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May 27, 2022

First Line News Articles for Friday, May 27 2022

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Texas officials say school shooter walked in ‘unobstructed’

Texas law enforcement officials on Thursday walked back their initial reports that a school resource officer confronted a gunman who killed 21 people at a Uvalde elementary school, saying instead the shooter entered “unobstructed” through an unlocked door.

End of strategic ambiguity? Ukraine war shifts thinking on Taiwan

While the world watches Ukraine, the Taiwan Strait may be heating up. More than 70 Chinese military aircraft have encroached on Taiwan’s air defense zone this month, including fighter jets and bombers. On Wednesday, China’s military announced a large-scale air and naval combat exercise around the self-governing island that Beijing claims as its territory.

Pentagon: Russia ‘Weaponizing Food’ With Ukraine Blockade as Global Food Crisis Looms

Roughly 20 million tons of wheat remains locked in Ukraine as Russia’s blockade threatens an international food crisis and raises new, dramatic concerns in the West.

College Enrollment Declines Are Here to Stay

The enrollment data comes as a growing number of students consider alternatives to higher education – both as a result of tuition costs and data highlighting earnings potential without a degree.

LDS News

At National Press Club, Elder Bednar responds to questions about church finances, portrayal of church in media

The apostle also said Latter-day Saint leaders are ‘proud to stand with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters’ for federal legislation to protect both religious and LGBTQ rights

How Kanye West, faith and the honor code played a hand in Braeden Moore’s journey from Nashville to BYU

Moore isn’t a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but he is a devout Christian. If anything, the honor code helped BYU land the talented sharpshooter

A new design for temples

Some rooms inside select Latter-day Saint temples will now be convertible, creating the flexibility to meet the needs of the members attending on a given day

The time President Gordon B. Hinckley had the National Press Club laughing out loud

Church leader shared his belief in Jesus Christ, prayer and service while having fun at the expense of himself and the nation’s journalists.

National

Husband of slain Uvalde, Texas, teacher dies two days later

The husband of one of the South Texas teachers killed in a school shooting this week died of a heart attack Thursday, family announced.

Texas shooting revives calls for ‘red flag’ laws to take guns from dangerous people

In the wake of the mass shooting at a Uvalde, Texas, elementary school, Congress is weighing a plan to give states incentives to adopt “red flag” laws like the one Florida enacted in 2018 that is aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous or mentally unstable individuals.

Senate Republicans block domestic terrorism bill

Senate Republicans on Thursday blocked a bill to create domestic terrorism offices within federal law enforcement agencies in response to a mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., that left 10 people dead.

FBI Reveals How Many Active Shooters Were Stopped by Citizens

The FBI announced Monday that citizens stopped six active shooters in 2021, according to a report on active shooting incidents.

A Huge Loss for Big Tech Regulation

Ron DeSantis’s anti–Big Tech law lost in court, and the sweeping First Amendment ruling may doom future efforts to regulate social media.

World

WHO passes resolution condemning Russia for causing health emergency in Ukraine

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday passed a resolution condemning Russia for causing a health emergency in Ukraine while rejecting a counterproposal from Russian representatives that did not mention their country’s role in the crisis.

Economy

U.S. economy declined more than expected with 1.5% drop in first quarter

The U.S. economy contracted by 1.5% in the first quarter of 2022, according to a Thursday report from the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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