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^Trump delays ICE raids on migrants, citing Democratic requests<

IMMIGRATION-RAIDS-TRUMP-1ST-LEDE:BLO — President Donald Trump put off for two weeks the start of a planned nationwide roundup of undocumented immigrants, tempering a vow made earlier Saturday to have them "removed from the country" starting next week. He said he was acting "at the request of Democrats."

The delay will give time "to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border," Trump tweeted on Saturday. "If not, Deportations start!"

650 by Josh Wingrove, Billy House and Margaret Talev in Washington. MOVED


^Trump temporarily delays deportation plan amid fears among migrants in the US illegally<

IMMIGRATION-RAIDS-1ST-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump's warning Monday night that he would start deporting "millions" of migrants was suddenly put on hold Saturday, according to a tweet he sent Saturday afternoon.

"At the request of Democrats, I have delayed the Illegal Immigration Removal Process (Deportation) for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can get together and work out a solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!" the tweet said.

The anticipation of sweeping immigration enforcement, which was planned for Sunday, stirred strong emotions for many around the country.

1500 by Cindy Carcamo, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde and Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Trump says 'major' sanctions on Iran Monday after drone downing<

USIRAN:BLO — President Donald Trump said the U.S. will impose major new sanctions on Iran Monday, days after he abruptly called off a plan for airstrikes against the Islamic Republic based on the concept of proportionality after Iran shot down a U.S. Navy drone.

The sanctions move, announced on Twitter, came as Trump was at the Camp David in Maryland, presidential retreat for meetings and phone calls about Iran. The president foreshadowed the action earlier, in remarks to reporters at the White House.

400 by Margaret Talev and Ros Krasny in Washington. MOVED


^Iran increases cyberattacks on the US amid tensions, DHS says<

USIRAN-CYBERATTACKS:BLO — State-backed Iranian hackers have stepped up cyberattacks on the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security's cyberagency.

There has been a "recent rise in malicious cyberactivity directed at United States industries and government agencies by Iranian regime actors and proxies," Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said Saturday in a statement.

250 by Alyza Sebenius in Washington. MOVED


^The hard part: Getting Iran and the US to talk to each other<

^USIRAN-ASSESS:BLO—<Donald Trump has signaled what he wants from Iran: a new nuclear deal rather than war.

But the U.S.'s so-called maximum pressure campaign of sanctions — alongside a carrier group and bombers being deployed near the Persian Gulf — means the chances for formal negotiations anytime soon are slim. Instead the focus, particularly for nations watching with alarm the intensifying barbs between Tehran and Washington, is on opening a basic communication line.

1000 by Golnar Motevalli, David Wainer and Glen Carey. MOVED



^White House unveils its Palestinian 'peace to prosperity' plan<

USMIDEAST:BLO — The White House unveiled details of a $50 billion Middle East economic plan, days before President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, hosts a development conference in Bahrain that Palestinian officials plan to skip.

The 40-page proposal by the Trump administration includes the creation of a global investment fund that the U.S. hopes will lift Palestinian and neighboring Arab state economies.

350 by Sebastian Tong in San Francisco. (Moved as a national story.) MOVED


^Iran increases cyberattacks on the US amid tensions, DHS says<

USIRAN-CYBERATTACKS:BLO — State-backed Iranian hackers have stepped up cyberattacks on the U.S., according to the Department of Homeland Security's cyberagency.

There has been a "recent rise in malicious cyberactivity directed at United States industries and government agencies by Iranian regime actors and proxies," Christopher Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said Saturday in a statement.

The news of increased cyberattacks by Iran comes amid heightened tension between the U.S. and Iran dating back to the U.S. withdrawal a year ago from the 2015 nuclear deal. The U.S. has sent additional troops to the Middle East and, on Saturday, President Donald Trump said that the U.S. will impose another round of economic sanctions on Iran.

250 by Alyza Sebenius in Washington. MOVED



^The stakes are high as Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare to debate<

DEMOCRATS-2020-DEBATE:LA — With so many candidates onstage, the Democratic presidential debates risk becoming a stilted, parallel-play affair, with candidates trying to squeeze scripted messages into tiny scraps of airtime.

But the prospects of an unruly political feeding frenzy, particularly on the second night of the two-day extravaganza, have soared as former Vice President Joe Biden has thrown chum in the water: His provocative comments about race will tempt candidates to abandon restraint and go on the attack.

The back-to-back debates on Wednesday and Thursday nights could be a pivot point in the Democrats' primary campaign, which for months has seen candidates refraining from criticizing one another — or doing so only in veiled terms.

1250 by Janet Hook in Washington. MOVED


^Biden's Senate years become a drag on his presidential bid<

BIDEN-SENATE:BLO — Joe Biden has enjoyed front-runner status since joining the presidential race, but now he is encountering the same pitfalls as other ambitious senators who have found that their experience and record can be a liability.

His struggles to defend his remarks this week about finding common ground with two segregationists is an early sign of the trouble he could have explaining a complicated voting record and his nostalgia for the cloakroom collegiality that has steadily diminished since he first was elected in 1972.

1350 (with trims) by Jennifer Epstein and Steven T. Dennis in Washington. MOVED



^Refinery fire still burning: Philly 'narrowly dodged a catastrophe'<

PHILLY-REFINERY-EXPLOSION:PH — More than a day after a series of explosions and a spectacular fire seriously damaged a South Philadelphia oil refinery, a "very small fire" still flickered at the site early Saturday, and unanswered questions smoldered over the lasting impact of the accident.

The accident at Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES), the East Coast's largest refinery, rattled windows, injured five workers, unnerved the city, and caused gasoline markets to spike on speculation of fuel shortages. The injured workers were treated at the scene.

1600 by Andrew Maykuth in Philadelphia. MOVED


^A swarm of 1,000 earthquakes hit Southern California — how nervous should we be?<

CALIF-EARTHQUAKES:LA — The seismic storm that unleashed more than 1,000 small earthquakes in San Bernardino and Riverside counties these last three weeks elicited what has become a typical reaction in quake country.

To some, the "swarmageddon" 40 miles east of downtown Los Angeles brought fear that a bigger threat was coming. To others, as long as they didn't feel a shake, it was easy to just put it out of their minds.

California has small quakes all the time — a magnitude 3 every other day on average. But not all of them act the same, and some bring more danger than others.

As officials install more seismic sensors as part of the state's early warning system, experts are getting an increasingly better look at California's smaller earthquakes.

1350 (with trims) by Rong-Gong Lin II in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Internment camp survivors, descendants protest Fort Sill migrant shelter<

IMMIGRATION-SHELTER-PROTEST:LA — Fort Sill has become a rallying point for Japanese Americans opposed to detaining migrant families and children.

750 by Molly Hennessy-Fiske.

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^Immigrant advocates prepare for now-delayed ICE sweeps: 'The effect is terror. We're getting call after call'<

IMMIGRATION-ADVOCATES:LA — Emilio Amaya, a longtime immigrant advocate in the Inland Empire in California, spent much of the day Friday taking calls from a frightened community.

Some people had called the San Bernardino Community Service Center because of rumors, which turned out to be unfounded, that immigration raids were underway in their neighborhoods. Others shared that they had bought food and other basics so that they would not have to leave their homes next week. Still others said they would not be taking their children outside in the coming days.

800 Paloma Esquivel in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Sex abuse charges against La Luz Del Mundo leader 'tip of the iceberg,' prosecutors say <

RELIG-LALUZDELMUNDO:LA — Prosecutors are poring through dozens of digital devices as they build their case against the leader of La Luz del Mundo church, a man known by followers as "the apostle" of Jesus Christ and who has been charged with various counts of sex abuse, including forcible rape of a minor.

They claim that Naason Joaquin Garcia, 50, has received numerous child pornography images and videos. But what they have discovered is just the "tip of the iceberg," said Deputy Attorney General Amanda Plisner.

950 by Leila Miller in Los Angeles. MOVED


^US Air Force servicewoman, 2 children found dead in suspected Staten Island triple homicide<

STATENISLAND-KILLINGS:NY — The bodies of a U.S. Air Force servicewoman and her two small kids were found inside their smoke-filled Staten Island home in an apparent triple murder, with her husband taken into custody Saturday while wandering the streets of Brooklyn, police said.

A concerned friend of the mom walked into the grisly scene after arriving to check on the family around 10:30 a.m., only to find the front door wide open and the victims inside, police sources said.

350 by Rocco Parascandola, Thomas Tracy, Jasper K Lo and Larry McShane in New York. MOVED

^Dallas' 'lone wolf' shooting shows how we're always in danger, even with improved security<

SHOOTINGS-SECURITY:DA — It's a fear that's crept into everyone's mind. You're walking down a street on an ordinary day, turn a corner, and hear a barrage of gunfire from an assault rifle. The shooter has multiple clips of ammo and no fear of death.

Our security is better. Our response is faster.

And yet potential targets remain everywhere.

1950 (with trims) by Kevin Krause in Dallas. MOVED


^Gunman opens fire on crowd in East Baltimore, killing 19-year-old<

BALTIMORE-VIOLENCE:BZ — A gunman opened fire on a crowd in East Baltimore early Saturday morning, killing a 19-year-old man and injuring four others in one of several overnight shootings, Baltimore Police said.

The shooting was one of several across the city overnight. A total of eight people were shot — two of whom were killed — in about a two-hour span.

300 by Jessica Anderson in Baltimore. MOVED

^Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' fraud trial may not start until September 2020<

THERANOS-HOLMES:SJ — Lawyers and prosecutors in the federal criminal case against disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes have agreed on a September 2020 start date for a trial expected to take three months, according to a new court filing.

Holmes is charged with felony conspiracy and fraud for allegedly misleading patients, doctors and investors about her now-defunct Silicon Valley blood-testing startup. She and former company president Sunny Balwani were indicted by a grand jury in June 2018. They are charged with 11 criminal counts of wire fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

500 by Ethan Baron in San Jose, Calif. MOVED


^After another horse death at Santa Anita, Hall of Fame trainer Hollendorfer is banned<

RAC-SANTAANITA-HOLLENDORFER:LA — Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was ruled off the Santa Anita track after a fourth horse in his care died while racing or training.

American Currency on Saturday suffered a life-ending leg injury to his left-front fetlock (ankle) while running over the training track, according to Rick Arthur, chief equine veterinarian for the California Racing Board. It was the first fatality this meeting on the training track, which sits between the turf course and infield area and is not used for racing. It was the 30th horse fatality since the meeting opened on Dec. 26.

650 by John Cherwa in Los Angeles. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED


^Drug rehab counselor charged with murder in Navy man's fentanyl overdose death<

DRUGCOUNSELOR-CHARGES:SD — Two years after a Navy man died from an overdose said to be linked to fentanyl-laced pills, local authorities have charged a drug rehab specialist with murder, accusing her of being a supplier in a chain that put the potent drug in the sailor's hands.

Summer Deanne Martin, 35, pleaded not guilty to that and other charges, including conspiracy, in a complaint filed by the district attorney's office last month. She is due back in Vista court Monday as part of her bid to post $250,000 bail.

800 by Teri Figueroa in Vista, Calif. MOVED


^Report ties 50 infant deaths to inclined sleepers, but US watchdog has not issued recall<

SLEEPERS-INFANTDEATHS:SA — The deaths of at least 50 infants have been linked to those comfy-looking inclined sleepers that have been marketed as great for babies' naptime and nighttime, according to Consumer Reports magazine.

Parents whose infants have died have taken to the internet to share how their losses occurred in an effort to keep it from happening again.

500 by Cathie Anderson in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^Boris Johnson: With 'right energy,' Brexit deal can be renegotiated <

BREXIT-JOHNSON:DPA — Boris Johnson, the favorite to succeed Theresa May as prime minister, has reiterated his stance that the Brexit deal with the European Union can be renegotiated, saying that "with the right energy and the right commitment, common sense will prevail."

Johnson was speaking at the first of 16 assemblies on Saturday to convince the ruling Conservative party's estimated 160,000 members that he is the best candidate to lead Britain out of its Brexit crisis.

300 by Christoph Meyer in London. MOVED


^Repeat election for Istanbul mayor is a key test for Turkey's authoritarian-minded president<

TURKEY-MAYOR-ELECTION:LA — It was a sultry early summer evening in the Istanbul neighborhood of Carsamba, a traditional stronghold of Turkey's ruling party, and the locals were gathered around a big open-air screen, sipping tea and watching a debate between candidates vying to be the city's next mayor.

And then something odd happened: several times, when the ruling party's candidate spoke, listeners responded with derisive laughter.

Sunday's mayoral election, a controversial redo of a vote held 12 weeks ago, is shaping up as the most serious challenge in years to Turkey's authoritarian-minded President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

1150 (with trims) by Umar Farooq and Laura King in Istanbul. MOVED


^North Korean leader Kim receives 'excellent' personal letter from Trump<

USNKOREA-KIM-LETTER:DPA — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has received a personal letter from U.S. President Donald Trump, state news agency KCNA reported early Sunday.

What was said in the letter was not revealed, however Kim said after reading it that it was "of excellent content," according to KCNA.

"Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content," the report added.

150 by dpa correspondents in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED




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^'Your first reaction is a little disbelief': Inside the Virginia Beach ER after the mass shooting<

VA-SHOOTING-HOSPITAL:VP — Kirsten Bunker was not at the hospital when she realized it was about to face its gravest hours.

During a doctor's appointment for her twin daughters, she got a phone call from their dad. He had been listening to the radio and learned a shooter was at the Municipal Center.

She didn't waste a moment before firing off a text message to Mark Day, trauma coordinator at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital.

"Do you need extra help?" she asked.

"Yes, come."

Bunker hurried to the parking lot, put her two 6-year-olds in the car and drove.

They were there in 15 minutes.

An overhead page — a couple of "alphas" — signaled two patients, the sickest of the sick, would arrive in 10 minutes.

"Mass casualty contained to the ER" broadcast across the hospital.

About 11 miles away, a 40-year-old engineer for the city's public utilities had entered the operations building, armed with two .45-caliber handguns and a silencer. The gunman opened fire, ultimately killing a dozen.

1800 by Elisha Sauers in Virginia Beach, Va. MOVED


^Democrats brush off deficit fears in quest to bolster safety net<

DEMOCRATS-DEFICIT:BLO — Bill Clinton famously declared in 1996 that "the era of big government is over." Now, on the Democratic campaign trail, it's back with a vengeance.

Presidential candidates are replacing their post-Clinton rhetoric of fiscal restraint with a new argument that money is no obstacle to addressing domestic issues like rising inequality and poverty — and they promise to pay for it by taxing the rich, cutting military spending, or borrowing.

There's Bernie Sanders with "Medicare for All," and a promise of an economic bill of rights that also guarantees housing, a job and a living wage. Elizabeth Warren proposes having the federal government eliminate vast amounts of student debt as well as pay for universal child care. Even former Vice President Joe Biden, the most moderate of the major contenders, says there's plenty of money to pay for Democratic priorities.

The sharp change in attitude is propelled by Democrats' irritation that Republicans have grown the deficit despite years of presenting themselves as the belt-tightening party as well as voter pressure to tackle priorities like health and child care.

1250 (with trims) by Sahil Kapur in Washington. MOVED


^In a tiny California town ravaged by fire, a muralist finds a calling — and notoriety<

CALIF-PARADISE-MURALS:LA — Nicole Weddig felt a strange sense of calm as she stood in the driveway, her gaze fixed on the wall.

She did not expect to ever again find peace in this town, where all that was left of her home was ash, rubble and rusted metal, the front steps that lead to nowhere, and the patchwork of singed stone.

Yet it was comforting to see her 9-year-old daughter's portrait rendered delicately on the wall, her little profile squinting up into the trees, wisps of fine hair floating away from her face as if with the wind.

Eleanor had refused to set foot in Paradise in the weeks after the fire. So Nicole had visited just twice: first to see if any belongings had survived the flames, and now, in late January, to see the mural.

2300 (with trims) by Laura Newberry in Paradise, Calif. MOVED


^Her career fighting LA crime is now a genuine page-turner<

LA-DETECTIVE:LA — Mitzi Roberts always wanted to talk to serial killers.

A Los Angeles bartender and diner manager, Roberts was used to seeing cops stagger into her establishments, seeking a bite or a beer after their shift. Conversation between the investigators and Roberts, a self-described true-crime "fanatic," came easily.

She told them of her desire to chase predators. At some point, one of them suggested a career change.

The move from diner manager to detective set Roberts on a career path that saw her climb the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department — from a graveyard shift that is sometimes home to cops who have "screwed up" to a treasured spot in the elite Robbery-Homicide Division.

The veteran detective's career history may read like it borrows a bit from the jacket copy of a popular crime novel, but it's actually the other way around. In her 24-year career, Roberts has not only found herself involved in some of L.A.'s most infamous cases, but she's also served as a muse to the city's modern master of detective fiction.

2400 by James Queally in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Gavin Newsom was a pioneer on gay marriage. Now he's trying to make LGBT history as California governor<

CALIFGOV-LGBT:SA — Since becoming California governor, Gavin Newsom has promoted his efforts to strengthen LGBT rights and representation.

He made the governor's office logo a rainbow during Pride Month. He's touted his selection of the highest-ranking openly transgender appointee in state history.

His office was so eager to make more history that it announced it had flown the gay pride flag for the "first time ever" at the Capitol earlier this week. Newsom walked back the claim after some observers pointed out that lawmakers had raised the flag over the Capitol for a few hours nearly 30 years ago.

Yet it was another signal that Newsom, who became a national figure in 2004 when he issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples as San Francisco mayor, wants to make state government even more inclusive of gay people than his predecessors.

1000 by Sophia Bollag in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED




The news in April 2018 that California law enforcement declared the Golden State Killer case solved after 44 years with the arrest of a retired truck mechanic marked the beginning of a very long investigation by the Los Angeles Times that culminates in this four-part special report.

^Man in the Window: 'He has a gun'<

^CALIF-SERIALKILLER-1:LA—<The California sun caught the light in Bonnie Colwell's long, honey-blond hair as she stood in the gravel commons of Sierra College.

It was her sophomore year. She worked as a lab assistant in the science department, responsible for a small menagerie of rats, rattlesnakes and orphaned birds. She had brought two of her charges, a young great horned owl and a starling, to practice flying.

The spectacle drew the attention of a stocky, grinning man Bonnie had never noticed before. Joe DeAngelo was thick-muscled and dough-faced, with an odd jounce to his gait. He was five years older than the 18-year-old sophomore. He made a beeline across the open space to her.

Soon, the 23-year-old Vietnam War veteran was showing up at the science lab where Bonnie worked. By the end of the first week, he asked Bonnie out.

She said yes to this easy talker.

Joe became Bonnie's guide to life outside her sheltered, sometimes stifling home.

Soon, there was a ring and an engagement. And a night of terror.

Almost half a century later, Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., 73, stands accused of being one of America's most prolific serial killers.

3750 by Paige St. John. MOVED


^Man in the Window: Trail of violence<

^CALIF-SERIALKILLER-2:LA—<The "suspicious circumstances" call caught Sgt. Richard Shelby's attention. The night watch commander was sitting in his car, listening to radio chatter as the sheriff's patrol he supervised cruised the middle-class suburbs of Sacramento County's east side. Bored, Shelby decided to take a look himself.

A couple living in Rancho Cordova reported a prowler at a neighbor's house, but when Shelby and deputies got there, the house was locked tight and the street quiet.

The sheriff's detail left, and the couple called again. Minutes after police left, they saw a man jump from their neighbor's roof, hit the ground in stride and vault over a fence. Shelby arrived first to walk the property. By the door of the garage he found a bloody stick of firewood. It was flecked with flesh.

Shelby entered the dark house alone, his flashlight off, prepared to catch a prowler by surprise. The rooms were in order, nothing amiss. He rounded a bed. Halfway under the frame lay the family's small dog, disemboweled by the blows of the log.

2550 by Paige St. John. MOVED


^Man in the Window: Rape in the '70s<

^CALIF-SERIALKILLER-3:LA—<Fifteen-year-old Kris MacFarlane was alone in the house practicing the piano in the living room when she heard the soft sound of fabric tearing. She paused. It's nothing, she thought. She resumed playing.

Suddenly there was a large man behind her, pressing a knife to her throat. She thought that if she coughed, it would go in.

It was days before Christmas 1976, early in a series of increasingly nightmarish attacks on terrified suburbanites in Sacramento and beyond. The rapist would advance from stealth attacks on vulnerable victims to blitz rushes on couples, entire families in the house. He would hold men prisoner with plates balanced on their backs as their wives were raped again and again. He locked children in the bathroom. He loitered, rifled drawers and raided the kitchen, and spent long minutes silently gazing at his victims.

He had stalked them for days, standing outside windows, in the bushes. He slipped undetected past police patrols, planted false clues to taunt detectives.

2700 by Paige St. John. MOVED


^Man in the Window: Golden State Killer<

^CALIF-SERIALKILLER-4:LA—<There was a man in the window.

The boy in the bed could see him, a head hanging over the eaves, the tassled top of a knit cap bobbing. And he could hear him, thudding on the roof.

Then came the sweep of a flashlight beam across his bedroom.

The terrified 4-year-old ran to his parents' bed.

It wasn't until morning that Inspector Richard Shelby woke to the story from his son.

Shelby was a lead detective on the East Area Rapist case. There was no question in his mind who had been on his roof. His Rancho Cordova home was in the heart of where the EAR — as the police called him — was operating; in fact, the rapist would later stage his 44th assault just four blocks away.

What Shelby didn't know was whether the rapist knew he lived in that house. Was he casing his next victim or targeting the detective trying to catch him?

It was May 1977, a month in which five attacks would be reported. The month the rapist began to openly taunt police.

3900 by Paige St. John. MOVED




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