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News Budget for Wednesday, September 11, 2019


Updated at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 UTC).








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^Supreme Court rules for Trump on asylum ban at southern border<

SCOTUS-IMMIGRATION-ASYLUM-1ST-LEDE:LA — The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled for President Donald Trump and cleared the way for his administration to enforce a ban on nearly all asylum-seekers arriving at the southern border.

The justices by a 7-2 vote granted an emergency appeal from Trump's lawyers and set aside orders from judges in California who had blocked Trump's new rule from taking effect.

700 by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED


^Trump plans to ban flavored e-cigarettes<

ECIGARETTES-1ST-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration plans to ban non-tobacco-flavored vaping products amid heightened concerns about their health hazards and surging use by teenagers.

The move comes after reports of at least six deaths and more than 400 cases of severe lung illnesses that are believed linked to the electronic cigarette products that feature sweet, fruity and minty flavors as well as conventional tobacco flavors.

900 by James F. Peltz and Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED


^Trump suggests he might soften Iran sanctions, day after firing hard-liner Bolton<

TRUMP-TALIBAN-1ST-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump opened the door Wednesday to lifting some sanctions on Iran in an effort to set up a meeting with that country's leaders, a softening of his "maximum pressure" campaign against Tehran just a day after the firing of national security adviser John Bolton.

Trump has long claimed that the sanctions would cripple Iran's economy to the point of forcing its government back to the bargaining table. So far, that has not occurred.

1300 by Eli Stokols and Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED


^At least 2,500 people registered as missing in the Bahamas; oil spill spreads<

^BAHAMAS:MI—<At least 2,500 people have been registered as missing in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the Bahamas government said Wednesday, as it confirmed that oil from tanks damaged by the storm had spread along the coast of Grand Bahama.

The National Emergency Management Agency became aware of the oil spill as soon as it was able to fly over Grand Bahama and alerted the Norwegian company, Equinor, that owns and manages the facility, said spokesperson Carl Smith.

600 by Jacqueline Charles. MOVED


^Memorial service for 9/11 victims turns political with attack on Rep. Omar, call to end gun violence<

SEPT11-ANNIVERSARY-NEWYORK-1ST-LEDE:NY — Anguish mixed uncomfortably with advocacy at ground zero as mourners again filled the sacred space for the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, with a memorial service both sadly familiar and freshly heartbreaking.

The typically nonpartisan remembrance of the 2,753 victims killed in the World Trade Center terrorist attack veered suddenly into the political Wednesday, with the son of a Sept. 11 victim ripping U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar shortly after the mother of a man killed in the Twin Towers called for an end to America's continued gun violence.

800 by Wes Parnell and Larry McShane in New York. MOVED


^'Not a wandering tourist': Guilty verdict for woman accused of trespassing at Trump's Mar-a-Lago<

MARALAGO-ARREST:MI — A Chinese businesswoman was found guilty Wednesday of trespassing at Mar-a-Lago and lying to a federal agent about why she was at President Donald Trump's private Palm Beach club, capping a bizarre federal trial where the enigmatic defendant's true purpose in coming to the resort was never answered.

Was Yujing Zhang, 33, just a bumbling tourist or an agent of Beijing's government? One thing is certain: Zhang, who has been in federal custody since her arrest March 30, now faces up to one year in prison on the trespassing charge and five years on the false-statement offense.

1100 by Jay Weaver and Nicholas Nehamas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED



^Trump delays China tariff increase as trade talks approach<

USCHINA-TARIFFS:BLO — President Donald Trump on Wednesday said he was postponing the imposition of 5% extra tariffs on Chinese goods by two weeks, a move that delays the next escalation of the trade war and brightens the backdrop for upcoming trade negotiations.

300 by John Harney in Washington and Jeffrey Black in Hong Kong. MOVED


^White House says no protected status now for Bahamians post-Dorian<

BAHAMIANS-TPS:BLO — President Donald Trump's administration doesn't plan at this time to invoke a special immigration status for Bahamians displaced by Hurricane Dorian who are already in the U.S, an official familiar with the matter said.

The official, speaking Wednesday on condition of anonymity, said the U.S. continues to support the recovery effort with aid and services.

300 by Josh Wingrove in Washington. MOVED


^Democrats ramp up Trump inquiries<

TRUMP-INVESTIGATIONS:BLO — Heading into his re-election campaign, President Donald Trump faces months of inquiries by House Democrats beyond a potential impeachment probe.

The scrutiny extends from Trump's personal finances to decisions made by the White House on issues such as health care and immigration, his alleged direct involvement in payments to silence two women claiming to have had affairs with him and whether his closest aides improperly used private messaging services to conduct official business.

Most probes don't have a direct tie-in to whether the Judiciary Committee opens a formal presidential impeachment inquiry. But many do, and the interconnected investigations will add to the drumbeat of Democratic attacks on Trump leading up to the 2020 election.

Here are some of the biggest investigations to keep tabs on in upcoming months:

1350 by Billy House in Washington. MOVED


^Trump closes in on background check decision, key senators say<

TRUMP-GUNS:CON — President Donald Trump may soon announce whether he will support a yet-to-be-written Senate bill expanding background checks for commercial gun sales, a bipartisan group of senators said Wednesday.

Trump spoke for about 45 minutes by phone with the trio of members at the center of background check talks. Sens. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., Patrick J. Toomey, R-Pa., and Christopher S. Murphy, D-Conn., told reporters the president discussed options for securing a potential deal.

500 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED


^Trump rules out unilateral move on cutting capital gains tax<

TRUMP-TAXES:BLO — President Donald Trump has decided against making an end-run around Congress to cut the tax on capital gains by indexing gains to inflation, the White House said Wednesday evening.

The decision was announced after a meeting earlier in the day between Trump and his economic advisers, where they discussed whether to move ahead with the tax break.

550 by Jordan Fabian, Laura Davison and Saleha Mohsin in Washington. MOVED


^Hoyer contradicts Judiciary Committee on impeachment inquiry<

DEMOCRATS-IMPEACHMENT-1ST-LEDE:CON — House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer on Wednesday directly contradicted Judiciary Committee Democrats' assertion that they're engaged in an impeachment inquiry.

"No," the Maryland Democrat told reporters during his weekly press briefing when asked if he thought an impeachment inquiry was underway. "I think the delineation ought to be whether or not they're considering a resolution of impeachment."

Since such a resolution is not currently before the committee, Hoyer said he would not characterize their proceedings as an impeachment inquiry.

"I don't want to be simplistic about it but I don't want to quibble on words, either," he said.

Roughly an hour after the pen-and-pad briefing ended, however, Hoyer sent out a statement trying to clarify his comments.

900 by Lindsey McPherson in Washington. MOVED


^3 Bolton allies resign from Trump administration<

BOLTON-ALLIES:BLO — Three top allies of John Bolton resigned from President Donald Trump's administration on Wednesday, departing the White House a day after the former national security adviser left amid disputes with the president over a range of policy issues.

300 by Justin Sink and Jennifer Jacobs in Washington. MOVED


^Trump grew weary of Bolton's push for military force against Venezuela<

BOLTON-VENEZUELA:WA — President Donald Trump ousted John Bolton in part because of frustration with his third national security adviser's guidance to pair military power with economic pressure against Venezuela, according to current and former administration officials.

One senior administration official said that Trump had grown weary of repeated vows from Bolton that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro would be out of office in short order. A second official said that they had clashed over Bolton's efforts to advance planning for military intervention.

That official pointed to the administration's national security strategy, which predated Bolton's tenure and called for "strong diplomatic engagement" to isolate rogue nations in the Western Hemisphere. "That has been and remains the policy," the official told McClatchy, although officials across the administration insist that all options are on the table.

650 by Michael Wilner in Washington. MOVED


^Narco-terror charges await Venezuela's former spymaster. Will he cooperate?<

VENEZUELA-SPYMASTER-CHARGES:MI — Former Venezuelan military spymaster Hugo Carvajal Barrios faces U.S. prosecution under a unique provision of the 2006 Patriot Act that treats him as an alleged narco-terrorist.

Spanish judges are expected to hear Carvajal's extradition case as early as Thursday. He was arrested last April 12 by Spanish authorities as he entered under a false name after fleeing Venezuela despite holding a legislative seat there.

U.S. prosecutors in New York filed a sealed indictment in 2011 against Carvajal, 59, for alleged drug trafficking. He had already been placed on a Treasury Department sanctions list in 2008.

1100 (with trims) by Kevin G. Hall and Antonio Maria Delgado in Washington. MOVED


^Appeals court nominee won't answer questions about role in White House immigration policies<

APPEALSCOURT-NOMINEE:CON — President Donald Trump's nominee for a lifetime seat on the federal appeals court based in New York told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he cannot discuss his role in developing the administration's immigration policy.

Steven Menashi, who works in the White House counsel's office, has been among the top targets for progressive groups trying to derail Trump nominees to the federal bench, citing a variety of past writings and statements.

At a Wednesday morning confirmation hearing an exchange between Menashi and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein of California saw Menashi confirm that he had spoken with senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller, but repeatedly declined to talk about specifics.

500 by Niels Lesniewski in Washington. MOVED

^Ways and Means to weigh rollback of state, local tax deduction cap<

HOUSE-DEMOCRATS-TAXDEDUCTIONS:CON — Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee will soon hold "at least a full-throttle discussion" about their concerns with the $10,000 cap on state and local income tax deductions that was part of the 2017 tax code overhaul, though it is uncertain whether that will lead to legislation that would increase or even repeal the limit.

750 by Doug Sword in Washington. MOVED


^House passes bill to permanently ban offshore drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast<

CONGRESS-DRILLING:WA — The House of Representatives passed a bill to permanently ban offshore drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast on Wednesday, a move Florida lawmakers said will help the state's tourism industry and military installations.

The bill, Protecting and Securing Florida's Coastline Act, passed on a vote of 248-180, with 21 Republicans joining 227 Democrats in favor. Four Democrats and one independent, along with 175 Republicans, voted against the bill.

900 (with trims) by Alex Daugherty in Washington. MOVED


^Ocasio-Cortez makes $1,200 student loan payment — in middle of hearing on student loan debt<

^OCASIOCORTEZ-PAYMENT:NY—<U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made a payment on her five-figure student loan debt — right in the middle of a hearing about America's $1.5 trillion student debt problem.

The New York Democrat said the dramatic $1,200 online payment should be a wake-up call to her Republican colleagues about how widespread the student debt burden is.

250 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED



^Poll: Democrats see Biden, Warren as close fits ideologically, view Sanders as more extreme<

DEMOCRATS-2020-POLL:LA — Democratic primary voters nationwide see former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren as relatively close to their own political views but regard Sen. Bernie Sanders as significantly further to their left, a new University of Southern California Dornsife/Los Angeles Times poll shows.

The Democrats see Biden as slightly more conservative than themselves and Warren as slightly more liberal, the poll found.

As with other recent surveys, the latest USC/L.A. Times poll shows Biden, Sanders and Warren as the top choices for Democrats nationwide, with Warren having moved into a rough tie with Sanders for second place behind Biden. Sen. Kamala Harris has faded, having lost many of her supporters after a spike earlier in the summer.

Among the lead trio, Sanders has a couple of significant disadvantages, the poll indicates.

1450 by David Lauter in Washington. MOVED


^What time is the Democratic debate in Houston and which candidates are on stage?<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-QA:LA — It's mid-September, a time when the days grow shorter, the leaves begin to fall and all across the land thoughts turn to well, not to presidential politics.

Even so, 10 Democrats clamoring to win the White House in 2020 will return to the debate stage Thursday night for three hours of questions and answers, elbows and jockeying, and all the carefully scripted spontaneity the candidates can muster.

850 by Mark Z. Barabak. MOVED


^'That's a turnoff': Democratic debate attacks make some primary voters cringe<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-INFIGHTING-ADV12:LA — When Ray Watkins watches the third Democratic presidential primary debate, he'll do so with a twinge of trepidation.

In the last two debates, he saw his party's candidates rip into each other over health care, immigration and criminal justice policy. It wasn't a pleasant sight.

"It's like you have your brothers and sisters fighting against each other," said Watkins, a 46-year-old voter from Londonderry. "That's a turnoff."

The 10 Democratic candidates who take the stage in Houston on Thursday may see a verbal haymaker as a way to knock out a rival and claim victory in the debate. But many of their party's primary voters dread more attacks, fearing that intraparty sparring will harm their nominee in a general election against President Donald Trump.

1100 (with trims) by Melanie Mason in Londonderry, N.H., and Matt Pearce in Fort Dodge, Iowa. MOVED


^As next debate nears, trailing candidates soldier on in obscurity<

DEMOCRATS-2020-STALLED-CANDIDATES-CORRECTION:LA — With donor money drying up, poll numbers going nowhere and the media losing interest, candidates struggling with single-digit (or even zero-digit) voter support are reassessing, rejiggering and relaunching.

A senator, two governors and two congressmen have already called the race quits. Many of those who haven't are facing regular indignities on the trail, traveling repeatedly to states with early primaries only to find voters who wouldn't recognize them standing in line at Dunkin' Donuts.

Yet the also-rans soldier on — even when staying in the race threatens to damage their future political prospects — fueled by a great engine of political campaigns: irrational hope.

1400 by Evan Halper in Manchester, N.H. MOVED


^North Carolina's 9th District highlights trouble spots for both parties<

NCCONGRESS-9THDISTRICT-LESSONS:CON — Within eight minutes of each other Wednesday morning, the two House campaign committees blasted out dueling memos about what Republican state Sen. Dan Bishop's 2-point victory in North Carolina's 9th District means for the country's political future.

The posturing was typical of reactions to special elections in the era of President Donald Trump. Publicly, at least, Republicans say everything is fine, while Democrats celebrate a narrow loss in a district that shouldn't have been competitive.

Still, there are warning signs for both parties in Tuesday's result.

1200 by Simone Pathe in Washington. MOVED


^Lewandowski leads New Hampshire GOP Senate primary field, poll finds<

NHSENATE-POLL:CON — Former Trump campaign manager and political commentator Corey Lewandowski would lead a GOP primary for New Hampshire's Senate seat, a new poll shows.

Lewandowski, the president's first campaign manager in the 2016 election who helped him navigate a crowded GOP primary field, captured 23% support in a hypothetical primary race, an Emerson College poll released Tuesday found.

450 by Griffin Connolly in Washington. MOVED



^5 people injured in stabbing in Tallahassee<

FLA-STABBING:PT — Several people were stabbed at a building materials business in Tallahassee Wednesday morning before a suspect, identified by police as an employee, was taken into custody.

The attack, at Dyke Industries on the northwest side of the city, left five people with multiple stab wounds.

500 by Lawrence Mower, Elizabeth Koh and Emily L. Mahoney in Tallahassee, Fla. MOVED


^Trump administration bars access to immigration tent courts<

IMMIGRATION-TENT-COURTS:LA — The Trump administration announced Wednesday that new immigration courts in tents on the Texas border with Mexico will be closed to legal observers, the media and the public.

Immigration lawyers condemned the restrictions as a violation of the due process rights of asylum-seekers.

550 by Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Houston. MOVED


^Jerry Falwell Jr. asks Miami judge to drop suit over alleged South Beach hostel deal<

FALWELLJR-POOLBOY:MI — The alleged partnership offer by Jerry Falwell Jr. that's at the heart of the evangelical leader's "pool boy" saga is based on flimsy evidence and a timeline of events that don't merit consideration by a Miami judge, Falwell said in court papers this week.

New filings in the breach-of-contract suit against the Liberty University president amplify past arguments by Falwell that his accuser, Miami-Dade commission aide Gordon Bello, is trying to wring money from the Liberty University president over brief discussions about a real estate venture with a future Falwell partner, Giancarlo Granda.

Granda is a former Fontainebleau pool attendant who met Falwell and his wife, Rebecca, during the couple's beach vacation in 2012 and went on to help oversee renovations of the South Beach hostel that a family entity purchased in 2013 for $4.7 million.

800 (with trims) by Douglas Hanks in Miami. MOVED


^Appeals court says Ohio execution protocol doesn't cause unconstitutional pain<

OHIO-EXECUTIONS:OH — The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday that just because an inmate feels like he's being suffocated after a lethal injection, that doesn't amount to cruel and unusual punishment.

A three-judge panel of the court, sitting in Cincinnati, said a federal judge in Dayton was wrong when he ruled in January that Ohio's execution protocol is likely to create the sensation of drowning after the first of three drugs is administered, and then burning when another drug is given.

950 (with trims) by Marty Schladen in Columbus, Ohio. MOVED


^Audit finds nearly 3,000 illegal marijuana businesses in Calif., dwarfing legal trade<

CALIF-MARIJUANA-BLACKMARKET:LA — California's black market for cannabis is at least three times the size of its regulated weed industry, according to an audit made public Wednesday, the latest illustration of the state's continued struggle to tame a cannabis economy that has long operated in legal limbo.

The audit, conducted by the United Cannabis Business Association, found approximately 2,835 unlicensed dispensaries and delivery services operating in California. By comparison, only 873 cannabis sellers in the state are licensed, according to the Bureau of Cannabis Control.

1050 by James Queally in Los Angeles and Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^California boat fire investigators hope burned remains of Conception hold vital clues<

CALIF-BOATFIRE:LA — The investigation into the boat fire that killed 34 people is expected to shift later this week to the burned out remains of the Conception, which officials hope can yield new clues.

Authorities have been planning to raise the boat from the Santa Barbara Channel for days, but those efforts have been repeatedly put off due to bad weather. Officials now expect the salvage process to begin Thursday or Friday.

650 by Richard Winton, Mark Puente and Alex Wigglesworth in Santa Barbara, Calif. MOVED


^In wake of boat fire, Coast Guard sets out new safety rules on preparedness, battery charging<

CALIF-BOATFIRE-SAFETY:LA — The Coast Guard has issued new emergency safety requirements to passenger vessels in the wake of the Labor Day boat fire off Santa Cruz Island that killed 34 people.

The bulletin calls on boat operators nationwide to review safety measures, make sure safety equipment is operational and reduce potential hazards from lithium batteries, power strips and extension cords.

600 by Richard Winton, Mark Puente and Matt Hamilton in Santa Barbara, Calif. MOVED


^Final victim of California boat fire is recovered by divers<

CALIF-BOATFIRE-VICTIM:LA — Divers on Wednesday recovered the final victim of the California boat fire that killed 34 people on Labor Day.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department announced the discovery, saying DNA testing would determine the identity of the body.

Authorities have been planning to raise the boat from the Santa Barbara Channel for days, but those efforts have been repeatedly delayed because of bad weather. Officials now expect the salvage process to begin Thursday or Friday.

300 by Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Lions, tigers and bears no more: California lawmakers ban exotic animals at circuses<

CALIF-CIRCUS-ANIMALS:LA — Circuses in California would no longer be allowed to include wild animals under a bill state legislators sent to Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday.

Should Newsom sign Senate Bill 313, circuses in the state will no longer be allowed to use bears, tigers, elephants, monkeys or other wild animals in their acts.

250 by Liam Dillon in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^North Carolina House overrides budget veto in surprise vote with almost half of lawmakers absent<

NC-BUDGET:RA — In a surprise move Wednesday morning, the North Carolina House of Representatives voted to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of the state budget with just over half of the 120 members present to vote.

Democrats in the chamber objected to the bill being brought up, saying they were told there would be no votes during the 8:30 a.m. session and that it was just a formality so work could begin. Rep. Jason Saine, a Lincolnton Republican, made the motion to reconsider the state budget and chaos in the chamber quickly ensued.

850 by Dawn Baumgartner Vaughan, Lauren Horsch and Paul A. Specht in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED


^California could soon ban sale of new fur products under bill sent to governor<

CALIF-FUR:LA — New fur coats and mink shawls could soon face extinction in California.

State lawmakers in the Assembly on Wednesday gave final approval to legislation that would outlaw new items made from the fur of undomesticated animals, including mink, rabbit and coyote. If signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, California would be the first state in the nation to ban the sale of new fur products.

1000 by Phil Willon and Sonja Sharp in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^Odds increase as next tropical storm could form from wave targeting Bahamas, then Florida<

WEA-TROPICALSYSTEM-1ST-LEDE:OS — A tropical wave in the Southwestern Atlantic has highly increased chances of developing into an organized storm and possibly Tropical Storm Humberto over the next two days as it heads toward the Bahamas and Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The wave, over the Turks and Caicos, has a 40% chance of developing into a tropical depression as early as Friday over the Bahamas or South Florida.

350 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^L.A. student took a bullet in the jaw, but the district didn't disclose the shooting for 2 weeks<

LA-STUDENTSHOT:LA — A student was shot in the jaw on Aug. 27 at Hollenbeck Middle School in Boyle Heights, possibly struck by a bullet fired from off campus, an incident that Los Angeles school officials publicly acknowledged for the first time Tuesday.

950 by Howard Blume, Sonali Kohli And Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Attorney for Fotis Dulos questions whether missing woman was ill or may have been undergoing pregnancy testing<

MISSINGMOTHER:HC — The attorney for Fotis Dulos, in court filings Tuesday, said he is seeking access to the medical records of Dulos' missing wife and mother of his five children in an effort to determine whether she was undergoing pregnancy testing or suffers from a serious disease, disclosures that could bolster defense attorneys' "Gone Girl" theory about her disappearance.

1150 (with trims) by Dave Altimari in Hartford, Conn. MOVED


^T. Boone Pickens, larger-than-life energy tycoon, dies at 91<

PICKENS-OBIT:DA — T. Boone Pickens, legendary energy executive, philanthropist, ardent Oklahoma State University supporter and one of America's most famous entrepreneurs, died peacefully Wednesday of natural causes at his Dallas home. He was 91.

Pickens had an energy career that went from laborer to corporate take-over raider to tycoon to business soothsayer.

L.A. movie producers would have been hard-pressed to create an exaggerated Hollywood version of the real-life man.

2900 (with trims) by Cheryl Hall in Dallas. MOVED


^Cal State universities may up their college admissions requirements. But will that hurt low-income students?<

^CMP-CALSTATE-REQUIREMENTS:LA—< As a high school freshman, Jennifer Velasquez worked every day after classes helping her mom sell elotes, raspados and tacos from a street cart in East Los Angeles. With rent to pay and siblings to support, they would often work late into the night, sometimes until 2 a.m. — and she would get only a few hours of sleep.

It's why, in part, she failed Algebra I.

She repeated the class her sophomore year, and then moved on junior and senior years to Geometry and Algebra II, determined to meet the requirements for admission to the California State University system. She was accepted to California State, Los Angeles, and, last month, Velasquez, 19, became the first in her family to attend college.

"It was difficult," Velasquez said. "If I had to do four years of math, it would have been more difficult."

1750 (with trims) by Nina Agrawal in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Judge in Brock Turner case lands new job — high school tennis coach<

CALIF-JUDGE-NEWJOB:SJ — More than a year after being recalled by voters, the controversial judge in the Brock Turner sexual assault case is now working as a coach at a California high school.

In a statement Tuesday, the Fremont Union High School District confirmed Aaron Persky was hired to head the junior varsity girls tennis team at Lynbrook High School in San Jose. Persky applied for the open position over the summer and successfully completed all of the district's hiring requirements, including a fingerprint background check.

350 by Jason Green in San Jose, Calif. MOVED


^ICE opens detention facility in Tacoma, Wash., for tour to dispel 'bad information'<

IMMIGRATION-DETENTIONCENTER:SE — After years of complaints and lawsuits over its treatment of immigrant detainees, the federal government invited reporters this week to take an "inside look" at its detention center in Tacoma, recently renamed the Northwest ICE Processing Center.

Nathalie Asher, who arrived in August to head enforcement and removal operations throughout the Northwest for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said she initiated the first-of-its-kind tour to dispel myths and "bad information" that she said had created a hostile environment for officers at the facility.

1050 by Nina Shapiro in Tacoma, Wash. MOVED



^Court ruling suggests Boris Johnson may have broken the ultimate taboo: Lying to Her Majesty<

BRITAIN:LA — It's one thing to make up tabloid-style tales of bumbling European Union bureaucrats, as former colleagues say Boris Johnson routinely did when he was a journalist in Brussels years ago.

It's another thing to mislead the public about how Brexit would supposedly benefit Britain's struggling National Health Service, as critics say Johnson and his hard-charging fellow Brexiters did during the 2016 referendum campaign over whether to leave the EU.

But it would be quite, quite, quite another thing to deceive Her Majesty the Queen — to actually lie to the 93-year-old monarch's face.

A Scottish court has ruled that the prime minister appeared to have done just that when he sought royal assent last month to suspend Parliament for five weeks. According to the sharply worded ruling, he was untruthful about his main motive for the suspension: to shut down debate over Brexit.

950 by Laura King. MOVED



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BRITAIN:DPA — 500 by Bill Smith in London. MOVED


^UK warns of protests, chaotic border scenes in no-deal Brexit<

BRITAIN-BREXIT-DOCUMENT:BLO — The full scale of the damage a no-deal Brexit could cause to the U.K. was revealed when Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government published its worst-case scenario — a document it tried to keep secret.

The paper warned of food and fuel shortages, disruption to the supply chain, public disorder and intense pressure to return to the negotiating table if the U.K. crashes out of the European Union without an agreement. The five-page summary of no-deal planning, code-named Yellowhammer, was released late Wednesday to meet a deadline forced upon the government by Parliament.

1000 (with trims) by Alex Morales and Robert Hutton in London. MOVED


^Al-Qaida leader urges attacks against the West on Sept. 11 anniversary<

SEPT11-ANNIVERSARY-ALQAIDA:DPA — Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for attacks against Israel and its allies around the world, in a recording released on the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.

"My Mujahid brothers in Palestine and in the rest of the Muslim Ummah (nation)! The interests of Israel and its American, British, French, Russian and European allies are spread all over the world," Al-Zawahiri said in a video recording aired on Wednesday by al-Qaida media arm As-Sahab.

300 by dpa in Cairo. MOVED


^Tongan prime minister dies in New Zealand hospital<

TONGA:DPA — Tongan Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva died in a New Zealand hospital Thursday, according to local reports.

Pohiva was admitted to Vaiola Hospital in Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa two weeks ago and was treated for pneumonia, a government statement said Wednesday.

On Tuesday, doctors decided that the 78-year-old had to be medically evacuated to a hospital in Auckland. Earlier this year Pohiva was treated for a liver condition in the New Zealand city.

250 in Wellington, New Zealand. MOVED


^Elephant hunts start in Botswana with cautious pricing approach<

ENV-BOTSWANA-ELEPHANTS:BLO — Botswana has reintroduced elephant hunts with a cautious approach to pricing, a move likely to further inflame the controversy threatening a $2 billion tourism industry after a five-year ban on hunting was lifted.

The government will auction licenses to hunting operators for the right to shoot 158 elephants but is yet to decide on the minimum price it will set at the sales, said Kitso Mokaila, the country's environment minister.

There will also be a charge of 20,000 pula, or $1,834, for each of 72 elephant hunting licenses designated for foreigners, according to government documents seen by Bloomberg.

400 by Antony Sguazzin in Johannesburg. MOVED



^Deaths of 9/11 first responders from ground zero-related illnesses are on the rise — diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis are just beginning to take their toll<

^MED-SEPT11-ILLNESSES:TB—<Like most first responders, former New York City detective Tom Frey is a master of understatement — even when it comes to talking about the World Trade Center terror attacks on 9/11, the most devastating assignment of his life.

"We were going down there, just trying to find anyone who was alive," he says of the hours and days that followed the collapse of the towering skyscrapers in Lower Manhattan. "We were digging in, moving concrete with our hands, basically just trying to find anyone, anybody who was alive. I was never lucky enough to find a survivor, but we did all we could."

America would never be the same. Neither would Tom Frey.

Frey, who now lives in Florida, is one of many 9/11 first responders with serious illnesses brought on by exposure to the dust, smoke and chemicals of ground zero.

1000 by Cindy Dampier. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.



^Argentina election raises doubts about Trump's bet on right-wing leaders<

ARGENTINA-ELECTION:LA — The White House is bracing for the likely electoral defeat of Argentina's conservative, pro-U.S. government, the latest example of how shifting Latin American politics are complicating President Donald Trump's agenda in the region, including ousting Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro and stemming the flood of refugees to the U.S.

The diminution of partners for Trump stems from his preference for and reliance on right-wing leaders in Latin America just as they are increasingly falling out of favor with voters amid corruption investigations and resurging guerrilla violence.

The most immediate looming crisis is here in Argentina. President Mauricio Macri, who has had business ties with the Trumps for decades, faces an uphill reelection battle in voting next month.

1200 by Tracy Wilkinson in Jujuy, Argentina. MOVED


^Biden is labeled a moderate. But his agenda is far more liberal than Hillary Clinton's<

BIDEN-AGENDA:WA — Many Democrats see Joe Biden as a voice of ideological restraint in a party rapidly moving to the left.

But the 2020 Democratic front-runner's emerging policy agenda is anything but moderate — at least compared to the party's last presidential nominee.

From health care to climate change to criminal justice, Biden has proposed ideas more ambitious and liberal than policies supported by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 campaign, a McClatchy review of the candidates' platforms found.

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