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^House panel votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt over 2020 census citizenship question<

CONGRESS-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP-2ND-LEDE:LA — A House panel on Wednesday voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas seeking information about the Trump administration's decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

It came hours after President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege over the materials House Democrats are seeking.

750 by Jennifer Haberkorn in Washington. MOVED


^Trump's net worth rises to $3 billion despite business setbacks<

^TRUMP-WEALTH:BLO—< President Donald Trump's net worth rose to $3 billion, a 5% gain over the past year, thanks to a jump in the value of an office-building deal he once sued to prevent.

The increase in Trump's wealth reverses two years of declines and brings his net worth back to 2016 levels, according to figures compiled by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index from lenders, property records, securities filings, market data and a May 16 financial disclosure. It comes despite setbacks at his family company, including the cancellation of two new hotel chains and reduced business at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida and seven golf courses.

1100 (with trims) by Shahien Nasiripour and Caleb Melby in New York. MOVED


^Kim Goldman's crusade: Make OJ Simpson pay and never forget<

SIMPSON-GOLDMAN:LA — Kim Goldman wrote to O.J. Simpson a few years ago, asking to visit him in the Nevada prison where he was being held for robbery and kidnapping.

She wanted to see the man she says killed her brother, Ron Goldman, and Simpson's wife 25 years ago this week outside Nicole Brown Simpson's Brentwood townhouse. It would become known as "the crime of the century."

To her surprise, Simpson's people got back to her. He would see her — as long as she signed a nondisclosure agreement covering their conservation. Goldman refused.

Much as she wanted to see him shackled and humbled, she said, she would never give Ron's "brutal killer that pleasure."

When a loved one is murdered, those they leave behind often go through a cycle of grief and pain. Many fight to give the loss meaning but also try to accept what happened and move on.

Not Kim Goldman.

1450 by Richard Winton in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Violence over extradition bill escalates in Hong Kong as police fire tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters<

HONGKONG:LA — Acrid clouds of tear gas still hung in the air as Avery Cheng crouched to the floor, weeping, on a pedestrian overpass. Crowds of young protesters in T-shirts and surgical masks sprinted past, coughing and splashing water in their eyes.

Armored police in riot gear marched toward the running crowds, shooting rubber bullets, bean bags and tear gas canisters, then chasing the mostly unarmed youth with batons and pepper spray.

The protesters ran, rubbing their eyes, then stopped to turn and chant, "Retract! Retract!" Riot police continued to advance.

1800 (with trims) by Alice Su in Hong Kong. MOVED



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HONGKONG:BLO — 1300 (with trims) by Matthew Campbell, Shawna Kwan and Blake Schmidt in Hong Kong. MOVED


^In first admissions scandal sentencing, ex-Stanford sailing coach is spared prison<

^CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD:LA—< John Vandemoer, a former sailing coach at Stanford University who swapped spots at the elite college for bribes, was spared prison Wednesday for his role in the widespread college admissions scandal.

In choosing not to incarcerate Vandemoer, U.S. District Judge Rya W. Zobel came down on the side of the disgraced coach, who had pleaded for leniency because he did not pocket the bribes personally and quickly accepted responsibility for his crimes when he was discovered.

700 by Joel Rubin and Matthew Ormseth in Los Angeles. MOVED



^US to bolster Poland's defenses<

USPOLAND-1ST-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is shifting 1,000 U.S. troops from bases in Western Europe to Poland, but he stopped short of approving Warsaw's request for a permanent U.S. military installation near Russia's border.

Trump described the added troops, who will join about 4,000 U.S. soldiers who rotate in and out of Poland, as a "limited force," and said Warsaw would pay to house them and build military facilities for American use.

500 by David S. Cloud in Washington. MOVED


^Trump says 'I'd take it' if foreigners offer dirt on 2020 rivals<

TRUMP-2020-FOREIGN:BLO — President Donald Trump said he'd want to hear damaging information about a political opponent in the 2020 election even if it were provided by a foreigner — a scenario that evokes some of the controversial conduct at the heart of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.

"I think I'd take it," the president said in an interview with ABC News's George Stephanopoulos that aired Wednesday.

450 by Justin Sink in Washington. MOVED


^House committee challenges weapon sales to Saudi Arabia<

USSAUDI-ARMS:LA — The Trump administration faced stiff bipartisan resistance in the House on Wednesday to its plan to sell $8.1 billion worth of precision-guided munitions and other lethal weapons to Saudi Arabia without congressional approval.

Testifying to the House Foreign Affairs Committee, R. Clarke Cooper, an assistant secretary of state, defended the White House decision to circumvent Congress because of what he called an urgent threat from Iran. Democrats and Republicans criticized the weapons deal.

750 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington. MOVED


^Hope Hicks agrees to closed-door interview by House Judiciary Committee<

CONGRESS-HICKS:BLO — Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, has agreed to be interviewed by the House Judiciary Committee in its investigation of President Donald Trump, the panel's chairman said on Wednesday.

Hicks, who also worked on Trump's 2016 campaign, agreed to the closed-door June 19 appearance, and a transcript of the proceeding will be released later, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in a statement.

300 by Billy House in Washington. MOVED


^Cruz asks Ocasio-Cortez to team up on legalizing over-the-counter birth control<

CRUZ-OCASIOCORTEZ-CONTRACEPTION:NY — The most unexpected duo in Congress is back for Round 2.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz asked New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Wednesday to team up on legislation that would make birth control available over the counter — less than two weeks after the two polar political opposites joined forces on an anti-lobbying bill.

"I agree," Cruz, one of the most conservative Republicans in Congress, tweeted in response to a post from the Bronx-born democratic socialist proposing to make over-the-counter birth control legal.

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


^Bill on 9/11 fund clears committee, headed for full House vote<

CONGRESS-911FUND:NY — Congress took the first step Wednesday to finally remedy its slow-motion response to the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, passing a bill out of committee that would permanently fund compensation for ailing survivors and first responders.

"We have asked so much of our 9/11 responders and survivors. We relied on them to rush to the World Trade Center and the Pentagon under horrible conditions," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y.

600 by Michael Mcauliff in Washington. MOVED


^Trump Jr. says 'nothing to correct' in his Senate testimony<

TRUMPJR:BLO — Donald Trump Jr. appeared Wednesday for a closed-door interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee, telling reporters that he wasn't changing his previous testimony.

"No, nothing to correct," the president's son said. Senators have indicated they wanted to clear up what they considered discrepancies between his answers and the testimony of others in the panel's long-running, bipartisan investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

300 by Steven T. Dennis in Washington. MOVED


^Flynn's new lawyer is the conservative firebrand Sidney Powell<

FLYNN:BLO — Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, due to be sentenced for lying to U.S. investigators in the Russia probe, has hired conservative firebrand Sidney Powell as his new legal counsel.

"Attorney Powell is honored to represent General Flynn and he will continue to cooperate with the government in all matters," her Dallas law firm said in a statement Wednesday.

400 by Andrew Harris and Greg Farrell in Washington. MOVED


^As Japan's premier visits Tehran, here's what you need to know about US-Iran tensions<

^USIRAN-EXPLAINER:LA—<Tensions have been brewing between the U.S. and Iran since Iran's Islamic Revolution four decades ago, but the situation reached a boiling point last month after the U.S. claimed an increased threat from Iran, a year after pulling out of a multi-nation nuclear treaty with Tehran.

The rhetoric has simmered, and both sides have insisted they do not seek war. But concerns remain that the situation could quickly change and shoot past the boiling point.

Here's an explanation of how relations took a turn for the worse and where things stand today.

1350 by Melissa Etehad. (Moved as a Washington story.) MOVED


^Forest Service seeks to exempt some logging and mining from environmental review rules<

ENV-FORESTSERVICE:LA — The U.S. Forest Service on Wednesday announced plans to narrow the scope of a major environmental law, allowing the agency to fast-track activity throughout the national forest system without undergoing environmental review.

The proposed changes could potentially make it easier for logging, road building and other construction projects to gain approval than under current rules — and much more quickly.

800 by Anna M. Phillips in Washington. MOVED


^Panel approves pilot program to take military sex assault cases outside chain of command<

CONGRESS-MILITARY-ASSAULT:CON — Advocates of taking the decision for prosecuting military sexual assaults — a persistent problem within the ranks — outside the chain of command scored a significant victory Wednesday when the House Armed Services Committee approved a pilot program that would do just that at the service academies.

600 by Jason Dick in Washington. MOVED


^Rep. Norma Torres' 'sex-starved males' comment sets off House floor kerfuffle<

CONGRESS-ABORTION-TORRES:CON — A routine House debate nearly exploded Wednesday when California Democrat Norma J. Torres implied her Republican colleagues were "sex-starved males" for opposing abortion.

"Mr. Speaker, it is tiring to hear from so many sex-starved males on this floor talk about a woman's right to choose," Torres said as lawmakers debated a rule setting up amendment consideration for a four-bill spending package that includes funding for public health programs.

Her remarks triggered audible outrage — and numerous calls for a point of order — from the Republican side of the chamber.

600 by Kellie Mejdrich in Washington. MOVED


^Graham won't back off Mideast 'two-state solution' despite Israeli pressure<

MIDEAST-GRAHAM:WA — If Israeli officials are hoping their ally, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, will back off plans to introduce a resolution expressing support for a two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, they are going to be disappointed.

The South Carolina Republican told McClatchy in an interview this week that he has no plans to abandon his long-held position.

700 by Emma Dumain and Michael Wilner in Washington. MOVED



^Kamala Harris says she would protect 'Dreamers' through executive orders<

HARRIS-IMMIGRATION:LA — Sen. Kamala Harris said Wednesday she would create a path to citizenship for "Dreamers" — those who were brought to the United States illegally as children — as well as protect 4 million other immigrants from deportation.

The Democratic presidential candidate from California released a plan that detailed executive actions she would pursue, if elected, to shore up Dreamers' legal status, which has been in limbo under President Donald Trump's administration.

700 by Melanie Mason. MOVED


^Upcoming debates an important next stage in presidential campaign<

^DEMOCRATS-2020-DEBATES:CON—<In a little more than two weeks, 20 candidates will take the debate stage in their quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. And with increasing pressure to distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack, some contenders could choose to take the gloves off and attack an opponent, which would have a ripple effect on the race.

Up to this point, the Democratic race has largely been cordial, except for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders going after former Vice President Joe Biden. But one or more of the candidates could decide that a nationally televised debate would be an excellent place and time to knock an opponent down a few slots.

Achieving that effect is complicated, however.

500 by Nathan L. Gonzales in Washington. MOVED


^Howard Schultz delays decision on presidential campaign as he recovers from back surgery<

SCHULTZ:SE — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who spent much of the spring traveling the country exploring a presidential campaign, is putting off his decision on whether to actually run for president until the fall, he said Wednesday.

In a letter to supporters, Schultz said he will be taking the summer off to recover from three separate back surgeries in the last two months. He said he would be back in touch after Labor Day.

350 by David Gutman in Seattle. MOVED



^Mexicans are no longer the majority of the unauthorized immigrant population, analysis finds<

IMMIGRATION-UNAUTHORIZED:DA — Mexican immigrants no longer make up a majority of the United States' unauthorized immigrant population, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.

It's the first time that's happened since 1965.

The analysis released Wednesday found that as of 2017, Mexicans make up less than half of all unauthorized immigrants and the overall unauthorized population continues to decrease.

500 by Obed Manuel in Dallas. MOVED


^With classified filing, feds eye national security case against Mar-a-Lago intruder<

MARALAGO-ARREST:MI — For the first time, federal prosecutors have disclosed they are developing a potential national security case against Yujing Zhang, the 33-year-old Chinese woman charged with unlawfully entering Mar-a-Lago with a stash of electronic equipment.

They asked a federal judge to allow them to file "classified information" under seal without the public — or the defendant — seeing it. If the motion is granted, prosecutors will present the evidence directly to the federal judge in Zhang's case during a private, closed meeting in the judge's chambers.

950 by Jay Weaver and Sarah Blaskey in Miami. MOVED


^Man pleads guilty to 1st-degree murder in 2015 killings of 3 Muslims in Chapel Hill <

NC-SHOOTING:RA — The man charged with shooting three young Muslims at a Chapel Hill apartment complex in 2015 pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday, ending a four-year case that drew international cries of hate crime.

350 by Josh Shaffer in Durham, N.C. MOVED


^Conn. state police search pond associated husband of missing mother<

MISSINGMOTHER:HC — Connecticut state police dog teams and divers began inspecting the water skiing lake in Avon Wednesday where Fotis Dulos brought his children to train, as the search for his missing wife, Jennifer Farber Dulos, entered its 19th day.

At least two troopers with dogs were searching the woods behind the pond located off of Old Farm Road in Avon, and police officials said a dive team was also dispatched to the roughly quarter-mile-long body of water. Sources said police were planning to do some sort of sonar scanning of the pond. They also used divers Wednesday afternoon to search the lake.

950 (with trims) by Dave Altimari, Nicholas Rondinone and David Owens in Hartford, Conn. MOVED


^He wanted to apologize for cutting off another driver. It turned into a deadly shootout<

ROADRAGE-SHOOTING-1ST-LEDE:FL — Keith Byrne was trying to do the right thing. After the Marine Corps veteran accidentally cut off another car, he was ready to apologize at the next light.

Before he could, a passenger got out of the cut-off car and shot him square in the chest.

The mortally wounded Byrne, 41, was also prepared to fight back. With his own gun, he fired two shots at 22-year-old Andre Sinclair, and Sinclair died of his injuries at the hospital two days later. Byrne died on scene.

400 by Wayne K. Roustan and Laurel Weibezahn in Davie, Fla. MOVED


^Margaret Hunter to plead out in case against congressman husband<

CONGRESS-HUNTER:SD — Margaret Hunter, the wife of longtime Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., who was co-indicted with her husband last summer, has agreed to change her plea of not guilty and is scheduled to appear in federal court Thursday.

The announcement was posted on the U.S. District Court docket Wednesday.

Both Hunter and wife were indicted in August on 60 criminal counts related to what prosecutors allege was a yearslong misuse of campaign donations to the congressman's reelection fund.

650 by Jeff McDonald in San Diego. MOVED


^Suspect in LA deputy's shooting wanted to 'make it on his own or die,' Utah police say<

LA-DEPUTYSHOT:LA — The Utah man suspected in the seemingly random shooting of a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy earlier this week left his family's home three weeks ago with a gun and a grim-sounding mission statement, police said.

"He had somehow communicated to them the message that he wanted to make it on his own or die," Capt. Mike Giles of the St. George Police Department in Utah, said Wednesday.

Neither police nor the family of 30-year-old Rhett McKenzie Nelson believed he was a danger to himself or others when he went missing on May 27, Giles said.

950 (with trims) by James Queally and Maya Lau in Los Angeles. MOVED


^UCLA faces 'rigorous review' over handling of gynecologist abuse allegations, Napolitano says<

CMP-UCLA-GYNECOLOGIST:LA — University of California President Janet Napolitano vowed to get to the bottom of how UCLA handled allegations of sexual misconduct by a university gynecologist, saying "there were lessons learned" in the case.

"What UCLA is doing is making sure those kinds of issues don't happen again," she said in an interview Tuesday. "We just don't want this happening again. We just don't."

In announcing Monday that a former UCLA staff gynecologist has been charged with sexual battery and exploitation of two patients, the university apologized to the community and said it was reviewing how the case was handled.

850 (with trims) by Dorany Pineda, Teresa Watanabe and Jaclyn Cosgrove in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Florida governor to visit Pulse memorial ahead of annual remembrance ceremony<

ORLANDO-SHOOTING-GOVERNOR:OS — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will visit the Pulse memorial at 5 p.m. Wednesday, according to his official schedule.

The visit comes three years to the day after the mass shooting claimed 49 lives and wounded dozens more at the gay nightclub.

250 by Ryan Gillespie in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs abortion rights law making procedure a 'fundamental right' for women in Illinois<

ILL-ABORTION:TB — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law Wednesday morning sweeping new abortion rights legislation, establishing the procedure as a "fundamental right" for women in Illinois.

"In a time when too many states across the nation are taking a step backward, Illinois is taking a giant step forward for women's health," Pritzker said in remarks at the Chicago Cultural Center before signing the bill. "Today, we proudly proclaim that in this state, we trust women."

300 by Chicago Tribune Staff in Chicago. MOVED


^Donald Trump's Beverly Hills home quietly sells for $13.5 million<

TRUMP-BEVERLYHILLS-HOME:LA — President Donald Trump has visited California three times since entering the White House, but he'll have one less place to stay for the next trip. The Trump Organization has quietly unloaded one of its last two properties in Los Angeles County, a Tudor-style home in Beverly Hills, for $13.5 million in an off-market sale.

The company bought the home for $7 million in 2007, when it was controlled by Trump. It's now run by his two sons, Eric and Donald Trump Jr.

400 by Jack Flemming in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Postal Service honors George H.W. Bush with stamp<

BUSH-STAMP:AU — There will now be a new, familiar face on postage stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service released a commemorative Forever stamp Wednesday featuring former President George H.W. Bush in honor of what would have been the 41st president's 95th birthday.

250 by Matt Zdun in Austin, Texas. MOVED


^Teen dies after trying to save 3-year-old from Bronx apartment building fire<

BRONX-FIRE:NY — A Bronx teen died Wednesday, three days after he raced into a raging apartment fire and carried a 3-year-old girl down 14 flights of stairs in a desperate and ultimately unsuccessful rescue attempt, relatives and police sources said Wednesday.

300 by Jasper K Lo, Thomas Tracy and Larry McShane in New York. MOVED


^4th child in 5 days dies in gun violence in St. Louis<

STLOUIS-VIOLENCE:SL — For the fourth time in five days, a child has died after being shot in St. Louis.

The latest victim is Myiesha Cannon, a 16-year-old girl fatally shot early Wednesday morning. Myiesha was shot in the head about 1:25 a.m. Wednesday in city's Greater Ville neighborhood. She died at the scene.

700 by Kim Bell and Christine Byers in St. Louis. MOVED

^East Bay community to owner of swastika lawn art: Get rid of it<

YARD-SWASTIKA:CC — It didn't take a petition for Steven Johnson to start regretting his decision to landscape a Nazi symbol on his front yard.

But his neighbors, disturbed by the giant concrete swastika that showed up last week on Johnson's lawn, decided that they needed to make their voices heard.

An online petition started by a group called "Not In Our Town-El Sobrante" called for Johnson to remove the 10 foot-by-10-foot swastika. By Wednesday morning, it had gathered 2,700 signatures, most from California, but others from around the world weighed in as well.

600 by Rick Hurd in El Sobrante, Calif. MOVED


^Towing a car can be financially ruinous. Should California cities do it anyway?<

CALIF-TOWING:LA — Over the objections of anti-poverty advocates, Los Angeles lawmakers on Tuesday came out against legislation that would prevent California cities from towing vehicles left on the street for more than 72 hours.

1000 (with trims) by Laura J. Nelson in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Jury awards $4 million to tourist injured in deadly Seattle Ride the Ducks crash<

SEATTLE-CRASH:SE — A King County, Wash., jury on Monday awarded $4 million in damages to Rebecca Rhodes West, a Montana woman visiting Seattle in September 2015, for her physical and emotional injuries suffered after being ejected from an amphibious tour vehicle during a crash that killed five students and injured more than 60 people.

950 (with trims) by Lewis Kamb in Seattle. MOVED


^County defends decision to move polling place over church's Black Lives Matter banners<

POLLINGPLACE-BLACKLIVESMATTER:FR — Fresno County officials on Tuesday released a lengthy response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union over the county's decision to remove the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno as a polling site — saying they did so after the church wouldn't budge on displaying "Black Lives Matter" banners .

500 by Yesenia Amaro in Fresno, Calif. MOVED


^Coworker threatened black employee at California youth prison with noose, lawsuit claims<

CALIF-NOOSE-LAWSUIT:SA — A maintenance worker at a youth prison outside Los Angeles threatened a black coworker with a noose and kept his job while the black employee faced retaliation and had to go on leave, according to a newly filed lawsuit.

350 by Wes Venteicher in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^Bags of 'Healthy Holly' books occasionally arrive at Maryland Book Bank; kids don't want them, others do<

BALTIMORE-EXMAYOR-BOOKS:BZ — From time to time over the past few months, employees at the Maryland Book Bank have found a trash bag waiting for them on their loading dock in Woodberry — each one stuffed with "Healthy Holly" books.

"Every time they've come in, it's never been just five or six" books, said Kim Crout, the nonprofit organization's program manager. "It's always been a trash bag of 20 or 30, and they're always just left here when we get in."

700 by Kevin Rector in Baltimore. MOVED


^Illinois official calls for end to county's Civil War Days; resident says, 'This has nothing we want, nor should celebrate, nor re-enact'<

^ILL-CIVILWARDAYS:TB—<The 2019 edition of Civil War Days at Lakewood Forest Preserve in Wauconda, Ill., might be the last one hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserves after the district's board debated the appropriateness of the annual commemoration Tuesday.

900 by Frank Abderholden. MOVED


^MS-13 member sentenced to 55 years in machete quadruple murder<

NY-BODIESFOUND:ND — A member of the MS-13 street gang was sentenced Wednesday to 55 years in prison for his key role in the 2017 machete killings of four young men in a park on Long Island.

Josue Portillo was the first of about a dozen members of the gang and associates accused in the crime to plead guilty and to be sentenced in the case.

In sentencing Portillo, U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco also ordered him to pay $24,000 in funeral expenses to be divided among three of the victims' families.

650 by Robert E. Kessler in Melville, N.Y. MOVED

^Chicago couple famous for cocktail bread makes largest-ever donation to hospital for new $450 million building<

ILL-HOSPITAL-DONATION:TB — A Chicago couple famous for selling "cocktail bread" is giving Rush its largest-ever donation, which will help fund a $450 million, 10-story outpatient care center on the West Side medical campus.

650 by Lisa Schencker in Chicago. MOVED


^Children dig up World War II practice bomb in Florida back yard<

^FLA-PRACTICE-BOMB:OS—<After children dug up a World War II-era practice bomb in their back yard Friday, police evacuated several surrounding homes as the bomb squad investigated, Boca Raton police said Tuesday.

200 by Tiffini Theisen. MOVED


^Gabriele Grunewald, former national distance champion, dies after decade-long battle with cancer<

OLY-GRUNEWALD:MS — On the day she learned she had cancer, Gabriele Grunewald made a decision that would define the rest of her life. Though she had a track meet the following afternoon, her coaches with the Gophers told her she could sit out the 1,500 meters, thinking she might need time to process the devastating news.

She wouldn't hear of it. "It was important to me to run," Grunewald said. "It's important to do what you love when you have the opportunity to do it. This is what I love to do."

Grunewald, who died Tuesday evening at age 32 after a decade of fighting a rare cancer, awed her teammates with her courage that weekend. Her unwavering hopefulness would later inspire thousands more around the world.

950 (with trims) by Rachel Blount in Minneapolis. (Moved as a sports story.) MOVED



^Britain must prepare for no-deal Brexit as 'last resort,' Boris Johnson says<

BRITAIN-POLITICS:DPA — Boris Johnson, the front-runner to succeed Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May, insisted on Wednesday that Britain must keep the option of leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement as a "last resort."

In a speech to launch his campaign for the Conservative leadership, Johnson said that, if elected by the party, he would take Britain out of the bloc with or without a deal on the agreed deadline of Oct. 31.

550 by Bill Smith in London. MOVED



^Ancient drug paraphernalia reveals that people smoked pot in China 2,500 years ago<

SCI-ANCIENTCHINA-CANNABIS:LA — High in the Pamir Mountains of western China, scientists exploring an ancient cemetery have uncovered 2,500-year old vessels containing the chemical remains of burned cannabis plants.

The discovery, described Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, marks the earliest solid chemical evidence that ancient people sought out cannabis for its mind-altering properties, and could shed light on the interactions between ancient human cultures as well as our evolving relationship with certain plants.

900 by Amina Khan. MOVED




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.



^Will Delaware legalize marijuana for adult use this year?<

DEL-MARIJUANA:PH — Is Delaware close to legalizing marijuana for recreational use?

Well, that depends on whom you ask.

Advocates are optimistic. Lawmakers worry there is just not enough legislative support.

The First State was among the first on the East Coast to weigh legalization for adult use. But last year, legalization came up short four "ayes."

The latest version of the bill, HB 110, advanced from the House Revenue and Finance Committee last week to the House Appropriations Committee. There is optimism that the new version of the bill might win over some holdouts.

1050 (with trims) by Sam Wood in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Some women in Armed Forces miss out on maternity leave. Kansas lawmaker's bill would end that<

SERVICEWOMEN-MATERNITYLEAVE:WA — The same week in December that Briell Zweygardt is due to give birth to her first child she's also scheduled to report to McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., for drills.

Zweygardt, 25, is a second lieutenant in the Kansas Air National Guard and like other women in the National Guard or military reserves she'll face a tough choice when her child is born. If she takes time off from her monthly guard duties to care for her child, she'll lose out on pay and points toward her retirement.

In 2016, the U.S. Department of Defense enacted a 12-week maternity leave policy to cover active duty personnel, but the policy did not cover women in the National Guard or military reserves. They can still be penalized for taking time off to care for their newborn children.

Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., has introduced legislation that will close this loophole and guarantee 12 weeks of paid maternity leave for guardswomen and reservists.

850 by Bryan Lowry in Washington. MOVED




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