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July 21, 2018

First Line News Articles for Saturday, July 21 2018

Top Stories

House passes measure blocking IRS from revoking churches’ tax-exempt status over political activity

The House passed a measure Thursday to block the IRS from revoking the tax-exempt status of churches that participate in political campaigns.

Trump promotes job training as employers search for workers

Promoting a robust economy, President Donald Trump pressed U.S. companies and trade associations on Thursday to enhance their job training programs as employers search for qualified skilled workers to fill vacancies.

Trump planning to invite Putin to Washington this fall: White House

President Donald Trump has instructed National Security Adviser John Bolton to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to Washington this fall and “discussions are already underway,” according to a tweet Thursday from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Deputy AG Rosenstein details DOJ efforts to fight election meddling

“The First Amendment does not preclude us from publicly identifying and countering foreign government-sponsored propaganda.”

LDS News

The first missionaries in England arrived on this day in 1837 — see how they fared

Missionaries first arrived in England on July 19, 1837 — 181 years ago.

BYU to appeal ruling that University Police Department is subject to open-records law

BYU plans to appeal a state judge’s ruling that its University Police Department is a governmental entity subject to the state’s open-records laws.

Sister Aburto shares story of tragedy, hope and conversion to LDS Church in video series

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released a video series on Thursday detailing major life events in Sister Reyna Aburto’s life.

HBLL exhibit explores Mormon gaming culture

Gaming is one aspect of Mormon culture not often discussed in Sunday School or BYU religion classes. A Mormon games exhibit is currently on display at the Harold B. Lee Library through July for students, faculty and staff to enjoy.

Facing Mobs and Making History: Remarkable Accounts from the First Sister Missionary in the Church

It was a Saturday night on the crowded streets of Oldham, England. Inez Knight and her companion, Lucy Jane (Jennie) Brimhall, along with a group of elders,

National

Trump criticizes Federal Reserve for rate hikes, breaking with tradition

The White House quickly released a statement, noting that Trump “respects the independence of the Fed.”

EPA watchdog faults ‘management weaknesses’ in Flint water crisis

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) internal watchdog office is faulting officials at the federal, state and local levels for the run-up and response to the Flint, Mich., drinking water crisis.

White House abruptly withdraws controversial judicial nominee minutes before Senate vote

The White House abruptly moved Thursday to withdraw a controversial judicial nominee, just minutes before the Senate was poised to vote on the candidate’s bid for a seat on the federal bench.

It would be “foolish” to think Russia isn’t still targeting U.S., DHS secretary says

Amid questions about where President Trump stands on Russian efforts to target the U.S. in the 2016 election and beyond, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says Russia was “absolutely” attempting to interfere in the U.S. election

Republicans block Democrat attempt to subpoena Trump interpreter

Republicans blocked an attempt Thursday morning to subpoena the interpreter who sat in on President Donald Trump’s one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland on Monday.

U.S. lets Somali immigrants stay 18 more months

The Trump administration said on Thursday it would allow some 500 Somalis to remain in the United States for at least another 18 months under protected status given violence in their home county.

Dozens of fake charities scammed donations for veterans then pocketed the cash: FTC

Americans get a patriotic feeling when they donate to charities that help military veterans and current service members

Microsoft Says It Stopped Cyberattacks on Three 2018 Congressional Candidates

Microsoft Corp. said it identified and stopped attempts to launch cyberattacks on three 2018 congressional candidates using a phony version of its website.

ICE stepping up deportation of crime victims requesting visas: report

The Trump administration has reportedly stepped up prosecution and deportation of migrants who cross the border illegally and apply for a visa while fleeing acts of criminal violence.

Army’s new machine gun will blast like battle tanks

The Army’s new weapon will look like a light machine gun, but will put M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank-style blasting power literally at the fingertips of U.S. soldiers.

World

New clues in UK Novichok poisoning case point to an assassination plot involving Russia’s military intelligence service

UK police believe that they have identified the suspected perpetrators behind the Novichok poisoning attack on Russian former spy Sergei Skripal.

Evacuations ordered in Sweden as fires rage as far north as Arctic Circle

Nearly 100 people were forced to leave their homes overnight in Sweden, emergency officials said Thursday, as dozens of forest fires rage across the country as far north as the Arctic Circle.

Southern Iraq’s woes to continue, renewed protests possible

Iraq’s government may have muddled its way through violent street protests in the country’s oil-rich south with promises of jobs and better services

Business

Walmart to launch Netflix rival under Vudu brand this year, says report

We could be watching movies on Walmart’s rumored video-streaming service by the end of this year.

Amazon is hot on Apple’s trail in the race to $1 trillion

Apple is the longtime favorite to get to a $1 trillion market cap, but dark horse Amazon is quickly gaining speed

Chick-fil-A ‘retiring’ Cow Calendars after 20 years — and fans are udderly unhappy

Chick-fil-A is putting one of its most popular menu items out to pasture after 20 years, the fast-food giant announced.

Science

Egypt sarcophagus: Mystery black tomb opened in Alexandria

Two weeks ago, archaeologists in Egypt found a massive black granite sarcophagus in Alexandria, untouched for 2,000 years – and fleet-footed rumour quickly got to work.

Health

Why Is the FDA Cracking Down on Almond Milk and Other Nondairy Products?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to crack down on nondairy products that are marketed as milk.

Economy

U.S. weekly jobless claims hit more than 48-and-a-half-year low

The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits dropped to a more than 48-1/2-year low last week as the labor market strengthens further, but trade tensions are casting a shadow over the economy’s outlook.