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October 16, 2018

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, October 16 2018

Top Stories

Indiana asks Supreme Court to uphold abortion law

Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a state law prohibiting women from seeking abortions based on the race, sex or disability of a fetus.

Trump marvels at hurricane damage, hears stories of struggle

Michael Rollins shook President Donald Trump’s hand Monday at the front door of his hurricane-ravaged home in the Florida Panhandle, saying he decided to ride out the storm because he didn’t have anywhere else to go.

North, South Korea agree to reconnect roads, rail amid U.S. concern over easing sanctions

North and South Korea agreed on Monday to begin reconnecting rail and road links, another step in an improving relationship that has raised U.S. concern about the possible undermining of its bid to press the North to give up its nuclear program.

Trump says ‘rogue killers’ may be behind Khashoggi disappearance

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday dispatched U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman over the unexplained disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and raised the possibility that “rogue killers” could have been responsible.

LDS News

Mormon Helping Hands spread out through Big Bend to aid Hurricane Michael recovery

What would Jesus do? He’d leave his air-conditioned house, drive seven hours to a different city and start with recovery efforts after a disaster, said the volunteers with Mormon Helping Hands.

Danville church members help clear blocked roads of trees, debris

One street in Danville has remained blocked by debris from Thursday’s storm until a church group took matters into their own hands.

Savannah Hopkinson: Is President Nelson’s social media challenge such a terrible thing?

The leader of a church with more than 16 million members worldwide is trying to counteract the negative impact of social media on people around the globe. Is this really such a terrible thing?

‘I was never the girly-girl’: At BYU visit, Colbie Caillat talks body image and BYU research

When Sarah Coyne first heard pop singer Colbie Caillat’s song “Try” on the radio, she didn’t just go out and buy the album — she turned it into a research project.

BYU increasing tuition by 3 percent for 2019-20 academic year

Brigham Young University, the private university for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is raising its tuition by 3 percent for the 2019–20 academic year, according to an announcement on its site.

National

25 hospitalized, 5 serious, after Los Angeles highway crash

Twenty-five people were taken to hospitals with mostly minor injuries following a series of crashes involving at least two cars and a bus that crashed through a concrete divider on a Los Angeles highway, authorities said.

Snow blanketing Colorado while rain moves into central Texas

It’s not yet Halloween, but it’s starting to feel like Christmas in the Rockies as snow is moving through Colorado, western Kansas and parts of northern New Mexico on Sunday.

Trump Embraces Foreign Aid to Counter China’s Global Influence

President Trump, seeking to counter China’s growing geopolitical influence, is embracing a major expansion of foreign aid that will bankroll infrastructure projects in Africa, Asia and the Americas — throwing his support behind an initiative he once sought to scuttle.

Larry Kudlow throws cold water on the New York Times’ Jared Kushner, Trump tax fraud reports

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said Sunday that the New York Times’ reporting on President Trump and Jared Kushner’s alleged tax fraud have “nothing to them.”

Warren releases DNA analysis on Native American heritage, firing back at Trump attacks

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the rare step Monday of releasing her DNA test results examining her possible Native American ancestry, in apparent response to persistent criticism from President Trump and other Republicans.

NBC News issues correction on Grant-Lee coverage after Trump balks

NBC News issued a correction Sunday after reporting that President Trump described Gen. Robert E. Lee as “incredible,” acknowledging that the president was referring to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant.

Hurricane Michael flattened towns where survivors remain in disbelief

For a grueling 55 minutes, Mayor Margo Anderson didn’t know if they were going to survive Hurricane Michael.

Trial opens on claim Harvard discriminates against Asian-Americans

Harvard University is set to face trial on Monday over accusations that it discriminates against Asian-American applicants in a closely watched lawsuit that could influence the use of race as a factor in college admissions decisions.

Secret Service Saved Trump From Attempted Assassination

Operatives of the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) attempted to assassinate Donald Trump when the president was in Manila, Philippines, last year, but were stopped by Secret Service agents.

Trump administration eyes military bases, federal facilities for coal, gas exports after states block West Coast ports

he Trump administration is considering using West Coast military bases or other federal properties as transit points for shipments of U.S. coal and natural gas to Asia as officials seek to bolster the domestic energy industry and circumvent environmental opposition to fossil fuel exports, according to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and two Republican lawmakers.

World

Paul Ryan to hit 12 states, campaign for 25 vulnerable GOP candidates in final election sprint

Paul Ryan wants to hold onto the House if it’s the last thing he does.

France weather: Red alert as flash floods kill 10 in south-west

At least 10 people have been killed by flash floods in the Aude region of southern France.

Theresa May says Brexit deal still ‘achievable’ despite differences

Prime Minister Theresa May has called for “cool, calm heads” as she insisted a Brexit deal was “still achievable” despite differences with the EU.

Jihadists fail to quit Syria buffer, throwing deal into doubt

Jihadists in Syria’s Idlib failed to meet a Monday deadline to leave a planned buffer zone ringing the country’s last rebel bastion, casting fresh doubt over a deal to avert bloodshed.

US needs to address humanitarian situation in Yemen, says GOP rep

Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) said on Monday that the U.S. should address the humanitarian situation in Yemen amid increased tensions with Saudi Arabia, which is leading a Washington-backed war in the country.

Over 1,500 Honduran migrants join growing caravan to Guatemalan border

The caravan formed a day after Vice President Mike Pence urged the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to tell their citizens to stay home.

Losses in Bavarian election shake German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition

Merkel’s allies slumped to their worst election results in decades. Big winners were the environmentalist Greens and far-right Alternative for Germany.

Business

CEOs of JP Morgan, BlackRock, Blackstone, and MasterCard pull out of Saudi conference

J.P. Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink, Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman and now MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga will not be attending an investment conference in Saudi Arabia later this month, CNBC has learned, amid concerns about the disappearance and suspected killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Bank of America profit beats on lower costs, loan growth

Bank of America Corp reported a better-than-expected rise in quarterly profit on Monday as the second-largest U.S. lender benefited from cost cuts, while higher interest rates and loan growth helped offset weaker bond trading revenue.

Sears files for bankruptcy, plans to close 142 more stores

Sears Holdings has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will close nearly 150 stores by the end of the year, the iconic retailer announced Monday.

Health

Drug industry pledges more price transparency in ads, stops short of full disclosure

Prescription drug advertisements on television will soon direct patients to more information about the cost of the drugs under new principles agreed to by members of the largest drug industry trade group.

Medicare Advantage growing as new insurers compete to sell to seniors

Health care experts widely expected the Affordable Care Act to hobble Medicare Advantage, the government-funded private health plans that millions of seniors have chosen as an alternative to the original Medicare.

Economy

US budget deficit expands to $779 billion in fiscal 2018 as spending surges

The U.S. federal budget deficit rose in fiscal 2018 to the highest level in six years as spending climbed, the Trump administration said Monday.