Tribune News Service
International Budget for Saturday, September 7, 2019
Updated at 0000 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EDT Friday).
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^We're getting desperate': Bahamians want out, as relief to storm-ravaged islands escalates<
WEA-DORIAN-BAHAMAS-2ND-LEDE:MI — Relief efforts escalated Friday for the hurricane-ravaged islands of Grand Bahama and the Abacos, with the U.S. military planning airlifts, government officials touring the disaster zones and a private cruise ship delivering tons of supplies.
But many suffering Bahamians, baking under a blistering sun, simply wanted out on Friday — and the pace of evacuations was maddeningly slow.
1250 (with trims) by Jim Wyss, Taylor Dolven, Jimena Tavel and David Ovalle in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. MOVED
^Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's longtime president, dies at 95<
^MUGABE-OBIT:LA—<Robert Mugabe, who as Zimbabwe's first post-independence leader ruinously took his country down a path of economic and democratic destruction before being driven from power, has died, it was confirmed Friday. He was 95.
One of the last of Africa's "Big Men," Mugabe died after an inglorious exit from leadership. Once a respected liberation leader, he had become an international pariah and the nation cheered when the military took him into custody. He retired in 2017 rather than face the humiliation of impeachment.
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^'Like I was watching death in the eye:' A Bahamian banana farmer loses everything<
WEA-DORIAN-BAHAMAS-FARMER:MI — Hurricane Dorian's flood waters surpassed the floor boards, already five feet off the ground, so Freeport banana-farm owner Alpha Celestin, 61, busted a hole in his ceiling, propped a ladder there and climbed inside with two of his workers.
He knew the other men couldn't swim, so when he spotted the water creeping up to 15 feet inside his home, he tied Styrofoam from his ceiling around their chests to keep them afloat. They stayed perched there for 48 hours.
"This is the first time I've ever come so close to death, like I was watching death in the eye," he said. "I never knew of such a hurricane."
500 by Taylor Dolven in Freeport, Bahamas. MOVED
^India's space agency loses contact with moon lander<
INDIA-MOON:DPA — India's second moon mission suffered a setback as communication between the Vikram lander and the ground station was lost minutes before its scheduled landing Saturday in a previously unexplored region of the moon.
"The descent was as planned and normal performance was observed up to 2.1 kilometres (1.3 miles) from the surface. Subsequently, communication from the lander to the ground station was lost. Data is being analyzed," said Indian Space Research Organization Chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan.
500 by Sunrita Sen in New Delhi. MOVED
^Fed up with lack of space, migrants build their own shelter in Tijuana<
MEXICO-MIGRANTS-SHELTER:SD — There aren't enough migrant shelters in Tijuana for the tens of thousands of asylum-seekers waiting to enter the United States. So a group of Central American migrants is building their own.
Dubbed, "Casa Hogar del Puente," this will be the city's only migrant-run shelter specifically for women and children asylum-seekers enrolled in the Migrant Protection Protocols program, more commonly known as Remain in Mexico.
900 by Gustavo Solis in Tijuana, Mexico. MOVED
^Amazon countries seal pact against destruction of rainforest<
AMAZON-FIRES-PACT:DPA — Countries of South America's Amazon region on Friday announced measures for its preservation following devastating wildfires and growing concern over the destruction of the world's biggest rainforest.
The seven countries that met in Colombia will increase cooperation against causes of deforestation, such as illegal mining, illegal clearing of forest for agriculture and drug trafficking, Colombian President Ivan Duque said.
400 by Sinikka Tarvainen in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED
^2 Palestinians killed in Gaza-Israel border clashes<
MIDEAST-GAZA:DPA — Two Palestinians were shot dead on Friday in clashes on the border between Israel and Gaza, Palestinian sources said, as thousands took part in a weekly demonstration against the blockade of the coastal territory.
200 by dpa in Gaza City, Gaza Strip. MOVED
^Hurricane Dorian makes landfall in NC as power outages increase, flooding spreads<
WEA-DORIAN-1ST-LEDE:CH — Hurricane Dorian made landfall early Friday over Cape Hatteras as a Category 1 hurricane, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The center of the eye passed the Outer Banks off the North Carolina coast at 8:35 a.m., with sustained winds of 90 mph, while moving north at 14 mph.
Parts of coastal North Carolina, including Morehead City, had been within the eyewall for hours early Friday, but NOAA officials say the center of the eye must cross onto land before landfall is official.
It happened after nearly a week after Dorian reached central Florida and began a slow push north, moving as slowly as 1 mph at times, said the hurricane center.
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^Facebook hit with antitrust investigation by states' attorneys general<
CPT-FACEBOOK-ANTITRUST:SJ — Facebook is under antitrust investigation by the attorneys general of eight states and Washington, D.C., the second such probe it is facing amid a growing backlash against U.S. tech giants.
New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday that she is leading the investigation.
650 by Levi Sumagaysay in San Jose, Calif. MOVED
^Democrats launch investigation into Pence's stay at Trump Hotel in Ireland, Trump's G-7 plans<
PENCE-TRUMP-RESORT:CON — Two House committees are investigating President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other administration officials for possibly violating the Constitution's emoluments clause when Pence stayed at Trump's golf resort in Western Ireland last week.
The Democratic lawmakers are also probing whether Trump's continued promotion of a possible G-7 summit location next year at his Trump National Doral resort near Miami would violate the emoluments clause.
500 by Griffin Connolly in Washington. MOVED
^Trump lawyers push judge to throw out Democrats' tax returns lawsuit<
TRUMP-TAXRETURNS:BLO — Trump administration lawyers on Friday asked a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit by House Democrats demanding the Treasury Department turn over President Donald Trump's tax returns for the past six years.
Trump broke with four decades of tradition in refusing to release his tax information during the 2016 election.
300 by Andrew Harris and Laura Davison in Washington. MOVED
^Supreme Court may again fast-track a legal dispute over Trump's immigration plans<
SCOTUS-IMMIGRATION:LA — The Supreme Court is weighing a fast-track appeal from the Trump administration that seeks to close the door to nearly all migrants who seek asylum at the southern border. And once again, the justices are being asked to decide a far-reaching legal question on a rushed basis, without the usual oral arguments or months of deliberation.
1000 (with trims) by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED
^US-North Korea nuclear talks still stalled, Trump's envoy says<
USNKOREA:BLO — The U.S. envoy for North Korea said the Trump administration is ready to negotiate whenever Kim Jong Un's regime is ready, effectively confirming that months of American efforts to bring the two sides back to denuclearization talks have stalled.
"We have made clear to North Korea we are prepared to engage as soon as we hear from them," Stephen Biegun, the special representative for North Korea talks, said in a speech Friday at the University of Michigan. "We are ready, but we cannot do this by ourselves."
300 by Nick Wadhams in Washington. MOVED
^Officials release names of 9 killed in California boat fire<
CALIF-BOATFIRE:LA — Santa Barbara County officials on Friday released the names of nine people who died in a massive fire aboard the Conception that started as the 75-foot vessel was anchored off the coast of Santa Cruz Island on Labor Day.
The victims ranged in age from 26 to 62. The 34 people killed in the blaze hail from across the United States and from countries around the globe, Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said during a news conference.
At the same time, crews will continue pulling the sunken vessel out of the water.
1300 by Hannah Fry and Mark Puente in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Tropical Storm Humberto could form from either of 2 systems in Atlantic<
WEA-OTHERSTORMS:OS — The National Hurricane Center is keeping an eye on two systems in the Atlantic, each of which has a chance to become the next tropical storm of the 2019 hurricane season.
If either system develops into a tropical storm, it would don the name "Humberto."
250 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^Pompeo talks tough on China, says tariffs won't push United States toward recession<
POMPEO:WI — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo struck an uncompromising tone toward China on trade and human rights Friday as Kansas farmers feel the effects of the continuing trade war.
The former Wichita congressman, in Kansas to deliver a speech at Kansas State University, acknowledged there will be "bumps in the road" as the United States battles China over trade. But he rejected concerns that President Donald Trump's increasingly aggressive tariffs would push the U.S. toward a recession.
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^Spate of clinical trials has scientists hopeful about a vaccine to prevent HIV<
^MED-HIV-VACCINE:LA—<First there were the drugs that could knock back HIV to undetectable levels, and the virus was no longer synonymous with a death sentence. Then came a treatment that allowed people who were HIV-negative to remain that way, even if their partners weren't.
But to truly defeat the virus that causes AIDS, doctors need a vaccine. And after decades of dead ends and dashed hopes, they may finally be on the verge of having one.
With a large-scale clinical trial launching this fall and several others already underway, scientists say they are cautiously optimistic that they'll soon have a way to fight HIV long before a person is ever exposed.
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^Why does so much news seem negative? Human attention may be to blame<
^SCI-NEWS-NEGATIVITY:LA—<Ever wonder why there's so much bad news out there? Maybe it's because people find bad news more interesting than good news.
A new study involving more than 1,000 people across 17 countries spanning every continent but Antarctica concludes that, on average, people pay more attention to negative news than to positive news.
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^Serena Williams' fire still burns as she seeks record-tying title at US Open<
TEN-USOPEN-SERENA:ND — Bill Clinton was president. "Friends" was the hot television show. And the Knicks had just played in the NBA Finals.
So much has changed since Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open in 1999. But one thing hasn't.
Williams, who will attempt to win a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title Saturday when she faces Canada's Bianca Andreescu in the U.S. Open final, wants to win as much as she did when she was a 17-year-old. In fact maybe even more.
650 by Barbara Barker in New York. MOVED
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