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January 23, 2018

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, January 23 2018

Top Stories

Pence announces new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem to open by next year

Vice President Mike Pence announced Monday during his visit to Israel that the U.S. would expedite moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, opening it by the end of next year. Pence also called for Palestinians to restart peace negotiations, but moving the embassy has driven them further away from the negotiating table.

Trump signs funding bill to end shutdown, immigration debate continues

Following passage in the Senate and House, President Donald Trump Monday night signed a bill to fund the government for three weeks and end the three-day-long federal government shutdown.

Trump Applies Tariffs to Solar Panels, Washing Machines

President Donald Trump approves tariffs on imported solar panels, washing machines; says move will protect US industry, jobs.

Sessions announces DOJ probe of missing FBI text messages

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday announced the Justice Department will investigate missing text messages sent between two FBI agents critical of President Trump, joining the chorus of Republican lawmakers who are eager to recover the exchange.

LDS News

Utah’s Episcopalian bishop cites LDS donations as example of differing faiths working together

Saying Americans “are hungry” for disagreeing people who continue to maintain positive relationships, the Episcopal Diocese of Utah is citing recent humanitarian donations from the LDS Church and the latter’s hosting of Episcopal Migration Ministries officials as evidences of successful efforts shared by differing faiths.

Salt Lake Temple, revelation on blacks and the priesthood among the most notable LDS Church anniversaries in 2018

It took 40 years to build and was the fourth temple dedicated in Utah, yet today the Salt Lake Temple stands as one of the most recognized symbols of the LDS faith.

“Family Is Everything”: Retired LDS Olympian Shares Why She Wouldn’t Trade Motherhood for Anything

After taking home the silver medal in skeleton at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Noelle Pikus-Pace retired. But with the 2018 Winter Olympics approaching, Pikus-Pace shares why she wouldn’t trade her role as a mother to four for anything in the world.

LDS Church shares information on Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf’s new responsibilities

With the death of President Thomas S. Monson on Jan. 2 and later calling of President Russell M. Nelson and his two counselors Dallin H. Oaks and Henry B. Eyring to lead The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, former First Presidency member Dieter F. Uchtdorf was moved into the body of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles once more.

New organist to accompany the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Ten years since the last auditions were held, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir has announced a new Tabernacle organist.

National

Arrest of former case officer sets off intel community debate over extent of Chinese spying

A ferocious debate has erupted within the CIA and FBI over the scope of China’s penetration of the American intelligence community in the wake of last week’s arrest of a Chinese-American former CIA case officer accused of spying for Beijing.

Shutdown deal includes children’s insurance funding

The Children’s Health Insurance Program is likely to be funded for six years after the Senate passed a short-term deal to fund the government.

Republicans hope to release ‘jaw-dropping’ memo on surveillance abuses

House Republicans are hopeful that a four-page memo allegedly containing “jaw-dropping” revelations about U.S. government surveillance abuses will soon be made public.

South Carolina pushes for cell phone jamming technology in prisons

Former corrections officer Robert Johnson was shot six times in the chest and stomach in his Sumter, S.C. home after an incarcerated Crips gang member used a contraband cell phone to order a hit on his life.

Vermont Becomes Ninth U.S. State to Legalize Marijuana

Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.

Five missing in Oklahoma gas well explosion

Five oil rig workers were missing after an explosion Monday in an Oklahoma gas well, Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said in a press conference.

Roe v. Wade at 45: Most Americans Support Abortion Restrictions

Technology enabling parents to see and doctors to treat unborn children collides with the decades-old Supreme Court decision.

Puerto Rico moves to privatize troubled power company

Puerto Rico’s governor announced Monday that he is moving to privatize the U.S. territory’s public power company after its slow, troubled recovery from Hurricane Maria focused new attention on longstanding accusations of mismanagement and corruption.

U.S. requires tougher cargo screening from Middle East airports

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said on Monday it will require six Middle Eastern carriers to undergo enhanced cargo screening as part of an effort to raise global aviation security.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court orders state’s congressional map redrawn

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Monday ordered that the state’s congressional map be redrawn in a move that could have major implications for the Democratic Party’s ability to re-take the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2018 midterm elections.

World

Syria offensive: Turkey warns US over Kurdish militia group

Turkey has urged the US to stop backing the Kurdish YPG in Syria, as it steps up an offensive against the militia.

The Philippines’ Most Active Volcano Is Spewing Fountains of Lava and Massive Ash Plumes

The Philippines’ most active volcano spewed fountains of lava and massive ash plumes overnight and Tuesday morning after authorities warned a violent eruption may be imminent.

9 people hurt in volcano eruption near Japanese ski resort

A volcanic eruption Tuesday injured at least nine people at a ski resort in central Japan, officials said.

After Kabul Hotel Attack, Security Plan Queried as Death Toll Rises

A day after a bloody Taliban siege in Kabul, the Afghan Interior Ministry on Monday raised the civilian death toll to 22 after the discovery of two more bodies at the Intercontinental Hotel, and officials struggled to understand how six militants were able to barge into a highly guarded compound and fend off the security forces for 15 hours.

Cyberwarfare with Russia is now a bigger threat to the UK than terrorism, warns army chief

Enemy states using hybrid “weapons” ranging from assassinations and cyber attacks to the use of fake news and corruption now pose a greater threat to the UK and the West than terrorism, the head of the British Army has warned.

Trump expected to invite Macron for first state visit: report

President Trump is planing to invite French President Emmanuel Macron for an official state visit to Washington, D.C., later this year, CNN reported Monday.

Tillerson Sees Progress in Fixing Iran Deal With Europeans

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday that he sees progress in getting European support for tough new penalties against Iran that could prevent a U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

Business

Netflix crosses $100 billion market capitalization as subscribers surge

Netflix Inc (NFLX.O) snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of 2017, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world.

Science

Mysterious Dead Sea Scroll deciphered in Israel

One of the last remaining obscure parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls has been deciphered by researchers in Israel.