September 4, 2015

First Line News Articles for Friday, September 4 2015

Top Stories

US under new pressure to absorb Syrian refugees as Europe faces crisis

The surge of refugees fleeing Syria and other war-torn regions is putting immense pressure not only on Europe but also the United States, as the Obama administration faces calls to take a more active role in the humanitarian crisis.

Booker, Warner, Heitkamp Announce Support for Iran Nuclear Deal

New Jersey Democrat Sen. Cory Booker said he would support the Iran nuclear accord on Thursday, splitting with his state’s senior senator over the contentious deal.

Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to issue the licenses themselves, potentially ending the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky.

Trump signs GOP pledge, commits to back party nominee

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump signed a pledge Thursday to support the Republican nominee in next year’s general election, effectively ruling out a third-party or independent run.

LDS News

Cambodian Woman Prays to Feed Missionaries, Finds $5 + Other Miracles from the Saints in Cambodia

On May 25, 2014, more than 1,200 members packed into two stake centers as the Asia Area presidency organized the first two LDS stakes in Cambodia. On that historic occasion, Eng Bun Houch was called to be president of the Cambodia Phnom Penh North Stake, and Ouk Sophal was called as president of the Cambodia Phnom Penh South Stake.

President Uchtdorf speaks to University of Utah medical students about ‘responsibility, humanity, joy’

Addressing students beginning their training at the University of Utah School of Medicine, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf spoke Aug. 28 about “the responsibility, humanity and joy of wearing a white coat.”

LDS Church offering aid across the globe

LDS welfare projects are easing suffering in disaster areas throughout the world.

Service missionaries find joy as they serve

Service missionaries bring their life skills and experiences to bless the lives of others in Utah’s Inner City Mission.

Trio of BYU professors team up to write book on foundational events of the Restoration

Three members of the BYU religion faculty — Susan Easton Black, Casey Paul Griffiths and Mary Jane Woodger — are teaming up to write a book on “The 100 Most Important Events in Latter-day Saint History.”

National

Russian spy ship spotted near US sub base

A Russian intelligence ship, capable of cutting undersea communications cables and other sensors, has been spotted by the U.S. military off the coast of Kings Bay, Ga., home to the U.S. Navy’s East Coast ballistic missile submarine fleet.

EPA’s Gina McCarthy won’t appear at House hearing on agency’s toxic spill

A House committee will hold next week the first congressional hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Animas River spill, but administrator Gina McCarthy won’t be there.

Obamacare grants to Planned Parenthood spark fury on Capitol Hill

The Obama administration announced more than $1 million in grants Wednesday to Planned Parenthood, banking on the women’s health care provider to help sell Obamacare to patients and defying congressional Republicans battling to end all public funding for the organization.

GOP Rep. Kline Says He Won’t Seek Re-election in Minnesota

Republican Rep. John Kline, a seven-term lawmaker and chairman of the House Education panel, announced Thursday he won’t seek re-election next year in a Minnesota district that has grown more politically competitive in recent years.

Five Chinese ships seen off Alaska coast, Pentagon says

Five Chinese naval ships are currently positioned in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, US officials confirm.

Pentagon to halt operations at nine labs handling viruses, anthrax: USA Today

The Pentagon is set to announce later on Thursday that it will halt operations at nine labs that handle viruses and bacteria such as anthrax, USA Today reported, citing U.S. defense officials.

Prosecutor: Church shooting suspect to face death penalty

Prosecutor: Church shooting suspect to face death penalty

Police may have video of killers of Illinois cop

Police hunting the killers of an Illinois cop may have caught a break when a resident in the area of the murder turned over security footage that could have captured the individuals responsible.

Supreme Court asked to review Texas abortion ruling

A coalition of women’s health-care providers on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to review a federal appeals court decision that would shutter all but a handful of abortion clinics in Texas.

Two soldiers killed, 13 injured in two separate military helicopter incidents

One Marine has been killed and 11 others were hurt when a helicopter made a hard landing at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, the Marines said on Thursday.

World

Iran’s Supreme Leader Orders Parliament to Vote on Nuclear Deal

A day after President Obama secured enough votes to ensure approval of the Iranian nuclear deal in the United States Congress, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, on Thursday ordered Parliament to vote on the agreement and threatened to cancel the pact entirely if the West merely suspended, rather than canceled, economic sanctions, state news media reported.

Police: Bangkok bomb suspect was carrying explosives formula

Thai police have said a second suspect arrested in connection with last month’s deadly bombing at a Bangkok shrine was carrying a piece of paper with a chemical formula used to make explosives written on it.

China holds massive military parade, to cut troop levels by 300,000

President Xi Jinping announced on Thursday he would cut troop levels by 300,000 as China held its biggest display of military might in a parade to commemorate victory over Japan in World War Two, an event shunned by most Western leaders.

Europe Struggles to Respond to Worsening Migrant Crisis

European leaders clamored for a swifter response to the migrant crisis this week as a spate of recent tragedies brought the worsening situation into the global spotlight.

France confirms wing part from MH370

French prosecutors have confirmed that a wing part found on a remote Indian Ocean island was from ill-fated Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, a month after tests on the flaperon began.

Migrant crisis: PM says UK will fulfil moral responsibilities

David Cameron has said “as a father I felt deeply moved” by the image of a Syrian boy dead on a Turkish beach.

Opening ceremony for Nato command units in Eastern Europe

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has inaugurated one of the alliance’s new command units opening in Eastern Europe amid tensions with Russia.

Guatemala’s president quits, faces charges in graft scandal

Guatemalan President Otto Perez has resigned amid a corruption scandal that gutted his government and plunged Guatemala into chaos days before a national election, and turned himself into a court on Thursday to face charges.

New approach to old alliance for Saudi King and Obama

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh’s efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a nuclear deal that will relieve Tehran of some international pressure.

Business

Judge Approves $415M Settlement in Apple, Google Wage Case

A federal judge has approved a $415 million settlement that ends a lengthy legal saga revolving around allegations that Apple, Google and several other Silicon Valley companies illegally conspired to prevent their workers from getting better job offers.

Culture

Disney’s Love Bug actor Dean Jones dies at 84

The US actor Dean Jones, best known for his starring role in Disney’s The Love Bug, has died at the age of 84.

Science

Rare ancient sarcophagus discovered in Israel

An elaborate ancient sarcophagus has been discovered at a building site in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Thursday.

Health

More Parents Catching Early Signs of ADHD in Children, Study Says

A growing number of young children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and increasingly parents are on the front lines of identifying early symptoms, according to a new study.

Economy

September or Not, Market Says Fed’s One-and-Done Until Late 2016

Bill Gross says if the Federal Reserve raises interest rates in September, policy makers are increasingly likely to wait at least six months before a second hike. Market measures indicate the wait may be twice that long.

Weekly Jobless Claims Rise; Trade Deficit Narrows

The trade deficit in the United States fell in July to its lowest level in five months as exports rose broadly, signaling underlying strength in the economy despite concerns about a global growth slowdown.