Tribune News Service
International Budget for Monday, July 8, 2019
Updated at 0045 UTC (8:45 p.m. U.S. EDT Tuesday).
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^Iran will exceed enrichment levels set by nuclear deal, country's officials say<
^USIRAN-1ST-LEDE:LA—<Iran announced on Sunday it had begun the process of enriching uranium beyond the limits set by a 2015 international accord aimed at keeping Tehran from eventually stockpiling nuclear-weapons-grade materials.
In the latest step to counter what Iranian officials have called U.S. "economic terrorism," Abbas Araghchi, deputy foreign minister, said in a news conference early Sunday that Iran would exceed the enrichment limit "in a few hours," to fulfill the energy needs for its Bushehr power plant.
600 by Ramin Mostaghim and Nabih Bulos in Tehran, Iran. MOVED
^Britain to investigate leak of ambassador's comments on Trump<
^USBRITAIN:DPA—<The British government on Sunday said it plans to investigate the leak of sensitive memos in which its ambassador to Washington called U.S. President Donald Trump's administration "clumsy" and "inept."
"A formal leak investigation will now be initiated," a Foreign Office spokesman told dpa by phone.
Ambassador Kim Darroch also said the U.S. president radiated "insecurity" in a series of memos, dating from 2017 to the present, that were leaked to the Mail on Sunday newspaper.
550 by Dpa correspondents in London. MOVED
^Hong Kong protesters reach out to mainland Chinese in Kowloon march<
^HONGKONG:LA—<Beijing might have dreamed of a scene like this: a crowd of jubilant Hong Kong youths shouting the Chinese national anthem at the top of their lungs.
"Rise up, the people who refuse to be slaves! Let our blood and flesh build a new Great Wall! The Chinese nation is at its moment of greatest crisis! Forward! Forward! Forward! Forward!"
1200 by Alice Su in Hong Kong. MOVED
^Trump is against South Korean cooperation with the North: Yomiuri<
^USNKOREA:BLO—<U.S. President Donald Trump opposed a request by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to resume economic cooperation with North Korea at a summit on June 30, the Yomiuri newspaper reported.
Trump showed reluctance and was reported as saying that in order to restart economic cooperation between the two sides, denuclearization of North Korea needs to be ensured a bit more, the paper said, citing unidentified people familiar with the talks.
150 by Keiko Ujikane in Tokyo. MOVED
^China has a new casino: The Philippines<
PHILIPPINES-CHINA-GAMBLING:LA — Gambling is illegal in China, but that didn't prevent Fan Zheng from betting tens of thousands of dollars online.
The 30-year-old store clerk from the island province of Hainan learned about the opportunity early last year from marketing agents who, Fan believes, contacted him because he played no-stakes online card games.
At first, the agents persuaded him to bet on card games. That added thrill and a chance of making money to something he was already doing for fun.
But the card games were slow, and Fan kept losing. The agents suggested that he try a game called Tencent Every-Minute-Lottery. As the name suggests, there is a new chance to win every minute.
Soon he was hooked. Sometimes he bet $1.50. Other times, he bet $10,000.
Operating safely out of reach of Chinese authorities, the lottery website and its agents are based hundreds of miles away in the Philippines.
1550 (with trims) by David Pierson in Manila, Philippines, and Alice Su in Beijing. MOVED
^Border facilities' woes exaggerated, Trump's Homeland Security secretary says<
^MCALEENAN-IMMIGRATION:BLO—<President Donald Trump's top immigration officials on Sunday defended conditions at migrant processing facilities on the U.S. southern border, after Democrats criticized the treatment of detainees including a lack of food for some children.
"We have no evidence that children went hungry," acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said on ABC's "This Week."
600 by Erik Wasson. MOVED
^Earthquake researchers look for lessons in the Trona and Ridgecrest damage<
^SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKE-TRONA-1ST-LEDE:LA—<As the trio of researchers eyed the aging buildings in Trona, it was hard for them to tell which were severely damaged by the earthquakes that pummeled this San Bernardino County town in recent days — and which were simply old and abandoned.
"Some of this damage was already here," said Kenneth O'Dell, 55, a structural engineer.
But he nonetheless noted that the earthquake had hit Trona hard, particularly because the walls of most buildings were not reinforced with steel or other material that can keep them upright, or prevent cracking during severe tremors.
750 by Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio in Trona, Calif. MOVED
^Earthquakes leave family's future on shaky ground: 'It's just been a lot'<
^SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKE-TRONA-FAMILY:LA—<On Saturday afternoon, a family of five was seeking shelter from the scorching Trona, Calif., sun under one of the lone patches of shade that could be found in the town.
They had slept in their cars by the churchyard Friday night and weren't planning on returning to their house until a couple of days had passed.
Their home had not suffered immense structural damage, but it was impossible to walk through the hallways, the entrances to the rooms were blocked, and the floor was littered with toys, food, plates and everything else that had fallen out of cabinets and off the walls.
550 by Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio in Trona, Calif. MOVED
^Southern California earthquakes: 'I need to start making a plan'<
^SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKE-PREP:LA—<The seismic one-two combo that hit Southern California last week left residents particularly unnerved because it robbed them of the single bit of solace that normally comes with a big quake: the sense that the worst is over.
After the 6.4 magnitude quake hit near Ridgecrest on Thursday, many expected aftershocks that would gradually decrease in strength and frequency. They'd been through it before, in Northridge, Sylmar and Whittier. But when a much larger 7.1 magnitude temblor struck Friday night, the shock quickly gave way to a newfound dread: What's next?
1200 (with trims) by Sonali Kohli, Joe Mozingo, Laura J. Nelson and Rong-Gong Lin II. MOVED
^Anxiously awaiting the next earthquake is the new normal for Ridgecrest<
^SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKE-RIDGECREST:LA—<Lori Churchill, her friend Michelle Hewitt and neighbor James Combs were sitting under a tarp in a courtyard at the Trousdale Estates, a mobile home park in Ridgecrest, when Gov. Gavin Newsom arrived Saturday afternoon with other state and local officials as part of a tour of earthquake damage in the community.
The park was hard hit by the quake and several of the mobile homes had red tags, marking them as uninhabitable. The gas had been turned off because of leaks.
And most residents, even those whose homes were not red-tagged, had slept in their cars the night before, they told the governor.
700 by Paloma Esquivel in Ridgecrest, Calif. MOVED
^Explosion shatters shopping center and injures 23 — but it could have been so much worse<
^FLA-SHOPPINGCENTER-EXPLOSION-4TH-LEDE:FL—<People heard the boom across Broward on Saturday morning and wondered if it was a bomb, leftover holiday fireworks — or even an earthquake.
Authorities initially said they thought a gas leak caused the explosion that rocked a Plantation shopping center, injured 23 people, destroyed businesses and knotted traffic for miles. A formal finding on the cause is still to come.
1150 by Marc Freeman, Wayne K. Roustan, Lisa J. Huriash and Brooke Baitinger in Plantation, Fla. MOVED
^Poll: Share of young adults comfortable with LGBTQ people drops from 63% to 45%<
^OHIO-LGBTQ-POLL:OH—<Students in an LGBTQ service-oriented organization at Ohio State University think the campus is a generally safe space.
But they've heard their peers question why a character in a movie had to be gay. They've also seen roommate postings requiring that the person must be straight.
So they weren't altogether surprised when a recent report signaled decreasing comfort levels with LGBTQ people among young non-LGBTQ adults.
"People are still saying that they support equal rights, because they have the potential to be socially isolated if they don't support equal rights," said Ohio State senior Hannah Messer, co-president of Students for Diversity in Education through Service. "(But) saying that you support equal rights and being an ally are two very different things."
850 by Jennifer Smola in Columbus, Ohio. MOVED
^Four boys gave Orlando its own Apollo 11 mission in 1969<
^ORLANDO-APOLLO11-REPLICA:OS—<There was a disturbing headline in The Orlando Sentinel on July 19, 1969. A space capsule carrying three brave Americans had encountered "Meteor Trouble."
Thankfully, Mission Control was able to address the problem.
"We've added one big German shepherd dog to our crew," Richard Fall told the media, "and we don't look for any more meteors."
If you don't recall a dog being aboard Apollo 11, don't feel ignorant of NASA trivia. The canine actually rescued Apollo 11 1/2.
850 (with trims) by David Whitley in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^'Spider-Man: Far From Home' follows Marvel tradition with No. 1 debut<
^MOVIE-BOXOFFICE:LA—<After two weeks of dominance, Disney's "Toy Story 4" was knocked from the top spot at the weekend box office by Sony and Marvel's "Spider-Man: Far From Home."
The third Marvel Cinematic Universe release of the year, "Far From Home" opened with $39.3 million on Tuesday before earning $93.6 million Friday through Sunday for a cumulative $185.1 million through the weekend, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore, well above analyst predictions of $125 million.
750 by Sonaiya Kelley in Los Angeles. (Moved as an entertainment story.) MOVED
^Appreciation: Alongside the British Invasion, a quieter one: How Jo o Gilberto transformed global pop music<
^MUS-GILBERTO-APPRECIATION:LA—<The British Invasion gets all the ink, but in 1964, as the Beatles were upending pop culture, a record by a jazz hit-maker and a Brazilian bossa nova innovator stormed the Grammy Awards and the American charts.
Called "Getz/Gilberto" and featuring the breakout hit "The Girl From Ipanema," the collaborative effort won the album of the year trophy and turned saxophonist Stan Getz and Jo o Gilberto, the intensely private Brazilian singer-guitarist, into an unlikely hit-making duo.
Gilberto's death at age 88 was announced Saturday through the Facebook page of the musician's son, Jo o Marcelo Gilberto. The son offered no details on Gilberto's death.
1150 by Randall Roberts. (Moved as an entertainment story.)
^World Cup 2019: US defeats Netherlands to win fourth title<
SOC-WORLDCUP-NETHERLANDS-US:LA Megan Rapinoe, who wasn't expected to start Sunday's Women's World Cup final because of a hamstring issue, wound up winning it instead, calmly slotting home a penalty kick in the 61st minute to start the U.S. on its way to a 2-0 win over a stubborn team from the Netherlands before a sellout crowd at Stade de Lyon.
With the win the U.S. becomes just the second team to win consecutive Women's World Cups and the first country to win the title four times.
450 by Kevin Baxter in Lyon, France. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED
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