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November 26, 2021

First Line News Articles for Friday, November 26 2021

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Merrick Garland orders federal prosecutors to prioritize cases involving violence on flights

Attorney General Merrick Garland instructed federal prosecutors Wednesday to prioritize cases involving violence on flights.

France and UK pledge action after over 20 migrants drown in English Channel

France and Britain agreed on Wednesday to do more to stop migrants from making perilous journeys through the English Channel after more than 20 migrants died this week.

Thanksgiving traditions return to U.S.: Football, family and parades

Americans flocked to parades, packed football stadiums and gathered more freely for family feasts on Thursday, grateful to celebrate Thanksgiving Day traditions again after the pandemic kept many at home last year.

LDS News

Temple Square renovation update: North Visitors’ Center removed

Temple Square renovation update: North Visitors’ Center removed

Renders released for Provo and Smithfield temples

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has released new digital renderings of the redesigned Provo temple, and the new Smithfield Utah temple.

President Nelson shares a memory of hope and gratitude on Thanksgiving

Marking the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, President Russell M. Nelson expressed both hope and gratitude as he recounted an experience on social media.

During Elder Rasband’s visit to Africa, local members told they can live, prosper in faith and joy

On the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 16, a young adult from Africa posed a probing question to Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Giving Machines open around the United States for #LightTheWorld 2021

An enthusiastic crowd welcomed the opening of the iconic red Giving Machines in the west wing of University Place in Orem, Utah, on Tuesday night, Nov. 23. After a COVID-19 pandemic-caused pause last year, the popular way to donate to charitable causes is now back for the 2021 Christmas season.

National

Missouri judge stops state, local agencies from issuing pandemic public health orders

A judge Tuesday ruled local health departments cannot issue orders, close businesses, quarantine students, and stated parts of Missouri’s Code of State Regulations pertaining to the Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) violated the state constitution.

Biden admin. approves construction of major wind farm for Rhode Island

The Biden administration on Wednesday announced it has approved construction of a large-scale wind farm project off the coast of Rhode Island that will supply 70,000 of New York homes with power.

Supreme Court to hear North Carolina voter ID case

The Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed to hear a case involving North Carolina’s voter ID law.

Pentagon creates new organization to investigate UFOs

The Pentagon has created a new organization that will lead the department’s investigations into mysterious objects in the sky.

Manchin Urges Biden to Restore Keystone XL Pipeline

Senator Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) on Tuesday called on President Biden to reinstate the Keystone XL pipeline as the U.S. struggles with gas shortages and skyrocketing prices.

Majority of Voters Blame Biden for Surging Inflation

A majority of voters blame President Biden for rising inflation, according to a YouGov/Yahoo News poll released on Tuesday.

US Abortions May Be Inching up After Decades of Decline

U.S. abortions appear to be inching up after a long decline, though officials are cautious about calling it an upward trend because a government report issued Wednesday is incomplete.

Biden adding COVID-19 vaccines to ‘Remain in Mexico’ restart: report

The Biden administration is planning to offer COVID-19 vaccines to migrants that enroll in the Trump-era “Remain in Mexico” program, which could go back into effect as soon as next week, according to Axios.

FBI calls dealing with ‘Havana Syndrome’ a top priority

The FBI said on Wednesday that dealing with the issue of “anomalous health incidents” – widely known as Havana Syndrome – is a top priority and that it will keep investigating the cause and how to protect staff.

World

US Embassy warns of ‘unusual Russian military activity’ near Ukraine’s border, in Crimea

The U.S. Embassy in Ukraine is warning of “unusual Russian military activity” near the nation’s borders and in the annexed peninsula of Crimea.

U.S. lawmakers arrive in Taiwan, second trip in a month

Five members of the U.S. House of Representatives arrived in Taiwan on Thursday for a short trip expected to focus on security matters, the second time in a month U.S. lawmakers have visited.

US Puts Chinese Firms Helping Military on Trade Blacklist

The U.S. government put a dozen Chinese companies on its trade blacklist on Wednesday for national security and foreign policy concerns, citing in some cases their help developing the Chinese military’s quantum computing efforts.

Australia sends forces to Solomon Islands where protesters set fire to Parliament and Chinatown

Australian forces are being deployed to the nearby Solomon Islands as protests stretched into a second day, even after a 36-hour lockdown was imposed, and frustration boils over in the capital of Honiara over a host of domestic grievances.

Germany will continue to host US nuclear weapons, incoming government says

Germany will continue to host U.S. nuclear weapons, the incoming government has decided, despite strong anti-nuclear traditions within the major parties of the coalition.

Sweden’s first female prime minister resigns mere hours after appointment

Sweden’s first female prime minister resigned from her role Wednesday within hours of being appointed.

Mexico’s drug war uses drones, human shields, gunships

The Mexican government is rapidly running out of tools to control the expansion of the feared Jalisco cartel on the front lines of Mexico’s narco war in the western state of Michoacan and the stalled ground effort is being supplemented by an increasingly sophisticated aerial conflict.

Russian Military Tracks US Guided Missile Destroyer in Black Sea

Russia’s military is tracking the guided missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke after it entered the Black Sea to patrol with NATO allies, TASS news agency cited the Russian defense ministry as saying on Thursday.

Israel Pushes for Better Iran Deal Amid Military Buildup

Israel’s defense minister said Thursday he hopes a better nuclear deal will come out of upcoming talks between world powers and Iran, but that Israel is hedging its bets and building up its military capabilities.

Russian coal mine accident leaves 52 dead, including six rescuers

The death toll from a fire and explosion in a Russian coal mine Thursday rose to more than 50 people as authorities opened a criminal probe into the incident.

Business

Apple, Nordstrom stores hit in latest smash-and-grab robberies

An Apple and Nordstrom were robbed on Wednesday in California, the latest in a string of smash-and-grab robberies that have spurred an increasingly hard-line response from officials.

Health

Canada becomes first nation to give full approval to J&J vaccine

Canada has become the first country to give full approval to the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, Reuters reported.

Economy

Jobless claims drop to lowest level in 50 years in surprise plunge

The number of new applications for unemployment benefits plummeted by 71,000 from the week before to 199,000, the lowest level for initial claims since 1969.

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