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September 29, 2020

First Line News Articles for Tuesday, September 29 2020

Top Stories

Covid cases climbing again in U.S. while Fauci warns ‘we’re not in a good place’

In other coronavirus news: Total number of deaths worldwide nears 1 million, CDC chief rips one of Trump’s favorite Covid-19 advisers.

US judge orders stop to Postal Service cuts, echoing others

A federal judge in Philadelphia joined others Monday in ordering a halt to recent Postal Service cuts that critics say are causing mail delays and threatening the integrity of the presidential election.

Supreme Court nominee Barrett readies for meetings this week on Capitol Hill

President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Amy Coney Barrett, will begin meeting with senators this week as Republicans push ahead with a rapid Senate confirmation process ahead of November’s presidential election over the objections of Democrats.

Trump Announces Plan to Distribute 150 Million Coronavirus Tests

President Trump on Monday announced that his administration will begin distributing 150 million rapid coronavirus tests, including 100 million to states and another 50 million tests to vulnerable communities.

LDS News

How April General Conference shaped COVID-era church

The April 2020 General Conference will be long remembered by Church members.

This Is the Gospel: Season 3 Launches Today!

Fans of the award-winning storytelling podcast This Is the Gospel rejoice: Season 3 is here!

Latest temple updates: Status changes for temples in Hawaii, South America; 92% of all possible temples reopened, 67% in Phase 2

Six months after closing all 168 of its operating temples worldwide because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reopened 92% of all possible temples, including 67% in Phase 2.

More than 105,000 pounds of food delivered to Southern California as part of Church’s largest-ever humanitarian response

As part of the Church’s largest-ever humanitarian response, more than 105,000 pounds of food have been delivered to food banks in Southern California from the Bishops’ Central Storehouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Helping Hands volunteers aiding thousands affected by ‘hidden storm’ Hurricane Sally

Some are calling Hurricane Sally “the hidden storm.” Drive through, say, the main streets of Pensacalolo, Florida, and the severity of the disaster may not be immediately apparent. And Sally hasn’t snagged the volume of media attention of other historic hurricanes in recent years.

National

CDC: Avoid high-risk Black Friday crowds, ‘turkey trots’ and travel for Thanksgiving

Federal health experts urged Americans to change their behavior for the Thanksgiving holiday to limit the spread of the coronavirus infection by avoiding Black Friday shopping crowds and “turkey trots” and limiting family dinners to smaller groups.

US official: 2020 census to end Oct. 5 despite court order

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says the 2020 census will end Oct. 5, despite a federal judge’s ruling last week allowing the head count of every U.S. resident to continue through the end of October, according to a tweet posted on the Census Bureau’s website Monday.

CDC study on COVID-19 in kids bolsters case for elementary school reopening

Children under the age of 12 are much less likely than teenagers to contract the coronavirus, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published on Monday.

GOP asks Supreme Court to halt mail voting extension in Pennsylvania

Republicans on Monday asked the Supreme Court to halt a major Pennsylvania state court ruling that extended the due date for mail ballots in the key battleground, teeing up the first test for the high court since the death of its liberal leader Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Federal agencies warn of disinformation around cyberattacks on election infrastructure

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) on Monday warned that foreign groups and other malicious actors online are spreading disinformation around potential cyberattacks on U.S. election infrastructure.

Judge orders Georgia officials to provide backup paper poll books ahead of election

A federal judge on Monday ordered state officials in Georgia to provide backup paper poll books with lists of all eligible voters to precincts in an effort to prevent long lines and improve procedures during November’s general election.

California wine country wildfires force evacuation of hundreds of homes and one hospital

Wildfire flames engulfed part of California’s wine country, prompting widescale evacuations of the area.

Trump campaign sues to block mail-in ballot rule changes

President Donald Trump’s campaign committee and the Republican National Committee has sued to block North Carolina election officials from enforcing rule changes that could boost the number of ballots counted in the presidential battleground state

As suicides rise, Army brass reassessing outreach

Within the ranks of the storied 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, 10 soldiers have taken their own lives so far this year

Police Arrest Former Trump Campaign Chief Brad Parscale after Apparent Suicide Attempt

Police arrested Brad Parscale, President Trump’s former campaign manager, on Sunday at his home in Fort Lauderdale after his wife called authorities and said she was afraid he was suicidal and had seen him load a gun.

World

Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital

German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a personal visit to Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny while he was undergoing treatment in a Berlin hospital for poisoning, in what Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Monday called a “murderous attack”.

UK eyes tougher COVID-19 restrictions for England as outbreak spreads

The British government is mulling tougher restrictions in England to tackle a swiftly accelerating second wave of the novel coronavirus outbreak, possibly outlawing more inter-household socialising, a junior health minister said on Monday.

U.S. criticism of European mission to Venezuela shows growing divide over Maduro

The Trump administration on Sunday accused the European Union of undermining its efforts to isolate authoritarian Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, denouncing the bloc’s top diplomat for dispatching a mission to Caracas without consulting with Washington.

China fires back at US over environment, South China Sea

U.S.-China friction has flared again, with Beijing firing back at accusations by Washington that it is a leading cause of global environmental damage and has reneged on its promise not to militarize the South China Sea

EU-UK spat over Brexit deal clouds key trade talks this week

Britain has entered a crucial week of post-Brexit talks with the European Union by rejecting the EU’s demand that it drop plans to breach the legally binding agreement it signed on its departure from the bloc

Pompeo backs Greece over Turkey amid dispute over energy-rich Mediterranean

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo backed Greece amid tensions with Turkey over control of energy-rich Mediterranean waters, touting security cooperation with Athens in a statement freighted with implicit rebukes of Ankara.

Cyberattack hobbles major US/UK hospital chain

Computer systems across a major hospital chain operating in the U.S. and Britain were down Monday due to what the company termed an unspecified technology “security issue.”

Fears grow of war between Armenia and Azerbaijan as fighting continues for second day

Azerbaijan and Armenia are reporting more casualties as the violent flare-up between the two Caucus nations continued for a second day.

American in Thailand faces possibility of jail time for negative resort reviews

An American man in Thailand could face up to two years in prison after posting negative reviews about a resort online.

Business

U.S. pension funds sue Allianz after $4 billion in coronavirus losses

Pension funds for truckers, teachers and subway workers have lodged lawsuits in the United States against Germany’s Allianz, one of the world’s top asset managers, for failing to safeguard their investments during the coronavirus market meltdown.

Bankrupt gun maker Remington Outdoor to be broken up and sold

Sales of Remington’s ammunition- and weapons-manufacturing business to being in at least $155M

United Airlines pilots approve deal that delays furloughs

Pilots at United Airlines have voted to approve a deal that will avoid furloughs at one of the nation’s biggest carriers

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