Tribune News Service
International Budget for Thursday, February 6, 2020
Updated at 0430 UTC (11:30 p.m. U.S. EST Wednesday).
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^Senate acquits Trump in impeachment trial; Romney breaks with GOP to vote for conviction<
IMPEACHMENT-2ND-LEDE-CORRECTION:LA — The Senate on Wednesday acquitted President Donald Trump of abusing the power of his office and obstructing Congress' investigation into his conduct, ending the third presidential impeachment trial in American history.
Republicans and Democrats had appeared to be marching toward an entirely party-line vote. But Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, the party's presidential candidate eight years ago, became the only GOP lawmaker to join Democrats in voting to convict the president for what he called "an appalling abuse of public trust."
1200 by Jennifer Haberkorn and Sarah D. Wire in Washington. MOVED
^Analysis: Trump's impeachment and acquittal please partisans on both sides<
^IMPEACHMENT-ANALYSIS-1ST-LEDE:LA—<Minutes after President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace and left the White House in August 1974, Gerald R. Ford was sworn in as president and sought to heal a traumatized nation, declaring, "Our long national nightmare is over."
Although President Donald Trump was acquitted by the Senate on Wednesday and allowed to remain in office, a similar attempt at reconciliation or closure is difficult to imagine.
1400 (with trims) by Noah Bierman and Sarah D. Wire in Washington. MOVED
^Kirk Douglas, 'Spartacus' star who helped end Hollywood blacklist, dies at 103<
DOUGLAS-OBIT-1ST-LEDE:LA — Kirk Douglas, the dimple-chinned screen icon who was known for bringing an explosive, clenched-jawed intensity to a memorable array of heroes and heels in films such as "Spartacus" and "Champion" and for playing an off-screen role as a maverick independent producer who helped end the Hollywood blacklist, has died. He was 103.
Douglas, who continued to act occasionally after overcoming a stroke in 1996 that impaired his speech, died Wednesday in Los Angeles, surrounded by family, his son Michael said in a statement.
2750 by Dennis McLellan in Los Angeles. MOVED
^3 killed, 179 hurt as plane skids off Istanbul runway, breaks apart<
TURKEY-PLANE:DPA — Three people were killed and 179 injured when a passenger plane skidded off a runway and broke apart as it landed in bad weather at Istanbul's Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
The plane slid some 50 yards in the direction of a highway and then plunged 45 yards into a ditch late Wednesday, Istanbul Gov. Ali Yerlikaya said, eventually landing in a field.
400 by Anindita Ramaswamy in Istanbul. MOVED
^2 Tijuana police officers charged with conspiracy<
TIJUANA-OFFICERS-CHARGED:SD — Two Tijuana police officers are facing conspiracy charges after allegedly trying to steal $1 million from a Chula Vista home, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
FBI agents arrested the police officers last week, after they allegedly met with an undercover agent at a Kohl's store and then drove to a Chula Vista home where they believed there would be $1 million inside to steal, according to charging documents released by the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.
550 by Wendy Fry in Chula Vista, Calif. MOVED
^FDA issues emergency approval for coronavirus test as outbreak nears 25,000 cases worldwide<
CORONAVIRUS-TEST:NY — The federal government has issued an emergency order allowing its coronavirus test to be used by state health labs nationwide, speeding up efforts to detect and contain new cases of the mysterious new illness.
Since the first cases of the pneumonialike virus were confirmed in the U.S. last month, the test could only be done at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's own labs.
But the rapidly growing outbreak, which is concentrated in China, has since been declared a public health emergency.
500 by Nelson Oliveira. MOVED
^Cruise ships halted over coronavirus threat as evacuations continue<
CORONAVIRUS-1ST-LEDE:DPA — Thousands of passengers were stranded on two cruise ships in Japan and Hong Kong on Wednesday due to reports of coronavirus infections on board, as countries around the world continued to fly their citizens out of the epicenter of the outbreak.
The official death toll from the disease on mainland China rose to 490 on Wednesday, with 24,324 people confirmed infected. One person has died in Hong Kong, and another in the Philippines.
Japan confirmed that at least 10 people on a cruise ship had been infected with the new coronavirus.
850 by dpa correspondents in Beijing. MOVED
^World health leaders oppose coronavirus-related travel restrictions. Airlines cut 25,000 flights anyway<
^CORONAVIRUS-TRAVEL:LA—<Amid the growing fear over the coronavirus outbreak, nearly 40 airlines worldwide have cut about 25,000 flights to, from or within China compared with two weeks ago.
More than 500 flights a month between the U.S. and China have been temporarily suspended despite urging by the World Health Organization against travel and trade restrictions because of the virus outbreak that started in China, infecting at least 20,000 people and killing more than 400 people.
800 by Hugo Mart n. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED
^What happens if the coronavirus outbreak becomes a pandemic?<
CORONAVIRUS-PANDEMIC:LA — Roughly 50 million people are under quarantine in China. Thousands of travelers are being screened at airports every day. Armies of disease detectives are knocking on doors around the world in hopes of halting the new coronavirus in its tracks.
Despite all the colossal efforts to contain the virus, scientists are quietly preparing for a grim — and increasingly likely — outcome: A full-blown global pandemic.
1250 (with trims) by Emily Baumgaertner in Los Angeles. MOVED
^As nations isolate themselves, coronavirus forces us to see we're more connected than ever<
CORONAVIRUS-CONNECTIONS:LA — The Thai airline employee handed the passport back with a gloved hand and leaned over the counter, his voice muffled through a surgical mask. "I see you are American, but I have to ask: In the last two weeks, have you been in China?"
In the security line, removing his shoes, a South Asian man emitted a loud cough and hastily covered his mouth as fellow travelers cast suspicious glances. Beyond the checkpoint, a group of British tourists passed around a large bottle of hand sanitizer.
These are nervous days — not just at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, one of the world's busiest hubs, but around the globe as a mysterious and deadly new virus hopscotches from continent to continent, leaving a trail of infections, quarantines and fear.
1400 (with trims) by Shashank Bengali in Bangkok. MOVED
^Coronavirus: What's happening to people flying back from China?<
CORONAVIRUS-TRAVELERS:SJ — Nearly everyone wore face masks aboard the Asiana jetliner that carried passengers from Seoul in South Korea across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco on Tuesday. Flight attendants patrolled the aisles asking if they felt ill. Passengers jumped at the slightest cough — worried they could be exposed to the deadly coronavirus spreading through China.
"We had a couple coughers," said Brian Hatley, from Klamath Falls, Ore., who had visited the Philippines where the first novel coronavirus fatality outside of China was reported, after arriving at SFO on a layover before catching his connecting flight. "It made me nervous. I think this could spread like wildfire."
1250 (with trims) by John Woolfolk and Julia Prodis Sulek in San Jose, Calif. MOVED
^Who gets face masks in a pandemic? Politicians aren't so sure<
CORONAVIRUS-FACEMASKS:BLO — With no sign the coronavirus outbreak will be under control any time soon, surgical masks — the three-ply, pleated rectangles that typically sell for a few cents each — have become a political flash point across Asia.
1050 (with trims) by Fion Li and Philip J. Heijmans in Hong Kong. MOVED
^US Chief Justice Roberts presided impartially, yet left questions whether Trump's trial was a fair one<
IMPEACHMENT-ROBERTS:LA — Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. stood stiff and tight-lipped, no hint of a smile, as President Donald Trump stopped to shake hands Tuesday evening in the House chamber, just prior to his State of the Union address.
Roberts' expression fit the role he had played through the long days of Trump's Senate impeachment trial, only the third in history. The chief justice had been determined to preside as a strictly impartial judge over the highly partisan fight, much as his predecessor, William H. Rehnquist, did two decades before when President Clinton was tried and acquitted.
By that measure, Roberts accomplished his goal, legal experts said.
1400 (with trims) by David G. Savage in Washington. MOVED
^After impeachment, will Republicans let it go — or keep going after the Bidens?<
IMPEACHMENT-REPUBLICANS-BIDENS:WA — Many Senate Republicans are hoping that after the impeachment trial is over, President Donald Trump will let it go.
But it may be the Trump campaign that decides whether to close the door for good on the Ukraine controversy that led to the president's impeachment.
As the Senate impeachment trial neared its conclusion Wednesday, Republicans were already expressing disagreement over whether to keep reminding the public that Trump asked the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
1300 (with trims) by Emma Dumain and Michael Wilner in Washington. MOVED
^Setbacks and high stakes: Mitch McConnell delivers Trump, and himself, a victory<
^IMPEACHMENT-MCCONNELL:WA—<Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has spent the last several months contending with bickering colleagues, a volatile president, procedural landmines and a Democratic minority working relentlessly to punish Republicans at the polls this November.
On Wednesday, the Kentucky Republican could finally claim victory — for his president, for his party and for himself.
1050 (with trims) by Emma Dumain in Washington. MOVED
^Nancy Pelosi ripping up State of the Union speech draws parties into their corners<
STATEUNION-PELOSI:CON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi "is taking off the gloves." The California Democrat "did what she needed to do," and "she knew exactly what she was doing."
That's how House Democrats reacted Wednesday to Pelosi's decision the night before to tear up President Donald Trump's State of the Union speech on national television.
While Democrats applauded Pelosi, Republicans criticized her.
1100 by Lindsey McPherson in Washington. MOVED
^Trump touted more than 100 miles of new border wall during State of Union — 99 more than has been built<
TRUMP-BORDERWALL:CON — President Donald Trump boasted during his State of the Union address that his administration has built more than 100 miles of barriers along the southwest border. The latest government data, however, shows that only one new mile of barrier has been constructed where none previously existed.
During his address Tuesday night to Congress, the president referred to ongoing construction of "a long, tall and very powerful wall" that echoed promises from his 2016 presidential campaign.
550 by Camila DeChalus in Washington. MOVED
^Buttigieg continues to hold lead over Sanders in Iowa caucuses as additional results trickle out, but race still too close to call<
^ELN-IOWA:TB—<Two days after Iowa Democrats turned out to caucus, the incomplete results from the gaffe-filled counting of preferences in the nation's first presidential contest showed former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg continuing to hold a narrow lead.
With 86% of the state's nearly 1,700 precincts reporting as of Wednesday afternoon, Buttigieg's lead held steady with 26.7% of delegate support, followed by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders with 25.4%, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 18.3%, former Vice President Joe Biden with 15.9% and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 12.1%.
2200 (with trims) by Rick Pearson and Bill Ruthhart in Des Moines, Iowa. MOVED
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^ELN-IOWA:NY—<350 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED
^As some backers panic, Biden scrambles to save his campaign in New Hampshire<
BIDEN:LA — Joe Biden moved aggressively Wednesday to keep the walls from closing in further on his campaign in the aftermath of his dismal showing in Iowa, attacking his rivals in an effort to revive his candidacy before New Hampshire votes next week.
The former vice president was direct in his appeal as he sought to avoid back-to-back drubbings that many of his supporters fear could irreparably damage his presidential bid.
1250 by Evan Halper and Janet Hook in Somersworth, N.H. MOVED
^Weinstein accuser says he trapped her in hotel bathroom and assaulted her<
WEINSTEIN:NY — The final accuser to testify against Harvey Weinstein at his sex crimes trial told a Manhattan jury Wednesday he sexually assaulted her in a Beverly Hills hotel bathroom.
Lauren Young, 30, an actress and model, said a year after she brushed shoulders with the Oscar-winning film producer during an Oscar party, former Miss New Mexico Claudia Salinas reached out to her in 2013, saying Weinstein was interested in a script she had written.
1000 by Molly Crane-Newman and Larry McShane in New York. MOVED
^Bernie Madoff asks for early release, saying he's terminally ill<
MADOFF-REQUEST:BLO — Bernard Madoff, who defrauded investors of more than $19 billion in history's biggest Ponzi scheme, has asked for early release from his 150-year prison sentence, saying he has 18 months left to live.
Madoff, 81, asked U.S. Circuit Judge Denny Chin to release him after serving just 10 years, saying he suffers from terminal kidney failure and other ailments.
550 by Bob Van Voris. MOVED
^Aretha Franklin family drama plays out in courtroom in latest estate hearing<
FRANKLIN-ESTATE:DE — The battle over Aretha Franklin's estate returned to court Tuesday, once again spotlighting the deepening cracks that have emerged among family members and their battalions of attorneys.
Little was resolved during the half-hour hearing, the first court proceeding since Sabrina Owens announced she will be stepping down as the estate's personal representative.
450 by Brian McCollum in Pontiac, Mich. MOVED
^US citizen dies in Border Patrol custody in Texas after 'alien smuggling incident'<
BORDERPATROL-DEATH:NY — An American citizen arrested by Border Patrol agents in Texas has died in custody, officials confirmed Wednesday.
The unidentified man, 32, was a suspect in an "alien smuggling incident," U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
150 by Nancy Dillon. MOVED
^ACLU sues ICE over immigration raid in North Texas, citing possible civil rights violations<
IMMIGRATION-RAID-LAWSUIT:FT — The ACLU of Texas filed a federal lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday over a raid in Allen where ICE arrested 280 workers.
In April, ICE and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations detained hundreds of workers at CVE Technology Group, which refurbishes and repairs electronics. ICE said the employees were undocumented immigrants who were working illegally.
500 by Kaley Johnson in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED
^Tesla sees stock market swoon; coronavirus blamed for car delivery delays<
^AUTO-TESLA:SJ—<Investors put the brakes on Tesla's recent wild stock surge, and drove the company's shares down more than 17% on Wednesday in the wake of the electric carmaker saying the coronavirus outbreak in China will cause it to delay deliveries of Model 3 cars made at its production plant in Shanghai.
Tesla shares fell by $152.36, to close Wednesday at $734.70 after a company official in China said that early February deliveries of Model 3 cars built at Tesla's Shanghai Gigafactory will be delayed due to the coronavirus situation in the country.
400 by Rex Crum. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED
^Appreciation: Indomitable Kirk Douglas was 'the ragman's son' till the very end<
^MOVIE-DOUGLAS-APPRECIATION:LA—<Before there was Kirk Douglas there was Issur Danielovitch, a boy born in 1916 to illiterate Russian Jewish immigrant parents. And before young Issur there was his father, Herschel Danielovitch, a man of truly formidable strength of will.
As Douglas related in his exceptional autobiography, "The Ragman's Son," his father had a particular way of quitting smoking. "He would carry a cigarette in his shirt pocket and every time he felt like smoking, he would pull out the cigarette and confront it: 'Who stronger? You? Me?' Always, the answer was the same: 'I stronger.' Back the cigarette would go, until the next craving. It worked for him, and it worked for me."
Whenever I think of Kirk Douglas, who died Wednesday at the age of 103, I think of that story.
850 by Kenneth Turan in Los Angeles. MOVED
^The 2020 Oscar nominees for visual effects: Playing with ages, time and reality<
^MOVIE-OSCARS-VISUALEFFECTS:LA—<The five nominees for the visual-effects Oscar fooled us into thinking imagined places existed, that actors were decades older or younger, and dearly departed performers could return to finish a beloved sci-fi saga.
1100 by Michael Ordo a. MOVED
^Why it matters that the Oscars lack diversity — and what can be done about it<
^MOVIE-OSCARS-COMMENTARY:SE—<In 2015, frustrated by yet another all-white slate of acting nominees (and the fact that seven out of eight best-picture candidates focused on stories of white men), former attorney April Reign coined the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, drawing attention to the academy's roster of primarily old, male and white voters. (A 2012 Los Angeles Times investigation found nearly 94% of Oscar voters were Caucasian and 77% were male, with a median age of 62.) Facing boycotts and a hail of negative publicity, then-academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs promised change: In early 2016, the academy pledged to double its number of female and diverse members by 2020.
And yet here we are, in 2020 — with an almost all-white slate of acting nominees (19 out of 20), an all-male directing roster and seven out of nine slots for best picture filled with stories of white men.
950 by Moira Macdonald. MOVED
^Three anonymous Oscar voters share their super-secret ballots in key categories<
^MOVIE-OSCARS-BALLOTS:LA—<Oscar voting ended Tuesday and academy members are putting the finishing touches on their ballots and wondering whether a vote for "Parasite" in the international feature film category is enough or if they should go all in and mark it for best picture as well.
We asked academy members from different branches — a writer, director and producer — to anonymously share their choices and the reasoning behind them. Some of the decisions were agonizing; some were clear-cut. But they were all made with consideration and care.
1550 by Glenn Whipp in Los Angeles. MOVED
^US anti-doping authorities urge Congress to criminalize cheating<
^OLY-CHEATING-BILL:LA—<The 2028 Los Angeles Olympics may be eight years away, but U.S. anti-doping authorities have urged Congress to use the future Games as motivation to pass proposed legislation that would criminalize cheating in the world of sports.
The head of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency spoke Wednesday on Capitol Hill, lending his support to a bill that would allow federal authorities to prosecute doping schemes domestic and abroad.
250 by David Wharton. MOVED
^Editorial: Poor moon shot: Billionaire seeks girlfriend for space trip<
^SPACE-EDITORIAL:PG—<Single billionaire seeks female companion for out-of-this-world date.
You may have seen the news that Japanese billionaire and would-be space tourist Yusaku Maezawa is looking for a girlfriend to join him on a trip to the moon.
Sorry to break it to Maezawa, but the best would-be moon dates are already taken — by NASA. And they're going to the moon on their own impressive merits, not on the arm of a rich and lonely space tourist.
350 The Editorial Board. MOVED
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