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News Budget for Sunday, May 19, 2019


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^Trump suggests new Alabama abortion restrictions go too far<

^ALA-ABORTION-TRUMP:BLO—<President Donald Trump late Saturday waded into the issue of women's reproductive rights, suggesting a new, highly restrictive measure banning abortion in Alabama signed this week went too far.

In a series of tweets, the president called himself "strongly Pro-Life, with the three exceptions — Rape, Incest and protecting the Life of the mother."

350 by Ros Krasny in Washington. MOVED


^India's marathon election ends as exit polls suggest Modi re-election<

^INDIA:DPA—<India's six-weeklong parliamentary election came to a close Sunday, with most exit polls predicting a clear win for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The elections, the world's biggest, with an electorate of 902 million, began on April 11 and were held over seven phases.

700 by Siddhartha Kumar And Sunrita Sen in New Delhi. MOVED


^Tax the wealthy and big companies for road repairs? Democrats are divided<

INFRASTRUCTURE-DEMOCRATS:WA — Should big corporations or the wealthy pay more taxes to repair the nation's roads, bridges and other infrastructure? Or should consumers pay for the roads they use with a higher gasoline tax?

Democrats, who control the House of Representatives and have the power to block most legislation in the Senate, have very different ideas, which could complicate efforts to reach an agreement with the White House on funding an ambitious infrastructure improvement plan.

750 by David Lightman in Washington. MOVED



^Kansas' Kobach is weighing a Senate bid. National Republicans are ready to stop him<

KANSENATE-KOBACH:WA — National Republicans are prepared to intervene in the Kansas Senate primary to ensure that conservative firebrand Kris Kobach does not win the party's nomination should he run, multiple sources told the Kansas City Star.

Kobach said this month that he is still "actively considering" a bid for the U.S. Senate next year in Kansas. The seat will come open with the retirement of Republican Sen. Pat Roberts.

Any anti-Kobach efforts by groups such as the National Republican Senatorial Committee or the Senate Leadership Fund likely would take the form of undermining Kobach without actively supporting any of the other GOP candidates running against him.

1050 (with trims) by Lindsay Wise, Bryan Lowry and Jonathan Shorman in Washington. MOVED



^Analysis of ransomware used in Baltimore attack indicates hackers needed 'unfettered access' to city computers<

BALTIMORE-RANSOMWARE:BZ — Officials in the eastern North Carolina city of Greenville arrived to work one morning in early April to find the files on some 800 of their computers locked up.

More than five weeks later, they're still recovering from the debilitating cyberattack.

The city of around 92,000 realized April 10 it had fallen prey to hackers — the first known victim of a new strain of so-called ransomware dubbed RobbinHood. Somehow, the attackers gained access to a city administrative account, allowing them to take over the system and sow the virus one computer at a time.

As Greenville fought to revive its systems, Baltimore became RobbinHood's second apparent victim, knocking email and payment systems offline and grinding the city's real estate market to a halt.

1400 (with trims) by Ian Duncan and Christine Zhang in Baltimore. MOVED


^Pill abortions in Missouri decreased after doctors began performing pelvic exams on patients<

MO-PILL-ABORTIONS:SL — The number of pill abortions in Missouri decreased last year after the state began requiring pelvic exams on patients prior to the procedure, according to statistics from the Department of Health and Senior Services.

According to the state, Missouri doctors performed 359 pill abortions in 2018, down from at least 982 pill abortions the year before.

600 by Jack Suntrup in Jefferson City, Mo. MOVED



^After shock win, Morrison in race to shore up Australia economy<

^AUSTRALIA:BLO—<Australia's center-right government is getting straight back to business after its surprise election victory, pledging to pass signature tax cuts to shore up a slowing economy.

Just hours after Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed the biggest come-from-behind win in decades, his Liberal-National coalition said it aimed to deliver tax relief for about half of Australia's 25 million people when parliament reconvenes, perhaps as soon as next month.

850 by Jason Scott in Canberra, Australia. MOVED


^Explosion in Egypt injures 16 people near Giza pyramids<

^EGYPT-EXPLOSION:BLO—<At least 16 people were injured when an explosive device targeted a tourist bus near the Giza pyramids in Egypt, said Hanaa Serour, an official at the Health Ministry.

Some of the wounded were foreign nationals, according to Mohammed El-Saghir, head of police investigations in Giza's al-Haram neighborhood. The blast occurred in front of a museum that's under construction, and there was no immediate claim of responsibility.

150 by Ahmed Khalil El-Sayed in Cairo. MOVED

^Swiss gun lovers dealt a setback as voters favor European rules<

^SWITZERLAND-GUN-REFORMS:BLO—<Swiss voters backed new restrictions on semi-automatic firearms, choosing to forgo a potential standoff with the European Union.

While Switzerland has declined to join the 28-country bloc, it is a member of the open-border Schengen area and therefore must harmonize its weapons laws. Voters supported the change, according to first projections by Swiss broadcaster SRF.

As part of the reform, civilian use and ownership of large-magazine semi-automatic guns will require special permission and additional checks.

150 by Catherine Bosley in Zurich. MOVED



^Washington state braces for eco-friendly 'human composting'<

WASHSTATE-HUMANCOMPOSTING:LA — As Washington prepares to become the first state to legalize "human composting," not everyone is dying to turn their loved ones' bodies into garden-variety soil.

Even the lawmaker who sponsored the bill awaiting action by the governor receives emails from people around the country expressing disgust.

"I think the vision they have is that you throw Grandpa out in the backyard with food scraps," said state Sen. Jamie Pedersen, a Seattle Democrat.

In fact, Pedersen said, the idea is that "bodies are being reduced to soil in a way that is essentially an acceleration of a very natural process." The practice reduces the environmental impact, he said, and saves land from being taken up by cemetery plots and headstones.

1300 by Richard Read in Seattle. MOVED


^Cure for hate: Former skinheads recall what turned them around<

REFORMED-SKINHEADS:SD — Tim Zaal was a scary guy.

At 17, in boots studded with razors, he brutally beat a gay teenage runaway on the streets of Hollywood. By his 20s, he was a full-fledged acolyte of the white supremacist movement.

In Normal Heights, he and fellow skinheads would target gay men. In Belmont Park in Mission Beach, they'd look for minorities to harass.

He did jail time for assaulting an Iranian couple whom he mistook for Jews.

An ocean away, TM Garret was another kind of menace.

He spread white power propaganda in his native Germany through neo-Nazi bands with names like Wolfpack and Hounds of Hell. He started his own chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.

His allegiance to the cause was spelled out in tattoos — the word "skinhead," a Celtic cross.

To them, it was a raucous good time, built on a community, a cause, and an identity.

Can hate that deep be reversed?

2450 (with trims) by Kristina Davis in San Diego. MOVED




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