were even told in an email to “cut it out,” Fox News has learned – as an investigation expands into whether intelligence reports were altered to present a more positive picture.

Kerry says More Cooperation with Russia Possible, Seeks to Reassure Opposition

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday it was possible to broaden cooperation with Russia on Syria, but such a move should not deter opposition groups trying to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

LDS News

LDS Church to release ‘A Savior Is Born’ Christmas initiative on Nov. 29

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ with its Christmas initiative, “A Savior Is Born,” beginning Nov. 29, 2015.

President Henry B. Eyring rededicates temple in Montreal

The newly renovated Montreal Quebec Temple stands as a tribute to the rich and diverse history of Montreal and the pioneering Latter-day Saint that built the Church in Quebec’s largest bilingual city.

4 women witnesses to the Book of Mormon translation process

Although their names aren’t included in the official list, four women can be added as additional witnesses of the physical reality and divine process Joseph Smith went through in the translation of the Book of Mormon.

President Nelson Shares Personal, Moving Messages with the Women in the Church on Facebook

Following his talk at October’s general conference, “A Plea to My Sisters,” President Russell M. Nelson has been encouraging women in the Church to stand out and to speak up so that their influence can be felt.

Mormonism at its best: The sacrament of helping other people move

Recently, my older sister and her son moved out of our basement and into their own home. She had spent a year with us following a difficult divorce after 30 years of marriage. She needed the time and space to figure out who she was again, find a job that could support her and her son (who is diabetic and has pretty high medical expenses), and deal with some mental health issues.


FAA drone registry recommendations come under fire after release

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday released recommendations for a new federal drone registry that quickly came under fire from a member of the agency task force charged with creating the proposals.

N.Y. farm appeals $13,000 fine for refusing lesbian couple’s wedding

The Liberty Ridge Farm is appealing a judge’s $13,000 fine. They are citing their Christian beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Americans’ Trust in Government Near All-Time Low, Survey Finds

American’s trust of government is near an all-time low just one year out from the 2016 general election, according to a new survey, even as most Americans see an important role for Washington in combatting terrorism and disaster response.

Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed ‘Florida First’ budget: $79.3 billion, tax cuts

Gov. Rick Scott on Monday proposed a $79.3 billion budget for next year that would spend more on schools, cut taxes by $1 billion and eliminate nearly 1,000 more full-time jobs from the state work force.

2 US Pilots Die in Army Apache Helicopter Crash in South Korea

Two U.S. Army helicopter pilots died today after their AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed during a routine training mission in South Korea.

Storm to Send Rain, Snow Across Central US on Thanksgiving Day

A storm complete with soaking rain, snow, cold winds and possibly even ice will focus on the central United States on Thanksgiving Day.

Pharmacists in California and Oregon to Prescribe Birth Control

It will soon be easier for women in California and Oregon to get birth control, as the two states will allow pharmacists to prescribe contraception.

Grassley steps up Clinton email probe, blocks key nominees

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is putting a hold on top State Department appointments — including the nominee for the department’s fourth-highest post — until he gets the answers he’s seeking from a former top aide of Hillary Clinton tasked with helping determine which of the former secretary of state’s emails should be made public.

U.S. carrying the load in fight against ISIS: White House

Ahead of a meeting between President Obama and French President Francois Hollande, the White House said Monday that the U.S. is contributing more than its share to the fight against the Islamic State.

33,000 shivering without power for a week in Spokane, Washington

Tens of thousands of people who have been shivering for nearly a week without power after deadly storms swept through Washington state are bracing for snowfall Monday and the possibility of preparing Thanksgiving dinner in the dark.


Syria conflict: Army captures western towns from IS

Syrian government forces are reported to have gained ground from Islamic State (IS) in the west of the country.

Southeast Asian countries just formed their own version of the EU

Ten countries Sunday signed a compact to formally establish a European Union-style organization to encourage investment and cooperation in the region.

No sign of Paris suspect in Belgium raids as Brussels remains under high alert

Brussels remained under partial lockdown Monday after police carried out raids around the Belgian capital amid warnings of possible terrorist attacks similar to those that killed 130 people in Paris 10 days ago.

British leader seeks wider airstrikes on Islamic State as Europe remains on high alert

Britain’s prime minister pledged Monday to seek backing from British lawmakers to expand airstrikes into Syria in response to French appeals for intensified attacks against the Islamic State following the Paris massacres.

Putin Meets Iran’s Supreme Leader on First Visit in 8 Years

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, visiting Iran for the first time since 2007, held talks with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as he seeks to strengthen his country’s strategic alliance with the Islamic Republic.

Item ‘That Looks Like an Explosive Vest’ Found in Paris Suburb, Police Say

An item “that looks like an explosive vest” was found in the Parisian suburb of Montrouge, the Paris Police Prefecture said today, and investigators are at the scene to determine if it can be linked to the Paris attacks.

Canada’s new ‘lifeboat’ refugee policy: Women, children, and families only

Trudeau’s commitment to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees in Canada has earned praise from humanitarian groups. But the plan will admit only women, children, and families, perhaps meant to mollify concerns about security checks.

With no sub-chasing aircraft of its own, UK calls on allies to help find Russian submarine

After significantly cutting the size of its military in recent years, the United Kingdom was forced to call on France and Canada to help look for a Russian sub they believed was patrolling off the Scottish coast, according to a report in the Telegraph.

Mali Will Mourn for Three Days After Hotel Siege

Mali began three days of national mourning Monday for victims of an attack at a hotel that left 19 people dead in the capital city Bamako. Senegal, Mauritania and Guinea will also observe the remembrance with their West African neighbor.

Explosion at Yasukuni Shrine in Japan Does Minor Damage

A small explosion damaged a public toilet on the grounds of a contentious Japanese war shine on Monday, drawing police bomb squad technicians and firefighters to the scene and prompting the shrine to close some areas to visitors, the Japanese news media reported.


Pfizer and Allergan to Merge in $160 Billion Deal

The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said on Monday that it had struck a $160 billion deal, including debt, to merge with Allergan, the maker of Botox, in one of the biggest takeovers in the health care industry.


Joseph Silverstein, violin virtuoso and former Utah Symphony director, dies

Joseph Silverstein the former director of the Utah Symphony for 15 years and concertmaster for the Boston Symphony Orchestra for two decades, died Sunday in Boston at the age of 83.


Captivating Blue Dragon Sea Slug Washes Up in Australia

It takes a lot of courage to go up against the venomous Portuguese man o’ war — a creature that sends even humans bolting out the water — but the blue dragon is up for the challenge.

Here’s What That ‘UFO’ Spotted From the Space Station Really Is

It was a pretty typical day aboard the International Space Station (ISS) on Nov. 15, what with experiments to run, equipment to maintain, a massive coverup of secret UFO sightings to perpetuate. What’s that, you ask? You didn’t hear about that massive coverup of UFO sightings part? Well, that just because you weren’t paying attention.


U.S. home sales fall; prices push higher

U.S. home resales fell more than expected in October, with large declines in regions which have experienced the biggest price gains, suggesting some softening in the pace of the housing market recovery after strong gains early this year.