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News Budget for Monday, July 29, 2019


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^Police ID Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting suspect; victims include 2 children<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-4TH-LEDE:LA — The man police say opened fire at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday used a rifle banned in California to kill three people, including two children, and wound 12 others.

Police identified the gunman as Santino William Legan , 19, of Gilroy.

Three officers who were patrolling the park fatally shot Legan after the he reportedly started firing at crowds gathered at the popular food festival in Santa Clara County.

A 6-year-old boy, Stephen Romero, and a 13-year-old girl, Keyla Salazar, both of San Jose, were killed, the Santa Clara County coroner's office said. Officials at Keuka College identified the third victim as graduate Trevor Irby, 25, of Romulus, N.Y.

2600 (with trims) by Ruben Vives, Matthew Ormseth, Laura J. Nelson, Hannah Fry and Richard Winton in Gilroy, Calif. MOVED



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CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING:SJ — 1900 (with trims) by Patrick May, Robert Salonga, Julia Prodis and Erin Woo in Gilroy, Calif. MOVED


^Biden leads Democrats, but it's still a 'pretty fluid race,' poll shows<

DEMOCRATIC-PRIMARY-POLL:LA — As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their second round of debates this week, a new poll finds that half of likely primary voters have changed their minds since the spring, highlighting how unsettled the contest remains.

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead in the latest University of Southern California Dornsife/Los Angeles Times nationwide poll, while three senators, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, are essentially tied for second place. That marks an improvement for Harris and Warren and a decline for Sanders since April, when the poll last tested the Democratic race.

1300 (with trims) by David Lauter in Washington. MOVED



^Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman was shot by police less than a minute after shooting began<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-POLICE-RESPONSE:LA — When the shooting started Sunday at the garlic festival, Gilroy police officers were patrolling the event.

Three officers began shooting at the gunman in less than a minute, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said Monday at a news conference, "despite the fact that they were outgunned, with their handguns, against a rifle."

"We had thousands of people there in a very small area," Smithee said. "It could have gotten so much worse, so fast. I'm really proud that they got there as quickly as they did."

450 by Laura J. Nelson in Gilroy, Calif. MOVED


^Wounded mom with dying 6-year-old son calls husband from Gilroy Garlic Festival: 'They shot him'<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-ROMERO:SJ — Alberto Romero was home in San Jose late Sunday afternoon when he got the panicked call from his wife at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Someone had shot their 6-year-old son in the back, her in the stomach and hand and her mother in the leg.

They had been playing at the bounce house.

400 by Julia Prodis Sulek in Gilroy, Calif. MOVED


^New York native among 3 dead in Gilroy mass shooting<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-IRBY:NY — An upstate New York resident who was enjoying the Gilroy Garlic Festival with his girlfriend was one of the three people killed Sunday afternoon when a mass shooter opened fire.

Trevor Irby, 25, was gunned down in the random violence in Northern California while girlfriend Sarah Warner was unharmed, the couple's alma mater Keuka College confirmed in a statement.

500 by Nancy Dillon in New York. MOVED


^What we know about Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting suspect Santino William Legan<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-GUNMAN-1ST-LEDE:LA — In the hours before Santino William Legan is alleged to have begun firing into a crowd at the Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday, police say the 19-year-old posted a photo on Instagram with the caption, "Ayyy garlic festival time come get wasted on overpriced ," using an expletive.

He also posted a photo of a Smokey Bear sign warning about fire danger with a caption instructing people to read the novel "Might Is Right" by Ragnar Redbeard, authorities said.

Legan was identified by police Monday as the shooter who opened fire at the crowded Gilroy Garlic Festival, killing three and wounding 12 others.

1350 (with trims) by Ruben Vives, Richard Winton, Hannah Fry, Matthew Ormseth, Laura J. Nelson, Colleen Shalby and Hailey Branson-Potts in Gilroy, Calif. MOVED



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CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-GUNMAN:WA — Here's what we know about the gunman in the Gilroy mass shooting

150 by Charles Duncan. MOVED


^Gilroy shooting happened despite strict California gun laws. What more can state lawmakers do?<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-GUNLAWS:SA — In the echoes of gunshots that killed three people and injured a dozen more during a garlic festival in Gilroy on Sunday, California lawmakers responded with the legislative message that while the Golden State has some of the strictest gun control laws, there's still work to be done.

"No more thoughts and prayers," Assemblyman Phil Ting, a San Francisco Democrat, wrote on Twitter. "Time to take more action so we can go to work, school and festivals in peace without fear of getting shot."

800 by Hannah Wiley in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^Gilroy shooting suspect purchased AK-47-style rifle legally in Nevada, police say<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-WEAPON:SJ — The suspect in the deadly shooting at Gilroy's garlic festival Sunday evening legally purchased his rifle in Nevada earlier this month, police said.

Santino William Legan, the 19-year-old believed to have killed three people and injured 12 others, was living with family members in Nevada when he purchased the "SKS, AK-47-type assault rifle" on July 9, Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee told reporters Monday.

350 by Casey Tolan in San Jose, Calif. MOVED



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CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-WEAPON:SA — 400 by Ryan Sabalow in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^Shooter should 'rot in hell': Gun store owner speaks out over selling weapon to Gilroy gunman<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-WEAPON-GUNSHOP:SA — The owner of a gun store in Fallon, Nev., says he sold the assault rifle used in the Gilroy, Calif., mass shooting Sunday to suspect Santino William Legan, and that he is "heartbroken" over the incident and wants the shooter to "rot in hell."

"We feel so very sorry for the Families, I am heartbroken this could ever happen," the owner posted on the Facebook page of Big Mikes Gun and Ammo. "Please show only respect here. Good people have been hurt and this goes against everything I believe in."

350 by Sam Stanton. MOVED


^ 'Enough is enough' — Democratic candidates respond to mass shooting at Gilroy festival<

^CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-DEMOCRATS:LA—<Sunday's mass shooting at the garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., which left four dead — including the suspected gunman and a 6-year-old boy — brought a flurry of condemnation and calls for more gun control from the Democrats running for president in 2020.

1050 by Matt Pearce. MOVED


^Gilroy festival shooting: Band member recounts the chaos he witnessed from the stage<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-BAND:LA — The classic-rock band TinMan was in the middle of Grand Funk Railroad's "We're an American Band" on Sunday during the final set of the Gilroy Garlic Festival in Gilroy, Calif., when lead singer Christian Swain heard what sounded like firecrackers.

"Keep playing," he recalls telling his bandmates. Swain is a bar-band veteran. Fights break out all the time, he says. "You're always told by management just keep playing, because that'll calm people down unless it really gets out of hand."

700 by Randall Roberts. MOVED



^Trump suit over NY tax returns delayed 24 hours while lawyers confer<

TRUMP-TAXRETURNS:BLO — A federal judge put on hold President Donald Trump's request for an emergency order barring House Democrats from getting his New York state tax records and gave the parties 24 hours to defuse the situation.

U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols in Washington said the order was intended to balance three interests: the president's desire for a hearing; the House Ways and Means Committee's contention it is shielded from Trump's suit by the Constitution's so-called speech or debate clause; and New York state's assertion that the court lacks jurisdiction over Trump's claim against it.

200 by Andrew Harris and Laura Davison in Washington. MOVED


^McConnell bristles at 'hyperventilating hacks' criticizing his blocking of election security legislation<

MCCONNELL:CON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did something Monday he rarely does — get riled up and respond directly to criticism as he defended his decision to block election security bills last week that Democrats attempted to bring to the floor by unanimous consent.

He took particular aim at a recent Washington Post opinion item by Dana Milbank titled "Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset," calling it a "smear."

800 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED


^Trump wins veto fight with Senate to allow arms sales to Saudis<

CONGRESS-USSAUDI-ARMS:BLO — The Senate lost a bid to override President Donald Trump's veto and block arms sales to Saudi Arabia to punish the kingdom for the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The votes Monday demonstrate the limits of Congress' ability to act as a check on the president's policies, even on foreign policy issues where some Republicans oppose the president's position. Only a handful of GOP senators joined Democrats in voting to override the vetoes. None of the three resolutions got more than 46 votes — far short of the two-thirds majority needed.

400 by Daniel Flatley in Washington. MOVED


^Trump friend lobbied for transfer of US nuclear technology to Saudis, House Democrats say<

USSAUDI-LOBBYIST:NY — Thomas Barrack, a longtime friend to President Donald Trump, quietly lobbied senior administration officials on a lucrative bid to build nuclear power plants in Saudi Arabia while seeking to skirt restrictions on U.S. nuclear secrets being transferred to other countries, according to an investigative report released by the House Oversight Committee on Monday.

Barrack, a major Republican fundraiser who served as the chairman of Trump's inaugural committee, pushed the dubious nuclear effort in Trump circles before the president was even elected and has stood to profit from the various iterations of the plan, using his private equity company as a cash cow, the 50-page report charges.

600 by Chris Sommerfeldt. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Nancy Pelosi, Trump wrestler and tightrope walker, wins the hearts of Democratic centrists<

PELOSI:LA — Nancy Pelosi nearly was blocked from the speaker's gavel late last year by a small band of moderate Democrats who said she was too divisive and had been atop the party for too long.

More than six months into her second spin as speaker and her 17th year as leader of the House Democrats, the San Francisco politician has won over those centrist skeptics. As House members left Washington on Friday for their six-week summer break, Pelosi's position atop the Democratic Party — which she leads until there is a 2020 presidential nominee — hasn't been stronger.

1300 (with trims) by Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED


^President Trump signs $10.2B 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund into law<

911FUND:NY — It took nearly 18 years, but anyone sickened or dying from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, finally will have the backing of the federal government after President Donald Trump signed the bill Monday to make 9/11 aid essentially permanent.

Trump signed the "Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act" in a sun-soaked Rose Garden, surrounded by dozens of 9/11 responders, union officials and lawmakers who toiled for years to win passage of the legislation.

500 by Michael McAuliff. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Pompeo says Trump has ordered troop reduction in Afghanistan to occur before election<

USAFGHAN-TROOPS:DPA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he is under orders from President Donald Trump to implement troop reductions in Afghanistan before the U.S. elections in November next year.

"That's my directive from the president of the United States," Pompeo said Monday at the Economic Club of Washington when asked about plans. "He's been unambiguous: End the endless wars, draw down, reduce."

200 by dpa in Washington. MOVED


^Road bill would increase spending by 25 percent, speed permits and add climate title<

CONGRESS-INFRASTRUCTURE:CON — A bill that aims to increase funding by more than 25% for the repair and maintenance of roads and bridges, and expedite federal approvals of large infrastructure projects was released Monday by the Senate public works panel, which set a Tuesday markup for the legislation.

The still-unnumbered bill by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee would reauthorize funding for surface transportation programs for five years, starting when the current law lapses at the end of September 2020.

750 by Elvina Nawaguna in Washington. MOVED



^Biden and little-known candidates have the most at stake in this week's Democratic debate<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE:LA — After a two nights of debate that recast the Democratic race, a new round beginning Tuesday could shake up the contest even more by culling the presidential field to just about a handful of serious contenders.

As the candidates take the stage in Detroit those with the most at stake are standing at opposite ends of the wide-open contest.

1050 by Mark Z. Barabak. MOVED


^Who, when, where: A primer on the Democratic debate in Detroit<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-QA:LA — They're at it again, the army of Democrats running for president, preparing to jostle under the bright lights and offer, as best they can in soundbite-sized pieces, their vision for the nation and why they alone are best suited to take on President Trump in 2020.

Which is to say it's time for another round of debates, this time live from Detroit!

950 by Mark Z. Barabak. MOVED


^Flint looks to the future after the water crisis and years of distrust<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-FLINT-ADV30:LA — An outsider walking through neighborhoods on this city's north side might not see much to feel optimistic about.

On block after block, houses stand abandoned and burned out. Weed-choked empty parcels dot the streetscape. Schools and churches are boarded up.

But neighborhood leaders like Leon El-Alamin and Timothy Abdul-Matin don't see hopelessness in the places where they grew up. They see an opportunity. They are teaching job skills to ex-prisoners and enlisting them in cleaning up blighted properties.

"Their efforts come at a time when the nation's political spotlight will shine on Michigan because of the Democratic presidential debate 60 miles south in Detroit on Tuesday and Wednesday.

1800 by Tyrone Beason and Seema Mehta in Flint, Mich. MOVED


^2020 Democrats keep shifting left. Moderates fret they'll shift even further at next debate<

DEMOCRATS-MODERATES:WA — Bob Buckhorn remembers sitting at home in Florida last month watching the first Democratic presidential debate — and openly worrying about what he was seeing.

The former centrist Democratic mayor of Tampa said the candidates were lurching much too far to the left on key policy issues, damaging the party's chances of defeating President Donald Trump during next year's election.

"I don't think most Americans are comfortable with some of what they heard last debate," Buckhorn said. "And I think it's unfortunate."

Buckhorn's view is a common one among moderate Democrats.

900 by Alex Roarty in Washington. MOVED


^Kamala Harris' 'Medicare for all' plan includes a role for private health insurance<

HARRIS-HEALTHCARE:LA — Sen. Kamala Harris released her own version of a "Medicare for all" plan on Monday that imposes a tax on Wall Street instead of on middle-class households and tightly regulates, but not abolishes, private insurance plans.

The proposal offers the most detailed look yet on how the California senator, who has struggled at times to articulate her health care stances, would balance the competing demands within the Democratic party: promoting a sweeping government overhaul that has became a rallying cry of progressives while assuaging wary centrists by giving people an option of plans to choose.

850 by Melanie Mason. MOVED


^As Democrats descend on Detroit for presidential debate, black voters offer a warning: Don't take us for granted<

DEMOCRATS-BLACKVOTERS:TB — Sitting on the crumbling porch of a small, boarded-up house where Malcolm X once lived, community activist Aaron Sims recalls Inkster as the place where African American workers on Henry Ford's assembly line settled because they weren't welcome in the nearby factory town of Dearborn.

Sims describes several years of fighting to save the dilapidated home where the civil rights leader lived during part of his formative years, shares his hopes of turning the modest property into a museum for his small, struggling suburb and talks proudly of twice casting his ballot for Barack Obama, the nation's first black president.

But when the topic turns to the 2016 election, the 41-year-old lawn care company owner says he has a secret of sorts: He voted for Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton.

2550 (with trims) by Bill Ruthhart in Inkster, Mich. MOVED



^Capital One hit with massive data breach affecting more than 100 million customers<

CAPITALONE-DATABREACH-CORRECTION:NY — Capital One said Monday that the data of 100 million U.S. customers was illegally accessed in a breach that federal prosecutors said was perpetrated by a Seattle woman who allegedly hacked the bank's server at a cloud-computing company.

Six million Canadian customers were also affected.

Federal prosecutors said that sometime between March 12 and July 17, Paige A. Thompson, 33, of Seattle hacked Capital One's rented server space.

300 by David Matthews. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED


^Slain LAPD Officer Juan Diaz had dreamed of serving the city he loved<

LA-OFFICERSHOT:LA — Two days after a young off-duty officer was fatally shot at a taco stand in Lincoln Heights, police were still looking for the gunman who killed him.

Juan Jose Diaz, 24, was eating near the stand shortly after midnight Saturday with his girlfriend and her two brothers when he saw someone tagging a wall, according to law enforcement sources. Diaz told the person to stop, spurring a confrontation that led to his death.

Diaz was pronounced dead at the scene close to Avenue 26 and Humboldt Street. His girlfriend's brother was taken to a hospital for treatment.

550 by Ben Poston and Laura Newberry in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Trump takes new swipe at Baltimore, Cummings and drags Rev. Al Sharpton into Twitter attack<

TRUMP-CUMMINGS:BZ — President Donald Trump Monday morning continued to tweet about Baltimore and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, while taking new aim at Rev. Al Sharpton.

Trump sparked a sharp reaction over the weekend from many Baltimore residents and political figures when he tweeted Saturday that the city was a "rat and rodent infested mess." The comments were aimed at Cummings, a Democrat who has been a vocal critic of Trump's border and immigration policies and leads a committee investigating Trump's and his family's actions.

350 by Lillian Reed in Baltimore. MOVED


^Baltimore county executive calls out code violations at Kushner properties<

TRUMP-CUMMINGS-KUSHNER:BZ — Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. said Monday that President Donald Trump's Twitter attacks on Baltimore and the region are ironic, but he hoped to turn what he called a pile-on into a conversation about solutions.

On Saturday Trump unleashed several insults on Twitter against "brutal bully" Democratic U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings and his district. But Olszewski, a Democrat, noted that the county once had to threaten the family real estate company of Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, to get the firm to address code violations and other issues at its Baltimore County properties.

600 by Wilborn P. Nobles III in Baltimore. MOVED


^City covered its rent, but Trump's golf course in Bronx still lost money<

TRUMP-GOLFCOURSE:NY — How bad is the president's golf game? Even his course didn't make the cut.

A Trump-branded golf course in the Bronx lost money for the first time since it opened four years ago, according to reports and financial papers filed with the city.

The president's company lost $122,000 while running Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, but blamed the city for installing a faulty gas pipe that delayed a construction project.

Despite a sweetheart deal in which the city agreed to cover the course's irrigation bills and its first four years of rent, the course was in the red for the operating year that ended in March.

400 by Leonard Greene in New York. MOVED


^Ghost Ship closing arguments: One defendant 'a narcissist,' the other 'no innocent,' DA says<

CALIF-OAKLAND-FIRE:CC — The courtroom was silent as Alameda County Deputy District Attorney Autrey James showed the photos of the 36 people who perished in the Ghost Ship fire — except for the audible sobs of the victims' families present in the courtroom on Monday.

"When you go to an event we all expect to go home after. Back to our loved ones, to our jobs," said James. "But for 36 people, that didn't happen."

It was an emotional hearing in the start of the closing arguments in the involuntary manslaughter case of Derick Almena, 49, and Max Harris, 29.

950 by Angela Ruggiero in Oakland, Calif. MOVED


^ 'Pink Lady' bank-robbery suspects arrested by FBI in Charlotte<

BANKROBBERY-SUSPECTS:CH — The FBI in Charlotte has charged two women in a series of "Pink Lady" bank robberies along the East Coast, two of them in North Carolina.

150 by Josh Shaffer in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED


^5 found dead in Wisconsin, with alleged shooter among the dead<

WIS-SHOOTING-DEATHS:MS — Five people were found dead Sunday night following a reported shooting in Chippewa County, Wis.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting at a residence in the Village of Lake Hallie, where officers found the bodies of a man and woman — one of which was the suspected shooter — and two other adult family members with gunshot wounds.

Deputies visited the home of the suspected shooter's family in the Town of Lafayette. Inside, officers discovered three dead of an apparent homicide.

150 by Zoe Jackson. MOVED


^Authorities investigating 11 fires overnight in Baltimore<

BALTIMORE-FIRES:BZ — Baltimore City fire and police departments are investigating a string of 11 fires that broke out in the Edmondson Village neighborhood Monday morning.

150 by McKenna Oxenden in Baltimore. MOVED


^Hundreds of volunteers help save five whales stranded off Florida beach<

ENV-WHALE-RESCUE:PT — Five pilot whales stranded in shallow water on a Florida beach were rescued Monday afternoon thanks to the efforts of scientists, the Coast Guard, and a small army of beachgoers who volunteered to help.

Authorities were notified of the whales at Redington Beach by a 911 call that came through around 6:30 a.m. from a concerned beachgoer who reported seeing whales splashing in the shallows and spouting through their blowholes.

800 by Aaron Holmes in Redington Beach, Fla. MOVED


^Two rapes put a 19-year-old in therapy. Then, her therapist told her she was 'so sexy'<

FLA-THERAPIST-RAPEVICTIM:MI — A Palm Harbor, Fla., mental health counselor gave up his license after the Florida Department of Health suspended him for sexually pursuing a 19-year-old patient, a two-time rape victim.

The emergency suspension order on Stephen McGinley's license says he told the young woman she was "extremely hot," "I want to make love to you, girl slowly" and touched her sexually while slow-dancing with her during a session.

700 by David J. Neal in Miami. MOVED


^Florida day care workers find 2-year-old boy dead in van<

FLA-DAYCARE-DEATH-1ST-LEDE:FL — A 2-year-old boy was found dead inside a van Monday outside of a Florida day care center, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

The investigation into the boy's death was underway at Ceressa's Daycare & Preschool in Oakland Park. Shortly after 3 p.m., day care employees found the child's body inside the van, according to sheriff's spokeswoman Keyla Concepcion. The white Ford E-350 Super Duty van, parked in the day care's driveway, had a sign affixed to its side with the name of the center.

"We know that at some time earlier today the boy was transported to this facility inside that van," Concepcion said. "At this point, we don't know how the boy came to be left in that van."

550 by Tonya Alanez and Brooke Baitinger in Oakland Park, Fla. MOVED


^San Francisco State shuts down Chinese language program under federal pressure<

CMP-CHINA-INSTITUTE:LA — Under federal pressure, San Francisco State University has abruptly ended a 14-year collaboration with China that subsidized the Redding program and supported Chinese language classes, cultural events, teacher training and summer camps for thousands of other Bay Area students, educators and community members.

Since 2005, San Francisco State had partnered with Beijing Normal University to host a collaborative Confucius Institute on the Bay Area campus. The $390,000 annual costs were split between SFSU and Hanban, an affiliate of the Chinese Ministry of Education.

But U.S. officials are taking aim at Confucius and other Chinese government-supported programs, warning that universities have unwittingly exposed themselves to undue influence or even espionage efforts from America's major political and economic rival.

1250 (with trims) by Teresa Watanabe in San Francisco. MOVED


^Missouri and Kansas record more drug overdose deaths even as they decline nationwide<

MO-KAN-OVERDOSES:KC — New federal data shows drug overdose deaths declining nationally for the first time in decades — but continuing to rise in Kansas and Missouri.

Health officials have hailed the Centers for Disease Control's preliminary data for 2018 as a rare bit of positive news, with drug-related deaths declining about 5% after reaching a historic high of 72,000 in 2017. It would be the first year-over-year decrease since 1990, before the opioid epidemic ramped up.

But even as most states are projected to show decreases when death reports are finalized, Kansas and Missouri are among those that are not.

700 by Andy Marso in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^2 elevators got stuck at Chicago's former John Hancock Center over a recent weekend: 'I don't know what they have to do'<

CHICAGO-ELEVATORS-STUCK:TB — After grabbing drinks on the 96th floor of the former John Hancock Center, Phil Bird, his wife, sister and her fiance got into an elevator with nine other people and headed to the ground floor.

They almost made it.

700 by Alejandro Serrano in Chicago. MOVED


^Newlywed woman dies while hiking to 'Into the Wild' bus in Alaska<

ALASKA-HIKER-DEATH:AC — A woman from Belarus died Thursday night when she was swept away at a river crossing near Healy, Alaska State Troopers said.

Newlyweds Veranika Nikanava and Piotr Markielau, both 24, were trying to cross the Teklanika River at the upper crossing along the Stampede Trail shortly before midnight when Nikanava was swept under the water, said Ken Marsh, a troopers spokesman.

200 by Madeline McGee in Anchorage, Alaska. MOVED


^Beijing declares support for Hong Kong police and government, condemning protesters in rare press conference<

CHINA-HONGKONG:LA — China's top government office dealing with Hong Kong affairs voiced support for Hong Kong's government and police and condemned protesters in a rare press conference on Monday afternoon.

"We call on people from all walks of life in Hong Kong to unequivocally oppose and resist violence," said Yang Guang, spokesman for the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, calling protesters "radical elements" committing "evil and criminal acts."

950 by Alice Su in Beijing. MOVED


^This Iranian opposition group was labeled a terrorist organization. Now it has supporters in the White House<

USIRAN-MEK:LA — For decades, the United States categorized the Mujahedin Khalq, or MEK, as a terrorist organization. In the Trump era, members of the Iranian dissident group, which seeks to topple the government in Iran, have found key allies in Washington.

People close to President Donald Trump, including national security advisor John Bolton, and Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, are supporters of the Mujahedin Khalq. For years, Bolton and Giuliani have called for a change of government in Tehran and have described the Mujahedin Khalq as a viable alternative to the government of the Islamic Republic.

1350 (with trims) by Melissa Etehad. MOVED


^US-China talks set to resume as neither seems eager for a deal<

USCHINA-TRADE:BLO — Almost three months after their trade talks broke down in acrimony, Chinese and American negotiators meet again in Shanghai this week amid tempered expectations for breakthroughs in their yearlong trade war.

Two days of talks are scheduled to restart Tuesday after an uneasy truce reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, last month. Deep tensions remain, though, and recent days have brought mixed signals from both sides, with neither showing an urge to compromise.

850 by Kevin Hamlin in Beijing. MOVED


^Trump has toned down rhetoric against Mexicans, Lopez Obrador says<

USMEXICO-LOPEZOBRADOR:BLO — President Donald Trump has moderated his comments against Mexicans in the past few years and is intent on building respectful bilateral relations, according to Mexican leader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

"He's toned it down," Lopez Obrador, also known as AMLO, said in an interview Monday in Mexico City with Bloomberg Editor in Chief John Micklethwait. "It's notable."

300 by Daniel Cancel. MOVED


^8-year-old pushed onto tracks, killed by oncoming train in Germany<

GERMANY-TRAIN-DEATH:DPA — An 8-year-old boy was killed on Monday when a man pushed him and his mother into the path of an oncoming train at Frankfurt's main train station.

A 40-year-old suspect with Eritrean citizenship was taken into custody and the case is being treated as a homicide, police said. The alleged attacker had been living in Switzerland, sources close to the investigation told dpa.

450 by Petra Knobel in Frankfurt, Germany. MOVED



^Birth at Safari Park marks milestone in saving nearly extinct rhino<

ENV-WHITERHINO-BIRTH:SD — Victoria the southern white rhino is now happily bonding with her healthy newborn son at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. And with that birth on Sunday, the prospects for rescuing their nearly extinct kin have brightened.

The successful pregnancy of Victoria is a dry run for an ambitious program to bring back the closely related northern white rhino using stem cell technology. Only two of this subspecies are alive in the world, both of them females too old to give birth.

400 by Bradley J. Fikes in San Diego. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.



^Trump is challenging what it means to be American, and naturalized citizens are unsettled<

^NATURALIZED-CITIZENS:LA—<On the day Donald Trump was inaugurated president, Sonora Jha was walking past a group of white men at a work site in downtown Seattle when one told her, "Go home!"

Jha, shaken, didn't know whether to confront the men or let it go: This was her home. After emigrating from India, the author became a naturalized American citizen in 2016.

When President Trump's supporters chanted a new version of that threat against his critic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, calling for Trump to "send her back" to Somalia, the familiar words jolted Jha and other naturalized citizens.

Trump has stoked racial animosity unlike any other president in recent history, challenging what it means to be a U.S. citizen by transforming the nation's immigration policies and accusing opponents of not belonging in America.

1500 by Matt Pearce, Michael Finnegan, Tyrone Beason and Melissa Gomez. MOVED


^For a fragile frog population, wildfire is the latest challenge<

ENV-WILDFIRES-FROGS:LA — Katy Delaney stood at the top of the canyon, below her feet a wooded glen transformed into a wasteland.

At the bottom, the walls of the canyon were green with new scrub. Above that, the crooked black fingers of tree branches burned crisp by fire dangled like claws.

Delaney pointed to an open patch of sediment at the base of the canyon. A year ago, pools of cool water gleamed under the sun and frogs basked on their banks. Now, a trickle of water lazed through the mud. And the California red-legged frog, whose fate had consumed eight years of Delaney's life, was nowhere to be seen.

The wildlife ecologist for the National Park Service and her colleagues had reintroduced the endangered frog to four sites in the Santa Monica Mountains. They kept the locations secret.

But they couldn't hide the frogs from the most destructive wildfire in Los Angeles County history.

1850 by Joe Dworetzky in Los Angeles. MOVED




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