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News Budget for Monday, July 29, 2019


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^Wounded mom with dying 6-year-old son calls husband from Gilroy Garlic Festival: 'They shot him'<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-ROMERO:SJ — Alberto Romero was home in San Jose late Sunday afternoon when he got the panicked call from his wife at the Gilroy Garlic Festival: Someone had shot their 6-year-old son in the back, her in the stomach and hand and her mother in the leg.

They had been playing at the bounce house.

400 by Julia Prodis Sulek in Gilroy, Calif. MOVED


^Gilroy Garlic Festival gunman cut through back fence to avoid security, police say<

^CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-GUNMAN:LA—<The Gilroy Garlic Festival draws tens of thousands each year, and like many large events, there are security checks at the entrance.

Police said the man who opened fire at the festival Sunday, killing three and wounding 15, was able to get around security by entering through a back area of Christmas Hill Park.

Gilroy Police Chief Scott Smithee said the gunman used "some sort of tool" to cut a fence next to a creek to get into the event.

250 by Richard Winton and Laura Newberry. MOVED



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CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING-GUNMAN:WA — Here's what we know about the gunman in the Gilroy mass shooting

150 by Charles Duncan. MOVED


^California garlic festival shooting leaves 3 dead, 15 injured<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING:LA — A shooting at the famed Gilroy Garlic Festival on Sunday evening left at least three dead and 15 injured, sending hundreds of terrified visitors running for their lives.

The popular food festival at the "Garlic Capital of the World" in Santa Clara County was about to close around 5:30 p.m. when at least one gunman opened fire. Authorities said police officers fatally shot the assailant, but they were continuing to investigate whether he had an accomplice.

Gilroy Police Chief Scot Smithee said witnesses reported that a second man was somehow involved, but police were still searching for him. He said the gunman was able to circumvent the festival's security by entering from a creek area and cutting through a fence.

1100 by Laura Newberry, Jaclyn Cosgrove and Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Biden leads Democrats, but it's still a 'pretty fluid race,' poll shows<

DEMOCRATIC-PRIMARY-POLL:LA — As Democratic presidential hopefuls prepare for their second round of debates this week, a new poll finds that half of likely primary voters have changed their minds since the spring, highlighting how unsettled the contest remains.

Former Vice President Joe Biden continues to lead in the latest University of Southern California Dornsife/Los Angeles Times nationwide poll, while three senators, Kamala Harris of California, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, are essentially tied for second place. That marks an improvement for Harris and Warren and a decline for Sanders since April, when the poll last tested the Democratic race.

1300 (with trims) by David Lauter in Washington. MOVED



^Nancy Pelosi, Trump wrestler and tightrope walker, wins the hearts of Democratic centrists<

PELOSI:LA — Nancy Pelosi nearly was blocked from the speaker's gavel late last year by a small band of moderate Democrats who said she was too divisive and had been atop the party for too long.

More than six months into her second spin as speaker and her 17th year as leader of the House Democrats, the San Francisco politician has won over those centrist skeptics. As House members left Washington on Friday for their six-week summer break, Pelosi's position atop the Democratic Party — which she leads until there is a 2020 presidential nominee — hasn't been stronger.

1300 (with trims) by Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED



^Who, when, where: A primer on the Democratic debate in Detroit<

^DEMOCRATS-DEBATE-QA:LA—<They're at it again, the army of Democrats running for president, preparing to jostle under the bright lights and offer, as best they can in soundbite-sized pieces, their vision for the nation and why they alone are best suited to take on President Trump in 2020.

Which is to say it's time for another round of debates, this time live from Detroit!

950 by Mark Z. Barabak. MOVED


^Kamala Harris' 'Medicare for all' plan includes a role for private health insurance<

^HARRIS-HEALTHCARE:LA—<Sen. Kamala Harris released her own version of a "Medicare for all" plan on Monday that imposes a tax on Wall Street instead of on middle-class households and tightly regulates, but not abolishes, private insurance plans.

The proposal offers the most detailed look yet on how the California senator, who has struggled at times to articulate her health care stances, would balance the competing demands within the Democratic party: promoting a sweeping government overhaul that has became a rallying cry of progressives while assuaging wary centrists by giving people an option of plans to choose.

850 by Melanie Mason. MOVED



^President Trump takes new swipe at Baltimore, Cummings and drags Rev. Al Sharpton into Twitter attack<

TRUMP-CUMMINGS:BZ — President Donald Trump Monday morning continued to tweet about Baltimore and U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings, while taking new aim at Rev. Al Sharpton.

Trump sparked a sharp reaction over the weekend from many Baltimore residents and political figures when he tweeted Saturday that the city was a "rat and rodent infested mess." The comments were aimed at Cummings, a Democrat who has been a vocal critic of Trump's border and immigration policies and leads a committee investigating Trump's and his family's actions.

350 by Lillian Reed in Baltimore. MOVED



^Beijing declares support for Hong Kong police and government, condemning protesters in rare press conference<

CHINA-HONGKONG:LA — China's top government office dealing with Hong Kong affairs voiced support for Hong Kong's government and police and condemned protesters in a rare press conference on Monday afternoon.

"We call on people from all walks of life in Hong Kong to unequivocally oppose and resist violence," said Yang Guang, spokesman for the State Council's Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office, calling protesters "radical elements" committing "evil and criminal acts."

950 by Alice Su in Beijing. MOVED


^This Iranian opposition group was labeled a terrorist organization. Now it has supporters in the White House<

^USIRAN-MEK:LA—<For decades, the United States categorized the Mujahedin Khalq, or MEK, as a terrorist organization. In the Trump era, members of the Iranian dissident group, which seeks to topple the government in Iran, have found key allies in Washington.

People close to President Donald Trump, including national security advisor John Bolton, and Trump's personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, are supporters of the Mujahedin Khalq. For years, Bolton and Giuliani have called for a change of government in Tehran and have described the Mujahedin Khalq as a viable alternative to the government of the Islamic Republic.

1350 (with trims) by Melissa Etehad. MOVED


^US-China talks set to resume as neither seems eager for a deal<

USCHINA-TRADE:BLO — Almost three months after their trade talks broke down in acrimony, Chinese and American negotiators meet again in Shanghai this week amid tempered expectations for breakthroughs in their yearlong trade war.

Two days of talks are scheduled to restart Tuesday after an uneasy truce reached by Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, Japan, last month. Deep tensions remain, though, and recent days have brought mixed signals from both sides, with neither showing an urge to compromise.

850 by Kevin Hamlin in Beijing. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.

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^Trump is challenging what it means to be American, and naturalized citizens are unsettled<

^NATURALIZED-CITIZENS:LA—<On the day Donald Trump was inaugurated president, Sonora Jha was walking past a group of white men at a work site in downtown Seattle when one told her, "Go home!"

Jha, shaken, didn't know whether to confront the men or let it go: This was her home. After emigrating from India, the author became a naturalized American citizen in 2016.

When President Trump's supporters chanted a new version of that threat against his critic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, calling for Trump to "send her back" to Somalia, the familiar words jolted Jha and other naturalized citizens.

Trump has stoked racial animosity unlike any other president in recent history, challenging what it means to be a U.S. citizen by transforming the nation's immigration policies and accusing opponents of not belonging in America.

1500 by Matt Pearce, Michael Finnegan, Tyrone Beason and Melissa Gomez. MOVED


^For a fragile frog population, wildfire is the latest challenge<

ENV-WILDFIRES-FROGS:LA — Katy Delaney stood at the top of the canyon, below her feet a wooded glen transformed into a wasteland.

At the bottom, the walls of the canyon were green with new scrub. Above that, the crooked black fingers of tree branches burned crisp by fire dangled like claws.

Delaney pointed to an open patch of sediment at the base of the canyon. A year ago, pools of cool water gleamed under the sun and frogs basked on their banks. Now, a trickle of water lazed through the mud. And the California red-legged frog, whose fate had consumed eight years of Delaney's life, was nowhere to be seen.

The wildlife ecologist for the National Park Service and her colleagues had reintroduced the endangered frog to four sites in the Santa Monica Mountains. They kept the locations secret.

But they couldn't hide the frogs from the most destructive wildfire in Los Angeles County history.

1850 by Joe Dworetzky in Los Angeles. MOVED




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