Hide "News" in the app?

How do I dismiss News items in the Android app? If I click the [tiny, hard-to-aim-with-a-finger] “X” to hide them, they come right back when I navigate away and return to the Now screen. I added a couple dozen smart plugs recently and those events plus the accompanying Always On finds are stacked up at the top. I have to scroll way down past them all to see the actual “Today” feed of ongoing events. Is this a known bug in the app or am I doing something wrong? Thanks!