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News Budget for Wednesday, August 14, 2019


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^Jeffrey Epstein's estate sued by alleged victim in New York<

^EPSTEIN-VICTIM-LAWSUIT:BLO—<Jeffrey Epstein's estate was sued by a woman who says he raped her when she was a teenager, the first case against his estate under a New York law taking effect Wednesday that gives victims of sexual abuse a year to file lawsuits over older claims.

The lawsuit was filed in state court in Manhattan by Jennifer Araoz, who says Epstein raped her when she was a New York City high school student. The same law is behind dozens of cases that were also filed against the Archdiocese of New York in the same court Wednesday morning.

200 by Chris Dolmetsch in New York. MOVED


^A$AP Rocky escapes prison time after being found guilty in Swedish street brawl<

^ASAP-ROCKY:NY—<A$AP Rocky was found guilty of assault in a Stockholm street brawl, but he won't have to serve any more time behind bars.

The Harlem-born rapper was convicted by a Swedish judge for his role in the street fight in a case that has attracted the attention of President Donald Trump and New York lawmakers.

The hip-hop artist, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, was only hit with a fine of about $1,300 and won't have to return to prison.

300 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED



^Large employers question 'Medicare for all' plans, survey shows<

HEALTHCARE-EMPLOYERS-SURVEY:CON — Most large employers say a "Medicare for all" system would lower the number of uninsured people in the United States, but they are concerned it could increase health care costs and taxes while stifling innovation and quality, a new survey shows.

The concerns come as health industry groups seek to block momentum for plans from Democratic presidential candidates and lawmakers to expand Medicare through a single-payer program or to allow people under age 65 to enroll in the program.

700 by Mary Ellen McIntire in Washington. MOVED



^Kamala Harris: Donald Trump's Baltimore attacks 'disrespectful,' show lack of presidential responsibility<

HARRIS-TRUMP-BALTIMORE:BZ — Sen. Kamala Harris said in an Associated Press interview published Tuesday that Donald Trump's attacks on Baltimore and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings were "disrespectful," telling the news organization that the Republican "does not understand the significance of the words of the president of the United States."

The Democratic senator from California and 2020 presidential hopeful was asked about her decision to set up her campaign headquarters in Baltimore and the president's comments on Twitter calling the city a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess."

500 by Phil Davis in Baltimore. MOVED



^Licensed gun owner shoots and kills 14-year-old boy during attempted car theft; 5 teens charged with murder<

^ILL-TEEN-SHOT:TB—<A 75-year-old licensed concealed-carry gun owner shot and killed a 14-year-old Chicago boy when a group of teens appeared at his Lake County, Ill., home early Tuesday morning, with the group then taking off in a high-speed chase that ended in Chicago when the stolen car they were driving ran out of gas, Lake County authorities said Tuesday.

By Tuesday night, the group of Chicago teens had been charged with first-degree murder by the Lake County state's attorney's office.

Illinois law allows for authorities to charge suspects with murder if someone dies during the commission of another serious crime. Known as the felony murder rule, the statute has proved controversial, particularly when it is used to charge juveniles.

1200 (with trims) by Alice Yin, Dan Moran, Annie Sweeney and Jason Meisner. MOVED



^With opioid abuse surging, expert panel recommends drug screening for all US adults<

^MED-DRUGABUSE:LA—<It's time for doctors to start asking every patient, every time: Have you engaged in any illicit drug use?

That's the new advice from a panel of public health experts who examined whether a primary care physician's time is well spent — and whether patients' interests are served — by routine screening for drug abuse.

1150 (with trims) by Melissa Healy. MOVED




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^Remain in Mexico: Migrants face uphill climb to get out of program<

IMMIGRATION-MEXICO-PROGRAM:SD — Vulnerable migrants facing persecution in Mexico are having a difficult time getting out of the Remain in Mexico program because the federal government is limiting their access to attorneys and preventing them from preparing for asylum interviews, according to immigration lawyers and human rights workers.

Under Remain in Mexico, asylum-seekers must live in Mexico while waiting for immigration court hearings. People afraid of persecution in Mexico can be removed from the program and wait in the United States if they pass what is known as a "fear of return" interview.

However, immigration lawyers claim that the U.S. government is making it difficult for migrants to pass that interview.

1250 by Gustavo Solis in San Diego. MOVED


^'Nightmare scenario': 15 years since Florida was beaten, bruised by 4 hurricanes in 6 weeks<

WEA-FLA-2004-HURRICANES:OS — Its name was Hurricane Charley and it was only the beginning of what would be remembered 15 years later as the worst hurricane season Floridians had ever endured.

"The 2004 season is probably my No. 1 or my No. 2 top, bizarre weather phenomenon," said WOFL meteorologist Jayme King. "Before then, meteorologists never thought something like that was probable. We got Andrew in the '90s, and that was thought to be this 'once in a century' kind of storm. Then in 2004, Florida gets hit by four strong hurricanes back-to-back. If you go down to Polk County or some of the other hard hit areas — Port Charlotte — now, there are still bruises that have never recovered."

1150 (with trims) by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED




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