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July 1, 2022

First Line News Articles for Friday, July 1 2022

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Biden Offers Fresh Aid to Ukraine as NATO Prepares for Long Fight

President Joe Biden said Thursday the United States will provide an additional $800 million in weapons and military aid to Ukraine, and hailed the courage of Ukrainians since Russia invaded in February.

Jackson Sworn In as 1st Black Woman on Supreme Court

Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in to the Supreme Court, becoming the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court.

Supreme Court Limits EPA’s Power to Regulate Greenhouse Gases, in Blow to Biden Agenda

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s powers to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, dealing a blow to President Joe Biden’s climate agenda.

Supreme Court Allows Biden to End Trump-Era ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Biden administration has the authority to reverse the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy.

Florida, Kentucky Judges Block States From Enforcing Abortion Bans

Judges in Florida and Kentucky on Thursday moved to block those states from enforcing bans or restrictions on abortion after the U.S. Supreme Court last week overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that had established a nationwide right to it.

LDS News

The lifesaving news Michael McLean received after using an old song to bring hope to Ukraine

One night last May, Michael McLean woke up around 2 a.m. with the pressing thought that he needed to do something for the Ukrainian people.

BYU students digitally transcribe the Wilford Woodruff papers

BYU students and faculty members are working to create an algorithm to digitally transcribe the Wilford Woodruff papers.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints donates $8,000 to VCAM

Representatives of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) presented a donation of $8,000 to the Victoria Christian Assistance Ministries (VCAM.)

Latter Day Saints hold annual commemoration in Carthage

June 27 is a significant date for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for a couple reasons. Both are connected to western Illinois:

A new monument is coming to This is the Place Heritage Park. Here’s why it matters

A new monument honoring early Black pioneers will be dedicated soon in timing with the 175th anniversary of the first wagon company’s 1847 arrival in the Salt Lake Valley.

Young Women: How to help create a Christ-centered and youth-led camp

What does a successful Young Women camp look like?

Emeritus General Authority Seventy Elder J. Richard Clarke remembered for his generosity, hard work and commitment to the gospel

Elder J. Richard Clarke, an emeritus general authority, died Wednesday, June 29, 2022, in Alpine, Utah. He was 95 years old.

National

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott orders truck inspections at border after migrant deaths

The governor blasted Biden for not providing enough Border Patrol officers to inspect all incoming trucks.

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Republican Bid to Curb Judicial Oversight of Elections

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear a Republican-backed appeal that could give state legislatures far more power over federal elections by limiting the ability of state courts to review their actions, taking up a North Carolina case that could have broad implications for the 2024 elections and beyond.

Biden’s Executive Actions on Food Stamps, Obamacare, Student Loans Will Balloon Deficit, CBO Says

A letter from the Congressional Budget Office in response to an inquiry by a Republican congressman from Missouri confirms that the Biden administration’s executive actions will increase cost to federal taxpayers and fuel rising deficits.

Democrats, Republicans Unite to Defend Women’s Sports From Transgender Athletes

“This issue isn’t a Republican issue, and it isn’t a Democratic issue: This is an equality issue.”

New York judge lifts Trump’s contempt of court order

A New York judge lifted the contempt of court order levied against Donald Trump, ending a two-month legal battle that ensued after the former president failed to turn over key documents for an investigation into his business practices.

U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs challenges in Texas ‘qualified immunity’ cases

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to revive civil rights lawsuits against jail staff and police in two cases from Texas in which these officials were granted a protection called “qualified immunity” after being accused of misconduct.

U.S. Supreme Court Throws Out Rulings Upholding Gun Restrictions

On the heels of last week’s landmark ruling expanding individual gun rights, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday threw out several lower court rulings that had upheld gun restrictions including bans on assault-style rifles in Maryland and large-capacity ammunition magazines in New Jersey and California.

Midterm Memo: Mike Pompeo signals 2024 GOP presidential primary plans with South Carolina ad

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo unveiled a digital advertising campaign in South Carolina this week, roughly 18 months before Republican voters are scheduled to begin choosing their next presidential nominee.

Some medical debt is being removed from US credit reports

Help is coming for many people with medical debt on their credit reports.

Supreme Court won’t hear challenge to New York vaccine mandate for health care workers

The Supreme Court declined Thursday to take up a legal challenge brought by health care workers in New York who oppose the state’s vaccine mandate on religious grounds.

World

North Korea is likely culprit behind $100 million crypto heist, researchers say

North Korean state-sponsored hackers were likely the perpetrators of a hack that led to the theft of around $100 million in cryptocurrency, according to analysis from blockchain researchers.

Russian forces ‘hurriedly evacuated’ infamous Snake Island, says Ukrainian military

Russian forces have hastily withdrawn from the infamous Snake Island in the Black Sea in a strategic victory for Kyiv, Ukrainian military officials said Thursday.

As Israel heads back to elections, Lapid stakes out vision

Israel’s parliament voted Thursday to dissolve itself, triggering the country’s fifth election in just over three years and thrusting veteran politician Yair Lapid into the role of interim prime minister as he tries to persuade a deeply polarized nation to embrace his centrist vision.

Treasury blocks $1 billion trust owned by Russian oligarch

The Treasury Department said Thursday it has blocked a $1 billion Delaware-based trust connected to sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Abusaidovich Kerimov.

Business

Mortgage industry stung by more mass job layoffs

First Guaranty Mortgage Corp. has become the latest industry player forced to implement layoffs amid market shifts, revealing it will cut 428 employees at its Plano, Texas, location – a mass cut representing 75% of its workforce in the Dallas suburb.

Delta pilots picket nationwide ahead of busy travel weekend

Delta Air Lines pilots are picketing across the country at several of the airline’s major hubs ahead of the holiday weekend to pressure the company to renew contract negotiations.

Health

Pfizer Asks for Formal U.S. Approval of Oral COVID Treatment Paxlovid

Pfizer Inc said on Thursday it is seeking full U.S. approval for its oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment Paxlovid, which is currently available under an emergency use authorization (EUA).

FDA Asks for COVID Boosters to Fight Omicron’s BA.4, BA.5 Subvariants

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers change the design of their booster shots beginning this fall to include components tailored to combat the currently dominant Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the coronavirus.

Tiny, implantable ‘nerve coolers’ could offer new hope tor pain sufferers

In a new bid to alleviate opiate misuse, scientists said in a new study they have developed and implanted tiny “nerve coolers” in rats that provide targeted, on-demand pain relief. They anticipate the device could be used in humans within several years.

Economy

Core inflation eased to 4.7% in May in gauge favored by Fed

Inflation eased in May, according to the metric favored by officials at the Federal Reserve.

Slightly Fewer Americans Apply for Jobless Claims Last Week

Slightly fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, reflecting a still robust job market despite increasing layoffs in some sectors of the economy that have cooled in recent months.

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