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News Budget for Tuesday, June 11, 2019


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^Trump and Biden trade barbs as they cross paths and split screens in Iowa<

TRUMP-BIDEN-1ST-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump couldn't wait to arrive in Iowa on Tuesday before attacking Joe Biden. And vice versa.

With the presidential rivals crisscrossing the state that holds the first contest of 2020, the acid back-and-forth offered a preview of a possible general election matchup — and a cautionary tale of how much vitriol the race is likely to unleash.

1050 by Eli Stokols and Janet Hook in Washington. MOVED


^House authorizes going to court over Barr and McGahn subpoenas<

CONGRESS-SUBPOENAS-1ST-LEDE:LA — House Democrats on Tuesday voted to authorize going to court to enforce their subpoenas against Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Donald McGahn, the most dramatic move yet to prod the Trump administration to respond to Congress' oversight inquiries.

But the House stopped short of holding either man in contempt of Congress, a stronger action that was recommended last month by the House Judiciary Committee.

950 by Jennifer Haberkorn and Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED


^Jon Stewart excoriates Congress for 'shameful' support for 9/11 victims fund<

CONGRESS-911FUND:NY — Maybe this time will do it. Maybe Congress finally got the message, and after 18 years will pass permanent legislation to help Sept. 11, 2001, first responders.

At least, members of the House Judiciary Committee said they would Tuesday as they heard testimony on a new bill to fully extend the expiring Victim Compensation Fund that has already slashed payouts by more than half.

All it took was the pleas of medical experts, survivors, a newly widowed mom, a dying NYPD detective and an absolute blistering by former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart.

850 by Michael McAuliff. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Facing new scandals, US Catholic bishops try again to devise ways to police themselves on sex abuse<

RELIG-CATHOLIC-BISHOPS:PH — Amid a clergy sex abuse scandal that has shown no sign of abating, America's Roman Catholic bishops began their annual spring conference Tuesday with pledges to implement a series of first-ever measures aimed at holding each other accountable for misconduct.

Up for debate are new protocols for investigating prelates accused of failing to adequately respond to abuse or, in some cases, of committing sexual transgressions themselves.

But while nearly all the prelates gathering in a hotel ballroom on the Baltimore waterfront acknowledged that something must be done to restore the faithful's trust in their leadership, passage of the protocols up for debate is by no means assured.

950 by Jeremy Roebuck in Baltimore. MOVED



^Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren has navigated 2 impeachments; she isn't eager for a Trump inquiry<

CONGRESS-IMPEACHMENT-LOFGREN:LA — Only one House Democrat was on Capitol Hill the two times in modern U.S. history when Congress moved to impeach a president — and Rep. Zoe Lofgren says she's not eager to go through it again.

As House Democrats wrestle with whether to pursue an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, the San Jose Democrat has emerged as a leader of the mostly silent majority that is nervous about trying to remove the president.

1000 by Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED


^Rep. Justin Amash quits Freedom Caucus after Trump impeachment stance<

HOUSE-AMASH:CON — Rep. Justin Amash resigned from the conservative House Freedom Caucus he helped found following his call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

"I have the highest regard for them, and they're my close friends," the Michigan Republican told CNN. "I didn't want to be a further distraction for the group."

Amash faced the possibility of being ousted from the conservative caucus after it voted to condemn his remarks on impeachment in May.

300 by Emily Kopp in Washington. MOVED


^Border spending package seeks aid for migrants, but no money for Trump's wall<

CONGRESS-SPENDING-BORDER:CON — The Senate Appropriations Committee plans to take up a supplemental spending bill next week to address the surge of migrants at the U.S. southern border, South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday.

The decision marked the first sign of movement on a stand-alone border funding bill, which President Donald Trump first requested on May 1. Republican leaders had tried to include the money in a $19.1 billion aid package for victims of natural disasters that cleared Congress last week, but Democrats objected, citing various concerns over family detention policies and information sharing about undocumented immigrants among federal agencies.

800 by David Lerman in Washington. MOVED


^Trump orders federal agencies to ease approval of new GMO crops<

TRUMP-CROPS:BLO — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday directing federal agencies to ease rules for approving genetically modified crops and other agricultural biotechnology.

The order instructs the U.S. Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency — all of which have jurisdiction over genetically engineered agricultural products — to review their biotechnology regulations to streamline approval processes, according to a White House fact sheet.

Trump signed the order Tuesday during a stop at an ethanol plant in politically important Iowa.

300 by Mike Dorning and Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington. MOVED


^Polish president unlikely to get earful from US<

USPOLAND-ADV12:LA — Even before Polish President Andrzej Duda walks into the White House on Wednesday, he'll have notched a political win.

Poland's nationalist government in recent years has had an increasingly acrimonious relationship with the European Union, defying the bloc it joined 15 years ago with a string of measures including a crackdown on the independent judiciary and the free press.

So from Warsaw's point of view, a warm relationship with Washington — in particular, the optics of a one-on-one meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Duda — counterbalances the distinct chill emanating from Western European capitals such as Paris and Berlin.

And with Polish parliamentary elections four months away, a show of friendship with an American president is a campaign selling point for the ruling party.

850 by Laura King in Washington. MOVED


^Graham gets Trump official to confirm 2013 bill would have made border 'more secure'<

IMMIGRATION-GRAHAM:WA — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham put his reelection at stake in 2014 for helping champion a bipartisan, comprehensive immigration bill the year before.

On Tuesday, at a closely watched congressional hearing, the South Carolina Republican reminded everyone of that fact — and got a Trump administration official to confirm under oath that, had that bill been signed into law, many of today's border security hurdles would be moot.

850 (with trims) by Emma Dumain in Washington. MOVED


^Saudi arms resolutions are within rules, McConnell says<

USSAUDI-ARMS:CON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he believes a bipartisan effort to force floor votes contesting the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia and other Arab states is in line with Senate rules and procedures, despite the State Department's declaration last month of an emergency situation in order to skirt congressional oversight.

"My understanding is there would still be a vote triggered no matter which path the administration chose to go forward on the sales," McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters in response to a question by CQ Roll Call.

600 by Rachel Oswald in Washington. MOVED


^Former environmental chiefs blast EPA's retreat under Trump<

EPA-EXADMINISTRATORS:BLO — Under President Donald Trump, the Environmental Protection Agency is abandoning its core mission to protect the air, water and human health, former leaders of the agency told Congress Tuesday.

"Under the current administration, the EPA is retreating from its historic mission to protect our environment and the health of the public from environmental hazards," said Republican Christine Todd Whitman, who led the agency under former President George W. Bush.

550 by Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington. MOVED


^Trump's plan for finding oil in Alaska may put polar bears at risk<

ENV-ARCTIC-DRILLING:BLO — Concern that heavy machinery rolling across an Alaskan wilderness in search of oil would crush some polar bears to death stopped the Interior Department from approving a seismic survey in the area earlier this year.

But the alternative — a low-flying plane making frequent passes over the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — could still disturb polar bears, seals and calving caribou, according to conservationists and the Interior Department's own experts.

1200 (with trims) by Jennifer A. Dlouhy in Washington. MOVED


^Repeal of abortion funding ban won't be part of House spending debate, sponsor says<

CONGRESS-ABORTION:CON — An amendment to repeal a 42-year-old prohibition on using federal public health funds for abortions won't be part of the debate on a nearly $1 trillion appropriations bill covering the Department of Health and Human Services and several other agencies.

That was the view Monday night of Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., who co-sponsored a proposal to repeal the Hyde Amendment, which the appropriations package headed to the House floor this week would continue.

450 by Kellie Mejdrich in Washington. MOVED


^Border wall, nuclear weapons to spark partisan fight at defense bill debate<

CONGRESS-DEFENSEBILL:CON — Adam Smith's first bill as House Armed Services chairman will surely stir contentious debate during the panel's markup Wednesday of the annual Pentagon policy bill, a marathon session that is expected to extend into the early morning hours Thursday.

700 by Patrick Kelley in Washington. MOVED


^Artificial intelligence is coming; will Congress be ready?<

CONGRESS-AI:CON — It can help trace missing children, but misidentifies people of color. It can help detect cancer, but may recommend the wrong cure. It can help track criminals, but could aid foreign enemies in targeting voters. It can improve efficiency, but perpetuate long-standing biases.

The "it" is artificial intelligence, a technology that teaches machines to recognize complex patterns and make decisions based on them, much like humans do. While the promised benefits of the technology are profound, the downsides could be damaging, even dangerous.

1350 (with trims) by Gopal Ratnam in Washington. MOVED


^Rep. King's 'Diamond and Silk Act' gets ripped by conservative pundits<

CONGRESS-KING-BILL:CON — Conservative media pundits panned Rep. Steve King's new bill aimed at providing aid and resources to veterans and homeless people as a politically motivated ploy that unnecessarily involves the controversial conservative YouTube personalities known as "Diamond and Silk."

"I understand the need for cheap shots in politics. But really, at the expense of the homeless and veterans?" Washington Examiner opinion columnist Becket Adams wrote in a piece Monday that ran under the headline "Rep. Steve King makes a mockery of homelessness, veterans issues."

450 by Griffin Connolly in Washington. MOVED



^Prosecutor: Fotis Dulos' DNA mixed with Jennifer Farber Dulos' blood on faucet in her home<

^MISSINGMOTHER-1ST-LEDE:HC—< Investigators found the DNA of Fotis Dulos mixed with Jennifer Farber Dulos' blood on a faucet in the kitchen of her New Canaan home, State's Attorney Richard Colangelo told a judge Tuesday to counter a defense attorney's bid to get Dulos' bail reduced.

Colangelo strongly objected to the bail reduction for Dulos, the estranged husband of the missing mother of five, telling Superior Court Judge John F. Blawie in a packed Stamford courtroom that there was no reason for Dulos' DNA to be on the faucet. He asked the judge to raise Dulos' bail from $500,000 to $850,000. Farber Dulos' New Canaan home is one of several locations investigators have searched since her May 24 disappearance.

1300 (with trims) by Dave Altimari, David Owens and Nicholas Rondinone in Stamford, Conn.. MOVED


^NTSB investigators pore over NYC helicopter crash site as relatives of pilot grieve<

NY-COPTER-CRASH:NY — Investigators worked on Tuesday to unravel the events that led to a deadly helicopter crash atop a New York City skyscraper, hopeful that data from the chopper's instruments would help clarify calls made by the doomed pilot before he crashed-landed.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators, on their first visit to the wreckage on the roof of 787 Seventh Ave., were focusing on why veteran pilot Tim McCormack chose the route he did in heavy rain and poor visibility on Monday, particularly since he was flying in restricted air space in Midtown Manhattan.

600 by Esha Ray and Graham Rayman in New York. MOVED


^Illinois mom charged in son's death gives birth to daughter, who's been placed in DCFS custody, sources say<

FREUND-SUSPECT:TB — The Crystal Lake woman charged with murder in the death of her 5-year-old son has given birth to a daughter, and the newborn has been placed into the custody of the state's child welfare agency, sources said.

The girl was born to JoAnn Cunningham on May 31. At a hearing Monday in McHenry County juvenile court, Cunningham agreed to allow the girl to be kept in the custody of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, sources said. It was not revealed where the girl was living.

400 by Amanda Marrazzo in Chicago. MOVED


^Prosecutors seek 13-month prison sentence for ex-Stanford coach in admissions scandal<

CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD:LA — The fate of John Vandemoer, the former sailing coach at Stanford University who participated in the college admissions scandal, will take one of several very different turns Wednesday when he is sentenced in a Boston courtroom.

If U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel abides by federal sentencing guidelines, she will put Vandemoer behind bars for somewhere between three and four years. Prosecutors, meanwhile, initially told the judge they believe Vandemoer deserves 18 months in prison and then, last week, downgraded their recommendation to 13 months.

1150 by Matthew Ormseth and Joel Rubin in Los Angeles. MOVED


^'It cracked like hell': Feds say engineers didn't heed alarms before FIU bridge collapse<

FLA-BRIDGECOLLAPSE:MI — In a damning new report, federal work-safety investigators conclude that engineers in charge of design and construction of the ill-fated Florida International University pedestrian bridge should have shut down Southwest Eighth Street because of growing cracks in the structure, but failed to recognize the span was in danger of imminent collapse.

The 115-page report by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration was obtained Tuesday by the Miami Herald.

700 by Andres Viglucci and Douglas Hanks in Miami. MOVED


^Utah man arrested in shooting of LA deputy may be linked to earlier homicide<

LA-DEPUTYSHOT-3RD-LEDE:LA — A Utah man has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Monday night, and may have been involved in a killing less than an hour earlier in Los Angeles, officials said Tuesday.

Rhett Nelson, 30, of St. George, Utah, was detained in Long Beach shortly after he called his father from a church and referred to "committing murder," according to Sheriff's Department homicide Capt. Kent Wegener.

650 by Maya Lau, Hannah Fry, Matt Stiles and James Queally in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Mike Pence defends ban on flying pride flag at embassies<

^USEMBASSIES-PRIDE-FLAG-PENCE:NY—<Mike Pence says the pride flag shouldn't fly on equal footing with the Stars and Stripes.

The vice president defended President Donald Trump's ban on hoisting the rainbow banner along with the American flag on U.S. Embassy flagpoles, according to NBC News.

"When it comes to the American flagpole and American embassies and capitals around the world, having the one American flag fly is the right decision," Pence told the network.

200 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED


^Central Park Five prosecutor Linda Fairstein slams Ava DuVernay's series 'When They See Us' as an 'outright fabrication'<

CENTRALPARKFIVE-PROSECUTOR:NY — Former city prosecutor Linda Fairstein is giving two thumbs down to Ava DuVernay's new miniseries about the Central Park Five case.

Fairstein, who's been hit with a wave of criticism for her handling of that case, slammed DuVernay's "When They See Us" as an "outright fabrication" that is "full of distortions and falsehoods" in a biting op-ed published by The Wall Street Journal.

400 by Peter Sblendorio in New York. MOVED


^The FBI just released its Hugh Hefner file — here's what it says<

FBI-HEFNER:NY — The FBI released the file it maintained on Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner two years after the legendary publisher passed away — and it's revealing.

The bureau interviewed Hefner in the late 1950s and 1960s over what is described as "obscene material."

The file also contains a memo written to then-Director J. Edgar Hoover in which the agent in charge pitches putting Hefner and his photographer Edward Oppman under surveillance to see if either was transporting "pornographic images" across state lines.

150 by David Matthews. MOVED


^Mar-a-Lago intruder deemed mentally competent and allowed to represent herself at trial<

MARALAGO-ARREST:MI — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Chinese woman accused of trespassing at President Donald Trump's private Palm Beach club would be allowed represent herself after her attorneys found no evidence of mental incompetency.

U.S. District Judge Roy Altman ruled that Yujing Zhang, 33, will be allowed to represent herself as she faces two federal charges. Altman also appointed public defenders as "stand-by lawyers" so that if she has any questions or if she changes her mind they can come back in and advise her.

950 by Sarah Blaskey in Miami. MOVED


^Lawsuit seeking to block Obama center construction in Chicago's Jackson Park is dismissed<

OBAMA-LIBRARY:TB — In a surprising move, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the city of Chicago was within its authority when it approved the Obama Foundation's plan to construct the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.

After listening to nearly an hour of arguments on both sides, U.S. Judge John Robert Blakey said the construction to the sprawling Obama center campus can begin and dismissed the lawsuit filed by environmentalists that aimed to halt it.

600 by Lolly Bowean in Chicago. MOVED


^Ex-girlfriend's recordings critical as trial to begin in earnest into disappearance of Chinese scholar at University of Illinois<

^SCHOLAR-KIDNAPPING:TB—<Hand in hand, Brendt Christensen and his girlfriend faded seamlessly into the crowd at a 2017 vigil for missing Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang.

As their oblivious fellow marchers walked around the University of Illinois campus, Christensen began to mutter about the kind of person who makes an ideal victim, federal prosecutors allege. He pointed out to his girlfriend which people nearby might make easy prey.

For days beforehand, he had talked about how he held Zhang against her will and how she tried to fight back, prosecutors say.

What Christensen — then married to another woman — didn't realize was that his girlfriend was recording every word for the FBI.

1800 (with trims) by Megan Crepeau And Jason Meisner. MOVED


^Petition, evidence being gathered to ask Vatican to remove Fort Worth Bishop Olson<

RELIG-FORTWORTH-BISHOP:FT — Hundreds of parishioners from across the Diocese of Fort Worth have begun the process to ask Pope Francis to remove Bishop Michael Olson.

Philip Gray, a canon lawyer and president of The St. Joseph Foundation, is advising the groups, gathering evidence and writing the petition. There are nine cases being brought against Olson, Gray said, but he declined to give details on the ones that haven't been made public.

1050 (with trims) by Nichole Manna in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED

^Ex-Baltimore Mayor Pugh fulfilled final 'Healthy Holly' deal, attorney says — but unclear where the books went<

BALTIMORE-EXMAYOR:BZ — An attorney for former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she has now fulfilled her end of a 2017 deal in which the University of Maryland Medical System paid her $100,000 for 20,000 copies of her self-published "Healthy Holly" children's books.

Pugh "has 100% performed her obligations under her agreement," her lawyer, Steve Silverman, said in response to questions from The Baltimore Sun about the arrangement, which occurred while Pugh was a member of the volunteer UMMS board of directors.

His statement did not answer questions about the whereabouts or recipients of the books, which Pugh promised more than two months ago were on their way to Baltimore schoolchildren.

600 by Kevin Rector in Baltimore. MOVED


^After tests showed PFAS chemicals in food, FDA says it's fine<

FDA-CHEMICALS:PH — Chemicals found in some food in recent testing by the Food and Drug Administration do not pose a health risk, the FDA said in a statement released Tuesday that sought to dismiss worries about the substances, which have been linked to cancers and other serious health problems.

"Based on the best available current science, the FDA does not have any indication that these substances are a human health concern," commissioner Norman E. "Ned" Sharpless and deputy commissioner Frank Yiannas wrote.

The science surrounding the chemicals — per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances or PFAS — is still developing and the federal government has yet to regulate the chemicals, but many researchers agree they pose health risks.

500 by Justine McDaniel. MOVED

^11-year-old girl is third child fatally shot in St. Louis in 3 days<

STLOUIS-GIRLSHOT:SL — For the third time in three days, a child has been fatally shot in St. Louis.

Police identified the latest victim as Charnija Keys, 11. Charnija was shot in the head about 11:40 p.m. Monday in the 1500 block of North 20th Street, police said. She died at a hospital.

250 by Kim Bell in St. Louis. MOVED

^New Jersey requires hotels to provide 'panic buttons' for cleaners<

NJ-HOTELS-PANICBUTTONS:PH — New Jersey on Tuesday became the first state to mandate that hotels provide their room cleaners with wearable "panic buttons." The devices, which call for help, aim to protect workers from sexual harassment and other dangers.

In September, major hotel brands — including Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt — agreed to provide the buttons to their employees after hotel workers with the union Unite Here held protests across the country calling for panic buttons and other safety measures.

200 by Juliana Feliciano Reyes. MOVED


^California man imprisoned in Vietnam to go on trial in late June<

AMERICAN-VIETNAM-TRIAL:LA — An Orange County man imprisoned in Vietnam for more than 11 months is set to go on trial in late June, without access to legal counsel since his arrest, family members say.

Vietnamese authorities have been investigating Michael Phuong Minh Nguyen, a father of four from Orange, for "actions" to overthrow the government, according to Mark Roberts, his brother-in-law. He said he expects government officials will appoint a lawyer for Nguyen for the trial, which is expected to start on June 24.

300 by Anh Do in Los Angeles. MOVED

^LAPD officer who shot Trader Joe's manager complied with policy, Police Commission rules<

TRADERJOES-SHOOTING-RULING:LA — A police officer who killed a bystander in a gun battle outside a Trader Joe's in Silver Lake did not violate department policy by shooting toward a crowded store, the Los Angeles Police Commission ruled Tuesday.

A gunman had begun shooting at two LAPD officers as they pursued him in their patrol car July 21. The man crashed his car and ran toward the Trader Joe's store, firing more rounds at the officers.

One officer shot back five times, stopping after the man entered the store because there were likely people inside, according to a report by LAPD Chief Michel Moore that was released Tuesday.

850 by Cindy Chang in Los Angeles. MOVED


^The cocaine on my nose belongs to someone else, suspect tells deputies<

FLA-COCAINE-ARREST:FL — A passenger in a vehicle stopped for an alleged traffic infraction in Florida had a white, powdery substance on his nose that tested positive for cocaine, according to an item posted Monday to the Facebook page of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Fabricio Tueros Jimenez, 20, of New Port Richey, "was arrested without incident, but he attempted to tell the deputies the cocaine on his nose was not his," the posting said.

250 by Doug Phillips in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED



^Boris Johnson pitches for leadership with pledge of Brexit on Oct. 31<

BRITAIN-JOHNSON:BLO — Boris Johnson will launch his campaign to become U.K. prime minister on Wednesday morning with a promise to get Britain out of the European Union on Oct. 31, come what may.

The former foreign secretary is the favorite of the 10 candidates to succeed Theresa May, and the one who has said by far the least about how he would tackle the biggest problem the nation faces. His launch event will be the first time he has faced public questioning in months.

400 by Robert Hutton in London. MOVED


^A 'last battle' against Chinese authority<

HONGKONG-1ST-LEDE:LA — They are calling it Hong Kong's "last battle" — a David-versus-Goliath struggle to prevent China from encroaching on the city's freedoms and autonomy. But with China's increasingly assertive approach to Hong Kong, the battle may already be lost.

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered late Tuesday in a last-ditch effort to stave off a bill that would allow criminal defendants to be extradited from Hong Kong to mainland China. Soft strains of "Sing Hallelujah to the Lord" washed over police guarding Hong Kong's legislative complex with riot shields and metal barriers.

By Wednesday morning, a larger crowd flooded into the streets, blocking access to the central government building, in a fashion reminiscent of the pro-democracy Umbrella Movement in 2014.

1200 (with trims) by Robyn Dixon in Beijing. MOVED


^How hundreds of children were infected with HIV in one Pakistani district<

PAKISTAN-HIV-CHILDREN:LA — In February, a handful of parents in southern Pakistan's Larkana district brought their children to physician Imran Arbani's clinic with similar symptoms, including pneumonia and uncontrollable fever. Arbani eventually asked a father to have his 16-month-old daughter tested for HIV.

"He got angry with me," Arbani recalled. "He knew HIV was often spread through unsafe sex. He was an educated person but it took me a good two or three hours to convince him" to get his daughter checked.

The test came back positive. Six weeks later, Arbani had confirmed 20 HIV cases among children. Now more than 750 new infections have been reported in Larkana, including 615 children, an outbreak that World Health Organization officials describe as unprecedented among young people.

950 (with trims) by Shashank Bengali and Aoun Sahi in Islamabad. MOVED


^Mexico to deploy national guard to its southern border<

USMEXICO-TARIFFS-NATIONALGUARD:DPA — Mexico's government moved ahead on Tuesday with implementing a deal struck with President Donald Trump, which demands the country limit migration to the U.S. in order to prevent a trade dispute.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced he was setting up a special commission headed by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to meet Mexico's obligations.

In a first step, the government is sending 6,000 members of its national guard to the southern border with Guatemala, Ebrard said at a news conference.

200 by dpa correspondents in Mexico City. MOVED


^Iran frees imprisoned US resident as diplomacy gathers steam<

IRAN-PRISONER-FREED:BLO — Iran freed a U.S. resident imprisoned on espionage charges, a possible overture toward the Trump administration as international efforts to end a bellicose standoff between Washington and Tehran gather momentum.

"After more than 1,350 days in captivity in Iran, we have received excellent news: Mr. Nizar Zakka is a free man," his Virginia-based lawyer, Jason Poblete, said in a message on Tuesday. He "looks forward to reuniting with family and friends."

400 by Ladane Nasseri in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. MOVED


^Why a ban on Huawei is being ignored by some of the oldest US allies in Asia<

HUAWEI-ASIA:LA — On the site of a former World War II garrison where the U.S. Army trained local troops — and later firebombed tunnels to drive out occupying Japanese soldiers — the Philippines has built a shining symbol of its modern ambitions, a master-planned commercial district billed as one of the safest in the country.

Watching over Bonifacio Global City — a square-mile oasis of glinting high-rises and tree-lined streets southeast of Manila — are more than 200 high-definition security cameras. They were furnished by a company that has become a target in a new U.S. war: the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

The surveillance network is one example of Huawei's extensive inroads in Southeast Asia.

1600 by Shashank Bengali and David Pierson in Manila. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED


^Ai Weiwei visits Assange in prison hospital<

ASSANGE:DPA — Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei visited WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in a London prison hospital on Tuesday, saying that his health is "deteriorating" and urging Britain and other European nations to prevent his extradition to the United States.

Berlin-based Ai said he visited the Australian national at Belmarsh prison alongside Assange's father on Tuesday, one day before a British court is scheduled to hold a case management hearing on a U.S. extradition request.

250 in London. MOVED



^Study: Women's health worsened over 5 years after being denied an abortion<

MED-ABORTION-HEALTH:LA — States across the country are tightening regulations on abortion providers in the name of protecting women's health. But a long-term study of women who sought abortions has found that those who ended their pregnancies reported slightly better health than their counterparts who requested the procedure but were denied.

The findings, reported this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine, suggests that a woman's access to abortion may influence her health over time — providing new fodder for the debate.

1200 (with trims) by Melissa Healy. MOVED


^Study: Opioid overdose deaths do not decline in states with legal medical marijuana<

MED-OPIOIDS-MARIJUANA:PH — Trying to replicate an often-cited 2014 study that found that states with medical marijuana laws had lower opioid overdose death rates, Stanford University researchers looked at deaths over a longer period of time. Their conclusion: States with such laws have actually seen an increase in opioid overdoses.

The new study looked at states that legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2017, instead of 1999 and 2010, as the original John Hopkins University study did.

650 by Aubrey Whelan. MOVED


^American Medical Association: Let minors override parents' vaccination refusal<

MED-AMA-VACCINATIONS:TB — Members of the American Medical Association voted this week to support state policies that would allow minors to override their parent's objections to vaccinations.

200 by Javonte Anderson in Chicago. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.



^Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dangles 2020 endorsement: Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren?<

OCASIOCORTEZ-ENDORSEMENT:LA — Two of the best-known women in Democratic politics had just recorded a video to upbraid Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, when Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez started bantering about the final episode of "Game of Thrones." Their riff bemoaning the show's anti-feminist finale was caught on tape, slapped up on Twitter, and in a flash drew almost 2 million viewers.

Most every time Warren and Ocasio-Cortez have teamed up of late — for lunch, legislative matters and video messaging — they have drawn millions of eyeballs.

They have also raised eyebrows.

Warren fans wonder whether — and hope that — Ocasio-Cortez may eventually endorse the Massachusetts senator in her bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

But the freshman House member, a superstar of the progressive movement, has more history with Warren's leading rival for progressive votes in the 2020 Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

1450 by Janet Hook in Washington. MOVED


^Bernie Sanders' South Carolina campaign looks different this time. Is it different enough to win?<

SANDERS-SC-CORRECTION:WA — Pauline Brown said she nearly broke down in tears when U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders walked through her front door last month. Her longtime partner, Eugene Smith, said he stood in disbelief.

They'd had little success getting South Carolina leaders to pay attention to the dirty water in their city of Denmark, so they never expected anyone running for president to show up to see for himself.

"A presidential candidate that comes to your house to see how you're living, I just couldn't believe it," Smith told The State newspaper.

Sanders moved on from his visit with Brown and Smith to speak at a larger campaign event.

Sanders' outreach signals a more aggressive campaign style than the one South Carolinians saw in 2016, when Hillary Clinton crushed him in the state's Democratic primary.

1600 (with trims) by Emma Dumain and Maayan Schechter in Washington. MOVED




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