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January 27, 2020

First Line News Articles for Monday, January 27 2020

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Trump to meet with Netanyahu and Gantz as he readies Mideast peace plan

U.S. President Donald Trump will hold back-to-back meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz on Monday as he prepares to release his long-delayed Middle East peace plan.

Trump Admin Threatens to Withhold Federal Funds from California over Abortion Access Requirement

The Trump administration on Friday threatened to withhold certain federal funds from California due to a state law requiring private insurers to cover abortion costs.

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in copter crash, 7 others dead

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others were killed Sunday when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California, his sudden death at age 41 touching off an outpouring of grief for a star whose celebrity transcended basketball.

Defense resumes in key impeachment week; Dems seek witnesses

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial enters a pivotal week as his defense team resumes its case and senators face a critical vote on whether to hear witnesses or proceed directly to a vote that is widely expected to end in his acquittal. The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

LDS News

Latter Day Saints donate to cause

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is known for taking care of the needy in its many churches.

LDS church donates $50,000 to help expand Pocatello homeless shelter

Aid For Friends received a major boost to its fundraising campaign from the Latter-day Saint Charities Humanitarian Services North America. The $50,000 donation will help the Pocatello nonprofit in its efforts to expand its homeless shelter.

Clayton Christensen, guru of disruptive innovation and Latter-day Saint leader, dies at 67

Apple’s Steve Jobs, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Netflix’s Reed Hastings and Intel’s Andy Grove looked to influential management thinker

Latter-Day Saints Charities donates 42,000 pounds of food to help communities in Appalachia

The Latter-Day Saints Charities have partnered with Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) to help people in need in Eastern Kentucky.

‘The revolution of Zion’ — unifying hearts and minds for peaceful progress

Those who practice law have the ability to improve society in countless ways — especially when they are motivated to lend their expertise, experience and faith to help build up and rescue the finest parts of individuals and societies, said Sister Sharon Eubank.

National

U.S. says 34 troops diagnosed with traumatic brain injury after Iran strike

The Pentagon said on Friday that 34 service members had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury following missile strikes by Iran on a base in Iraq earlier this month, a number higher than the military had previously announced.

U.S. Justice Dept. plans to hold meeting to discuss tech industry liability: sources

The U.S. Justice Department is planning to hold a conference to discuss the future of a federal law which largely exempts online platforms from legal liability for the material their users post, sources familiar with the plans said on Friday.

It’s tax season and the IRS wants to know about your crypto. How to prepare

If you were hoping to keep your bitcoin stash under wraps from the IRS, think again.

Puerto Rico hit by a 5.0 quake amid ongoing seismic activity

The temblor comes a day after hundreds of people were evacuated from outdoor shelters that flooded after heavy rains hit the island’s southern region.

AP source: Bolton says Trump tied Ukraine funds to probe

President Donald Trump said he wanted to maintain a freeze on military assistance to Ukraine until it aided political investigations into his Democratic rivals, former national security adviser John Bolton recounts in a draft of his forthcoming book.

Divorced woman can’t use frozen embryos, Arizona Supreme Court rules

A divorced Arizona woman cannot use her frozen embryos when her ex-husband doesn’t want children with her, the state’s highest court ruled last week.

Houston mayor, others help residents after deadly blast

Houston’s mayor and others say they’ll work to provide aid for residents whose homes were damaged after a massive explosion at a warehouse that killed two workers and injured 20 others

Three years later, Trump travel ban heads back to court

President Donald Trump’s travel ban on travelers from predominantly Muslim countries is headed back to a federal appeals court, three years after it was first imposed

US Army Reserve soldier serving in Syria dies from injuries sustained in rollover accident

Spc. Antonio I. Moore, 22, was on his first deployment when he died.

Iowa Poll: Sanders 25, Buttigieg 18, Biden 17, Warren 15

A new Siena/New York Times poll of Iowa shows Bernie Sanders leading in Iowa outside the margin of error.

World

China increases health measures as US prepares evacuation

As the country focuses on travel restrictions, a Tuesday flight from Wuhan is being arranged to evacuate US diplomats and citizens.

Three rockets make ‘direct hit’ on US Embassy in Baghdad: Report

Three rockets have hit the United States Embassy in Baghdad.

Holocaust: Dutch PM apologises over failure to protect Jews

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has apologised on behalf of his country’s government for its failure to protect Jews during World War Two.

Hong Kong bars Hubei residents from entering city as coronavirus fears intensify

Hong Kong authorities on Sunday barred residents of China’s Hubei province, the center of the coronavirus outbreak, from entering the city, in response to mounting pressure to enact preventative measures to contain the spreading epidemic.

Turkey searches for last people missing from quake that killed at least 38

A woman and her young child were pulled out alive from under a collapsed building before Turkey began winding down its rescue operation on Sunday following an earthquake that killed at least 38 people.

5th US case of coronavirus confirmed as death toll rises to 56 in China

The epicenter of the virus is Wuhan, where 9 million people are on lockdown.

Pentagon Blocks Tougher U.S. Regulations on Huawei in Favor of ‘Balance’

The Pentagon has stymied attempts by the Commerce Department to tighten regulations on Chinese technology giant Huawei’s dealings with U.S. companies over concerns that the restrictions would disadvantage American firms, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

U.S. will not lift sanctions to negotiate with Iran: Trump

The United States will not lift sanctions on Iran in order to negotiate, U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted late on Saturday, seemingly in response to a Der Spiegel interview with Iran’s foreign minister.

Anatomy of a lie: How Iran covered up the downing of a passenger plane for 3 days

When the Revolutionary Guard officer spotted what he thought was an unidentified aircraft near Tehran’s international airport in Iran, he had seconds to decide whether to pull the trigger.

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