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December 16, 2018

First Line News Articles for Sunday, December 16 2018

Top Stories

Strasbourg shooting suspect killed by police, Paris authorities say

The man responsible for the Strasbourg terror attack was killed by police on Thursday, a spokesman for the Paris prosecutor’s office said.

Teen kills himself inside Indiana middle school after shootout with police

Police and school officials were notified that an armed person was heading to the school with the intention of hurting people.

Bomb threats emailed to multiple locations across the country

Dozens of businesses and institutions across the country received email threats Thursday afternoon, prompting evacuations and sweeps of buildings.

Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump

The Senate approved a resolution Thursday to end U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, dealing a significant blow to President Trump amid heightened tensions over the death of U.S.-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

LDS News

Brigham Young University Makes History, Sets New World Record in Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge

he Brigham Young University student rocketeers blasted their way into history today, setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Highest launch of an Alka-Rocket* in the 2018 Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge.

Watch: New Church Videos Explain the Temple Endowment, Garments in Less Than 2 Minutes

The Church recently released two videos, one about the temple endowment and one about temple garments.

BYU professor publishes modern translation of New Testament

BYU classics professor Thomas Wayment published a new translation of the New Testament on Nov. 26 that is sensitive to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ doctrine.

BYU’s Vocal Point signs record deal

Brigham Young University’s all-male a cappella group Vocal Point announced recently that the group has signed a recording deal with Decca Gold, Universal Classics — a record label that focuses on classical repertoire.

How a father of 6 is moving forward with faith and forgiveness 1 year after his wife was killed by a drunk driver

Collapsing on the floor in his youngest son’s room after another exhausting day, Jacob Evans was at a loss. For months he had been trying to balance the responsibilities of being both father and mother, provider and caretaker while bearing the weight of comforting his six children amidst all the challenges their family faced.

National

‘We drank mine water’: Survivors detail ‘life-changing experience’ trapped in abandoned coal mine

After being trapped in an abandoned West Virginia coal mine for days, a pair of young explorers said they learned the biggest lesson of their lives.

Criminal justice reformers prep for ‘epic floor battle’ in Senate

There are no sure bets in this Congress, especially when it comes to the politically fraught issue of criminal justice reform.

Cash spill on New Jersey highway leads to multiple crashes, chaos during morning commute

Thursday morning might mark the first time a New Jersey commuter preferred to be in a “cash lane.”

Comey admits decision to send FBI agents to interview Flynn was not standard

Former FBI Director James Comey admitted in a recent interview that he personally made the decision to send a pair of agents to interview President Trump’s national security adviser Michael Flynn in 2017, and acknowledged the arrangement was not typical for dealing with a White House official.

Judge in Flynn case orders Mueller to turn over interview docs after bombshell claim of FBI pressure

One day after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s legal team made the bombshell allegation that the FBI had pushed him not to bring a lawyer to his fateful Jan. 24, 2017 interview

US diplomats in Havana had inner-ear damage, neurological injuries: doctors

American diplomats affected by mysterious health incidents in Cuba showed damage in the inner ear shortly after they complained of weird noises and sensations.

President Trump denies Michael Cohen’s claims of ‘dirty deeds’

President Donald Trump on Thursday disputed claims by former lawyer Michael Cohen that he engaged in “dirty deeds” that include hush payments to two women to keep them quiet during the 2016 election.

PG&E workers found damaged tower and bullet holes near Camp Fire origin site

A California utility company said its crews found a damaged transmission tower and holes in a power pole at separate locations near the site where the Camp Fire started.

Accused Russian agent Butina expected to plead guilty in Washington

A woman accused of acting as a Russian agent to infiltrate the powerful National Rifle Association lobby group and influence U.S. policy toward Moscow is expected to plead guilty in federal court on Thursday in a deal that could help prosecutors gain insight into Russian efforts to meddle in American politics.

Congress reaches deal ending taxpayer-funded sexual harassment settlements

After a year rocked by the #MeToo movement and months of negotiations, Congress is on the verge of reforming its own sexual harassment regulations.

World

US, China set to take action against each other as tensions rise

China and the US are set to take action against each other as tensions escalate over trade, cyber hacking and espionage as US senior law enforcement officials identified Beijing as the most serious threat to US national security on Wednesday.

U.S. wants U.N. to ban nuclear ballistic missile work by Iran

The United States will push the U.N. Security Council to toughen its stance to prevent Iran from working on ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons and carrying out test launches, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday.

Yemen rivals agree to ceasefire around ‘lifeline’ port city of Hodeidah, UN says

Yemen’s warring parties have agreed to a ceasefire in Hodeidah, a major flashpoint in the country’s war, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said Thursday.

ECB announces the end of crisis-era stimulus, switches to reinvestments

The European Central Bank (ECB) will formally bring an end to its multi-trillion bond-buying program at the end of the month.

China detains 2nd Canadian as spat over Huawei exec intensifies

Canada is holding Chinese telecommunications executive Meng Wanzhou, who is wanted by the United States.

Train Crash in Ankara, Turkey, Kills at Least 9 and Injures Dozens

A passenger train collided head-on with a maintenance locomotive in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday morning, and officials said that at least nine people were killed, with dozens of others injured.

Business

Apple to invest $1 billion in new Texas campus

Apple will invest $1 billion in a new campus in Austin, Texas, the company announced on Thursday.

Delta bans furry friends from all its flights

Booking a flight on Delta Air Lines? You may have to leave your fur babies behind.

Science

NASA’s InSight Mars Lander snaps its first stunning selfie

Say “cheese!” NASA’s InSight Mars Lander has snapped its first selfie from the surface of the Red Planet.

Health

Fentanyl now America’s deadliest drug, federal health officials say

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in America, federal health officials announced Wednesday, with more than 18,000 overdose deaths in 2016, the most recent year for which statistics are available.