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September 24, 2021

First Line News Articles for Friday, September 24 2021

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Tennessee supermarket shooting leaves 2 dead, including gunman, 12 injured

One person was killed and at least 12 were injured when a lone gunman opened fire on Thursday at a supermarket in suburban Memphis, Tennessee, before the suspect was found dead from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, the police chief said.

White House prepping agencies for possible shutdown

The Biden administration is set to notify federal agencies on Thursday to prepare for a potential government shutdown as the White House makes preparations to mitigate impacts on the pandemic response and other services.

Iron Dome Funding Bill Passes House Despite Vehement Progressive Opposition

Independent legislation that would allocate $1 billion to Israel’s Iron Dome defense system, introduced after House progressives stripped the support from a previous government spending bill, overwhelmingly passed the House on Thursday.

U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti Resigns over ‘Inhumane’ Deportation of Haitians

The U.S. special envoy for Haiti has resigned over the Biden administration’s “inhumane” and “counterproductive” deportation of thousands of Haitian refugees.

LDS News

Sites, renderings released for new Latter-day Saint temples in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Guatemala

The site locations of four Latter-day Saint temples coming to Latin America were announced by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Thursday in a news release.

Latter-day Saint who taught missionary lessons in Japan now patrolling the Air Force backfield on the gridiron

There’s no obvious connection between sacking your rival’s quarterback during a nationally televised college football game and humbly sharing the gospel’s message with a missionary investigator in Japan.

Power of gathering evident in Europe as Elder Bednar leads meetings with leaders, members, missionaries in Germany and Italy

With his recent Sept. 3-12 travel to the Europe Area, Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles became the first senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to travel in person on an international assignment since last year’s COVID-19 onslaught.

BYU students no longer required to live in BYU-contracted housing as of Fall 2022

Single, undergraduate BYU students will no longer be required to live in BYU on-campus or off-campus contracted housing after their first two semesters, BYU announced Thursday. The change is effective Fall 2022.

Work begins below Salt Lake Temple for 3 new underground floors, massive seismic-strengthening pipes

During September, construction workers with the Temple Square renovation have started a major seismic strengthening process, continued excavation for three new underground floors and installed two trusses on the Salt Lake Temple roof.

National

Federal agencies buy drones from company Defense Department says poses ‘potential threats to national security’

Both the Secret Service and the FBI bought surveillance drones from a company that the Department of Defense believes could be a national security threat.

Florida makes quarantine optional for asymptomatic students

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the state will follow a new “symptoms-based approach” to quarantining students, saying it will be up to parents to decide if their children who do not exhibit symptoms should stay home after coming into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.

Pence Hopeful Supreme Court Will Restrict Abortion

Former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday that he is hopeful the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court created during his and President Donald Trump’s administration will soon overturn abortion rights in the United States.

White House ordered border authorities to clear out bridge by Friday evening ahead of BLM protest: Sources

The Biden administration has set a deadline of Friday night to clear out the Haitian migrant camp that has caused major headaches for the White House , sources told the Washington Examiner.

White House disputes reports of plans to send Haitian migrants to Guantanamo

President Joe Biden is not sending migrants who crossed the southern border near Del Rio, Texas, to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp, according to the White House.

House Republicans take aim at Google’s anti-abortion censorship

More than 40 Republicans are criticizing Google’s decision to ban anti-abortion ads for abortion reversal pills, accusing the tech giant of being unfairly influenced by left-leaning pro-abortion groups and news agencies.

Newsom signs bills allowing children to hide sex operations and abortions from parents

California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed two bills on Wednesday relating to abortion rights, with both helping children hide medical information from parents.

DHS Orders Use of Horse Patrols in Del Rio Suspended

The use of horse patrols in the Del Rio, Texas, sector has been suspended by the Department of Homeland Security, CNN is reporting.

Feds Pay Florida School District $150,000 for Defying DeSantis Mask Ban

The federal Department of Education announced on Thursday it had paid the school board of Alachua County nearly $150,000, in essence, for defying Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ executive order barring mask mandates in schools.

South Carolina Supreme Court Unanimously Upholds Confederate Monument Protection Law

The South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a state law prohibiting anyone from moving a Confederate monument or changing the historical name of a street or building without the Legislature’s approval.

World

U.S. Navy, Bahrain partner to ramp up unmanned systems use

Bahraini leaders committed Thursday to partner with a new U.S. Navy task force to ramp up new unmanned systems for maritime operations, the Navy said on Wednesday.

China sends 24 fighter jets toward Taiwan in show of force

China sent 24 fighter jets toward Taiwan in a large display of force Thursday, after the self-governing island announced its intention to join an 11-nation Pacific trade group that China has also applied to join.

Lava flow slows on Spanish island after volcanic eruption

The advance of lava from a volcanic eruption in Spain’s Canary Islands has slowed significantly, raising doubts Thursday about whether it will fan out across the land and destroy more homes instead of flowing into the sea.

State Department frustrated by Iran stonewalling on nuclear talks

The State Department is becoming frustrated with Iran refusing to say when they may re-enter nuclear talks, officials told Fox News Thursday, though Secretary of State Antony Blinken has not yet set a date for when U.S. patience will run out.

France keeps the heat on Blinken after Biden-Macron call

French President Emmanuel Macron isn’t quite ready to forget his anger over the surprise that British and American officials will provide submarines to Australia, at the expense of France, despite an olive branch from President Joe Biden.

Taliban Official: Strict Punishment, Executions Will Return

One of the founders of the Taliban and the chief enforcer of its harsh interpretation of Islamic law when they last ruled Afghanistan said the hard-line movement will once again carry out executions and amputations of hands, though perhaps not in public.

US, South Korea Hold 1st Joint Repatriation Ceremony in Hawaii

The United States and South Korea held a joint repatriation ceremony this week at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, making it the first joint repatriation ceremony to take place between the two countries.

Business

Target to hire fewer seasonal workers compared to 2020, offer workers more hours

Target Corporation announced Thursday that it plans to hire 100,000 seasonal workers and boost the hours of existing employees going into the holiday season.

U.S. Aerospace and Defense CEOs Unite Behind COVID Vaccine Mandate -Statement

Leaders of the largest United States aerospace and defense companies are united in their effort to comply with the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate for U.S. workers and await further government guidance, their industry group said in a statement seen by Reuters on Thursday.

Inflation Forces Homebuilders to Take it Slow, Raise Prices

Even in the hottest U.S. housing market in more than a decade, new home construction has turned into a frustratingly uncertain and costly proposition for many homebuilders.

Facebook Reveals How It Decides What Content to Suppress

Facebook released its updated Content Distribution Guidelines on Thursday, shedding more light on how the tech giant decides what content it suppresses.

Science

NASA adviser blasts lack of congressional action on space traffic dangers

The chair of NASA’s independent safety panel blasted Congress on Thursday for not designating a federal agency to spearhead space traffic management.

Economy

Weekly Jobless Claims Jump to Highest Level in a Month, Far Exceeding Expectations

First-time filings for unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in a month last week, coming in well ahead of the 320,000 claims that Dow Jones predicted.

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