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News Budget for Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Updated at 2 p.m. EDT (1800 UTC).




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^Trump invokes executive privilege in fight over census citizenship question<

CONGRESS-CENSUS-CITIZENSHIP-1ST-LEDE:LA — President Donald Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over information House Democrats are seeking regarding the decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The move came as a House panel was expected to vote later in the day 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 decision.

600 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



Also moving as:

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



^US to station 1,000 troops in Poland<

USPOLAND:LA — The Pentagon will station an additional 1,000 troops in Poland but a new agreement stops short of securing a permanent U.S. base dubbed Fort Trump.

700 by David S. Cloud in Washington.

Moving later

^House Democrats challenge weapon sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE<

USSAUDI-ARMS:LA — House Democrats will grill officials in charge of selling weapons to Saudi Arabia in a bipartisan attempt to block $8 billion deal to protest Riyadh abuses.

800 by Tracy Wilkinson in Washington.

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^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



^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



^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


^Ex-Stanford coach to be sentenced in college admissions scandal <

CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD:LA — John Vandemoer is scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday after admitting he took $610,000 in bribes from William "Rick" Singer, the mastermind of the college admissions scandal.

600 by Joel Rubin and Matthew Ormseth in Los Angeles.

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^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


^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


^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




NEWSBRIEFS:MCT — Nation and world news briefs.

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^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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