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November 20, 2017

First Line News Articles for Monday, November 20 2017

Top Stories

Special Counsel sends wide-ranging request for documents to Justice Department

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating whether President Donald Trump sought to obstruct a federal inquiry into connections between his presidential campaign and Russian operatives has now directed the Justice Department to turn over a broad array of documents, ABC News has learned.

U.S. Border Patrol agent killed while on patrol in Texas

A U.S. Border Patrol agent died Sunday after sustaining injuries while in the Big Bend Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Mixed signals as rescuers hunt missing Argentine submarine

Amid reports a missing Argentine submarine tried unsuccessfully to contact naval bases seven times, a top navy officer said Sunday there is no indication the calls came from the ARA San Juan.

Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe vows to stay on despite party pressure

Zimbabwe’s embattled leader Robert Mugabe has vowed to stay in power for several weeks, despite mounting calls for him to stand down now.

LDS News

Mormon missionary dies in Samoa

A 21-year-old Mormon missionary has died after he was struck by a vehicle on Sunday while walking with his companion in Samoa.

CCAP receives donation worth $40K

Officials from the Berkeley County Congregational Cooperative Action Project Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry received 40,000 pounds of food, worth an estimated $40,000, Thursday.

Thousands dance and sing in welcoming new Temple in Meridian

Over 6,000 Treasure Valley youths celebrated the dedication of the new Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints temple in Meridian Saturday during the Youth Culture Celebration.

At inauguration, new president of BYU Pathway International speaks of ‘temples of learning’

By giving people who otherwise might not have the chance of a college-level education, BYU-Pathway Worldwide is constructing “temples of learning,” said the man who was installed Thursday evening, Nov. 16, as that new institution’s first president.

MERIDIAN TEMPLE DEDICATED: LDS church opens fifth temple in Idaho an sixth is on the way in Pocatello

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, second counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dedicated the Meridian Idaho Temple on Sunday

National

US warship and Japanese tug collide in latest incident

A US warship has sustained minor damage after a collision with a Japanese tug off central Japan, the US Navy says.

Trump era sparks new debate about nuclear war authority

It’s hard to overstate how thoroughly the U.S. military has prepared for doomsday — the day America gets into a nuclear shooting war.

LaToya Cantrell elected New Orleans’ first female mayor

LaToya Cantrell was elected New Orleans’ first-ever female mayor in Saturday’s election, capturing 60 percent of the vote.

Obamacare emerges as wildcard in tax debate

Obamacare reform, which crashed and burned in the Senate once this year, is now the wildcard in the Republican effort to pass tax reform this year, dividing the GOP just weeks before they hope to deliver on this major campaign pledge.

TSA expects record airport screenings during Thanksgiving week

The Transportation Security Administration is estimating that it will screen 2.4 million air passengers each day during this coming Thanksgiving week, and could break the record of 2.71 million people screened in a single day in 2004.

NHTSA investigates Volkswagen’s airbag recall

A federal agency disclosed it is investigating whether Volkswagen fixed vehicles with an airbag defect after a recall two years ago of 415,825 vehicles manufactured from 2010 to 2014.

TransCanada sends more crews to Keystone pipeline leak

TransCanada Corp. says the company has sent additional crews and equipment to the site of a 210,000-gallon oil spill from its Keystone pipeline in South Dakota.

South Dakota university to offer 18-day intensive courses

A university in western South Dakota is introducing an unconventional schedule for students interested in completing a college course in 18 days.

Secret Service apprehends attempted White House fence jumper

The U.S. Secret Service says an individual has been taken into custody after attempting to jump a security barrier on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House.

Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky in ‘glow of 100 full moons’

A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was “the glow of 100 full moons” and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite.

World

North Korea on ‘aggressive schedule’ in developing ballistic missile submarine, report says

Kim Jong Un’s regime is pursuing an “aggressive schedule” to construct its first operational ballistic missile submarine, an analysis of satellite images indicated as North Korea scoffs at international condemnation and moves to complete its missile and nuclear program.

New portrait marks Queen and Prince Philip’s 70th anniversary

A new portrait of the Queen and Prince Philip has been released to mark their 70th wedding anniversary.

Morocco food stampede ‘kills 15 and wounds five’

At least 15 people have been killed in a stampede in Morocco while food aid was being handed out.

Saudi Arabia, Arab allies in Cairo talks on Iran, Hezbollah

Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday to discuss ways to confront Iran and its Lebanese Shi‘ite ally Hezbollah, who the Arab allies say are interfering in their internal affairs.

All American service members in Japan banned from buying or drinking alcohol after crash kills man on Okinawa

All American service members on Japan are restricted from leaving the base and their residences and alcohol consumption is banned after an American service member struck and killed an Okinawan man with a truck.

US threatens to close Palestinian office in Washington

The Trump administration put the Palestine Liberation Organization on notice Friday that it will close the group’s office in Washington if the Palestinians don’t get serious about peace talks with Israel, State Department officials said.

China Envoy Discusses ‘Situation of the Korean Peninsula’ With North

A special envoy from President Xi Jinping of China discussed regional and mutual concerns with senior North Korean officials in Pyongyang on Saturday, the North’s state media said.

Business

Honda recalls 900,000 Odyssey minivans because second row seat may tip

Honda is recalling about 900,000 of its Odyssey minivans because the second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched.

Science

NASA launches powerful polar weather satellite

After back-to-back delays earlier this week, a workhorse Delta 2 rocket finally streaked away from the California coast early Saturday carrying a state-of-the-art $1.6 billion weather satellite into an orbit around Earth’s poles, the first of four intended to ensure reliable forecasting over the next two decades.