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July 22, 2019

First Line News Articles for Monday, July 22 2019

Top Stories

Trump Administration to Revise Citizenship Test

Immigrants applying for U.S. citizenship must pass a civics test quizzing them on U.S. history and government.

Britain tells UN tanker seizure was ‘illegal interference’

A top British representative to the United Nations has declared in a letter to the Security Council that Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged tanker amounted to “illegal interference,” and he rejected Tehran’s version of events.

Heat wave relief in sight after scorching temps blamed for several deaths, buckled roads

A dangerous heat wave that has seared more than 200 million Americans from the Central U.S. to the East Coast over the weekend is about to come to an end, after being linked to several deaths, and causing roads to buckle and forcing events to be canceled.

China strikes secret deal to allow armed forces at Cambodian naval base: WSJ

China will be able to place armed forces at a Cambodian naval base under a secret agreement the two nations have reached, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

LDS News

LDS Church unveils memorial to pioneer children, leaders point to immigrant parallel

More than 650 children died during the 1,300-mile trek from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Utah during The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints migration in the mid-1800s. On Saturday the Pioneer Children’s Memorial was unveiled in their honor at This Is the Place Heritage Park.

LDS Church to display full-scale replica of ‘Tabernacle of Moses’. Here’s how to see it

The Meridian North Stake of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday its plan to build a full-scale replica of the “Tabernacle of Moses” in Meridian. It will be open for public tours next month.

Sister Sharon Eubank co-writes opinion piece on why President Nelson speaking at NAACP convention shows a ‘symphony of brotherhood’

Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency, has co-authored a piece with Karen Boykin-Towns, vice chair of the NAACP Board of Directors, in The Detroit News.

How the NAACP and Latter-day Saints are working together to address inner city problems

In a sodium swamp on the west side of Chicago and a historic church two blocks from Martin Luther King Square in San Francisco, a surprising collaboration began bearing its first fruits in March.

President Nelson to national NAACP convention: We want to be ‘dear friends’

President Russell M. Nelson cut short his summer vacation to lock arms with a legendary civil rights activist on Sunday night and declare at the NAACP’s 110th national convention that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wants to become dear friends with the African American community.

 

 

National

DOJ announces release of first 3,100 prisoners under 2018 criminal justice bill

At a Friday morning press conference, the Department of Justice announced that the first group 3,100 federal inmates would be released under the provisions of a 2018 criminal justice law.

Federal judge upholds Trump’s expansion of non-ObamaCare plans

A federal judge on Friday upheld the Trump administration’s expansion of health insurance plans that don’t meet ObamaCare’s coverage requirements.

Drug companies shipped thousands of pain pill orders it should have halted, documents say

Drug companies shipped billions of painkillers to communities across America without proper oversight between 2006 and 2012, according to newly released data from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), highlighting the pharmaceutical industry’s role in the opioid epidemic as it faces a possible legal reckoning similar to that which befell the tobacco companies in the 1990s.

Hotels pressured not to help ICE detain migrants

Advocacy groups are urging Marriott, MGM and others not to house migrants who have been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

Military studies ‘hyperfit’ women who pass grueling courses

In the nearly four years since the Pentagon announced it was opening all combat jobs to women , at least 30 have earned the Army Ranger tab, two have graduated Marine infantry school and three have passed the grueling initial assessment phase for Green Beret training.

Bernie Sanders defends campaign staff salaries after accusations of ‘poverty wages’

Bernie Sanders defended his campaign’s treatment of staffers and said he was “very proud” to lead the first U.S. presidential campaign to have unionized workers — one day after The Washington Post reported the campaign’s field staff were complaining about receiving “poverty wages.”

New bill allows Oregon students to take ‘mental health days’

The students behind the measure say it’s meant to change the stigma around mental health in a state that has some of the United States’ highest suicide rates.

Puerto Rico governor announces he will not seek re-election but refuses to resign

Puerto Rico governor announces he will not seek re-election but refuses to resign

Major power outages pop up from Michigan to New York amid dangerous heat wave

As the heat wave gripped much of the country on Sunday, power outages reported in multiple states left hundreds of thousands of customers in the dark.

World

Thousands protest in Moscow after opposition figures barred from city council ballot

As many as 25,000 protesters rallied in central Moscow Saturday to protest the refusal by city election officials to allow several opposition figures to run for the Moscow city council.

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel’s Longest-Serving Prime Minister

New Zealanders hand over 10,000-plus guns and weapons parts in buy-back scheme

New Zealanders have handed over more than 10,000 guns, weapons parts and accessories in the first week of a buy-back scheme prompted by the country’s worst peacetime mass shooting, police figures released on Sunday show.

Russia’s Secret Intelligence Agency Hacked: ‘Largest Data Breach In Its History’

Red faces in Moscow this weekend, with the news that hackers have successfully targeted FSB—Russia’s Federal Security Service. The hackers managed to steal 7.5 terabytes of data from a major contractor, exposing secret FSB projects to de-anonymize Tor browsing, scrape social media, and help the state split its internet off from the rest of the world. The data was passed to mainstream media outlets for publishing.

Venezuelan fighter ‘aggressively shadowed’ US reconnaissance plane over Caribbean Sea: US military

A Venezuelan Su-30 fighter plane “aggressively shadowed” a U.S. reconnaissance aircraft operating over the Caribbean Sea, according to U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), in a move the U.S. is calling “unprofessional.”

An entire nation just got hacked

Asen Genov is pretty furious. His personal data was made public this week after records of more than 5 million Bulgarians got stolen by hackers from the country’s tax revenue office.

Ukraine president on course for commanding win in parliamentary election

Ukraine president on course for commanding win in parliamentary election

U.S. State Department says concerned by reports of Chinese interference in South China Sea

The U.S. State Department said on Saturday it is concerned by reports of China’s interference with oil and gas activities in the South China Sea, including Vietnam’s long-standing exploration and production activities.

John Bolton travels to Japan, South Korea amid trade dispute between U.S. allies

President Donald Trump on Friday offered his help to ease tensions in the political and economic dispute between the United States’ two biggest allies in Asia.

Hong Kong protests: Police fire tear gas at demonstrators

Riot police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters in Hong Kong following a large pro-democracy rally in the city.

Business

Canceled flights, higher fares, older jets — air travel takes a hit from Boeing 737 Max grounding

The worldwide grounding of Boeing 737 Max planes is now in its fifth month and disruptions to air travel are set to continue for several months more.

Science

Newly discovered shark species squirts glowing clouds from pockets

A tiny shark discovered in the Gulf of Mexico with mysterious pouches near its front fins has turned out to be a new species, scientists say.