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News Budget for Monday, December 2, 2019

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^Trump heads to NATO summit as impeachment looms<

TRUMP-NATO:LA — Awkwardness has been the hallmark of President Donald Trump's meetings with Western allies since he was elected three years ago on a platform that bashed existing treaties, trade deals and alliances.

He leaves Monday for a two-day summit at a resort in Hertfordshire, 18 miles outside London, with leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the 29-nation military alliance that has been one of his most frequent targets.

He is scheduled to return Wednesday night, hours after the Democratic-led House Judiciary Committee holds its first public hearing, the next phase of the impeachment inquiry. Trump's legal team was invited to attend but declined.

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^Four impeachment scholars to open Judiciary Committee's hearing<

IMPEACHMENT:BLO — Four experts on presidential impeachment will fill the witness table during the House Judiciary Committee's opening hearing of historic proceedings to determine whether President Donald Trump should be impeached.

Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is depicting Wednesday's session as an opportunity to discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment, and whether Trump's alleged actions warrant pressing forward with possible articles of impeachment.

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^WASHINGTON<

^Supreme Court may put off a ruling that could have expanded the Second Amendment<

SCOTUS-GUNS-1ST-LEDE:LA — Gun-rights advocates want the Supreme Court to uphold a constitutional right to carry a firearm away from home, but the justices did not sound ready on Monday to issue such a broad ruling in a New York City case.

Instead, they hinted they will dismiss the case — New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. City of New York — as moot because the city has repealed a police regulation that had barred licensed gun owners from carrying their unloaded weapons to a shooting range outside the city.

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^Congress seeks to avoid an appropriations nightmare before Christmas<

CONGRESS-SPENDING:CON — Congress returns to Washington this week with a challenging to-do list for December that not only includes drafting articles of impeachment and finalizing a massive trade deal, but also funding the government.

Appropriators and congressional leadership have just three weeks to resolve dozens of policy disputes between House and Senate spending bills — a daunting but routine exercise that will determine whether there's a partial government shutdown right as lawmakers are set to leave for their winter break.

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^Senate confirms Dan Brouillette to succeed Perry as energy secretary<

ENERGYSECRETARY:CON — The Senate voted 70-15 on Monday evening to confirm Dan Brouillette to succeed Rick Perry as secretary of the Department of Energy.

President Donald Trump nominated Brouillette, a long-time Republican donor and former business executive for Ford Motor Co. and USAA who worked at the Energy Department during the George W. Bush administration, after Perry said in October he would step down.

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^Trump lawyers ask Supreme Court to let federal executions resume<

TRUMP-EXECUTIONS:BLO — President Donald Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to clear the federal government to resume executions as soon as next week.

The emergency filing on Monday urged the court to lift a hold that a trial judge placed on the federal death penalty last month. The Justice Department wants the hold lifted in time for Daniel Lewis Lee to be put to death on Dec. 9.

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^GOP report finds no impeachable offenses, just 'disagreements'<

IMPEACHMENT-GOP-REPORT:BLO — A 110-page report from GOP lawmakers concludes the Democratic-led House investigation of Donald Trump failed to establish any impeachable offenses and instead paints a picture of "unelected bureaucrats" disagreeing with the president's style, world view and foreign policy decisions.

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released their conclusions Monday as the panel's Democrats are letting members review the majority report after two months of gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses to understand Trump's actions regarding Ukraine.

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^US mulls duties on $2.4 billion in French goods over tech tax<

USFRANCE-TARIFFS:BLO — The U.S. proposed tariffs on roughly $2.4 billion in French products, in response to a tax on digital revenues that hits large American tech companies including Google, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.

"France's digital services tax discriminates against U.S. companies," the office of the U.S. Trade Representative said in a statement Monday.

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^Lindsey Graham says US must sanction Turkey for testing Russian arms<

USTURKEY-SANCTIONS:BLO — Two leading senators pressed Secretary of State Michael Pompeo to comply with existing law and impose sanctions on Turkey for purchasing and testing a Russian-made missile system.

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham and Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen said in a letter dated Monday that Turkey's acquisition of the S-400 anti-aircraft weapons should trigger sanctions under the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

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^Democrat Steve Bullock ends struggling presidential campaign<

BULLOCK:LA — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, who brought a unique perspective to the presidential race as a red-state Democrat from the Rocky Mountain West but never emerged as a serious contender, abruptly ended on Monday his quest for the White House.

"Today, I am suspending my campaign to become the Democratic Party's nominee for President," Bullock said in a written statement. "While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won't be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates."

He once again ruled out a run for U.S. Senate.

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^Trump campaign bars Bloomberg News from rallies<

TRUMP-BLOOMBERG:LA — President Donald Trump's reelection campaign has banned Bloomberg News from covering its rallies and other public events, citing what it calls a biased coverage policy by the media company of one of his Democratic rivals.

The news organization, owned by billionaire and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, has declared it will not investigate the former New York City mayor or any of his fellow Democrats vying for the party's 2020 presidential nomination — but will continue to investigate Trump.

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^New congressional maps in North Carolina will stand for 2020, court rules<

NC-REDISTRICTING-1ST-LEDE:RA — The new congressional maps passed by North Carolina state lawmakers last month can stand for the 2020 election, a three-judge panel ruled Monday.

The previous maps gave Republicans a 10-3 advantage in the U.S. House of Representatives. Under the new maps, Democrats are expected to pick up two seats, cutting it down to an 8-5 Republican edge.

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^Kelly Loeffler to have powerful ally after she's tapped to fill Georgia Senate seat<

GASENATE:AT — When Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp announces Wednesday that he's picked financial executive Kelly Loeffler for an open U.S. Senate seat, she'll have some powerful backup to help defend her new post.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee will support Loeffler, giving her a key political ally as she faces a potential GOP challenge, according to two people with direct knowledge of the decision.

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^Biden seeks to rejuvenate Iowa campaign, insisting he can win<

BIDEN:BLO — Joe Biden is working to breathe new life into his campaign in Iowa, a state where he's struggled to keep up with his competitors' organizations and popularity despite leading the crowded 2020 field of Democrats in most national polls.

Biden kicked off an eight-day bus tour this weekend that focuses on rural areas. He's traveling with Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor and agriculture secretary under President Barack Obama, and Vilsack's wife, Christie.

Aides and allies see Biden's trip as an opportunity to shift to a new phase of Iowa campaigning — not as intense as it will be during the final rush before the Feb. 3 caucus, but more focused, particularly in rural areas that get little attention from most candidates.

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^Why Buttigieg's UC San Diego climate adviser is taking fire from the left<

BUTTIGIEG-CLIMATE-ADVISER:SD — A climate policy adviser for presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg has recently come under attack for criticizing an ambitious vision of the Green New Deal aimed at dismantling the fossil fuel industry.

David Victor, professor of international relations at the University of California at San Diego, caused an uproar among environmental activists this month after saying in a New York Times article that Sen. Bernie Sanders' proposed climate plan "can't work in the real world."

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^Duncan Hunter's guilty plea will widen an already open race for California's 50th District<

CALIFCONGRESS-50THDISTRICT:SD — With Rep. Duncan Hunter seemingly off the next 50th Congressional District ballot, experts say the Republican Party has boosted its chances of retaining the California seat come November.

The announcement Monday that Hunter intends to change his plea and admit to a campaign-finance violation — and apparently resign from Congress or suspend his reelection drive — has wholly recast what already was a heated race.

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^UNITED STATES<

^Jimmy Carter back in hospital for infection<

CARTER:AT — Just days after being released from the hospital following brain surgery, former President Jimmy Carter was admitted to Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus for treatment for a urinary tract infection.

A spokeswoman for Carter said he was admitted this weekend.

"He is feeling better and looks forward to returning home soon," said Deanna Congileo. "We will issue a statement when he is released for further rest and recovery at home."

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^US 'likely' to bring new charges in Giuliani-allies case<

GIULIANI-ASSOCIATES-1ST-LEDE:BLO — The U.S is "likely" to bring additional charges in a case against Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, associates of Rudy Giuliani who are accused of skirting campaign contribution limits as part of a plot to oust the American ambassador to Ukraine, a prosecutor said.

The comment was made Monday at an hourlong court hearing in Manhattan. Responding to a question from U.S. District Judge Paul Oetken about whether the government planned to file additional charges, Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Zolkind said: "Certainly the investigation is ongoing. We think a superseding indictment is likely, but no decision has been made. It's something we continue to evaluate."

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^Texas agency rebukes judge on gay marriage policy<

GAYMARRIAGE-JUDGE-ETHICS:AU — A state ethics agency has rebuked a Waco justice of the peace for declining to perform same-sex marriages despite providing that service to couples of the opposite sex.

The State Commission on Judicial Conduct concluded that Justice of the Peace Dianne Hensley violated ethical standards by adopting a policy that casts doubt on her ability to treat LGBTQ people fairly in her courtroom.

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^Pennsylvania mom charged with murder in deaths of children found hanged<

PA-SIBLINGS-HANGED:AA — In the weeks before her two children were found hanging in the basement of her Berks County home, Lisa Snyder told a friend that she was depressed and "didn't care about her kids," an investigation showed.

Snyder, 36, searched the internet for information about death by hanging and carbon monoxide poisoning, and perused true-crime television shows about getting away with murder. One day before the hanging, Snyder ordered the dog lead, a type of dog leash, that was found wrapped around their necks.

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^FBI investigating gang hit on rapper who taunted rivals with his music<

CHICAGO-RAPPER-KILLED:TB — Cedron Doles was a controversial rapper with reputed ties to a Black P Stone gang faction called Black Mobb who earned a following in Chicago's drill music scene by taunting gang rivals, some of them slain, with his lyrics.

^"Whoever dead or alive, f—< the opps, b——!" Doles, who performed under the name Shootashellz, rapped in a music video posted to YouTube in April 2017 .

Entitled "Death of 150," the video talked of the Black Mobb's longstanding feud with the rival Stone faction No Limit, also known as No Limit 150.

About three months later, Doles, 21, was about to get into his car in Chicago's Auburn Gresham community when three men exited a white Nissan Altima and opened fire on that July morning. Shot multiple times about the head and body, he collapsed mortally wounded in the street.

Police recovered 43 shell casings near his body.

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^FBI calls FaceApp a 'potential counterintelligence threat,' will probe any Russia link to US elections<

FACEAPP-RUSSIA-PROBE:NY — A controversial Russian smartphone app is facing flak from the FBI.

The FBI recently labeled FaceApp "a potential counterintelligence threat" and said it will look into whether the popular smartphone gadget has been used by the Russian government to interfere in U.S. elections, the Daily News has learned.

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^Rep. Duncan Hunter to plead guilty in campaign finance scandal, leave Congress<

CONGRESS-HUNTER-1ST-LEDE:SD — After years of denials and claims he was the target of a political witch hunt, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday morning to plead guilty in a sweeping campaign finance investigation.

The announcement was posted on the U.S. District Court docket Monday morning, then KUSI-TV aired an interview with Hunter in which he said he will plead guilty to one of the 60 criminal charges against him. He suggested that he is likely to spend time in custody.

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^More than 400 UCLA medical school students get a free education thanks to major donation from David Geffen<

CMP-MEDSCHOOL-FREE:LA — Medical school had put Allen Rodriguez in debt before he was even accepted.

The testing, applications and interviews alone cost Rodriguez thousands that he's still paying off on his credit cards. So it was a relief — and a deciding factor — when his 2014 UCLA medical school acceptance came with more good news: a full scholarship, funded by a $100 million gift from billionaire David Geffen.

The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine announced Monday that the DreamWorks co-founder, who gave the school $100 million in 2012, has donated an additional $46 million to continue to fund merit-based scholarships so medical students do not have to take on weighty loads of debt.

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^Two children, parents dead in apparent triple murder-suicide in south Minneapolis<

MINN-MURDER-SUICIDE:MS — Erik Wiltscheck loved having a family living in the home next door in his south Minneapolis neighborhood.

The two young boys made a game of throwing balls over the 6-foot fence, knowing Wiltscheck would toss them right back over.

Wiltscheck also made a point to check in with their newly single mother, Kjersten Schladetzky, to let her know he'd lend a hand if she needed it.

He even helped shovel her driveway on Sunday morning, only to be horrified hours later when Schladetzky's ex-husband came over and fatally shot her and the boys before turning the gun on himself.

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^Alan Dershowitz hopes to use mystery man to help him in Epstein case<

EPSTEIN-VICTIM-DERSHOWITZ:MI — Renowned lawyer Alan Dershowitz has seized upon a mystery man featured in a recent New York Times story to help defend against allegations that he had sex with Virginia Giuffre, one of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein's underage victims, and to pursue a defamation case against the woman.

At a hearing in New York on Monday, Dershowitz's attorney, Howard Cooper, said that the shadowy man featured in the Times' story, who used the pseudonym Patrick Kessler, was part of a scheme that is strikingly similar to the extortion plot Dershowitz says is at the center of accusations Giuffre has made — falsely, he says — against him.

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^'Personal beef' likely caused New Orleans mass shooting that left 10 hurt, including 16-year-old<

NEWORLEANS-SHOOTING:NY — A shooting rampage that sent crowds of people fleeing in panic Sunday on the edge of New Orleans' French Quarter was likely the result of some type of personal feud, the city's police chief said at a news conference Monday.

Authorities have not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting, but Police Chief Shaun Ferguson said investigators have discarded terrorism as a possible motive and believe, instead, that it was a "personal beef" involving people from outside the New Orleans metropolitan area.

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^Hypothermia deaths multiply after Atlanta shelter closed<

ATLANTA-HOMELESS-DEATHS:AT — At least 18 homeless people died from hypothermia since Atlanta's infamous homeless shelter known as Peachtree-Pine officially closed in August 2017, according to an internal city report.

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^Chicago mayor fires police superintendent weeks before his retirement<

CHICAGO-POLICECHIEF-1ST-LEDE:TB — Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired police Superintendent Eddie Johnson effective immediately Monday for intentionally misleading her and the public about his conduct when he was found asleep in his running vehicle at a stop sign after a late weeknight out in October.

"This moment needs to be a turning point for the Chicago Police Department and the way things are done in this city," said Lightfoot, emphasizing that a "culture change" must take place.

The stunning announcement came just weeks after Lightfoot held what she referred to Monday as "a celebratory press conference" to announce Johnson's retirement by year's end after about 3 1/2 years at the helm.

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^After deadly shooting, classes resume at Saugus High School: 'Take care of each other'<

CALIF-SCHOOLSHOOTING:LA — Classes resumed Monday at Saugus High School for the first time since gunfire erupted on the campus nearly 2 weeks ago, leaving two students dead and three others wounded.

"Our objective today is for students to return to a normal routine," Mike Kuhlman, deputy superintendent of the William S. Hart Union High School District, said at a news conference outside the school.

For students returning to the Santa Clarita campus, this new normal included a beefed-up law enforcement presence, a team of mental health counselors and roving therapy dogs. Counselors were also stationed in the school's performing arts center to help parents who "need to be around a little bit on campus," Kuhlman said.

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^Hundreds wait in line for first day of legalized recreational marijuana sales<

MICH-MARIJUANA:DE — Nearly two hours before the first sales of recreational marijuana began Sunday, the line at Arbor Wellness snaked around a city block.

And Nick St. Onge was the first in line, arriving from his Clinton Township home shortly before 7 a.m.

"It's a historic moment. I wanted to be one of the first ones to buy legal marijuana," he said. "To not have to worry about it anymore. I can just walk in and buy it instead of going to somebody on the street to find it. It's tested and that's comforting."

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^Minnesota OKs cannabis for chronic pain, eye condition<

MINN-MARIJUANA:MS — Minnesota's health commissioner has authorized a significant expansion of medical marijuana in the state, approving cannabis use for two more conditions, including chronic pain, and approving more stores and formulations.

Intractable pain already is the most common qualifying condition for two-thirds of the state's 18,000 medical cannabis users, but the addition of chronic pain starting next August should dramatically increase the number of legal users.

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^ Budweiser wants to brew beer in space. This week's SpaceX launch may bring it one step closer<

SPACEX-BEER:OS — Forget the craft beer craze. Space beer is the new frontier.

At least it is for Budweiser and parent company Anheuser-Busch, which has been sending barley seeds to the International Space Station since 2017 in hopes of learning how to brew in microgravity.

The ultimate goal is to be the first beer on Mars. One can only assume humanity will need something to throw back when it finally reaches the Red Planet.

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^6-foot shark found on Cape Cod beach with its mouth wide open. What killed it?<

DEADSHARK:CH — A 6-foot, fully intact shark was found Sunday on a Cape Cod beach with its reddened mouth open and jagged teeth exposed.

The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy posted a photo of the odd discovery on Facebook and noted the dead shark was discovered about a half mile north of Marconi Beach on Cape Cod.

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^Woman's disappearance hangs over civil trial pitting her mother against her estranged husband<

MISSINGMOTHER:HC — The disappearance of Jennifer Farber Dulos will loom over a civil trial scheduled to start Tuesday in Hartford Superior Court that pits the missing woman's mother against her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, who is being sued over millions of dollars in back payments for loans that helped finance his luxury home building business.

Dulos, 52, of Farmington, is expected to take the witness stand in the case, the first time he would testify under oath in a courtroom since his wife and the mother of his five children disappeared May 24.

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^Three years later, tragedy of Ghost Ship fire still affects many lives<

CALIF-OAKLAND-FIRE:SJ — It's been three years since 36 people — artists, students, parents, and sons and daughters — stepped inside the Ghost Ship warehouse for a party and never came back out of what has been described as a fire trap.

The death of the 36 victims in Oakland's deadliest fire has had a ripple effect on many — their family members and friends who are reminded of their loss every day, the city officials who have been criticized for ignoring signs that people were living inside the warehouse and the two men accused of being responsible for their deaths.

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^Do PG&E, Edison need higher profits? It's time for California to decide<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-UTILITIES:LA — California's monopoly electric utilities asked state officials to sign off on higher profits earlier this year, saying larger shareholder returns were needed to attract investors who might be scared off by the wildfire liabilities that prompted Pacific Gas & Electric to file for bankruptcy.

Now regulators are poised to reject those pleas.

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^Catholic Church, Boy Scouts hit with sex abuse suits under new NJ law extending victims' rights<

NJ-SEXABUSE-LAWSUITS:PH — Dozens of new allegations of sexual abuse against priests and scoutmasters have surfaced since Sunday, as New Jersey opened a temporary, two-year window granting victims a second chance to pursue court claims that had been previously barred by time limits.

New lawsuits filed over the past two days include allegations against six priests in the Camden Diocese as well as previously undisclosed claims involving now defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

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^Marine smuggled guns to Haiti so he could train military, become president, feds say<

HAITI-ILLEGAL-GUNS:MI — An active-duty U.S. Marine was arrested last month when investigators say he landed in Haiti with boxes filled with guns, ammunition and body armor.

Federal prosecutors indicted Jacques Yves Sebastien Duroseau, a native of Haiti, in North Carolina last week on gun-smuggling charges. Duroseau, described in the indictment as a military firearms instructor, reportedly told investigators he brought the eight guns to the Caribbean country to teach marksmanship to the Haitian army.

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^American computer expert spoke in North Korea about cryptocurrency, and now he's under arrest<

USNKOREA-CRYPTOCURRENCY:LA — Can an American's comments about cryptocurrency violate his country's sanctions against North Korea?

That question is at the heart of a criminal case against Virgil Griffith, a rabble-rousing computer scientist who federal authorities say ran afoul of U.S. laws meant to isolate and punish the rogue state when he gave a talk this year at a technology conference in Pyongyang.

Griffith, 36, was taken into custody by FBI agents Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport and faces a charge of conspiring to violate the International Economic Powers Act, the legal backbone for sanctions against North Korea, according to a statement released by the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York, which is pursuing the case.

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^Diver whose arm was severed in Florida boat accident is recovering<

FLA-SEVEREDARM:FL — After losing his arm in a boating accident in Palm Beach on Thanksgiving, Carter J. Viss has been recovering in a West Palm Beach hospital surrounded by family, friends and co-workers according to his mother.

Viss, 25, was diving with a friend Thursday morning near the Breakers Hotel, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He put up a dive flag but was still struck by a boat as it attempted to throttle down.

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^Amazon called out for Auschwitz-themed towel, bottler opener, Christmas ornaments listed on website<

AMAZON-AUSCHWITZ-PRODUCTS:NY — A "stylish" towel stamped with an image of Auschwitz was still listed Monday afternoon on Amazon despite the website's earlier removal of other merchandise featuring photos of the former Nazi death camp.

The listing, which was taken down shortly before 5 p.m., was online hours after the e-commerce giant issued a statement announcing the removal of several disturbing Auschwitz-themed "Christmas ornaments" and other items following a series of tweets by the Auschwitz Museum.

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^China suspends visits by US warships to Hong Kong, sanctions NGOs<

USCHINA-HONGKONG:DPA — China will suspend visits by U.S. warships to Hong Kong and sanction several U.S. nonprofits in retaliation for the Trump administration enacting legislation in support of Hong Kong's pro-democracy protesters, the Foreign Ministry said Monday.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said U.S. nonprofits have instigated protesters "to engage in extreme violent crimes" and have promoted separatism.

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^As British election nears, Boris Johnson tries to keep distance from Trump<

TRUMP-NATO-BRITAIN:LA — As Britain heads into the home stretch of its election campaign, the arrival of President Donald Trump for this week's NATO summit adds a volatile new element to a bitterly divisive contest.

For years, Trump has publicly praised Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose Conservative party is hoping to win a parliamentary majority in Dec. 12 voting. And the president is an unabashed proponent of Brexit, the planned split with the European Union that Johnson has vowed to bring to fruition.

But the last thing Johnson wants during this visit is an open show of support from Trump.

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^Amnesty raises death toll, says 208 people killed in Iran protests<

IRAN:DPA — Amnesty International raised the death toll of those killed by Iranian security forces to 208, citing credible reports received by the organization, in a statement on its website on Monday.

The real death toll is likely to be higher, the London-based human rights group added.

Protests broke out across Iran in mid-November after the government announced it was raising fuel prices and rationing fuel amid a deep economic crisis triggered by U.S. sanctions.

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^Detective Trapp, Part 2: A mangled body is discovered and a grim search begins<

DETECTIVE-TRAPP-2:LA — When Detective Julissa Trapp arrived, her partner was already knee-deep in the trash surrounding the young woman's body in the cavernous, ear-splitting warehouse.

For Trapp, it was hard to imagine a more chaotic crime scene than Republic Waste Services in north-central Anaheim, where tons of trash surged across a series of elevated conveyor belts, fed by an endless procession of garbage trucks.

Machines echoed off the walls and high ceiling. The belts kept rolling, except for the one on which Detective Bruce Linn was currently standing, the one where a worker had spotted what looked like a protruding human foot.

The victim was a blondish young woman, unclothed, her jaw broken, her leg snapped, her skull crushed, her body wrapped in a shredded blue tarp amid what looked like debris from a residential remodeling job.

Who was she? How did she get here?

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^As Supreme Court decision looms, undocumented Asians say they must speak up or risk losing DACA<

SCOTUS-DACA-ASIANS:LA — Dean Santos arrived in the U.S. from the Philippines when he was 12 and quickly took to American culture. In his teenage years in San Bruno, he played sword and fantasy card games with other kids, watched "South Park" and joined the high school wrestling team.

When he got to college, he became a member of the student government. By the time he was 20, he had begun to help organize young people in the country illegally.

For Santos, who is now 29, it was personal: He has been in the U.S. without legal status since shortly after he arrived as a boy.

As the Supreme Court weighs the future of so-called "Dreamers" and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, he said he thinks more Asian and Pacific Islanders need to come out of the shadows.

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