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August 5, 2021

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Criminal Probes Launched Against New York’s Isolated Cuomo

Lauded nationwide last year for his no-nonsense coronavirus briefings, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was clinging to his political life Wednesday as prosecutors opened criminal inquiries into sexual harassment allegations against the powerful Democrat.

Biden Admin Planning to Require Proof of Vaccination for Foreign Tourists

The Biden administration is working on a plan to require all foreign travelers to the U.S. to require proof of vaccination against COVID-19, multiple outlets reported on Wednesday.

U.S. to outfit border agents with body cameras in major oversight move

The United States will require thousands of border agents to wear body cameras, according to three officials and government documents, a major operational change that could increase oversight of agents and also help capture criminal activity.

Senate will consider measure to revoke 2002 war powers in Iraq

A Senate committee advanced a measure to revoke the 2002 authorization for the use of military force in Iraq, setting up a floor vote later this year.

LDS News

Councils, callings and leadership among topics in latest General Handbook update

Councils, general and area leadership, and callings are among the key topics addressed in the latest English update to the online General Handbook: Serving in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

What are the countries with the most Latter-day Saints?

When the Church was first organized on April 6, 1830, there were six members of the Church. Now, 191 years later, there are 16,663,663 members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints around the world in 31,136 congregations, according to the Church’s 2020 statistics.

The Daily Universe continues its legacy in an evolving media landscape

The Daily Universe has served as a campus news publication for BYU throughout the years, evolving with an ever-changing journalism industry. As the publication transitions from a printed paper to a monthly magazine, alumni shared their thoughts on what it means to them.

People Taking Action: Local college student doesn’t slow down!

Laura Hilton is on the move. The local college student is loading up again in a church parking lot in Hampton – this time boxes of applesauce. She’s helping take part in a mammoth effort that involves off-loading a truck packed with supplies and distributing them to 10 different food pantries across Hampton Roads.

Latter-day Saints in the Olympics, day 12: Silver in swimming, updates in track and basketball

Team USA won silver in the 4×100 medley swim relay, and Rhyan Elizabeth White swam in the preliminary heat to help qualify the team for the finals last weekend. In day 12 of competition in the Olympic Games in Tokyo, athletes connected to the Church representing Australia ran in the 800-meter final and competed on the basketball court.

Welcome refugees, avoid politics at church, Latter-day Saint handbook update says

Latter-day Saints should welcome refugees to their communities and keep church settings free of politics, according to the latest updates in the two-year project to update the church’s handbook of policies and instructions.

National

Trump moves to block effort to get his tax returns after DOJ gave green light

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump moved to block House Democratic efforts to obtain his tax returns, blasting the push as a political attempt to harm him following the Justice Department greenlighting the effort.

Federal judge pauses Texas COVID-19 migrant transport order

A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday, pausing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent order to restrict the transportation of migrants in his state.

US: Biden declined to sanction China for cyberattacks because allies lacked ‘consensus’ on punishment

President Joe Biden declined to impose a direct punishment for a massive cyberattack blamed on Chinese intelligence officials because U.S. allies aren’t prepared to join in such a confrontational step, according to a key U.S. official.

Pentagon IDs Officer Killed in Violence Outside Building

The Pentagon police force on Wednesday identified the officer who was fatally stabbed at a transit center outside the Pentagon.

Trump Favorite Mike Carey Wins GOP Special Election Primary in Ohio

Mike Carey won the Republican primary in a special election for an open House seat in Ohio Tuesday night after securing the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

Missouri Governor Pardons Armed St. Louis Couple Who Confronted BLM Mob

Missouri governor Mike Parson announced Tuesday that he had pardoned Mark McCloskey and Patricia McCloskey, the armed St. Louis couple who confronted Black Lives Matter protesters outside their mansion last year.

Border Wall Addition to Infrastructure Bill Rejected by Senate

The U.S. Senate rejected an amendment to a broad $550 billion infrastructure package that would have barred the Biden administration from canceling contracts related to former President Donald Trump’s border wall, as the Senate plowed through proposed changes with the vast bipartisan plan intact and just days away from passage.

New hurdle slows $1 trillion infrastructure bill

Senate action on a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill has slowed to a crawl as lawmakers haggle over more than 250 proposed amendments to the legislation.

U.S. Justice Dept watchdog launches audit into troubled grants system

The U.S. Justice Department’s internal watchdog has launched an audit into its $115 million contract with General Dynamics to build its new grant management software, which since its launch has been plagued by technological glitches and caused delays in funding criminal justice programs.

U.S. Navy starts Large Scale Exercise, tests new technology, global readiness

The U.S. Navy on Tuesday began Large Scale Exercise 2021, the first iteration of the United States-only exercise, which is meant to demonstrate global readiness, the branch announced.

World

Mexico Sues US Gun Manufacturers Over Arms Trafficking Toll

The Mexican government sued United States gun manufacturers and distributors Wednesday in U.S. federal court, arguing that their negligent and illegal commercial practices have unleashed tremendous bloodshed in Mexico.

Blast in Afghan Capital as Taliban Claim Attack on Minister’s Compound

An explosion near the office of Afghanistan’s main security agency wounded three people on Wednesday, hours after a bomb and gun attack on a minister’s compound brought surging Taliban violence to the capital.

Suspected Ship Hijack Near Iran Ends as Mideast Tensions Mount

A suspected hijacking of a vessel near Iran has ended, the British Navy said Wednesday, days after a deadly drone attack on a tanker in the same area that the U.S and its allies blamed on the Islamic Republic.

‘Tech Giant Censorship’: YouTube Suspends News Outlet for Year-Old Videos About Masks, COVID-19

Sky News Australia has been suspended by YouTube for a week following a review of old videos, according to a statement published by the outlet.

Israel to Require U.S., 17 Other Countries to Quarantine Regardless of Vaccination Status

Israel’s Health Ministry said Tuesday that travelers arriving from the U.S. and 17 other countries will now be required to quarantine for 14 days, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

WHO chief urges wealthy nations to pause COVID-19 vaccine boosters

The head of the World Health Organization on Wednesday called on wealthier countries to stop allowing people who are fully vaccinated to receive booster COVID-19 shots and instead send those doses to poorer nations.

Two rockets from Lebanon hit Israel, drawing Israeli retaliation

Two rockets launched from Lebanon on Wednesday struck Israel, which responded with artillery fire amid heightened regional tensions over an alleged Iranian attack on an oil tanker in the Gulf last week.

Business

US Firms Add Far Fewer Jobs Than Forecast, ADP Data Show

U.S. companies added far fewer jobs than expected in July, indicating persistent hiring obstacles despite broader improvement in the economy.

Kroger to open ghost kitchens at U.S. grocery stores this fall

The largest grocery store chain in the United States announced on Wednesday that it’s teaming up with a startup to place ghost kitchens in some supermarkets, starting this fall.

Target Invests $200 Million for Free College Courses for Staff

Target Corp. pledged $200 million over four years to fund educational courses for its U.S. employees, mirroring a similar program from rival Walmart Inc. and showing the lengths companies will go to in a tight labor market.

Amazon Slashes Prime Drone Delivery Team

Amazon Prime Air, a U.K.-based team that oversees the company’s drone delivery service, has lost over 100 employees in the last few years, with some former staff telling Wired that the department is “collapsing inwards.”

Health

Researchers present battery-free pacemaker powered by the heart

Researchers in China have developed a battery-less cardiac pacemaker that runs on energy derived from the heart, they said Wednesday during a presentation at the AIP Publishing Horizons — Energy Storage and Conversion virtual conference.

Economy

Growth in US Services Sector Hits Record High in July

Growth in the U.S. services sector, where most Americans work, increased to a record pace in July even as businesses continued to face challenges in hiring workers.

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