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May 16, 2021

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U.S. forces leave key Afghanistan military base

U.S. forces have left one of the largest military bases in Afghanistan, according to three defense officials.

Israeli Defense Forces Launch Air and Ground Assault on Gaza Strip

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched an air and ground offensive on the Gaza Strip Thursday, the IDF’s Twitter account confirmed.

CDC Announces Vaccinated Americans No Longer Need to Wear Masks Indoors in Most Situations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announced on Thursday that vaccinated Americans are no longer recommended to wear masks.

Biden to meet DACA recipients in immigration overhaul push

President Joe Biden is scheduled to meet Friday with six immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children who benefited from an Obama-era policy that protected them from deportation.

LDS News

Temple rises: To believers, Moses Lake facility will be a very special building

The construction contract itself was a little odd in the things it said construction workers couldn’t do while on site.

Church provides Carl Perkins Centers with food to feed thousands of children

Wednesday afternoon, the Exchange Club-Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse received a truck load of food from the headquarters of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How a former Young Women general leader continues to serve women and girls worldwide in her new role at the United Nations

As a member of the Young Women general presidency, Sister Carol F. McConkie taught women and girls worldwide of their divine heritage, worth and potential and the importance of standing together in the cause of Christ.

Middle East/Africa North Area presidency offers Eid al-Fitr greetings as Ramadan concludes

As Muslims around the world concluded their observation of Ramadan, Elder Anthony D. Perkins, a General Authority Seventy and president of the Middle East/Africa North Area, shared Eid al-Fitr greetings in a video posted Wednesday, May 12.

What a Church area is and how the Utah Area both blesses and benefits from a global Church

With the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and more than 2 million members within its boundaries, the Utah Area is a region providing both a quantity and multi-generational quality of benefits to the global Church.

BYU says no to millions in new COVID relief funds for students, university

BYU is turning down $88,556,823 in federal COVID aid — at least $44,336,287 of which would have gone directly to students had BYU accepted the funding.

BYU alumni discuss miscarriages, hope to change taboo culture

Jeri Harashima and her husband Yuji were elated when Jeri could give birth to a healthy baby girl named Raine in February 2021.

National

Biden Hopes for Infrastructure Deal by End of May

President Joe Biden told a group of Republican senators at a meeting on Thursday that he wants to see progress towards a possible deal on infrastructure spending by the end of May, the White House said in a statement.

U.S. House panel approves $46B in financial relief to Postal Service

The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Reform Committee voted to provide the cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service (USPS) with at least $46 billion in financial relief over 10 years.

Biden Lifts US Ship Mandate to Ease Gasoline Shortages

The Biden administration temporarily eased century-old U.S. shipping requirements to allow a foreign tanker to transport gasoline and diesel to fuel-starved areas of the country following the Colonial Pipeline outage.

Major US Pipeline Delivering Fuel but Shortages Continue

The major US pipeline network shut down by a cyber attack said Thursday it has resumed fuel deliveries, but gas stations up and down the east coast were still facing shortages after a wave of panic buying.

No Masks Required, White House Tells Vaccinated Staffers

White House staffers are no longer required to wear a mask on the grounds if they have been vaccinated, CNN reported.

The Air Force’s AI Brain Just Flew for the First Time

The U.S. Air Force just took a major step toward a future crowded with AI-powered warplanes.

AFT President Says Union ‘All In’ on Fall School Reopening in Dramatic Messaging Shift

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten abandoned her opposition to full school reopening on Thursday, delivering a speech in which she called for schools nation-wide to return to the pre-pandemic education model.

Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers $5 Million Ransom: Report

Colonial Pipeline Co. paid the group that hacked its pipeline a nearly $5 million ransom in untraceable cryptocurrency within hours of the cyberattack, two people familiar with the payment told Bloomberg on Thursday.

GOP Senators Urge Biden to Cut Off Talks with Iran in Light of Hamas Rocket Attacks

More than 40 GOP senators signed a letter urging President Biden to cut off negotiations with Iran while Hamas fires rockets at Israel, in a joint letter released on Wednesday.

Gov. Ron DeSantis Vows to Pardon Those Charged With Disobeying COVID-19 Orders

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday evening that he will be pardoning Floridians charged with violating COVID-19 mask or social distancing restrictions.

World

US vows to stand by ally Australia against China

The Biden administration is vowing to stand by Australia in its worsening trade and other disputes with China.

Business

McDonald’s boosting pay for employees at company-owned restaurants

McDonald’s announced Thursday that over the next several months it will be boosting pay for employees at company-owned restaurants, which account for approximately 650 of its nearly 14,000 U.S. locations.

Amazon to Hire 75,000 Workers, With $100 Bonus for Vaccination Proof

Amazon.com Inc. will give $100 more to new hires with proof of COVID-19 vaccination, the world’s largest e-commerce retailer said on Thursday, as part of its plan to hire 75,000 workers for fulfillment and logistics operations.

Italy fines Google $120 million for monopolistic behavior in Android car app

Italy’s competition agency announced a $120 million fine on Google Thursday for unfairly blocking third-party apps on its Android app ecosystem, thereby favoring its own Google Maps app instead.

Culture

PTC: Saving kids more important than saving money

More and more families are “cutting the cord” and going to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu instead of traditional cable for their family entertainment – but that presents associated risks for parents.

Science

China’s Tianwen-1 set to attempt Mars rover landing on Friday

China may soon become just the third country to safely touch down on the surface of Mars.

Economy

Unemployment Claims Drop to Pandemic Low 473,000

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell last week to 473,000, a new pandemic low and the latest evidence that fewer employers are cutting jobs as consumers ramp up spending and more businesses reopen.

US Producer Prices Top Forecasts, Adding to Inflation Pressure

Prices paid to U.S. producers rose in April by more than forecast, adding to signs of a growing wave of inflationary pressure that’s extending to American consumers.

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