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News Budget for Saturday, June 29, 2019


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^Trump heads to the DMZ, expecting to meet with Kim Jong Un<

^TRUMP-G20-1ST-LEDE:LA—<President Donald Trump will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone at Panmunjom on Sunday, capping 24 hours of speculation and scrambling.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in confirmed that the meeting will take place during a news conference in Seoul following a meeting with Trump.

Moon praised the president for engaging North Korea, saying, "President Trump is the maker of peace on the Korean Peninsula."

"Sixty-six years after the armistice, North Korea and the U.S. will meet," Moon said at the news conference. "For the first time, U.S. and North Korean leaders will stand face to face at Panmunjom, a symbol of the division, and shake hands for peace."

1000 (with trims) by Eli Stokols and Victoria Kim in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED


^Trump and Xi agree to restart trade talks and put a hold on new tariffs<

USCHINA-TRADE-1ST-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump has agreed to restart trade talks with China and hold off new tariffs and certain restrictions on the star Chinese technology company Huawei, marking the latest ceasefire in his roller-coaster trade battle with Beijing.

Trump made the announcement Saturday after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Group of 20 economic summit in Japan. Trump said the Chinese, for their part, will be buying a "tremendous amount" of U.S. farm and food products, though neither he nor Xi offered any details about this pledge.

Taken together, the actions appear likely, for now, to deescalate trade tensions that had been threatening the world economy. By themselves, however, they do not bring the two sides closer to narrowing the key gaps underlying their dispute, such as U.S. demands for structural changes in China's state-controlled economy.

1450 (with trims) by Don Lee in Osaka, Japan. MOVED


^Federal judge affirms ruling blocking parts of Trump's border wall funding<

^BORDERWALL-RULING:LA—<A federal judge in California has affirmed his preliminary decision to block President Donald Trump's attempt to build sections of a border wall using money redirected from military projects.

Ruling in two related cases, by U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. made permanent his injunction against planned projects that would have added fencing at the border with Mexico in California, Arizona, Texas and New Mexico. Work would already have begun on these projects barring the litigation.

850 by Howard Blume. MOVED


^Retired NYPD Detective Lou Alvarez dies after battle with 9/11-related cancer, family says<

^SEPT11-DETECTIVE-DIES:NY—<Retired Detective Lou Alvarez, who gave what remained of his life and even his badge to the cause of ailing 9/11 first responders, lost his fight against cancer linked to the 2001 terrorist attacks, his family announced Saturday.

Alvarez stunned members of Congress when he testified alongside comedian Jon Stewart earlier this month about the still-unfolding tragedy of the illnesses ravaging responders who toiled in the ruins of the World Trade Center.

400 by Michael McAuliff. MOVED



^Huawei lifeline shows Trump prefers business deals over a cold war<

USCHINA-TRADE-ASSESS:BLO — In recent weeks, President Donald Trump has drawn the ire of security hawks in Congress for suggesting he could trade away his blacklisting of Huawei Technologies Co. to secure a trade deal with China.

On Saturday he took a big step toward doing just that, signaling that he cares more about selling U.S. products to China than embarking on a clash of civilizations advocated by some top advisers. In the long run, those business instincts may say more about where U.S.-China ties are headed than his deal with President Xi Jinping to suspend any new tariffs and resume trade talks.

1050 by Shawn Donnan in Washington. MOVED


^Supreme Court with Roberts in charge: conservative, but not always predictable<

SCOTUS-ROBERTS:LA — The Supreme Court, despite the emergence of a new conservative majority, ended its annual term last week signaling an inclination to go slow, but spring a few surprises.

The court did not move aggressively to the right, as many Democrats and liberal activists feared and many abortion foes had fervently hoped.

Instead, with Chief Justice John G. Roberts firmly holding the ideological center — a position once held by retired Justice Anthony Kennedy — the court took a cautious path, reflecting Roberts' determination to avoid the appearance of a court that is predictably conservative.

Even President Donald Trump's two appointees — Justices Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh — did not march in lock step to advance the conservative legal agenda, taking different paths in several important cases.

1100 (with trims) by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED


^Trump says mass deportations still planned despite border bill<

TRUMP-DEPORTATIONS:BLO — President Donald Trump said he would stick to a plan to step up deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. despite Congress passing legislation this week to improve border security.

The deportations will begin in about a week "unless we do something pretty miraculous," Trump said at a news conference following the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan on Saturday. "It's really, honestly it's very unfair, but yeah we will be removing a large number of people."

The House passed legislation on Thursday providing $4.5 billion for border security and humanitarian aid for migrants apprehended after crossing into the U.S. from Mexico. But Trump wants Congress to make it harder for Latin American migrants crossing the southern border to claim asylum, a process most of them use to enter the U.S.

500 by Margaret Talev, Jennifer Jacobs and Nick Wadhams in Washington. MOVED


^Pelosi aims for feds to negotiate drug prices, even for private insurers<

^DEMOCRATS-DRUGPRICES:KHN—<As House Democrats hash out a proposal empowering the federal government's top health official to negotiate lower drug prices, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is taking it a step further and pushing a plan that could benefit even those Americans with private health insurance.

A draft plan spearheaded, but not yet released, by Pelosi and other House Democratic leaders would ensure that prices negotiated on the most expensive drugs would apply not just to the government but to all payers, including employers and insurers, a Democratic aide said.

But first, Democrats must agree on how best to muscle drug companies to the negotiating table, as well as how to prevent Americans from paying more or even losing access to the other drugs they take.

1300 (with trims) by Emmarie Huetteman. MOVED



^Trump says Kamala Harris getting 'too much credit' for takedown of Biden<

^TRUMP-HARRIS:NY—<President Donald Trump is claiming that rising Democratic star Kamala Harris got "too much credit" for her much-praised takedown of Joe Biden at the Democratic debate.

Perhaps signaling uneasiness with taking on Harris, Trump uncharacteristically said "you never know" if she would be a tough opponent for him and went another day without coining a pejorative nickname.

"I think she was given too much credit for what she did. It wasn't that outstanding," Trump said at a news conference in Osaka, Japan, where he was attending the G20 summit. "I think probably he was hit harder than he should have been hit."

300 by David Goldiner. MOVED



^Boy, 2, dies from E. coli linked to San Diego County Fair; 3 other kids sickened<

SANDIEGO-FAIR-ECOLI:SD — San Diego County health officials announced late Friday night that a 2-year-old child has died and three other children between 2 and 13 years old have become ill after having contact with animals at the San Diego County Fair.

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reported four confirmed pediatric cases of Shig-toxin-producing E. coli — known as STEC — linked to contact with the animals.

650 by Alex Riggins in Del Mar, Calif. MOVED


^Minneapolis pastor and First Covenant Church evicted over LGBT stance<

RELIG-MINN-PASTOR-LGBT:MS — The Evangelical Covenant Church voted Friday to evict the Rev. Dan Collison from the Minneapolis denomination, ending a five-year conflict over LGBT inclusion and cementing the denomination's position on same-sex marriage.

Covenant leaders also voted to expel Collison's First Covenant Church, a historic church in downtown Minneapolis that was a founding member of the 134-year-old denomination.

It was the first time a pastor and a church have been involuntarily removed in the denomination's long history.

800 by Jean Hopfensperger in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Rapper Slim 400 shot multiple times in Compton, source says<

^SLIM400-SHOOTING-1ST-LEDE:LA—< Rapper Slim 400 was shot multiple times Friday night in an attack in Compton, according to a source familiar with the case.

The source said he underwent surgery and was in serious condition.

150 by Richard Winton and Marc Olson in Los Angeles. MOVED

^Their daughter died in Parkland. Now they're suing the FBI for mishandling tips<

PARKLAND-FBI-LAWSUIT:MI — The parents of Carmen Schentrup, a 16-year-old who was killed in the Parkland school shooting, filed a negligence lawsuit Friday against the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its mishandling of tips about the gunman.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in the Southern District of Florida, claims damages but does not state a monetary amount. In it, Philip and April Schentrup allege that the FBI's failures resulted in the death of their daughter and the 16 other students and staffers killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County.

650 by Martin Vassolo in Miami. MOVED


^12 hours in Chicago: 2 dead, 19 wounded — including 5 who were hurt in same attack<

CHICAGO-VIOLENCE:TB — Two men are dead and at least 19 people were wounded in overnight violence, including five who were wounded in the same shooting on the West Side, Chicago police said.

The shootings began about 7 p.m. Friday and ended shortly after 6 a.m. Saturday, leaving 21 total victims shot, including two teenage boys and one teenage girl. Almost all occurred on the city's South and West sides.

1000 by Deanese Williams-Harris in Chicago. MOVED


^Gabby Giffords asks supporters to 'never stop fighting' for gun research funding at rally<

GIFFORDS-GUNVIOLENCE:OS — Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011, urged a crowd of dozens at the Orlando Museum of Art on Saturday to fight for research funding to study gun violence.

The rallying cry drew cheers from the crowd, many of whom hoisted signs that read "Gun laws save lives" and "Gun violence prevention research now."

550 by Tess Sheets in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Teen in video that shows violent take down by BSO deputies is arrested again, cops say<

FLA-TEENAGER-ARREST:MI — The 15-year-old who was at the center of a viral video that showed Broward deputies pepper-spraying him and smashing his head on the ground has been arrested again — this time in Lauderhill.

On Saturday, Lauderhill spokesman Lt. Mike Santiago said Delucca Rolle was arrested after 11 p.m. Friday on charges of trespassing in a stolen conveyance and resisting arrest without violence.

300 by Carli Teproff in Miami. MOVED


^Gunman who shot 5 at Conn. house party still at large<

HOUSEPARTY-SHOOTING:HC — Hampden police expanded their search and brought in a police dog Saturday morning as they continued to hunt for a man who opened fire at a sprawling house party, firing into a crowd of as many as 500 and wounding at least five people.

500 by Steven Goode and Edmund H. Mahony in Hartford, Conn. MOVED

^New Jersey man charged with illegal purchase of $6,800 tiger-skin rug<

TIGERSKIN-RUG-CHARGES:PH — A New Jersey man was charged this week with buying a $6,800 tiger-skin rug in violation of federal wildlife conservation laws.

Authorities released few details about the case and declined to answer questions. They said only that Loren Varga, 60, of Franklin Park, the pelt in Pennsylvania this month and agreed to plead guilty at a forthcoming court hearing in Philadelphia.

500 by Jeremy Roebuck in Philadelphia. MOVED


^How nontraditional families are separated at the border<

BORDER-IMMIGRANTS-FAMILIES:SD — Juan, a 28-year-old immigrant from Honduras, often wonders what would've happened if he had fled from the Border Patrol when they caught him crossing the border illegally with a group of families in March. Maybe his loved ones would still be with him.

Lean and athletic, Juan saw only two Border Patrol agents at the scene dealing with dozens of immigrants. Thinking back to that day, he wonders if the agents would have stayed with the others and let him flee.

"Maybe I should have run," said Juan, who until Thursday was living in a Tijuana shelter while his asylum claim is processed.

Juan is one of more than 5,000 asylum-seekers being processed through the Migrant Protection Protocols, commonly referred to as the Remain in Mexico Program. What makes his case unique is that it highlights a different type of family separation going on at the southern border.

1100 by Gustavo Solis in San Diego. MOVED


^Nipsey Hussle told alleged gunman 'You got me' after being shot multiple times and kicked in the head, records show<

NIPSEYHUSSLE-SHOOTING:LA — Nipsey Hussle spent part of the afternoon of March 31 signing autographs, taking photos with fans and talking with friends at the Hyde Park strip mall where he owned several businesses.

Less than a half hour into his visit, Eric Holder approached the famed rapper, who was with a larger group, and the two shook hands. They had a four-minute conversation, and at some point, the topic turned to snitching.

"Apparently, the conversation had something to do with (Hussle) telling Mr. Holder that word on the street was that Mr. Holder was snitching," Deputy District Attorney John McKinney told a grand jury in May, saying that was a serious offense in the gang world. "The conversation wasn't particularly intense. It wasn't particularly belligerent."

1300 (with trims) by Alene Tchekmedyian in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Megan Rapinoe accepts Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez invite to tour House of Representatives<

SOC-WORLDCUP-RAPINOE-OCASIOCORTEZ:OS — Megan Rapinoe may not go to the White House if the United States wins the 2019 Women's World Cup, but she did accept an invitation to visit the House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the offer on Twitter to Rapinoe and the entire USWNT after it beat France, 2-1, Friday night to advance to the tournament semifinals.

Rapinoe responded about an hour later, "Consider it done."

300 by Alicia DelGallo in Lyon, France. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED


^Chicago's 'Cows on Parade' public art display returns to celebrate its 20th anniversary<

CHICAGO-COWS:TB — Two decades ago, Chicago got caught up in cow fever — not bovine spongiform encephalopathy, but a benign form of art-cow madness.

Craft-augmented cow statues in that summer of 1999 started up across the downtown area: a cow festooned in flowers, a cow painted in red and yellow zebra stripes, a cow tiled over like a shower stall.

"Cows on Parade," conceived as a canvas for local artists, "went crazy," recalled Peter Hanig, the Michigan Avenue shoe store owner whose family vacation in Switzerland the year before inspired the cow invasion.

By 2007, so many copycat projects had been launched around the country that it took a 200-page book, "American ArtParades," to chronicle all of them.

A round-number anniversary of such a civic moment cannot be allowed to pass without commemoration, of course. The Magnificent Mile Association, the group of merchants lining North Michigan Avenue whose predecessor organization was the original "Cows on Parade" financial backer, is marking Year 20 by holding a reunion for those cows it can rustle up.

1200 by Steve Johnson in Chicago. MOVED



^As Venezuelan refugees flee their country, the world turns its back, OAS report finds<

VENEZUELA-MIGRANTS:MI — As many as 8 million Venezuelans are expected to have fled their country by the end of 2020, far surpassing the Syrian refugee crisis, according to projections released by the Organization of American States on Friday.

The new figures are higher than what OAS officials were predicting just last week and represent a serious challenge for a region that's already seeing anemic economic growth.

The report also found that the international community isn't responding to the Venezuelan crisis as it has to problems in other parts of the world.

850 by Jim Wyss in Medellin, Colombia. MOVED


^May is resigning as UK premier, and she's not going quietly<

BRITAIN-MAY:BLO — Theresa May will stand down as Britain's prime minister next month but she is not giving up. With three weeks left before she hands over to someone else, the premier is busier than ever trying to build an ambitious legacy.

May flew to Japan for the Group of 20 summit this week, where she tried to persuade Russia President Vladimir Putin to stop destabilizing the world and U.S. President Donald Trump to tackle climate change.

She also hinted she won't be a silent passenger when she rejoins the Conservative Party's lower ranks. When it comes to Brexit, May has warned she will not meekly follow orders from Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt — the two contenders to replace her — if they try to take Britain out of the European Union with no deal.

550 by Tim Ross in Osaka, Japan. MOVED


^Southern France battles wildfires as historic heatwave hits country<

FRANCE-WILDFIRES:DPA — Wildfires have burned several houses and hundreds of hectares of land in the south of France as the country struggles with a record-breaking heatwave.

The fires are burning in the southern Gard department, a region that has seen little rain and where temperatures have hit 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit).

French media reported on Saturday that fires have damaged or completely destroyed 10 buildings in Gard.

300 by Amelie Richter in Strasbourg, France. MOVED

^5 killed in Siberia floods; Putin travels to stricken region<

SIBERIA-FLOODING:DPA — Vast flooding in Siberia has led to the deaths of five people, including a child, Russia's emergencies minister said on Saturday.

More than 350 others have been injured in the floods, around 100 of whom are receiving treatment in hospital, minister Yevgeny Zinichev was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

A death toll of three had been reported earlier Saturday. The fate of two people, including a child, remains unknown.

400 by Ulf Mauder in Moscow. MOVED

^Pregnant woman stabbed and killed in south London<

LONDON-STABBING:DPA — A 26-year-old woman who was approximately eight months pregnant was stabbed to death on Saturday, police in London said.

"Her baby was delivered at the scene before being taken to hospital," the capital's Metropolitan Police (Met) said in a statement, adding that the infant remained in critical condition.

150 in London. MOVED



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^Chemistry and calm, then loneliness and turbulence in the marriage of missing mother Jennifer Farber Dulos<

MISSINGMOTHER-MARRIAGE:HC — Two shores frame Jennifer Farber Dulos' life with her husband, Fotis Dulos.

One she believed to be welcoming and safe, having been drawn back into Dulos' life when he reached out to her in 2004 while still married to his first wife.

The other has proved to be a jagged ledge, the resting place for a marriage shattered by her discovery, in March 2017, of her husband's affair with an Argentine businesswoman.

In between, according to interviews, her blogs and court documents reviewed by The Hartford Courant, she lived an increasingly separate and lonely existence within the marriage.

In her writings and court testimony she expresses a longing for a simpler life and a feeling of isolation that flowed from her husband's physical absence, differences in their personalities and parenting styles, and, ultimately, from his betrayal.

Farber Dulos had been marooned on that ledge for two years in a contentious divorce and custody battle with Dulos until, on May 24, her footprints disappeared.

3000 (with trims) by Josh Kovner in Hartford, Conn. MOVED


^A new top killer emerges in hurricanes, and many blame climate change<

WEA-HURRICANES-RAIN:FL — Ask anyone the most dangerous element of a hurricane, and they may mention wind. They may mention storm surge. But they're unlikely to name the biggest current killer: rain.

In the past three years, as the impact of climate change on hurricanes became more apparent, rain has pushed aside storm surge to emerge as the top source of deaths.

About 75% of the 162 fatalities in hurricanes and other tropical cyclones striking the United States from 2016 to 2018 were caused by rain-induced flooding, with most victims drowning in or near their vehicles, according to the National Hurricane Center.

1550 by David Fleshler in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^Disaster City sees storm warnings every day<

DISASTER-CITY:SH — It's a scene of utter devastation.

Smashed automobiles, derailed train cars and piles of rubble are scattered across an apocalyptic landscape. Hard-hatted responders cling to nylon ropes alongside a gutted high-rise. In the distance, an industrial fire sends flames and smoke into an otherwise bright blue sky.

Stretching across 52 acres just west of the Texas A&M University campus, Disaster City clearly deserves its name.

The mock municipality began taking shape in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. Now, it is part of Texas A&M's nearly 300-acre Emergency Services Training Institute, which attracts firefighters and other first responders from around the globe.

A brutal surge of violent weather has swept much of the nation this year, underscoring the importance of training centers such as this one.

1250 (with trims) by David Montgomery in College Station, Texas. MOVED


^Non-English speakers face health setback if Trump loosens language rules<

^HEALTHCARE-LANGUAGE-RULES:KHN—<A federal regulation demands that certain health care organizations provide patients who have limited English skills a written notice of free translation services.

But the Trump administration wants to ease those regulations and also no longer require that directions be given to patients on how they can report discrimination they experience.

The changes could save $3.16 billion over five years for the health care industry, according to the administration.

The government acknowledged in the proposal that the change would lead to fewer people with limited English skills accessing health care and fewer reports of discrimination. But it also questioned the need for these notices.

900 by Carmen Heredia Rodriguez. MOVED

^Libya's 2 wars: One on the battlefield and one on Facebook<

LIBYA-FACEBOOK:LA — In terms of its effect on the battlefield, a drone that fell from the skies one recent morning in an area south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, was a nonevent. It was unarmed. When it crashed (or was shot down; it's still unclear), it left behind no casualties.

But by the evening, the drone was the subject of thousands of impassioned Facebook duels dissecting its origin. And a video examining its hull became the grist for dozens of reports by satellite news broadcasters across the region.

The aftermath of the incident was just another sign that in Libya there are two concurrent wars: One involves bullets and bombs fired between the self-styled Libyan National Army and militiamen allied with the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord in Tripoli's outskirts.

The other war is no less intense, but virtual; its ordnance is a swarm of disinformation, gruesome videos and pictures peddled by "keyboard warriors" or "digital heroes," as Libyans sometimes dub online partisans.

1350 (with trims) by Nabih Bulos in Tripoli, Libya. MOVED




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