Tribune News Service

International Budget for Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Updated at 0000 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EDT Tuesday).

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^Trump says 'no rush' to respond to attacks on Saudi oil facilities<

USIRAN-SAUDI:LA — President Donald Trump said Monday that it appears Iran was behind air attacks on two major Saudi Arabian oil facilities, but he emphasized that he wants to avoid a new Middle East war even as he stressed that the U.S. military is ready for action.

Trump also appeared to look for a way to ease the latest tensions, saying "diplomacy is never exhausted" and that he was in "no rush" to decide on a response.

For its part, Iran denied responsibility for the attacks and ruled out a potential meeting between Trump and Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly next week.

1200 by Chris Megerian in Washington and Nabih Bulos in Baghdad. MOVED


^Trump's suggestion of Iran strike raises bipartisan alarm<

USIRAN-SAUDI-CONGRESS:BLO — Donald Trump risks a political backlash if he retaliates against Iran over a weekend strike on Saudi Arabian oil facilities after campaigning on promises to withdraw the U.S. from foreign wars.

The prospect of a strike on Iran in retaliation for an attack that didn't target Americans or even a country with whom the U.S. has a defense treaty is proving divisive in Washington.

750 by Josh Wingrove and Daniel Flatley in Washington. MOVED


^In tiny European grand duchy, Brexit discord bursts into view<

BRITAIN-EU:LA — Two side-by-side lecterns, set against a verdant backdrop in a medieval European capital, with one standing empty: It was a scene that might prove all too symbolic in the seemingly never-ending saga of Brexit.

As an impasse over Britain's departure from the European Union has stretched into months and then years, heads of government in European Union member states have dutifully adhered to an unwritten maxim: Don't overtly criticize the sitting British prime minister in public.

That changed Monday.

800 by Laura King. MOVED



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BRITAIN-EU:DPA — 550 by Dpa Correspondents in Luxembourg. MOVED



^Putin, Rouhani rebuff Turkey in call against Syrian extremists<

SYRIA-TURKEY:BLO — Russia and Iran expressed on Monday their growing frustration with extremists in northwest Syria, pitting them against Turkey, which fears renewed fighting in the area could unleash millions of migrants onto its borders.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran's Hassan Rouhani both said at a meeting in the Turkish capital with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that their 2018 accord to clear the province of Idlib, the last rebel bastion, didn't go as planned and that Islamic militants have since gained ground.

800 by Firat Kozok in Ankara, Turkey, and Henry Meyer in Moscow. MOVED


^As dialogue fails in Venezuela, cracks show in the opposition<

VENEZUELA:MI — Juan Guaido, the man that the United States and more than 50 other nations recognize as Venezuela's legitimate leader, said he offered to step down and make way for a transitional government that would include the armed forces and members of the ruling party as a way to escape a grinding social, political and economic crisis.

But he said that proposal was thwarted when leader Nicolas Maduro "abandoned" negotiations that were taking place in Barbados under the auspices of Norway.

750 by Jim Wyss. MOVED


^Hundreds of migrants waiting months to enter the U.S. may no longer be eligible for asylum<

IMMIGRANTS-ELIGIBILITY:SD — It took William, a 39-year-old asylum seeker, four months to get from Cameroon to Tijuana.

The journey took him through Nigeria, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala before he finally reached the U.S.-Mexico border.

He arrived in June — one month before the official cutoff date of a new policy that disqualifies any asylum seeker who passed through another country on the way to the southern border from asylum if that person did not apply in another country first.

But even though William arrived to the border before that July 16 date, he hasn't actually entered the United States.

1050 (with trims) by Gustavo Solis in Tijuana, Mexico. MOVED


^Data breach at Miami server exposes personal information on virtually every Ecuadorean<

^MIAMI-ECUADOR-DATABREACH:MI—<Detailed information on more than 20 million people — most of them thought to be Ecuadorean nationals — was found on an unsecured server in Miami, providing identity thieves and scammers a treasure trove.

300 by Jim Wyss. MOVED


^Beset by lawsuits and criticism in US, opioid makers eye new market in India<

INDIA-OPIOIDS-1:KHN — Pain, like death, is a universal phenomenon.

The sour grimace on the woman's face, registering her bodily complaints to Dr. G.P. Dureja in his East Delhi office, would be recognized anywhere. Slouched shoulders, pinched forehead. She wore a willowy black kurta and cast a disapproving glance at the five pain physicians-in-training huddled behind Dureja, founder of Delhi Pain Management Centre and one of India's pioneering pain physicians.

The five trainees, participants in the center's acclaimed pain fellowship program, recorded the woman's consultation on their smartphones, eager to see India's famous pain doctor do his work.

Storefront for-profit pain clinics like Delhi Pain Management Centre are opening by the score across Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and other cities in this teeming nation. After decades of stringent narcotics laws, borne of debilitating opium epidemics of centuries past, India is a country ready to salve its pain.

And American pharmaceutical companies — architects of the opioid crisis in the United States and avid hunters of new markets — stand at the ready to feed and fuel that demand.

2250 by Sarah Varney in New Delhi. MOVED



^New reporting details how FBI limited investigation of Kavanaugh allegations<

KAVANAUGH-FBI-INVESTIGATION:LA — As Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh prepares for his second year on the Supreme Court, new reporting has detailed how the limits ordered by the White House and Senate Republicans last year constrained the FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a college freshman.

The FBI was informed of allegations that Kavanaugh, while drunk during his freshman year at Yale, exposed himself to two heavily intoxicated female classmates on separate occasions. The bureau did not interview more than a dozen people who said they could provide information about the incidents.

1150 by Jackie Calmes in Washington. MOVED


^46,000 UAW workers strike at GM plants nationwide<

AUTO-UAW-STRIKE:DTN — Members of the United Auto Workers went on strike at General Motors Co. plants nationwide at midnight Sunday night, sending 46,000 workers to picket lines in the union's first walkout since the automaker emerged from taxpayer-funded bankruptcy a decade ago.

The UAW on Sunday night said "dialogue is continuing" with the Detroit automaker, but a GM spokesman said talks were halted amid an increasingly acrimonious atmosphere and an unorthodox response by GM that breaks with decades of bargaining protocol.

2150 (with trims) by Kalea Hall, Daniel Howes, Sarah Rahal and Candice Williams in Detroit. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED


^Prosecutors reportedly demand 8 years of Trump tax returns in hush money probe<

TRUMP-TAXRETURNS:NY — Manhattan prosecutors have subpoenaed eight years of President Donald Trump's tax returns from his accounting firm as part of a state investigation into hush money payments made to Stormy Daniels in the closing days of the 2016 campaign, according to a published report.

The demands for the president's personal taxes and those of the Trump Organization were issued last month to Mazars USA after District Attorney Cy Vance opened a probe into the payments made to keep the porn star quiet about her alleged affair with Trump, The New York Times reported Monday.

250 by Dave Goldiner in New York. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Wall Street may get $40 billion reprieve from Trump regulators<

^TRUMP-WALLSTREET:BLO—<Wall Street could soon get one of its most consequential wins of the Trump era as regulators are considering ripping up a rule that's forced banks to set aside billions of dollars for swaps trades, according to people familiar with the matter.

At issue is a requirement approved during the Obama administration that's made lenders post tens of billions in margin when engaging in derivatives transactions with their own affiliates. Industry lobbyists have long argued that the demand, which came out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act, is redundant and puts U.S. banks at a competitive disadvantage to overseas rivals.

Banks now appear poised to get their way.

500 by Jesse Hamilton in Washington. MOVED


^Trump says US, Japan reach initial agreement on tariffs<

USJAPAN-TARIFFS:BLO — President Donald Trump said his administration has reached an initial trade accord with Japan over tariffs and that he intends to enter into the agreement in coming weeks.

In a notice to Congress on Monday, Trump also said the U.S. will be entering an "executive agreement" with Japan over digital trade. There was no mention by Trump if he will end his threat to slap tariffs on Japanese auto imports as part of the trade deal.

350 by Sarah McGregor and Jenny Leonard in Washington. MOVED


^Trump says he 'probably' won't go to Pyongyang for talks with Kim<

USNKOREA:BLO — President Donald Trump said he "probably" won't travel to Pyongyang for the next round of nuclear talks with Kim Jong Un, but would be willing to visit the North Korean capital in the future.

Kim invited Trump to Pyongyang in a letter sent in August, South Korea's Joogang Ilbo newspaper reported earlier on Monday.

100 by Alyza Sebenius in Washington. MOVED


^F-35's $1.2 billion savings claim dwindles, Senate panel finds<

CONGRESS-F35:BLO — The Pentagon's F-35 program office promised $1.2 billion in savings from buying parts and equipment in bulk for Lockheed Martin Corp.'s fighter jet, but it now estimates only about a third of those savings, according a Senate panel.

The estimate of $435 million saved from buying in bulk was disclosed by the Senate Appropriations Committee in the new report accompanying its defense spending bill for fiscal 2020.

400 by Tony Capaccio in Washington. MOVED


^District of Columbia evokes spirit of 1776 in battle for statehood<

DC-STATEHOOD:CON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser and Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton evoked the Founding Fathers to plead their case for district statehood while riding in a statehood parade to the Capitol on Monday.

The two D.C. political leaders were joined in front of the John A. Wilson Building, the seat of the District government, by high-spirited U.S. veterans from D.C. waving American flags with 51 stars and chanting "Fif-ty-one! Fif-ty-one!"

500 by Clyde McGrady in Washington. MOVED


^Fla. lawmakers agree on TPS for Venezuela, Haiti. Why is the Bahamas different?<

BAHAMAS-TPS:MI — National Democrats are using the White House's decision not to grant Temporary Protected Status for the Bahamas after Hurricane Dorian as a political argument against the Trump administration's immigration policies.

Five presidential candidates signed onto a bill introduced by Democratic New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez on Thursday, a day after media reports emerged that the White House wasn't considering TPS for the Bahamas. They argued that the U.S. has a moral responsibility to accept hurricane victims.

But members of Congress from South Florida, home to the country's largest Bahamian community, are split on what they want.

1300 (with trims) by Alex Daugherty in Washington. MOVED


^Jeffrey Epstein victims' claims died with him, judge rules<

EPSTEIN-VICTIMS:FL — Jeffrey Epstein's death last month means a lawsuit by his sexual abuse victims is over — along with their hopes to hold Epstein and his co-conspirators in South Florida accountable, a federal judge ruled Monday.

By stopping the 11-year-old civil litigation, the court said it will not order any remedies for the government's violation of a crime victims' rights law.

650 by Marc Freeman in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^NYPD cop who spent weeks digging at Ground Zero for FDNY brother killed by 9/11-related cancer 18 years later<

NY-OFFICER-CANCERDEATH:NY — They died in the same fight, one looking out for the other, as brothers and as heroes.

NYPD detective Joe Paolillo succumbed last week at age 55 to a rare form of cancer he contracted looking for his brother on the pile at Ground Zero in the weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks.

800 by Clayton Guse and Rocco Parascandola in New York. MOVED


^Report: Summer was the hottest on record for northern hemisphere<

WEA-HOTTEST-SUMMER:DPA — This summer was the hottest on record for the northern hemisphere, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

For the planet as a whole, the period from June to August was the second-hottest since records began 140 years ago, surpassed only by scorching temperatures in 2016, according to NOAA's latest monthly global climate report.

250 by dpa in New York. MOVED


^DNA links man to 2016 Palm Beach County murder and 3 others in Daytona Beach<

FLA-SERIALKILLINGS:FL — On the morning of March 7, 2016, construction workers found Rachel Bey, a 32-year-old woman from Riviera Beach, cold, naked and dead on the side of Beeline Highway in Palm Beach County.

Investigators now say she was strangled and murdered by a suspected serial killer who may have slaughtered at least three women before her.

300 by Andrew Boryga in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED


^Hurricane Humberto grows in strength as it steers away from Florida<

WEA-HUMBERTO:OS — Category 1 Hurricane Humberto continued to grow in the Atlantic with its path taking it away from Florida on Monday morning, according to the National Hurricane Center's 5 a.m. update.

Humberto grew overnight, now with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph, and is moving northeast at 5 mph into the Atlantic, with only Bermuda in its cone of uncertainty, forecasters said.

350 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Tropical wave's odds increase to 90% of development as it moves toward Florida<

WEA-TROPICALWAVE:OS — September is proving why it's considered peak hurricane season as another tropical wave with very high chances of developing into a tropical depression moves in the direction of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center's 8 a.m. update.

A low pressure system located over the central tropical Atlantic has become more organized as it slowly moves west where environmental conditions for tropical storm development are ideal.

200 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^10-year-old girl dies of brain-eating amoeba contracted from Texas river, family says<

BRAIN-AMOEBA-GIRLDEATH:FT — A 10-year-old girl who contracted a brain-eating amoeba after swimming in a Texas river died early Monday morning, according to KWTX.

Lily Mae Avant, 10, was Brazos River near Valley Mills hospitalized for nearly a week in Fort Worth after swimming in the over Labor Day weekend, McClatchy news group previously reported. Her symptoms began with a headache and fever then her condition quickly deteriorated, leaving her "incoherent and unresponsive."

500 by Dawson White in Fort Worth, Texas. MOVED


^Kris Kobach sent names of Nebraska residents to ICE while running for Kansas governor<

KOBACH-IMMIGRANTS:KC — Kris Kobach was in the middle of running for Kansas governor in December 2017, but he had unfinished business in Nebraska.

The former Kansas secretary of state helped write an ordinance in 2010 for Fremont, Neb., banning landlords from renting homes to immigrants living in the country illegally. Four years later, he successfully defended his handiwork on behalf of the town all the way to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

His legal victory attracted national attention. Still, enforcing the law had proven difficult because information collected on rental applications wasn't enough for the federal government to determine whether someone was in the country legally.

But Kobach wasn't ready to give up.

1700 (with trims) by Jason Hancock and Jonathan Shorman in Kansas City, Mo. MOVED


^Woman who allegedly wore 'Scream' mask while repeatedly stabbing another woman is held without bond<

SCREAM-MASK-STABBING:TB — A Chicago woman who allegedly wore a "Scream" mask while repeatedly stabbing another woman after breaking into an apartment where the victim was dog sitting was held without bond Sunday.

450 by Hal Dardick in Chicago. MOVED


^A mother watched for hours as police guarded her son's body and searched for clues to his murder<

CHICAGO-VIOLENCE-SONKILLED:TB — She never broke her gaze after she found out the body on the ground was her son.

The mother of the young man shot and killed early Monday in the East Garfield Park neighborhood stood by the police tape for hours, watching stoically as officers snapped photos from different angles and briefly peeled back the white sheet over the body.

450 by Alice Yin in Chicago. MOVED


^California's largest wildfire grows only slightly amid gusty, dry conditions<

CALIF-WILDFIRE:SA — Crews continue to make good progress and hold containment lines on the Walker Fire, which has now burned more than 54,000 acres in Plumas National Forest.

The wildfire, burning 11 miles east of Taylorsville in northeast California, is mapped at 54,518 acres with 68% containment, the U.S. Forest Service said in a Monday morning incident update.

250 by Michael McGough in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^After ex-girlfriend tracked iPhone to man's body, suspected killer arrested on murder charge<

MANKILLED-IPHONE:OS — The weekend killing of a 29-year-old Sanford, Fla., man was quickly solved thanks in part to his ex-girlfriend, who traced an iPhone to a Seminole County ditch where she found his bloodied body, according to the Sheriff's Office.

450 by Grace Toohey in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Florida couple had sex in the back of a police car after DUI arrest, cops say<

FLA-POLICECAR-SEX:MI — There is a time and place for everything. And, more often than not, that place is rarely in the back of a police car.

A Florida couple faces a list of charges after a deputy said they had sex in the back of his patrol car. The Nassau County deputy originally arrested 31-year-old Aaron Thomas and 35-year-old Megan Mondanaro on DUI charges. And then things got a little frisky in the back seat.

300 by C. Isaiah Smalls II in Miami. MOVED


^One in 16 US women's first sexual experience is rape, forced sex, new study finds<

^MED-WOMEN-SEXASSAULT:PH—<A disturbing new study based on federal data estimates that the first sexual intercourse experience for one in 16 American women was the result of physical force or coercion.

Even in the age of #MeToo and #TimesUp, some of the findings are shocking:

The average age of these victims was 15.5 years old, while the median age of the men who forced these encounters was 27 years old, according to the findings published Monday in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

800 by Rita Giordano. MOVED


^Heart attack treatment gel shows safety in early human study<

MED-HEARTATTACK-GEL:SD — A heart attack treatment from San Diego researchers has shown evidence of safety in a human study, along with early signs that it might be effective.

The treatment from the company Ventrix is a liquid that turns into a gel when injected into the heart. It provides a scaffold for new cells to take hold and repair the heart.

400 by Bradley J. Fikes in San Diego. MOVED


^MIT engineers accidentally create 'blackest black' material<

SCI-BLACKEST-BLACK:NY — It's a black so dark, some may say it's blacker than their ex's heart.

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled the "blackest black" — which is "10 times blacker than anything that has previously been reported."

"The material is made from vertically aligned carbon nanotubes, or CNTs — microscopic filaments of carbon, like a fuzzy forest of tiny trees, that the team grew on a surface of chlorine-etched aluminum foil. The foil captures at least 99.995% of any incoming light, making it the blackest material on record," a statement from MIT said.

350 by Kassidy Vavra. MOVED




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