Sign up for our newsletter

   

Signed up, but still not getting our newsletter? Click here.

 

November 18, 2018

First Line News Articles for Sunday, November 18 2018

Top Stories

Trump pondering Kelly’s status, 3-5 Cabinet changes

President Donald Trump isn’t committing to a previous pledge to keep chief of staff John Kelly for the remainder of his term, part of widespread speculation about staffing changes that could soon sweep through his administration.

California fires: Crews boost containment in deadly wildfires

Firefighters continued to make progress Sunday against the deadly wildfires ravaging neighborhoods up and down the state, boosting containment as more residents were allowed to return home.

Republican Scott secures Florida U.S. Senate seat after recount

Rick Scott, Florida’s outgoing governor, was declared the winner on Sunday of his hard-fought U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Bill Nelson following a hand recount of ballots, giving Republicans control of both of the state’s Senate seats for the first time since the 19th century.

Trump, in exclusive interview, speaks on Acosta, reveals Obama’s private guidance on greatest US threat

President Trump, speaking exclusively to Fox News’ Chris Wallace in a wide-ranging interview, revealed what President Obama told him was the biggest challenge facing the U.S., discussed pending high-level departures from his administration and admitted that he occasionally enjoys calling on CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

LDS News

Centerville Police searching for suspect of LDS church break-in, assault

Centerville police are looking for a man who broke into a locked LDS Church and assaulted an elderly woman who was playing the organ.

LDS Church members volunteer to help California fire victims

Hundreds of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent their weekend preparing food and hygiene kits for victims of the deadliest and most destructive fire in California’s history.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints president addresses more than 23,000 at the Alamodome

Dr. Russell M. Nelson had a simple but soothing message for the more than 23,000 who gathered Sunday evening at the Alamodome to listen to the 17th president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members help hurricane-striken areas in N.C.

Approximately 125 members and friends of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the Culpeper and Fredericksburg areas traveled to eastern North Carolina and provided much needed disaster cleanup assistance to residents in the hurricane-ravaged New Bern and Grantsboro areas Oct. 20-21.

LDS church expands service opportunities through change to mission application process

Young people wishing to become missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have expanded opportunities to serve starting next year, according to an announcement Friday from the church.

National

Trump says written responses to questions will go to Mueller team next week

President Donald Trump says he “very easily” answered written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller, though he speculated that the questions had been “tricked up” to try to catch him in a lie.

‘Bus driver from heaven’ rescued young children from California wildfire

Kevin McKay drove the school bus along gridlocked, dark roads as pockets of fire burned all around. Nearly two dozen elementary school children were on board with him.

Trump says troops to remain at border ‘as long as necessary’

President Donald Trump on Saturday defended his controversial deployment of thousands of troops to the US-Mexico border, confirming they would remain in place “as long as necessary.”

Yellowstone investigating illegal drone photo taken in park

Yellowstone National Park officials say they’re investigating after a photo was posted online showing one of the park’s geothermal features from a drone, which is illegal.

Pilot killed, passenger injured in Gainesville plane crash

A plane crash in Gainesville on Saturday evening killed the pilot of the aircraft and injured a passenger, police said.

Senate barrels toward showdown over Trump’s court picks

The Senate is bracing for an end-of-the-year brawl over President Trump’s judicial nominations.

Georgia certifies election results showing Kemp as victor in governor’s race

Georgia Secretary of State Robyn A. Crittenden on Saturday announced the certification of election results from the disputed midterm elections, and, as anticipated, Republican Brian Kemp was the top vote-getter in the governor’s race, besting Democratic competitor Stacey Abrams.

Pennsylvania, North Carolina election results illustrate power of gerrymandering

With an election looming, courts earlier this year declared congressional districts in two states to be unconstitutional partisan gerrymanders. One map was redrawn. The other was not.

Trump backs Pence, dismisses ‘phony’ report he questioned loyalty

President Trump on Saturday pushed back on a “phony” New York Times story that said Trump was questioning Vice President Mike Pence’s loyalty and that a 2020 shakeup could be on the cards — telling reporters that Pence was “100 percent loyal.”

World

Interpol Meets to Select New President After Leader’s Arrest in China

Interpol gathered police chiefs from around the world in Dubai on Sunday to select a new president, months after the global crime-fighting agency’s former leader was abruptly arrested by China on corruption charges.

US Navy sailor on board Norwegian frigate that sank after collision

A US Navy sailor was serving as an exchange officer onboard the Norwegian naval frigate that was struck by a freighter and has now almost entirely sunk, according to the US. Navy and the Norwegian Ministry of Defense.

Bikers hurl grenade at religious gathering in India, three killed

Two men on motorcycles threw a grenade at a Sikh religious gathering of about 250 people in Amritsar city in the northern Indian state of Punjab on Sunday, killing three and injuring around 20, police said.

Cyclone Gaja kills 33 in India with thousands in relief camps

The death toll from a cyclone that hit the coast of southern India has risen to 33. India’s navy has assigned two ships and a helicopter for relief work.

UK’s May sees ‘no alternative’ to her Brexit plan

British Prime Minister Theresa May says she sees no alternative to the Brexit deal she presented earlier this week, amid reports that some of her senior ministers want her to renegotiate the draft agreement before meeting EU leaders next weekend.

Israel’s Netanyahu makes ‘last effort’ to save government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday he was heading into a meeting with his top coalition partner in a “last effort” to prevent the collapse of his government, which has been rocked by the resignation of its defense minister over a cease-fire agreement with Gaza militants.

Protesters in Tijuana, Mexico, want migrant caravan to leave

Tensions rose Sunday as hundreds of residents protested the arrival of thousands of Central American migrants who are expected to linger in this border city for months as they try to claim asylum in the United States.

Argentine Navy submarine may have ‘imploded’; photos show wreckage on sea floor

The Argentine submarine that was lost deep in the sea with 44 crew members on board may have suffered from a partial implosion close to the seabed, a senior official said Sunday as officials released photos of the wreckage.

In Jordan’s ancient Petra, sirens warn of flash floods

In ancient times, Arab tribesmen dug diversion tunnels to protect their low-lying trading post of Petra against desert flash floods. More than two millennia later, an alarm system warns visitors if flood water rushes toward what has become Jordan’s main tourist attraction.

Peru says ex-president has sought asylum in Uruguay

Peru’s government says former President Alan Garcia is seeking asylum in Uruguay days after a prosecutor sought to retain his passport as part of a corruption probe.

Business

Zuckerberg Defends Company in Friday Meeting With Employees

Mark Zuckerberg fiercely defended Facebook in a question-and-answer session with employees on Friday afternoon, pushing back against criticism of the company in the wake of a New York Times investigation into how it reacted to Russian influence operations.

PG&E reports another outage on morning when California fire started

California utility PG&E Corp (PCG.N), facing investor concerns over its possible role in the deadly Camp Fire in Northern California, has reported another power-line outage that it experienced on the morning of Nov. 8 when the blaze started.

Oil prices climb amid expected OPEC cut, but markets remain wary

Oil prices rose around 1 percent on Monday as traders expected top exporter Saudi Arabia to push producer club OPEC to cut supply toward year-end.

Florida sues CVS, Walgreens over sale of opioids: ‘Thousands of Floridians have suffered’

The state of Florida has sued the two largest pharmacy chains in the country over the sale of opioids — an epidemic that has killed thousands in the state in just the past few years.

Science

NASA says goodbye to Kepler planet-hunter

Ground controllers have beamed the final commands to NASA’s Kepler telescope, turning off the spacecraft’s transmitters and disabling the craft’s automatic recovery software after the planet-hunting observatory ran out of fuel last month.

Health

99,000 pounds of beef recalled for E. coli by company related to big salmonella recall

An investigation of E. coli found in beef led to a small recall Friday of 532 pounds by Majestic Meat, then Saturday’s recall of 99,260 pounds of beef by Majestic’s supplier, Swift Beef.