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August 23, 2017

First Line News Articles for Wednesday, August 23 2017

National

House calls hearing over deadly Navy ship collisions

A House committee announced Wednesday it will hold a hearing to look into collisions involving the USS John S. McCain and USS Fitzgerald following a summer of deadly military mishaps that have raised questions over the readiness of U.S. forces.

Secret Service to stop deleting White House visitor information

The Secret Service said it will temporarily stop deleting White House visitor logs while a lawsuit for access to the records moves forward.

Groups make last-minute push to save national monument areas

Conservation and tribal groups are airing TV ads, sending letters to President Donald Trump and creating parody websites in a last-minute blitz to stop Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke from downsizing or eliminating national monument areas that cover large swaths of land and water from Maine to California.

Trump approves Washington, D.C.-area transit safety commission

A transit safety commission for the Washington, D.C.-area has been approved by President Donald Trump.

Bipartisan group of governors to testify before Senate Health Committee on health care reform

The Senate Health Committee will hear from five governors — three Republicans and two Democrats — when it convenes a hearing on Obamacare’s wobbly insurance markets next month, the panel announced Wednesday.

U.S. diplomats suffered brain injuries from ‘acoustic attacks’ in Cuba

U.S. and Canadian diplomats exposed to an “acoustic attack” in Havana last year developed mild traumatic brain injuries and damage to the central nervous system, CBS News reported Wednesday, citing medical records the news organization obtained.

Senate bill would label WikiLeaks ‘non-state hostile intelligence service’

Congress will formally consider WikiLeaks a “non-state hostile intelligence service” if lawmakers adopt the annual Intelligence Authorization Act passed 14-1 by a Senate panel last month — a provision the bill’s sole dissenter now cites as his reason for rejecting it.

First lady Melania Trump thanks Chelsea Clinton for defending Barron

First lady Melania Trump thanked Chelsea Clinton for standing up for her son, Barron Trump.

Shark bites surfer’s paddle board in shallow water at Cape Cod beach

A Cape Cod beach was closed until further notice after a shark bit a surfer’s paddle board Wednesday morning.

Justice Department Pulls Back on Search Warrant for Visitors to Trump-Protest Site

The federal government backpedaled Tuesday after its request for data about visitors to an anti-Trump website was slammed as a broad violation of free speech protections.