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March 26, 2017

First Line News Articles for Sunday, March 26 2017

Top Stories

U.S. embassies ordered to identify population groups for tougher visa screening

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has directed U.S. diplomatic missions to identify “populations warranting increased scrutiny” and toughen screening for visa applicants in those groups, according to diplomatic cables seen by Reuters.

‘Terrorists will not defeat us’: London honors terror attack victims with candlelight vigil

“Terrorists will not defeat us,” Home Secretary Amber Rudd told the crowd as candles were lit at a vigil in London’s Trafalgar Square this evening in honor of the people killed and injured in yesterday’s deadly terrorist attack.

Trump gives ultimatum to Republicans, Obamacare repeal vote set for Friday

President Trump’s team delivered a final ultimatum to House Republicans Thursday night, saying they’ll make one more round of changes to the health bill, then hold a final vote — and if it fails, they’re done.

Jewish Center Bomb Threat Suspect Is Arrested in Israel

The police on Thursday arrested an Israeli teenager who holds American citizenship in connection with waves of threats to Jewish institutions, including community centers in the United States, law enforcement officials said.

LDS News

Defending the Faith: Remembering the First Vision

Some years ago, two Latter-day Saint writers arrived separately at the conclusion that Joseph Smith’s First Vision probably occurred on Sunday, March 26, 1820. (See “Oh, How Lovely Was the Morning: Sun 26 Mar 1820?” ) In other words, this coming Sunday may mark the 197th anniversary of the commencement of the Restoration.

My view: Are the Mormons a ‘peculiar’ people?

Are the Mormons a “peculiar” people? The query is, of course, complicated by the several meanings and connotations of the word peculiar.

Contributions of women celebrated across the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic can surely be called a Mormon success story.

Better days await members in Brazil

Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles delivered a central message during his recent visit to Brazil: The Lord is in charge — and things will work out for the best.

Could an LDS temple be on the horizon for Pocatello?

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have six temples that are less than a two-hour drive from Pocatello.

Elder Pieper meets with Mexican president

Elder Paul B. Pieper, General Authority Seventy, and other religious leaders here recently met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to discuss a variety of issues facing the country.

National

4-year-old boy uses Siri to call ambulance, saves mom’s life

A 4-year-old boy in the U.K. saved his mom’s life after he used Siri to call an ambulance, telling emergency services that “she’s closing her eyes and she’s not breathing.”

Arkansas Senate votes to exempt stadiums from gun law; measure goes to House

A measure signed into law by Arkansas Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday that would have allowed concealed handguns to be carried into sporting events at state college campuses hit a roadblock in the Arkansas Senate on Thursday.

Utah gov. to sign bill lowering DUI limit to lowest in nation

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he will sign a bill that would make his state the first in the nation to lower the drunk driving limit from 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content to 0.05 percent.

U.S. Senate votes to overturn Obama broadband privacy rules

The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted narrowly to repeal regulations requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers’ privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) or Facebook Inc (FB.O).

Agency: Trump’s Washington hotel doesn’t violate lease

A federal agency has ruled that President Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C., does not violate lease terms that prohibit elected officials from receiving benefits, The Associated Press reported on Thursday.

Florida fire started by book burning destroys two homes

Two homes in Nassau County, Florida, were destroyed in a wildfire caused by a man who was burning books Wednesday.

Senate confirms David Friedman as Trump’s ambassador to Israel

The Senate voted 52-46 Thursday to confirm David Friedman as President Trump’s first ambassador to Israel.

US probes Manafort’s banking: report

Treasury Department agents recently obtained details concerning overseas financial transactions involving Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign manager, according to a new report.

How Team Trump’s ‘unmasking’ by intel community may reveal illegal actions by Obama officials

Trump presidential transition officials had their communications monitored and “unmasked” by the intelligence community, the chairman of the House intelligence committee said Wednesday, offering the first major piece of evidence of possible illegal activity by Obama officials against Donald Trump as president-elect.

Half of all federal arrests related to immigration

Immigration arrests and border-related cases have swamped the federal government, the Justice Department said Thursday, pointing to new statistics that show half of all arrests made by federal authorities in 2014 were for immigration offenses.

World

London Attack Leaves Citizens of 10 Nations Dead or Injured

One was a police constable who spent 15 years with the Metropolitan Police in London. A second was a teacher who, according to reports, was walking from her school along Westminster Bridge. Another was a man from Utah who was on vacation with his wife, celebrating their 25th anniversary.

Antwerp police intercept speeding car and thwart ‘attempted terrorist attack’

Belgian police intercepted a car that was speeding toward a busy shopping area and refused to stop, authorities said Thursday.

Poland’s PM warns she may not sign EU declaration

Poland’s prime minister is warning she will not endorse the declaration from a European Union summit this weekend if it does not address issues of top concern for Warsaw.

Former Russian lawmaker shot dead in Ukraine

A former Russian lawmaker Denis Voronenkov was shot and killed in Kiev Thursday in what the Ukrainian president described as an “act of state terrorism” by Russia, an accusation that has been quickly rejected by the Kremlin.

Business

Hedge Fund Eton Park Is Shutting Down After a Decade

Eric Mindich, a one-time Goldman Sachs star trader who jumped into the hedge fund industry during its heyday, is throwing in the towel on his $7 billion firm.

AT&T, other U.S. advertisers quit Google, YouTube over extremist videos

AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & Johnson and other major U.S. advertisers are pulling hundreds of millions of dollars in business from Google and its video service YouTube despite the Internet giant’s pledge this week to keep offensive and extremist content away from ads.

Culture

Upstate New York Zoo Announces Birth of New Babies, But Still No Giraffe Calf

We have new life at the Animal Adventure Park — just not a giraffe calf.

Science

German scientists focus radiation of 10,000 suns with new light array

Researchers in Germany are trying to use a massive light array to generate clean energy. This week, the scientists switched on their Synlight experiment, a collection of 149 film projector spotlights on steroids.

Archaeologists Reconstruct Face of Medieval Man Who Died 700 Years Ago

The face of a British man who died about 700 years ago has been brought to life using reconstructive technology.

Health

Some of the youngest opioid victims are curious toddlers

Curious toddlers find the drugs in a mother’s purse or accidentally dropped on the floor. Sometimes a parent fails to secure the child-resistant cap on a bottle of painkillers.