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May 19, 2019

First Line News Articles for Sunday, May 19 2019

Top Stories

Trump says war will mean ‘official end of Iran,’ warns ‘never threaten the United States again’

President Trump fired a social media broadside at the Iranian regime Sunday afternoon, vowing that war between Washington and Tehran would result in “the official end of Iran” before warning, “[n]ever threaten the United States again!”

Mnuchin refuses House subpoena to release Trump’s tax returns

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin again rebuffed congressional Democrats’ effort to get their hands on President Donald Trump’s tax returns Friday.

Second U.S. appeals court rules Trump cannot end protections for ‘Dreamers’

A U.S. appeals court ruled on Friday that President Donald Trump cannot end a program that shielded from deportation immigrants brought into the country illegally as children, the second time the administration has lost an appeal on the issue.

Missouri, latest US state to restrict abortion

The Missouri House on Friday approved a restrictive abortion bill that would ban abortions after the eighth week of pregnancy — one of a slew of similar bills in red states that have sparked a heated national debate on abortion rights.

House passes sweeping legislation to expand LGBTQ civil rights but GOP lawmakers worry it may threaten the rights of women

A Republican-backed motion to block the Equality Act, which would provide civil rights protections to gay and transgender people, failed on Friday as the House of Representatives voted to approve the bill, 236 to 173.

LDS News

Protect your kids, visiting Latter-day Saint leader Russell Nelson tells Samoans

LDS Church President Russell M. Nelson’s nine-day Pacific tour made its first stop on foreign soil Saturday, touching down in Samoa for meetings with government officials and rank-and-file members.

Latter-day Saint cadets get one-of-a-kind training at West Point

Latter-day Saints made history recently at a place that’s synonymous with American military history.

Elder Andersen witnesses great faith of members as massive floods hit Argentina

It rained and rained in the hours and days before Elder Neil L. Andersen and his wife, Sister Kathy Andersen, arrived to participate in missionary meetings and a stake conference in Resistencia, Argentina.

Texas Latter-day Saint missionary dies from accidental asphyxiation in Mexico

A Fort Worth, Texas, family is grieving and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints extended its deepest sympathies after a young missionary died in Mexico from asphyxiation due to a faulty water heater.

How Samoa’s prime minister is backing a Latter-day Saint effort to provide education in his nation

The temperature is already 77 degrees and the morning air in the jungle is saturated with water vapor when the mother slips the backpack of food over her shoulders. Her little boy wraps his tiny hand around one of her strong fingers, and they begin their long journey on foot.

National

Trump administration says it has no immediate plans to send migrants to Florida

The Trump administration, on Saturday, appeared to back away from a plan to send migrants to two Florida counties as Gov. Ron DeSantis, spoke out against the decision.

You should be checking your social security statements. Here’s why:

Millions of seniors today rely on Social Security as a crucial source of income in retirement. But if you’re not careful, you could end up losing out on benefits due to nothing more than a clerical error.

US may scale back Huawei trade restrictions to help existing customers

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it may soon scale back restrictions on Huawei Technologies after this week’s blacklisting would have made it nearly impossible for the Chinese company to service its existing customers.

Southern Democratic Governor Breaks Rank on Abortion Issue, Will Likely Sign Pro-Life Bill

A doctor once advised John Bel Edwards it would be best if he and his wife had an abortion for their child who would live a life with spina bifida. Edwards’ wife was 20 weeks pregnant with their first child at the time.

California court hears arguments on Trump emergency declaration

A US federal court on Friday heard the first of many challenges to President Donald Trump’s declaration of an emergency to pay for construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico.

Hundreds of migrants to be flown to California in as many as 3 flights a week, officials say

Hundreds of migrant families will be flown to California in as many as three flights a week as U.S. Border Patrol agents continue to struggle with the growing number of illegals crossing into the U.S., officials said.

Trump administration identifies at least 1,700 additional children it may have separated

The children were separated from their parents before the government’s “zero tolerance” policy went into effect in May 2018.

Crashed F-16’s live ammunition safely detonated, officials say

Unexploded weaponry aboard an F-16 fighter jet that crashed into the roof of a commercial building in Riverside County, Calif., on Thursday was safely detonated near the crash site Friday, military officials said.

Trump looking into pardoning military members accused or convicted of war crimes: report

President Trump is signaling he may pardon several military servicemen either accused of committing war crimes or convicted for them, officials told The New York Times Saturday.

WikiLeaks says Assange papers, manuscripts will be given to US authorities: report

Wikileaks said Ecuador would turn over to U.S. prosecutors possessions belonging to Julian Assange that remain in the country’s London embassy.

World

Canada vows ‘full steam ahead’ on ratifying trade pact after U.S. lifts metals tariffs

Canada will move quickly to ratify the new North American trade pact, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Saturday, a day after the United States agreed to lift tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.

Taiwan legalizes same-sex marriage in historic first for Asia

Lawmakers in Taiwan have approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, a landmark decision that makes the self-ruled island the first place in Asia to pass gay marriage legislation.

Facebook bans “inauthentic” accounts targeting Africa

Facebook has removed hundreds of social media accounts and banned an Israeli firm due to “co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour” mainly targeting Africa.

U.S. embassy issues Indonesia security alert ahead of election results

The U.S. embassy in Jakarta has issued a security alert ahead of election results due on Wednesday, as Indonesian authorities have arrested nearly 30 suspected militants, including some who police say are able to detonate bombs using Wi-Fi networks.

Attack on Tourist Bus Near Egyptian Pyramids Wounds at Least 14

An explosion apparently targeting a bus filled with tourists near the pyramids of Giza in Egypt wounded at least 14 people on Sunday, according to security officials and the state-run news media.

Petraeus warns Iran to ‘be very careful’ as tensions rise with Trump administration

Former CIA Director David Petraeus warned Iran that it is going to have to be “very careful” as tensions between the Middle Eastern nation and the United States continue to ratchet up.

Business

Japan ends longstanding trade restrictions on American beef, setting stage for exports to grow

Japan has agreed to lift longstanding restrictions on American beef exports, clearing the way for U.S. products to enter the market regardless of age, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday.

ExxonMobil employees evacuating oil field in southern Iraq

Employees of energy giant ExxonMobil have begun evacuating from an oil field in the southern Iraqi province of Basra but work at the field is still ongoing, Iraqi officials said Saturday.

Science

US ‘nuclear coffin’ on island in the Pacific could be ‘leaking’ radioactive sludge into the sea

Radioactive waste from Cold War nuclear weapons tests could be leaking into the Pacific Ocean.