March 21, 2019

First Line News Articles for Thursday, March 21 2019

Top Stories

US to stop detaining some migrant families apprehended at border

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will start releasing some families apprehended near the border in south Texas as detention centers fill to capacity, an agency official said Tuesday.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May requests three-month delay to Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May formally requested a short delay to Brexit on Wednesday, 1,000 days after the U.K. narrowly voted to leave the European Union.

Cyclone Idai: Mozambique survivors desperate for help

Mozambique’s port city of Beira is reeling from the damage inflicted by Cyclone Idai.

New Zealand terror suspect planned third attack, police chief says

The suspect accused of carrying out Friday’s terror attack in Christchurch, New Zealand, was likely on his way to carry out a third shooting before he was stopped by authorities, New Zealand’s top police official said.

LDS News

Mitt Romney, Utah governor and others react to release of Latter-day Saint volunteers from Russia detention

Two Latter-day Saint volunteers detained for nearly three weeks for allegedly teaching English without a license in Novorossiysk, Russia, have left for the United States and their families are rejoicing and expressing relief.

This All-American runner thought being a mom would end her career. Now, she says it makes her a better BYU athlete

Erica Birk-Jarvis may have been leading the pack of runners during the final third of last year’s West Coast Conference women’s cross-country championship race, but it wasn’t easy.

How 1 Latter-day Saint went from writing punk music to a Grammy Award-winning choral composition

Lansing McLoskey had never written anything other than punk music. As a teenager, he had fallen in love with the electric guitar after purchasing one in a flea market for $15. Writing punk music had a very “do it yourself” kind of vibe, and it didn’t take long for him to give up piano lessons for the more popular genre.

Church Releases Video About Living With the Pain of Childhood Abuse

A new video from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints follows a woman who experienced the traumatic pain of childhood abuse.

Russia releases 2 American Mormon missionaries detained for almost 3 weeks

Strict anti-terrorism regulations passed in 2016 limit the activity of religious groups in Russia.

National

Connecticut woman sues Harvard over early images of African slaves

A Connecticut woman is suing Harvard University for allegedly profiting from early images of African slaves who she claims are her ancestors, USA Today reported.

U.S. government failed to consider climate impacts of oil, gas: judge

A U.S. judge blocked drilling on more than 300,000 acres of federal land in Wyoming, saying officials in their environmental analyses failed to adequately consider the climate change impacts of oil and gas leasing.

Oklahoma sheriff and all of her deputies resign in protest over dangerous jail conditions

Nowata County Sheriff Terry Sue Barnett cited high levels of carbon monoxide, exposed wires in showers, gas and mold issues.

Clarence Thomas makes rare intervention during Supreme Court arguments

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas surprised court watchers on Wednesday when he made a rare intervention in court arguments — asking a question in a case where a death row inmate is challenging his conviction and sentence.

Veterans to Trump: Enough already with the attacks on late Sen. John McCain

Jack LeGros, a helicopter door gunner during the Vietnam War, was on his way into the Veterans Affairs Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center on Tuesday afternoon when I asked him what he thought about President Trump’s continued attacks on late Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Flooding will continue into next week in storm-ravaged Midwest

The flooding that devastated the U.S. Midwest is likely to last into next week, as rain and melted snow flow into Kansas, Missouri and Mississippi, the National Weather Service said. Floods driven by melting snow in the Dakotas will persist even as Nebraska and Iowa dig out from storms that have killed four people, left one missing and caused more than a billion dollars in damage to crops, livestock and roads.

Capt. Sullenberger: 737 MAX crashes reveal ‘cozy’ relationship between Boeing, FAA

“Miracle on the Hudson” pilot Chesley Sullenberger says the two recent crashes of a new Boeing passenger jet show the federal government has lost the ability to effectively regulate the company.

Trump picks Gorsuch, Kavanaugh take opposite sides on 2 of 3 Supreme Court rulings Tuesday

President Trump’s two appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court — Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh — were expected to help bring about a “conservative revolution” on the nation’s highest court. But in two out of three rulings by the court Tuesday, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh found themselves on opposing sides.

Clean drinking water a bigger global threat than climate change, EPA’s Wheeler says

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler says that unsafe drinking water — not climate change — poses the greatest and most immediate global threat to the environment.

U.S. judge rebuts Trump on transgender troop limits

A federal judge on Tuesday contradicted the Trump administration’s “incorrect” claim that no legal blocks remain for it to enforce a contentious policy to restrict many transgender individuals from the U.S. armed forces starting on April 12.

World

Radovan Karadzic sentence increased to life at UN tribunal

A UN court has rejected an appeal by Bosnian Serb former leader Radovan Karadzic and increased his sentence to life in prison.

Netanyahu says Iran has ‘sensitive information’ on rival, Tehran denies hack

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged on Wednesday that Iran could blackmail his main election rival, Benny Gantz, after hacking the former armed forces chief’s phone, even as Tehran denied doing so.

Massive, rare sunfish washes on shore of beach in South Australia

A rare sunfish that can weigh more than a car when fully grown washed up at the Coorong National Park in South Australia.

U.S. Sanctions Venezuelan Gold Company for Supporting Maduro

The U.S. Treasury on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s Minerven state gold mining company which it says illicitly props up the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.

Italy rattles US and EU with likely support for China’s Belt and Road

Leaders set to endorse Italy’s role in ‘Silk Road’ trade network during Xi Jinping’s visit this week

Driver hijacks, sets ablaze school bus in Italy, children flee unharmed

A bus full of schoolchildren was hijacked and set on fire by its own driver on Wednesday in an apparent protest against migrant drownings in the Mediterranean, Italian authorities said.

New Zealanders turning over firearms after mass shooting

Authorities in New Zealand said citizens have been turning their firearms over to police in the days after a terror attack that targeted two mosques in Christchurch left at least 50 people dead, The Guardian reports.

Lion Air Boeing 737 Max 8 was reportedly saved by off-duty pilot day before deadly crash in Indonesia

The day before a brand new Lion Air jet crashed into the sea shortly after taking off from Indonesia’s capital city last fall — likely due to an equipment malfunction — an off-duty pilot reportedly helped save the aircraft when it began to dive.

Business

As Disney-Fox merger officially closes, both media giants move toward new futures

A whole new world officially begins Wednesday for Disney and Fox.

EU fines Google $1.7 billion for abusing online ads market

European Union regulators have fined Google 1.49 billion euros ($1.7 billion) for abusing its dominant role in online advertising, the third big antitrust penalty they’ve given the internet giant since 2017.

Jury Finds Roundup Weedkiller Was a Major Cause of a California Man’s Cancer

Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer, a jury determined Tuesday in the first phase of a trial that attorneys said could help determine the fate of hundreds of similar lawsuits.

Health

FDA approves first postpartum depression drug

For the first time in history, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug specifically indicated for the treatment of postpartum depression, which experts say offers new hope to women and physicians.

Daily use of high potency marijuana linked to higher rates of psychosis, study finds

“The more cannabis you consume the more likely you are to develop a psychotic disorder.”

Economy

Fed sees no rate hikes in 2019, sets end to asset runoff

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Wednesday brought its three-year drive to tighten monetary policy to an abrupt end, abandoning projections for any interest rate hikes this year amid signs of an economic slowdown, and saying it would halt the steady decline of its balance sheet in September.