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February 21, 2020

First Line News Articles for Friday, February 21 2020

Top Stories

Roger Stone Sentenced to 3 Years and 4 Months in Prison

Political operative and Trump ally Roger Stone was sentenced Thursday to three years and four months in prison on charges of obstruction of justice and lying to federal investigators in course of the Mueller probe.

Egyptian court orders release of US citizen after 6-month detention

An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered the release of a dual U.S.-Egyptian national who was arrested upon her arrival at the Cairo airport in July 2019, the head of a Washington-based rights group said.

Germany shooting: ‘Far-right extremist’ carried out shisha bars attacks

A suspected far-right extremist has killed at least nine people in attacks on two shisha bars in a city in western Germany, officials say.

LDS News

Sister Oaks Gives the Inside Scoop on What to Expect at the Next Face to Face

In a new video, President Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, chatted with Sister Kristen Oaks about what parents and youth can expect to hear from her and her husband, President Dallin H. Oaks of the First Presidency, on Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. MST.

How a dental mishap enriched Elder Uchtdorf’s ministry in South America

When Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf sat down a few days ago with the Church News, he was approaching, in airline speak, the final leg of his travels in Uruguay and Chile.

BYU to build special concert hall in new Music Building on campus

BYU’s School of Music is going solo. And it’s going in style.

Church announces new wi-fi network for meetinghouses, facilities

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced a new wireless network to replace the “LDSAccess” network in meetinghouses and other Church facilities.

Video shows how to use and find content in the new General Handbook

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released an implementation and training video to help members and leaders implement and find information in the new “General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints” released online and in the Gospel Library app on February 19.

National

Democrats not promising same-day Nevada caucus results after Iowa fiasco

Less than a month after the chaos in Iowa, Democrats aren’t promising to release same-day results from Saturday’s Democratic caucuses in Nevada either.

IRS issues guidances on carbon capture tax credit

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on Wednesday issued two guidances aimed at helping businesses take advantage of a tax credit for those using use equipment to capture carbon from the atmosphere.

Top National Security Council aide moved to Energy Department role

The White House said Thursday that deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates would be reassigned to a top advisory position at the Energy Department.

USDA hopes to cut farms’ environmental footprint in half by 2050

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) laid out a series of goals Thursday to make the farming sector more environmentally friendly, part of an effort to cut the carbon footprint of agriculture in half.

Trump continues to defy Barr’s warnings to stop tweeting about Justice Department

In defiance of Attorney General Bill Barr’s warnings that he stop tweeting about the Justice Department and criminal cases, President Donald Trump fired off more than a dozen retweets and tweets on Wednesday that seemed to support calls from conservative allies that Barr should “clean house” at DOJ.

More than 12M in Southeast bracing for snowstorm; Charlotte, Raleigh under winter weather alerts

A winter storm was forecast to bring snow to portions of the Carolinas and Virginia on Thursday, and over 12 million people were under some form of winter weather alert, including the Charlotte and Raleigh metro areas.

California lawmakers mark Day of Remembrance for Japanese internment

Members of California’s congressional delegation on Wednesday marked the 78th anniversary of former President Franklin Roosevelt’s order interning Japanese Americans in the wake of the Pearl Harbor attack

MGM hack exposes data of 10 million, including government officials

The information posted to a hacking forum did not include financial data. MGM Resorts said the intrusion into a server was detected last summer.

Democratic Senate campaign arm raised more than $8.5 million in January

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) raised more than $8.5 million in January, according to figures shared first with The Hill, making it the group’s most prolific month of fundraising of the 2020 cycle to date.

Mike Lee Slams Equal Rights Amendment as Part of ‘Radical Pro-Abortion Agenda’

Senator Mike Lee (R., Utah) on Wednesday criticized the Equal Rights Amendment during a town hall appearance in Salt Lake City, Utah.

World

South Korea confirms first death from coronavirus; Hubei extends work suspension

China’s National Health Commission reported an additional 114 deaths, and 394 new confirmed cases as of Feb. 19. That brings the total deaths in the mainland to 2,118 and the confirmed cases to 74,576 cases.

‘Suddenly you couldn’t see anything’: Whiteout causes 200-car pileup near Montreal, killing 2

Canadian police said Wednesday whiteout conditions that came about suddenly most likely triggered a massive pileup involving about 200 vehicles south of Montreal.

‘Be Wary of Authoritarian Regimes’: Pompeo Warns African Allies Not to Rely on China

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday cautioned African nations against allowing too much influence from China, saying an economic partnership with the U.S. would better serve the nations.

Iran elections to be dominated by hard-liners as young people refuse to vote: ‘It’s a joke’

Iran is holding its parliamentary elections Friday, and one thing seems all but certain: It will be a major victory for the country’s conservative hard-liners.

Pompeo, foreign partners condemn Russian cyberattack on country of Georgia

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, along with top foreign officials from almost a dozen other nations, on Thursday strongly condemned a major Russian cyberattack on the country of Georgia that significantly disrupted operations across government and media organizations.

Exclusive: Westinghouse set to sign pact with Indian firm for nuclear reactors during Trump visit

U.S. energy firm Westinghouse is expected to sign a new agreement with state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India for the supply of six nuclear reactors during U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit next week, officials said, aiming to kickstart a long-running project.

Pompeo meets Saudi king in talks focused on Iranian threats

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has met with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman in a visit focused primarily on discussing security issues and threats from regional rival Iran

Business

Morgan Stanley to buy E-Trade for $13 billion in latest deal for online brokerage industry

Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley will acquire E-Trade for $13 billion, the companies said on Thursday, the latest in a consolidation wave for the brokerage industry.

Science

First baby born from use of lab-matured frozen egg

In what doctors call a breakthrough, a cancer patient in France gave birth to the first baby conceived from an immature egg that was matured in the laboratory, frozen, then later thawed and fertilized.

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