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February 27, 2017

First Line News Articles for Monday, February 27 2017

Top Stories

Trump’s order gives a boost to bathroom bills in 12 states

Twelve state legislatures are considering bills that would require transgender people to use bathroom and locker room facilities based on their “biological sex” or birth gender, according to the National Conference of States Legislatures.

Trump budget plan will not cut Social Security, Medicare: Mnuchin

U.S. President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal will spare big social welfare programs such as Social Security and Medicare from any cuts, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in an interview broadcast on Sunday.

U.S. Flexes Its Military Muscle Off China

As China flexes its military muscle in the South China Sea, the U.S. is responding with its own show of force that includes ships, fighter jets and submarines, as well as the test launch of nuclear-capable missiles.

Iraqi forces enter IS-held neighbourhood in west Mosul

Iraqi forces have entered a neighbourhood in West Mosul for the first time since launching an operation to retake it from so-called Islamic State (IS) five days ago.

LDS News

Elder Ronald T. Halverson, emeritus General Authority, dies at age 80

Elder Ronald T. Halverson, an emeritus General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, died Friday, Feb. 24, at his home in Ogden, Utah. He was 80 years old.

LDS Film Festival returns to SCERA for 16th year

One of the most significant periods of LDS filmmaking history happened in the early 2000s, with stories of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints finding their way into indie films like “God’s Army” and “The Other Side of Heaven.”

BYU-Pathway program set to change lives worldwide

Many believed they couldn’t get into a university, or succeed if they did. Most were certain they could never afford it. Some had given education the old college try before and failed.

“Push back against the world,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks encourages BYU-Hawaii grads

“Push back against worldly values and practices that are contrary to gospel teachings and covenants,” Elder Dallin H. Oaks of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles told graduates during commencement exercises at Brigham Young University-Hawaii on Feb. 25.

New Mormon Channel video teaches powerful lesson

A new video released by Mormon Channel provides a visual to accompany a story shared by Sister Carole M. Stephens, first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, in her October 2015 general conference address. In her talk, “If Ye Love Me, Keep My Commandments,”

National

State: 1,800 refugees from ‘banned’ nations enter U.S. after order lifted

The State Department has revealed that 1,800 refugees from the nations targeted by President Trump’s suspended travel order have entered the United States since courts set it aside.

For Democrats, a new chairman but still no answers

The Democratic Party on Saturday elected a new chairman but appeared no closer to healing painful divisions or figuring out a path back to power from an eight-year slide that culminated in President Trump.

Lawmakers brace for Trump’s first address to Congress

President Trump’s first address to Congress will consume lawmakers early next week but won’t stop Republicans from picking up their agenda after a week off, which includes confirming more of Trump’s Cabinet in the Senate and rolling back Obama-era regulations in the House.

Beverage tax sweetens Philly coffers, sours retailers

A contentious tax on sweetened drinks that poured a whopping $5.7 million into Philadelphia’s coffers in its first month is devastating the beverage industry and damaging overall grocery sales, some business leaders say.

White House says no pressure applied on FBI about Russia reports

The White House continued to push back Friday afternoon against accusations that presidential Chief of Staff Reince Priebus acted inappropriately by asking the FBI to refute media reports about alleged contact between Trump campaign officials and Russia last year.

Congress returns, with health care, Supreme Court on agenda

Congress returns to Washington this week to confront dramatic decisions on health care and the Supreme Court that may help determine the course of Donald Trump’s presidency.

White House does not rule out Sessions recusal on Russia probes

The White House on Sunday did not rule out that Attorney General Jeff Sessions may recuse himself from Justice Department investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Chicago police arrest 81 in overnight raids, mostly for drug and weapons offenses

The Chicago Police Department conducted a series of overnight raids from Thursday into Friday that resulted in 81 arrests, mostly for drug- and weapons-related offenses, Supt. Eddie Johnson said Friday.

South Carolina law makes it tough to lower Confederate flags

In the aftermath of the racially motivated Charleston church slayings in 2015, the Confederate flag was removed from the South Carolina Statehouse during an elaborate nationally televised ceremony.

Guided-missile destroyer USS Hue City conducts live-fire exercise

U.S. Navy Sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Hué City test-fired a Phalanx close-in weapon system during a recent training exercise.

World

U.S. seeks to extradite former Guatemalan vice president on drug charges

The United States announced Friday it will request the former Guatemalan vice president and the former minister of the interior be extradited to face drug trafficking charges.

Iran holds naval war games amid rising tensions with U.S.

Iran launched naval drills at the mouth of the Gulf and the Indian Ocean on Sunday, a naval commander said, as tensions with the United States escalated after U.S President Donald Trump put Tehran “on notice”.

UK terror threat ‘at highest since 1970s IRA plots’

Britain faces a level of terror threat not seen since the IRA bombings of the 1970s, according to a new watchdog.

Business

Warren Buffett upbeat on US business growth

US billionaire Warren Buffett has backed American businesses to continue to create “mind-boggling” wealth.

J.C. Penney to close up to 140 stores, offer buyouts

J.C. Penney (JCP) plans to close 130 to 140 stores and offer buyouts to 6,000 workers as the department-store industry sags in competition with online sellers and nimble niche retailers.

Wall Street edges higher to give Dow 11th straight record

Wall Street edged higher on Friday, with the Dow extending its streak of record-setting gains to 11 days, as increases in utilities and other safety plays outweighed declines in financials.

Culture

Can parental spyware keep kids safe online?

Some law enforcement officials say it won’t – and are discouraging parents from relying on a growing number of smartphone surveillance apps to guard against bullying and sexual predators.

Science

Stargazers applaud as moon eclipses sun

Stargazers applauded as they were plunged into darkness Sunday when the moon passed in front of the sun in a spectacular “ring of fire” eclipse.

Health

Fasting diet ‘regenerates diabetic pancreas’

The pancreas can be triggered to regenerate itself through a type of fasting diet, say US researchers.