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^5 dead, including 3 children, in domestic violence murder-suicide in San Diego<

SANDIEGO-SHOOTING-2ND-LEDE:SD — When an emergency dispatcher answered the first 911 phone call from a home in Paradise Hills Saturday morning, nobody was on the other end of the line. But an argument was heard in the background.

The second call was from a relative next door, who reported hearing what sounded like the pop-pop-pop of a nail gun.

San Diego police officers arrived, looked through a window and saw a 3-year-old boy covered in blood. They broke in, and soon all the horrible pieces came together.

A domestic dispute, a gun, and five dead from the same family, three of them boys under the age of 12. Another boy was in the hospital in critical condition Saturday night. Their names have not been released.

750 (with trims) by John Wilkens and Kristina Davis in San Diego. MOVED


^Detectives probe how teen got gun as California community mourns<

CALIF-SCHOOLSHOOTING:LA — As Santa Clarita mourned the two students killed in the shooting at Saugus High School, law enforcement authorities tried to uncover a motive for the attack and how the shooter obtained the gun he used.

Throughout the day and into Friday night, residents, students and families came together around a makeshift memorial in Central Park, a short walk from the school.

The teenager who opened fire on his classmates before shooting himself died Friday night at a hospital, authorities said. Officials said his mother was with him.

1300 by Leila Miller, Richard Winton and Alejandra Reyes-Velarde in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Former White House adviser says Ukraine aid was tied to probe<

IMPEACHMENT-MORRISON:BLO — A former top White House adviser told House impeachment investigators Ukrainians were advised Sept. 1 that U.S. military aid was being withheld until their president announced an investigation of a company that had hired former Vice President Joe Biden's son.

Tim Morrison, a former senior director of European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, said Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union, told him how he had informed a high-ranking Ukrainian official that release of $400 million in aid was being linked to the investigations, according to a transcript of his closed-door testimony released Saturday.

The House committee also released testimony from Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, who said she found some of discussion on the July 25 call between the two leaders to be "unusual and inappropriate."

1050 by Billy House in Washington. MOVED


^White House budget aide testifies on aid withheld from Ukraine<

IMPEACHMENT-1ST-LEDE:BLO — A White House budget official testified to the House impeachment inquiry about whether a hold placed on military aid to Ukraine was part of a political deal to aid President Donald Trump.

Mark Sandy, responsible for national security at the Office of Management and Budget, appeared at a rare Saturday session of the House Intelligence Committee to face questions about why the Trump administration withheld almost $400 million that Congress designated to help Ukraine defend its borders and fend off Russian aggression.

"Mr. Sandy's testimony broadly relates to the hold that the administration placed on security assistance to Ukraine," said Representative Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat. "What is remarkable about this investigation is that it is almost entirely driven by witness accounts."

600 by Daniel Flatley in Washington. MOVED



^Trump takes multiple hits with House inquiry, Stone conviction<

TRUMP-ASSESS:BLO — Donald Trump's presidency was dealt multiple blows this week as impeachment testimony portrayed him as fixated on squeezing a political favor from Ukraine, a one-time confidant was convicted of lying to Congress and new details emerged about a federal investigation of his personal lawyer.

Over two days of public hearings, a trio of career diplomats outlined what they saw as a back-channel pressure campaign on Ukraine led at Trump's direction by Rudy Giuliani. It was an effort that sometimes relied on corrupt elements in Ukraine, they said, and was aimed at securing investigations that would damage one of Trump's political rivals.

1350 by Steven T. Dennis in Washington. MOVED


^White House budget official defies Trump to tell impeachment inquiry about $400 million in suspended Ukraine aid<

^IMPEACHMENT-SANDY:NY—<A White House budget official defied President Donald Trump and testified Saturday in the House impeachment inquiry about the controversial suspension of defense aid to Ukraine.

Mark Sandy, a career Office of Management and Budget official, told lawmakers that he raised questions about whether the decision by Trump acolytes to hold up $400 million in desperately needed military assistance violated laws mandating money allocated by Congress be spent, CNN reported.

The budget expert did not explain what reasons were given for the hold up in aid. He testified behind closed doors in a rare Saturday session as the impeachment investigation continues to deliver heavy blows to Trump.

550 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED


^Some Democrats see political system overhaul as winning 2020 issue<

DEMOCRATS-POLITICALSYSTEM:CON — If Rep. Max Rose's voters expected the freshman lawmaker from Staten Island, N.Y., to quiet down this election cycle about a major overhaul of the nation's political system, they were mistaken.

It was a centerpiece of the Democrat's campaign-trail mantra in 2018. And now, as one of the most vulnerable incumbents in Congress, he's not stopping. Neither are many of his similarly situated colleagues.

Rose was among the challengers who pressed the party's leadership to take up a sweeping campaign finance, ethics, voting rights and lobbying law revamp, assigned the symbolically significant HR 1 bill number, as a first order of business this Congress. House members passed it on a party-line vote, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has lived up to his promise to block it.

1200 (with trims) by Kate Ackley in Washington. MOVED



^Kamala Harris wins farmworker endorsement; Bernie Sanders lands support from teachers and nurses unions<

HARRIS-SANDERS-ENDORSEMENTS:LA — California's high-profile farmworkers union endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris for president on Saturday, soon after her rival Sen. Bernie Sanders won the support of the national nurses labor group and Los Angeles teachers.

The endorsements coincide with this weekend's California Democratic Party gathering in Long Beach, where Harris, Sanders and 10 other primary contenders are courting activists and party leaders.

400 by Melanie Mason and Melissa Gomez in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Bernie Sanders holds rally in East LA as part of his outreach to young Latinos<

SANDERS-1ST-LEDE:LA — Juvenal "Juve" Quintana was never really into politics until he learned about Bernie Sanders' first presidential campaign.

In 2016, Quintana heard the Vermont senator's talk of providing everyone with health insurance and thought that would help Latinos in his hometown of Modesto, but he didn't think they were getting the message from Spanish-language media. So Quintana, the lead singer of Grupo La Meta, wrote a ballad: "El Quemazon," or "The Bern."

"He's the man with a vision to better this country," the corrido begins, in Spanish. "Bernie Sanders is his name. Now you're going to feel his burn." Quintana's song has had hundreds of thousands of views since then, and the message still stands, he said in an interview.

"Bernie's talking about the same exact things that I wrote about in 2016," said Quintana, 30. "I'm 100% for Bernie. I feel like he's the candidate who will listen."

1050 (with trims) by Melissa Gomez in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Maya Rockeymoore Cummings says double mastectomy a success, will be back on campaign trail soon<

MDCONGRESS-7THDISTRICT:BZ — Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is recovering after a successful double mastectomy at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Friday and will be back on the campaign trail soon, her campaign said.

The widow of the late U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, who is running for her husband's 7th Congressional District seat following his death last month, shared during her campaign announcement this week that she would be undergoing the preventive procedure given family history of breast cancer.

300 by Kevin Rector in Baltimore. MOVED



^Six men arrested in connection with shooting at Camden-Pleasantville football playoff game<

^NJ-SHOOTING-2ND-LEDE:PH.—<Six men have been arrested, one on charges of attempted murder, in connection with a shooting that left three people — including a 10-year-old boy — wounded Friday night at a playoff football game between Camden and Pleasantville High Schools.

The shooting at the Pleasantville High School Athletic Complex during the third quarter of the game was the result of an unspecified dispute out of nearby Atlantic City, police said at a news conference Saturday afternoon. By all indications, police emphasized, the shooting had nothing to do with the two schools.

One of the gunshot victims, a 27-year-old man, was the target, while 10- and 15-year-old boys also hit were innocent bystanders, police said.

1200 (with trims) by Tommy Rowan, Phil Anastasia and William Bender in Pleasantville, N.J. MOVED


^Injured victims of FIU bridge tragedy or their families could soon see their share of $103 million<

FLA-BRIDGECOLLAPSE:MI — Families of the victims of the Florida International University bridge collapse or survivors could soon see their share of nearly $103 million.

The proposed settlement is part of a bankruptcy plan filed this past week by Munilla Construction Management, or MCM, the project's general contractor.

400 by Carli Teproff in Miami. MOVED


^Trump supporters and rival demonstrators clash near site of state Democratic convention in Long Beach<

CALIF-DEMOCRATIC-CONVENTION-BRAWL:LA — A small group of President Donald Trump's supporters and rival demonstrators clashed with one another Saturday in Long Beach, where the state Democratic Party is holding its annual convention.

Chanting "four more years," supporters of Trump had taken to the streets with bullhorns and placards, said Arantxa Chavarria, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department, and a fight among three men ensued. Officers intervened and "separated the combatants."

300 by Thomas Curwen in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Dangerous fire weather conditions return Sunday to Southern California<

WEA-CALIF-WILDFIRES:LA — For the first time in two weeks, dangerous fire weather is forecast to return to Southern California on Sunday as dry, strong Santa Ana winds — with gusts of up to 50 mph — are expected to return from the desert.

Red flag warnings will be in place Sunday for a broad stretch of Southern California, from Ventura County through Orange County, the Inland Empire and most of San Diego County, according to the National Weather Service. The mountains of Los Angeles County and the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys are also at high fire weather risk.

500 by Rong-Gong Lin Ii and Paul Duginski in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Hot Property: YouTuber Logan Paul buys Timothy Leary's one-time LSD ranch<

HOME-HOTPROPERTY:LA — What a trip. In the San Jacinto Mountains, a desert ranch where the LSD advocate Timothy Leary and his Hippie Mafia once congregated has found a new owner: YouTube personality and amateur boxer Logan Paul.

Paul, who last week lost a boxing match against British YouTuber KSI at Staples Center, paid a dollar more than $1 million for the 80-acre property in Mountain Center.

1150 by Neal J. Leitereg and Jack Flemming in Los Angeles. (Moving as a lifestyle story) MOVED



^Prince Andrew has 'no recollection' of meeting Epstein accuser<

PRINCEANDREW:DPA — Britain's Prince Andrew has said he has "no recollection" of meeting a woman who claimed he forced her to have sex with him while she was a teenager allegedly held in "sexual servitude" by convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

The BBC asked Andrew, 59, about allegations by Virginia Roberts — now named Virginia Giuffre — that she was forced to have sex three times with Andrew, including when she was 17.

"I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever," Andrew told the broadcaster

550 by Bill Smith in London. MOVED


^Venezuela protesters march to revive flagging anti-Maduro revolt<

VENEZUELA:BLO — Supporters of Juan Guaido protested in Caracas in their first major showing in months as Venezuela's opposition leader seeks to revive his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

A week after Maduro's ally Evo Morales was toppled in Bolivia, Guaido is seeking to boost thinning crowds that have grown apathetic since a botched uprising in April failed to remove Maduro. Protesters played drums and sang anti-Maduro songs as they gathered Saturday in the streets of eastern Caracas.

550 by Patricia Laya and Alex Vasquez in Caracas, Venezuela. MOVED


^Dorian caused $3.4 billion worth of damage in Bahamas, report says<

^BAHAMAS-DORIAN:MI—<Hurricane Dorian, the monster storm that struck the Bahamas with punishing 185 mph sustained winds and 25-foot storm surges in early September, caused an estimated $3.4 billion in damages, according to a new report by the Inter-American Development Bank.

The amount, which puts the Bahamas on a difficult path to reconstruction, is equivalent to one-fourth of the country's gross domestic product. That's equivalent to the United States losing the combined economies of Florida, California and Texas, the report said.

400 by Jacqueline Charles. MOVED


^Haiti is awash in illegal guns. Could US policy be to blame?<

HAITI-ILLEGAL-GUNS:MI — As the mystery surrounding an American Airlines passenger arrested in a Haiti airport with an arsenal of weapons continues, both the airline and U.S. security agencies say it's not their responsibility to police where weapons ultimately end up.

Nor is it their role, they say, to determine whether a passenger, after signing a firearms declaration form before boarding a flight, has the proper authorization from the country to which they are traveling.

1300 by Taylor Dolven and Jacqueline Charles in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. MOVED


^Chinese soldiers join cleanup outside Hong Kong Baptist University<

HONGKONG:DPA — Dozens of Chinese soldiers left their barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday to help clear barricades at a nearby university where violent protests have taken place in recent days.

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers were seen assisting a group of bystanders as they cleared bricks and roadblocks set up by protesters near the Hong Kong Baptist University, in a livestream shown by local broadcaster RTHK.

450 by Michael Zhang in Hong Kong. MOVED


^Iran protests over soaring gas prices turn violent<

IRAN-PROTESTS:LA — Demonstrations over the Iranian government's sudden decision to raise basic gasoline prices by as much as 50% took a violent turn Saturday when security forces clashed with people in several cities across Iran.

Thousands took to the streets for a second day to show heightened frustration over what they say is the country's crumbling economy.

The unrest stemmed from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's announcement Friday of reductions in government gasoline subsidies and the price increase in order to set aside funds to help the nation's poor. Iranians already hit hard by President Donald Trump's reimposition of economic sanctions last year suddenly saw the price of subsidized gasoline jump 50% and unsubsidized gasoline increase three times from what it was a day earlier.

650 by Ramin Mostaghim in Tehran and Melissa Etehad in Los Angeles. MOVED



Also moving as:

IRAN-PROTESTS:BLO — 250 by Abeer Abu Omar in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. MOVED




These stories moved earlier in the week and remain suitable for publication.

^How the US betrayed the Marshall Islands, kindling the next nuclear disaster<

ENV-MARSHALLISLANDS-RADIATION:LA — Five thousand miles west of Los Angeles and 500 miles north of the equator, on a far-flung spit of white coral sand in the central Pacific, a massive, aging and weathered concrete dome bobs up and down with the tide.

Here in the Marshall Islands, Runit Dome holds more than 3.1 million cubic feet of U.S.-produced radioactive soil and debris, including lethal amounts of plutonium. Nowhere else has the United States saddled another country with so much of its nuclear waste, a product of its Cold War atomic testing program.

Between 1946 and 1958, the United States detonated 67 nuclear bombs on, in and above the Marshall Islands — vaporizing whole islands, carving craters into its shallow lagoons and exiling hundreds of people from their homes.

Now the dome, which locals call "the Tomb," is at risk of collapsing from rising seas and other effects of climate change.

5400 (with trims) by Susanne Rust in Majuro, Marshall Islands. MOVED


^He saw a Marshall Islands nuclear bomb test up close. It's haunted him since 1952<

ENV-MARSHALLISLANDS-WITNESS:LA — In the summer of 1952, Alan Jones, an industrious redhead with an impish smile, yearned for excitement and adventure. He drove down the California coast from Berkeley to La Jolla, hoping to join an oceanographic expedition heading to the South Pacific.

It wasn't until he was preparing to board the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's research vessel, a rusty old tuna hauler called the Horizon, that he discovered the mission involved more than mapping the ocean floor: The crew of Ph.D.s and handy guys like Jones, who "could fix things," was going to the Marshall Islands to record waves generated by the world's first hydrogen bomb.

Six months later, on Nov. 1, after watching an island get vaporized, Jones and the crew on the Horizon were doused in a shower of radioactive fallout.

1750 by Susanne Rust in Menlo Park, Calif. MOVED


^Okies disappearing from Dust Bowl Festival, replaced by Latino migrants tending California's fields<

DUSTBOWL-FESTIVAL:LA — The girl was afraid to speak in class because of her accent.

The clothes sewn by her farmworker mother made her self-conscious. She lived in a field laborers' camp outside the dusty town of Lamont, and many Californians despised people like her. Go back to where you came from, they said.

In the 1940s, Pat Rush's family was part of the wave of migrants who fled their farms in the drought-ravaged South and Midwest after the Dust Bowl and Great Depression, traveling west on Route 66 in search of work, and hope.

They were hated newcomers lumped together — people from places such as Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, Kansas — under a single pejorative: Okies.

Rush is 84 now. It's a hot autumn day at the Dust Bowl Festival, the last one after 30 years because its organizers have grown too old, too tired.

2300 (with trims) by Hailey Branson-Potts in Weedpatch, Calif. MOVED


^This state pays to help asylum-seekers avoid deportation<

ORE-IMMIGRANTS:SH — One day five years ago, Alexander decided he'd had enough. Fed up with the culture of extortion in his home country of Honduras, Alexander stopped bribing the gang members who accosted him on his way to pay workers at his father's small ranch.

The police told Alexander to change his phone number, and he did, but within days, the gangs had his new number — and issued new ultimatums. They vowed to kill him if he didn't pay up.

Alexander fled for Texas, where after three days of detention in the Houston airport, he applied for asylum in the United States. But the same Honduran gangs had a presence in Houston and, reportedly, a list of names and photos of people who had fled north. Once again, Alexander feared for his life, and two years ago, he left Texas for Oregon, where he works as a house painter.

Now, Alexander is represented by Equity Corps of Oregon, the state's new legal defense effort that uses technology to pair immigrants, asylum-seekers and refugees with help in immigration court, no matter their ability to pay.

1850 (with trims) by Erika Bolstad in Portland, Ore. MOVED


^Ukraine's young corruption fighters struggle against elites — and Donald Trump<

UKRAINE-ANTICORRUPTION:LA — From her second-story walk-up office in Kyiv's old Perchersk neighborhood, Daria Kaleniuk has been fighting the fire-breathing dragons of Ukrainian corruption — oligarchs and politicians and judges on the take.

Little did she know she would also be going up against the most powerful man on Earth, Donald Trump.

Kaleniuk is one of an entire new generation of Ukrainians who grew up in a freshly independent former Soviet republic that struggled to break free of Russia and to build institutions of basic governance. These young reformers speak English, aspire to Western values, reject their country's Soviet past, have turned away from Moscow — and now fear that the U.S. has turned away from them.

1500 (with trims) by Tracy Wilkinson and Sabra Ayres in Kyiv, Ukraine. MOVED


^More vapers are making their own juice, but not without risks<

MED-VAPING-JUICE:KHN — Danielle Jones sits at her dining room table, studying the recipe for Nerd Lyfe (v2) vape juice. The supplies she's ordered online are arrayed before her: a plastic jug of unflavored liquid nicotine, a baking scale and bottles of artificial flavors that, combined, promise to re-create the fruity taste of Nerds Rope candy in vapor form.

This is Jones' first attempt to make her own e-liquid after buying it for the past five years. Jones, 32, wants to be prepared for the worst-case scenario: a ban on the sale of the e-liquids she depends on to avoid cigarettes.

As more states, cities and even the federal government consider banning flavored nicotine, thousands of do-it-yourself vapers like Jones are flocking to social media groups and websites to learn how to make e-liquids at home.

1300 (with trims) by Jenny Gold in Menlo Park, Calif. MOVED




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