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News Budget for Friday, August 2, 2019

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^TOP STORIES<

^Trump drops intelligence chief pick John Ratcliffe<

RATCLIFFE-1ST-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump abruptly gave up his choice to serve as the nation's next intelligence chief Friday, tweeting that Rep. John Ratcliffe of Texas, who had gotten minimal support from Republican senators, was being mistreated by the media.

"Our great Republican Congressman John Ratcliffe is being treated very unfairly by the LameStream Media. Rather than going through months of slander and libel, I explained to John how miserable it would be for him and his family to deal with these people," Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday afternoon.

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^Budget deal came together because everyone wanted it, but such cooperation may be hard to repeat<

CONGRESS-SPENDING:LA — The budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday marks his administration's first major bipartisan legislative agreement with the Democratic House, a deal crafted by the unlikely duo of Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

The agreement — which will raise the nation's debt ceiling and lift caps on federal spending — came together largely because almost everyone in Washington wanted the deal.

The stakes of failure were high. But Trump left the negotiating to one relatively apolitical Cabinet official, and the final pieces came together as Pelosi negotiated on a cellphone while she was on a delayed airplane that sat on the Detroit airport tarmac for more than three hours.

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^China questions US sincerity as Trump threatens new tariffs<

USCHINA-TARIFFS:LA — Chinese officials were caught off guard by President Donald Trump's threat of new 10% tariffs on an additional $300 billion worth of Chinese imports.

Announced by Trump via Twitter at 1 a.m. Beijing time Friday, the plan for new tariffs was a surprise to Chinese officials and state media, who had already made statements praising the "candid, constructive, and efficient" trade talks in Shanghai that concluded Wednesday and announced China's resultant commitments to buy more U.S. agricultural goods.

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^Puerto Rico's new governor takes the helm under legal cloud<

PUERTORICO-2ND-LEDE:MI — Less than three hours after being sworn in as the governor of Puerto Rico Friday afternoon, Luis Pierluisi put his job on the line — saying he'll allow a combative Senate to decide on Wednesday if he should stay or leave.

If the body doesn't confirm him as the leader of the U.S. territory of 3.2 million people, he says he'll step down and allow Secretary of Justice Wanda Vazquez to take the top spot.

"I want to avoid a legal controversy," Pierluisi, 60, told the media late Friday. "Now they (the Senate) will have a few days to consider what has happened."

But it's unclear if the gesture will appease legislators who believe he used a legal loophole to secure the job after his predecessor, Ricardo Rossello, was forced out of office.

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^NYPD suspends Eric Garner chokehold cop Daniel Pantaleo after department judge recommends the officer be fired<

NYPD-CHOKEHOLD-1ST-LEDE:NY — The New York Police Department has suspended officer Daniel Pantaleo after a department judge recommended the cop be fired for his actions in the Staten Island chokehold death of Eric Garner, police said.

NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Trials Rosemary Maldonado's ruling on Pantaleo's fate came down Friday and Pantaleo was pulled off the roster "as is the long-standing practice in these matters when the recommendation is termination," NYPD spokesman Phil Walzak said.

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^WASHINGTON<

^Pelosi cites progress in Trump probes as impeachment calls rise<

IMPEACHMENT-PELOSI:BLO — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democrats in Congress will continue to "legislate, investigate and litigate" to hold President Donald Trump accountable for what she called an assault on U.S. elections and the Constitution.

At a time when increasing numbers of her rank-and-file members are calling for a formal impeachment inquiry, Pelosi issued a statement Friday outlining legal battles and investigations that she said make up an aggressive posture toward the president.

"In America, no one is above the law," Pelosi said in her statement. "The president will be held accountable."

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^How Mitch McConnell convinced some Democrats to support a Trump impeachment inquiry<

MCCONNELL-IMPEACHMENT:WA — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hasn't just earned the epithet "Moscow Mitch" for refusing to bring election security bills up for a vote. His inaction has helped convince at least two House Democrats to back an impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.

Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts became the highest-ranking House Democrat to call for opening an impeachment inquiry into Trump.

The House Democratic Caucus vice chairwoman wrote that she believes former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report shows that the president "committed impeachable offenses by welcoming interference from a hostile foreign power in the 2016 election and then attempting to obstruct the investigation into his unpatriotic actions."

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^Arms race worries grow as nuclear deal between Russia and US ends<

USRUSSIA-NUCLEAR:DPA — The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty between Russia and the United States ended Friday, setting the stage for a potential arms race between the world's two largest nuclear powers.

The U.S. and its NATO allies have for years been accusing Russia of violations of the INF treaty, one of only two arms control deals between the powers. Earlier this year, the U.S. announced it was pulling out, saying it would not be bound by a deal Russia disregarded.

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^Trump says he's spoken with China and Russia about nuclear pact<

USRUSSIA-NUCLEAR-TRUMP:BLO — President Donald Trump said he's spoken recently with Russian President Vladimir Putin and with China's leaders about a new nuclear weapons accord, on the day that a 1987 pact with the Kremlin that limits intermediate-range weapons expired.

Trump said Thursday that he believes Putin would like to reach a new accord to limit Russian and U.S. nuclear arsenals. "They get rid of some, we get rid of some," he told reporters Friday, adding that China would also need to be involved. Both countries are excited about the prospect, he said.

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^Trump says Kim's missile tests don't violate their agreement<

USNKOREA:BLO — Donald Trump said that North Korea's recent tests of short-range rockets and missiles may run afoul of United Nations resolutions but haven't violated agreements with his administration.

North Korea on Friday conducted its third test in a week of a new short-range ballistic missile that weapons experts say was designed to strike U.S. allies in East Asia.

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^HUD is giving Florida money to mitigate disasters. But Puerto Rico will have to wait<

PUERTORICO-FLORIDA-HUD:WA — The Department of Housing and Urban Development is doling out $16 billion to states and territories for projects that prevent future disaster damage, including $633 million to Florida.

But Puerto Rico, which is set to receive $8.29 billion, will have to wait.

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^POLITICS<

^It's not just Baltimore; Trump is running against America's cities<

TRUMP-CITIES:LA — He was born in Queens and lives on Fifth Avenue. His skyscrapers dot city skylines on several continents. But President Donald Trump is increasingly intent on disparaging urban areas, depicting them as blighted and overrun by criminals and homelessness — all part of a divisive reelection strategy heading into 2020.

Trump's denigration of cities is part of an effort to animate a base of rural, mostly white supporters while depressing minority turnout in places like Milwaukee, Detroit and Philadelphia — a repeat of the two-pronged strategy that helped him to a surprising electoral college victory in 2016 and could be determinative again four years later.

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^Will Hurd's exit highlights a Texas-sized challenge for Republicans in 2020<

TEXAS-2020-GOP:CON — Texas GOP Rep. Will Hurd's decision to retire was a gut punch for Republicans, who consider Hurd one of their strongest incumbents in one of the most competitive districts in the country. His exit means Republicans will have to work even harder to hold onto his seat as Democrats are going on offense in the Lone Star State.

Hurd is the third Texas Republican in a week to announce his retirement, and the second to do so in a contested district. "This has been a fairly shocking seven or 10 days in Texas," said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak, who is based in Austin.

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^Analysis: Value of private health coverage is up for debate<

DEMOCRATS-HEALTHCARE-ANALYSIS:LA — Sharp disagreements among the presidential hopefuls at this week's debates have crystallized a crucial and explosive political question: Are Democrats willing to upend health coverage for tens of millions of their fellow Americans?

The party is closer than it's been in decades to embracing a health care platform that would move all Americans out of their current insurance and into a single government-run plan.

Plans pushed by three of the four leading candidates — Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Kamala Harris of California — differ in their particulars but would all end the job-based system that provides coverage to more than 150 million people.

That's a hugely risky strategy, as more-centrist rivals reminded the three senators during the two nights of heated, sometimes confusing, debates.

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^Klobuchar qualifies for third, fourth Democratic presidential debates<

KLOBUCHAR-DEBATES:MS — Sen. Amy Klobuchar's campaign said Friday that she has met the requirements to participate in the third and fourth Democratic presidential debates

The Democratic National Committee set polling and fundraising thresholds that candidates must hit in order to make the debate stage in September and October. Klobuchar previously reached at least 2% support in four early-state or national polls; now, her campaign said, the Minnesota Democrat also reached 130,000 individual donors to her campaign.

"We're thankful for the strong grassroots support we've received from all across the country as our momentum continues to build heading into the fall," campaign manager Justin Buoen said in a prepared statement.

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^UNITED STATES<

^Gilroy festival shooter killed himself, coroner says, contradicting police version of events<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING:LA — The Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman killed himself, the county medical examiner concluded Friday, contradicting an earlier police account that three officers had shot him dead within a minute.

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^Gilroy shooter's motive may never be known as investigation finds few clues<

^CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-WHATWEKNOW:LA—<Five days into the investigation of the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooter, authorities say they still aren't sure why he launched the attack that killed three and injured 13.

They have gathered evidence in Gilroy, Calif., and Nevada and tried to understand his digital footprint. But they admitted they may never know why he acted.

Here is what we know.

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^Woman killed, others injured in Southern California beach bluff collapse<

CALIF-BEACH-COLLAPSE:SD — A woman was killed and others were injured when an oceanfront bluff collapsed Friday at Grandview beach in the Leucadia area of Encinitas, authorities said.

It happened about 2:55 p.m. Pacific time on the beach just north of a mobile lifeguard tower and the wooden stairs leading to the beach from Neptune Avenue, according to footage from the scene and San Diego Sheriff's Lt. Ted Greenawald.

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^Missing woman is found 267 days after Camp Fire; police say she was avoiding them<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-MISSINGWOMAN:SA — An Oroville woman who was reported missing after the Camp Fire in Paradise last November was found Thursday night, Butte County Sheriff's deputies said, leaving only one person is still unaccounted for.

A detective from the Butte County Sheriff's Office spotted Wendy Carroll, 47, walking down Lincoln Boulevard in Oroville, according to a news release from department. Carroll allegedly knew she was on the list of missing people, the release said. But she didn't reach out to law enforcement to tell them she was safe because she thought she had unresolved legal issues.

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^US Rep. Elijah Cummings says he scared away home intruder; Trump tweets about incident, saying 'Too bad!'<

CUMMINGS-BURGLARY:BZ — U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings provided details Friday of a break-in at his Baltimore home last weekend, saying he scared the intruder away by yelling.

President Donald Trump alluded to the incident with a new tweet Friday morning: "Really bad news! The Baltimore house of Elijah Cummings was robbed. Too bad!"

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^Nikki Haley criticizes Trump after latest jab at Rep. Elijah Cummings<

CUMMINGS-BURGLARY-HALEY:CS — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley chided President Donald Trump on Twitter Friday after Trump tweeted about a crime committed against U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings.

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^Palm Beach sheriff who OK'd Jeffrey Epstein's work release now wants program reviewed<

EPSTEIN-SHERIFF:MI — Under fire for his decision to let Jeffrey Epstein out on work release despite dozens of sexual abuse allegations, Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has called for a review of his jail's work release program — not by an independent law enforcement agency, but by a panel of Palm Beach politicians and business people.

Until the review by the Criminal Justice Commission of Palm Beach County is complete, Bradshaw will not allow new detainees to enter the program, said a spokeswoman in a news release late Friday afternoon.

Bradshaw, widely recognized as the most powerful politician in Palm Beach County, is a member of the CJC.

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^R. Kelly pleads not guilty to sex trafficking, denied bail during first appearance in Brooklyn federal court<

RKELLY:NY — After allegedly locking up victims ordered to call him "Daddy," R. Kelly was ordered held without bail during his first appearance in Brooklyn federal court Friday.

Looking tired and puffy in his blue-and-orange jail uniform, Kelly said little during the short hearing and pleaded not guilty to his five-count sex trafficking indictment through his lawyer.

The Grammy winner turned two times to scan the courtroom and smile at co-girlfriends Jocelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, who traveled to New York from Chicago in a show of support.

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^Navy names pilot who died in Death Valley crash<

NAVY-CRASH:LA — The Navy pilot who was killed in a crash at Death Valley National Park earlier this week has been identified as 33-year-old Lt. Charles Z. Walker, officials said.

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^Anti-gay 'conversion therapy' won't get any state money, North Carolina governor orders<

NC-CONVERSION-THERAPY:RA — No taxpayer money should be used for "conversion therapy" practices that treat being gay as a mental illness, North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday when he signed a new executive order targeting the controversial therapy.

"No child should be told that they must change their sexual orientation or gender identity," said Kendra R. Johnson, executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Equality NC, in a press release.

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^Six victims identified in fiery fatal crash on I-90 in Minnesota<

MINN-FATAL-CRASH:MS — In Minnesota's deadliest vehicle crash since 2010, six people were killed in a fiery collision involving a wrong-way driver early Friday on Interstate 90 in southeastern Minnesota.

The driver of a 2008 Ford Focus headed east in the westbound lanes collided head-on with a 2005 Chrysler Sebring near the Marion Rest Area, east of Rochester, about 1:30 a.m., according to the State Patrol.

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^Florida just declared a public health emergency over its ballooning Hepatitis A cases<

FLA-HEPATITIS:MI — With 56 new cases of Hepatitis A reported statewide in the week since the last reporting period, the Florida Surgeon General declared a public health emergency on Thursday, allowing health officials to test and treat people suspected of carrying the virus.

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^Adoptive mom of NC girl who was tortured, starved and killed pleads guilty to murder<

NC-DAUGHTER-DEATH:CH — Nearly six years after North Carolina teenager Erica Parsons was reported missing, her adoptive mother pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and other offenses in connection with Erica's torture and killing, prosecutors said Friday.

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^Minneapolis police shoot, kill man at apparent domestic call<

MINNEAPOLIS-POLICE-SHOOTING:MS — Minneapolis police shot and killed a man early Friday morning after responding to an apparent domestic incident in which the man shot a woman, officials said.

The woman is recovering at North Memorial Medical Center and expected to survive, police said.

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^Former Dallas DA fights subpoena by Amber Guyger's defense lawyers in Botham Jean case<

DALLAS-POLICE-SHOOTING:DA — Former Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson is fighting a subpoena to testify at a hearing in Amber Guyger's murder case for the death of Botham Jean.

Johnson was subpoenaed by Guyger's defense attorneys to testify at an Aug, 19 hearing. Johnson's attorney, Russell Wilson, filed a motion this week saying asking state District Judge Tammy Kemp to toss the subpoena. The motion says Johnson will comply with a second subpoena for records.

Guyger, 30, was off-duty but still in uniform when she shot Jean, a 26-year-old accountant, inside his apartment.

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^Dallas police officers: Mocking handcuffed man on ground was 'strategy'<

DALLAS-POLICE-DEATH-1ST-LEDE:DA — Two officers involved in the 2016 death of Tony Timpa told Dallas Police Department leaders that they mocked the handcuffed 32-year-old while he was pinned to the ground as part of a strategy to prompt a response from him.

The comments, revealed in an audio recording obtained Friday by The Dallas Morning News, are the first statements from the officers to be made public. They made the remarks during a police disciplinary hearing.

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^'Tragedy averted': Lubbock man allegedly mulling mass shooting arrested after grandmother steps in<

GRANDMOTHER-HERO:DA — A 19-year-old Lubbock man allegedly pondering a mass shooting was arrested Thursday by authorities, avoiding potential tragedy.

After a brief hospitalization, William Patrick Williams was taken into custody by ATF and FBI agents and charged with making false statements to a federally licensed firearms dealer.

250 by Marc Ramirez in Dallas. MOVED

^Tropical wave's chance of becoming tropical depression drops to 50%; another wave fizzles but will still bring weekend rain to Florida<

WEA-TROPICALWAVES:OS — A tropical wave in the west Atlantic now has a 50% chance of becoming a tropical depression over the next five days, while the other, closer system is finished growing but still threatens rain for Floridians Friday and Saturday, the National Hurricane Center said.

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^Suspects held in killing of LAPD officer at taco stand<

LA-OFFICERSHOT-1ST-LEDE:LA — Three suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the fatal shooting of an off-duty Los Angeles police officer at a taco stand in Lincoln Heights, authorities said Friday.

The individuals, who have not been named, were taken into custody in Riverside, Murrieta and Temecula, said LAPD Assistant Chief Bea Girmala. A law enforcement source said at least one woman was among the three suspects. Girmala said the suspects are in their 20s but declined to provide additional details.

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^After deadly July, Baltimore's Ceasefire weekend to feature memorial service, peace walk<

BALTIMORE-VIOLENCE:BZ — After the city was gripped by the deadliest month in more than a year, organizers with Baltimore Ceasefire are planning 72 hours of activities in a call to halt the violence for a weekend.

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^Where's the victim? In trial of couple accused in UW assault, defense questions absence of protester who was shot<

WASH-PROTEST-SHOOTING:SE — Dozens of witnesses gave testimony for and against a Seattle couple accused of assaulting anti-fascist protesters at the University of Washington in 2017. But it was the witness who didn't appear who got the most attention from their attorneys during closing arguments in the case Thursday.

Where, the lawyers for Marc and Elizabeth Hokoana asked the jury, was Joshua Phelan Dukes?

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^Hamid Hayat's attorneys ask judge to release Lodi terror suspect after conviction tossed<

CALIF-TERROR-RELEASE:SJ. — Four days after a federal judge vacated the conviction and sentence of Lodi, Calif., terror suspect Hamid Hayat, his attorneys filed a motion Friday seeking Hayat's immediate release from an Arizona prison and asking that he be allowed to return home.

"Defendant Hayat has been in custody in this matter since June 2005 — i.e., a period of more than 14 years — for convictions that this court has now vacated," San Francisco attorney Dennis Riordan wrote in a motion filed in federal court in Sacramento.

Hayat's attorneys say he should be returned home on his own recognizance while the Justice Department decides whether to appeal the decision.

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^Baltimore could become the latest city to outlaw plastic bags — and impose a fee to discourage paper bags, too<

BALTIMORE-PLASTICBAGS:BZ — Hundreds of U.S. cities and counties and two states have outlawed plastic bags at checkout counters since the Baltimore City Council first considered a ban in 2006. More than a decade later, a proposal to rid the city of them could finally be ripe for passage.

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^A white teacher told police she felt unsafe around a black fifth-grader who she says threatened her<

TEACHER-STUDENT-RACE:SE — In early May, a teacher at Van Asselt Elementary School in Seattle called the police. She told the dispatcher who answered that a fifth grader threatened to beat her up.

The student is black, she said, between 10 and 11 years old, an inch shy of 5 feet tall. No weapons. The teacher, age 27, was white. When police showed up at the school, the teacher decided not to press charges because she feared retaliation by the school administration, which had recommended other ways to react. Seattle police closed the case, and it was not forwarded to the King County Prosecutor's Office.

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^Driver who hit man on bus bench and fled, had 104 used 'whippets' in his car, cops say<

DRIVER-WHIPPETS:MI — A man who is on probation for cocaine possession had 104 used "whippet" (nitrous oxide) cartridges in his car when he slammed into a 63-year-old sitting at a Liberty City bus bench and then took off, according to a Miami police report.

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^Kennedy family mourns sudden death of 22-year-old Saoirse, RFK's granddaughter<

^KENNEDY-FAMILY-DEATH:NY—<A shocked Kennedy family on Friday was mourning the tragic death of Saoirse Kennedy Hill, the 22-year-old granddaughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

The Boston College student was found dead Thursday in the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. The official cause of death is under investigation, but police were called to the home for a report of a possible drug overdose.

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^Police arrest man they say tried to enter North Carolina legislature with handgun<

NC-CAPITOL-ARREST:RA — A 36-year-old Raleigh man was arrested at the General Assembly Wednesday after security screeners say they found a handgun and two magazines in his bag.

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^Trump administration and LA end dispute over alleged discrimination against disabled renters<

LA-HOUSING:LA — Los Angeles officials have reached an agreement with the Trump administration over alleged discrimination in housing, agreeing to build or retrofit more than 4,000 apartments for disabled residents over the next decade, officials said Friday.

The agreement comes weeks after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development threatened to withhold $80 million from the city amid allegations that the city failed to provide affordable housing that was properly accessible to tenants who are in wheelchairs or have other disabilities, as required by law.

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^Boy, 5, out of intensive care after being thrown from Mall of America balcony<

^MALL-CHILDTHROWN:NY—<Months after he was viciously flung from a Mall of America balcony, a 5-year-old boy is finally out of intensive care.

The family of Landen Hoffman, who was thrown from a 40-foot-high balcony at the Minnesota mega-mall April 12, announced on a fundraising page that the boy had cleared the medical milestone.

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^Family of San Diego crash victims sue YouTube star 'McSkillet,' city and county<

CALIF-WRONGWAY-CRASH:SD — The estate of YouTube video star Trevor Heitmann, known as "McSkillet," is named in a wrongful death lawsuit, along with the city and county of San Diego, for the wrong-way crash that killed a family therapist and her daughter last year.

The lawsuit claims that San Diego police were negligent by not taking in Heitmann, 18, for a mental health evaluation recommended by a psychiatrist, which would have kept him off the road and prevented the deaths of Aileen Pizarro, 43, and 12-year-old Aryana Pizarro.

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^Grasshoppers are invading Las Vegas. How long will they stay?<

LASVEGAS-GRASSHOPPERS:LA — If you're planning to visit Las Vegas anytime soon, don't fear the grasshoppers. Specifically, pallid-winged grasshoppers that have descended in such numbers that their swarms show up on weather radar screens. They're also turning up as pizza toppings.

Don't worry, the grasshoppers don't pose a threat to humans. Visitors and locals can't help but see them as they stroll the Strip. You need look no farther than the Luxor's beam and other lights to see hundreds of thousands spinning in the night air.

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^THE WORLD<

^A$AP Rocky heading home awaiting Aug. 14 verdict: Swedish prosecutors seek 6 months in jail in assault case<

^ASAP-ROCKY:NY—<Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky is headed home to await an assault verdict after weeks in a Swedish jail, in a case that attracted worldwide attention and support from celebrities — including the president of the United States.

"A$AP Rocky released from prison and on his way home to the United States from Sweden," President Trump tweeted moments after Swedish officials announced that the rapper and other suspects would be freed until Aug. 14, when the verdict will be announced.

"It was a Rocky Week," Trump wrote. "Get home ASAP A$AP!"

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^First job for new leader of the United Kingdom: Keeping the kingdom united<

^BRITAIN-JOHNSON:LA—<He was booed in Scotland. In Wales, a chicken submitted to his embrace, but politicians held him at arm's length. And in Northern Ireland, there were rumblings of Irish unity — which could only come at the expense of its ties to the rest of the United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson, the new British prime minister, presides over a country consumed by Brexit, the messy and drawn-out departure from the European Union. But the early days of his tenure are also casting a harsh spotlight on another kind of split: the growing fault lines within the United Kingdom.

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^Japan escalates trade war with South Korea, deepening rift and raising security concerns<

JAPAN-SKOREA:LA — Japan on Friday escalated its trade war with South Korea by removing it from a list of trusted trading partners, furthering economic uncertainties in the midst of the U.S.-China trade dispute and raising concerns about the security implications of a rapidly eroding relationship between two key U.S. allies.

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^Saudi Arabia adopts landmark changes for women, including an end to travel restrictions<

^SAUDIARABIA-WOMEN-1ST-LEDE:LA—< Consider the life of a woman in Saudi Arabia.

By law, her husband, father or other male relative controls where she works and where she travels. She can't get her own passport or register her marriage — or divorce — or even the birth of her own child.

Those days will soon be over.

On Friday, buried within the dull legalese of a weekly gazette published by the Saudi government, much of the kingdom's wilayah, or guardianship, system was abolished, heralding a new era for women in a society that has long viewed them as legal minors.

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^SCIENCE, MEDICINE, ENVIRONMENT<

^Where do great white sharks show up most?<

ENV-GREATWHITESHARKS:CH — There are two hot spots where great white sharks surface, data from the shark tracking organization OCEARCH shows. The first is the waters off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, scene of the Jaws movies. But the second is in the ocean around North Carolina's Outer Banks, the data shows.

"Not a big surprise to see the Cape Cod area, but check out North Carolina, South Carolina & Georgia!" OCEARCH tweeted.

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^Brain-eating amoeba. Flesh-eating bacteria. Climate change will raise Florida's risks<

^ENV-CLIMATECHANGE-DISEASE:MI—<When it's blisteringly hot outside, splashing in the ocean, a lake or even a swimming pool is a popular way to beat the heat. But as global temperatures rise, scientists say, so do your chances of catching a nasty — or even deadly — bug.

The scary one making headlines this summer is Vibrio vulnificus, also dubbed in media reports as "flesh-eating bacteria." Historically, it has been found in warm salt and brackish water, such as the Gulf of Mexico. So far this summer, one death has been linked to the disease and another man spent nearly two weeks in the hospital — both in Gulf coast locations.

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^NEWS BRIEFS<

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^Other killers have made headlines, but it's the murderous Manson 'family' that remains seared into LA's collective memory<

LA-MANSON-FAMILY:LA — Hearing the retired prosecutor recount the bloody crimes that scarred Los Angeles, it is easy to forget that the savage murders happened half a century ago.

Stephen Kay runs one hand slowly down his cheek, describing the mark a thick rope scraped along actress Sharon Tate's face. The rope was tied around her neck and looped over a living room beam in her rented Benedict Canyon home. She was 8 1/2 months pregnant. Clad in just a white bra and panties. Still alive, though not for long.

He recounts, as if it were yesterday, how Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were tied up and dragged into separate rooms in their Los Feliz home, where they too died at the hands of Charles Manson's brutal "family."

The slaughter and its aftermath "left the biggest imprint on Los Angeles, (on) all of Southern California," Kay says. And also, it seems, on the prosecutor himself. "It's the case that just never goes away."

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^Recent quakes are a peek into San Andreas' fury<

CALIF-EARTHQUAKES-SANANDREAS:LA — Faults crisscross California, producing deadly earthquakes.

But whenever the ground shakes, the first thought always turns to the mightiest and most dangerous fault: the San Andreas.

This is the 730-mile monster capable of producing the Big One, the fault famous enough to be the main character in a hit disaster movie.

Scientists knew almost immediately that two large quakes that hit near Ridgecrest last month did not come from the San Andreas.

But ever since, they've been studying whether the quakes could cause more seismic activity from other faults — including the San Andreas nearly 100 miles away.

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