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October 19, 2017

First Line News Articles for Thursday, October 19 2017

Top Stories

Death toll rises to 42 as containment increases in Northern California fires

Crews on Wednesday continued to increase containment of a cluster of deadly wildfires that have ravaged Northern California, while authorities announced the discovery of another fire victim — a development that brought the fatality count to 42.

Second judge issues halt to Trump’s travel ban, rules on ‘extreme vetting’

A federal judge in Maryland added a new legal blockade to President Trump’s travel ban early Wednesday, ruling that the White House’s third attempt at “extreme vetting” is still poisoned by the president’s campaign-season “religious animus” toward Muslims.

Jeff Sessions testifies before Senate Judiciary Committee

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday strongly defended President Donald Trump’s firing of James Comey

Bipartisan group of governors calls on Congress to stabilize ObamaCare markets

A bipartisan group of 10 governors is calling on Congress to vote on a deal to stabilize ObamaCare’s insurance markets.

LDS News

Going the distances: The long and short between LDS temples

With the opening of its new Meridian Idaho Temple this week, the LDS Church will have six temples set in the state of Idaho, two in the Boise metropolitan area and two of the closest-in-proximity such edifices among all of its nearly 160 temples worldwide.

Wall Street Journal recognizes BYUtv’s ‘Studio C’ for ‘super-scrubbed brand of clean humor’

BYUtv’s “Studio C” has been enjoying a bit of fame of late.

Twila Van Leer: 2 pioneer stories that recall tragedy, triumph

Sometimes I go on a reading binge about a certain topic. Since the subject of the handcart pioneers was opened recently, I’ve been immersed in reading the stories of the members of the Martin and Willie handcart companies that stand out in the annals of the pioneering history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because of the extraordinary suffering they experienced. The two companies were among five that made the journey with handcarts in 1856.

Father of contemporary Mormon fiction Douglas Thayer dies at 88

Douglas Thayer, called “the father of contemporary Mormon fiction and one of its major voices,” died Tuesday afternoon at his home in Orem after a battle with liver cancer, according to his wife, Donlu Thayer.

Your guide to the Cedar City LDS temple open house, dedication

The new temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Cedar City is nearly complete, and public tours of the building are expected to draw large crowds.

National

Mnuchin: Tax reform failure would hurt stock market

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said if Congress fails to pass a bill overhauling the tax code, Wall Street will suffer.

Jefferson Davis school to be renamed after Obama

A public school in Mississippi named after Jefferson Davis is being renamed to honor former President Obama.

Federal court rules World War I memorial cross must be torn down

Back in 1925, the American Legion erected a memorial in Bladensburg, Md., to honor the memory of 49 men who perished during World War I.

Senator Seeks Probe Into Russian Bribery Plot Before Obama Inked Nuclear Deal With Putin

The Senate Judiciary Committee has demanded that federal agencies disclose whether they were aware that the FBI had evidence of Russians bribing their way into the U.S. nuclear industry before the Obama administration approved a controversial uranium deal with Moscow in 2010.

Trump praises first-responders as FEMA head tours fire-devastated California

President Donald Trump on Wednesday offered praise for first-responders battling wildfires across California as the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency toured the fire-ravaged region.

Senators demand answers in deaths of 4 U.S. soldiers in Niger

Leading members of Congress say they need answers to an ambush in Niger this month, in which four U.S. soldiers died.

Senate panel criticizes business practices of credit reporting agencies

Senators from both parties Tuesday criticized the credit reporting industry and sought answers on how to fix it during a hearing in response to reports last month of an Equifax data breach that affected millions of Americans.

Texas fights ACLU to avoid becoming ‘sanctuary state for abortions’

Texas and seven other states argued to a federal court Wednesday that illegal immigrants shouldn’t be granted an unfettered constitutional right to abortion in the U.S., backing the federal government’s refusal to help an young girl who sneaked into the country and is being held at a government-run shelter.

Trump promises Democrats he will shield middle class from tax hike

Senate Democrats say President Trump assured them that the GOP tax reform proposal would protect the middle class from any scenario that would result in higher taxes.

Judge orders Trump administration to allow abortion for undocumented teen

A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented teenager in its custody to have an abortion, after saying she was “astounded” the Trump administration was trying to prevent the procedure.

World

Quebec passes law banning facial coverings in public

The Canadian province is barring public workers from wearing the niqab or burqa and obliging citizens to unveil while using public transit or government services

Spanish PM warns Catalan leader to “act sensibly”

Spain’s prime minister on Wednesday urged Catalonia’s leaders to back down from their bid to gain independence for the region, a day before a central government deadline that could significantly deepen the country’s political crisis.

Xi Jinping at China congress calls on party to tighten its grip on the country

For three and a half hours, China’s President Xi Jinping commanded the stage and the nation’s television screens, as he set out a far-reaching agenda for the Communist Party, outlining a vision of total control, not only of the nation’s economy and the Internet but also of culture, religion and morals.

US-Backed Syrian Forces Clear Raqqa After Driving Out IS

U.S.-backed Syrian forces were removing land mines and clearing roads in the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday, a day after commanders said they had driven the Islamic State group from its de facto capital.

Business

Ford to Recall About 1.3 Million Trucks in North America for Door Latch Fix

Ford Motor Co said on Wednesday it would recall about 1.3 million 2015-17 Ford F-150 and 2017 Ford Super Duty trucks in North America to add water shields to side door latches at a cost of $267 million.

Science

Archaeologists find part of 4,000-year-old statue in Egypt

Egypt says archaeologists have discovered the head of a wooden statue, likely belonging to a female regent who ruled the country more than 4,000 years ago.

See Uranus with your naked eye this week

Giggle, if you must: Uranus will be out in all its blue-green glory the night of Oct. 19.

Health

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists

Dyslexia link to eye spots confusing brain, say scientists