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September 25, 2016

First Line News Articles for Sunday, September 25 2016

Top Stories

Bombing suspect wanted to punish America for targeting Muslim warriors

The New York-area bomb suspect’s journal referred to “Brother Osama Bin Laden” and said that — if Allah allowed it — bombs would be “heard in the streets,” according to federal charges that say Ahmad Khan Rahami sought to punish America for targeting Muslim warriors around the world.

House Homeland Security chief presses new counterterror strategy

Law enforcement agencies should be granted the authority to go after jihadi propagandists online in the same way that local, state and federal agencies prosecute online child pornographers, the influential chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security said, outlining a broad counterterror strategy this week to take on Islamic State and other groups targeting the U.S. mainland.

Charlotte shooting: State of emergency amid protests

North Carolina’s governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, after violence erupted during a second night of protests over the police killing of a black man.

House panel approves contempt resolution against Clinton aide

A House committee on Thursday began the process of holding a former Hillary Clinton aide in contempt of Congress for his failure to appear before the panel under subpoena.

LDS News

Joseph Smith Papers Council of Fifty minutes offers view of LDS Church in Nauvoo

It’s a record that has been speculated about for decades. Now it’s accessible to anyone who wants to read it.

Gala concert celebrates 25th Anniversary in Ukraine

Guest musicians and vocalists, members and missionaries performed and delighted attendees of the 25th Anniversary Gala Concert commemorating the dedication of Ukraine for the preaching of the gospel. The concert, organized by the Kyiv Ukraine Stake, was held in the famous National Opera Theatre of Kyiv on Sept.17, exactly 25 years to the day when the Church was officially registered in Kyiv.

LDS Paralympians ascend medal podium

Mormon athletes at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, won two gold medals — and set records in their respective events — and a silver and bronze medal.

Remembering Elder Richard G. Scott 1 year after his death

On this day one year ago, Sept. 22, 2015, Elder Richard G. Scott passed away. He was 86-years-old and died of causes incident to age. At the time of his passing, he had served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for over 27 years.l

Brazil ‘LDS frontier’ a land of great promise

Elder Neil L. Andersen was almost 50 years old when he stepped on Brazilian soil for the first time in 2001. He didn’t speak Portuguese and had little first-hand experience with the culture and people.

National

Defense Distributed, designer of 3-D printable guns, loses appeal against State Dept.

Members of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed 2-1 on Tuesday to uphold a lower court’s ruling against Defense Distributed, a Texas-based nonprofit that came under fire in 2013 for allowing internet users to freely download files that could be used to manufacturer untraceable firearms with 3-D printers.

US: Bomber Flew Close to North Korean Border Amid Standoff

The U.S. military said at least one of its supersonic bombers that flew over South Korea earlier this week in a display of military power approached the border with North Korea.

Ex-Cuomo Aides Charged in Federal Corruption Inquiry

Federal corruption charges were announced on Thursday against two former close aides to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a senior state official and six other people, in a devastating blow to the governor’s innermost circle and a repudiation of how his prized upstate economic development programs were managed.

Indiana WWII vet gets Purple Heart after 72 years

More than 100 family, friends and strangers watched Junior Howell receive the Purple Heart medal on Wednesday — exactly 72 years after he was wounded in combat.

Heavy rain swamps portions of several Midwestern states

It’s a soggy start to fall for several Midwestern states, where heavy rain has flooded homes, closed major highways and stranded motorists.

Electricity out across Puerto Rico after power plant fire

Much of Puerto Rico was without electricity Thursday following a fire at a power plant that set off a broader outage across the island’s aging utility grid, leaving most of the island’s 3.5 million people without service.

DHS admits refugee fraud ‘easy to commit’

Refugee fraud is “easy to commit” and much tougher to detect, Homeland Security officials acknowledged in an internal memo made public by members of Congress Thursday that challenges the department’s own assurances as it seeks to increase the number of refugees from dangerous countries.

Mylan CEO called before Congress, defends price hikes for lifesaving EpiPens

The CEO of Mylan Pharmaceuticals defended the rising cost of her company’s lifesaving EpiPens to Congress on Wednesday, rejecting demands that she slash the price, though she insisted help is available for low-income patients and those with skimpy health care coverage.

Company accused of selling U.S. military ‘Made in the USA’ boots that are from China

A company that has done business with the U.S. military since the 1960s is now accused of selling the federal government “Made In America” boots that were really manufactured in China.

World

Syria conflict: Warplanes set rebel-held Aleppo ablaze

Rebel-held areas of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo saw the heaviest air strikes in months overnight, activists say, as a week-old truce collapsed.

MH370 investigators cast doubt on latest crash theory

Accident investigators on Thursday cast doubt on the possibility that blackened debris found on Madagascar is evidence of a catastrophic fire aboard the missing Malaysian airliner that went down more than two years ago.

ISIS suspected of mustard attack against US and Iraqi troops

ISIS is suspected of firing a shell with mustard agent that landed at the Qayyara air base in Iraq Tuesday where US and Iraqi troops are operating, according to several US officials.

Brazil’s former finance minister arrested, charged with fraud, money laundering

Brazil’s former finance minister, Guido Mantega, was arrested Thursday for allegedly overpricing construction contracts as part of the Petrobras corruption scandal.

France arrests Belgian police in migrant border row

Two Belgian policemen have been questioned by their French counterparts after they were caught with 13 illegal immigrants in their car.

Japan: North Korea nuclear threat has reached a ‘different dimension’

North Korea’s nuclear ambitions are one of the biggest threats to international peace and security, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned Wednesday.

Political Future: Colombian Rebels Prepare For Peace

The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia are expected to ratify a peace accord made with the Colombian government, ending a 52-year war.

Afghanistan takes a step toward peace with notorious ex-warlord

Negotiators in Afghanistan on Thursday signed a draft of a long-awaited peace agreement that would bring a notorious former warlord into the government fold while forgiving allegations that he was responsible for serious war crimes.

Canada, China Deepen Ties With Trade Talks and Canola Deal

Canada and China say they will gauge the possibility of free-trade talks and deepen commercial links, in another sign the two countries are trying to rejuvenate ties.

American English teacher detained in Yemen, officials say

An American English teacher in Yemen was detained in the capital on suspicions of espionage Tuesday

Business

Wells Board, Tolstedt Sued by Investor Over Accounts Scandal

Wells Fargo & Co.’s board was accused of breaching its duty to investors in a lawsuit that also names Carrie Tolstedt, the executive whose community banking unit created unauthorized customer accounts to reap extra fees.

Texas-based Blue Bell recalls two ice cream flavors over Listeria concerns

One year after Texas-born Blue Bell returned its ice cream to store shelves following a system-wide recall, the iconic brand is recalling “select products,” again due to Listeria concerns.

EU rapped by WTO for $10bn a year Airbus subsidies

The EU has failed to comply with rulings that it should cut subsidies to aircraft maker Airbus, the World Trade organization has ruled.

Science

Digital technology reveals secret of ancient biblical scroll

The oldest hand-written passages from the Hebrew Bible identical to versions in use today have been identified by researchers using digital technology to read an ancient scroll.

Health

Smoking can cause permanent damage to DNA

Smoking cigarettes can leave a lasting imprint on human DNA, altering more than 7,000 genes in ways that may contribute to the development of smoking-related diseases, a new study says.

Economy

Initial Jobless Claims in U.S. Match Lowest Level Since April

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped last week to match the lowest level since April, a sign the labor market remains healthy even as hiring moderates.

U.S. existing home sales unexpectedly fall in August

U.S. home resales unexpectedly fell in August, crimped by a shortage of inventory that is boosting home prices faster than the pace of wage growth.