Tribune News Service

International Budget for Saturday, October 26, 2019

Updated at 0310 UTC (11:10 p.m. U.S. EDT Friday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.


^Monitor: Death toll rises to 30 in Iraq's anti-government unrest<

IRAQ-PROTESTS-1ST-LEDE:DPA — At least 30 protesters were killed on Friday in renewed anti-government demonstrations in Iraq, according to a rights watchdog.

The casualties occurred when security forces fired gunshots and tear gas to disperse the protesters, Faisal Abdullah, a member of the independent High Commission for Human Rights, told dpa.

The deaths included eight in Baghdad, nine each in the provinces of Maysan and Dhi Qar, three in Basra and one in the southern province of Muthanna, he added.

400 by Kadhem Al-Attabi in Baghdad. MOVED



^Erdogan hits back after Trump praises Kurdish militia leader<

^USTURKEY:BLO—< President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Donald Trump to "hand over" the leader of a Kurdish militia who's been invited to the U.S. by senators, calling the commander and his fighters terrorists.

Hours after Trump said in a tweet that he had "really enjoyed" talking to Mazloum Abdi, the assumed name of the head of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Erdogan hit back at the U.S. for giving an audience to a wanted criminal in an allied state.

"He is a terrorist with the code name Mazloum," Erdogan told state broadcaster TRT late on Thursday. "America needs to hand over this man to us."

600 by Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara, Turkey. MOVED


^More protests in Bolivia after Morales election win<

^BOLIVIA-PROTESTS:DPA—< Fresh protests broke out in Bolivia on Friday after President Evo Morales was declared the winner of the weekend's elections, despite allegations of fraud.

Demonstrators blocked streets and roads in six of the country's nine department capitals, daily La Razon reported.

Morales' opponents clashed with his supporters in Santa Cruz and Cochabamba. At least 25 people were arrested in Santa Cruz, the daily quoted police sources as saying.

Official results said on Thursday that Morales was the outright winner of Sunday's elections. He took 47.07% of the vote against 36.51% for his center-right challenger Carlos Mesa, narrowly obtaining the 10-point lead required to avoid a run-off.

350 by Sinikka Tarvainen in Bogota. MOVED



^Judge backs House Judiciary in ruling on Mueller materials<

CONGRESS-MUELLER-GRANDJURY:CON — A federal judge on Friday granted the House Judiciary Committee's request for grand jury materials from former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation — and in the process backed up some Democratic arguments about their power in the impeachment inquiry.

Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, in a 75-page ruling, ordered the Justice Department to turn over the documents by Wednesday. The Department is likely to appeal.

The Judiciary Committee filed the application to get the typically secret grand jury materials in July, after the release of Mueller's report that detailed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and President Donald Trump's efforts to interfere with that probe.

500 by Todd Ruger in Washington. MOVED


^California enters uncharted territory: Massive blackouts, historically dangerous wind<

CALIF-WILDFIRE-SONOMA-2ND-LEDE:LA — Northern California braced for a weekend in uncharted territory as Pacific Gas & Electric prepared to shut off power to more than 2 million people as the region faced one of the worst periods of fire weather in a generation.

It's a perilous combination that left many anxiously planning for blackouts and the potential for more destructive wildfires, fueled by 36 hours of intense winds. Some fear they will have to confront fires without power, an experience those who fled this week's Sonoma County fire described as terrifying.

The Diablo winds are expected to pick up Saturday evening and last until Monday morning, longer than the windstorms that fueled the three most catastrophic fires in California history.

1700 (with trims) by Phil Willon in Sonoma County, Joe Mozingo in Los Angeles, Rong-Gong Lin II in San Francisco, and Maura Dolan in Orinda, Calif. MOVED


^Obama, Clintons among thousands who honored Rep. Elijah Cummings<

CUMMINGS-2ND-LEDE:BZ — Two former presidents, congressional colleagues and thousands of residents of his beloved Baltimore said goodbye to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings at his longtime church Friday in a poignant service that was also a resounding appreciation of the city and a congressman who overcame physical and emotional adversity.

The funeral — attended by former Democratic Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton — was at times buoyant as about 4,000 mourners thundered applause for Cummings, the marquee speakers and at mentions of Baltimore.

1600 (with trims) by Jeff Barker and Jonathan M. Pitts in Baltimore. MOVED


^The Trump administration will end commercial flights to nine destinations in Cuba<

USCUBA-FLIGHTS:MI — The United States will suspend scheduled flights to nine destinations in Cuba in another attempt to limit cash flows going to the Cuban government, a senior administration official told the Miami Herald.

The airlines will have the authorization to fly only to Havana. They will not be able to fly to other destinations such as Santiago de Cuba, Camag ey and Varadero, among others. The affected airlines, including American, Delta and JetBlue, will have 45 days to wrap up their operations to those destinations, the official added.

750 (with trims) by Nora G mez Torres in Miami. MOVED


^New drug overdose data capture earliest days of fentanyl's deadly westward expansion<

^SCI-OPIOIDS-DATA:LA—<A rigorous effort to track U.S. overdose deaths and the drugs that caused them offers a snapshot of a fentanyl epidemic on the cusp of a westward shift.

A study released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the synthetic opioid cutting a swath of death and destruction across the northeastern United States and the industrialized Midwest in 2017. That year, fentanyl was the drug cited most often as a cause of fatal overdoses in all five regions lying east of the Mississippi River, as well as the neighboring region that includes Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.

1300 (with trims) by Melissa Healy. MOVED


^Justice Department expands inquiry into its own Russia investigation, but scope is uncertain<

TRUMP-RUSSIA-BARR-PROBE:LA — The Justice Department investigation into the origins of its own probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election has morphed from an administrative review into a criminal inquiry, a potentially significant shift that gives the federal prosecutor leading the inquiry broader powers to compel testimony and the production of records.

How significant the new criminal aspect of the inquiry truly is remained unclear, however. Justice Department officials on Friday declined to divulge what prompted John Durham, the federal prosecutor handling the case, to ramp up his investigation.

The decision may stem, however, from a referral by the Justice Department's inspector general, Michael Horowitz, about a witness who may have lied to his investigators, according to a person familiar with the matter. If so, that could mean the criminal aspect of the case is fairly limited.

700 by Del Quentin Wilber in Chicago. MOVED


^Analysis: Behold Donald Trump's big 2020 impeachment bet<

TRUMP-ANALYSIS:CON — Call it President Donald Trump's big impeachment bet. And, in signature fashion, he's going all in.

The president made clear Friday he plans to use House Democrats' inquiry to fire up his base as he bids for a second term. He labeled as "phony" the investigation into his Ukraine policy and his requests for its government to investigate top Democrats and said his base is steamed and not simply going to take it.

1100 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED


^Trump asks top court to toss California immigrant sanctuary law<

^TRUMP-SCOTUS-SANCTUARY:BLO—< President Donald Trump's administration asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a California immigrant-sanctuary law that restricts local police from helping federal authorities round up and deport people who are in the country illegally.

In an appeal filed this week, the administration said the 2017 measure undermines federal immigration enforcement efforts.

The law "makes it more difficult for federal officers to identify, apprehend, detain, and remove aliens under the procedures specified by Congress," U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco argued. "The result is that more removable aliens — often with criminal records — are released into the community."

250 by Greg Stohr in Washington. MOVED


^Felicity Huffman is released after serving 11 days of her 14-day sentence in admissions scandal<

^CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-HUFFMAN:LA—<Actress Felicity Huffman was released Friday from federal prison after serving most of a 14-day sentence for paying to rig her daughter's university entrance exam as part of the wide-ranging college admissions scandal.

Huffman, 56, was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., a low-security facility in Alameda County.

200 by Alex Wigglesworth. MOVED


^Tick fire explodes; 6 homes destroyed as battle intensifies<

CALIF-WILDFIRE-TICK-2ND-LEDE:LA — Fanned by strong Santa Ana winds, the Tick fire continued its destructive path through Santa Clarita on Friday, jumping the 14 Freeway and sending residents fleeing as it consumed dry grass and brush and set homes ablaze.

The winds began picking up about 2:30 a.m., allowing the fire to leapfrog across the freeway and make an aggressive march southwest toward the Sand Canyon community as officials rushed to evacuate homes in the darkness.

The fire, which broke out Thursday, has consumed nearly 4,300 acres and is only 5% contained, according to fire officials. At least six homes have been destroyed and an unknown number damaged.

1450 (with trims) by Hannah Fry, Marisa Gerber and Jaclyn Cosgrove in Los Angeles. MOVED


^NASA announces new rover mission to lunar south pole <

NASA-MOON:OS — Before NASA sends the next man and first woman to the moon, it's sending a rover with a drill, and it's looking for water.

That is, frozen water at the moon's south pole.

NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the new mission while speaking at 70th International Astronautical Conference in Washington on Friday, saying the rover named VIPER, as in Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, will be sent to the moon by December 2022, two years ahead of the agency's goal for human's return to the lunar surface.

650 by Richard Tribou in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Tropical Storm Olga forms in the Gulf with no threat to Florida<

WEA-OLGA:MI — Tropical Storm Olga formed in the Gulf of Mexico Friday with a predicted path pointed toward the northern Gulf coast over the weekend. At this time, it poses no threat to Florida.

200 by Alex Harris in Miami. MOVED



^Export markets cool for Washington's giant clam, the geoduck, as tariffs mount and Chinese consumers get picky<

USCHINA-TRADE-GEODUCK:SE — Some 40 feet down, diver Walter Lorentz groped along the Puget Sound bottom, searching in the weak undersea light for small dimples that would mark the site of a buried geoduck. He wielded a "stinger" — a high-pressure water wand — to help pry these giant clams loose from the sand and cobble where they may have resided for decades.

By the next day, these geoducks — still alive — would be on sale in China. There, they are a costly delicacy viewed by some as an aphrodisiac and often served — simmered in a hot pot — at weddings, business banquets and high-end restaurants, where a two-pound geoduck may fetch more than $100.

1200 by Hal Bernton in Eld Inlet, Thurston County, Wash. MOVED


^UAW workers ratify contract with GM. Here's what's next<

UAW-STRIKE-RATIFY-2ND-LEDE:DE — After a bruising six-week strike that was deeply costly to General Motors and 46,000 UAW workers, the union said Friday that its membership ratified a new four-year contract with GM by a 57% to 43% margin, bringing the strike to a close.

"General Motors members have spoken," said Terry Dittes, UAW vice president and director of the UAW-GM Department. "We are all so incredibly proud of UAW-GM members who captured the hearts and minds of a nation. Their sacrifice and courageous stand addressed the two-tier wages structure and permanent temporary worker classification that has plagued working class Americans."

2400 (with trims) by Jamie L. Lareau in Detroit. MOVED


^Google claims 'quantum supremacy.' What could that mean for the future of computing?<

^CPT-GOOGLE-QUANTUM-QA:LA—<For the first time ever, a quantum computer has performed a computational task that would be essentially impossible for a conventional computer to complete, according to a team from Google.

Scientists and engineers from the company's lab in Santa Barbara announced the milestone in a report published Wednesday in the journal Nature. They said their machine was able to finish its job in just 200 seconds — and that the world's most powerful supercomputers would need 10,000 years to accomplish the same task.

1250 by Deborah Netburn. MOVED



^Morrissey is anti-immigrant and backs a white nationalist political party. Why don't fans care?<

^MUS-MORRISSEY:LA—<For years, when professor Melissa Mora Hidalgo wasn't teaching classes at Cal State Fullerton or UC San Diego, the Los Angeles-based culture writer could often be found on stages throughout the region, singing songs made famous by her musical hero, British rock star Morrissey.

Hidalgo, author of the 2016 book "Mozlandia: Morrissey Fans in the Borderlands," says that from an early age she was drawn to the singer, "both the music and the look. My fandom was really about the songs, the music, his brattiness. I loved that. And as a butch, as a queer woman, I wanted my hair like his. I wanted to look like him."

But when Morrissey closes out his tour at the Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, in support of his recent album, "California Son," Hidalgo won't be there. "I don't have it in me," she says with a sigh. In recent years, Morrissey has pushed a political and social agenda that she can no longer ignore.

2350 (with trims) by Randall Roberts in Los Angeles. MOVED




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