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News Budget for Tuesday, September 15, 2020


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^Trump hosts officials from Israel, UAE and Bahrain, but unclear what deals will do<

USMIDEAST:LA — Hoping to bolster his foreign policy credentials ahead of November's election, President Donald Trump on Tuesday will host representatives of the Persian Gulf states of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain along with Israel to sign what the administration officials describe as agreements of mutual recognition.

The UAE and Bahrain would become only the third and fourth Arab countries to formally open ties with Israel, a country most Middle Eastern nations have long refused to recognize, in part for its failure to resolve the conflict with Palestinians.

White House officials were planning an elaborately choreographed ceremony, describing the agreements as major "peace treaties," even though Israel is not at war with either country and already enjoys business and security ties, albeit discreetly, with both Arab countries.

600 by Tracy Wilkinson and Noga Tarnopolsky in Washington. MOVED


^California fires claim more lives as North Complex death toll rises<

CALIF-WILDFIRES:LA — The confirmed death toll from California's unprecedented firestorm has risen to 25 as crews work to hem in some two dozen major blazes still burning statewide.

Another fatality was confirmed Monday in the area of the North Complex fire near Oroville — boosting that fire's death toll to 15, according to the Butte County Sheriff's Office. In recorded state history, only four blazes have been deadlier.

700 by Luke Money in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Louisville agrees to pay record $12 million to settle Breonna Taylor shooting<

KY-POLICE-DEATH-1ST-LEDE:NY — The family of Breonna Taylor and the city of Louisville, Kentucky, announced a record $12 million settlement Tuesday after the Black EMT was shot dead by police in a botched raid in March.

The settlement is the largest ever paid by the city in an officer-involved shooting case.

The pact also made history for the long list of police reforms that the Louisville Metro Police Department will implement.

750 by Jessica Schladebeck and Nancy Dillon. MOVED


^Millennials and seniors are spurning Trump. Here's why middle-aged voters are sticking with him<

CAMPAIGN-TRUMP-SUPPORTERS:WA — Generation Z loathes him. Millennials overwhelmingly back his opponent. And even once-supportive seniors have turned away.

As his turbulent reelection bid enters its final phase, President Donald Trump has been hindered by lackluster approval from most generations of voters — with one important exception.

In poll after poll of the 2020 race, Trump receives his highest share of support from middle-aged men and women, an often overlooked demographic that is now playing a critical role in keeping the president's electoral hopes alive against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

These voters — older members of Generation X and younger Baby Boomers ranging in age from their late 40s to early 60s — are often the only age group that give Trump the majority of their support in national and battleground state surveys.

1500 (with trims) by Alex Roarty in Washington. MOVED



^Coronavirus most likely to kill minority children, CDC says<

^CORONAVIRUS-CHILDREN-DEATHS:BLO—<Coronavirus is disproportionately killing minority children in the U.S., especially those with other underlying health conditions, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that shows how devastation from COVID-19 among Black and Hispanic adults has carried down to their offspring.

Children are much less likely than adults to contract coronavirus or fall seriously ill because of the infection, health records show, though vulnerability varies based on demographics.

500 by Michelle Fay Cortez. MOVED


^House will stay until coronavirus aid deal, Pelosi says<

CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF:CON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House won't close up shop for the elections until congressional leaders and the Trump administration can negotiate another coronavirus relief package.

"I just got off a call with my colleagues; we are committed to staying here until we have an agreement that meets the needs of the American people," she said on CNBC. "We're optimistic that the Repub — that the White House, at least, will understand that we have to do some things."

Pelosi was responding to charges earlier on the program leveled by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy that she was willing to sacrifice her own members' reelection prospects if it meant denying President Donald Trump a legislative victory he could tout on the campaign trail. She called McCarthy's accusation "silliness that has no idea."

450 by Jennifer Shutt in Washington. MOVED



^Census figures provide snapshot of income and poverty in 2019<

CENSUS-INCOME:LA — New census figures show progress on income and poverty in 2019. The number of Americans without health insurance worsened, however, and the COVID-19 pandemic means last year's economic gains are long gone.

950 by Don Lee in Washington.

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^Trump says coronavirus vaccine could be ready in as little as 4 weeks as doctors warn against politicizing effort<

^TRUMP-CORONAVIRUS-VACCINE:NY—<President Donald Trump claimed Tuesday that a coronavirus vaccine could be ready as early as Oct. 13, just weeks before Election Day.

Even as public health experts warn against politicizing the rush to produce a vaccine, Trump predicted a shot to ward off COVID-19 could be rolled out within as little as "four weeks."

"It could be four weeks, it could be eight weeks," Trump said in a Fox News interview.

300 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED


^John Bolton faces criminal probe into tell-all book that criticized Trump<

^BOLTON:NY—<Former national security adviser John Bolton is reportedly now the subject of a criminal investigation by the Justice Department, which accuses him of disclosing classified information in his tell-all book that took aim at President Donald Trump.

A grand jury has been convened and is subpoenaing records related to the publication of Bolton's book "The Room Where It Happened," The New York Times reported Tuesday.

350 by Dave Goldiner. MOVED


^Eisenhower Memorial, opening in DC this week, pays tribute to Ike's Kansas roots<

EISENHOWER-MEMORIAL:WA — The Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial will open in Washington this week, a long-awaited tribute to his legacy as Supreme Allied Commander in World War II and the 34th president.

But the memorial, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, also honors Eisenhower's Kansas roots.

The statues of a general and president are joined by a barefoot boy from rural Kansas alongside a quote from a 1945 speech: "The proudest thing that I can claim is that I am from Abilene."

1350 (with trims) by Bryan Lowry in Washington. MOVED



^Analysis: Joe Biden doesn't just feel your pain, he has lived it. Will that help him win?<

^CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-ANALYSIS:LA—<Joe Biden grieves. His voice thickens; his eyes mist over.

He recounts his life's many tragedies — death, near-death, crushing political defeat — in a way that makes them seem not only palpable but still raw.

It's not just campaigning-as-therapy, though it sometimes feels that way. Rather, the torment is central to Biden's candidacy, a mix of agony and empathy unlike any since 1992, when the emotive Bill Clinton won the White House telling distressed voters he felt their pain.

The difference is the subtext to Biden's suffering, a message befitting these angst-ridden times: He not only feels America's pandemic- and economic- and injustice-induced pain but relates by having experienced as much, if not more, pain himself.

1200 (with trims) by Mark Z. Barabak. MOVED


^House Republican campaign platform promises a rebuild from current circumstances<

CAMPAIGN-HOUSE-GOP-PLATFORM:CON — Less than two months before the November election, House Republicans on Tuesday revealed their agenda, which aims to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, rebuild the economy and increase funding for the police.

The House GOP's "Commitment to America" outlines their legislative priorities if they win the majority this fall. The announcement comes after the Republican National Committee chose not to craft an updated platform for 2020 and use the same one adopted at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

850 by Chris Marquette in Washington. MOVED



^'Been shot in the head': Two deputies struggle to survive after Calif. attack<

LA-DEPUTIES-SHOT:LA — A thick layer of blood covered her tan shirt, part of her Los Angeles County sheriff's uniform. She was bleeding from her face.

Minutes before, she and her partner working transit security were sitting in their patrol car at the Compton Metro station when a gunman approached and opened fire. A bullet went through the 31-year-old deputy's mouth, and she was hit in the arms. Her male partner, 24, was more badly wounded, shot in the head as well as the arm and shoulder, according to a surveillance camera video of the attack and interviews.

But the deputy, the mother of a 6-year-old boy, managed to get out of the cruiser and help her partner hide behind a concrete pillar for safety, not knowing if the gunman was still in the area.

700 by Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Vanessa Bryant slams LA County sheriff for challenging LeBron James to match reward<

LA-DEPUTIES-SHOT-BRYANT:LA — Vanessa Bryant is unhappy with comments made by Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva in the aftermath of the shooting of two sheriff's deputies Saturday in Compton.

During a radio interview Monday, Villanueva challenged Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James to double a $175,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the assailant.

450 by Chuck Schilken in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Bobcat fire becomes a dangerous menace that is evading firefighters<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-BOBCAT:LA — More than a week after the Bobcat fire ignited in the rugged terrain of the Angeles National Forest, it has emerged as an unusual menace that has evaded fire crews and menaced local communities — despite burning no homes and causing no injuries.

The fire has contributed to days of terrible air quality in Los Angeles, with residents reporting "mesquite-like" smells and a "powdery layer of haze" amid smoke advisories from the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

But climate experts warn there are larger factors at play.

1150 (with trims) by Hayley Smith and Louis Sahagun in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Smoke from California wildfires reaches East Coast and Europe<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-SMOKE:LA — The wildfires that have choked California's skies with smoke in recent weeks — littering cities with ash, wreaking havoc on regional air quality and transforming the sun into an ominous red orb — have now stretched their sooty tendrils to the other side of the country and beyond.

Plumes from deadly and record-breaking fires burning up and down the West Coast are being caught in the atmospheric jet stream and carried across the United States, according to the National Weather Service.

There is enough smoke to partially shroud the sun in parts of the East Coast, forecasters said.

400 by Luke Money in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Crowd control weapons caused at least 115 head injuries amid summer protests across US, study says<

^PROTESTS-INJURIES:NY—<The use of crowd control weapons during protests that have unfolded nationwide after the officer-involved death of George Floyd has left scores of people with head injuries, according to a new study.

Physicians for Human Rights, a Texas-based organization, in a study published on Monday, identified 115 people who were shot in the head or neck at demonstrations with "Kinetic Impact Projectiles" — like rubber bullets and bean bags — starting the day after 46-year-old Floyd died in Minneapolis.

550 by Jessica Schladebeck. MOVED



^World Trade Organization sides with China in trade war with US<

WTO-USCHINA:DPA — The United States has been violating free trade rules by slapping hefty tariffs on imports from China as part of its trade spat with the Asian manufacturing giant, the World Trade Organization said in a ruling Tuesday.

Beijing had filed a complaint at the Geneva-based body after Washington imposed 234 billion dollars of duties on Chinese goods in 2018, as retaliation against alleged unfair government subsidies and theft of technological know-how by China.

350 by Albert Otti and Shabtai Gold in Geneva. MOVED


^Navalny plans to return to Russia after surviving poison attack<

^RUSSIA-NAVALNY:BLO—<Alexey Navalny is planning to return to Russia even as the Kremlin critic and opposition leader remains under guard in a German hospital after a near fatal poisoning in his homeland last month.

"No other option was ever considered," Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said by text message. "We haven't discussed concrete plans yet."

300 by Ilya Arkhipov and Jake Rudnitsky. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.

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^Experts worry QAnon conspiracies are overshadowing fight against child trafficking<

CHILDTRAFFICKING-QANON:SD — Rallying in the center of Santee's busy shopping district on a recent Saturday, men, women and children waved signs condemning the sexual exploitation of children.

"Standing 4 children" read one, and "End human trafficking" another. They received honks of support as drivers passed by.

There were other signs, though, that raised fears among some child-victim advocates that their long-standing efforts to fight trafficking are being hijacked and radically politicized by backers of conspiracy theories.

The Santee rally included hand-lettered support for "WWG1 WGA," an abbreviated version of the slogan "Where we go one, we go all," adopted by those who ascribe to the belief system known as QAnon.

Similar protests have played out on street corners across the country and other parts of the globe in recent weeks.

While the front-facing message of the hashtag campaign confronts the all-too-real horrors of children being sold for sex and pedophilia, many of the ideas it promotes are rooted in conspiracy theories at the center of QAnon.

2250 by Kristina Davis and Joshua Emerson Smith in San Diego. MOVED


^Pennsylvania's blue-collar voters see danger — and back Trump<

CAMPAIGN-PA-BLUECOLLAR-VOTERS:LA — There are no protests over racial injustice or police brutality here, and the only fires or violence Wendy Williams encounters are on television and online. Yet the spotty images of unrest in faraway Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, linger in her mind.

If anything, she'd like President Donald Trump to crack down harder, to follow through on his threats to send more troops to quash the protests. She wishes he didn't say so many inflammatory things, yet resents those who label him a racist.

Trump's racially loaded calls for "law and order" in the face of mostly peaceful protests, and his dire warnings that Democratic nominee Joe Biden will "demolish the suburbs," have alienated some voters in the actual suburbs, where Black and Latino populations are growing and many educated white women are abandoning the Republican Party.

But Trump's appeals to the grievances of white supporters appear to be resonating with voters in down-at-the-heels industrial cities such as Wilkes-Barre, where his campaign hopes for a surge of white working-class voters.

1450 by Noah Bierman in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. MOVED




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