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January 15, 2019

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, January 15 2019

Top Stories

Trump pledges to make it easier for seasonal farmworkers to enter U.S.

President Donald Trump said he will allow seasonal farmworkers to easily enter the country at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th annual convention in New Orleans.

Lion Air plane crash: Cockpit voice recorder of doomed jet found, officials say

Indonesian officials said Monday, in a possible boost to the accident investigation. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, told reporters that remains of some of the 189 people who died in the crash were also discovered at the seabed location.

Judge Blocks Rule Change that Would Allow More Employers to Refuse Contraception Coverage

A federal judge on Sunday night blocked a Trump administration rule change that would have expanded the pool of employers who are entitled to refuse to cover employees’ contraception due to religious or moral convictions.

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Matt Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general

Opponents of his appointment said he was not qualified for the position because he was not subject to Senate confirmation.

LDS News

Italians wowed by Michelangelo motif in Rome Temple

The first Italians to tour the new Rome Italy Temple stopped just inside the front door Monday and began to point and smile at something familiar, even though none had ever been inside a temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints before.

Apostles lead first open house visitors through Rome Italy Temple

More than a decade after it was announced and two millennia after the apostles Peter and Paul preached and died here, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened the doors Monday to the first visitors at the new Rome Italy Temple.

LDS Church releases drawings of new Puerto Rico temple

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have released drawings of one of its new temples.

Mormon church president Russell M. Nelson to visit Arizona

The president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will visit Arizona in February.

A look at how the Christus and 12 Apostle statues went from Copenhagen to the Rome Italy Temple grounds

The ancient apostles have traveled again, from Copenhagen, Denmark, to Carrara, Italy, and on to Rome. It’s the second time in as many centuries those cities have been linked with the likes of Peter, James, John and Paul.

National

Average price of gas drops 12 cents per gallon to $2.31

The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past three weeks to $2.31.

Trump Rejects Graham’s Plea to Reopen Government

President Trump on Monday dismissed the suggestion of a frequent ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, that he should reopen the government for a few weeks to encourage Democrats to continue negotiations over border-security funding.

Shutdown forces TSA to shift security screeners to major airports

The Transportation Security Administration said Monday it will begin shifting airport security screeners from other parts of the country to cover rising absenteeism in major airports that appear to be caused by the partial government shutdown.

AG nominee Barr: Mueller will be allowed to complete his work

Attorney General nominee William Barr will allow special counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation if confirmed by the U.S. Senate, according to prepared remarks he’s poised to deliver at Tuesday’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

LAUSD teachers go on strike for the first time in 30 years

Los Angeles teachers braved cold, drizzly weather Monday morning as they walked off the job in their first strike in 30 years to demand smaller class sizes, more support staff at schools and better pay.

Millions digging out from killer storm, bracing for more winter havoc

Millions of Americans from Colorado to Washington, D.C., were digging out from a major winter storm Monday while forecasters warned that more snow chaos could be on the way next weekend.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper declares state of emergency as storm that buried Midwest in snow moves east

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has declared a state of emergency after a winter storm covered the Midwest in snow over the weekend.

Magnitude 5.4 quake strikes near Anchorage, Alaska: USGS

A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Anchorage, Alaska, on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

Devin Nunes: Counterintelligence bombshell shows FBI leaders ‘had no real evidence against the Trump team’

Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the New York Times’ bombshell report on a counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s ties to Russia only strengthens the argument that the FBI has no evidence of collusion against the Trump team.

House lawyers meeting Monday to evaluate subpoenaing Trump’s interpreters: Democratic aide

Lawyers for the House Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees will meet Monday to evaluate their legal options for subpoenaing the interpreters who were present when President Donald Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin without aides, ABC News has learned.

World

In Lebanon, U.S. State Department official calls Hezbollah ‘unacceptable’

The U.S. State Department criticized Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah group on Monday for digging tunnels into Israel and stockpiling rockets, as Washington steps up efforts to isolate Tehran.

With 2,300-word letter, Macron launches debate to quell ‘yellow vest’ unrest

President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday kicked off a three-month national debate he hopes can quell the “yellow vest” unrest with a letter to the French in which he pledged to listen to new ideas but stuck to his core economic reform agenda.

Mexican fuel shortage stretches into second week

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is urging the country to remain patient as gasoline shortages stretch into their second week while he battles to stem fuel theft at pipelines.

1 survivor, 16 dead in cargo plane crash in Iran

Emergency crews in Iran responded Monday to a cargo plane crash at an airport about 25 miles west of Tehran that killed all but one of the 16-person crew, reports out of the country said.

China’s exports saw biggest fall for two years in December

Chinese exports saw the steepest fall for two years in December, according to the latest trade figures.

Pompeo spends 45 minutes with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia

The relationship between Riyadh and Washington remains tense following the brutal slaying and dismemberment of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Chinese court sentences Canadian to death for drug smuggling

A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a Canadian man to death for drug smuggling, a ruling sure to aggravate already sour relations between Beijing and Ottawa following the arrest of a senior Chinese executive in Canada.

Brexit: Theresa May faces ‘meaningful vote’ on her deal

MPs are preparing to vote on whether to back Theresa May’s deal for leaving the European Union.

Business

NBC finally jumps in the streaming wars — announces a new service to compete with Netflix, Disney and Amazon

NBC is doing a solid for the traditional pay-TV industry.

Auction day for Sears. Will it stay or go?

It looks like Sears’ final hurrah. Monday marks the final deadline for bidders to submit details of their offers to buy assets from the struggling retailer,

PG&E, utility tied to wildfires, will file for bankruptcy

Pacific Gas and Electric, facing billions of dollars in claims over the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, is headed to bankruptcy court.

Science

Magnetic North’s erratic behavior forces update to global navigation system

Magnetic North is shifting rapidly, throwing off the World Magnetic Model that powers a variety of global navigational systems.

Sunday night’s total lunar eclipse will be the last blood moon of the decade

The moon will turn red over the United States on Sunday night during the last total lunar eclipse of the decade.

Health

You may no longer be more likely to go into cardiac arrest on Monday morning, study says

The most common time to experience sudden cardiac arrest could be changing, according to new research.