Tribune News Service
News Budget for Thursday, October 10, 2019
Updated at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 UTC).
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^Florida businessmen with Giuliani, Ukraine ties arrested on campaign finance charges<
GIULIANI-ASSOCIATES-ARRESTED-2ND-LEDE:MI — Two South Florida businessmen embroiled in an impeachment investigation involving efforts by President Donald Trump to pursue dirt in Ukraine on his political opponents were arrested by the FBI on Wednesday night and charged with running a scheme to purchase U.S. political influence with illicit foreign campaign cash.
Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, both clients of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, were taken into custody at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. They were arrested while attempting to board a one-way flight out of the country.
2150 (with trims) by Alex Daugherty, David Smiley, Nicholas Nehamas and Kevin G. Hall in Washington. MOVED
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GIULIANI-ASSOCIATES-ARRESTED-2ND-LEDE:LA — 1200 by Eli Stokols and Alexa Diaz in Washington. MOVED
^At Justice Department, multiple investigations focus on Trump's pet peeves<
BARR-PROBES:LA — The Justice Department is mired in 2016.
Three separate Justice Department investigations are examining controversies left over from the last presidential race — the origins of the Russia probe, Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation, and court-approved surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser.
Attorney General William Barr is closely supervising the case that is most politically fraught, involving the start of the Russia investigation. Current and former Justice Department officials say they are worried that Barr's involvement has hurt morale among career prosecutors at Justice and will erode confidence in federal law enforcement.
1350 by Del Quentin Wilber in Washington. MOVED
^Trump's children take in millions overseas as president slams Biden's son<
^TRUMP-CHILDREN:LA—<Eric Trump sounded shocked that Hunter Biden hadn't drawn more criticism for his lucrative business deals in Ukraine and China while his father, Joe Biden, was vice president.
"Can you imagine if I took 3 cents from the Ukraine or 4 cents from China?" President Donald Trump's second-oldest son asked in a recent Fox Business appearance.
Eric Trump and his older brother, Donald Trump Jr., run the Trump Organization, which conducts business — and takes in tens of millions of dollars annually — around the globe and is still owned by the president.
1700 (with trims) by Noah Bierman and Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED
^Turkey carries out dozens of strikes in northern Syria as thousands flee<
TURKEY-SYRIA:LA — Turkey said Thursday that it had carried out military strikes on dozens of targets in Syria during two days of an offensive against Kurdish fighters, a move that sent tens of thousands of people fleeing in fear.
Dozens of Kurdish civilians were killed or wounded by a heavy barrage of artillery and airstrikes since the incursion began Wednesday, said Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, a group of militias that for years has received U.S. backing in the fight against Islamic State militants.
750 by Nabih Bulos in Amman, Jordan. MOVED
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TURKEY-SYRIA:DPA — 650 by Ergin Hava and Weedah Hamzah in Istanbul. MOVED
^Impeachment committees subpoena Energy Secretary Rick Perry for records<
IMPEACHMENT-PERRY:CON — The chairmen of the House Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees subpoenaed Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Thursday, demanding records about his interactions with Ukrainian officials, including the president, a central figure in their impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.
450 by Benjamin Hulac in Washington. MOVED
^Most Americans back impeachment in Fox News poll; Trump says of pollster: 'They suck'<
IMPEACHMENT-POLL-1ST-LEDE:NY — A majority of Americans back removing President Donald Trump from office as support for impeachment surges, according to a new poll from the right-leaning Fox News.
In the survey, 51% of those questioned back impeachment in the new poll, compared to just 40% who oppose it.
200 by Dave Goldiner in New York. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED
^Pelosi confronts decision on impeachment vote amid Trump taunts<
IMPEACHMENT-PELOSI:BLO — President Donald Trump is pushing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold a formal vote on impeachment, a move that would change the politics of the probe more than its legal standing.
Trump this week escalated his fight against the Democratic-led investigation of his dealings with Ukraine with a letter from the White House counsel that contends the administration cannot cooperate with an inquiry that is "invalid" in part because the full House hasn't voted to investigate.
Many constitutional law experts disputed the White House legal analysis, and it's not clear that Trump would any more cooperative if the House did vote.
A decision whether to call the president's bluff is likely to be a main topic when Pelosi convenes a conference call with House Democrats at the end of the week.
900 (with trims) by Billy House and Erik Wasson in Washington. MOVED
^Former Rep. Pete Sessions met with indicted Giuliani associates, accepted donations<
GIULIANI-ASSOCIATES-SESSIONS:CON — Former Texas Rep. Pete Sessions, who just last week announced a new bid for the House, appears to play a role in the indictment Thursday of two Soviet-born businessmen who are also subjects of the House impeachment inquiry.
While the indictment does not mention Sessions by name or charge him of any crime, he told a Texas radio show on Sunday that he met with them and Federal Election Commissions documents show he accepted campaign donations from them during his tight 2018 race.
The two associates of Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, were charged with violating campaign finance laws and arrested Wednesday, according to court documents.
800 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED
^Kevin McCarthy will donate indictment-tainted money to charity<
GIULIANI-ASSOCIATES-MCCARTHY:CON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday he will be donating to charity the campaign contributions received from two indicted associates of Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump's personal lawyer.
McCarthy, along with the National Republican Congressional Committee and other groups, were the beneficiaries of campaign cash from Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, two Soviet-born businessmen who are also subjects of the House impeachment inquiry.
400 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED
^US and Turkey between them may give Syria's Assad a big boost<
USTURKEY-SYRIA-ASSAD:BLO — For the eight years that Syria has been mired in a civil war that's claimed more than half a million lives, the U.S. and Turkey have been among the fiercest critics of President Bashar Assad's regime, arming his opponents and condemning his abuses.
In April 2017, and again a year later, President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian targets as punishment for what the U.S. said was the use of chemical weapons. Both Trump and his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have described Assad as a "butcher" of his people.
Fast forward to late 2019, and Washington and Ankara's actions might yet help Assad regain his hold over most of pre-war Syria.
900 (with trims) by Glen Carey in Washington. MOVED
^Trump floats mediator role in Turkey-Kurd fight amid criticism<
USTURKEY-SYRIA:BLO — President Donald Trump said the U.S. has three options in dealing with Turkey's incursion into northern Syria: send the American military back in, unleash punishing sanctions on Turkey or mediate between the two sides.
Trump has pushed back at rising bipartisan criticism of his decision this week to have U.S. forces in northern Syria pull back as Turkish troops move into the country, attacking Kurdish militias that long fought Islamic State terrorists alongside American troops. He says he's carrying out campaign promises to start getting the U.S. out of "endless wars," but critics say he's exposed loyal allies to the risk of slaughter.
600 by Jordan Fabian and Nick Wadhams in Washington. MOVED
^Democrats warm to Trump's revised NAFTA trade deal after Mexico pledges labor reforms<
NORTHAMERICA-TRADE:LA — One of the remaining obstacles to passing a new North American trade agreement could soon be cleared after Mexico promised top House Democrats that it would improve enforcement of new labor standards to protect workers' rights in that country.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador also assured Democrats during meetings in Mexico this week that his government would increase funding to ensure compliance with the pact's provisions, the lawmakers said.
750 by Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED
^Justice Department slow to answer Congress on gun background checks<
HOUSE-GUNS-BACKGROUNDCHECKS:CON — House lawmakers are still waiting for Attorney General William Barr to answer written questions after he misstated key data about gun background checks during testimony in April.
The questions revolve around a controversial provision in federal law that lets gun dealers sell firearms before a background check is completed if that takes longer than three business days.
600 by Joshua Eaton in Washington. MOVED
^Charleston mass murderer Dylann Roof got his gun because of background check gaps, internal report shows<
CHARLESTON-SHOOTING-BACKGROUNDCHECK:CON — Dylann Roof got the pistol he used to kill nine people in a historic black church in South Carolina without a completed background check because of gaps in FBI databases, legal restrictions on how long the FBI can keep data on gun purchasers and other breakdowns in the system, according to an internal report obtained by CQ Roll Call.
Four years after the 2015 attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston — and several more high-profile mass shootings — a bipartisan group of senators is still trying to hammer out a deal with the White House on background check legislation.
1400 (with trims) by Joshua Eaton in Washington. MOVED
^600 former EPA officials demand investigation into Trump administration over California threats<
ENV-EPA-CALIF-1ST-LEDE:LA — Nearly 600 former Environmental Protection Agency officials have called for an investigation into whether the agency's leaders abused their authority by threatening punitive action against California.
In a letter to the House committees on Oversight and Government Reform and Energy and Commerce, 593 signatories asked for a probe to determine whether EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's aggressive focus on California officials is rooted in a retaliatory effort to punish the state for not backing President Donald Trump's political agenda.
700 by Alexa Diaz in Washington. MOVED
^Sanders' heart attack puts his campaign in uncharted territory<
SANDERS:BLO — Bernie Sanders has so far muscled past questions about his age by keeping a grueling campaign schedule, bouncing between ice cream socials, private meetings, rallies or town halls in a single day — with aides decades his junior struggling to keep up.
But the 78-year-old's heart attack last week hinders a candidacy already faltering as Elizabeth Warren, his rival for the progressive mantle, edges into a statistical tie for frontrunner status in the Democratic presidential race.
The Vermont senator's campaign is now facing an acute dilemma without precedent in modern American politics. No candidate has experienced and disclosed a potentially life-threatening health incident while running for a major party's White House nomination.
1000 (with trims) by Laura Litvan in Washington. MOVED
^New York Rep. Nita Lowey won't seek reelection in 2020<
^CONGRESS-LOWEY:NY—<Longtime New York Rep. Nita Lowey announced Thursday she won't seek reelection next year, paving way for a competitive primary in her heavily Democratic district.
Lowey, who serves as the chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee and was first elected to Congress in 1989, said she will continue "working as hard as ever — with the same optimism and energy — through the end of this term."
350 by Chris Sommerfeldt. MOVED
^Some NY Democrats reportedly are pitching Chelsea Clinton on running for Lowey's seat<
NYCONGRESS-CHELSEACLINTON:NY — Suburban New York Democrats want the Clinton machine back in Congress.
Top officials in the Westchester County Democratic Party were pitching Chelsea Clinton Wednesday on launching a 2020 bid for Rep. Nita Lowey's seat in light of the longtime congresswoman's retirement announcement, according to a party source familiar with the matter.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, cautioned that Clinton hasn't personally expressed interest, but said local party leaders were reaching out to her.
600 by Chris Sommerfeldt in New York. MOVED
^Proud Boys: Patriotic, pro-Trump fraternity or hate group?<
^TRUMP-PROUDBOYS:PM—<Depending on your political persuasion and thresh hold for noise and large gatherings of Trump's most devoted supporters, the Proud Boys are either a violent white supremacist, anti-Muslim hate group or an enthusiastic, patriotic men's fraternal organization that promotes "western chauvinism" — a Mad Men-esque type of America where Muslims are vilified, housewives are venerated and Trump is revered.
1050 by Christine Stapleton in Palm Beach, Fla. MOVED
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^El Paso shooting suspect pleads not guilty as victims, families watch<
ELPASO-SHOOTING-1ST-LEDE:DA — Quietly and without emotion, Walmart shooting suspect Patrick Crusius pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that he killed 22 people in El Paso.
Dozens of injured victims and family members of those slain in the biggest racially driven attack against Latinos in U.S. recent memory watched on in silence. Some wore black for the brief court appearance, which lasted fewer than three minutes.
1250 (with trims) by Alfredo Corchado in El Paso, Texas. MOVED
^Gov. Newsom slams PG&E over 'unacceptable' power outages and failure to fix systems<
CALIF-WILDFIRES-ELECTRICITY-NEWSOM:LA — California Gov. Gavin Newsom tore into Pacific Gas & Electric Co. on Thursday, calling the mass power outages "unacceptable" and the result of the bankrupt utility's own long legacy of mistakes.
"What's happened is unacceptable. And it's happened because of neglect. It's happened because of decisions that were deferred, delayed or not made by the largest investor-owned utility in the state of California and one of the largest in the nation," he said at a news conference. "This current operation is unacceptable. The current conditions and circumstances are unacceptable."
For parts of Thursday, more than 1 million Californians remained without power after the state's largest utility shut off electricity in an attempt to prevent windblown power lines from sparking devastating wildfires.
1500 (with trims) by Hannah Fry, Maura Dolan, Taryn Luna and Joseph Serna in Los Angeles. MOVED
^The waiting is the hardest part: Many in Bay Area rush to prepare for an outage slow to occur<
CALIF-WILDFIRES-ELECTRICITY-1ST-LEDE:LA — For many Northern Californians affected by the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. outages, the constant alerts that power would be shut off at specific times — only to have it remain on — would prove more unnerving than actually losing electricity.
Mary Carey, a lawyer who lives in this wooded community bordering the Oakland-Berkeley hills, compared the situation to knowing that a "meteorite is on the way, but it won't hit for 12 hours."
1000 by Maura Dolan in Orinda, Calif., and Anita Chabria in Clearlake, Calif. MOVED
^Some Riverside County homes destroyed by fire; SoCal Edison cuts power to thousands<
CALIF-WILDFIRES-RIVERSIDE:LA — A wind-driven fire has destroyed several homes Thursday afternoon and is threatening many more in a mobile home community in Riverside County.
The Sandalwood fire began just before 2 p.m. PDT in Calimesa and quickly engulfed a nearby home, which produced plumes of thick black smoke and firebrands that spread the fire to its neighbors.
The fire has grown to more than 500 acres and was 0% contained as of 4 p.m., Riverside County fire officials said. Nearby residents were ordered to evacuate the area.
400 by Hannah Fry, Alejandra Reyes-Velarde, Richard Winton and Joseph Serna in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Federal judge tentatively rules against SeaWorld in case claiming company concealed 'Blackfish' impact<
SEAWORLD-BLACKFISH-LAWSUIT:SD — A federal court judge in San Diego has tentatively ruled against SeaWorld in a shareholder lawsuit alleging that the theme park company misled investors early on when it denied that fallout from the critical documentary "Blackfish" had anything to do with decreasing attendance at its marine parks.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Michael Anello was in response to a motion filed by SeaWorld claiming there is no factual basis for assertions that it defrauded investors about negative financial impacts the documentary may have had after it was released in 2013. While his ruling is not final, Anello disagrees with SeaWorld, saying the issues raised by the plaintiffs are worthy of being considered by a jury.
800 by Lori Weisberg in San Diego. MOVED
^Cuba Gooding Jr. indicted in groping trial as a second charge surfaces<
GOODINGJR:LA — Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. was hit with a new indictment Thursday — the same day jury selection in his sexual misconduct case was set to begin in New York.
The charges in the indictment cover the existing groping complaint, which is at the core of the trial, but also include a new uncharged incident, Manhattan Asst. District Attorney Jenna Long said in a statement to The Times. Long also made her case during a Thursday court hearing, according to the Associated Press.
350 by Nardine Saad. (Moved as an entertainment story.)
^Michael Drejka sentenced to 20 years in parking lot shooting<
PARKINGLOT-SHOOTING-1ST-LEDE:PT. — Clearwater parking lot shooter Michael Drejka was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in prison for the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton.
The sentence came during an emotional hearing about six weeks after a jury convicted Drejka of manslaughter.
Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Joseph Bulone heard from relatives of the killer and victim before issuing his sentence.
900 by Kathryn Varn in Largo, Fla. MOVED
^In Minneapolis, Trump describes Democrats' impeachment probe as 'crusade'<
TRUMP-MINNEAPOLIS:CON — President Donald Trump on Thursday night painted House Democrats as "desperate" and cashing in an "insurance policy" by launching an impeachment inquiry in a last-ditch effort to block him from securing a second term.
"Democrats are on a crusade to destroy our democracy," the president said to boos from an arena crowd in Minneapolis. "We will never let that happen. We will defeat them."
Referring to the impeachment probe, he predicted Democrats' "brazen attempt to overthrow our government will produce a backlash at the ballot box, the likes of which they have never, ever seen before in the history of this country."
1200 (with trims) by John T. Bennett in Minneapolis. MOVED
^Protests on Minneapolis streets escalate as Trump rally continues<
TRUMP-MINNEAPOLIS-PROTESTS:MS — Boisterous and energetic protesters of Donald Trump packed the streets Thursday evening around Target Center in downtown Minneapolis as many thousands of the president's faithful streamed into the downtown Minneapolis arena to hear the president in his latest arena reelection campaign rally.
As the evening progressed under a blanket of rainclouds, the number of protesters swelled and enthusiasm remained high for what had been several hours of demonstrating that persisted while Trump spoke to his faithful inside a packed arena.
1300 (with trims) by Paul Walsh in Minneapolis. MOVED
^NRA doesn't have to pay Oliver North's legal bills, judge says<
NRA-NORTH:BLO — The National Rifle Association won't have to pay Oliver North's legal bills, a New York judge ruled, after North was ousted as its president amid allegations of financial malfeasance and an attempted leadership coup.
Justice Joel Cohen said Thursday that the gun rights group isn't required under its internal rules or state bylaws to indemnify North for expenses he's incurring as a witness in legal matters triggered by the infighting, including a probe of the NRA's nonprofit status by New York's attorney general.
450 by Erik Larson in New York. MOVED
^Political activist Ed Buck pleads not guilty to federal drug charges<
BUCK:LA — Political activist Ed Buck pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal drug charges in connection with two overdose deaths at his West Hollywood home and three additional counts of distributing methamphetamine.
Buck, a wealthy Democratic donor, was first charged in federal court in September with providing methamphetamine that led to the 2017 overdose death of Gemmel Moore. He was then indicted this month in connection with Moore's death and the January 2019 death of Timothy Dean.
750 by Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Jury seated in trial of Florida man in slaying of pregnant ex-girlfriend<
FLA-LOYD:LA — After a two-week search, a jury was seated Thursday at the Orange County Courthouse in the trial of Markeith Loyd, the man accused of killing his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and her unborn child.
Loyd, 44, faces the possibility of execution if jurors find him guilty of first-degree murder in the December 2016 killing of Dixon.
Prosecutors are also seeking the death penalty for Loyd in the 2017 slaying of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.
350 by Monivette Cordeiro in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^Teen Tesla driver killed by fire not crash, says dad's lawsuit against car company<
TESLA-CRASH:FL — The father of an 18-year-old Tesla driver who died in a fiery crash in Fort Lauderdale has filed a lawsuit against the California car manufacturer, faulting the batteries used by the company.
"Barrett Riley was killed by the battery fire, not by the accident," the 16-page lawsuit says.
The May 8, 2018, crash was "entirely survivable," the lawsuit alleges.
400 by Tonya Alanez in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
^Activist says he'll release recording of controversial secret meeting with Texas House speaker next week<
TEXAS-LAWMAKER-SECRETRECORDING:DA — Michael Quinn Sullivan, the political activist behind the secret recording that has rocked Texas politics since July, said Thursday morning he will release the surreptitiously obtained audio of his meeting with House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, in which Sullivan alleges he was offered an illegal quid pro quo.
In a tweet Thursday morning, Sullivan said he had "been given the green-light by my legal team to do so" and "will release the audio next week."
450 by James Barrag n in Austin, Texas. MOVED
^'I'll do anything.' Kentucky drug, prostitution case shows desperation of addiction<
KY-PROSTITUTION-FACEBOOK:LX — A Laurel County, Ky., man who allegedly used Facebook to arrange for young female drug addicts to engage in prostitution has been charged with possessing a gun in furtherance of a drug crime.
Logan Ray Towery, 72, also is charged in the federal case with conspiracy to distribute opioid pain pills.
650 by Bill Estep in Lexington, Ky. MOVED
^Former Pa. education official banned from US rowing over 1981 sexual misconduct<
USROWING-SEXMISCONDUCT-BAN:PH — The nonprofit agency dedicated to investigating sexual misconduct in U.S. sports has banned a former chairman of the Pennsylvania Board of Education from national rowing activities after its independent investigation found he had sexual contact with two girls he coached in 1981 — claims brought to light by The Inquirer in 2017.
1200 (with trims) by Justine McDaniel in Philadelphia. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED
^Why principal who refused to call Holocaust a fact still works for school district<
FLA-PRINCIPAL-HOLOCAUST:PM — When the head of Palm Beach County's public schools announced in July that he would move to fire Spanish River High's principal over controversial Holocaust remarks, a reckoning seemed near.
A growing number of state and local leaders had been calling for Principal William Latson's termination. After declining at first to reprimand him, Palm Beach County Schools Superintendent Donald Fennoy vowed in a July 10 video address to end his school district career.
Three months later, the veteran principal remains employed, while Fennoy's administration has postponed one school board vote after another on his fate.
950 by Andrew Marra in Palm Beach, Fla. MOVED
^Fowl, not fair: Agents find stuffed rare finch in Philly<
TAXIDERMY-BIRD:PH — The shipping manifest listed it as a bird sculpture.
But it turned out to be a natural work of art: a very real, extremely rare Red Siskin finch, as dead as Monty Python's parrot.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday that agriculture specialists in Philadelphia had discovered and seized the taxidermied bird, which is classified by global conservationists as being among species most in danger of extinction.
300 by Jeff Gammage in Philadelphia. MOVED
^Man used fishing device to steal $93,000 worth of checks in Texas, charges say<
STOLENCHECKS:FT — An Arlington man used a fishing device to steal $93,000 worth of checks from mailboxes, according to charging documents.
200 by Kaley Johnson in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED
^Ukraine's president says it will investigate allegations of 2016 US election interference <
UKRAINE-TRUMP:LA — Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Thursday that Ukraine is compelled to investigate accusations that his country may have interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
While he does not have evidence to say whether or not Ukraine did interfere in the U.S. election, it was in his country's best interest to do a thorough investigation on the issue, Zelenskiy said.
"Ukrainians themselves should investigate, because this is primarily our business," he said in a news conference in Kyiv, the capital.
850 (with trims) by Sabra Ayres in Kyiv, Ukraine. MOVED
^Notorious Islamic State 'Beatles' in US custody, but can 11,000 other detainees be held securely?<
USTURKEY-SYRIA-ISLAMICSTATE:LA — The ragged band of Western hostages, enduring captivity in the heart of Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate, somehow summoned the grim humor to nickname the four guards with distinctive English accents who tormented them daily.
They called them "the Beatles."
Amid the chaos of the ongoing Turkish incursion into northern Syria, U.S. forces have whisked two of the surviving "Beatles" suspects out of the fighting zone, where their American-allied Kurdish jailers now face the prospect of being overrun by a vastly more powerful Turkish force.
But the fate of 11,000 other Islamic State detainees, about 2,000 of them foreign fighters, has emerged as a major reason for concern as Turkish forces push deeper into Syria.
1800 by Nabih Bulos in Amman, Jordan, and Laura King in Washington. MOVED
^Polish, Austrian authors awarded Nobel Prize for literature<
^NOBEL-LITERATURE:LA—<A year after the Swedish Academy canceled the Nobel Prize for literature amid a sexual abuse and financial misconduct scandal, the organization awarded the honor to not one but two authors Thursday.
Polish author Olga Tokarczuk and Austrian author Peter Handke were named recipients on Thursday, with Tokarczuk receiving belated recognition for 2018 work, while Handke was honored for writing this year.
350 by Christi Carras. MOVED
^Cuban National Assembly reappoints Diaz-Canel as president of Cuba<
CUBA-PRESIDENT:MI — As expected, Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel will continue holding the title of president of Cuba, according to the results of a vote Thursday in the National Assembly. However, some "historical" members of the Fidel Castro-led revolution lost their positions in the government.
750 by Nora Gamez Torres. MOVED
^Powerful Typhoon Hagibis projected to hit Tokyo<
WEA-HAGIBIS:DPA — Japan is bracing for powerful Typhoon Hagibis on Friday, a month after a strong storm pummeled the Tokyo area, disrupting transport and causing massive power outages.
Two rugby World Cup matches scheduled for Saturday have been canceled because of the expected impact of Hagibis, organizers said.
The typhoon could also affect the Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix this weekend at Suzuka. Qualifying has been moved from Saturday to Sunday, F1 officials said, and all events canceled Saturday at the Suzuka Circuit.
200 by dpa correspondents in Tokyo. MOVED
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^Americans increasingly fear violence from people who are mentally ill. They shouldn't<
SCI-MENTALLYILL-VIOLENCE:LA — Most mental health advocates have challenged the charge that people with psychiatric problems are responsible for the dramatic rise in mass violence in the United States. Research by experts at the FBI and elsewhere demonstrates no more than a quarter of those who attempted or carried out mass shootings in recent years could be considered mentally ill. In fact, people with mental disorders are far more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators.
1500 (with trims) by Melissa Healy. MOVED
^An ancient whale gets a new name to honor a UCSD professor<
SCI-WHALE-SCIENTIST:SD — He's discovered many animal fossils. But to have a species bear his name?
University of California San Diego paleontologist Dick Norris didn't see that coming.
"My mom is tickled pink and I think my father would have been very delighted," said Norris, a researcher at UCSD's Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
550 by Gary Robbins in San Diego. MOVED
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^Trump's policies and anti-immigrant violence disturbed these Latinos. Now they're taking action<
IMMIGRATION-LATINOS-ACTIVISTS:LA — Adrian Rios was closing in on his dream job as a U.S. diplomat when the unexpected happened: Donald Trump entered the White House.
Throughout his campaign, Trump had labeled migrants from Mexico as rapists, criminals and drug traffickers. That rhetoric set the stage for Trump's first months in office, as he took measures to crack down on both legal and illegal immigration, much of it flowing from Mexico and Central America.
"I couldn't represent the country under his administration," Rios said.
Instead, the 26-year-old Mexican American readjusted his plans: attend law school at UCLA, practice corporate law to pull his family out of poverty and provide free legal services to disadvantaged Latinos.
In the third year of the Trump presidency, many Latinos have found themselves in a state of reflection about their cultural identities, their place in U.S. society, and the need to act.
1700 (with trims) by Ruben Vives and Andrea Castillo in Los Angeles. MOVED
^'It's not about the money': What Beijing doesn't get about Hong Kong protesters<
HONGKONG-BEIJING:LA — Chinese state media released a video this month that was directed at Hong Kong youth and titled: "Shenzhen's success could be yours too."
It features old and new shots of the mainland city located just across the border from Hong Kong, set to a triumphant chorus celebrating its transformation over the last three decades from a collection of fishing villages into a metropolis of shiny new skyscrapers.
"When you are on the right track, positive changes will occur," says a caption.
The video appeared on China's National Day, as tens of thousands of protesters were marching in Hong Kong, burning celebratory banners and hoisting up signs condemning the Communist Party for human rights abuses.
As the demonstrations enter their fifth month, the Chinese government continues to pursue a strategy that misunderstands the motives of the protesters and has little chance of quelling the unrest.
1150 (with trims) by Alice Su in Beijing. MOVED
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