October 6, 2015

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, October 6 2015

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NATO warns Russia over airspace violations as Syria airstrikes widen

NATO’s top official warned Russia on Monday to avoid another “unacceptable” crossover into Turkish airspace as Moscow widens its airstrikes in Syria to back the country’s embattled government.

California governor signs hard-won right-to-die legislation

California will become the fifth state to allow terminally ill patients to legally end their lives using doctor-prescribed drugs after Gov. Jerry Brown announced Monday he signed one of the most emotionally charged bills of the year.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal Is Reached

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations on Monday agreed to the largest regional trade accord in history, a potentially precedent-setting model for global commerce and worker standards that would tie together 40 percent of the world’s economy, from Canada and Chile to Japan and Australia.

Four taken to Vermont hospital after Amtrak train derails

An Amtrak passenger train derailed in central Vermont on Monday, sending at least four people to the hospital but there were no immediate reports of life-threatening injuries, officials said on Monday.

LDS News

The Most Hilarious Memes and Tweets From General Conference

Need a little laugh even while you reminisce over a wonderful and edifying conference weekend? Then check out these awesome memes.

President Uchtdorf Sends a Personal, Hand-Written Note to Members of the Church

At the start of the conference weekend, President Uchtdorf posted a note to his Facebook page that seems to be hand-written on personalized stationery, counseling the Saints to embrace and trust in faith.

Church Adds 4 New “Cornerstone” Institute Courses

In an effort to help deepen young single adults’ conversion and commitment to Jesus Christ, the Church Educational System is offering four new“cornerstone” classes

LDS Church leaders continue to emphasize Sabbath day observance

Various church leaders at the 185th Semiannual General Conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints continued to emphasize keeping the Sabbath day observance.

Women’s college sports adjusts to missionary age change

The effects of a new, lower age for Mormon missionaries rippled through college women’s sports in Utah as players departed to serve, and now three years later many are returning to the field and making their presence felt.


American Airlines flight diverts after captain becomes ill, dies

An American Airlines pilot died after becoming ill on an overnight “red eye” flight from Phoenix to Boston, American Airlines confirmed to Today in the Sky.

New trial date for Ohio man accused of plotting US attack

A new trial date has been set for an Ohio man charged with plotting a U.S. attack after receiving overseas training.

U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear major insider trading case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected a U.S. Justice Department bid to restore the insider trading convictions of two hedge fund managers and reverse a lower court’s ruling that prosecutors contend will make it harder to bring such cases.

5th US Circuit Hears Appeal of Ex-New Orleans Mayor Nagin

Lawyers for former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin asked a federal appeals court Monday to reverse his 2014 corruption convictions, arguing that a judge gave erroneous instructions to the jury that convicted him.

Student Debt Hits Parents and Kids with One-Two Punch

A college degree practically stamped Andres Aguirre’s ticket to the middle class. Yet at age 40, he’s still paying the price of admission.

Philly-area colleges brace for violence after threat appears online

Philadelphia-area colleges were on high alert Monday following the discovery of an Internet posting that attracted the attention of the FBI and ATF.

Afghan Forces Requested US Airstrike That Hit Hospital, Gen. John Campbell says

Gen. John Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said today that Afghan forces who were under attack by the Taliban requested the U.S. airstrikes that resulted in 22 deaths at a hospital in Kunduz run by Doctors Without Borders.

Missing El Faro Cargo Ship Sank Off Bahamas But Search for Crew Continues

The cargo ship that was last heard from on Thursday morning has sunk, but Coast Guard officials are holding out hope that they can find the 33 crew members who were on board.

Hundreds rescued, at least 7 dead as torrential rain, floods pound South CarolinaHundreds rescued, at least 7 dead as torrential rain, floods pound South Carolina

At least seven people are dead and hundreds have needed rescue as South Carolina continues to be deluged by rain and historic levels of flooding.

FDA orders manufacturers to study cleaning problems with medical scopes linked to infections

The Food and Drug Administration, hoping to prevent future outbreaks of deadly bacterial infections at U.S. hospitals, on Monday ordered makers of specialized medical scopes to undertake new studies of how the devices are cleaned.


EU’s border protection agency asks for 775 more guards to handle migrants

The European Union’s border protection agency Frontex has requested 775 more guards from member states to help Italy, Greece and other countries register migrants arriving from Libya and Turkey, almost doubling the size of the operation.

Islamic State destroys ancient Palmyra arch, Syrian activists say

Syrian activists said late Sunday that Islamic State (ISIS) militants have destroyed a nearly 2,000-year-old arch in the ancient city of Palmyra, the latest victim in the group’s campaign to destroy historic sites across the territory it controls in Iraq and Syria.

South Korea says North releases NYU student held since April

South Korean officials said Monday that North Korea had released a South Korean national who’d been attending New York University before his detention, in a possible sign Pyongyang wants better ties with rival Seoul and may back away from a recent threat to launch a long-range rocket later this month.

Syrian rebels call for regional alliance against Russia and Iran

More than 40 Syrian insurgent groups including the powerful Islamist faction Ahrar al-Sham have called on regional states to forge an alliance against Russia and Iran in Syria, accusing Moscow of occupying the country and targeting civilians.

French Riviera Cleans Up After Deadly Floods

Emergency workers and volunteers continued cleanup work in southeastern France on Monday after flash floods killed at least 19 people and wreaked havoc along a 20-mile stretch of the French Riviera over the weekend.

At least 9 dead after typhoon strikes southern China

Authorities in China and the Philippines said Monday that a typhoon that tore through the northern Philippines before roaring ashore in southern China has killed at least nine people and left dozens of fishermen missing.

Chile, United States create new marine conservation parks

Chile on Monday said it would create one of the world’s largest marine conservation parks, and Washington announced two new marine sanctuaries and a drive against illegal fishing to help protect the world’s oceans.

Germany faces 1.5 million asylum claims this year – report

The number of people seeking asylum in Germany this year will be as high as 1.5 million – almost double the previous estimate, German media report.


U.S. says BP to pay $20 billion in fines for 2010 oil spillU.S. says BP to pay $20 billion in fines for 2010 oil spill

BP Plc will pay more than $20 billion in fines to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago, marking the largest corporate settlement of its kind in U.S. history, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Monday.

How the mortgage process just changed

New disclosure rules went into effect in the mortgage world Saturday that require lenders to provide home buyers two new forms that clearly detail their loan terms.

ATM Fees Rise Toward $5 Per Withdrawal

A quick stop at the local deli’s ATM could wind up costing as much as your sandwich.


Out-of-place boulders hint at ancient ‘megatsunami’

Some 73,000 years ago, a huge tsunami engulfed an island off Africa’s west coast, say scientists.

3 Share Nobel Medicine Prize for Tropical Disease Drugs

A Chinese scientist who turned to ancient texts to discover a powerful malaria drug shared the Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday with American and Japanese researchers whose discoveries have raised hopes of eliminating other tropical diseases.


Growth in U.S. Services Cooled in September as Orders Slowed

The pace of growth in U.S. services industries cooled last month from the best readings in a decade, a sign consumers may be taking demand down to a more sustainable level in the face of global weakness.

Top Economies Move Toward Crackdown on Corporate Tax Dodging

Dozens of world economies are close to adopting sweeping changes to international tax rules that could end tax-dodging by powerful multinationals — practices believed to deprive governments of up to $240 billion every year.