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March 28, 2017

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, March 28 2017

Top Stories

Israel’s Netanyahu pledges to work with Trump on peace efforts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday he was committed to working with U.S. President Donald Trump to advance peace efforts with the Palestinians and with the broader Arab world.

‘No evidence’ Khalid Masood had links to IS or al-Qaeda

There is no evidence of a link between Westminster attacker Khalid Masood and so-called Islamic State or al-Qaeda, the Metropolitan Police has said.

White House office led by Trump’s son-in-law to bring business ideas to government

President Trump is set to announce a new White House office run by Jared Kushner that will seek to introduce ideas from the private sector to government.

LDS News

LDS Church Releases New LDS Scripture Coloring Books

The first is an updated version of their popular Book of Mormon coloring book. Not only are there 12 brand new pages to enjoy, but it also features updated text and pictures throughout the existing 32 pages. It is available for free as a downloadable PDF at LDS.org or you can purchase an actual copy here for $1.99.

This Animated Church Video Will Change How You Think of Trials and Doubts

“More concerning than the prophesied earthquakes and wars are the spiritual whirlwinds that can uproot you from your spiritual foundations and land your spirit in places you never imagined possible, sometimes with your barely noticing that you have been moved,” Elder Neil L. Andersen said during April general conference 2014.

Having a multicultural experience at RootsTech and learning ‘we are connected’

“Did they own slaves?” It’s day two of the RootsTech family history conference, and I’m getting some free advice from a professional genealogist in the new Coaches’ Corner. She’s giving me some tips to help find my grandmother’s family in Virginia.

Family of Utah woman injured in London attack says they hold no ill will

The family of an injured Utah woman and her husband who was killed in the terror attack on London’s Westminster Bridge say they hold no ill feelings toward the man responsible, but instead are focusing on the love and closeness within their family.

LDS Church not just temple-building, but temple-renovating

With more than 150 temples worldwide, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been described as a temple-building church. And with the operations of those temples spanning 140 years, it also has become a temple-renovating church.

Record year for LDS giving fueled by ‘I Was a Stranger’

Mormons have doubled donations to their faith’s humanitarian fund and have sustained that giving for the past 18 months, fueling expanded LDS Church efforts to help refugees worldwide.

National

Ann Romney: Mitt Romney would have accepted secretary of state job

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would have accepted the secretary of state job if President Trump had offered it to him instead of Rex Tillerson, Ann Romney said Monday.

Pence: Trump seriously considering moving U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

Vice President Mike Pence said President Trump continues to mull moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which would overturn decades of foreign policy.

Hatch: Democrats waging ‘scorched earth campaign’ against Gorsuch

Sen. Orrin Hatch excoriated Democrats in a Wall Street Journal op-ed, accusing them of launching a “desperate, scorched-earth campaign” against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, who faces a possible filibuster next month.

Mine safety bills fire up tensions in coal country

Two mining bills designed to eliminate safety checks for the coal industry have reignited smoldering tensions between miners and mine owners.

Trump moves ahead with plans for tax cuts after health care failure

President Trump is leaving behind the failed health care bill and forging ahead with plans for massive tax cuts, but the same forces that doomed the repeal of Obamacare — united opposition from Democrats and divided Republicans — threaten the rest of his ambitious agenda.

Chris Christie to join White House effort to fight opioid abuse

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is expected to join a White House effort to combat opioid abuse.

Democrats Push McConnell Toward Nuclear Option on Gorsuch

Senate Democrats are beginning to line up against Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, increasing the chances the Senate will enact a “nuclear option” that would thwart the minority filibuster for high court picks.

Sasquatch blamed for Idaho car crash

As if drivers needed another distraction these days. An Idaho woman who crashed into a deer on the night of March 22 claims the animal was chased in front of her car by a sasquatch.

Failed ObamaCare repeal spurs fresh round of GOP finger-pointing

The week began with fierce finger-pointing in Washington in the wake of Friday’s flameout of the GOP alternative to ObamaCare, with conservatives and moderates blaming each other, President Trump sending mixed signals as to he faulted and Democrats gloating over the law’s preservation.

Amtrak service to be curtailed for 1 day for track upgrades

Some Amtrak trains operating between Chicago and St. Louis will stop running while upgrades designed to enable trains to reach 110 mph get done.

World

Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon meet ahead of Article 50

The prime minister has met Scotland’s first minister in a Glasgow hotel as she prepares to formally trigger Article 50.

Solid gold coin worth $4m stolen from Berlin museum

A giant gold coin bearing the Queen’s image, and worth $4m (£3.2m), has been stolen from a museum in Germany.

Merkel Vows to Fight for Re-Election After German State Win

German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to fight hard to win a fourth term in September after an unexpectedly clear state election victory, and left the door open to changing her coalition partner after the national vote.

South Korea seeks warrant for ex-President Park Geun-hye’s arrest

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s removal from office may not mean she will be spending the rest of her days quietly at her private residence in southern Seoul.

IS conflict: US-backed force pauses assault on Syria’s Tabqa dam

US-backed Syrian fighters have paused their offensive near the Tabqa dam so engineers can do any work necessary to ensure it continues to function.

Cyclone Debbie Barrels Toward Queensland in Australia

A powerful cyclone barreled toward the northeastern coast of Australia on Monday, forcing thousands of Queensland residents to leave their homes, halting ferry and train service, and closing a local airport as officials warned of the potential for widespread damage.

Russia jails protests leader Alexei Navalny for 15 days

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been jailed for 15 days for resisting police orders during mass protests on Sunday.

After London Attack, U.K. Wants Access to Encrypted WhatsApp Messages

British government officials will meet with representatives of American technology companies this week to demand that they do more to help in the fight against terrorism and online hate speech, the latest move in a widening global push against encryption technology that blocks access to the private messages of criminal and innocent users alike.

North Korea conducts another missile engine test, US officials say

Two US defense officials told CNN Monday that North Korea conducted another ballistic missile engine test Friday.

Britain gives Northern Ireland parties more time to reach power-sharing deal

The British government on Monday gave Northern Ireland’s largest political parties more time to form a power-sharing regional government and said there was no appetite for another election in the province.

Culture

McDonald’s celebrates 94-year-old woman who has worked at chain for 44 years

A hard working nonagenarian has just celebrated nearly a century working for McDonald’s.

Science

World’s Largest Dinosaur Footprints Found in Australia

A team of scientists has found some of the world’s largest dinosaur footprints in northwestern Australia, measuring nearly 5 feet 9 inches in length.

Health

Study finds high fiber diet can help prevent Type 1 diabetes

A new study finds that a diet high in fiber could help offset the occurrence of Type 1, or juvenile, diabetes.

Breast-feeding study sheds light on benefits for babies

Breast-feeding may not make kids sharper or better behaved than their non-nursed peers over the long-term, a new study suggests.

Spinach Leaf Transformed Into Beating Human Heart Tissue

Scientists have found a way to use spinach to build working human heart muscle, potentially solving a long-standing problem in efforts to repair damaged organs.