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June 17, 2024

First Line News Articles for Monday, June 17 2024

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US military strikes Houthi radar sites in Yemen after ship goes missing in Red Sea

The U.S. military is striking radar sites operated by Yemen’s Houthi rebels after a merchant sailor and boat went missing in the Red Sea earlier this week.

Ukraine Summit Sees Hard Road to Peace as Way Forward Uncertain

Western powers and their allies at a summit in Switzerland denounced Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Sunday, but they failed to persuade major non-aligned states to join their final statement, and no country came forward to host a sequel.

House GOP Will Go to Court to Obtain Biden-Hur Audio, Speaker Johnson Says, after DOJ Declines to Prosecute

House lawmakers will take their fight over the audio from President Joe Biden’s special-counsel interview to court, Speaker Mike Johnson said Friday, after the Department of Justice declined to prosecute a contempt-of-Congress charge against Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Trump Bump-Stock Ban

The United States Supreme Court struck down the Trump administration’s 2018 ban on bump stocks in a Friday ruling, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing the majority opinion in a 6-3 decision.

LDS News

Why the Kirtland Temple and other historic properties are so valuable to the Church

On March 5, in a joint statement, Community of Christ and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced the transfer of the Kirtland Temple, as well as other historic buildings and artifacts to the Church of Jesus Christ for $192.5 million.

Church provides update on Temple Square construction progress

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Friday provided an update on the ongoing renovation project at Temple Square.

From missionary to Apostle: Building the Church in northern Argentina

From full-time missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the mid-1960s to a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles today, Elder D. Todd Christofferson had made major contributions in helping build and grow the Church in northern Argentina — particularly in the city and province of Salta.

‘Salta the beautiful’: Elder Christofferson dedicates Salta Argentina Temple

On a bright and sunny Sunday, June 16, when Elder D. Todd Christofferson dedicated the Salta Argentina Temple as one of two newest temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the only thing warmer on the temple grounds were the feelings of friendship, fellowship, reunions and remembrances.

Lloyd Newell reflects on nearly 35 years of sharing God’s love and hope with ‘Music & the Spoken Word’

When Lloyd Newell first stood in front of the camera during The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square’s “Music & the Spoken Word” broadcast in November 1990, it was on a temporary basis. Leaders were looking for a new announcer, and Newell, with his broadcast background, was asked to fill in.

How a parable explains expanded Latter-day Saint, evangelical effort to feed the hungry

The Christian Cultural Center’s program to feed the hungry has expanded from helping 25,000 people a year to 135,000 because of a decision to collaborate with the Church of Jesus Christ

National

Trump lawyers ask judge to reject gag order request in classified docs case

Donald Trump’s lawyers pushed back at special counsel Jack Smith’s efforts to bar him from making inflammatory statements about federal agents in his classified documents case in Florida.

Border agents told to release migrants into US despite Biden asylum ban

U.S. Border Patrol agents in Southern California have been instructed to admit migrants from far-off countries rather than place them in removal proceedings, a move that goes against the White House’s Tuesday ban on asylum-seekers.

Biden warns that next president could appoint two Supreme Court justices at glitzy LA fundraiser

President Joe Biden warned that the president for the next four years might appoint two Supreme Court justices.

Texas Supreme Court halts Harris County ‘Guaranteed Income’ program

The Texas Supreme Court halted a “guaranteed income” pilot program launched by Harris County on Friday, likely setting the stage for the program to be scrapped altogether.

GOP celebrates court decision regarding voter signature verification

In what Republicans are calling a win for election integrity, the Michigan Court of Claims ruled election clerks cannot initially presume voter signatures are valid.

Biden Poised to Announce Immigration Relief for Spouses of US Citizens, Sources Say

U.S. President Joe Biden could soon announce a new effort to allow immigrants in the U.S. illegally to obtain legal status if they are married to U.S. citizens, three sources said, an election-year move that could energize some liberal voters.

Excavation unearths cherries in cellar of George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Archaeologists excavating at George Washington’s home at Mount Vernon in Virginia, have unearthed 35 glass bottles filled with perfectly preserved berries and cherries.

Supreme Court Erases Loophole That Kept Foreigners Inside The U.S. Illegally

In a 5-4 ruling Friday, the Supreme Court erased a loophole that allowed foreigners to avoid deportation proceedings by citing a paperwork technicality.

FAA investigating Southwest flight that came close to crashing into the ocean

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is investigating a Southwest Airlines flight that plunged toward the ocean off the coast of a Hawaii island.

Judge Dismisses Suit Against Federal Rules Accommodating Abortions for Workers

A lawsuit filed by 17 states challenging federal rules entitling workers to time off and other accommodations for abortions lacks standing, a federal judge in Arkansas ruled on Friday.

World

Yellen claps back at Putin calling use of seized Russian assets to support Ukraine ‘theft’: ‘No sense at all’

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that a plan devised by G-7 leaders to use seized Russian assets to support Ukraine equates to “theft.”

US attack sub, Canada navy patrol ship arrive in Cuba on heels of Russian warships

A Canadian navy patrol ship sailed into Havana early on Friday, just hours after the United States announced a fast-attack submarine had docked at its Guantanamo naval base in Cuba, both vessels on the heels of Russian warships that arrived on the island earlier this week.

Beijing offers pandas as ties with Australia thaw

China’s Premier Li Qiang has offered to send Australia two new pandas during his visit to Adelaide Zoo.

Military ‘pause’ on Gaza road inflames divisions in Israeli government

When is a ceasefire not a ceasefire? According to the Israeli army, when it’s a “local, tactical pause of military activity for humanitarian purposes”.

Sweden and Iran exchange prisoners in breakthrough deal

Sweden and Iran carried out a prisoner exchange on Saturday, officials said, with Sweden freeing a former Iranian official convicted for his role in a mass execution in the 1980s while Iran released two Swedes being held there.

Navy Faces Most Intense Combat Since WWII Against Houthis

The U.S. Navy prepared for decades to potentially fight the Soviet Union, then later Russia and China, on the world’s waterways. But instead of a global power, the Navy finds itself locked in combat with a shadowy, Iran-backed terrorist group based in Yemen.

Health

Adderall shortage could affect over 40,000 Americans, CDC warns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning Americans about a possible shortage in obtaining Adderall, a key treatment for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

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