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News Budget for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

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^TOP STORIES<

^Citing threats, US builds case - and military force - for confronting Iran<

USIRAN:LA — The State Department ordered non-emergency employees from Iraq, the latest uptick in tensions with Iran amid a buildup of US military forces in the region.

800 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington.

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^Mnuchin foresees Trump tax return fight heading to court<

TRUMP-TAXRETURNS:BLO — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin indicated he would not comply with a subpoena to hand over President Donald Trump's tax returns, saying that the judicial branch will likely decide the dispute between Congress and the Trump administration.

"There's a difference in interpretation in Congress and us and the Department of Justice," Mnuchin told a Senate appropriations panel Wednesday. "That's why there are three branches of government, so that if there's a difference in opinion it can go to" a different branch to be resolved.

350 by Laura Davison and Saleha Mohsin in Washington. MOVED

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^US officials say new North Korean missile appears aimed at evading US defenses<

USNKOREA-MISSILES:LA — A newly tested North Korean short-range missile appears to be a copy of a Russian design that could help Pyongyang evade U.S. missile defense systems.

950 by David S. Cloud in Washington.

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^WASHINGTON<

^Sexual assaults in the military are on the rise. This bill would authorize Congress to intervene<

MILITARY-SEXASSAULTS:CON — Congress could intervene in legal cases on behalf of military members who have been sexually assaulted under a new bill co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Brian Mast.

The Florida Republican in late April introduced "Harmony's Law," named after his constituent Harmony Allen, who was raped by an instructor just three months after joining in the U.S. Air Force in 2000.

500 by Emily Kopp in Washington. MOVED

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^US improving ties with Ecuador after Assange expelled<

USECUADOR:WA — Now that Ecuador has expelled Julian Assange from its embassy in London, the Trump administration is opening a "new chapter of cooperation" with the South American government.

USAID Administrator Mark Green will join Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Valencia in Ecuador on Wednesday in signing a memorandum of understanding to work together on a series of economic and democracy initiatives. They include emergency response to natural disasters, economic development, environmental coordination and strengthening democratic institutions.

700 by Franco Ordonez in Washington. MOVED

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^Senate confirms Trump's pick for 9th Circuit over objections of Feinstein and Harris<

9THCIRCUIT-LEE:LA — The Republican-controlled Senate approved Los Angeles litigator Kenneth Kiyul Lee to the 9th Circuit in California over the objections of the state's Democratic senators, Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris.

500 by Sarah D. Wire in Washington.

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^Larry Kudlow chewed out by Trump for admitting tariffs hurt American consumers<

^TRUMP-KUDLOW:NY—<Larry Kudlow is finding out the hard way that pleasing the Donald and telling the truth is a tough balancing act.

The White House economics czar reportedly got chewed out by President Donald Trump for admitting that American consumers will pay the price for the White House's tariff-happy trade war.

200 by Dave Goldiner. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED

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^POLITICS<

^Pete Buttigieg was Facebook's 287th user. Now he says the company has too much power<

BUTTIGIEG-FACEBOOK:SJ — When Pete Buttigieg joined Facebook as a Harvard undergrad in 2004, he was the 287th user registered on the site. The social network's founders were friends of friends, and it felt like an insular message board for Harvard classmates, he remembered in an interview in San Francisco last week.

"I don't think any of us could have guessed what implications that technology would have in the long run," Buttigieg said.

Fifteen years and 2.4 billion users later, as Facebook wrestles with cascading scandals over data privacy, misinformation and election meddling on its platform, Buttigieg has become one of several presidential contenders calling for tougher regulation of the company and Silicon Valley's other biggest tech firms.

1400 (with trims) by Casey Tolan in San Jose, Calif. MOVED

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^UNITED STATES<

^Nearly 100 charged in massive Green Card marriage scheme<

^GREENCARD-MARRIAGES-CHARGES:NY—<The marriages were short and not for love.

But instead of a Las Vegas-style, alcohol-fueled ceremony, these marriages were criminal schemes.

Authorities announced Monday that nearly 100 people have been indicted in a massive conspiracy in which immigrants paid as much as $70,000 to briefly marry a U.S. citizen and obtain a permanent resident card known as a "Green Card."

300 by Nelson Oliveira. MOVED

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^'He was just trying to make sure he lived another day': Boy, 15, killed in Chicago shooting<

CHICAGO-VIOLENCE-BOYKILLED:TB — Jacob Ellzey looked forward to spending time with his teenage nephew this summer, but he was also worried.

"Summer in the city, it's just something different," said Ellzey, 40, of Calumet City. "Other kids look forward to going to summer camp. He was just trying to make sure he lived another day."

His nephew, whom he identified as 15-year-old Jaylan Ellzey, died Tuesday after a shooting in the Roseland neighborhood on Chicago's Far South Side.

450 by Alice Yin in Chicago. MOVED

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^Minister sentenced to prison for driving drunk, killing Minneapolis 911 dispatcher<

MINISTER-FATALCRASH:MS — A minister and former college professor has been sentenced to prison for driving drunk while on the wrong side of a Brooklyn Park highway and killing a motorist in a head-on crash as she traveled to work as a Minneapolis 911 dispatcher.

350 by Paul Walsh in Minneapolis. MOVED

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^Racist 'promposal' spurs principal to discuss 'appropriate behavior'<

RACIST-PROMPOSAL:LA — Following outrage over a social media post involving two Palos Verdes High School teens holding a sign that bears a racial epithet, the school's principal said Wednesday he will visit classrooms to discuss the incident.

750 by Jaclyn Cosgrove and Hannah Fry in Los Angeles. MOVED

^Connecticut radio station rebrands itself as 'Trump 103.3' in 'ultra conservative' talk format<

RADIOSTATION-TRUMP:HC — Few people work harder than Donald Trump when it comes to self promotion, but now Connecticut radio station WDRC is doing it for him, rebranding itself as "Trump Radio."

The station's brass is touting the new "ultra conservative talk" format — which is expected to be temporary — as the "brave new voice of freedom."

500 by Neil Vigdor in Hartford, Conn. MOVED

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^Six confirmed dead as NTSB team arrives to investigate midair floatplane collision in Southeast Alaska<

ALASKA-MIDAIR-COLLISION:AC — The remains of the last two missing passengers in Monday's midair collision of two floatplanes in Southeast Alaska were recovered Tuesday, bringing the total number of dead to six.

1350 (with trims) by Zaz Hollander and Alex Demarban in Anchorage, Alaska. MOVED

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^Fort Worth seminary removes stained-glass honoring conservative Southern Baptist leaders<

RELIG-SEMINARY-WINDOWSREMOVED:FT — Stained-glass windows memorializing religious leaders who helped shift the Southern Baptist Convention to a more conservative stance were unveiled with great fanfare several years ago at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Last month, those colorful images depicting religious leaders ranging from televangelist Jerry Falwell to former Seminary President Paige Patterson quietly came down.

This came nearly a year after Patterson, one of the leaders of the so-called "conservative resurgence," was fired for how he handled sexual assault allegations.

500 by Anna M. Tinsley in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED

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^Interstate 80/94 in Indiana backed up after honey spilled across road<

^INTERSTATE-HONEYSPILL:TB—< Indiana state troopers were urging motorists on the Borman Expressway to avoid what they called a "sticky situation" in Lake County after a semi hauling honey overturned Wednesday morning, spreading a mixture of honey and diesel fuel across the road.

250 by Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas in Chicago. MOVED

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^Texans have sexiest accent in America; Boston and New York land in top three: survey<

^SEXIEST-ACCENTS:NY—<Yeehaw! Texans have the sexiest accents in America, according to a new survey.

The "Southern accent with a twist" that's known for incorporating strong 'r's and the word "howdy," swept the list of "Top 50 Sexiest Accents In The USA" by Big 7 Travel. The travel publication surveyed a sample of its 1.5 million social audience to determine the rankings.

Boston and New York fared well, coming in second and third, respectively.

250 by Blake Alsup. MOVED

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^Chicago alderman charged with insurance fraud, obstruction of justice<

CHICAGO-ALDERMAN-CAR:TB — Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno has been charged with insurance fraud and obstruction of justice after falsely reporting that his Audi sedan had been stolen in January, according to Chicago police.

Moreno was taken into custody Tuesday night on an arrest warrant and was due in bond court Wednesday on the felony charges.

200 by Megan Crepeau in Chicago. MOVED

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^THE WORLD<

^Study finds Venezuela criminal enterprise is blunting effects of US sanctions<

^VENEZUELA-CRIME:MI—<Venezuela's foreign policy might have started out as an idealistic socialist project to revitalize Latin America, but it has morphed into an enormous criminal conglomerate that operates in multiple countries with dozens of partners and hundreds of phantom companies, according to a new study.

A report prepared by the National Defense University and Washington-based IBI Consultants, argues that Venezuela's Nicol s Maduro essentially leads a political-criminal enterprise that has siphoned billions of dollars from the Venezuelan economy.

950 (with trims) by Antonio Maria Delgado and Jim Wyss. MOVED

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^Unaccompanied minors vulnerable, missing in Tijuana<

MEXICO-UNACCOMPANIED-MINORS:SD — Abandoned by her dad, Milagros is 15, about to give birth, alone in Tijuana, and fearing for her life.

She cares for her 13-year-old sister, Xiomara, as if she were her mother, fretting over the child's emotional state.

Municipal authorities in Tijuana estimate there are hundreds of unaccompanied minors like Milagros and Xiomara living without parents and under the radar in the violent border city, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation or human trafficking. U.S. and Mexico immigration data indicates the numbers are likely much higher.

1050 (with trims) Wendy Fry in Tijuana, Mexico. MOVED

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^Baby boy abandoned at London airport 33 years ago tracks down birth parents<

^ABANDONED-BABY:NY—<More than three decades after Steven Hydes was abandoned in a London airport, he has finally tracked down his birth parents.

In 1986, Hydes was just a 10-day-old newborn wrapped in a shawl when he was discovered in a women's restroom. Nicknamed "Gatwick Gary" by airport personnel, the now-33-year-old Englishman has discovered his biological parents after a long and emotional journey.

250 by Storm Gifford. MOVED

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^NEWS BRIEFS<

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NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.

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^TODAY'S TOP NEWSFEATURES<

^'I expect a zombie to walk out.' Life in Paradise, 6 months after the Camp fire<

CALIF-WILDFIRE-PARADISE:SA — Phil and Michelle John know they have it better than most.

Their house was among the 11% in Paradise that survived the Camp fire, and they moved home in early April. Their street is largely intact, and many of their neighbors have returned. Even their cat is recovering, having miraculously turned up, half starved and reeking of smoke, a couple of weeks after the fire.

On the other hand: They've lost much of their social circle. While some of the old gang will likely return, hardly a day goes by when they don't learn of someone listing their house for sale.

They miss the trees that made Paradise so beautiful. A drive around town is now a trip through hell, on roads clogged with trucks hauling away the wreckage of burned buildings and car skeletons.

2950 (with trims) by Dale Kasler and Ryan Sabalow in Paradise, Calif. MOVED

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^Elizabeth Warren is on a roll, but still facing big obstacles in 2020 presidential bid<

WARREN:LA — The polls may be middling, the fundraising so-so, but Elizabeth Warren has one key asset in her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination — a campaign plan more clearly defined than that of just about any other candidate.

While many of her rivals are recalibrating their strategies and looking for new ways to stand out in a huge field largely eclipsed by former Vice President Joe Biden, Warren is pressing ahead, tortoise and hare style.

She is unfurling one carefully honed policy proposal after another — child care, student debt relief, a tax on giant fortunes, combating opioid addiction.

Warren has also invested heavily in campaign staff in Iowa and other states with early primaries. She has a crisp, unchanging populist message rooted in years of arguing, as a professor and politician, that the government now works for people with money and power, not the middle class.

Warren has been on a roll over the last month.

But most polls still show her lagging.

1600 by Janet Hook in Davenport, Iowa. MOVED

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