August 28, 2015

First Line News Articles for Friday, August 28 2015

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Obama walks New Orleans streets, says city ‘moving forward’

Walking door to door in a city reborn after tragedy, President Barack Obama says New Orleans is moving forward a decade after Hurricane Katrina. He offered the city as an example of what can happen when people rally to build a better future after suffering a devastating blow.

Kentucky clerk continues to deny same-sex couples marriage licenses

A day after a federal appeals court ruled that Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, her office in eastern Kentucky continued to defy the order.

UK immigration hits record high, causing headache for Cameron

Long-term net migration to Britain has hit a record high, underscoring the challenge Prime Minister David Cameron faces to dispel voter fears that immigrants are straining public services such as housing, hospitals and schools.

US drone strike in Syria reportedly kills top ISIS online recruiter

A U.S. drone strike in Syria Tuesday reportedly killed a fugitive British computer hacker who had become one of ISIS’ top online recruiters.

LDS News

First FamilySearch Center Opens Outside Utah

FamilySearch International announces the grand opening of its Seattle Family Discovery Center, the first to open outside its headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How Elder Perry Helped Atomic Bomb Victims Rebuild Their Life & Faith During WWII

As a marine in WWII, Elder L. Tom Perry arrived at Nagasaki weeks after the atomic bomb hit. Read his memories of the carnage and how he helped the Japanese people.

Latter-Day Saints undertake clean-up

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the La-Dadekotopon Municipal Assembly (LaDMA), have jointly organized a five-hour massive clean-up exercise at the La beach.

Young Men leader offers shepherding counsel in Japan

Brother Stephen Owen, Young Men general president, marks historic events with youth, members in Japan.

Joseph Smith Papers: Insights from the Printer’s Manuscript

In the wake of the release Aug. 4 of latest Joseph Smith Papers volume – the one containing the printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon – the two volume editors gave insights about the manuscript and the emergence of the book

Helping people deal with criticisms against the Church

In helping Latter-day Saints young and old to deal with criticisms against the Church and the doubts criticisms might cause, there is no substitute for the guidance of the Holy Ghost, Ed J. Pinegar declared at the annual FairMormon Conference Aug. 6.

Couples looking at senior missions need to plan ahead

People hoping to serve senior missions should start early to make it happen, says an expert in finance at the 2015 BYU Education Week. W. Craig Judd told his audience to mark the probable year, make decisions on housing and start walking.

National

Hillary Clinton Hits Lows on Favorability, Trustworthiness in Poll

A Quinnipiac University poll released Thursday shows Hillary Clinton hitting new lows on measures of honesty, favorability and trustworthiness, the latest evidence of Democratic frontrunner slipping in the polls.

Democrats’ presidential debate schedule draws dissent within party

The anger over Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz imposing strict controls and limits on the number of presidential primary debates will come to a head this week when hundreds of party officials gather in Minneapolis at the DNC’s summer meeting.

North Dakota cops can fire Tasers, tear gas from drones

Local police in North Dakota are the first in the nation to be allowed to deploy drones armed with nonlethal weapons such as Tasers, tear gas and pepper spray.

More than 200 retired generals and admirals urge Congress to reject Iran deal

The number of retired generals and admirals signing on to a letter to Congress rejecting the Iran nuclear deal continued to swell Thursday, with some 214 of the former high-level U.S. military officers putting their stamp on the document that asserts the “agreement will enable Iran to become far more dangerous” and “introduce new threats to American interests.”

Obama agenda and legacy in the hands of federal judges

A federal judge in Texas has put President Obama’s deportation amnesty on hold, while another judge in the District of Columbia is poised to rule any day now on whether the House can sue to stop parts of the administration’s Obamacare spending.

Hawaii’s Waikiki Beach reopened following sewage spill

Officials said about 129,000 gallons of raw sewage seeped from manhole covers following torrential downpours. Original estimates had the spill at some 500,000 gallons.

Mississippi State: Campus Gunman Arrested, No One Wounded

Authorities at Mississippi State University say they have arrested a person who reportedly was carrying a gun on campus and that no injuries have been reported.

Documents: Workers had no way to issue warning after spillv

Members of a federal cleanup crew were initially trapped and unable to warn downstream communities that they had accidentally unleashed toxic waste water from a Colorado gold mine, according to government documents released Thursday.

Texas attorney general pleads not guilty to securities fraud

Indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging that he defrauded investors before he became the state’s top lawyer, and his high-powered attorney announced that he would no longer represent him.

Who’s in and who’s out of the next Republican debate

Another national poll from an outfit with CNN’s blessing allows us to look at which candidates will get to star in the network’s prime-time debate on Sept. 16. And, as expected, the picture hasn’t changed much.

World

Austria Finds Up to 50 Bodies Thought to Be of Migrants in Truck

The decomposing bodies of as many as 50 people assumed to be migrants being smuggled across Europe were found in a truck abandoned on a highway east of Vienna on Thursday, the police said.

Two senior Iraqi commanders killed in Ramadi attack claimed by IS

Two senior Iraqi military commanders were killed on Thursday in suicide car bomb attacks claimed by Islamic State in Anbar province where pro-government forces are battling the insurgents, a military spokesman and police sources said.

China Accuses 11 Officials of Negligence Over Tianjin Warehouse Blasts

Chinese state prosecutors have accused 11 officials and port executives of “dereliction of duty” and “abuse of power” over the huge explosions two weeks ago in the world’s 10th largest port, Tianjin, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Greece debt crisis: Top judge appointed caretaker PM

Greece’s top Supreme Court judge, Vassiliki Thanou, has been appointed caretaker prime minister ahead of early elections next month.

Guatemala’s top court approves bid to impeach President amid scandal

Amid Guatemala’s growing political crisis, the court decision was unanimous. The Central American nation’s Supreme Court on Tuesday approved a motion by the attorney general to impeach President Otto Perez Molina over allegations he led a corruption scheme.

Thai Court Issues Warrant for Suspect in Second Bomb Blast

A Thai court on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for an unnamed suspect in a riverside blast that occurred a day after the bombing of a shrine in central Bangkok which killed 20 people.

Dutch Safety Board report into downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 to be published Oct. 13

The long-awaited conclusions of an international investigation into the cause of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 will be published Oct. 13.

Hong Kong student leaders charged over ‘Umbrella Movement’

Three prominent Hong Kong student leaders have been charged over their roles in the pro-democracy “Umbrella Movement” of 2014.

Business

Walmart gets aggressive with early start to holiday season layaway

The world’s largest retailer is beginning to implement its holiday season strategy with an earlier start to its layaway program, a telling sign of the tough fight ahead.

Dole CEO found liable for $148.2 mln over 2013 buyout

David Murdock, the billionaire chief executive of Dole Food Co, must pay $148.2 million of damages to shareholders he shortchanged when he took the fruit and vegetable producer private in 2013, a Delaware judge ruled on Thursday.

This Is the Next Battleground for Netflix and Amazon

Amazon and Netflix will soon be squaring off in a new Asian battleground.

Science

NASA has debunked this Mars hoax for years. Why does it persist?

Supposedly Mars will appear in the night sky Thursday night like Earthlings have never seen before – equal in size to the moon.

Health

Couples Who Do This Together Are Happier

Study after study has shown that laughing is good for the soul. But now we know something else: sharing giggles with a romantic partner keeps the lovey-dovey feelings going, according to a study published in the journal Personal Relationships.

Economy

Economy in U.S. Grew More Than Forecast in Second Quarter

The economy grew more than previously estimated in the second quarter on bigger gains in consumer and business spending that show the U.S. expansion got back on track. A surge in inventories also signals such strong growth will be difficult to sustain in the short run.

Claims for Jobless Benefits in U.S. Fall to Three-Week Low

Filings for U.S. jobless benefits declined to a three-week low, indicating persistent demand is encouraging employers to maintain headcounts.