August 3, 2015

First Line News Articles for Monday, August 3 2015

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Obama set to announce steeper emissions cuts from US power plants

President Obama will impose steeper cuts on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants across the country than previously expected, senior administration officials said Sunday, in what the president called the most significant step the U.S. has ever taken to fight global warming.

Obama revokes 22 illegal immigrants’ amnesties; unclear if they will be deported

Homeland Security has punished 22 illegal immigrant Dreamers who refused to give up their three-year deportation amnesties and exchange them for two-year permits, and has instead revoked them entirely, officials told a federal court late Friday.

Senate to vote Monday to defund Planned Parenthood, first step in renewed battle

The Republican-controlled Senate is set to vote Monday to halt federal aid to Planned Parenthood, a fast response to the series of unsettling videos exposing the group’s little-noticed practice of providing fetal tissue to researchers.

MH370: Malaysia urges debris vigilance after wing part found

Malaysia is asking other Indian Ocean islands near French-owned Reunion to be on the lookout for more possible debris after a wing part suspected of being from missing flight MH370 came ashore.

LDS News

Why Millennials Aren’t Marrying (Even Within the Church)

I recently had the opportunity to attend an LDS Influencers Conference. Designed to help members of the Church with influence on the online community, numerous topics are discussed, from statistical data on recent Church campaigns to how we can better share goodness through social media.

Elder Andersen says pioneers’ example can help people face trials today

In considering the example of faith and courage set by pioneer ancestors, Latter-day Saints today should remember that “our days are no less difficult but no less rewarding,” Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles said.

Elder Maynes throws first pitch, commends San Diego Padres for community service

On June 27, Elder Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy threw out the first pitch on “Mormon Night” at the San Diego Padres game.

100,000 volunteers to participate in record-setting Worldwide Indexing Event

Become one of a record-setting 100,000 online volunteers expected to participate in the second annual Worldwide Indexing Event, August 7–14, sponsored by

BYU Education Week scheduled for Aug. 17-21

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is scheduled to be the Tuesday, Aug. 17, devotional speaker at this year’s BYU Campus Education Week, which is Aug. 17-21.

Buzz about girl’s camp: Local actors and directors bring sweeter-than-honey movie to theaters

Every summer LDS girls ages 12 to 18 retreat to the woods for a week of camping, learning, laughing, singing and spiritual development. Plunged into an unfamiliar environment, the young women rely on each other and their leaders to grow through comfort-zone-expanding experiences.


Dylann Roof pleads not guilty to 33 federal charges in Charleston shooting case

The white man accused of gunning down nine parishioners at a black church in Charleston wants to plead guilty to 33 federal charges, but his lawyer said in court Friday that he wouldn’t do so until prosecutors say whether they’ll seek the death penalty.

V.P. Biden may run for president to honor son’s wishes, sources say

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr., is said to be considering a campaign to replace President Barack Obama when he leaves office — a move that would quickly make him one of the top Democratic frontrunners in 2016.

F-35B Lightning II fighters declared combat ready

The U.S. Marine Corps declared the F-35B Lightning II ready for combat missions, a major milestone for the Pentagon’s Joint Strike Fighter program and the most expensive weapons program in U.S. history.

42 Utah prison inmates refuse breakfast, begin hunger strike

After refusing breakfast, a group of 42 maximum-security inmates at Utah State Prison’s Uinta facility announced a hunger strike and issued demands to state prison officials.

Veterans learn VA hospital dumped patient records with Social Security, personal info

A Veterans Affairs hospital in South Dakota has waited more than two months to notify 1,100 patients that files containing their Social Security numbers and other personal information were dumped in a trash bin.

New emails show Clinton’s efforts on Hill helped pass ObamaCare, after failed ’93 effort

“It’s her issue,” declared President Clinton’s media affairs director Jeff Eller to the Houston Chronicle in the fall of 1993.

Obama heavily redacts latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s emails

The Obama administration slapped a secret designation Friday on a number of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s emails from her time as secretary of state, raising more questions about whether her controversial email arrangement led to classified information being left unsecured.

Health Providers Brace for More Cuts to Medicare in Puerto Rico

The first visible sign that the health care system in Puerto Rico was seriously ailing was when a steady stream of doctors — more than 3,000 in five years — began to leave the island for more lucrative, less stressful jobs on the mainland.

What NOT to look for in the first GOP debate

Forget the fireworks, the tiptoeing around Donald Trump’s histrionics, and all the Republican squabbling. Here’s what really matters to voters in choosing a president.

Texas Attorney General indicted for felony securities fraud, prosecutor says

A grand jury has indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on felony securities fraud charges that accuse the Republican of misleading investors before he became the state’s top law enforcement officer, a special prosecutor said on Saturday.


Canada PM Triggers Election With Vote in October

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper triggered an election campaign Sunday and set the vote for Oct. 19, when Harper and his Conservative party hope to earn a fourth term after almost a decade in power.

New Taliban leader purportedly rejects peace process ‘propaganda’

The reported new leader of the Taliban denies that the Sunni Islamist group is attempting to work toward a peace process with the Afghan government.

Iran’s Rouhani Says Nuclear Deal ‘More Than What Was Imagined’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, calling the nuclear deal signed last month “more than what was imagined,” said the country will start implementing its terms by next month — after which the process of sanctions removal will begin.

Germany drops case against Minnesota Nazi war crimes suspect

German prosecutors have dropped a Nazi war crimes investigation of a 96-year-old Minnesota resident who allegedly was a commander of an SS-led unit during World War II.

TPP talks make progress but no deal on Pacific trade

Negotiators from 12 Pacific nations have finished a week of talks without agreement on a regional trade deal.

Turkish troops killed in ‘Kurdish PKK suicide blast’

Two Turkish soldiers have been killed and 31 wounded in a suicide attack by Kurdish PKK militants, the Turkish military says.

Germans fret over Europe’s future but still believe

The battle for Europe will be won or lost in Germany.

Kerry visits Egypt to strengthen ties as repression is growing

Secretary of State John F. Kerry on Sunday told Egyptian officials they need to “balance” their campaign against anti-government militants by easing up on repressive measures imposed on the press, charitable organizations and peaceful protesters.


Seattle CEO who set firm’s minimum wage to $70G says he has hit hard times

The Seattle CEO who reaped a publicity bonanza when he boosted the salaries of his employees to a minimum of $70,000 a year says he has fallen on hard times.

Coal Left Fighting Over America’s Last Plants as Rules Mount

For the latest front in the war on coal, look no further than the Coffeen Power Station, about 60 miles south of Springfield, Illinois.


Slowly but surely, Tour de Turtles takes off

Exhibiting tortoise-like speed, Myrtle the loggerhead sea turtle loitered in her wooden corral before she slowly started creeping across the sand toward the surf.

Comet lander Philae detects organic molecules

Philae, the European Space Agency’s comet lander, has identified complex molecules on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, chemicals similar to those that may have furnished Earth with the ingredients for life.


Exercise during teens reaps long-term benefits for women, study shows

Playing team sports and exercising during adolescence can have long-lasting benefits for women and may even reduce their risk of dying from cancer and other causes later in life, a new study showed on Friday.