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May 23, 2018

First Line News Articles for Wednesday, May 23 2018

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U.S. sanctions five Iranians for supplying missiles to Yemeni rebels

The U.S. Treasury Department announced sanctions against five Iranian individuals for providing ballistic missile-related technical expertise to Huthi rebels in Yemen.

Trump says summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un may be delayed

US President Donald Trump has said there is a “very substantial chance” a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un next month may not happen.

House votes to ease regulation of banks, sending bill to Trump

The House on Tuesday passed a bill to loosen federal regulations on the banking sector, securing an election-year legislative accomplishment that is likely to be touted by members of both parties.

Trump admin moves to ban federally funded clinics from giving abortion referrals

Family planning clinics that refer patients for abortions or share locations or finances with abortion providers will be ineligible for funding through a decades-old federal family planning program, the Trump administration announced Tuesday.

LDS News

LDS Church leaders provide insight into church finances

The LDS Church has spent “billions of dollars over the past few years” to meet global welfare and humanitarian needs, according to one of two documents about the faith’s finances released Tuesday through its official websites.

More than half of Mormon missionaries transfer out of Nicaragua due to unrest

The LDS Church is transferring 169 of its 327 missionaries in Nicaragua to other countries due to political unrest, including anti-government protests that have led to dozens of deaths.

South Jordan Temple officially reopens

Doors opened today for the newly renovated Jordan River Temple—one of the busiest temples in the world. The interior is completely new, but that’s not what makes this temple unique; it’s who paid for it.

Resources for parents, leaders to teach kids about chastity, sex

Sexuality can be a difficult topic for parents, educators and ecclesiastical leaders to address. But The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided a number of resources detailing a variety of issues in sex education.

Missionaries preserve Osage County records

Three local missionaries affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are busy saving Osage County what would probably be tens of thousands of dollars of expense that would otherwise be necessary to digitally copy and preserve somewhere in the neighborhood of a million aging county records.


Coast Guard searching for 50-year-old who disappeared from Carnival cruise ship

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 50-year-old man who was reported missing from a Carnival cruise ship on Tuesday.

United flight evacuated due to smoking engine, possible fuel leak

A United Airlines flight was forced to immediately evacuate upon landing at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey after smoke was seen coming from one of the engines, officials said.

San Jose principal becomes a U.S. citizen in front of her students

Gloria Marchant has walked through the double doors of San Jose High School countless times in her four years as principal, but Tuesday was different.

Congress just made credit freezes free

You will soon be able to freeze your credit report for free, a step that can help protect you from identity theft.

NTSB Advocates for Seat Belts on School Buses After Deadly Crashes

The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday recommended for the first time that all new school buses in the U.S. be equipped with lap and shoulder belts.

Trump says he will propose new tax cuts prior to November

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he will propose new tax cuts sometime prior to November, when Republicans look to hold on to their majorities in Congress in midterm elections.

Judge orders man, 30, out of parents’ home after months-long battle: ‘I want you out’

A New York judge today ordered a 30-year-old man to vacate his parents’ home after they took him to court when he refused to leave.

New sinkholes open in Florida, Maryland, at White House

Four new sinkholes have opened up beneath a western Florida retirement community that was hit by several others months ago, officials said.

U.S. bolsters Asia ballistic missile defense as Trump-Kim summit nears

The USS Milius, one of the U.S. Navy’s most advanced guided missile destroyers, arrived in Japan on Tuesday to reinforce defenses against any ballistic missile attacks by North Korea, or anyone else in East Asia.

Police Confronted Santa Fe School Shooting Suspect Within 4 Minutes and Exchanged Gunfire With Him

Two police officers confronted the Santa Fe High School shooting suspect four minutes after he began his rampage. The officers briefly exchanged gunfire with him and talked to him for 25 minutes before he surrendered, authorities revealed on Monday.


Manchester bombing: Prince William leads tributes at memorial service

The English city of Manchester came together Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the terror attack that killed 22 people attending an Ariana Grande concert.

F-35 stealth fighter sees first combat, in Israeli operation

The US-made F-35 stealth fighter has seen its first ever combat action, flying in an operation for the Israeli air force.

Private jet crashes in Honduran capital, all aboard survive

A private jet crashed off the end of the runway of the international airport in Honduras’ capital Tuesday, but the crew and passengers were rescued and reportedly out of danger, the government’s emergency management agency said.

Inside North Korea as it begins closing its main nuclear test site

Kim Jong Un’s government says it will officially close and begin dismantling its main nuclear test site this week. It’s in a remote part of the country, and CBS News is the only American broadcast network on the trip.

MH370 not deliberately crashed by pilot, say investigators

Australian investigators have rejected claims that the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was deliberately brought down by the pilot.

U.S. warplanes take out ISIS sleeper cell in Iraq

U.S. and allied warplanes destroyed an Islamic State sleeper cell near the terror group’s former stronghold of Mosul Tuesday, ending with roughly 12 jihadists dead, military officials in Baghdad say.

Venezuela expels U.S. envoys in response to sanctions

President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday ordered the expulsion of two top U.S. diplomats in Caracas in retaliation for a new round of sanctions over Venezuela’s widely-condemned election, accusing them of a ‘conspiracy’ that was denied by the State Department.


Amazon banning shoppers who return items too often

Amazon’s flexible return policy may not be as risk free as you think. The company bans shoppers for violations, which include returning items too often, according to The Wall Street Journal. Some users aren’t told what they did wrong.

Sears to close 40 more stores this summer: report

Sears Holding Corp. will shutter about 40 Sears and Kmart locations this summer amid its ongoing sales slowdown, in addition to the 166 store closures it had already publicly disclosed for 2018, according to a report.

J.C. Penney CEO Marvin Ellison resigns to become CEO of Lowe’s

Home improvement retailer Lowe’s on Tuesday named the CEO of department-store chain J.C. Penney as its new boss.

NYSE’s new president takes on challenges as exchanges compete for IPOs, fees

The elevation of Stacey Cunningham to president of the NYSE Group represents a full circle for one of the few women who have worked on the exchange floor.


Giant invasive flatworms found in France, French territories

Scientists have for the first time identified the presence of several invasive flatworm species in France. The hammerhead flatworms have also been found in overseas French territories.


FDA expands crackdown on herbal supplement Kratom

The Food and Drug Administration is going after three marketers and distributors of products with the herbal drug Kratom, saying they are making false claims about the controversial pain drug.