Tribune News Service
International Budget for Wednesday, September 11, 2019
Updated at 0310 UTC (11:10 p.m. U.S. EDT Tuesday).
Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.
^Netanyahu vows to annex West Bank settlements if reelected<
MIDEAST-SETTLEMENTS:BLO — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he'd annex war-won West Bank territory if reelected next week, in a brazen ploy to bag right-wing votes ahead of the expected knife-edge vote.
The Trump administration will unveil its plan for Middle East peace days after Israel's Sept. 17 election, and that presents Israel with "a historic, one-time chance to extend Israeli sovereignty over our settlements in Judea and Samaria, and also to other areas important to our security, our heritage, and our future," he said.
550 by Alisa Odenheimer in Jerusalem. MOVED
^Johnson vows to push for Brexit after suspending Parliament<
BRITAIN:DPA — Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday vowed to use his five-week suspension of Parliament to ensure that Britain leaves the European Union on Oct. 31, with or without an exit deal.
"I think there are loads of people around the place who really want this thing done, and that includes the British people but also (people) in Brussels and our friends and partners across the EU," Johnson told the BBC.
500 by Bill Smith in London. MOVED
^North Korea's Kim oversaw test of 'super-large' missile launcher<
NKOREA-PROJECTILES:BLO — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the test of a "super-large multiple rocket launcher" the state's media said of the military display that came shortly after Pyongyang announced it was willing to restart nuclear talks with the U.S.
Kim, military leaders and top officials "in the field of national defense science" saw two rounds of test fire Tuesday of "tactical guided weapons including super-large multiple rocket launcher," the official Korean Central News Agency said a day after the launches.
400 by Jon Herskovitz in Tokyo. MOVED
^Argentina election raises doubts about Trump's bet on right-wing leaders<
ARGENTINA-ELECTION:LA — The White House is bracing for the likely electoral defeat of Argentina's conservative, pro-U.S. government, the latest example of how shifting Latin American politics are complicating President Donald Trump's agenda in the region, including ousting Venezuela's leftist President Nicolas Maduro and stemming the flood of refugees to the U.S.
The diminution of partners for Trump stems from his preference for and reliance on right-wing leaders in Latin America just as they are increasingly falling out of favor with voters amid corruption investigations and resurging guerrilla violence.
The most immediate looming crisis is here in Argentina. President Mauricio Macri, who has had business ties with the Trumps for decades, faces an uphill reelection battle in voting next month.
1200 by Tracy Wilkinson in Jujuy, Argentina. MOVED
^31 killed, 100 wounded in stampede in Iraq's Shiite city of Karbala<
IRAQ-STAMPEDE:DPA — At least 31 people were killed and 100 others wounded in a stampede during Shiite Ashura celebrations in the city of Karbala, the Iraqi Health Ministry said.
Ten of the wounded are in serious condition, the ministry said, according to Iraq's official news agency INA.
250 by Ali Hussein and Amr Mostafa in Karbala, Iraq. MOVED
^Trump ousts John Bolton, his third national security adviser<
BOLTON-3RD-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he had fired national security adviser John Bolton, announcing in a tweet that he had told Bolton on Monday night that "his services are no longer needed" after the two had repeatedly clashed over foreign policy priorities and decisions.
The abrupt ouster of Trump's third national security adviser comes as the White House grapples with a series of fraught security challenges.
1650 (with trims) by Eli Stokols, Chris Megerian and Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED
^Analysis: Bolton departure says much about Trump<
BOLTON-ANALYSIS:CON — President Donald Trump's announced firing of national security adviser John Bolton says more about Trump than about Bolton.
Tuesday's move — Trump said on Twitter he had fired Bolton, but Bolton said he resigned — casts in bold relief several attributes of the president's foreign policy and the president himself.
700 by John M. Donnelly in Washington. MOVED
^Should parents who paid the biggest bribes in college scandal get the biggest punishment?<
CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-SENTENCING-1ST-LEDE:LA — As a judge in Boston prepares to sentence parents in the college admissions cheating scandal, prosecutors, defense lawyers and others are battling over unresolved questions: Is prison the right punishment? And, if so, should the amount of money a parent paid in the scam determine their time behind bars?
At a hearing Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani pressed the lead prosecutor in the case to explain his reasoning for why she should use the amount of money a parent paid into admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer's operation to determine where the parent falls in the range of prison sentences established by the guidelines.
1550 by Joel Rubin. MOVED
^GOP's Bishop headed to victory over McCready in tight NC District 9 race<
^NCCONGRESS-9THDISTRICT-2ND-LEDE:CH.—<Republican Dan Bishop narrowly defeated Democrat Dan McCready Tuesday night in North Carolina's 9th Congressional District, with a strong showing in Union County and three rural eastern counties.
With 95% of precincts reporting, Bishop led McCready 50.6% to 48.8%.
Bishop rolled up big margins in Union County and carried Richmond and Cumberland counties, which McCready won last fall over Republican Mark Harris. He trailed McCready by slightly more than 200 votes in traditionally Democratic Robeson County.
1100 (with trims) by Jim Morrill, Teo Armus and Lauren Lindstrom in Charlotte, N.C. MOVED
^Senate Democrats to try again on rescinding Trump's border emergency declaration<
SENATE-DEMOCRATS-BORDER:LA — Senate Democrats will force a vote in Congress in an attempt to reverse President Donald Trump's national emergency declaration that authorized the use of money from other parts of the federal budget for the construction of a border wall.
450 by Alexa D az in Washington. MOVED
^Colombia will have 'full US support' if attacked from Venezuela, special envoy says<
USVENEZUELA-COLOMBIA:MI — The U.S. special envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, said the U.S. government is not "closer" to a military intervention in Venezuela, but warned that Colombia would have full American support in case of an attack by terrorist groups or the Venezuelan armed forces.
On Tuesday, Abrams also ruled out that U.S. support for Venezuelan interim President Juan Guaid 's efforts to join the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) meant a possible U.S. military action.
750 by Nora G mez Torres in Miami. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED
^Trump plans crackdown on fentanyl shipments from China, others<
TRUMP-FENTANYL-CHINA:BLO — The Trump administration is considering an executive order to crack down on shipments of fentanyl and counterfeit goods, according to people familiar with the matter, a move aimed in part at pressuring China to help the U.S. combat its opioid epidemic.
The draft order would target foreign shippers routing deliveries through the U.S. Postal Service — not the two-largest U.S. couriers United Parcel Service Inc. and FedEx Corp., according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. One person familiar with the proposal said that China is a focus for the action, though the presidential order is not limited to that nation.
700 by Jenny Leonard in Washington. MOVED
^Mar-a-Lago receptionist, not Secret Service, recognized Chinese woman as likely intruder<
MARALAGO-ARREST-1ST-LEDE:MI — Chinese businesswoman Yujing Zhang caught the eye of the receptionist at President Donald Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club as soon as she walked through the palatial front door after noon on March 30, according to testimony presented in federal court Tuesday.
The Mar-a-Lago receptionist, Ariela Grumaz, had never seen Zhang before and noticed the stranger was wearing a long gray evening dress — oddly formal for lunchtime — and shooting video with her phone in the club's ornate lobby. Then Zhang breezed by the receptionist into a lounge area.
"As soon as she entered the lobby, you could see she was fascinated by the decorations and that's when I realized she had never been here before," Grumaz testified at Zhang's trespassing trial in Fort Lauderdale federal court.
1650 (with trims) by Jay Weaver and Nicholas Nehamas in Miami. MOVED
^12-year-old girl evacuated from Bahamas ends up in Miami home for abandoned kids<
BAHAMIANGIRL-CUSTODY-2ND-LEDE:MI — A 12-year-old Bahamian girl was separated from her godmother at a South Florida airport after fleeing the destruction of Hurricane Dorian and was sent by U.S. Customs officials to a Miami Gardens shelter for abused or abandoned children.
Kaytora Paul, 12, had flown with her godmother from Nassau to West Palm Beach Sunday night after being evacuated from the hurricane-ravaged island of Abaco. However, when the two landed in Florida, U.S. Customs and Border Protection transferred them over to Miami International Airport and ultimately separated the pair because the woman wasn't the child's biological parent, the girl's mother, Katty Paul, told the Miami Herald Tuesday.
650 by Monique O. Madan in Miami. MOVED
^Bahamians with documents and a place to stay are welcome in Florida, Gov. DeSantis says<
WEA-DORIAN-FLA-BAHAMAS:FL — Gov. Ron DeSantis says he welcomes Bahamians to Florida who have passports, visas and a place to stay, but there are no shelters open in the state for those displaced by Hurricane Dorian.
For those who are flying from the Bahamas to Florida and have family or friends to stay with, "that's no harm for us," he said.
750 by Marcia Heroux Pounds in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
^Tropical Storm Humberto has yet another chance to form as a tropical wave moves toward Florida<
WEA-TROPICALSYSTEM:OS — A tropical wave, with the possibility of becoming Tropical Storm Humberto, has Florida in its trajectory as it descends upon the Bahamas, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Several tropical waves exist with the potential to develop tropical maturity over the next five days including a new system that spawned Monday night near the Cabo Verde Islands.
300 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED
^In interview, Fotis Dulos says he believes missing wife Jennifer Farber Dulos is still alive<
MISSINGMOTHER:HC — Fotis Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Farber Dulos, believes she is still alive despite investigators' theory that he ambushed at her New Canaan home the morning she disappeared.
Dulos insisted his wife is still alive in an interview that aired Monday night on "Dateline NBC" as part of the program's episode detailing the Farber Dulos case.
"I wish she were here to, to sort this mess out and I'm still hoping that she's going to show up," Dulos told NBC reporter Dennis Murphy during the interview.
400 by Zach Murdock in Hartford, Conn. MOVED
^Mar-a-Lago receptionist, not Secret Service, recognized Chinese woman as likely intruder<
MARALAGO-ARREST:MI — Chinese businesswoman Yujing Zhang caught the eye of the receptionist at President Donald Trump's private Mar-a-Lago club as soon as she walked through the palatial front door around noon on March 30, according to testimony presented in federal court Tuesday.
The Mar-a-Lago receptionist, Ariela Grumaz, had never seen Zhang before and noticed the stranger was wearing a long gray dress — oddly formal for lunchtime — and shooting video with her phone in the club's ornate lobby. Then Zhang breezed by the receptionist into a lounge area.
"As soon as she entered the lobby, you could see she was fascinated by the decorations and that's when I realized she had never been here before," Grumaz testified at Zhang's trespassing trial.
1400 by Jay Weaver and Nicholas Nehamas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. MOVED
^Influential photographer Robert Frank dead at 94<
^FRANK-OBIT:LA—<Robert Frank, the fiercely independent photographer and filmmaker whose bleak yet poetic book "The Americans" jolted the nation's self-image and sparked a photographic revolution, has died. He was 94.
In his life and art, the Swiss-born Frank followed his twin muses — intuition and imagination — wherever they led. During a career that spanned nearly seven decades, he shifted from still to moving pictures and back again, sometimes blurring the lines between the two as he experimented with content and form.
1400 (with trims) by Karen Wada. MOVED
^Commentary: 'Who won the week?' Me, because I stopped watching cable news<
^CABLENEWS-COMMENTARY:TB—<I was slogging through my Saturday workout at the gym trying to balance and read a book on the elliptical while ignoring the three muted television sets on the wall. The gym's owner usually starts the day with Fox News on the right, MSNBC on the left and HGTV in the middle. Democracy on full display.
When I glanced at MSNBC, the crawler read, "Who won the week?" It happened to be Joy Reid's show, but it could have been any number of shows on any cable news network.
800 by Stephen J. Lyons. MOVED
^Commentary: Ebola is raging again — and the US is not ready<
^EBOLA-COMMENTARY:TB—<Five years ago, the Ebola virus broke through inadequate public health systems in West Africa and spread throughout the world. America was lucky. Only a few cases traveled here, but the U.S. government also did not respond as we had reason to expect.
Despite assurances that our country would be able to handle such a serious disease, our public health agencies and health care institutions made some serious mistakes.
700 by Joe Lieberman and Tom Ridge. MOVED
^Commentary: Google and Facebook can't count on consumers saving them<
^ANTITRUST-COMMENTARY:BLO—<The scrutiny of giant technology companies and the inevitable anxiety that follows are now so commonplace that they have become rote. Once terms like "techlash" become household words, it's easy to become numb.
But truly, Monday was a noteworthy day. The attorneys general of 48 U.S. states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico announced an antitrust investigation into Google parent company Alphabet Inc.
700 by Shira Ovide. MOVED
^Karl W. Smith: The difference between never-Trump and post-Trump Republicans<
^KARLSMITH-COLUMN:BLO—<South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford officially announced on Sunday that he is running for president, but Republican officials in his home state are hardly enthusiastic. On Saturday they voted to cancel next year's primary.
Their objective is clearly to help President Donald Trump in 2020. Yet their gambit could have the effect of preventing another Donald Trump in 2024. If the cancellation is evidence of a reassertion of party control over the nominating process, then it is a positive development — for both the Republican Party and America.
Granted, that's a big if.
700 by Karl W. Smith. MOVED
^Michael Hiltzik: Trump's trashing of NOAA's scientific reputation is part of his war on science<
^HILTZIK-COLUMN:LA—<The evidence that President Donald Trump views America's weather forecasting infrastructure not as an important scientific asset but as an opportunity for grift dates back to late 2017, when he nominated Barry Myers as director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
1350 by Michael Hiltzik. MOVED
^Editorial: Trump's failed reality TV show: A peace pact for Afghanistan<
^USAFGHAN-EDITORIAL:LA—<President Donald Trump envisioned a grand, diplomatic success and televised spectacle rolled into one. He would produce, direct and star in a grand moment in American history: the end of 18 years of bloody conflict in Afghanistan. Then he canceled his reality show soon after announcing it.
500 by The Editorial Board. MOVED
^Editorial: Inviting the Taliban to Camp David was a mistake. Suspending talks altogether is a bigger one<
^USAFGHAN-EDITORIAL:LA—<It's probably good news that President Donald Trump smothered his over-the-top-as-usual plan for a summit meeting with the Taliban and the president of Afghanistan at the presidential retreat in Camp David. The seeming assumption behind it — that Trump the brilliant dealmaker could get the antagonists to come to terms in a dramatic denouement — was flawed from the start.
But in revealing on Twitter that he had considered and then canceled the summit, Trump went further and suspended negotiations entirely between the United States and the Taliban. That was a mistake.
700 by The Times Editorial Board. MOVED
^Editorial: Trump is trying to bully California and carmakers into giving up on climate change<
^AUTO-EMISSIONS-CALIF-EDITORIAL:LA—<Sometimes it seems like the only consistent policy coming out of the White House these days is vindictiveness.
Case in point: Still seething over California's end-run around its plan to roll back fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions targets on new cars, the Trump administration has launched an antitrust investigation into four automakers that reached an agreement with the state to make their cars run cleaner.
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