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News Budget for Tuesday, January 14, 2020

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^TOP STORIES<

^House will vote Wednesday to send impeachment articles to the Senate<

IMPEACHMENT:LA — House Democrats will send the articles of impeachment to the Senate on Wednesday, signaling an end to the nearly month-long standoff between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell over the shape of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

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^White House scrambles to assemble Trump's impeachment defense<

IMPEACHMENT-DEFENSE:LA — President Donald Trump's lawyers are scrambling to assemble their legal team and draft opening statements for a Senate impeachment trial that could start within days and will determine whether to remove the president from office.

As the House prepared to send articles of impeachment to the Senate, Trump's lawyers have huddled in the Oval Office with their unpredictable client and sought to finalize who will appear on the president's behalf — and who will advise on the sidelines of only the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history.

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^6 Democrats to face off in final debate before the Iowa caucuses<

DEMOCRATS-DEBATE:LA — Six candidates in a winnowing Democratic field will take the stage Tuesday in Des Moines, Iowa, in the last debate before Iowans cast their votes.

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^National Security Agency discovers vulnerability in Microsoft Windows<

CPT-MICROSOFT-NSA-1ST-LEDE:BLO — The National Security Agency announced that it had found a "critical vulnerability" in Microsoft Corp.'s Windows operating systems that could enable cyber intrusions.

The NSA recognized "the severity of the vulnerability" and disclosed it to Microsoft to expedite the process of fixing it, according to Anne Neuberger, the NSA's director of cybersecurity, speaking to reporters on Tuesday. Microsoft released a patch the same day.

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^WASHINGTON<

^Democrats want documents, not just witnesses, at Trump's impeachment trial<

IMPEACHMENT-DOCUMENTS:CON — The high-profile fight over potentially dramatic witness testimony at an impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has overshadowed the Senate's possible demand for a different type of revealing cache of new evidence — withheld documents.

Senate Democrats have pushed to include in the trial documents that the Trump administration refused to turn over during the House investigation. But they need at least four Republicans to vote with all Democrats and independents for the Senate to subpoena witnesses or documents, and it's not clear they have those votes.

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^US spy agencies tracking Russian hack of Ukrainian company Burisma<

USRUSSIA-HACKING-BURISMA:BLO — U.S. spy agencies are tracking a Russian hacking attack against a Ukrainian gas company linked to the impeachment of President Donald Trump, including whether it was done to find damaging information on former Vice President Joe Biden's family, according to a senior U.S. official.

The U.S. is reviewing evidence of the hack at Burisma Holdings first disclosed by researchers at security company Area 1, according to Shelby Pierson, the election threats executive for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

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^Supreme Court revisits Bridgegate and ponders: When is a political scheme also federal fraud?<

SCOTUS-BRIDGESCANDAL:LA — The Supreme Court may be about to limit federal fraud prosecutions involving politically motivated schemes, particularly when the alleged government corruption involves no exchange of money or property.

The justices on Tuesday heard an appeal from Bridget Anne Kelly, a top aide to Chris Christie when he was New Jersey governor. She was fired in 2013 and later prosecuted for her role in a scheme to punish the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee by shutting down two reserved lanes across the George Washington Bridge, creating a massive traffic jam.

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^House to vote on military force authorizations this month<

CONGRESS-MILITARYFORCE:CON — House Democratic leaders committed to progressives Tuesday that the House will vote on legislation to prevent funds for unauthorized military force against Iran and to repeal the 2002 authorization of use of military force the week of Jan. 27.

The bills, sponsored by California Reps. Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee, respectively, will get separate votes, according to Khanna and Progressive Caucus co-chair Pramila Jayapal.

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^House Ethics Committee ends probe of Rep. Duncan Hunter campaign spending<

CONGRESS-HUNTER-ETHICS:SD — The U.S. House Committee on Ethics announced Tuesday that it no longer has jurisdiction over former Rep. Duncan Hunter following his resignation Monday and would therefore close its inquiry into allegations of misspending of campaign money.

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^Ivanka Trump plans White House summit on human trafficking<

IVANKATRUMP-HUMANTRAFFICKING:WA — The White House will host a summit on human trafficking at the end of January marking 20 years since Congress made it a federal crime, amid an uptick in reported cases in recent years.

Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser, told McClatchy on Tuesday that her father, President Donald Trump, would attend the summit along with Attorney General Bill Barr, members of Congress, and state and local leaders.

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^Should Trump declare California a national disaster to help homeless? One congressman's idea<

CALIF-HOMELESSNESS-FUNDING:WA — A California congressman wants to allow states to apply for emergency funding for homelessness crises in the same way they're granted funding for natural disasters like wildfires or hurricanes.

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^POLITICS<

^Joe Biden says he'd consider Kamala Harris 'for anything' she wants, including VP<

BIDEN-HARRIS:SA — California Sen. Kamala Harris's presidential campaign is over, but she could still find herself in the White House next year.

In his first California interview, former Vice President Joe Biden said he would consider Harris "for anything" she wants, including vice president.

"She's qualified to be president, and I'd consider her for anything that she would be interested in," Biden said on The Bee's California Nation podcast.

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^Progressives split on how to block a centrist from nomination<

DEMOCRATS-2020-PROGRESSIVES:BLO — Progressive Democrats are growing increasingly concerned that their preferred presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders risk splitting the movement's vote and handing the Democratic nomination to Joe Biden.

The anxieties have led to calls by some for one of the two candidates to drop out before the March 3 "Super Tuesday" contests and endorse the other, in order to coalesce the left behind one standard-bearer. But others reject that approach and say both Sanders and Warren should stay in to amass delegates and join forces at the nominating convention in July.

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^Early voting is coming to Pennsylvania in time for 2020. But it won't be the same for everyone<

PA-2020-VOTING:PH — Early voting is coming to Pennsylvania in time for the presidential election. Sort of.

Under a new law, people will have the option of requesting and submitting an absentee ballot during one in-person visit to county elections offices, starting more than a month and a half before an election day. It's not technically what most people understand as "early voting" — people won't be using the usual voting machines — but it's a method for people to cast ballots in person in advance of the actual election without worrying about deadlines and mail problems.

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^UNITED STATES<

^Delta jet returning to LAX for emergency landing dumps fuel on school playground; 17 children treated<

LA-AIRPORT-FUELDUMP-1ST-LEDE:LA — An airplane returning to Los Angeles International Airport on Tuesday morning dropped jet fuel onto a school playground, striking several students at Park Avenue Elementary School in Cudahy, officials said.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department said more than 70 firefighters and paramedics were at the school, and 17 children and nine adults were treated for minor injuries.

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^Judge rules that Epstein documents in New York court case will stay under seal — for now<

EPSTEIN-DOCUMENTS:MI — Who helped the pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein abuse scores of young women?

Although Epstein was found dead in a New York City jail last summer, a list of names of wealthy and well-connected people who may have helped him commit his crimes lives on. The possible enablers could be named in a batch of sealed court documents filed in a civil lawsuit between one of Epstein's accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, and his former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite who is said to have procured him vulnerable, underage victims.

Now a federal judge has decided that some of those documents will remain sealed — for now.

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^Indiana man sparked Secret Service investigation as he shouted outside Mar-a-Lago<

MARALAGO-INCIDENT:MI — The man who sparked a U.S. Secret Service investigation last week when he attempted to enter Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump's private Palm Beach club and primary residence, is a 34-year-old from Indiana, according to a heavily redacted incident report released Tuesday by Palm Beach police. The man has not been charged with a crime.

The Miami Herald is not publishing the man's name out of concern for privacy regarding mental health.

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^After mass shooting threat, former Long Beach hotel cook faces prison<

LONGBEACH-SHOOTING-THREAT:LA — A former Long Beach Marriott hotel cook who threatened to carry out a mass shooting pleaded no contest Monday to two felony counts of criminal threats and could face nearly four years in prison, authorities said.

Long Beach police thwarted a potential mass shooting in August when they arrested Rodolfo Montoya, 37, at his Huntington Beach home, where a cache of weapons was found.

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^UConn students arrested for yelling racial slur sue university on First Amendment grounds<

CMP-CONN-SLUR:HC — Two UConn students arrested last year for repeatedly shouting a racial slur outside an on-campus apartment building are suing the university, its president and other administrators, alleging their First Amendment rights are being violated.

In their lawsuit, filed in federal court in Connecticut on Tuesday, Ryan Mucaj and Jarred Karal say the school is seeking to remove them from university housing as punishment for violating the student code of conduct, specifically a section on "disruptive behavior."

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^LAPD scandal over alleged gang framing swells to 20 officers<

LAPD-FALSE-RECORDS:LA — The investigation into allegations that members of the elite Los Angeles Police Department's Metro Division falsified information they gathered during stops and wrongly portrayed people as gang members or associates has expanded to include 20 officers, with prosecutors already reviewing one case.

The widening probe is becoming a major scandal at the LAPD, raising questions about the criminal cases brought by the officers now under scrutiny.

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^Florida stands to lose millions for undercounting children in census<

CENSUS-FLA-CHILDREN:OS — Florida's infants and toddlers face the greatest risk of being undercounted in the upcoming 2020 census — an error that could cost the state "staggering" amounts of federal funding for everything from schools to children's health care to food stamps.

Research of the previous census, in 2010, show that Florida had the second-largest loss in the nation from undercounting residents younger than 5 — at least $67.5 million a year for the past decade — and some advocates fear this year's results could be worse.

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^Police identify mother of newborn left to freeze to death 32 years ago<

INFANT-DEATH:HC — Meriden, Conn., police have identified the mother of a newborn boy left to freeze death in a parking lot 32 years ago.

Police Chief Jeffry Cosette said the baby's mother is Karen Roche, who was 25 at the time she abandoned the boy and still lives in the city.

Detectives spoke with her on Jan. 2 and she admitted to being the boy's mother. A DNA test taken last week confirmed it.

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^'We finally put a name and a face to this monster.' Illinois officials ID killer of 16-year-old girl in 1976. Man, now dead, believed to be linked to other cases<

ILL-COLDCASE:TB — An unsolved string of killings of young suburban Chicago women in the 1970s frustrated police for decades. Now authorities in DuPage County, Ill., believe that by cracking one of those cold cases, they may have uncovered the trail of a serial killer.

By digging up the remains of the suspect, and matching his DNA to the crime, investigators were able to identify Bruce Lindahl as the killer of 16-year-old Pamela Maurer in Lisle in 1976.

Though Lindahl died a violent death himself long ago, police believe they may have uncovered a series of his victims, and may finally be able to render some measure of justice to his victims and their families.

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^9-year-old finds loaded Santa Clara County Sheriff deputy's handgun in Airbnb<

AIRBNB-CHILD-HANDGUN:SJ — Friday night, Jon Segarra and his family arrived at their Airbnb in South Lake Tahoe after a four-hour sojourn from the Bay Area, looking to get started on a snowy weekend.

As Segarra, a Hayward, Calif., resident, unloaded the car with his girlfriend and sister, the six kids between them ran pell-mell into the house. While the kids squabbled over sleeping arrangements and searched the house for board games, Segarra's 9-year-old son Joshua, flanked by his two younger siblings and cousin, opened a bedside drawer.

But instead of a checkers set or deck of cards, they found a badge. And a loaded handgun.

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^Woman pulls knife, steals $2 million in jewelry from Southern California mall, police say<

CALIF-JEWELRYTHEFT:LA — Police have arrested a Newport Beach woman they say brandished a large kitchen knife and made off with more than $2 million in jewelry from a Costa Mesa store, authorities said.

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^Parkland shooter may soon face trial over alleged attack on jail guard<

PARKLAND-CRUZ-JAILGUARD:FL — Prosecutors still want to bring the Parkland school shooter in front of a jury by the end of this month, but not for murder.

Nikolas Cruz, 21, is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 27 on four criminal counts stemming from his alleged attack on a Broward jail guard in November 2018. Cruz is accused of punching Sgt. Ray Beltran, wrestling him to the ground and taking his stun gun.

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^TSA investigating claim of offensive treatment at airport<

TSA-BRAIDS-COMPLAINT:MS — Tara Houska has had past trouble with her braids setting off alarms as she passed through airport body scanners, but she said she has never experienced anything like what happened Monday at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

That's when, Houska said, a Transportation Security Administration employee patted down her braids looking for weapons, began laughing and then pulled them back behind her head and "whipped them like reins."

"It was a very uncomfortable situation," Houska said.

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^86-year-old man who robbed a bank is pulled over 1 mile away, South Carolina cops say<

^ELDERLY-BANKROBBER:CH—<An 86-year-old bank robber was easily captured Monday in South Carolina, after he apparently drove too cautiously to make the necessary fast getaway, according to the Greenville Police Department.

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^Cop once named Orlando's officer of the year disciplined for taunting teen during arrest<

OFFICER-TAUNTING:OS — An Orlando police officer who was named 2018's patrol officer of the year was disciplined recently after body camera footage showed him "taunt, belittle, humiliate and even incite violence" while detaining a teenager for violating a city ordinance in May, an internal investigation found.

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^THE WORLD<

^Benedict XVI disowns co-authorship of controversial celibacy book<

RELIG-POPE-CELIBACY:DPA — Retired pope Benedict XVI never agreed to appear as the co-author of a controversial book on priestly celibacy, his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, said Tuesday.

It was a remarkable disavowal of a work seen by many as both an attack on Pope Francis' authority and a serious breach of Benedict's promise to remain "hidden to the world" following his retirement in 2013.

In the book, Benedict is presented as arguing against a relaxation of the celibacy rule for priests, wading into a topic on which Francis is due to make a decision within a few weeks.

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^SCIENCE, MEDICINE, ENVIRONMENT<

^Study: Vegetable-rich diet doesn't stop or cure prostate cancer<

MED-DIET-PROSTATECANCER:SD — A new study by the University of California, San Diego casts doubt on the belief of many scientists and the public that a diet rich in vegetables might slow the progression of prostate cancer, a disease that kills about 33,000 Americans a year.

The findings were based on a study in which more than 200 men who had been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer significantly increased their consumption of vegetables over a two-year period.

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^Amorous giant tortoise from San Diego is saving his species from extinction<

ENV-TORTOISE-MATING:SD — A giant tortoise from the San Diego Zoo has created his own Galapagos Islands following — literally.

The love life of Diego, a playboy tortoise, has gained him a place in the national spotlight.

Diego came to the San Diego Zoo as a young adult in the early 1930s when several land tortoises from the Galapagos Islands were shipped to U.S. zoos. In the mid-1970s, Diego was sent back to the Galapagos to assist in a breeding program to save the area's dwindling population of the gentle giants.

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^10 years after Haiti's earthquake: A decade of aftershocks and unkept promises<

HAITI-QUAKE-10YEARS:MI — For nearly three years after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake, Haiti's main public square was a densely crowded tent city packed with makeshift huts made from cardboard, plywood and bedsheets in the shadow of a ruined presidential palace.

Walk through the Champ de Mars today and the displaced survivors of the quake who once called it home are long gone — replaced by ice cream vendors, novice student drivers and a new government administrative corridor in the center of the city.

As a disaster-prone Haiti marks the 10th anniversary of an unimaginable catastrophe, Haitians and the international community that pledged to help the country rebuild can point to a few signs of progress.

But a decade of political and economic aftershocks and billions of dollars in mismanaged and unaccounted-for aid have left the country struggling with its recovery, and no more ready today to withstand another massive tremor than it was the day the 7.0 magnitude quake struck.

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^To this man, Islamic State's ideology 'just made sense.' Now, he rejects extremism<

ISLAMICSTATE-SYMPATHIZER:LA — On a rainy morning, Imran Rabbani returned to the Essex County Juvenile Detention Center so he could reunite with his former keepers.

Four years before, Rabbani had arrived at the facility in shackles after being swept up in an Islamic State-inspired plot to set off a pressure-cooker bomb in New York. He was 17.

Now, just starting his third semester at New York University, the 22-year-old Rabbani wanted to give thanks to the people who guided him away from Islamist extremism. As he waited in the library last summer, glancing at books that had proved crucial to his transformation, the room slowly filled with city officials, staff and guards.

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