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January 27, 2022

First Line News Articles for Thursday, January 27 2022

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Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer to Retire

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer plans to retire at the end of the Court’s current term after serving for 27 years, providing President Biden his first opportunity to appoint a justice to the High Court.

US Offers No Concessions in Response to Russia on Ukraine

The Biden administration and NATO told Russia on Wednesday there will be no U.S. or NATO concessions on Moscow’s main demands to resolve the crisis over Ukraine.

Fed Plans to Raise Rates as Soon as March to Cool Inflation

The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it plans to begin raising its benchmark interest rate as soon as March, a key step in reversing its pandemic-era low-rate policies that have fueled hiring and growth but also escalated inflation.

LDS News

African boxing champion Azumah Nelson to speak at RootsTech 2022

Former World Boxing Council featherweight and super-featherweight champion Azumah Nelson will be a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2022, FamilySearch announced in a blog post Wednesday, Jan. 26.

Helena-area LDS community looks forward to completion of new temple

A new temple is getting closer to completion in the Helena Valley, and for the thousands of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the area, it’s a longtime wish come true.

Inside Church headquarters: 8 videos about councils

The Savior governs His Church through councils. This divine pattern is critical to the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at every level.

Church representatives attend presidential inauguration in West Africa, receive assurances of religious freedom

For the first time in history, general authorities of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were invited to attend a presidential inauguration in West Africa.

President Nelson lauds new volume of Joseph Smith Papers project, images of original Book of Mormon manuscript

The original manuscript of the Book of Mormon is a work that brings heaven and earth together, said President Russell M. Nelson at an event on Tuesday, Jan. 25, celebrating the latest edition of the Joseph Smith Papers project.

What Church leaders and members are saying about the new emotional resilience course

After finishing the Church’s new emotional resilience course, Becca Ekberg said the biggest change she has noticed is her attitude about life.

BYU clarifies required Honor Code compliance with housing rule changes

The BYU Department of Residence Life is emailing students to remind them they have to comply with the Honor Code and live in sex-separated housing, even though housing policy changes have recently been made.

This BYU grad, Latter-day Saint is running for Massachusetts governor

Chris Doughty, a Massachusetts businessman and Brigham Young University graduate, plans to run for Massachusetts governor.

National

Nasty nor’easter could slam the Northeast & New England this weekend with as much as 20 inches of snow

A coastal storm is forecast to intensify rapidly into a bomb cyclone over the Atlantic. How close it tracks to the coast will determine whether there is just a dusting or a crippling blizzard from New York City to Boston.

Most U.S. local governments opt to join $26 bln opioid settlement

U.S. cities and counties have embraced a proposed settlement worth up to $26 billion resolving lawsuits alleging three large drug distributors and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson fueled the U.S. opioid epidemic, lawyers behind the deal said on Wednesday, increasing the odds that it will move forward.

COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2 found in 22 U.S. states

The COVID-19 Omicron sub-variant BA.2 has been detected in 22 U.S. states.

Officials say California wildfire caused by burn pile; blaze 50% contained

A wildfire that’s so far torched more than 700 acres and forced hundreds of residents to evacuate along California’s central coast was caused by hot embers that were left over from a burn pile, officials said.

U.S. Navy says it will recover F-35 fighter jet that crashed in South China Sea

The U.S. Navy said it began plans Wednesday to recover and salvage an F-35 fighter jet that crashed on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson early this week in the South China Sea.

White House downplays concerns of Russian cyber strikes on US homeland

The White House downplayed concerns that the United States could soon face Russian cyber strikes but said it is prepared to respond with retaliatory action as threats from Moscow escalate over Ukraine.

Texas synagogue hostage-taker’s gun source arrested

The man who allegedly sold a handgun to the suspected terrorist who took hostages at a Texas synagogue earlier this month has been charged with a federal firearm crime.

Biden to Sign Order Making Sexual Harassment in Military a Crime

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday making sexual harassment a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Coast Guard: 1 Body Recovered, 38 Still Missing off Florida

The U.S. Coast Guard battled time and currents Wednesday as aircraft and ships searched for 38 people missing in the Atlantic off Florida, four days after the capsizing of a suspected smuggling boat killed at least one and left one known survivor.

World

Russia holds military exercises, sends more forces to Belarus

Russia deployed more forces to Belarus on Wednesday in preparation for joint military exercises set to be carried out next month as tensions between it and NATO continue to flare due to the buildup of soldiers along the Ukrainian border.

Ex-Senator Flake takes over as U.S. ambassador to Turkey

Former Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake officially became U.S. ambassador to Turkey on Wednesday at a critical time for the NATO allies, after presenting his letter of confidence to President Tayyip Erdogan.

Texas synagogue siege: Two men arrested in Manchester

Two men have been arrested as part of an investigation into an attack on a Texas synagogue which saw a gunman take four people hostage.

U.S. Weighs Letting Diplomats Leave China Over Tough COVID Rules

The U.S. State Department is considering whether to authorize departures for American diplomats and their families in China who wish to leave due to the U.S. government’s inability to prevent Chinese authorities from subjecting them to intrusive pandemic control measures, sources told Reuters.

Israel broadens eligibility for fourth shot of COVID vaccine

Israel on Wednesday broadened eligibility for a fourth dose of COVID-19 vaccine to include adults under 60 with underlying medical conditions, their caretakers, and others over 18 at significant risk of exposure to the coronavirus.

Death Toll From Tropical Storm Ana in Mozambique, Malawi Rises to 12

The death toll from tropical storm Ana has risen to at least 12 in Mozambique and Malawi, authorities said, although officials and aid agencies are still assessing the full impact of the storm that swept through southern Africa on Monday.

U.S. Embassy in Ukraine Urges Americans to ‘Consider Departing Now’

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine said Americans currently in the country should “consider departing now” in a message posted on the embassy website on Wednesday.

Business

Nissan recalling almost 800,000 SUVs over fire risk

Nissan North America is recalling nearly 800,000 SUV models in the U.S. and Canada due to a fire risk, The Associated Press reported.

EU court overturns $1.2 billion antitrust fine against chip maker Intel

A top court of the European Union on Wednesday struck down a massive fine that was levied against U.S. chip maker Intel more than a decade ago for purported anti-competitive behavior.

Opinion

Trade deficit tops $1 trillion for first time

The U.S. trade deficit for goods surpassed $1 trillion for the first time in 2021 as the country saw an economic rebound after months of hardship amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health

Moderna starts clinical trial of booster shot targeting omicron Covid variant

Moderna started a clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness of a booster shot that specifically targets the omicron Covid variant, the company announced Wednesday.

Economy

New home sales rose 12 percent in December

New home sales rose 12 percent last month, according to data released Wednesday by the Census Bureau and Department of Housing and Urban Development, but dropped sharply from December 2020 levels.

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