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News Budget for Saturday, July 20, 2019

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^Britain mounts diplomatic response for Iran to release tanker<

BRITAIN-IRAN-TANKER:LA — Britain mobilized a diplomatic broadside — but no immediate military action — against Iran on Saturday in retaliation for its seizure of the Stena Impero, a British-flagged tanker, in the Strait of Hormuz. Iran's top diplomat in London was summoned to the foreign office, while British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt expressed "his extreme disappointment" in a phone call to Mohammad Javad Zarif, his Iranian counterpart.

British ships were also warned to temporarily avoid the strategic Middle East waterway and top government officials were looking for ways to stem the rising tensions while branding Iran's seizure of the British-flagged vessel an "illegal act."

"We are looking for ways to deescalate the situation," Hunt said. "But we are also very clear that we will do what it takes to ensure the safety and security of British and international shipping."

1100 by Christina Boyle in London and Nabih Bulos and Ramin Mostaghim in the Middle East. MOVED


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BRITAIN-IRAN-TANKER:DPA — 700 by Farshid Motahari in London/Tehran. MOVED


^Warren outshines Biden in race to build Iowa 2020 ground game<

^WARREN-BIDEN-IOWA:BLO—<Boxes of printers and office supplies lay scattered on the ground. Campaign staff sat on the floor in mostly unfurnished offices as they were just starting to occupy Joe Biden's Iowa headquarters in Des Moines after weeks of working remotely in coffee shops around the city.

The delayed headquarters opening is just one of the many ways Biden is playing catch-up in the crucial first-caucus state where voters prize retail politics and sustained engagement.

An elected Democratic official in the state, speaking on condition of anonymity, complained that if Biden has a campaign in Iowa, he doesn't know who's working on it or how many.

1000 by Tyler Pager, Bill Allison and Mark Niquette. MOVED



^Marco Rubio aims to boost small biz, counter China, with SBA reauthorization<

SENATE-RUBIO-SMALLBIZ:CON — Even if you follow Congress, you might not realize that Sen. Marco Rubio is the chairman of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee.

But the Florida Republican has been active with that part of his portfolio too, this week unveiling a chairman's mark for what would be the first full reauthorization and overhaul of the Small Business Administration in almost 20 years, and holding a field hearing on the role of small businesses in the Sunshine State's space industry.

"We view it as an opportunity not just to conduct oversight and our proper role to reauthorize, but also as an opportunity to modernize and sort of adjust the SBA to the 21st century needs of our country and to sharpen it as a tool that serves our national interest," Rubio said this week in his first interview about the small business legislation.

850 by Niels Lesniewski in Washington. MOVED



^Report: Trump expected to speak in Jamestown for 400th anniversary event<

^TRUMP-JAMESTOWN:NN—<Lawmakers in Virginia are now sparring over Democrats' plans to boycott a major event at Jamestown later this month because President Donald Trump will be attending.

850 Peter Dujardin. MOVED


^AOC rails at Trump immigration policy, racist 'go back' tweets, vows 'we're gonna stay right here'<

AOC-TOWNHALL:NY — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unloaded on President Trump on Saturday, bashing his immigration policy as one that focuses on "ethnicity and racism."

At her first town hall event in Queens since the president's weeklong bashing of her and three other minority congresswomen — Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts — that included a tweet advising they "go back" to the countries they came from — the freshman firebrand vowed, "we're gonna stay right here."

350 by Jasper K Lo and Cathy Burke in New York. MOVED



^Apollo 11, 50 years later: Celebrating a giant leap<

APOLLO11-SPACECENTER:PM — Sure it was corny. Sure they were watching a recording a half century after the fact. The man saying the historic words has been dead nearly seven years. No one cared.

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

And people clapped.

On Saturday, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, several dozen people attended a special celebration of the first landing on the moon 50 years ago. They paid for a buffet that included swag bags and commemorative pins and a piece of "the world's largest Moon Pie." And listened to "Clair de Lune" — "Light of the Moon." Then they settled down to experience the sounds and images they probably had seen a thousand times, but not in this context.

950 by Eliot Kleinberg in Cape Canaveral. MOVED


^Jeffrey Epstein case: No easy solution to fixing breach of victims' rights<

^EPSTEIN-VICTIMS:PM—<Money awards to victims could be affected if Judge Kenneth Marra could throw out the non-prosecution agreement, lawyers say.

Recent criticism of federal prosecutors' once-secret plea deal with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has already sparked a New York-based criminal investigation that led to fresh charges for the 66-year-old financier and forced the resignation last week of one of President Donald Trump's Cabinet members.

1200 (with trims) by Daphne Duret. MOVED


^California board diversity mandate spreads to other states, Washington<

BOARD-DIVERSITY:CON — California's mandate that boards of directors overseeing public companies include women is catching fire as states including Illinois, New York and New Jersey, as well as lawmakers in Washington, consider similar rules to promote diversity, government officials told CQ Roll Call.

But efforts to establish requirements for other underrepresented groups such as African Americans and Latinos or Latinas, however, are encountering opposition from business groups and skeptics who say the measures either aren't needed or aren't inclusive enough

1100 by Laura Weiss in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^CBS stations blacked out for DirecTV customers after deal with AT&T fails<

^CBS-ATT:LA—<Millions of DirecTV subscribers lost access to CBS programming late Friday after talks over a new distribution deal collapsed.

CBS Corp. and AT&T Inc., which owns DirecTV, failed to reach an agreement by an 11 p.m. Pacific deadline. Without a contract in place, AT&T no longer had authorization to include CBS station signals in its television packages in more than a dozen cities, including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Sacramento.

900 (with trims) by Meg James. MOVED


^Video shows Murrieta gas explosion that killed a utility worker and injured 15 others<

^CALIF-EXPLOSION:LA—<A security camera captured a gas line explosion at a Murrieta, Calif., home on Monday that left a utility worker dead and 15 others injured.

The video, captured on a neighbor's Ring camera and obtained by KABC-TV, shows the moment the blast rocked the Riverside County neighborhood.

Wade Kilpatrick, 31, a construction technician for Southern California Gas Co., was killed. Another employee of the gas company and three Murrieta firefighters were among the 15 injured, according to Murrieta Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief David Lantzer. The others who were hurt were all civilians, he said.

250 by Alexa Diaz. MOVED

^Hot, hot, hot summer day as NYC bakes in 90-plus temperatures, with forecasters predicting no immediate relief<

NYC-HEAT:NY — Hot, hot, hot summer day as NYC bakes in 90-plus temperatures, with forecasters predicting no immediate relief.

The summer's first heat wave descended Saturday on a sweat-soaked city where New Yorkers kept their cool by splashing in sprinklers or sitting in air conditioning.

The temperature hit 91 degrees before noon in Central Park, with the high mark threatening to reach 100 degrees for the first time in the city since July 18, 2012. The Sunday forecast promised no relief, with a high of 96 expected and hardly any breeze.

450 by Wes Parnell and Larry McShane in New York. MOVED


^Judge told Tesla to release evidence in short seller trial. Instead, Tesla dropped the case<

TESLA-LAWSUIT:LA — Tesla claimed Randeep Hothi was a dangerous stalker who injured a security guard and endangered Tesla employees with his car. It asked a judge to slap Hothi with a restraining order.

But Tesla dropped the suit Friday after the judge ordered the company to turn over video and audio evidence to prove its case. The company said it chose not to release the evidence to protect the privacy of its employees.

600 by Russ Mitchell in San Francisco. MOVED


^Some salads sold at stores like Target and Fresh Market recalled after listeria found<

^SALAD-RECALL:MI—<The Fresh Market and Target are among the chains hit by a listeria recall of egg salad, tuna salad, Thai lobster salad and deviled egg sandwiches made Thursday and sold under various brand names or sold free form.

A Friday night email from Fresh Market said the Thai Lobster Salad sold by the pound at the self-serve salad bar was included in the recall, as is the pre-packaged House of Thaller Thai Lobster Salad also sold there.

250 by David J. Neal. MOVED



^Putin hints at rapprochement with Ukraine on eve of vote<

^PUTIN-UKRAINE:BLO—<Virtually on the eve of Ukraine's parliamentary elections, the Kremlin released comments by President Vladimir Putin, saying that the two countries will mend ties despite their five-year conflict.

Putin went as far as to say that Russians and Ukrainians are one people. "We have many things in common, we can use this as our competitive advantage during some form of integration," Putin said, according to the transcript of a June 19 interview with American film director Oliver Stone. "Rapprochement is inevitable."

250 by Anatoly Medetsky. MOVED


^Venezuela claims US military aircraft violated its airspace<

USVENEZUELA-AIRCRAFT:BLO — A U.S. intelligence aircraft flew over Venezuelan airspace on Friday in "a clear provocation" and in violation of international treaties, officials with President Nicolas Maduro's defense ministry said.

The alleged incident may further roil Washington-Caracas relations at a time Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is visiting Latin America, and as a summit of so-called anti-imperialist countries is held in Venezuela's capital.

The U.S. military aircraft entered local airspace over the Caribbean in a one-hour flight in breach of international treaties until it was pursued by the Venezuelan air force, according to defense officials.

250 by Fabiola Zerpa in Caracas, Venezuela. MOVED


^US fears this huge Southeast Asian resort may become a Chinese naval base<

CAMBODIA-CHINA-RESORT:BLO — Along pristine Cambodian beaches, past parades of elephants in its largest national park, sits an area half the size of Singapore that is raising alarm bells among military strategists in the U.S. and beyond.

Dara Sakor, a $3.8 billion China-backed investment zone encompassing 20% of Cambodia's coastline, is unlike any other in the developing Southeast Asian nation. Controlled by a Chinese company with a 99-year lease, it features phased plans for an international airport, a deep-water seaport and industrial park along with a luxury resort complete with power stations, water treatment plants and medical facilities.

The size and scope of the plans for Dara Sakor have fanned U.S. concerns the resort could be part of a larger Chinese plan to base military assets in Cambodia, according to an official familiar with the situation. A naval presence there would further expand China's strategic footprint into Southeast Asia, consolidating its hold over disputed territory in the South China Sea and waterways that carry trillions of dollars of trade.

1500 (with trims) by Philip Heijmans in Singapore. MOVED


^Trump tells Sweden he'll vouch bail for jailed rapper A$AP Rocky<

^ASAP-ROCKY:BLO—<President Donald Trump said he received assurances from Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven that detained American rapper A$AP Rocky would be "treated fairly" after promising to "personally vouch" for the bail of the hip-hop artist.

The leader-to-leader phone call came after recording artist Kanye West lobbied Trump to help secure the release of the musician on Friday, after a Swedish judge ruled he would be detained until at least July 25.

400 by Justin Sink. MOVED




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^Times Investigation: Trump administration has gutted programs aimed at detecting weapons of mass destruction<

WMD-PROGRAM-CUTS:LA — The Trump administration has quietly dismantled or cut back multiple programs that were created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks to help detect and prevent terrorism involving weapons of mass destruction, a Times investigation has found.

The retreat has taken place over the last two years at the Department of Homeland Security, which has primary domestic responsibility for helping authorities identify and block potential chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats.

The changes, not previously reported, were made without rigorous review of potential security vulnerabilities, The Times found, undermining government-wide efforts aimed at countering terrorist attacks involving unconventional weapons, known as WMD.

2400 by David Willman in Washington. MOVED


^Mass murderer? Cult leader? Musician? Charles Manson's son wrestles with father's legacy<

^MANSON-SON:LA—<The soft-spoken man with the crooked smile and bright blue eyes wants to change the way the world thinks about his father.

He says his dad has been misunderstood for half a century. Unfairly blamed. Wrongly vilified. The man is 51. His name is Michael Brunner.

His father was Charles Manson.

"I would say 95% of the public looks at Charlie as this mass-murdering dog, and it's really, obviously, just not true," Brunner says. "He didn't necessarily kill."

Brunner stops. He is very nervous. He has spoken publicly about his notorious bloodline just once before, and that was 26 years ago. He is out of practice and deeply conflicted. He has guarded his privacy for decades. But now, loyalty to a biological father he has never known wins out.

2050 by Maria L. La Ganga and Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein. MOVED


^Rising health insurance deductibles fuel middle-class anger and resentment<

^HEALTHCARE-DEDUCTIBLES:LA—<Health insurance — never a standard protection in the U.S. as it is in other wealthy countries — has long divided Americans, providing generous benefits to some and slim-to-no protections to others.

But a steep run-up in deductibles, which have more than tripled in the last decade, has worsened inequality, fueling anger and resentment and adding to the country's unsettled politics, a Los Angeles Times analysis shows.

Many wealthy Americans — already reaping most of the benefits of the last decade's economic growth — have weathered the dramatic increase in deductibles in recent years in part by putting away money in tax-free Health Savings Accounts.

Very poor Americans, millions of whom gained coverage through the 2010 Affordable Care Act, can see a doctor or go to the hospital at virtually no cost, thanks to Medicaid, the half-century-old government safety-net program.

Squeezed in the middle are legions of working Americans who face stagnant wages, insurance premiums that take more and more of their paychecks and soaring deductibles that leave them with medical bills they can't afford.

1900 by Noam N. Levey in Washington. MOVED


^MS-13 gang's bloody reign of terror in San Fernando Valley leaves residents horrified<

MS13-KILLINGS:LA — Brayan Andino wasn't the type to go somewhere without telling his mother.

So when the 16-year-old didn't come home from school one day in October 2017, Doris Andino immediately searched her son's computer. She found messages arranging a meeting with a girl at Lake Balboa Park, but by the time she drove there, her son was nowhere to be found.

By midnight, she'd reported Brayan missing to the police. The next morning, she drove to Panorama High School, hoping the surveillance cameras there might offer a clue. But the devices were broken.

Her mind wandered to a dark place.

"There's a lot of evil out there," Doris said. "I just kept thinking the worst."

Her instincts would soon be proven right in gruesome fashion. Police said the girl who messaged Brayan was affiliated with the Fulton clique of the MS-13 street gang, and they were setting a trap.

1350 by Ruben Vives, James Queally, Matthew Ormseth And Nicole Santa Cruz in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Airman's deported mother inspires bill to protect 'patriot parents'<

AIRMAN-DEPORTED-MOTHER:LA — Every day, Caesar Flores, a senior airman in the Air Force, thinks about his mother.

She supported his decision to enlist at 19 and was there to cheer him on when he graduated from basic training in September 2016.

Now, as he goes about his day to day work as a medical technician, the 22-year old's mind is weighed down by the fact that Juana Flores, who was in the country illegally, won't be around to celebrate other milestones.

The cause was a fateful decision Flores made decades ago: to leave California to visit her ailing mother in Mexico. She was arrested when she tried to cross back into the U.S. illegally.

In April, 20 years later, she faced a choice: get into a van with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be deported or leave on her own. She chose to self-deport.

Inspired by the deportation of the airman's mother, a California congressman proposed a bill that aims to protect "patriot parents."

1200 by Brittny Mejia in Goleta, Calif. MOVED


^Deputy gangs have survived decades of lawsuits and probes. Can the FBI stop them?<

DEPUTIES-TATTOOS-FBI:LA —For decades, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has been under pressure to break up tattooed gangs of deputies accused of misconduct.

But senior department officials, county leaders and prosecutors have failed to root out a subculture of inked clubs that pervades the nation's largest sheriff's agency.

Now, the FBI has opened an investigation of these secret societies that seeks to accomplish what high-powered sheriffs, blue-ribbon commissions and millions of dollars in lawsuits over the last 50 years have not

1900 (with trims) by Maya Lau in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles. MOVED


^Thousands of palm trees are dying from a new disease<

ENV-PALMTREES-DISEASE:PT — The section of Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard that winds around the Hillsborough Bay is lined on either side by one of Florida's most iconic plants, the palm tree.

Some are tall and spindly, necks so long and thin it seems impossible they could support an entire head. Others have verdant green limbs that stretch around their short trunks.

Among a canvas of lush palms, a few trees stand out. Their fronds are a sickly light brown.

Local forester Richard Bailey offers a prophetic warning: These palm trees are dying. So are many more around the Tampa Bay area and throughout Florida.

Just as worrisome: There is no cure for the disease that ails them.

1550 (with trims) by Elizabeth Djinis in Tampa, Fla. MOVED


^The feds are cutting back on group homes. Some say that's a big mistake<

GROUPHOMES:SH — It's birthday party time here, which means there are gifts and cupcakes and some chartreuse juice the children slurp with lip-smacking gusto. Everybody sings "Happy Birthday" to the birthday girl: the little littles, the tweens fresh from the swimming pool, the kids playing dodgeball; even the teenagers drop their air of disaffected cool long enough to join in.

Everyone gets their own special cupcake: "Would you like chocolate or vanilla?" the adults ask. In short time, faces are coated in neon shades of pink, blue, green and yellow. There's lots of love and laughter and snuggles.

The party breaks up. This child has an appointment with her therapist; that one needs to meet with her caseworker; and that one over there is badly in need of a nap. All told, 45 children are living here in the Broyhill Homes, a sprawling compound of homey bungalows, a gymnasium, swimming pool and fishing pond. In the world of foster care, it is what is known as a group home. Back in the day, they called it an orphanage.

Tucked in the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Broyhill is one of 25 group homes operated by the Baptist Children's Homes of North Carolina, one of the largest such companies in the state. But now, a landmark federal law aiming to revamp the foster care system will make it much harder for group homes like this one to exist.

2300 (with trims) by Teresa Wiltz in Clyde, N.C. MOVED


^Will Mike Pompeo run for office again? Some Trump advisers believe he already is.<

POMPEO:WA — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have publicly ruled out a run for Senate next year. But some advisers to President Donald Trump don't believe him.

At the White House, some of the president's top foreign policy aides see political mindfulness in Pompeo's recent actions on Iran and North Korea policy a cautiousness around Trump that belies his assertive public persona.

Skepticism of Pompeo within the West Wing, particularly among National Security Council officials, is rooted in deep and longstanding policy divisions between Trump's White House and State Department. But sources in both camps describe a secretary of state highly concerned with his media image, fueling speculation about his political ambitions.

1300 (with trims) by Michael Wilner and Bryan Lowry in Washington. MOVED




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