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August 30, 2016

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, August 30 2016

Top Stories

North Carolina, Florida menaced as tropical systems churn

U.S. forecasters issued a tropical storm warning for coastal North Carolina on Monday, while another system churning in the Gulf of Mexico could make landfall in Florida later in the week.

30,000 more Syrian refugees waiting in the wings as Obama hits 10,000 goal ahead of schedule

The U.S. welcomed its 10,000th Syrian refugee Monday afternoon, achieving President Obama’s goal with more than a month to spare in the fiscal year — and there are some 30,000 more waiting in the wings and ready to be resettled if the administration can handle them.

Mylan to Offer a Generic EpiPen at Half the Price

In another move to quell outrage over its price increases, the maker of the EpiPen said on Monday that it would introduce a generic version of the product, with a price about half of the existing EpiPen’s.

FBI Warns of Cyberattacks on State Election Boards

The FBI is warning all states to tighten security measures related to their online election systems after hackers successfully infiltrated one state board of election and targeted another, ABC News has confirmed.

LDS News

Vikings: Mormon mission helped Brad Sorensen adjust as journeyman QB

Brad Sorensen is used to being told no. Following his high school graduation in 2007, he went on a two-year Mormon mission to Spain and often had doors closed in his face in the predominantly Catholic country. Now, as a journeyman quarterback for the Vikings, he’s a longshot to make the team; he already has been waived a half-dozen times in the NFL since 2013.

The Interview: Why you’ll see Vai Sikahema at the big new Mormon Temple

THE FIRST time Vai Sikahema’s family traveled from their island home in Tonga to have a sacred ceremony performed at the nearest Mormon Temple, in New Zealand, it took four days, three modes of transport, and so much money that Sikahema’s parents had only enough for one-way tickets for their family of five.

LDS Drummer Elaine Bradley Reveals Why She Wore an Anti-Pornography Shirt on “Late Night with Seth Meyers”

Neon Trees drummer, Elaine Bradley, left no room for doubt that she thinks pornography is harmful when she took a black Sharpie to one of her white pregnancy t-shirts before her performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.

BYU celebrates 19th ‘Stone-Cold Sober’ designation with special-edition chocolate milk

For the 19th year in a row, Brigham Young University was ranked No. 1 in the “Stone-Cold Sober Schools” list published by the Princeton Review.

Mormons mull legal challenge to U.S. volunteers’ expulsion from Samara

The management of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Russia (Mormons) have not ruled out appealing a court order to expel U.S. volunteers, who lived in Samara, from Russia.

National

VA to nix flying Confederate flags at cemetery flagpoles

The Veterans Affairs Department quietly moved this month to ban flying of Confederate flags from fixed flagpoles at the cemeteries it runs, striking yet another blow against the controversial emblem.

GOP senators argue DOJ pressured Aetna on ObamaCare

Two Republican senators are accusing the Department of Justice (DOJ) of trying to pressure Aetna to participate in ObamaCare marketplaces through its review of the company’s proposed merger.

NJ Transit Cop Drags Man From Tracks Seconds Before Arriving Train

A New Jersey Transit police officer spotted a man lying on the railroad tracks in Secaucus and managed to pull him to safety mere seconds before a train arrived.

John McCain, Marco Rubio walking tightrope with Donald Trump atop GOP ticket

Sens. John McCain and Marco Rubio are poised to win primaries Tuesday as the Republican establishment rallies to defend its embattled members against Donald Trump-style insurgents, setting up Election Day tests that could determine whether the party keeps control of the Senate.

Obama will bypass Senate, ratify Paris climate accord himself during trip to China: report

President Obama is prepared to enter into the Paris climate accord as early as this week even though Republicans have insisted that the pact must be ratified by the Senate, according to a report out of China.

New era in commercial drones begins with FAA regulations

New regulations of commercial drone flights go into effect Monday, capping a two-year effort by the U.S. government to research regulating the industry.

As Obamacare choices dwindle, feds face consumer, political backlash

Up to 2.1 million people will likely have to change plans for 2017 due to insurers leaving states’ Affordable Care Act marketplaces, up from more than 1.2 million who had to find new insurers last year. That doesn’t include the millions who bought new plans because they found a better deal.

Airport scare hard to avoid with cascade of false reports

In the moments before reports of gunshots spread panic at Los Angeles International Airport, police with weapons drawn had confronted a masked man outside a terminal who was carrying a plastic sword and dressed like Zorro.

DHS ponders end to private prisons for illegal immigrant detainees

The Homeland Security Department may stop using private jails to detain illegal immigrants, Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday, taking his cue from the Justice Department, which announced earlier this month it was phasing out the use of private prisons.

World

Lost heritage: Massive quake deals blow to Italy’s art treasures

Within hours of last week’s devastating earthquake in central Italy, members of the national police squad of art experts were already exploring the mounds of rubble in several medieval hill towns.

Swiss air force jet goes missing, search launched

Searches were launched on Monday after a Swiss air force jet flown by a single pilot went missing, the ministry of defense said.

Kerry Arrives in Bangladesh With Offer of Stronger Security Ties

Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Bangladesh to offer U.S. help as the government confronts growing extremism that’s resulted in deadly attacks against locals and foreigners and raised concerns Islamic State is putting down roots in the country.

Hundreds Of Migrants Rescued Off Coast Of Libya

Around 500 migrants have been saved after being found floating on a wooden boat off the Libyan coast.

Lightning strike kills more than 300 reindeer in Norway

More than 300 reindeer have been killed by a single lightning strike at a Norwegian national park.

President Dilma Rousseff takes stand in Brazil impeachment trial

President Dilma Rousseff insisted Monday she had committed no crime and said she was proud that she’d been “faithful to my commitment to the nation.”

Pentagon calls on Turkey and Syrian Kurds to stop fighting

Turkey warned predominantly Kurdish Syrian fighters on Monday to “immediately” withdraw east of the Euphrates River or face more strikes by Turkish forces that crossed the border last week in Ankara’s major incursion into Syria.

IS Suicide Attack in Yemen Kills 54 Government Fighters

A suicide car bombing claimed by the Islamic State group in Yemen’s southern city of Aden on Monday killed at least 54 pro-government recruits, officials said.

Eruption of Iceland’s largest volcano feared after 2 earthquakes

Iceland was rocked by the largest earthquakes in 39 years, prompting fears its largest volcano will erupt after almost a century of dormancy.

Militants kill 3 Tunisian soldiers in patrol attack

Tunisia’s defense ministry says that three soldiers have been killed in an explosion after a patrol hit anti-tank mines near the Algerian border.

Business

HSBC Executive Pleads Not Guilty to Rigging FX Markets

An HSBC Holdings Plc executive pleaded not guilty Monday to rigging foreign-exchange markets in the first U.S. case of its kind.

Coca-Cola: We’re replenishing all of the water we use

Coca-Cola says it has replenished all the water it used to make its drinks — a first for the company.

Amazon is piloting teams with a 30-hour workweek

Amazon.com will soon launch a program to experiment with a 30-hour workweek for select employees.

EU, Germany Play Down Reports of US Trade Talk Failure

Both the European Union’s lead negotiator in trade talks with the United States and the spokesman for Germany’s leader on Monday downplayed assertions that negotiations on the proposed landmark pact have collapsed.

Culture

Beloved and iconic funnyman Gene Wilder dies at 83

Gene Wilder, the zany, wild-haired and soft-spoken comedian who appeared in nearly 30 films and several stand-up routines, died at his Connecticut home Monday at the age of 83.