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News Budget for Tuesday, September 15, 2020


Updated at 11 p.m. EDT (0300 UTC).






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

USMIDEAST-1ST-LEDE:LA — Hoping to bolster his foreign policy credentials ahead of November's election, President Donald Trump on Tuesday oversaw the formal recognition of Israel by two Arab countries, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, during a White House South Lawn ceremony.

The two Persian Gulf nations became only the third and fourth Arab countries to fully 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. Egypt and Jordan had previously established ties with Israel.

1100 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington and Noga Tarnopolsky in Jerusalem. 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


^Hurricane Sally creeps toward Gulf Coast, poses threat of flash flooding<

^WEA-SALLY:BLO—<Hurricane Sally is inching toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, where it could inflict as much as $5 billion in damage and losses across Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle from the "historic" flooding it's about to unleash on the region.

Sally's core will come ashore Wednesday along the Mississippi and Alabama coastline, reducing the threat to New Orleans, but raising worries in Mobile. The storm's top winds dropped to 80 miles per hour, down from 85 mph earlier, as of 5 p.m. in New York on Tuesday. Sally is a Category 1 hurricane on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale, moving toward the coast at 2 mph.

650 by Brian K. Sullivan. 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


^Amid stalemate, bipartisan group of lawmakers floats $1.5 trillion compromise for COVID-19 relief<

CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF-COMPROMISE:NY — A group of moderate lawmakers rolled out a $1.5 trillion compromise plan Tuesday that they hope will break the partisan logjam on Capitol Hill over how much money to spend on shoring up the U.S. economy amid continued financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The stimulus compromise, presented by 50 members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, is larger than the half-trillion-dollar bill favored by Senate Republicans, but smaller than the $3.4 trillion rescue package approved by House Democrats this spring.

550 by Chris Sommerfeldt. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Despite pressure for COVID-19 relief deal, stalemate continues<

CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF-1ST-LEDE:CON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday headed a call from her members to commit to keeping the House in session until there's a coronavirus relief deal, but the vow does little to break the stalemate in bipartisan negotiations that is at the heart of Democrats' concerns.

House Democrats have been fretting privately for weeks and more publicly since returning to Washington on Monday about being sent home to voters without any additional COVID-19 assistance enacted.

1300 by Lindsey McPherson in Washington. MOVED


^295,000 guns may have been sold without background checks during pandemic, report says<

CORONAVIRUS-GUNSALES:CH — Nearly 300,000 gun sales may have been allowed to proceed without complete background checks during the first few months of the coronavirus pandemic, a report found.

The report from advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety is based on Federal Bureau of Investigation data obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. It shows that as more Americans bought guns during the pandemic, more background checks were delayed and more guns could have been sold without them.

600 (with trims) by Bailey Aldridge in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED


^New York City prepares for a second wave, with a chance to blunt the worst<

CORONAVIRUS-NYC:BLO — New York City officials know COVID-19 cases will climb this fall. The question they are watching as the city moves to reopen is, just how much?

For months, the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has been working with academic groups at Columbia University and New York University. The academic teams have been asked to model case numbers, help predict needed hospital resources and to advise the city on how to open up workplaces, schools, restaurants and more.

1150 (with trims) by Drew Armstrong in New York. MOVED


^Florida counts another 146 people dead from COVID-19 as toll nears 13,000<

CORONAVIRUS-FLA:FL — Florida's coronavirus pandemic report for Tuesday shows a few setbacks after significant progress in recent days.

The state Department of Health reported the deaths of another 146 people from COVID-19 illness in recent weeks. Overall, the official casualty count now stands at 12,787 Floridians and 159 nonresidents who have died in the state.

200 by Marc Freeman in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED



^Economic expansion in 2019 brought income gains, poverty reduction but more uninsured<

CENSUS-INCOME:LA — New government data on household income and poverty for 2019 paints a broadly positive picture of the nation's long economic expansion — gains now in the past as the pandemic has inflicted severe damage on millions of Americans.

But another key measure of economic well-being, the share of people without health insurance, ticked higher last year, the U.S. Census Bureau said Tuesday, a concern that weighs especially heavily as many families struggle with the health crisis.

1050 by Don Lee in Washington. MOVED


^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


^Murders have soared while other violent crime has declined, FBI finds<

FBI-CRIME-REPORT:BLO — Murder rates soared in the U.S. in the first half of 2020, even as other violent crimes such as rape and robbery declined, according to preliminary data released by the FBI on Tuesday.

The FBI's Preliminary Uniform Crime Report revealed declines in the number of violent crimes and property crimes reported by law enforcement agencies from January through June of this year compared with the first six months of 2019. Overall, violent crime fell 0.4% despite the spike in murders.

250 by Chris Strohm in Washington. 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


^Senators condemn Trump administration for sending Cubans, Venezuelans and Nicaraguans back<

TRUMP-ASYLUM-SENATORS:MI — Several Democratic senators called on the Trump administration to stop "egregious" policies denying asylum and sending people fleeing dictatorships in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua back to their countries to face retaliation.

750 by Nora G mez Torres. MOVED


^Jon Stewart lashes out against Congress for lack of funds for 9/11 responders who worked the fire pits<

CONGRESS-911FUND-STEWART:NY — Known for his passionate defense for 9/11 first responders, Jon Stewart, U.S. Sen. Kristin Gillibrand and other 9/11 advocates criticized Congress and the federal government again, this time on behalf of veterans and service members sickened by exposure to burning pits of toxic trash.

"Welcome to another exciting episode of, 'When is America going to start acting like the great country we keep telling ourselves we are?'" the former "Daily Show" host told reporters Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

800 by Michael McAuliff in Washington. MOVED


^Federal judges ask Congress for safety protections<

CONGRESS-JUDICIAL-SAFETY:CON — The federal courts want Congress to spend $524 million and pass legislation to bolster safety measures for judges at home and at the courthouse, including legislation to make it a crime for anyone to refuse a request to take down a judge's personal information from the internet.

The U.S. Judicial Conference, the policymaking body for the federal court system, detailed those requests for fiscal 2021 spending in letters to the House and Senate Appropriations and Judiciary committees this month.

700 by Todd Ruger in Washington. MOVED


^FTC prepares possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook, source says<

CPT-FACEBOOK-ANTITRUST:BLO — U.S. competition enforcers are preparing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook Inc., according to a person familiar with the matter.

The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Facebook for more than a year over whether the social media giant has harmed competition and could file a case by the end of the year, said the person, who was granted anonymity because the inquiry is confidential. No final decision has been made, the person added.

500 by David McLaughlin in Washington. (Moved as a business story.) 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



^Popular 175-year-old science publication endorses presidential candidate for the first time<

CAMPAIGN-MAGAZINE-ENDORSEMENT:NY — Scientific American magazine — which counts Albert Einstein as a past contributors — is endorsing a presidential candidate for the first time since it went into print in 1845. That pick is not the candidate who fancies himself "a very stable genius."

"Scientific American has never endorsed a presidential candidate in its 175-year history," the storied publication begins its endorsement of Democratic candidate Joe Biden. "This year we are compelled to do so. We do not do this lightly."

500 by Brian Niemietz. 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


^Trump says long-promised Obamacare replacement is 'all ready'<

TRUMP-HEALTHPLAN:BLO — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that his plan to replace Obamacare — which he has repeatedly promised would be introduced in a matter of weeks, only for the deadlines to come and go — is now "all ready."

Trump made the statement in a contentious town-hall style event hosted by ABC News on Tuesday in which several voters confronted Trump head-on about his policies and his behavior.

300 by Josh Wingrove and Mario Parker in Washington. MOVED


^Trump aims lower with a sordid attack on Biden<

CAMPAIGN-TRUMP-BIDEN:LA — President Donald Trump opened a sordid new chapter Tuesday in America's history of ugly political rhetoric, sharing a tweet that falsely suggests Democratic nominee Joe Biden is a pedophile.

Presidential campaigns long have trafficked in lurid accusations of extramarital affairs, drunkenness and corrupt behavior. But Trump has aimed lower, personally tapping baseless conspiracy theories to smear his opponent.

The latest outrage arrived in the retweet of an anonymous account.

900 by Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED


^Sen. Chris Coons easily fends off progressive challenger in Delaware primary<

DEL-PRIMARY:CON — Delaware Sen. Chris Coons comfortably beat back a challenge from his left in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

Coons was leading digital strategist Jessica Scarane 79% to 21% when The Associated Press called the race at 9:24 p.m. Eastern time. Scarane, 34, had hoped to follow in the footsteps of progressive Democrats who have defeated House Democratic incumbents in deep-blue districts in 2018 and earlier this year.

400 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED


^In Tampa, Joe Biden vows to military: 'I'll always have your back'<

CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-MILITARY:PT — Democratic nominee Joe Biden touched down Tuesday afternoon at Tampa International Airport, and it didn't take long for it to feel like something less than a typical campaign stop.

His destination, a gymnasium on the campus of Hillsborough Community College, sat empty, but for some production lights and cameras, a lectern in front of a Biden-Harris backdrop, and tables arranged in a half rectangle.

Biden in his remarks soon hit upon the theme of his Tampa visit: the military.

1250 by Steve Contorno, Ileana Najarro and Josh Solomon in Tampa, Fla. 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


^In Florida as race tightens, Biden outlines a plan for Puerto Rico's recovery<

CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-PUERTORICO:MI — During his first visit to Florida as the Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden on Tuesday appealed directly to hundreds of thousands of Puerto Rican voters living in the state by releasing a long-awaited plan to help their bankrupt and storm-battered island rebuild and shed its crippling debt.

Biden — who acknowledged Monday that he needs to "work like the devil" to win over more of Florida's Hispanic voters — stopped short of endorsing Puerto Rican statehood, among the highest profile political issues hanging over the U.S. territory.

1250 (with trims) by David Smiley, Bianca Padr Ocasio and Alex Daugherty in Miami. MOVED


^For Biden, risks abound in questioning COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough<

CAMPAIGN-BIDEN-VACCINE:WA — President Donald Trump's push for a coronavirus vaccine breakthrough before Election Day is forcing his Democratic presidential opponent, Joe Biden, to make a choice.

He can either cast doubt on a vaccine process widely seen among Democrats as political — or begin to build up trust in an eventual vaccine that Biden may be tasked with distributing early next year if he wins in November.

1200 (with trims) by Michael Wilner and David Catanese in Washington. MOVED


^Biden holds big lead over Trump with Asian American voters, survey says<

CAMPAIGN-ASIANAMERICANS-POLL:LA — Asian American voters prefer Joe Biden to President Donald Trump by 54% to 30% for November's presidential election, according to a survey released Tuesday by a coalition of Asian American civic engagement groups. It shows Democrats making another strong showing with one of the nation's fastest-growing but often-neglected voting blocs.

The survey of 1,569 registered Chinese, Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Filipino American voters across the nation was conducted by APIAVote, AAPI Data and Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC.

700 by Matt Pearce. MOVED


^Georgia's a 2020 battleground, but it's not the premier presidential hot spot<

CAMPAIGN-GA:AT — President Donald Trump's son Eric shared the stage Tuesday with evangelical pastors in Atlanta's northern suburbs to tout his father's campaign. A day earlier, Dr. Jill Biden "virtually" traveled to Georgia to talk about her husband Joe's plan to help military veterans.

The attention from the relatives of White House hopefuls reflects how Georgia remains in the mix in November. But it is not generating the level of intensity seen in Pennsylvania, Florida and other battlegrounds where Trump and Biden are warring.

750 by Greg Bluestein in Atlanta. 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


^ '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


^State, federal authorities arrest 26 suspected gang members in Bay Area; charges include 4 homicides<

CALIF-GANGBUST:SJ — Twenty-six suspected Sure o members and associates have been charged with serious crimes, including murder, according to Bay Area officials who Tuesday announced the arrests after a years-long law enforcement operation targeting the Southern California-based gang that has earned a reputation for violent reprisals against informants and rivals.

Authorities served 34 search warrants across the Bay Area in recent weeks and seized 42 guns, according to prosecutors.

1050 by Nate Gartrell in San Francisco. MOVED


^Bobcat fire within 500 feet of famed Mount Wilson Observatory as firefighters mount a defense<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-BOBCAT-1ST-LEDE:LA — After crossing containment lines overnight, the Bobcat fire moved within striking distance of the Mount Wilson Observatory, the U.S. Forest Service said Tuesday, with firefighters mounting an aggressive defense from the air and on the ground.

The fire continued to push in multiple directions Tuesday, with firefighters stationed at the observatory ready to do battle and multiple aircraft making water drops through the day. The observatory is one of the crown jewels of astronomy, and officials vowed to save the historic complex.

1450 (with trims) by Hayley Smith, Thomas Curwen 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


^LAPD chief points to pandemic as driving factor in increased gun violence, killings<

LA-VIOLENCE:LA — Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that the COVID-19 pandemic has helped drive gun violence and increase killings in the city this year, including by spurring economic despair and interpersonal dramas while undercutting efforts to interrupt cycles of retaliation.

850 by Kevin Rector in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Lawsuit: Real estate firm linked to Jared Kushner illegally collected rent in NYC buildings without sprinklers<

KUSHNER-COMPANIES-LAWSUIT:NY — A real estate firm with ties to President Donald Trump's son-in-law illegally collected more than $4 million in rent from tenants in four New York City apartment buildings while failing to maintain working fire sprinkler systems, says a lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Tenants in the Kushner Companies' four adjacent East Village tenements say the firm has filed false documents with the city, endangering the lives of residents with illegal construction aimed at maximizing company profits.

450 by Leonard Greene in New York. MOVED


^FBI arrests drug ring that also sold 'ghost gun' AR-15s<

CALIF-DRUG-RING-ARRESTS:LA — An FBI-led task force arrested 18 people identified in a series of federal indictments with links to a Southern California drug ring that also sold illegal weapons.

The early morning arrests across Los Angeles County and the Inland Empire were the culmination of Operation "Black Phoenix," which identified 25 suspects involved in illicit narcotics and gun trades. Four of those identified were already in custody, officials said, while three remained at large.

300 by Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Pelosi calls for probe of conditions at Georgia immigration detention center<

IMMIGRATION-DETAINEES-GA:AT — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on the Trump administration Tuesday to investigate a whistleblower complaint alleging deplorable conditions at a federal immigration detention center in South Georgia.

Filed by a coalition of advocacy groups with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, the 27-page complaint alleges a high number of hysterectomies have been performed on detainees held at the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.

750 by Jeremy Redmon in Atlanta. MOVED


^Harvard, Yale face broad attack on race-conscious admissions<

CMP-RACE-ADMISSIONS:BLO — Conservatives see their best shot in decades to get rid of race in college admissions, and they're taking it.

As protesters across the U.S. rage against policies and practices that target African Americans, Latinos and other minorities, some of the nation's most prestigious universities are fighting a raft of legal challenges accusing them of unfairly weighting the admissions process against Asian-American and white applicants. Yale and Harvard are set to respond this week to two of those challenges as two more make their way through the courts

900 (with trims) by Patricia Hurtado. MOVED


^8 people injured, 1 critically, as Durham's gun violence surges<

DURHAM-VIOLENCE:RA — Durham police are investigating shootings that left eight people, including two teens, injured Monday night. A man shot in the head was in critical condition.

No arrests had been made as of midafternoon Tuesday, the Durham Police Department stated in a news release.

400 by Mark Schultz in Durham, N.C.

^Bill Gates Sr., civic figure and father of Microsoft co-founder, dies at 94<

GATESSR-OBIT:SE — William Gates Sr., the father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, has died at 94, the family said Tuesday.

Gates was a prominent Seattle attorney and the founding partner of one of the region's best-known law firms. But it was his son's fortune in the tech field that made the name "Bill Gates" known the world over. And it launched an entirely different path for the elder Gates when he was nearly 70.

That's when he became one of the guiding forces behind the William H. Gates Foundation — later renamed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, after his son and daughter-in-law.

750 by Katherine Long in Seattle. MOVED


^Man tweets that daughter was attacked by 'BLM' in Baltimore; video tells different story<

BALTIMORE-SQUEEGEE-ATTACK:BZ — On Sunday afternoon, a Texas cardiologist wrote on Twitter that his daughter in Baltimore had been attacked by "BLM" or Black Lives Matter activists, and that city police refused to do anything because the suspects were Black.

"Is this the America we want?" he tweeted. Nearly 50,000 people uncritically retweeted or liked the post.

But two different Twitter accounts with a close ear to the police scanner found what appeared to be the incident in question: It didn't involve activists, but rather squeegee kids.

600 by Justin Fenton in Baltimore. MOVED


^Michael Cohen 'sobbed' after getting letter from Rosie O'Donnell while in prison<

COHEN-ODONNELL:NY — Michael Cohen, former attorney for President Donald Trump, says he was moved to tears after he received a letter from talk show host Rosie O'Donnell while he was in prison.

Speaking on his new podcast Monday, Cohen said he received a "beautiful" six-page note from O'Donnell — a longtime adversary of Trump — last December during his stay at the Federal Correctional Institution near Otisville in upstate New York.

400 by Peter Sblendorio in New York. MOVED


^Trump announces plan to appear on 'Fox & Friends,' much to the surprise of one host<

TV-FOXNEWS-TRUMP:NY — President Donald Trump performed with the cast of "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, where the commander in chief said he'd made arrangements to appear on the morning show every week until the Nov. 3 election.

"We're going to do it every week?" host Brian Kilmeade asked the president.

550 by Brian Niemietz in New York. (Moved as an entertainment story.) 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


^'Is that leg really broken?' Rights group documents detainee abuse in Belarus<

BELARUS-HUMANRIGHTS:LA — A construction worker, a web designer, a college student, an engineer — these Belarusians had little in common, but human rights activists say they shared a similar fate: abuse, humiliation and, in some cases, outright torture at the hands of their jailers.

Largely peaceful protests erupted last month in the former Soviet republic after authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory — a fraudulent win, according to the opposition. Thousands of demonstrators were swept up in a wave of arrests.

Now a leading human rights group has compiled one of the most detailed dossiers yet on the ill treatment of hundreds of detainees.

900 by Laura King. MOVED


^American diplomat demands release of husband held in Belarus<

BELARUS-DETAINEE:BLO — An American diplomat in Ukraine is demanding that Belarus release her husband, a dual U.S.-Belarusian citizen whom she argues was detained for writing articles critical of President Alexander Lukashenko.

Heather Shkliarov's statement, issued Tuesday, was an unusual move because it broke with precedent in which diplomats leave such statements to senior State Department officials. Both Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and his deputy, Stephen Biegun, have called for Vitali Shkliarov's release.

450 by Nick Wadhams.

^Gazans fire rockets into Israel during UAE, Bahrain accords signing<

USMIDEAST-GAZA-ATTACK:DPA — Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel on Tuesday at the same time as a ceremony was being held in Washington for the signing of normalization agreements between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Sirens sounded in the Israeli cities of Ashkelon and Ashdod near the border with the Gaza Strip.

700 by Maher Abukhater, Saud Abu Ramadan and Tamara Zieve in Tel Aviv, Israel. MOVED


^Yoshihide Suga to take office as Japan's new premier<

JAPAN-SUGA:DPA — Yoshihide Suga, the new leader of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is set to take office as the nation's prime minister on Wednesday amid a historic recession and the coronavirus pandemic.

Suga, who won a resounding victory in the LDP leadership race Monday, is expected to be nominated to succeed outgoing premier Shinzo Abe at an extraordinary parliamentary session Wednesday, as the LDP and junior coalition partner Komeito control the powerful lower house.

250 by dpa in Tokyo. MOVED


^Taliban leaders tell Afghan government they have no aim to seize power<

AFGHAN-TALIBAN:BLO — Taliban leaders told their government counterparts at the Afghan peace talks they wouldn't seek to seize power and that their struggle was to free the country from foreign forces and establish an Islamic system.

The government is holding the first peace talks in 19 years with the Taliban in Doha, Qatar, where the group has an office, facilitated by the U.S.

200 by Eltaf Najafizada in Kabul, Afghanistan. MOVED



^Study finds dramatic increases in vaping marijuana, nicotine among young adults<

MED-VAPING-YOUNGPEOPLE:DTN — The number of young adults in the U.S. who are vaping marijuana and nicotine has more than doubled in two years, according to a national study by researchers at the University of Michigan.

Vaping has increased dramatically among 19- to 22-year-olds in and out of college as the perception of harmful heath risks decline, researchers say.

1100 by Sarah Rahal in Ann Arbor, Mich. MOVED


^Minnesota moose will not be listed as federally endangered species<

ENV-MINN-MOOSE:MS — Minnesota and Midwestern moose will not be listed as a federally endangered species, putting to bed a petition that's been under review for five years.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ruled Tuesday that there was little that differentiates the moose that have been struggling in Minnesota — the northwestern subspecies of moose — and those of the same subspecies that have been faring relatively well just across the border in Canada.

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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.

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^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.

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