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April 22, 2019

First Line News Articles for Monday, April 22 2019

Top Stories

At least 5 dead after 3-day severe weather outbreak slams southern, eastern US

A string of violent storms that spawned possible tornadoes on Friday capped off a wild week of severe weather across the southern and eastern U.S.

Supreme Court Mulls Citizenship Question for Census

This is another case in which Trump administration behavior is provoking plaintiffs to ask the judiciary to police the blurry boundaries of executive discretion.

Sri Lanka bombings: 207 dead, hundreds injured in church, hotel explosions on Easter Sunday

At least 207 people were killed and hundreds more injured on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka when attackers unleashed an apparently coordinated series of bombings that simultaneously targeted Christian churches and luxury hotels, and sent a wave a terror across the globe.

LDS News

How 3 members helped the Church be officially recognized in DR Congo

For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be officially recognized in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo) in early 1986, law required the signatures of three Congolese members.

BYU named one of America’s top 25 ‘brainiest’ colleges

March Madness may reveal the best athleticism in America, but Lumosity revealed today’s “brainiest” colleges around the United States, ranking BYU no. 22 in the nation.

Church Leaders Offer Words of Sorrow and Comfort Following Bombings in Sri Lanka

As Christians in Sri Lanka gathered on Easter Sunday to worship together, explosions devastated three churches filled with worshippers, and additional explosions ripped through four hotels. These attacks have killed more than 200 and left more than 450 people injured. In the wake of this terrible tragedy, the Asia Area Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement Sunday, April 21, 2019:

President Nelson details plans for Salt Lake Temple during its 4-year closure for renovation

The Salt Lake Temple will close Dec. 29 and remain closed for approximately four years, President Russell M. Nelson announced Friday morning, April 19.

President Nelson to speak in Florida devotional this summer — here’s what you need to know

President Russell M. Nelson will speak in a devotional in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, June 9, the Church announced on April 19.

National

Trump to nominate Shanahan as permanent defense secretary: sources

President Trump is expected to formally nominate Patrick M. Shanahan to be his permanent defense secretary as soon as next week

Prosecutors seek 18-month sentence for Russian agent Maria Butina

Prosecutors are seeking an 18-month sentence for Russian agent Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty to conspiracy against the United States.

Pentagon, DHS considering designating fentanyl a WMD, memo says

Top military and Homeland Security officials are considering classifying fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction, according to an internal DHS memo.

Quest for food stamp data lands newspaper at Supreme Court

In the summer of 2010, reporters at South Dakota’s Argus Leader newspaper decided to request data about the government’s food assistance program, previously known as food stamps. They thought the information could lead to a series of stories and potentially help them identify fraud in the now $65 billion-a-year program.

Arkansas faces new court fight over sedative for executions

A federal lawsuit filed by death row inmates has renewed a court fight over whether the sedative Arkansas uses for lethal injections causes torturous executions, two years after it raced to put eight inmates to death in 11 days before its batch expired

A bill in Washington state would allow the composting of human remains

Lawmakers in Washington state passed a bill Friday that would allow human remains to be composted.

Judge issues injunction on Utah’s 18-week abortion ban

Utah’s new law banning abortion after 18 weeks gestation won’t be enforced for now.

Hurricane Center reclassifies Michael to Category 5, the first such storm to make landfall since 1992

Monster hurricane Michael, which decimated the Florida panhandle last October, is now rated at the top of the scale for classifying these destructive storms.

Dems plan conference call Monday to debate Mueller report’s implications

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is scheduled to hold a private conference call Monday with fellow Democrats in which the topic of the potential impeachment of President Trump will be raised.

Armed border militia member accused of detaining migrants arrested in New Mexico

A New Mexico man belonging to a militia group accused of detaining migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border at gunpoint was arrested Saturday on charges of firearms possession by a felon, authorities said.

World

US intelligence reportedly says Huawei funded by Chinese state security

U.S. intelligence has accused Huawei Technologies of being funded by Chinese state security, The Times said on Saturday, adding to the list of allegations faced by the Chinese technology company in the West.

Libya crisis: Clashes erupt south of capital Tripoli

Heavy fighting has erupted south of Tripoli after Libya’s UN-backed government announced a counter-offensive against insurgent forces.

US downplays North Korea’s saber rattling

North Korea has been steadily increasing its saber rattling as more and more time passes without progress on nuclear talks with President Trump

Ex-Marine arrested in North Korea embassy attack in Madrid

A man suspected of involvement in a mysterious dissident groups February raid on North Koreas Embassy in Madrid was arrested in Los Angeles by U.S. authorities.

11 killed in attack on Kabul ministry

Eleven people died in an explosion and the ensuing gunfight at Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communication and Information Technology in Kabul on Saturday.

Venezuela’s Guaido calls for ‘largest march in history’ to oust Maduro

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Friday called on supporters to take to the streets on May 1 for what he called “the largest march in the history” of the South American country to keep the pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to leave power.

US envoy to Afghan peace talks ‘disappointed’ by collapse in talks with Taliban

The U.S. envoy for peace in Afghanistan expressed disappointment after a planned meeting between the Taliban and a group of Afghan politicians in Qatar collapsed, revealing ongoing divisions as the two sides negotiate an end to the war.

France’s Yellow Vest protesters return to the streets enraged by billions pledged to rebuild Notre Dame

Yellow Vest protestors in Paris battled police during violent clashes Saturday — newly enraged at the more than billion dollars that have been pledged to rebuild fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral, overshadowing their anti-wealth cause.

Egyptians vote for second day in referendum on keeping Sisi in power

Egyptians voted on Sunday for a second day on whether to back constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power until 2030.

US ambassador’s Passover wishes spark wave of angry comments from Poles

The U.S. ambassador to Poland sparked a wave of angry comments on Twitter after she wished Jews a happy Passover in Polish on Friday.

Business

Lawmakers call for Zuckerberg to be held accountable for Facebook’s privacy fumbles

Pressure is mounting in Washington D.C. to take action against Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for the company’s handling of customer data.

Boeing’s Dreamliner jet is now facing claims of manufacturing issues

At a Boeing manufacturing facility in North Charleston, South Carolina, the aerospace giant reportedly pressured workers to speed up production while ignoring employee complaints about potential safety risks and defective manufacturing

Health

CDC says this flu season is now the longest in a decade

The weather is warming up, flowers are starting to bloom, and flu season is over — right? As it turns out, Americans are still getting the flu.

FDA approves first generic naloxone nasal spray to treat opioid overdose

The life-saving medication that can stop or reverse the effects of an opioid overdose may prevent thousands of deaths.