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^Trump faces new turmoil over whistleblower complaint<

TRUMP-INTEL-COMPLAINT:LA — President Donald Trump appeared on the brink of a new scandal Friday over a whistleblower's complaint that reportedly involves Ukraine and accuses Trump of making an improper promise to a foreign leader over the summer.

The controversy has refocused attention on Trump's attempts to undercut former Vice President Joe Biden, who is leading polls for next year's Democratic presidential nomination, by urging Ukrainian officials to investigate son Hunter Biden's business dealings there for possible corruption.

Trump tried to dismiss mounting concerns by calling the complaint "just another political hack job" and describing the whistleblower as "a partisan person" despite admitting he doesn't know who it is.

1300 (with trims) by Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED



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TRUMP-INTEL-COMPLAINT-1ST-LEDE:CON — 850 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED


^Analysis: Trump again suggests his office has unlimited powers<

TRUMP-INTEL-COMPLAINT-ANALYSIS:CON — President Donald Trump on Friday insisted it "doesn't matter" if he asks foreign leaders to target his domestic political foes, again describing the powers of his office as unlimited.

On yet another remarkable Friday that capped yet another remarkable week in his roller-coaster-like term, the president once again opted against distancing himself from allegations that would have amounted to a major scandal for anyone else.

But now, with a lifelong focus of tabloid gossip pages as president, it was just another Friday at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

750 by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED


^Global climate strikes: Protesters rally around the world<

ENV-CLIMATECHANGE-STRIKE-1ST-LEDE:LA — From to Paris to Peshawar, Washington state to Washington, D.C., hundreds of thousands of young people led protests Friday demanding action on climate change as a United Nations summit approaches Monday.

In Bangkok, Thailand, demonstrators staged a "die-in," sprawling on the ground near national environmental ministry offices. In Australia, organizers estimated that more than 300,000 people took to the streets. In London, a girl held a sign that read "We are skipping our lessons to teach you one."

The global climate strike protests have been inspired by Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old Swedish activist who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-emission yacht rather than fly and on Wednesday met with members of Congress, urging them to heed scientists' warnings on climate change.

1550 by Richard Read in Seattle. MOVED


^US air defense forces being deployed to Saudi Arabia after attacks on oil facilities<

USSAUDI-1ST-LEDE:LA — The Pentagon said Friday it will boost U.S. air and missile defenses in Saudi Arabia after last weekend's surprise attack, allegedly from Iran, on critical oil facilities exposed the kingdom's vulnerability.

The modest response, announced shortly after the Treasury Department added new sanctions to Iran's financial sector, reflects a White House attempt to keep mounting tensions in the Persian Gulf from escalating into war.

800 by Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED


^US and El Salvador sign asylum deal<

IMMIGRATION-ELSALVADOR:LA —The U.S. signed an asylum agreement Friday with El Salvador, one of the world's most violent countries. American and Salvadoran officials described the deal as shoring up El Salvador's own asylum system and its capacity to provide for its citizens, in turn discouraging them from migrating.

While the specifics of the agreement remain unknown, acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in a news conference Friday "one potential use" is to limit asylum-seekers passing through El Salvador from claiming asylum in the United States.

1100 by Molly O'Toole in Washington. MOVED



^California, 13 other states sue Trump over revoking authority to set car emissions standards<

AUTO-EMISSIONS-CALIF-1ST-LEDE:LA — A coalition of states led by California filed a lawsuit Friday against the Trump administration, challenging its decision to revoke a rule that empowers the state to set tougher car emissions standards than those required by the federal government.

The lawsuit seeks to defend California and the 13 other states that follow its car pollution rules from the administration's latest effort to loosen environmental regulations.

850 by Anna M. Phillips in Washington. MOVED


^Trump to meet Ukraine's leader at UN as Congress probes talks<

TRUMP-UNITEDNATIONS:BLO — President Donald Trump is planning about a dozen one-on-one meetings with foreign leaders next week at the United Nations General Assembly, but none may be more anticipated than his Wednesday session with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Interest in that meeting stems from a whistleblower complaint filed by a U.S. intelligence official after Trump and Zelensky spoke by phone earlier this year.

800 by Justin Sink in Washington. MOVED


^McConnell's reversal on election security fails to quiet critics<

ELECTIONSECURITY:BLO — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's reversal on funding election security is drawing criticism from some Democrats and watchdog groups who contend an additional $250 million won't be enough to protect the 2020 vote from foreign interference.

"This money can be used for anything relating to elections," tweeted Ron Wyden, the top Democrat on the Finance Committee and a senior member of the Intelligence Committee. Wyden said states could even buy more voting machines that lack proper security. "This isn't election security, it's a sham."

550 by Steven T. Dennis in Washington. MOVED


^HUD chief Ben Carson reportedly made dismissive comments about transgender people<

CARSON:LA — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson reportedly made dismissive comments about transgender people in San Francisco this week during President Donald Trump's trip to California.

The Washington Post reports that HUD staff members were shocked after Carson said "big, hairy men" identifying as women were trying to access women's homeless shelters, and that society does not know the difference between men and women anymore.

500 by Alexa Diaz in Washington. MOVED


^Beto O'Rourke's demand for gun confiscation sparks feuds with Trump — and fellow Democrat Schumer<

OROURKE-GUNS:DA — Beto O'Rourke has picked a feud with Sen. Chuck Schumer, after the Senate's top Democrat rejected his call to confiscate assault-style weapons as a nonstarter even within a party eager to curb gun violence.

"Ask Chuck Schumer what he's been able to get done," the former El Paso congressman said Thursday night while stumping in Aurora, Colo., where a gunman killed a dozen people at a movie theater in July 2012.

950 (with trims) by Todd J. Gillman in Washington. MOVED


^Judiciary chairman demands answers from Trump on Ford, California investigation<

AUTO-FORD-TRUMP:DE — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee wants to know whether President Donald Trump played any role in what has been described as a federal antitrust investigation of Ford and three other auto companies that have made a deal with the state of California on fuel mileage standards.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Thursday sent a letter to White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and the Justice Department, noting his committee's investigation into possible allegations of obstruction of justice "and other abuses of power" by Trump.

600 by Todd Spangler in Washington. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED


^This bill could end Hispanic workforce immigration for the next decade. Will it pass?<

SENATE-WORKFORCE-IMMIGRATION:MI — A bill that would halt employment-based immigration from any countries other than India or China is headed back to the floor of the U.S. Senate next week.

If it passes, immigration policy experts estimate that for the next 10 years or so, Indian nationals, as well as a small number of Chinese nationals, would be the only foreign workers able to obtain green cards through employment — a move that would crush U.S. businesses seeking other talented foreign employees.

1050 by Monique O. Madan in Washington. MOVED


^Rep. Tom Reed leaves hospital 'with a prescription for a few days rest' after collapse<

CONGRESS-REED:CON — Rep. Tom Reed was discharged from a Washington hospital Thursday evening a few hours after collapsing in the Cannon House Office Building.

The Republican congressman from New York said in a statement Friday that he had an undiagnosed case of pneumonia.

200 by Emily Kopp in Washington. MOVED


^Trump aide Pottinger likely to be named O'Brien's deputy<

NSA-DEPUTY:BLO — Donald Trump's top national security adviser Robert O'Brien is likely to select an Asia expert on the National Security Council, Matt Pottinger, as his top deputy, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Pottinger has been deeply involved in U.S. talks with North Korea over its nuclear weapons program and helped to plan Trump's meetings with the country's leader, Kim Jong Un. The people familiar with Pottinger's likely promotion asked not to be identified because the appointment hasn't been announced.

150 by Jennifer Jacobs in Washington. MOVED



^Bill de Blasio quits 2020 presidential campaign <

DEBLASIO-1ST-LEDE:NY — It's not where you start, it's where you finish.

And Friday morning, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio finally announced that his quixotic 2020 presidential campaign was finished after it failed to gain traction.

550 by Anna Sanders in New York. MOVED


^Trump mocks Bill de Blasio, says New Yorkers 'devastated he's coming home' after ending presidential campaign<

DEBLASIO-TRUMP:NY — President Donald Trump knows how to kick a guy when he's down.

Trump took one more shot at New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, poking fun at the "really big political news" that the mayor ended his no-chance presidential campaign Friday morning.

200 by Dave Goldiner in New York. MOVED


^Win or lose, Trump will still have grip on Republican Party<

TRUMP-GOP:BLO — Whether or not President Donald Trump wins reelection, his hold on the Republican Party will endure for years to come, supporters and opponents within the GOP agree.

Trump has led grassroots opinion on several hot-button issues, turned even elected officials who recoiled from him in 2016 into faithful supporters in 2019 and sidelined influential conservative critics.

He owes part of his success to his ingrained popularity among Republican voters, whose fervent loyalty hasn't flagged, even as his actions and behavior shock the Washington establishment. A mid-August poll from Gallup put his approval among Republican voters at 88%, essentially unchanged since Inauguration Day.

900 (with trims) by Ryan Teague Beckwith in New York. MOVED


^Bashful base: Pollsters say Trump closer to Democrats than early 2020 surveys suggest<

TRUMP-POLLS:CON — Professional pollsters say President Donald Trump and senior White House officials are rightly confident heading into his reelection bid because early 2020 surveys are likely flawed.

"We are going to keep on fighting, and we are going to keep on winning, winning, winning," Trump told supporters this week during a campaign rally in Rio Rancho, N. M.. "We're going to win like never before. I'll tell you what: We're going to win the state of New Mexico."

That would mean flipping a state he lost in 2016 to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But just about every national poll and many key statewide surveys give the leading Democratic presidential candidates healthy leads over the president in hypothetical general election matchups, surveys Trump and his team dismiss almost daily.

1100 (with trims) by John T. Bennett in Washington. MOVED



^The Global Climate Strike could make history. Here's what you need to know<

ENV-CLIMATECHANGE-STRIKE-DETAILS:LA — The Global Climate Strike is expected to be one of the largest environmental protests in history, and young people want to show they shouldn't be underestimated.

On Friday, more than 5,000 youth-led demonstrations in 156 countries — including 100-plus in California alone — will demand climate justice and government action to end reliance on fossil fuels. The demonstrations, headed by organizers including 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, are the start of a weeklong campaign surrounding the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New York that will be capped by another global strike on Sept. 27.

750 by Alexa D az in Washington. MOVED


^Global Climate Strike: How Amazon workers forced Jeff Bezos' hand<

^CLIMATECHANGE-STRIKE-BEZOS:LA—<Unlike some of its rival technology giants, Amazon.com Inc. has never claimed a loftier purpose than selling its shoppers what they want, quickly and cheaply. Its mission statement: to be "Earth's most customer-centric company."

As political storms have overtaken Facebook and Alphabet's Google in the last few years, Amazon's pursuit of commerce over utopian visions has mostly served it well, insulating it from charges of bias or hypocrisy and helping it remain one of Americans' most trusted brands. But, in the last few months, a growing contingent of employees has been calling for the company to embrace the mantle of higher corporate responsibility and help combat the perils of climate change.

1650 by James F. Peltz. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED


^UN chief sees cities, companies filling US void on climate<

ENV-CLIMATECHANGE-UN:BLO — The head of the United Nations said he believes the U.S. can still pull its weight on climate change, even though President Donald Trump is skipping a U.N. climate summit on Monday and has worked to roll back restrictions on everything from vehicle to power plant emissions.

Cities and businesses are helping fill part of the void left by national governments, including the U.S., on climate issues, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters in New York on Friday.

500 by David Wainer in New York. MOVED


^Accused synagogue shooter to face trial on murder, other charges<

SYNAGOGUE-SHOOTING:SD — A San Diego judge on Friday ordered a 20-year-old man to stand trial on charges of murder and attempted murder in the April shootings at a Poway synagogue.

John Timothy Earnest, of Rancho Penasquitos, also faces one count of arson from a fire at an Escondido mosque on March 24.

San Diego Superior Court Judge Peter Deddeh determined there was enough evidence presented at the hearing for Earnest's case to move forward.

1200 by Pauline Repard in San Diego. MOVED


^UFO fans stop just short of Area 51<

NEVADA-AREA51-GATHERING:LA. — Jebb McAfee drove down the narrow desert road as far as he could and parked near some other cars alongside the scrub brush. In front of him and his two friends was a barricade, a stop sign and a dream.

The three had traveled all the way from Florida to get here: the back entrance to the top-secret military base Area 51.

Caleb Lower said they hadn't slept in 24 hours. It was the big moment, though, and they weren't going to screw it up.

The trio strode past the barrier toward the entrance a few hundred yards away. Police vehicles came into view. So did cameras on top of tall poles that watched them right back. Signs warned people not to enter.

"We've seen pictures, but this is amazing," he said. "We're here."

They weren't alone, either.

1200 (with trims) by David Montero in Rachel, Nev. MOVED


^Personal electronic devices focus of Conception boat fire inquiry<

CALIF-BOATFIRE-ELECTRONICS:LA — When the Conception first hit the water in the early 1980s, the personal electronics revolution was decades away.

Divers who boarded the 75-foot boat for excursions in the Channel Islands brought film cameras. There were no smartphones to plug in, or the array of other electronic devices now used to take underwater photos.

But when the vessel set off decades later on its fateful Labor Day voyage, those on board needed power — a lot of it. And they plugged their equipment into a series of outlets concealed in the back of foam-filled L-shaped benches in the ship's galley.

1250 (with trims) by Richard Winton in Santa Barbara, Calif. MOVED


^Hurricane Jerry's winds weaken, projected path threatens Bermuda<

WEA-JERRY-2ND-LEDE:OS — Hurricane Jerry lost more wind speed Friday afternoon with sustained winds decreasing to 80 mph with higher gusts, according to the National Hurricane Center. It was downgraded to a Category 1 storm on Friday morning.

Jerry is moving west-northwest at 18 mph, located about 140 miles north of Barbuda and is expected to dump heavy rains over the Leeward Islands as it passes them Friday night.

450 by Joe Mario Pedersen and David Harris in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Authorities probing 'all possibilities' in search for missing 5-year-old NJ girl<

MISSINGGIRL-2ND-LEDE:PH — Beginning at daybreak Friday, authorities again combed Bridgeton City Park in Bridgeton, N.J., and the surrounding area in attempts to locate a missing 5-year-old girl, emphasizing that they are still considering "all possibilities" for what might have happened to her.

Dulce Maria Alavez was last seen at the park about 4:20 p.m. Monday, and authorities have scoured the area for her since. An Amber Alert was issued late Tuesday saying the girl was apparently abducted — possibly by a man who led her into a red van.

550 by Oona Goodin-Smith. MOVED


^13 Camp Pendleton Marines charged in human smuggling operation<

MARINES-ARRESTED:SD — Thirteen Camp Pendleton-based Marines detained in a human smuggling investigation in July are facing a variety of related charges under military law, the 1st Marine Division said Friday.

All 13 were charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the law governing the conduct of service members. Their charges include failure to obey orders, drunkenness, endangerment, larceny and perjury. Five Marines were charged with having direct involvement in the human smuggling conspiracy.

300 by Andrew Dyer in Camp Pendleton, Calif. MOVED


^Homeless men called Democratic donor Ed Buck 'Dr. Kevorkian.' Why did his arrest take so long?<

DEMOCRATIC-DONOR-ARREST:LA — Stunning new allegations that Democratic donor Ed Buck paid at least 10 men to use drugs for his pleasure have sparked more questions from activists and others about why it took so long to uncover the longtime West Hollywood political activist's alleged misconduct.

Buck has been the subject of protests and demands for justice since 2017, when a young man was found dead in his home of a drug overdose. Early this year, a second man was found dead inside Buck's West Hollywood apartment.

Community activists and family and friends of the victims have long questioned whether Buck's political connections played a role in the lack of law enforcement action after the first death — an accusation authorities deny.

800 by Richard Winton. MOVED


^SUV drives into suburban Chicago mall; no serious injuries reported, police say<

SUV-MALL-1ST-LEDE:TB — Police say a man is in custody after driving a vehicle into Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg on Friday afternoon, smashing displays and sending customers and store employees scrambling, many who feared they were under a mass attack.

The 22-year-old man was detained by mall patrons before police arrived, but authorities did not disclose a motive for the incident. No charges have been filed and the man was treated on the scene and declined to be taken to a hospital, authorities said.

1500 (with trims) by Rosemary Sobol, Elaine Chen, Rafael Guerrero and Javonte Anderson in Chicago. MOVED


^USC President Carol Folt's daunting task: Fix a university battered by scandal<

CMP-USC-PRESIDENT:LA — Carol L. Folt was inaugurated Friday morning as the University of Southern California's 12th president, formally assuming one of the most daunting assignments in American higher education — fixing USC.

An outsider who previously ran the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Folt is the first woman to hold the post. She takes the helm as the private university is trying to recover from years of scandal that scarred its national reputation and cost hundreds of millions of dollars in court settlements and lost contributions.

1550 (with trims) by Matt Hamilton and Harriet Ryan in Los Angeles. MOVED


^What evidence could jurors hear during former Dallas officer's murder trial?<

DALLAS-POLICE-SHOOTING:DA — With the Dallas murder trial against former police officer Amber Guyger set to begin Monday, here's a look at the evidence jurors are likely to hear during the proceedings.

Guyger, now 31, was indicted on a murder charge in November 2018, after she shot 26-year-old Botham Jean in his apartment Sept. 6, 2018.

She told authorities she mistook Jean's apartment in the Cedars neighborhood for her own, which was actually a floor below his at the South Side Flats.

950 by Dana Branham in Dallas. MOVED


^Lawsuit alleges code of silence emboldened Chicago cop involved in beating to feel 'untouchable'<

CHICAGO-POLICE-LAWSUIT:TB — A Chicago police sergeant who allegedly beat two men outside a popular nightclub in the Andersonville neighborhood last year was emboldened by a code of silence within the Police Department that allowed him to remain on the force despite a troubled history, a lawsuit alleged.

The suit, amended this week in Cook County Circuit Court, claimed that then-Sgt. Eric Elkins thought he was "above the law" on the night he attacked John Sherwood and Thomas Stacha after an altercation at the @mosphere club in the 5300 block of North Clark Street.

900 (with trims) by Jason Meisner in Chicago. MOVED


^Michelle Carter, who pressured boyfriend to kill himself, denied parole but will get early release for good behavior<

^SUICIDE-GIRLFRIEND:NY—<The Massachusetts woman jailed for encouraging a suicidal friend to take his own life will get a reprieve from her 15-month sentence despite the fact that a parole board announced Friday it opted to deny her recent request for early release.

Michelle Carter appeared before the state parole board Thursday after serving seven months behind bars at the Bristol County House of Corrections in Dartmouth. She was convicted in 2017 of involuntary manslaughter in the death of her 18-year-old boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, who committed suicide in 2014.

550 by Jessica Schladebeck. MOVED


^Florida student suspended for handing out climate change fliers. He can't attend prom now<

ENV-CLIMATECHANGE-SUSPENSION:MI — South Broward High School senior Elijah Ruby had been handing out fliers advertising a climate change protest when a school administrator told him he would be suspended from campus for a day and barred from attending prom and other special class events.

"I feel disappointed because those are the sort of things you remember for a long time," said Ruby, 17. "You remember going with your girlfriend to prom."

600 by Jack Brook in Miami. MOVED


^Facebook ads have appeared on sidewalks across Philly. The city does not like them.<

PHILLY-FACEBOOK-ADS:PH — Philadelphia is giving a collective angry face to what appears to be an unapproved marketing campaign for Facebook targeting Philly's sidewalks.

450 by Stephanie Farr in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Morehouse announces plans for how student loan debts will be paid off by generous billionaire<

CMP-MOREHOUSE-STUDENTDEBT:AT — Billionaire tech investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith stunned Morehouse College, students and the higher education world during his commencement speech in May when he announced his plans to wipe out the student loan debt for all 396 graduating students.

On Friday, the college released details about how Smith's plan will work.

200 by Eric Stirgus in Atlanta. MOVED



^Saudi Arabia says it's willing and able to respond to Iran. Is it?<

SAUDI-IRAN:LA — In the days after Saturday's attack on Saudi Arabia's oil facilities, the kingdom's leaders and officials have kept hammering one message: that Saudi Arabia is willing and able to respond to Iran.

But can it?

Beyond the strident rhetoric from U.S. officials, and a steady drip of information that falls short of directly blaming Tehran, Riyadh faces a U.S. president reluctant to go to war on its behalf. Its regional allies, including its top partner in the United Arab Emirates, appear to have little appetite for military adventures, especially after a bruising four-year-and-counting quagmire against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

850 by Nabih Bulos in Baghdad. MOVED


^Houthi rebels say they'll end drone, missile attacks on Saudi Arabia<

YEMEN-HOUTHIS-SAUDI:DPA — Yemen's Iran-linked Houthi rebels said late Friday that they were halting drone and ballistic missile attacks on Saudi Arabia.

The Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for recent attacks on major Saudi oil facilities.

500 by Weedah Hamzah and Amal Al-Yarisi in Riyadh. MOVED


^Haiti's recurring fuel shortage has country's professional and working class on edge<

HAITI-FUEL:MI — As Haitian businessman F drique Pierre sold off the last of his tech company's assets earlier this month and contemplated a move to the U.S. or Canada, fellow entrepreneur Charles-Edouard Denis had a different reaction to the violent protests, recurring fuel shortages and currency devaluation plaguing Haiti: He would try to keep his seafood export business afloat.

Life has never been easy in Haiti, where more than half of the population lives on less than $2.41 a day and only 10% of its labor force of 3 million people hold formal jobs. But for those in the middle — the entrepreneurs, the professionals, the working class — who are neither among the country's tiny wealthy elite nor its impoverished masses, life is increasingly becoming unbearable.

2100 (with trims) by Jacqueline Charles in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. MOVED


^Nearly 1,500 arrests do little to deter Hong Kong's protests<

HONGKONG:BLO — As one of Hong Kong's protests became increasingly violent last month, Ventus Lau ventured near the front lines where demonstrators had ripped down smart lampposts and surrounded a police station. He got a whiff of the tear gas. Then the cops got him.

Police took Lau's phone and his Octopus transport card, but he made bail with help from a fund that provides legal and medical support to protesters. When Lau checked in with police again on Friday, they returned the money. He was released unconditionally.

Lau, who was arrested on charges including illegal assembly after organizing an August march, is among hundreds of demonstrators who've found themselves ensnared by Hong Kong's legal system in protests that have morphed into a broader pro-democracy movement.

850 (with trims) by Blake Schmidt and Natalie Lung in Hong Kong. MOVED



^Q&A: What is the UN climate change summit?<

^ENV-CLIMATECHANGE-UNSUMMIT-QA:LA—<Enough with the platitudes — it's time for world leaders to take concrete actions to avert a catastrophic heating of the planet.

That's the message United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has delivered to the heads of state gathering in New York for a summit aimed at galvanizing action to slow global warming. Officials from dozens of countries are expected to take to the stage and reveal plans to step up their efforts during the day-long meeting on Monday, which will be accompanied by a variety of climate-related events.

Here's a look at what the summit is all about.

1500 by Tony Barboza. MOVED


^When a hurricane hits, what happens to sharks, dolphins and marine life?<

WEA-HURRICANES-MARINELIFE:OS — Hurricanes have great impact on land but they can be equally as destructive to aquatic environments, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

When a hurricane makes landfall it comes with a series of familiar images.

Power is lost. Water floods the streets. Powerful gusts knock down trees and lift roofs.

But what most people don't see is what happens beneath the sea after a hurricane passes.

The power of hurricanes can cause fish populations to vacate an environment. Powerful surges of underwater current can uproot and destroy coral colonies. The churning of water can completely alter the oxygen and salinity levels of an area.

1000 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.



^'Do something': Active shooter trainings teach how to fight back against a gunman<

ACTIVE-SHOOTER-TRAINING:LA — The gunman paced the hallways of the charter school, passing framed paintings of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson before stopping outside classroom 138. There, he took a deep breath, yanked open the door and began firing.

"Shooter!" shouted someone inside the classroom. "He has a gun!"

Two people seated at desks near the door jumped up and rushed the perpetrator, pinning his legs and arms against a wall, while everyone else sprinted out. It was over in 15 seconds and tiny yellow Nerf balls sprayed from the toy rifle littered the room. One of the men who rushed the gunman was struck in the thigh by a ball, a reminder of the personal danger involved in confronting an armed assailant.

The recent exercise was part of a two-day, $700 active shooter training course being offered at schools and churches across the country by an Ohio-based firm founded soon after the 1999 Columbine High School shooting rampage, which took place just a few miles from here.

1600 by Kurtis Lee in Golden, Colo. MOVED


^Missed phone calls, changing stories: How E. coli spread at the San Diego County Fair<

SANDIEGO-FAIR-ECOLI:SD — More than 1.1 million people had already passed through the gates of the San Diego County Fair this summer by the time an E. coli outbreak forced the closure of all animal exhibits and rides.

News that a 2-year-old boy had died after picking up the particularly nasty infection, which was also contracted by three other children with animal contact at the fair, stirred alarm within the community. Many had already roamed the midway, stuffed themselves full of fair food and passed through the venue's cavernous livestock barns en route to pig races, pony rides and the petting zoo.

Hundreds of emails and other documents obtained through Public Records Act requests show that, while the public health team was able to move quickly, more frequent county case reviews, a more modern medical records system and more prompt and accurate responses from families with infected children might have gotten the investigation started days earlier.

2250 (with trims) by Paul Sisson in San Diego. MOVED




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