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December 2, 2022

First Line News Articles for Friday, December 2 2022

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Senate reaches deal to avert rail strike

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer Thursday announced that the Senate will vote on a bill to avoid a railroad strike, as well as a House measure giving seven days of paid sick leave to rail workers and an amendment for a cooling-off period between labor and management.

U.S. sanctions 3 people following string of North Korean missile launches

The Biden administration announced Thursday that it is sanctioning three people for their work in developing weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile-related programs for North Korea.

Supreme Court Leaves Biden Student-Loan ‘Forgiveness’ on Hold, Agrees to Hear Case

The Supreme Court said Thursday it will leave President Biden’s student-loan “cancellation” program on-hold and that it will hear oral arguments in the case in February 2023.

Biden, Macron condemn Russia invasion of Ukraine at White House meeting

U.S. President Joe Biden and French President Emmanuel Macron presented a united front on Ukraine on Thursday at the White House, and Biden said he would talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin, if he was willing to end the invasion.

LDS News

‘Strengthening Young Single Adults’ notice emphasizes callings, committees and ‘gathering places’

An emphasis on young single adults serving in all YSA callings except stake president and bishop is one of the several newly adjusted guidelines cited in a notice titled “Strengthening Young Single Adults.”

7 #LightTheWorld videos to watch this Christmas season

Since 2016, #LightTheWorld has grown into a global initiative with millions of participants each Christmas. Throughout the holiday season, individuals are invited to perform acts of service to show love and kindness like Jesus did — one by one.

Giving Machines open in Canada, Mexico and more U.S. locations

See the unwrapping celebrations as the 2022 Giving Machines open in 28 locations across the U.S. and around the world for #LightTheWorld

‘His light has the power to change the world,’ Elder Montoya says as Christmas lights turned on at Mexico City temple

More than 100,000 participate in country-wide event marking the beginning of the Christmas season in Mexico

BYU ASL instructor finds community and purpose through interpreting

Sam Farley had just returned from a mission in New York City. He was attending Rick’s College, now known as BYU—Idaho, when someone approached him because they had heard that he used American Sign Language in the mission field. They needed an interpreter for the university’s Tuesday devotional.

Festival of Lights brings world community together at Washington D.C. Temple

Christmas lights symbolize the peace and goodwill public servants and faith leaders try to create, a Latter-day Saint apostle told two notable audiences this week.

‘We are so grateful:’ Parkview Community Mission receives 40,000 lb. food donation

Parkview Community Mission in Lynchburg received a massive donation on Thursday morning.

National

CDC will test sewage for polio outside New York to see if it’s circulating elsewhere in nation

The U.S. will expand polio wastewater surveillance to communities with low vaccination rates outside the New York City metro area, after an outbreak over the summer left an unvaccinated adult paralyzed and raised questions about how widely the virus may be circulating.

Yes, Amy Coney Barrett – and Any of Us – Can Be a Christian in the Public Square

In a provocative article published by The Guardian last week, former members of a Christian community, People of Praise, to which Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett belongs, argued that Barrett should recuse herself from the upcoming 303 Creative v. Elenis case.

Fauci says COVID-19 could have been created in a lab and then leaked

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, said COVID-19 could have been created in a lab and then leaked into the public.

Top Biden administration official appears to have ‘violated’ federal law, watchdogs say

A top Biden administration official appears to have “violated” federal law by promoting a reporter’s book on social media, watchdogs told the Washington Examiner.

Naval Academy Withholding Diplomas from Unvaccinated Midshipmen, Lawmakers Say

Representative Greg Steube (R., Fla.) blasted the U.S. Naval Academy on Thursday after one of his constituents claimed she has been told she needs a Covid-19 vaccine to graduate.

EXCLUSIVE: Documents Reveal Senate Democrat Pressured IRS, DOJ to Target Conservative Groups

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., called for revoking a tax exemption for a conservative group for not masking up and socially distancing during the pandemic, insisted on a slew of investigations of other conservative groups, and pressed for the Internal Revenue Service to expand its reach.

Biden’s Counterterrorism Strategy Scrutinized

In a new report, the country’s largest civil rights organization says the Biden administration’s strategy to counter rising domestic extremism is too dependent on methods that could potentially target and profile minority communities.

Appeals Court Denies Trump ‘Special Master,’ Clears Way for DOJ Investigation

A federal appeals court on Thursday terminated an independent external reviewer, otherwise known as a special master, appointed to examine thousands of documents that Donald Trump allegedly took illegally upon leaving the White House.

Lava from Hawaii volcano slows its approach to key highway

Rivers of glowing lava oozing from the world’s largest volcano shouldn’t be able to reach the main highway linking the east and west coasts of Hawaii’s Big Island for at least a week, an official said Thursday.

Trump taxes: US lawmakers get access to former president’s returns

Donald Trump’s tax returns have been handed over to a committee of the US House of Representatives after the former president lost a long legal battle to keep them sealed.

World

NATO Explores Ukraine Striking Military Targets in Russia

The foreign minister for Latvia, a member of the military alliance NATO, explored on Tuesday the possibility of Ukraine striking military targets in Russia.

Ukraine says Russia pulls back forces from river towns opposite Kherson

Ukraine’s military on Thursday said Russia had pulled some troops from towns on the opposite bank of the Dnipro River from Kherson city, the first official Ukrainian report of a Russian withdrawal on what is now the main front line in the south.

China signals an easing in its COVID-19 policy following mass protests

China signaled an easing in its zero-COVID-19 policy on Thursday, relaxing lockdown measures for districts in Shanghai and Guangzhou amid massive protests despite record documented COVID-19 cases.

Spain letter bombs: Spanish PM targeted amid spate of explosive packages

Spain has stepped up security after revealing a number of letter bombs have been sent to high-profile targets, including the prime minister.

Business

Security breach exposes LastPass user data

Password management service LastPass announced that a security breach exposed users’ personal data.

Army awards Raytheon contract to provide air defense missile systems to Ukraine

The Army has awarded a $1.2 billion contract to Raytheon Technologies on Wednesday for six National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems for Ukraine.

Wells Fargo Cuts Hundreds of Jobs in Mortgage Business – Bloomberg News

Wells Fargo & Co has cut hundreds of jobs in its mortgage business across the country, Bloomberg News reported on Thursday citing people familiar with the bank’s plans.

CFTC chairman calls for more crypto regulation in wake of FTX collapse

CFTC Chairman Rostin Behnam called on Congress to establish a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies in a Thursday hearing held in the aftermath of FTX’s dramatic implosion.

Health

Supply can’t meet demand as diabetes drugs’ use surges for weight loss

Because of a national shortage of a weight-loss drug called Wegovy — touted as a “game changer” when it entered the U.S. market 1 1/2 years ago — some diabetics have found it hard to obtain another medication intended to improve blood-sugar control but helps obese people lose weight, as well.

FDA Gives First-ever Approval to Fecal Transplant Therapy

The U.S. health regulator on Wednesday approved Switzerland-based Ferring Pharmaceuticals’ fecal transplant-based therapy to reduce the recurrence of a bacterial infection, making it the first therapy of its kind to be cleared in the United States.

Economy

U.S. Consumer Spending Powers Ahead in October; Inflation Cooling

U.S. consumer spending increased solidly in October, while inflation moderated, giving the economy a powerful boost at the start of the fourth quarter as it faces rising headwinds from the Federal Reserve’s aggressive monetary policy tightening.

Average Long-Term US Mortgage Rates Dip Third Week in a Row

The average long-term U.S. mortgage rate ticked down for the third week in a row and have fallen more than a half-point since hitting a 20-year high less than a month ago

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