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News Budget for Tuesday, August 6, 2019

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Adds COSTCO-SHOOTING:LA, USVENEZUELA:MI, CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING:LA, EPSTEIN:MI, HONGKONG:LA, FUGITIVE-ARRESTED:LA, OCASIOCORTEZ-MCCONNELL:LX

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^TOP STORIES<

^Trump and GOP sue California over law requiring tax returns to run in state's primary<

CALIF-TRUMP-TAXRETURNS:LA — California's first-in-the-nation law requiring presidential primary candidates to release their tax returns or be kept off the ballot was challenged in federal court Tuesday by President Donald Trump, the man who inspired its passage and whose attorneys argued that state Democratic leaders had overstepped their constitutional authority.

The lawsuit, filed in Sacramento, came one week after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed the legislation. Two other legal challenges preceded the one by Trump and his 2020 reelection campaign, and all of the lawsuits have struck a similar theme by insisting California cannot impose limits on ballot access for presidential hopefuls.

700 by John Myers in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED

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^Toni Morrison dead at 88: 'Beloved' author captured tragic and joyful complexion of life and race<

^MORRISON-OBIT:LA—<While working at Random House in 1970s, Toni Morrison was known as "the black editor" for her commitment to publishing books about the African-American experience. One of her best sellers was "The Black Book."

Documenting nearly 200 years of history, its content was as stark as its title. An anthology of artifacts, it featured slave auction notices, lynching photos, black-face advertisements and a fateful clipping from an 1856 newspaper.

"A Visit to the Slave Mother Who Killed her Child" told the story of Margaret Garner, a runaway who, as she was about to be captured, attacked her three children, killing one of them. In explaining her crime, she said death was preferable to captivity.

Morrison wondered what compassion, what love could possibly lead a mother to commit so terrible a crime, and in 1987 answered that question with her landmark novel about slavery, "Beloved."

1850 by Thomas Curwen. MOVED

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^Mass shootings leave many feeling anxious as experts debate protecting 'soft targets'<

MASS-SHOOTINGS-SOFTTARGETS:LA — At a Temecula, Calif., Walmart, police on Monday responded to reports of an armed shoplifter.

But on social media, concerned shoppers worried that something much worse was going on, sending panicked messages on Twitter and Facebook and warning others to stay away from the store.

One Twitter user wrote, "A coward is trying to be a copycat from this weekend."

No one was injured, and the Riverside County Sheriff's Department found that the weapon in question was a BB gun.

But the incident spoke to the heightened tensions after back-to-back shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, nearly a week after communities were left reeling by a shooting at the Garlic Festival in nearby Gilroy.

1350 by Richard Winton and Colleen Shalby in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^As his daughter lay in a pool of blood in an El Paso Walmart, a pastor held fast to his faith<

ELPASO-SHOOTING-PASTOR:LA — The pastor had never prayed so fervently.

Michael Grady had just learned that his 33-year-old daughter was lying in a pool of blood in Walmart.

Shot three times, Michelle Grady had managed to dial her cellphone to call her mother, Jeneverlyn, who jumped in her car and kept her on the line until she reached the store.

His wife called him from the store, and Michael Grady raced to join them. The drive from his house to the Walmart normally takes about seven minutes. It felt longer.

1200 by David Montero in El Paso, Texas. MOVED

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^800 men accuse leaders in Boy Scouts of America of sexual abuse, lawyers say in announcing lawsuit<

^BOYSCOUTS-LAWSUIT:PH—<About 800 men have come forward this year alleging they were sexually abused as boys by Boy Scouts of America leaders, a group of lawyers said Tuesday.

Their announcement at a news conference in Washington, D.C., came a day after two Philadelphia lawyers in the group filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 57-year-old Luzerne County man who says he was sexually abused starting around age 12 by a troop leader in the 1970s.

500 by Julie Shaw. MOVED

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^WASHINGTON<

^High court weighs Second Amendment showdown after mass shootings<

MASS-SHOOTINGS-SCOTUS:BLO — As mass shootings revive the U.S. debate over gun policy, the Supreme Court is weighing whether to go forward with a Second Amendment showdown for the first time in a decade.

850 by Greg Stohr in Washington. MOVED

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^Trump presses to lure Boris Johnson on top foreign policy issues<

USBRITAIN:BLO — As Boris Johnson hurtles toward a no-deal Brexit that could leave the U.K. diplomatically adrift and economically vulnerable, President Donald Trump is looking to seize an opportunity to lure the country away from Europe on some of his top foreign policy priorities: Iran and Huawei.

1350 by David Wainer in New York. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED

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^POLITICS<

^On racial bias in policing, Kamala Harris walked a tightrope<

HARRIS-POLICE-ACCOUNTABILITY:LA — Kamala Harris was distraught as she stood before an audience one morning in July 2016. In the previous three days, violence involving police had rattled the nation.

Officers had shot and killed one black man in Baton Rouge, La., and another in his car outside Minneapolis as his horrified girlfriend and her toddler watched. At a protest against those shootings, a sniper had killed five Dallas police officers.

"I have to tell you, my heart is breaking," Harris said at a meeting on racial bias in policing. Her voice wavered.

"As a prosecutor, my heart is breaking. As the top law enforcement officer in this state. And as a black woman."

1650 by Melanie Mason and Michael Finnegan in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Fact check: Is Joe Biden right that Kamala Harris failed to act on school segregation?<

^BIDEN-HARRIS-FACTCHECK:SA—<Joe Biden and Kamala Harris went at each other over racial issues during the second Democratic presidential debate last week.

Harris had accused Biden of opposing busing during the first debate. On Wednesday night, she was on the receiving end of an attack from Biden about school segregation.

500 by Bryan Anderson. MOVED

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^UNITED STATES <

^Ohio Gov. DeWine calls for lawmakers to pass red-flag law, stronger background checks to fight gun violence<

OHIO-SHOOTING-DEWINE:OH — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine asked lawmakers Tuesday to act on red-flag laws, background checks, and tougher penalties for violent felons to deal with gun violence and mental health in the wake of Sunday's mass shooting in Dayton.

The governor released more than 10 items he is asking the state legislature to take action on to fight gun violence.

1100 by Jessica Wehrman and Max Filby in Columbus, Ohio. MOVED

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^El Paso shooting: Internet services company Tucows yanks 8chan's domain<

ELPASO-SHOOTING-WEBSITE:PH — Tucows Inc., an internet services company, will no longer register the domain name for 8chan, the extremist forum where a gunman posted a racist screed before he murdered 22 people in El Paso on Saturday.

Tucows is a Pennsylvania corporation that is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Much like its competitor GoDaddy, Tucows is a designated registrar, a middle man that provides internet domain names for the public. A spokesman for Tucows could not be reached for comment.

450 by Sam Wood in Philadelphia. MOVED

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^Florida governor orders state criminal probe into Jeffrey Epstein case<

EPSTEIN:MI — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered a state criminal probe into the actions of the Palm Beach sheriff and the former Palm Beach state attorney's handling of the Jeffrey Epstein underage sex trafficking case.

DeSantis' move comes as Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has come under increasing scrutiny for his decision in 2008 to give Epstein, a politically connected multimillionaire, unusually lenient work release privileges even though he was a convicted sex offender who had been accused of molesting dozens of underage girls.

500 by Julie K. Brown in Miami. MOVED

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^US launches domestic terrorism probe in Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting<

CALIF-FEST-SHOOTING:LA — Federal authorities have launched a domestic terrorism investigation into the Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting that left three dead after officials discovered the gunman had a list of other potential targets, authorities said at a news conference Tuesday.

FBI Special Agent in Charge John Bennett said the target list included religious institutions, courthouses and political institutions involving both the Republican and Democratic parties. He declined to provide specifics on the targets, but said law enforcement officials were reaching out to notify them.

400 by Hannah Fry and Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Ocasio-Cortez calls out McConnell after photo shows young men in 'Team Mitch' shirts pawing a cutout of her<

OCASIOCORTEZ-MCCONNELL:LX — U.S Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called out Mitch McConnell on Twitter Monday over a viral photo that shows young men in "Team Mitch" shirts with a life-size cutout of the congresswoman.

The photo shows seven young men in matching shirts with the cutout. One has his hand near her neck and another has his arm around her waist while gesturing as if he's kissing her.

700 (with trims) by Mike Stunson in Lexington, Ky. MOVED

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^Virginia governor visits arch at Fort Monroe, unveils interpretive signage<

VA-CONFEDERATE-ARCH:NN — Calling slavery an atrocity, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam presented new interpretive signs on Fort Monroe that explain the history behind an iron arch now stripped of any reference to the onetime president of the Confederacy.

500 by Lisa Vernon Sparks in Hampton, Va.

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^Judge bars release of video of deadly shooting at Costco by off-duty LAPD officer<

COSTCO-SHOOTING:LA — A Riverside County Superior Court judge has blocked the release of surveillance video that officials say may help shed light on an altercation that prompted an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer to open fire inside a Costco store in Corona in June.

Kenneth French, 32, a Riverside man with an intellectual disability, was killed in the shooting in a food-tasting line in June. His parents, Russell and Paola French, were wounded.

700 by Hannah Fry in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Millionaire fugitive hid in Mexico for years before a tip ended the manhunt<

FUGITIVE-ARRESTED:LA — A tip to investigators ended a yearslong manhunt for an Orange County multimillionaire accused of killing his wife and dumping her body before fleeing to Mexico to avoid prosecution, officials said Tuesday.

Peter Chadwick, 55, a fugitive on the U.S. Marshals' most-wanted list, was taken into custody late Sunday and arrived in California early Monday.

750 by Hannah Fry in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^As San Diego increases use of streetlamp cameras, ACLU raises surveillance concerns<

SANDIEGO-POLICE-SURVEILLANCE:SD — When police stopped a taxicab early one morning last summer to find Jonathan Hernandez armed with a handgun and fleeing the scene of a fatal Gaslamp Quarter shooting, authorities thought it was an open-and-shut case.

Hernandez was booked into jail on suspicion of murder, but the investigation from last August would take an unexpected turn.

1600 (with trims) by Joshua Emerson Smith in San Diego. MOVED

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^Sarah Palin defamation suit against New York Times revived by appeals court on technicality<

PALIN-NYTIMES:NY — Sarah Palin won a legal victory Tuesday with a federal appeals court revival of her defamation lawsuit against The New York Times over an opinion piece that tied her to the 2011 shooting of then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

The ruling by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a decision by Judge Jed Rakoff, who had tossed Palin's lawsuit on the grounds that an error in a June 2017 Times editorial was not "made maliciously."

400 by Dave Goldiner and Stephen Rex Brown in New York. MOVED

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^SpaceX plans to launch a satellite Tuesday, and its customer is getting the flight for free<

^SPACEX:OS—<Israeli communications manufacturer Spacecom's latest satellite will take the ride into orbit for free Tuesday night if it launches on time on a SpaceX rocket as planned.

The rare free of charge trip is perhaps the bookend to a chapter that opened in 2016, when an issue with a Falcon 9 rocket caused an explosion during a static fire test at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. That payload, Spacecom's $200 million Amos-6 satellite, was lost.

600 by Chabeli Herrera. (Moved as a business story.) MOVED

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^Debated NC billboard removed days after mass killings, but gun store savors notoriety<

GUNSHOP-CONGRESSWOMEN:CS — A North Carolina gun shop's controversial billboard criticizing four liberal congresswomen was removed Monday, days after two deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

Cherokee Guns in Murphy posted a statement on its website Monday acknowledging the sign had come down, but said the billboard had already made its anti-socialist point. Murphy is about 240 miles west of Charlotte, in Cherokee County.

"The Socialist 4 Horsemen message went nationwide very quickly and the positive support received was, and is really amazing," the store's website says.

700 by Noah Feit and Mark Price in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED

^An 8-year-old girl vanished in 1984. Now there's new hope to solve the mystery<

FLA-MISSINGGIRL:FL — One afternoon in May 1984, 8-year-old Marjory Christina "Christy" Luna walked two blocks from her home in Greenacres, Fla., to buy cat food from a store. She made it to the store but never back home.

By the end of the night, a police search started. It's stretched 35 years and counting, circling various leads and suspects. On Monday, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office announced that a new tip generated by a recently released documentary they shot led them to dig in an area close to Christy's home in the hopes of making a break in the case.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw called the tip "one of the best and most credible leads that we have got to date to solve this case."

1000 (with trims) by Andrew Boryga in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED

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^'Emoji house' feud erupts as frustrated residents urge California city to take action<

EMOJI-HOUSE:LA — The houses on 39th street in Manhattan Beach, Calif., were once painted a neutral color palette of tans, whites and grays, complemented by an adventurous splash of light yellow or blue. But not now: One of the homes is sporting a bright paint job decorated with two giant emojis.

Neighbors say it's retribution in a property dispute that has turned into a battle with the city.

1100 by Alexa D az in Los Angeles. MOVED

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^Another alligator — along with guns, narcotics — found in Chicago after police search house<

^CHICAGO-GATOR:TB—< Chicago police discovered an alligator while searching a Northwest Side house Monday night, at least the third time one of the exotic animals was scooped up by the city's animal control this summer.

150 by Alice Yin in Chicago. MOVED

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^THE WORLD<

^US embargo puts Venezuela in 'club of rogue states' like Cuba, Syria, North Korea<

USVENEZUELA:MI — For the first time in three decades, Washington is imposing a full economic embargo on a government in the Western Hemisphere as it continues to try to drive Venezuelan leader Nicol s Maduro out of power.

Speaking at a meeting of foreign leaders in Lima, Peru, on Tuesday, U.S. national security adviser John Bolton said the dramatic economic measure — rolled out late Monday — will force Maduro, 57, to capitulate.

950 (with trims) by Jim Wyss in Miami. (Moved as an international story.) MOVED

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^China calls Hong Kong protesters 'arrogant lunatics,' warns of government's 'immense force'<

HONGKONG:LA — A day after a citywide strike evolved into chaotic clashes between protesters, police and residents across Hong Kong, the Chinese government, Hong Kong police and a group of protesters held news conferences pushing dueling narratives on what had happened.

Beijing issued its sharpest warning so far to Hong Kong protesters, calling them "arrogant lunatics" who should not underestimate the central government's "immense force," but did not take any new measures to control the situation.

800 by Alice Su in Hong Kong. MOVED

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^SCIENCE, MEDICINE, ENVIRONMENT<

^Nevada's first recorded earthquake death? This could be it, caused by Ridgecrest temblors<

^ENV-EARTHQUAKE-DEATH:LA—<For all the power of the Ridgecrest earthquakes — the strongest with an epicenter in Southern California in nearly two decades — the only death related to the temblors may have actually occurred outside the state.

The death in Nevada is illustrative of the significant earthquake risk the Silver State, though not as bad as California, still endures. The Reno area, for instance, has a seismic risk that approaches that of the San Francisco Bay Area, according to Nevada state geologists.

Troy Ray, 55, was apparently working underneath his car in his hometown of Pahrump, Nev., 95 miles northeast of the epicenter, when the vehicle is believed to have fallen on him.

700 by Rong-Gong Lin II. MOVED

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^NEWS BRIEFS<

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^A Detroit woman was a secret hoarder. Nobody knew until she was found dead, eaten by her dog<

HOARDER-DEATH:DE — At first glance, she thought it was a Halloween prank.

The puffy corpse slumped over the chair had no eyes, nose or mouth — just hair on a skull, and bones sticking out from under a red sweater and plaid pants.

"How sick," Linda Kajma said to herself before venturing through the rest of the house in search of her missing cousin.

It was Thanksgiving weekend and 80-year-old Sally Honeycheck wasn't answering her phone. So Kajma went looking for her, only to discover that her eccentric cousin had been secretly leading a hellish existence, surrounded by filth, rats, feces and mountains of clutter. In the end, it swallowed her whole.

The horrifying figure that Kajma saw in the chair was her cousin.

Honeycheck had died alone in the filth of her kitchen. She was surrounded by garbage a foot deep.

She had been eaten by her dog and rats.

3550 (with trims) by Tresa Baldas in Detroit. MOVED

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^New Democratic majorities lead to rush of bills — and conflict<

STATES-DEMOCRATS:SH — Democrats started the year newly in control of six state governments. They used that power to quickly undo years of conservative policies.

Nevada decriminalized abortion, Maine expanded access to it and Illinois made it a "fundamental right." New Mexico began requiring background checks for nearly all firearm sales. Colorado tightened oil and gas regulations and enacted a comprehensive sex education law. And New York granted collective bargaining rights to farmworkers and allowed residents living in the country illegally to get driver's licenses.

1650 (with trims) by April Simpson in Washington. MOVED

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