Tribune News Service
International Budget for Thursday, July 4, 2019
Updated at 0000 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EDT Wednesday).
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^Iran poised to press ahead with uranium enrichment despite Trump warning<
^IRAN-NUCLEAR:LA—<Despite dire warnings from the United States, Iran will immediately accelerate its enrichment of uranium in violation of the international nuclear accord it signed four years ago, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday.
The step is the latest in Iran's gradual walk away from the deal it forged with six global powers that President Donald Trump jettisoned last year, and it comes as tensions between Washington and Tehran have escalated.
"We will enrich (uranium) to whatever amount we feel like, whatever is necessary and whatever our need is," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast on national television.
950 by Ramin Mostaghim and Melissa Etehad in Tehran, Iran. MOVED
^Airstrike kills dozens of migrants at detention center in Libya<
LIBYA-ATTACK:LA — An airstrike killed at least 44 migrants held at a detention center near the Libyan capital, Tripoli, late Tuesday, health officials and the United Nations said. The government blamed the attack on forces led by rogue warlord Gen. Khalifa Haftar.
The U.N. said more than 130 people were wounded, a significantly higher figure than given earlier — 69 — by Widad Bineiran, spokeswoman for the Health Ministry of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, in a phone interview Wednesday.
The U.N. mission in Libya said 44 people had been killed and 130 wounded.
1050 (with trims) by Nabih Bulos in Beirut. MOVED
^Activists fear shattered glass may obscure demands of Hong Kong protest movement<
HONGKONG:LA — Brian Kai-ping Leung took off his mask because he wanted to be heard.
The 25-year-old had joined hundreds of protesters charging into Hong Kong's legislative building Monday night.
Most wore face masks to hide their identities in case of arrest as they surged into the legislative chamber and began spray-painting the walls with anti-government messages.
But after an initial surge of excitement, people started to wander off. Leung worried. If all the protesters did was vandalize the legislative building without making their demands clear, they could be easily framed as aimless, angry rioters.
Two days after the brief seizure of Hong Kong's legislative building on the 22nd anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese control, protesters were still fighting to define what they did.
1750 (with trims) by Alice Su in Hong Kong. MOVED
^UN chief heads back to Caribbean to raise the alarm about climate change, hurricanes<
ENV-UN-CLIMATECHANGE:MI — Almost two years after he visited the Caribbean to see for himself the devastation left by hurricanes Irma and Maria in Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica, United Nations Secretary-General Ant nio Guterres is back — this time to meet with leaders of the 15-member Caribbean Community, Caricom, in St. Lucia.
Guterres will attend the 40th regular meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, which runs Wednesday through Friday in the eastern Caribbean island.
1600 (with trims) by Jacqueline Charles in South Caicos, Turks and Caicos. MOVED
^Crackdown looms over Hong Kong as martyrdom becomes part of protest narratives<
HONGKONG-PROTESTERS:LA — Only four protesters were left in Hong Kong's legislative chamber as midnight approached.
The rest of several hundred people had finished spray-painting the building, issued their demands to the government, and retreated, knowing police were closing in.
At least one of the four remaining protesters had already written a will, according to legislators who were in the room begging them to leave.
Suddenly, several dozen protesters charged back in, chanting, "We leave together! We leave together!"
1450 (with trims) by Alice Su in Hong Kong. MOVED
^Intrigue, secrecy — and an angry poetic outburst — surround reports of runaway Gulf princess<
BRITAIN-PERSIANGULF-PRINCESS:LA — The plotline reads like an international high-society drama: A glamorous princess, fleeing her marriage to an aging Gulf potentate, is said to seek shelter in the poshest precincts of London.
From the husband scorned comes an online outburst of floridly furious poetry.
In the background are two intermingled Mideast monarchies, a looming court battle and a dark tale of the abduction and abuse of at least one other female royal.
The princess in question is Haya bint al Hussein, 45, half-sister to the king of Jordan, and the sixth wife of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, 69, billionaire ruler of the wealthy Persian Gulf emirate of Dubai.
1000 by Christina Boyle in London and Laura King in Washington. MOVED
^Trump administration reverses course again; will press for census citizenship question<
TRUMP-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP-1ST-LEDE:LA — The Trump administration reversed course again on the controversial issue of putting a citizenship question on the 2020 census, as Justice Department lawyers told a federal court Wednesday that they had been "instructed" to try to find a way to add the question, despite statements from the administration Tuesday that they were giving up the effort.
The Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, said Tuesday that it would begin printing forms without the citizenship question, retreating from the legal battle.
950 by Noah Bierman and David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED
^Trump uses the trappings of the White House for reelection bid to unprecedented degree<
TRUMP-PRESIDENCY:LA — Government watchdogs say President Donald Trump has moved more audaciously than any predecessor in modern times to use the power of the White House to further his reelection effort, dispensing with even the appearance of separating the trappings of his office from his political imperatives.
While Trump is hardly the first incumbent to take advantage of the White House for political purposes, his conduct and that of his appointees have set a new standard which in some cases has openly flouted federal law.
Their actions have drawn particular attention in recent days because of two events
1500 (with trims) by Noah Bierman in Washington. MOVED
^Mourners pack church to honor 9/11 first responder Detective Luis Alvarez<
SEPT11-DETECTIVE-1ST-LEDE:NY — In the last hours of his life, Sept. 11 first responder Detective Luis Alvarez was still fighting for his colleagues poisoned in the toxic remains of the World Trade Center.
"He was agitated," his sister Aida Lugo recalled in her Wednesday eulogy at Alvarez's Queens funeral. "He told me he had been walking, and walking, and walking. The nurse asked him where he was walking, and my brother responded, 'I was walking to find the first responders to make sure they got help.'"
The 53-year-old Alvarez was honored at a jam-packed funeral Mass in Astoria where he was remembered for both his heroic efforts at ground zero and before Congress — the latter just weeks before his death from 9/11-related cancer last Saturday.
600 by Elizabeth Keough and Larry McShane in New York. MOVED
^Trump administration can't proceed with border wall construction, appeals court rules <
TRUMP-BORDERWALL:LA — A federal appeals court kept in place a judge's ruling barring the Trump administration from moving ahead with construction projects for a southern U.S. border wall using funds not approved by Congress.
600 by Maura Dolan in San Francisco.
^Acting DHS chief starts 'immediate investigation' into secret border agent Facebook group<
BORDERPATROL-FACEBOOK:CON — The Trump administration's acting Homeland Security chief launched an investigation into offensive Facebook posts allegedly written by DHS personnel about Latino lawmakers and migrant detainees.
At issue is a once-secret Facebook group composed of current and former U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents that featured a list of lewd posts, including one describing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., involved in oral sex with a migrant detainee. It also featured posts about throwing burritos at Latino lawmakers when they visited a migrant detention facility in Texas on Monday. There also was joking about deceased migrants from Central and South America.
400 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED
^Trump says migrants living 'far better' in detention than at home<
TRUMP-IMMIGRATION-FACILITIES:BLO — President Donald Trump said that undocumented migrants detained at the U.S.-Mexico border are living in better and safer conditions than in their home countries, after public outcry over the detention of children and adults in unsanitary conditions.
"Many of these illegal aliens are living far better now than where they" came from, "and in far safer conditions," Trump said Wednesday in consecutive tweets. "No matter how good things actually look, even if perfect, the Democrat visitors will act shocked & aghast at how terrible things are."
300 by Joshua Gallu in Washington. MOVED
^Big questions ahead of July Fourth 'Salute to America'<
TRUMP-JULY4-QUESTIONS:CON — As the nation prepares for the July Fourth "Salute to America" on the National Mall, with a contentious appearance scheduled by President Donald Trump, there are several unanswered questions that will go a long way to determining how the whole thing unfolds.
From how extensive protests will be, to the tenor of Trump's remarks, to how much of a damper the weather might put on things, here is a short list of what to keep an eye on.
650 by Chris Marquette in Washington. MOVED
^Democrat wants Trump to pay if 'authoritarian-style' July 4 event damages infrastructure<
TRUMP-JULY4-DAMAGE:CON — President Donald Trump should pay out of his own pocket for any infrastructure damage incurred by rolling 70-ton tanks onto the National Mall, according to the Democratic congressman who represents the D.C. suburbs in Virginia.
500 by Emily Kopp in Washington. MOVED
^Court to unseal up to 200 pages of Jeffrey Epstein-related documents<
EPSTEIN-SEXABUSE:MI — A New York federal appeals court has ordered the unsealing of a cache of judicial documents that are expected to show evidence relating to whether New York financier Jeffrey Epstein and his partner, Ghislaine Maxwell, were recruiting underage girls and young women as part of an international sex trafficking operation.
The decision Wednesday comes two days after the Miami Herald submitted a letter urging the court to issue a ruling in the wake of a Justice Department decision. Last week, federal prosecutors announced that they would not throw out Epstein's controversial 2008 nonprosecution agreement.
1050 by Julie K. Brown in Miami. MOVED
^Parents sue AR-15 gun makers for daughter's death at Las Vegas mass shooting<
LASVEGAS-SHOOTING-LAWSUIT:NY — The parents of a Seattle woman killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting have filed the first lawsuit blaming gun manufacturers for the country music festival carnage.
Carrie Parsons, 31, was one of the 58 victims mowed down by a man using modified assault rifles to spray bullets with machine gun-style speed out of his Mandalay Bay hotel room on Oct. 1, 2017.
The 27-page lawsuit filed late Tuesday in Clark County, Nev., names Colt Manufacturing as the lead defendant among seven other manufacturers of AR-15-style guns and ammunition.
500 by Nancy Dillon. MOVED
^California becomes first state to ban discrimination based on one's natural hair<
CALIF-HAIR-DISCRIMINATION:LA — California just became the first state to outlaw racial discrimination based on hairstyle.
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a bill into law that legally protects people in workplaces and K-12 public schools from discrimination based on their natural hair. The new law, which takes effect Jan. 1, prohibits the enforcement of grooming policies that disproportionately affect people of color, particularly black people. This includes bans on certain styles, such as Afros, braids, twists, cornrows and dreadlocks.
450 by Phil Willon and Alexa Diaz in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED
^Suspect in death of Mackenzie Lueck banned from college, records show<
UTAH-MISSINGSTUDENT:LA — Ayoola Ajayi, the man suspected in the death of 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck, was banned from Utah State University after being jailed on suspicion of theft, according to school documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Police reports from campus law enforcement indicated Ajayi was homeless in 2012 and living on the campus with an expired visa. He was accused of stealing an iPad, and police said he used it to play video games and look for a wife to avoid being deported, despite being married at the time.
850 by Alejandra Reyes-Velarde in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Navy SEAL chief told jury deciding his sentence, 'I've made mistakes'<
NAVY-SEAL:SD — Navy SEAL Chief Edward Gallagher addressed the jury deciding his punishment Wednesday and noted he has made some mistakes over his military career.
He acknowledged the charge the jury found him guilty of, which was related to him posing with the dead body of an ISIS fighter.
850 by Andrew Dyer and Jeff McDonald in San Diego. MOVED
^'A lot of material left to burn.' Massive fire destroys Jim Beam Kentucky warehouse<
JIMBEAM-FIRE:LX — Crews worked overnight on a massive fire at a Jim Beam bourbon warehouse facility in Woodford County.
The fire at the Jim Beam aging warehouse began around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday and spread to a neighboring warehouse, according to Drew Chandler, the Woodford County Emergency Management director.
About 40,000 barrels of bourbon were in each warehouse. Around 75 firefighters from fire departments from Woodford and Franklin counties and the cities of Lexington, Winchester and Versailles were at the site Wednesday, Chandler said.
500 by Mike Stunson and Ryan Hermens in Lexington, Ky. MOVED
^The labels said 'sporting goods,' but the parcels held assault rifles and grenades<
FLA-WEAPONS-MAILED:MI — The labels on the cardboard boxes suggested the contents were harmless — auto and bicycle parts, optic scopes, antique revolvers and other merchandise.
Based in Florida, John Peterson and Brunella Zuppone mailed dozens of these shipments through Miami to Argentina without a hitch for a couple of years, according federal authorities.
But last October, two of the couple's shipments, innocently marked as "second hand sporting goods," were intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at a massive postal sorting facility in Doral, a criminal affidavit says. The officers discovered identical contents in each of the two shipments bound for Buenos Aires. Inside each box were about 100 weaponry components for making AR-15 assault rifles.
800 by Jay Weaver in Miami. MOVED
^American record biz goes all-in on K-Pop, but crossover challenges remain<
^MUS-KPOP:LA—<In July of 2017, the K-Pop group Monsta X played its first shows the U.S.: two nights at the 2,400-capacity Novo in downtown L.A. The sets were hotly-tipped among the genre's superfans, who loved the brash aesthetic of singles like "Rush." But they were only just beginning to break through to U.S. audiences.
What a difference two years makes.
In August, the group will return to L.A. to headline Staples Center, a capstone of its ascent into K-Pop's A-list. And this time around, they have a U.S. major record label and the most powerful music management consortium in the country behind them.
2050 by August Brown in Los Angeles. MOVED
^Djokovic dominates Kudla; 15-year-old American Gauff rolls into third round<
TEN-WIMBLEDON:DPA — Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic cruised into the third round with a dominant 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over American Denis Kudla in emphatic style on Wednesday.
It is the 11th consecutive year that Djokovic has entered round three — putting him second behind the all-time record, which is held by Jimmy Connors with 14 straight appearances.
700 by Nate Williams in London. MOVED
^Megan Rapinoe to critics: I am 'very deeply American'<
SOC-WORLDCUP-RAPINOE:OS — A lot of attention is on Megan Rapinoe right now. Her political stands, straight forward and candid way of speaking, individuality and powerful on-field performances have combined to make her the star of the 2019 Women's World Cup.
With that has come a lot of love and new fans, as well as detractors — including the president of the United States — and some who call her anti-American for her views and the way she chooses to express them, such as not singing the national anthem or saying publicly she would not visit the White House.
What would she say to those people?
350 by Alicia DelGallo in Lyon, France. MOVED
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