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August 21, 2017

First Line News Articles for Monday, August 21 2017

Top Stories

Barcelona Attack Suspects Had Ties to Imam Linked to ISIS

Until Thursday, just hours before the Barcelona attack, many of the young men seemed to be living completely normal lives. One had slept late, his mother said. Another had worked as a waiter serving wine in a mountaintop restaurant days before. Several were eating kebabs, looking relaxed.

10 sailors missing after USS John S. McCain collides with oil tanker

The USS John S. McCain, a guided-missile destroyer, was involved in a collision early Monday with a oil tanker east of Singapore and the Strait of Malacca resulting in damage to its port side aft (left rear), according to the U.S. Navy.

Solar eclipse 2017: Anticipation builds as millions pack prime viewing spots

A swath of the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina was drawing a crowd Sunday in anticipation of the nation’s first coast-to-coast, total solar eclipse in almost a century.

Defense Secretary Says Trump Has Settled on an Afghan Strategy

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said that President Trump, who had been accused by lawmakers of dragging his feet on Afghanistan, had settled on a new strategy after a “rigorous” review.

LDS News

Nine years later, LDS Charities wheelchair still keeps man mobile in India village

His head was turned as he stepped into the elevator shaft and fell.

Thousands ready to flock to Provo for 95th annual BYU Education Week

Thousands from all over the United States and more than 10 foreign countries will flock to the campus of Brigham Young University next week for the 95th annual BYU Education Week.

How “The Book of Mormon” Musical Led to One Man’s Conversion, Inspired Him to Go Out on a Mission 4 Times

How “The Book of Mormon” Musical Led to One Man’s Conversion, Inspired Him to Go Out on a Mission 4 Times

What gift does President Monson want for his 90th birthday?

Days shy of his 90th birthday, President Thomas S. Monson sits in the living room of his downtown Salt Lake City condominium and receives visitors.

BYU Education Week participants have opportunity to tour newly renovated Provo MTC

Described as an opportunity to “renew, refresh and recharge,” Brigham Young University’s annual education week will be held from Aug. 21-25. Thousands of people of all ages are expected to gather throughout the week on the Provo, Utah, campus, for more than 1,000 classes offered on a variety of topics.

Chickasaw Indian nation gives Hall of Fame medallion

In June, M. Franklin Keel, a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and a member of the Gleneagle Ward, Colorado Springs North Stake, was inducted into the Chickasaw Nation’s 2017 Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Norman, Oklahoma, in recognition of his career of service to the Native American tribes of the United States and to the Chickasaw Nation

National

Kissimmee Police Shooting Leaves Two Officers Dead

Two police officers have died after being shot Friday night in Kissimmee, Fla., in what the police chief said may have been an ambush while they were responding to a call complaining of suspicious activity on the city’s north side.

Icahn gives up title as Trump ‘senior adviser’

Businessman Carl Icahn said Friday he would relinquish the title “special adviser to the president on regulatory reform” that President Donald Trump conferred shortly before taking office.

Wife of American Killed in Barcelona Attack Says She Lost ‘Love of My Life’

The wife of the American who died in the Barcelona terror attack said she has lost the love of her life and isn’t sure how she will ever recover.

Small plane crashes near prime eclipse town

A small plane crashed Saturday near the airport in Madras, Oregon, CBS affiliate KOIN reports.

Duke University removes Robert E. Lee statue after it was vandalized

Duke University removed the statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from the entrance to Duke Chapel on Saturday, days after the monument was vandalized.

Wreckage of U.S.S. Indianapolis, Lost for 72 Years, Is Found in the Pacific

In the 72 years since the Indianapolis, a United States Navy cruiser, sank about 12 minutes after being torpedoed by a Japanese submarine, the disaster has inspired controversy, dozens of books, a play and a famous scene in “Jaws.”

Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Rejects Calls to Resign, Defends President Trump

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin rejected calls for him to resign in protest of President Donald Trump’s response to violence at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last weekend, and defended the president in a statement Saturday evening.

US Army mum on whether bases will keep Confederate names

Debate is heating up throughout the country over what to do with Confederate statues and memorials. But it appears, at least for now, that 10 major U.S. Army bases will keep the names of Confederate soldiers.

Incentives offered for new agents at remote border crossings

It can be slow at the U.S.-Canadian border crossing between Norton, Vermont, and Stanhope, Quebec, where agents have watched moose amble through while waiting for people and cargo.

Trump signs legislation greenlighting War on Terrorism memorial for National Mall

President Trump has signed a bill authorizing the construction of a new memorial on the National Mall commemorating U.S. service members who fought in the international war against terrorism.

World

PM: Iraqi forces start operation to retake Tal Afar from ISIS

U.S.-backed Iraqi security forces on Sunday began a multi-pronged military operation to retake the town of Tal Afar, west of Mosul, from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Iraq’s prime minister announced.

Counter-protesters block neo-Nazi march to Berlin prison

Left-wing groups and Berlin residents prevented more than 500 far-right extremists from marching Saturday to the place where high-ranking Nazi official Rudolf Hess died 30 years ago.

Turku Stabbing Attack Was ‘Likely Terror Act’: Finland Police

A stabbing in the western Finland city of Turku that killed two people and wounded eight is being investigated as possible terrorism, police said Saturday.

North Korea warns of ‘merciless strike’ ahead of US-South Korea drills

North Korea warned Sunday that the upcoming US-South Korea military exercises are “reckless behavior driving the situation into the uncontrollable phase of a nuclear war.”

Syria’s Assad says Western plots against him foiled but war not yet won

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday his country had foiled Western designs to topple him but his army had not yet won the fight to end Syria’s six-year-old insurgency.

Sierra Leone mudslide survivors remember day the mountain moved

“It happened as if it was a dream,” says Gabriel Fattah Manga, recalling the day his world came tumbling down around him, and his life changed forever.

Trail derailment kills at least 23 in India

Workers continued to search for survivors Sunday, a day after a train derailed in India, killing at least 23 people and injuring more than 80 others.

French fighter jet ‘tracks’ Jet2 flight on route to Birmingham

A passenger on board a plane flying from Spain to Birmingham has told of the “terrifying” moment holidaymakers realised their aircraft was being shadowed by a French fighter jet.

President Maduro strips Venezuela’s parliament of power

Legislative powers taken from opposition-led parliament, as country’s fugitive attorney general alleges Maduro corruption links

Business

Tech companies crack down on hate speech after Charlottesville

Technology companies are confronting difficult questions about whether they should use their power to silence hate speech online.

Volkswagen to revive popular microbus as electric vehicle

Seeking to reignite Americans’ love affair with the microbus, Volkswagen Group said Saturday that it would bring the beloved vehicle back to its lineup.

Culture

Jerry Lewis, legendary comedian and actor, dies at 91

Jerry Lewis, the legendary actor, comedian and director, has died, his publicist and his agent confirmed to CBS News. He was 91.

Science

Solar eclipse presents first major test of power grid in renewable era

As Monday’s total solar eclipse sweeps from Oregon to South Carolina, U.S. electric power and grid operators will be glued to their monitoring systems in what for them represents the biggest test of the renewable energy era.

Health

Binge-Watching TV Is Linked To Poorer Sleep And Insomnia

Falling into the category of “not surprising but worth a study on,” a new study finds that binge-watching a favorite TV show before bed is a bad idea, at least when it comes to sleep.