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August 19, 2017

First Line News Articles for Saturday, August 19 2017

Top Stories

Texas police chiefs start adapting to sanctuary cities law

Even as a new Texas law targeting so-called sanctuary cities remains in legal limbo, police chiefs and sheriffs are making changes to comply, rewriting training manuals and withdrawing policies that prevented officers from asking people whether they are in the United States illegally.

Sierra Leone Braces for More Flooding as Mudslide Victims Buried

Sierra Leone is bracing for more floods as the country is burying the casualties of a mudslide that killed hundreds of people in the capital, Freetown.

Spanish police stop second attack after 13 killed in Barcelona

Spanish police say they have killed four people in the town of Cambrils to stop a second attempted van attack after an earlier one in Barcelona.

LDS News

Q and A: Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds talks music, Mormons and more

Q and A: Imagine Dragons’ lead singer Dan Reynolds talks music, Mormons and more

Apostle accepts World Peace Prize in India

Elder D. Todd Christofferson accepted the Saint DnyaneshwaraWorld Peace Prize in India on Aug. 14 on behalf of the Church.

Members, missionaries celebrate new Missionary Training Center in Ghana

Built next to the Accra Ghana Temple with more than three and a half times the space of the previous Missionary Training Center, the recently finished MTC in Ghana, Africa, can now house 320 missionaries — and has room to grow.

Former ‘Amazing Race’ winner Connor O’Leary joins with high school best friend to create new adventure bag

Connor O’Leary has covered an incredible amount of ground for a guy in his mid-20s.

Seven Mormons killed in Sierra Leone mudslide

Seven Latter-day Saints are numbered among the hundreds who were killed in a massive mudslide in this West African nation.

National

Ways and Means chairman would accept a tax code overhaul to jump-start economy

Congress’s chief tax-law writer said Wednesday that he’s willing to stomach a tax code overhaul that deepens the federal deficit in order to jump-start the economy, throwing his weight behind the White House’s goal of boosting jobs.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s Virginia home vandalized with anti-Trump slogans

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson revealed Wednesday that his Virginia home was recently vandalized with “hateful rhetoric” about President Trump.

Ohio city to remove Robert E. Lee monument

The city of Franklin, Ohio, is set to remove and relocate a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in the wake of violence over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., at a white supremacist rally.

Candlelight Vigil Held at University of Virginia

Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at the University of Virginia in honor of the woman who lost her life Saturday during counter-protests of a white supremacist rally.

Trump criticizes removal of Confederate monuments

President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized the removal of Confederate monuments in the United States, saying that “beauty” is “being taken out of our cities.”

Trump adviser Cohn to remain as talk swirls of White House departures

White House Economic Adviser Gary Cohn is remaining in his post, a White House official said on Thursday, after speculation earlier in the day of Cohn’s possible departure rattled the U.S. stock market and the dollar.

House Homeland Security Committee to hold domestic terrorism hearing

The House will hold hearings that will include the topic of domestic terrorism in the wake of the Charlottesville clashes involving neo-Nazis, Homeland Security Chairman Michael T. McCaul announced Wednesday.

Sticker Shock: Iowa’s only ObamaCare insurer seeks 57 percent rate increase

In one of the biggest 2018 premium hikes sought to date, Iowa’s only ObamaCare insurer is looking for a 57 percent rate increase – that’s 13 percent more than they asked for just two months earlier.

Hillary Clinton’s book release has Dems worried, irritated

Democrats are on edge over Hillary Clinton’s forthcoming book that is likely to dredge up the controversies surrounding her 2016 defeat to President Trump, just as the out-of-power party is trying to “move on” and chart a course back to the majority.

Trump aide: No military solution in North Korea

Contradicting a boss already under pressure to fire him, President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon says there’s no military solution to the threat posed by North Korea and its nuclear ambitions. Just last week, Trump pledged to answer North Korean aggression with “fire and fury.”

World

As US close to victory vs. ISIS in Syria, Al Qaeda takes territorial control

While the U.S.-led fight against ISIS in Syria is inching closer to victory, the worst may not be over. Al Qaeda-linked militants continue to make significant advances and maintain territorial control some 150 miles west of the de facto caliphate capital of Raqqa, sweeping through the war-shattered country’s province of Idlib.

Congo tensions rise as Kabila government postpones presidential vote

Opening his kiosk in Ngiri, a neighborhood in this capital city, Albert Lumumba lamented how his country was headed in the wrong direction as news came down that the government was delaying a presidential vote.

Hamas is known for its suicide attacks. Now it’s been hit by one for the first time.

A suicide bomber killed a Hamas security guard in the Gaza Strip near the border with Egypt on Thursday, the first such attack to hit the Palestinian militant group.

Australian Senator Wears Burqa in Parliament to Push for Ban

Australia’s Senate is rowdy and raucous, and often compared to a schoolyard. But after the leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation party walked into the chamber on Thursday wearing a burqa, the room went silent.

South Africa borders on ‘red alert’ for Grace Mugabe

South African police have issued a “red alert” at the country’s borders for Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe, the police minister has said.

Business

Mylan, U.S. finalize $465 million EpiPen settlement

Mylan NV (MYL.O) has finalized a $465 million settlement with the U.S. Justice Department, resolving claims it overcharged the government for its EpiPen emergency allergy treatment, which became the center of a firestorm over price increases.

Uber Wins Ruling in Bid to Keep Price-Fix Suit Out of Court

Uber Technologies Inc. may be able to force a feud over price-fixing claims with a Connecticut customer into private arbitration, a New York appeals panel ruled Thursday in a victory for the company’s efforts to settle disputes out of court.

Walmart’s Online Sales Soar as It Seeks to Catch Amazon

Walmart’s recent spending spree to try to catch up to Amazon seems to be paying off.

Fixed mortgage rates continue their slide, falling to two-month lows

Global and domestic unrest put downward pressure on mortgage rates this week.

Culture

‘It still fits’: Diamond ring missing since 2004 turns up on garden carrot

When Mary Grams lost her diamond engagement ring in the garden in 2004, she thought it was gone for good.

Science

How to photograph the solar eclipse without damaging your camera

Darkness is coming. At least, partial darkness, depending on where you live.

Spacewalking cosmonauts release 3-D-printed satellite

Spacewalking cosmonauts have set free the world’s first satellite made with a 3-D printer.

NASA’s Voyager Missions Are Equipped With Maps That Could Lead Extraterrestrial Life to Earth

The 40th anniversary of the launch of two of NASA’s most remarkable spacecraft is fast approaching.

Health

Blood Test Finds Cancer Before Symptoms Start

Researchers say they have taken a big step towards developing a test that can tell people if they have cancer long before the first symptoms show up.

Peanut allergy treatment ‘lasts up to four years’

An oral treatment for peanut allergy is still effective four years after it was administered, a study has found.

New study offers hope for early Lyme disease diagnosis

Researchers may now be able to detect Lyme disease in its earliest stages and differentiate it from other tick-borne ailments with similar symptoms, according to a new study published Wednesday in the journal Science Translational Medicine.