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News Budget for Saturday, July 13, 2019

Updated at 6 p.m. EDT (2200 UTC).


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^Barry makes landfall, pummeling the Louisiana coast<

WEA-BARRY-1ST-LEDE:LA — After making landfall on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast as a Category 1 hurricane early Saturday afternoon, Barry weakened to a tropical storm as it buffeted this fragile, low-lying region with an onslaught of water and wind that downed power lines, flooded coastal highways and trapped some residents in their homes.

By Saturday afternoon, the tropical storm was about five miles northeast of Intracoastal City, an unincorporated community 150 miles west of New Orleans, moving slowly northwest with maximum sustained winds of 70 miles per hour.

1000 by Jenny Jarvie in New Orleans. MOVED

^ICE raids spark fear, protests and questions about who will be swept up<

IMMIGRATION-RAIDS:LA — With a new round of ICE raids set to begin Sunday, hundreds protested in Southern California and immigrants targeted by the Trump crackdown braced for the federal action.

Many elements of the raid still remain unclear, including exactly how many are being targeted and how much the new action will be different from regular ICE activities.

1250 (with trims) by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Cindy Carcamo, Matt Stiles, Andrea Castillo and Wendy Fry in Los Angeles. MOVED

^Simona Halep wins Wimbledon title to deny Serena Williams record-tying victory<

TEN-WIMBLEDON-WOMEN:LA Simona Halep made the most of her debut in the Wimbledon final.

The former world No. 1 women’s player defeated seven-time champion Serena Williams on Saturday 6-2, 6-2, becoming the first Romanian to win at Wimbledon.

The match was over in a brisk 56 minutes.

300 by Sam Farmer in Wimbledon, England. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED


^Iran’s uranium enrichment has US weighing sanctions ‘snapback'<

USIRAN-SANCTIONS-SNAPBACK:BLO — Iran’s decision to ramp up uranium enrichment is prompting debate over whether the U.S. should — or even can — invoke a threat that negotiators built into the 2015 nuclear agreement but hoped would never be used: a “snapback” of international sanctions.

Although President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord last year, the administration is being pressured by some American hard-liners to invoke a mechanism that ultimately would trigger a return to United Nations Security Council sanctions beyond those the U.S. is already imposing unilaterally.

Such a move, if successful, would shred what’s left of European-led efforts to keep the multinational accord alive, and analysts and diplomats say it would be galling coming from the nation that was first to quit the deal.

900 by David Wainer and Daniel Flatley in Washington. MOVED

^Highway agency tosses Obama proposal to raise fuel economy fines<

FUEL-ECONOMY:BLO — The Trump administration threw out steeper fines proposed by Obama-era regulators for automakers that fail to meet tougher fuel economy standards, a boost for luxury brands like Jaguar, BMW and Porsche that have paid the highest penalties in the past.

400 by Steve Geimann and Ryan Beene in Washington. MOVED

^Trump touts his Scottish, Irish golf courses in Twitter repost<

TRUMP-GOLFCOURSES:BLO — Donald Trump provided some free advertising for his golf courses in Scotland and Ireland on Saturday by highlighting a television commercial scheduled to run during next week’s Open Championship.

450 by Ros Krasny in Washington. MOVED


^The New Republic removes op-ed attack on Buttigieg; admits it was ‘inappropriate and invasive'<

^BUTTIGIEG-OPED-REMOVED:NY—<Welcome to the Bizarro World of American political news.

Soon after The New Republic published an opinion piece on Friday attacking Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg, harsh criticism started pouring in on social media — from both the left and the right sides of the political spectrum — prompting TNR’s editor to replace the essay with an apology.

400 by Muri Assun o. MOVED


^Southern California earthquake packed the power of 45 nuclear bombs<

SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKE-POWER:LA — When the magnitude 7.1 earthquake ruptured the earth in the Mojave Desert, it packed the energy of 45 nuclear bombs of the type that fell on Hiroshima.

But a variety of factors lessened the potency and impact of what was the most powerful Southern California earthquake in nearly two decades.

1300 (with trims) by Rong-Gong Lin II in Los Angeles. MOVED

^Friday earthquakes on a crustal fault show it’s not only the ‘Big One’ Seattle should fear<

SEATTLE-EARTHQUAKE:SE — The Cascadia Subduction Zone may get most of the attention, but as Friday’s earthquakes north of Seattle show, the monster fault off the coast isn’t our only seismic threat.

700 by Sandi Doughton in Seattle. MOVED

^As threat of ICE raids loom, hundreds march by Homestead shelter to call for reform<

IMMIGRATION-RAIDS-HOMESTEAD:MI — On the eve of an expected crackdown by federal immigration authorities in Miami and across the country that sparked panic among undocumented immigrants in South Florida, hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Homestead detention center Friday night to call for the release of the children inside and to stand against federal immigration policies.

650 by Martin Vassolo in Homestead, Fla. MOVED

^NYPD cops ordered not to help ICE agents during Sunday raids, union officials say opposite<

IMMIGRATION-RAIDS-NYPD:NY — If New York is a tale of two cities, then the NYPD is a tale of two police departments.

While rank-and-file cops have been given strict orders not to assist with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids expected to take place early Sunday, at least one police union leader said cops should chip in and protect ICE agents if they are in danger.

500 by Rocco Parascandola and Thomas Tracy in New York. MOVED

^Advance notice of ICE raids may push immigrants toward unauthorized legal help<

IMMIGRATION-RAIDS-SCAMS:LA — President Donald Trump’s announcement of planned immigration raids in Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities beginning Sunday has heightened fears and anxiety in targeted communities, leaving many seeking legal help susceptible to scams, advocates say.

500 by Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio in Los Angeles. MOVED

^3 dead, at least 16 hurt in Chicago shootings, including 5 attacked in South Side drive-by<

CHICAGO-VIOLENCE:TB Three men were killed, and at least 16 other people were wounded in city shootings since Friday evening, including five shot in a single attack in the Gresham neighborhood, Chicago police said.

950 (with trims) by Deanese Williams-Harris in Chicago. MOVED

^Actor and social media personality Ray Diaz arrested on suspicion of sexual assault<

DIAZ-ARREST:LA — Actor and social media personality Ray Diaz has been arrested on suspicion of sexual assault, Los Angeles police said.

400 by Sonali Kohli in Los Angeles. MOVED

^Law and odor: Police hazy on how to use drug-sniffing dogs under Texas hemp law<

TEXAS-DRUGDOGS:AU — Law enforcement agencies in Texas are adjusting to a new normal after state lawmakers this year legalized hemp.

Hemp, like marijuana, comes from the cannabis plant. However, Hemp, as defined by Texas law, can be differentiated from marijuana by its concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is what produces intoxicating effects. Hemp has a low concentration of THC — less than 0.3%. Marijuana, on the other hand, has anywhere from 5% to 35%, according to the advocacy group Ministry of Hemp.

But because the odor of burning marijuana and hemp, and the THC both contain, is the same, both officers and drug dogs face new challenges to establish probable cause during searches.

800 by Mark D. Wilson in Austin, Texas. MOVED

^California utilities get $21 billion backstop in win for Newsom<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-UTILITIES-NEWSOM:BLO — For a leader with grand ambitions of tackling big issues from healthcare to taking on President Donald Trump, California Gov. Gavin Newsom has spent much of his first six months in office bogged down in a crisis at home.

1400 (with trims) by Jeffrey Taylor, Romy Varghese and Mark Chediak in San Francisco. MOVED

^Earthquakes leaves dozens of homes unfit for living in Trona<

SOUTHERNCALIF-EARTHQUAKES-TRONA:LA — More than 30 homes have been red-tagged as uninhabitable and 51 were yellow-tagged due to serious damage in Trona and surrounding San Bernardino County communities following two large earthquakes last week, according to initial damage assessments by state and local officials.

400 by Paloma Esquivel in Los Angeles. MOVED

^Body camera video appears to show 17-year-old pointing replica gun at officer before she is shot, police say<

CALIF-POLICE-SHOOTING:LA — A 17-year-old girl killed by a Fullerton, Calif., police officer last week appears to have been pointing a replica handgun at the officer when she was shot, according to body camera footage released by the Police Department on Friday.

550 by Alex Wigglesworth in Los Angeles. MOVED

^What to know about how Amazon sucks you in on Prime Day (and makes you buy stuff you don’t want)<

^CPT-PRIMEDAY:PH—<I didn’t need the fancy dog treats.

Seriously, my dog has plenty of treats. She hates most of them. But I’d just bought her a new bowl, and Amazon told me that other people who bought the bowl also bought these delicious dog treats.

Obviously, I bought the fancy dog treats.

1000 by Anna Orso. MOVED


^At least 29 killed in al-Shabaab attack on Somali hotel<

SOMALIA-ATTACK-1ST-LEDE:DPA — At least 29 people were killed and 56 others injured in a terrorist attack at a hotel in the Somali port city of Kismayo, said a spokesman for local authorities, Abdinor Ibrahim.

The hotel was popular with politicians and Somali nationals living abroad. Among those killed was prominent Somali activist Hodan Nalayeh and her husband, according to a politician who survived the attack.

300 by Mohamed Odowa and Gioia Forster in Mogadishu, Somalia. MOVED

^Japan, South Korea spar over trade talks as US stays away<

JAPAN-SKOREA:BLO — Japan and South Korea bickered over the details of rival briefings about export-control talks Saturday as the U.S. backed away from a potential role as a mediator in a fight over history and trade between its two Asian allies.

350 by Isabel Reynolds and Yuki Furukawa in Tokyo. MOVED


^Want to do something about global warming? Talk about it with your family and friends<

^SCI-CLIMATECHANGE-TABOO:LA—<There’s the old saying that you should never discuss politics or religion in polite company. Nowadays, it seems climate change has joined that list.

Barely more than a third of Americans broach the subject often or even occasionally, according to a recent survey by researchers at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

All this not talking about climate change has given Americans a rather skewed perception of what the rest of the country thinks about the issue.

1550 by Julia Rosen. MOVED


These stories moved earlier in the week and remain suitable for weekend publication.

^A retired teacher found some seahorses off Long Beach. Then he built a secret world for them<

SCI-SEAHORSES-TEACHER:LA — Rog Hanson emerges from the coastal waters, pulls a diving regulator out of his mouth and pushes a scuba mask down around his neck.

“Did you see her?” he says. “Did you see Bathsheba?”

On this quiet Wednesday morning, a paddle boarder glides silently through the surf off Long Beach. Two stick-legged whimbrels plunge their long curved beaks into the sand, hunting for crabs.

But Hanson, 68, is enchanted by what lies hidden beneath the water. Today he took a visitor on a tour of the secret world he built from palm fronds and pine branches at the bottom of the bay: his very own seahorse city.

Hanson is a retired schoolteacher, not a scientist, but experts say he probably has spent more time with Pacific seahorses, also known as Hippocampus ingens, than anyone on Earth.

2100 by Deborah Netburn in Long Beach, Calif. MOVED

^Feds don’t regulate election equipment, so states are on their own<

ELECTIONS-EQUIPMENT:SH — Behind nearly every voter registration database, voting machine and county website that posts results on Election Day, there’s an election technology company that has developed those systems and equipment.

By targeting one of those private vendors, Russia, China or some other U.S. adversary could tamper with voter registration rolls, the ballot count or the publicly released results, potentially casting doubt on the legitimacy of the final tally.

Nevertheless, there are no federal rules requiring vendors to meet security standards, test equipment for vulnerabilities or publicly disclose hacking attempts. With the 2020 presidential election approaching, security experts, lawmakers and even election vendors themselves are calling for more rigorous testing of election equipment and stricter security standards for the private companies that provide election-related services.

1450 (with trims) by Matt Vasilogambros in Washington. MOVED

^On race, Joe Biden’s choices in Delaware years ago haunt his White House bid today<

BIDEN-DELAWARE-BUSING:LA — Joe Biden could feel himself losing the crowd — and along with it, the perception that he was politically unbeatable.

The voters watching wanted an apology. But Biden jabbered on about “de facto” versus “de jure” segregation in schools. He exploded into anger when accused of double-talk.

“The audience kept pushing,” Biden would later reflect. “What they wanted was a full-out mea culpa and a hard statement and I got hot.”

This wasn’t last month’s Democratic debate Biden was talking about, where he also mishandled a demand for an apology. It was an event 40 years earlier, an incident that still haunted Biden when he wrote about it in his 2007 memoir.

1550 by Evan Halper in Washington. MOVED

^Sobering up: In an alcohol-soaked nation, more seek booze-free social spaces<

SOBER-SOCIALIZING:KHN — Not far from the Anheuser-Busch brewery, Joshua Grigaitis fills a cooler with bottles and cans in one of the city’s oldest bars.

It’s Saturday night, and the lights are low. Frank Sinatra’s crooning voice fills the air, along with the aroma of incense. The place has all the makings of a swank boozy hangout.

Except for the booze.

Pop’s Blue Moon bar, a fixture of this beer-loving city since 1908, has joined an emerging national trend: alcohol-free spaces offering social connections without peer pressure to drink, hangovers or DUIs. From boozeless bars to substance-free zones at concerts marked by yellow balloons, sober spots are popping up across the nation in reaction to America’s alcohol-soaked culture, promising a healthy alternative for people in recovery and those who simply want to drink less.

1350 (with trims) by Laura Ungar and Jayne O’Donnell in St. Louis. MOVED

^Over 400,000 Apollo workers helped the US land on the moon. Here are some of their stories<

MOON-ANNIVERSARY-WORKERS:OS — It took more than 400,000 scientists, engineers and technicians across the United States, an army of workers that together tackled what seemed like an invincible foe: Getting a spacecraft to break free of the iron grasp of Earth’s atmosphere into lunar orbit and then, with pinpoint precision, onto that powdery surface we now know makes up the moon.

The three men who took the journey became the faces of the achievement — arguably humanity’s greatest. But it was the men and women who worked in factories and offices across the nation over the better part of a decade — people like Frances “Poppy” Northcutt, the first woman in NASA’s Mission Control, and Bill Moon, a Chinese American flight controller who was the first minority to work in Mission Control — that took the moon landing from presidential challenge to tangible reality.

2150 by Chabeli Herrera in Orlando, Fla. MOVED

^Minuscule microbes wield enormous power over the Great Lakes. But many species remain a mystery<

ENV-GREATLAKES-MICROBES:TB — Near the deepest spot in Lake Michigan, the crew aboard the research vessel Blue Heron lowers a device outfitted with a cluster of 8-liter bottles into the dark blue waters until it disappears from sight.

After a 10-minute descent, the metal-framed contraption known as a rosette finally lands on the muddy bottom roughly 860 feet below the surface. Between Green Bay and Traverse City, Mich., lies a place devoid of sunlight, where temperatures still hover around 39 degrees.

On the trawler’s deck, marine techs reverse the winch, and the rosette lurches upward, deploying canisters to retrieve water samples from the abyss.

While the lake water appears crystal clear, the team of scientists from the University of Chicago know it’s teeming with life. Each drop contains a plethora of species so small that dozens could fit on a speck the width of a strand of human hair.

Despite their minuscule size, microorganisms — including, bacteria, viruses and algae — are among the most prolific environmental regulators on the planet.

1800 by Tony Briscoe in Chicago. MOVED


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