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October 22, 2016

First Line News Articles for Saturday, October 22 2016

Top Stories

Syria conflict: Russia extends Aleppo ceasefire by 24 hours

Russia says it will extend by 24 hours its “humanitarian pause” in air strikes on rebel-held eastern Aleppo, taking the break up until Friday afternoon.

Turkey unleashing fury of airstrikes against US-backed Syrian Kurdish forces

Turkish jets and artillery struck U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish fighters in northern Syria Thursday, and Turkey’s state-run news agency said as many as 200 militiamen were killed, in a major escalation of Turkey’s offensive in northern Syria.

Government alleges massive theft by NSA contractor

Federal prosecutors in Baltimore on Thursday said they will charge a former National Security Agency contractor with violating the Espionage Act, alleging that he made off with “an astonishing quantity” of classified digital and other data over 20 years in what is thought to be the largest theft of classified government material ever.

US service member killed by roadside bomb north of Mosul

A U.S. service member embedded with Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq was killed Thursday when his all-terrain vehicle ran over a bomb north of Mosul, two U.S. officials confirmed to Fox News.

LDS News

South Korea celebrates six decades of missionary work

Thousands of returned missionaries recently gathered at Utah Valley University to celebrate a historic Church anniversary in South Korea. It was no ordinary reunion. The many attendees had served under the leadership of 53 mission presidents over the course of six decades.

Hartford Connecticut Temple open house: ‘A gift’ for New England

One of the many things Jillian Juarez has loved about volunteering at the Hartford Connecticut Temple open house has been the drive from her home.

First Presidency letters regarding recreational marijuana, physician-assisted suicide and political neutrality

The First Presidency has sent letters to Church leaders and members in four states urging them to vote against proposed recreational marijuana and physician-assisted suicide legislation. Another letter has been sent to Church leaders and members in the United States asking them to participate in the political process and affirming the Church’s political neutrality.

Trio seeks to inspire faith through LDS Church history in ‘History of the Saints’ seventh season

Glenn Rawson and Dennis Lyman weren’t ready to quit. It was early 2010, and for more than two years, both men had devoted themselves to helping produce more than 100 episodes of the KJZZ-TV “Joseph Smith Papers: Television Documentary Series,” and in the process, their passion for the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints began to burn bright. But the project’s main financial supporter, auto dealer and Utah Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, had died the previous year. The LDS Church History Department would continue to publish volumes of the Joseph Smith Papers, but it appeared the television series was over.

Marie Osmond Shares How a Demanding Church Calling Helped Her Battle Postpartum Depression

Recently, Marie Osmond shared a story on Facebook, one that might sound familiar to many of you.


Louisiana Attorney General Challenges LGBT-Rights Order

Louisiana’s Republican attorney general asked a judge Thursday to block the Democratic governor’s order banning discrimination in state government against LGBT people, in an escalating dispute over the protection language.

Winter outlook: Warm south; cooler north; murky in middle

Federal forecasters predict this winter may paint the U.S. in stripes of different weather: Warmer and drier than normal in the south, and colder and wetter than usual in the far north.

George H.W. Bush’s 1993 Letter to Bill Clinton Shows How to Lose Gracefully

In a starkly partisan presidential election marked by harsh rhetoric, a 1993 letter from George H.W. Bush to Bill Clinton has resurfaced as an example of a more civil time.

Mike Pence: I’m confident we’ll accept vote if it’s ‘fair’

GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence says he’s confident he and Donald Trump will accept the election results if they’re “fair,” after Mr. Trump refused to say whether he would definitively accept the outcome of the election during Wednesday’s debate in Nevada.

White House, Clinton coordinated on Obama’s immigration amnesty order

Top White House officials who went on to lead Hillary Clinton’s campaign coordinated with her closely on the timing and substance of President Obama’s executive action granting amnesty for illegal immigrants, leaked emails are showing.

Hillary Clinton hides behind ‘health’ of the mother, defends partial-birth abortion in final debate

Hillary Clinton defended the practice of partial-birth abortion in the final presidential debate on Wednesday, obscuring her belief that abortion should be legal at any point during a pregnancy by appealing to the “health” of the mother.

Bye-Bye, Bao Bao! National Zoo panda moving to China

The National Zoo will be saying bye-bye to panda cub Bao Bao. The zoo said Thursday that Bao Bao will move to China within the first few months of 2017.

Kentucky Supreme Court strikes down minimum wage ordinance

A minimum wage increase approved by the Louisville Metro Council has been struck down by Kentucky’s Supreme Court.

Officials: Responders’ Fast Work Saved Lives in Gas Blast

Firefighters responding to a call about a gas leak in Portland, Oregon, saved lives when they ordered evacuations and pulled a fire alarm to warn holdouts just minutes before a powerful explosion leveled a building in a popular shopping district, officials said.

Loretta Lynch promises elections will be free of vote-tampering

Amid frenetic talk of a “rigged” election, U.S. Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Wednesday pledged that the federal government will work to protect the public’s right to vote to the extent they can, as voters head to the polls to elect a president for the first time since a 2013 ruling invalidated a key part of the Voting Rights Act.


Netanyahu: Obama a threat to West Bank settlements

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu said U.S. President Barack Obama could harm Israeli interests before he leaves the White House.

U.S. Urged Ecuador to Act Against WikiLeaks Leader Assange

Quiet pressure from the U.S. government played a role in Ecuador’s decision to block WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange from using the internet at Ecuador’s London embassy, U.S. officials told NBC News.

Duterte renounces U.S., declares Philippines will embrace China

On Wednesday, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said it was “time to say goodbye” to the United States. So on Thursday, he said a cheery hello to China.

Mosul: Most intense day of fighting since offensive began

Iraqi forces have retaken the Christian town of Bartella from ISIS as part of the offensive to retake Mosul, Iraqi Maj. Gen. Maan al-Saadi said Thursday. He said Iraqi forces inflicted heavy losses on ISIS militants, killing 200 of them and destroying nine trucks laden with explosives before they reached Iraqi positions. But Saadi acknowledged a few pockets of resistance remain inside the town. He said they would be cleared before nightfall.

Theresa May: We’ll still work closely with EU after Brexit

Theresa May has pledged to continue to “work closely” with the EU after Brexit, as she arrived for her first Brussels summit as prime minister.

Spanish top court overturns Catalan bullfighting ban

Spain’s constitutional court has overturned a ban on bullfighting in Catalonia, declaring it unconstitutional.

EU calls meeting to try to unblock Canada trade deal: source

The European Union summoned envoys from its member states to an emergency meeting in Brussels at 8 p.m. on Thursday to seek a last-minute resolution to Belgian difficulties holding up a trade deal with Canada, an EU source said.

Typhoon Haima Leaves at Least 7 Dead in Northern Philippines

Super Typhoon Haima weakened and blew out to sea Thursday after smashing into the northern Philippines with ferocious wind and rain overnight. Flooding, landslides and power outages were evident, but large casualties appeared to have been averted after nearly 100,000 people fled to safer ground.


All new Teslas will come with self-driving hardware, Musk says

In the future, Tesla vehicles will be fully capable of transporting passengers without a driver, company CEO Elon Musk announced Wednesday.


Jobless Claims in U.S. Rise After Falling to Four-Decade Low

Filings for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week by the most since July, after spending several weeks at or near a four-decade low.

Sales of Existing Homes in U.S. Increase More Than Forecast

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes increased more than projected in September, showing residential real estate continues to contribute modestly to growth, National Association of Realtors data showed Thursday.