Tribune News Service

International Budget for Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Updated at 0100 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EST).

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^Trump administration begins formal US withdrawal from Paris climate agreement<

ENV-CLIMATE-ACCORD-1ST-LEDE:LA — The Trump administration gave official notice Monday that it will pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord, a long anticipated move and a significant step in America's retreat as an environmental leader.

Despite the president's repeated claims to have already left the agreement, the U.S. is still very much a part of it. Under the terms of the accord, the formal withdrawal process will take another year to complete, such that the earliest the administration can officially exit the agreement is Nov. 4, 2020 — the day after the next presidential election.

950 by Anna M. Phillips in Washington. MOVED


^British lawmakers elect successor to Bercow as Commons speaker<

BRITAIN-SPEAKER:DPA — The British parliament's main house, the Commons, elected Lindsay Hoyle to succeed John Bercow as the Commons speaker late Monday.

Opposition Labour lawmaker Hoyle, the senior deputy speaker of the Commons, won a runoff with fellow Labour member Chris Bryant on a 325-213 vote after the other five candidates were eliminated in earlier rounds of voting.

Hoyle, 62, thanked his supporters and vowed to help make the Commons "once (again) a great respected house, not just in here but across the world."

500 by dpa in London. MOVED



^Who will be Cuba's prime minister? A general and former Castro son-in-law stands out<

CUBA-PRIMEMINISTER:MI — Whether in New York, Mexico or Russia, a face has become familiar in the most recent international trips Cuban leader Miguel Diaz-Canel has made: that of Gen. Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja.

Introduced as "an economic adviser," the enigmatic military figure was third in line to greet Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting last week, just behind the vice president of the Council of Ministers, Ricardo Cabrisas, who renegotiated the debt to Russia, and foreign minister Bruno Rodriguez.

950 by Nora Gamez Torres. MOVED


^Venezuela's business elite face scrutiny in $1.2 billion money laundering case<

VENEZUELA-CORRUPTION:MI — As Venezuela's oil-based economy continues to crumble, a politically connected class of businessmen with financial ties to Miami has grown fabulously wealthy from energy deals with the socialist government. Among the Venezuelan upper crust who have made fortunes during the Bolivarian revolution: Alejandro Betancourt.

In Miami, Betancourt has surfaced in a massive money laundering case that charges his cousin and several of the so-called Boliburgueses — young, well-educated entrepreneurs close to the Venezuelan regime — with conspiring to bribe government officials to approve a loan scheme to embezzle $1.2 billion from the country's national oil company during the presidency of Nicolas Maduro.

2500 by Jay Weaver and Antonio Maria Delgado. MOVED


^Air pollution in New Delhi spikes as deadly smog envelops city<

ENV-INDIA-AIRPOLLUTION:BLO — Air pollution levels in India's capital remained at near record levels, forcing schools to shut down through mid week and keeping residents indoors, as the nation grapples for solutions.

The air quality index, or AQI, reached as high as 858 at some areas in New Delhi at 6.30 a.m. on Monday after breaching 1,000 over the weekend, according to website AirVisual, which monitors air pollution around the world. Readings above 300 are considered hazardous and anything below 50 is the safe level.

700 by Debjit Chakraborty and Rajesh Kumar Singh in New Delhi. MOVED



^House releases first depositions in Trump impeachment inquiry<

IMPEACHMENT-DEPOSITIONS:LA — Lawmakers have released transcripts of two depositions given behind closed doors to House committees investigating whether to impeach President Donald Trump.

The transcripts of depositions given by Masha Yovanovitch, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, and P. Michael McKinley, the former senior adviser to Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, were posted Monday morning.

Yovanovitch's testimony focuses on efforts by Trump's personal lawyer Rudolf W. Giuliani to influence U.S. policy in Ukraine. McKinley's testimony focuses on politicization of the State Department.

100 by Sarah D. Wire and Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED


^Trump not immune from Manhattan DA's demand for tax returns, federal appeals court rules<

TRUMP-TAXES-1ST-LEDE:NY — President Donald Trump is not entitled to Oval Office immunity that would block Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. from obtaining copies of his tax returns, a federal appeals court ruled Monday.

The 34-page ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is another defeat for Trump in the legal battle over his tax returns. Vance's subpoena for the records is on hold as the case makes its way to the Supreme Court.

400 by Stephen Rex Brown in New York. MOVED


^In governors' races, president takes a risk<

2020-TRUMP-GOVERNORS:LA — As Republicans worry the House impeachment inquiry could damage their party's election prospects, President Donald Trump is taking a risk to prove them wrong: He is swooping into three 2019 governors' races to show he is still a political asset.

The biggest gamble is in Kentucky, where Trump has endorsed one of the most unpopular governors in America — Republican Matt Bevin — who is at risk of losing his bid for a second term.

1150 (with trims) by Janet Hook in Washington. MOVED


^Trump team has a plan for national parks: Amazon, food trucks and no senior discounts<

TRUMP-NATIONALPARKS:LA — At the urging of a controversial team of advisers, the Trump administration is mulling proposals to privatize national park campgrounds and further commercialize the parks with expanded Wi-Fi service, food trucks and even Amazon deliveries at tourist camp sites.

1700 (with trims) by Louis Sahagun. MOVED


^Former Ukraine envoy says she felt threatened by Trump in call<

USUKRAINE-AMBASSADOR:BLO — The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine said she was warned by officials in the country that President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, was maneuvering against her and that they were concerned about getting dragged into U.S. politics.

Marie Yovanovitch, the former envoy, said Ukrainian officials alerted her to contacts between Giuliani and former Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, and "that Mr. Lutsenko was looking to hurt me in the U.S.," according to the transcript of her private deposition released Monday by House committees leading the impeachment investigation.

800 by Billy House and Steven T. Dennis in Washington. MOVED


^Trump brings up impeachment during Nationals' White House celebration<

TRUMP-NATIONALS:CON — President Donald Trump almost stuck to the script Monday as the Washington Nationals brought their gleaming World Series championship trophy to the White House. Almost.

House Democrats' impeachment inquiry was clearly as on his mind after a morning of firing off tweets slamming the investigation into his July 25 phone conversation with Ukraine's new president.

Trump otherwise appeared to be in high spirits on a crisp, sunny autumn day. He praised, and at times, lightly needled Nationals players, coaches and front office brass.

650 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED


^EPA proposes eased regulations on coal-ash pollution<

ENV-COALASH:CON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday proposed to make it easier for power companies to dispose of the toxic residues from burning coal, building on other steps the agency has already taken to rewrite Obama-era rules for coal ash pollution.

850 by Elvina Nawaguna in Washington. MOVED


^Kamala Harris is betting big on going small in Iowa<

HARRIS:LA — In better times, Kamala Harris' presidential campaign was full of flash: a launch rally that drew more than 20,000 people to Oakland, a five-day summer tour of Iowa on a luxury bus with her name blazing from the side in colorful capital letters, a robust multi-state operation headquartered in Baltimore.

Now, the bus has been swapped for a nondescript black SUV. The campaign stops are more intimate than immense — a few dozen people in a pastoral red barn, several hundred in a pub. And her efforts have narrowed to a single make-or-break prize: Iowa.

1350 (with trims) by Melanie Mason in Newton, Iowa. MOVED


^Analysis: Cities, states and companies vow to meet US climate goals without Trump. Can they?<

ENV-CLIMATE-ACCORD-ANALYSIS:LA — Even though President Donald Trump has made good on his pledge to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, there's still a lot the United States can do to help the world live up to the goals of the landmark international agreement.

In announcing his intent to drop out of the deal two years ago, the president inadvertently catalyzed a flurry of climate action among cities, states, businesses and other organizations that remain committed to reducing carbon emissions in order to avoid the worst effects of global warming, experts said.

1400 by Julia Rosen. MOVED


^NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill decides to step down<

NYPD-COMMISSIONER:NY — New York City's top cop Monday confirmed what had long-been rumored within the NYPD's upper ranks — he's stepping down from his public service position to move on to a new challenge.

O'Neill, 62, announced his decision at an afternoon news conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city's next top cop, Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea.

650 by Rocco Parascandola in New York. MOVED


^Chicago police sergeant saves a life during downtown run, proposes to another officer<

OFFICER-RESCUE-PROPOSAL:TB — The woman who fell unconscious while running a race in Chicago this weekend can credit a police sergeant with saving her life, while a second woman agreed to spend the rest of her life with the same sergeant, who proposed a short time later.

The Allstate Hot Chocolate 15K/5K, held in the city Sunday, bills itself as not only a race, but as "an experience." The two women would surely agree with that assessment after Sgt. Mike Nowacki, who ran the race in full SWAT gear gave them vastly different experiences to remember the rest of their lives.

250 by Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas in Chicago. MOVED


^Forty years later, former US Embassy hostages reflect on the future of relations with Iran<

^USIRAN-HOSTAGES-ANNIVERSARY:LA—<Forty years after having been taken hostage at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, some survivors of the 444-day ordeal say that despite their own deep-seated scars, and those that remain between the U.S. and Iranian governments, it would be beneficial for the two nations to get beyond the enmity of the past. But they are not particularly optimistic it will happen.

"It's still regrettable that we have this adversarial relationship with Iran," said William J. Daugherty, a 72-year-old former CIA case officer who spoke to The Times from Savannah, Ga.

1450 (with trims) by Melissa Etehad. MOVED


^Employees at Illinois Buffalo Wild Wings fired after customers described racist incident at the restaurant<

^RESTAURANT-RACISM:TB—< Multiple employees were fired from a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville, Ill., after some customers said their group was asked to move to another table because of the color of their skin.

Buffalo Wild Wings spokesperson Clarie Kudlata in an email late Sunday said the company conducted a thorough, internal investigation and "terminated the employees involved."

350 by Suzanne Baker in Naperville, Ill.. MOVED


^Boeing Starliner has pad abort test, loses one parachute<

^SCI-STARLINER:OS—<The Boeing Starliner, one of the two private space vehicles that looks to cart astronauts to the International Space Station, moved forward with a pad abort test Monday morning, landing safely but losing one parachute along the way.

Commentators pointed out during a live stream of the test at White Sands Missile Range that despite losing one of three parachutes, that it fell within the parameters for what the company determined to be a successful test. Commentators said even one parachute would be acceptable.

450 by Richard Tribou. MOVED


^Wife of 'El Chapo' in talks to join VH1 reality show 'Cartel Crew,' source confirms<

ELCHAPO-WIFE:NY — The beauty-queen bride of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is sniffing around a possible role on reality TV.

Emma Coronel Aispuro, wife of the cocaine kingpin, held a recent Miami-based meeting with Michael Blanco, the son of late Columbian drug lord Griselda Blanco, to discuss a part on his VH1 show "Cartel Crew," a well-placed source said Monday.

400 by Nancy Dillon. MOVED


^Evangelist Franklin Graham pushes 'Pray for 45' T-shirts during impeachment inquiry<

GRAHAM-TRUMP-TSHIRT:RA — After calling out an "attempt to tarnish" President Donald Trump, evangelist Franklin Graham promoted prayer — and T-shirt sales.

400 by Simone Jasper in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED


^California's strict vaccination law will have only 'modest' impact, study says<

MED-CALIF-VACCINES:LA — Since California tightened its childhood vaccination laws in 2016, public health officials across the country have been closely watching for signs of success in bolstering vaccination rates.

A study published Monday offers an answer. In a brief in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers found that the strict law will have only a "modest" impact in increasing vaccination rates by 2027.

850 by Soumya Karlamangla in Los Angeles. MOVED



^Boeing CEO's 737 Max testimony is slammed by key lawmakers<

BOEING-CONGRESS:BLO — Boeing Co.'s chief executive officer didn't provide complete testimony last week on the 737 Max, and congressional investigators are continuing their probe of the troubled jetliner, two House leaders said in a letter to other lawmakers Monday.

Boeing's Dennis Muilenburg, who endured hours of grilling by members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Oct. 30, left "a lot of unanswered questions, and our investigation has a long way to go to get the answers everyone deserves," said Rep. Peter DeFazio, chairman of the committee, and Rep. Rick Larsen, leader of its aviation subpanel.

300 by Alan Levin in Washington. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED




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