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News Budget for Monday, January 21, 2019


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^Kamala Harris makes it official: She's running for president<

^HARRIS:LA—<Kamala Harris, a first-term Democratic senator from California who captured national attention for her prosecutorial grilling of Trump administration officials, entered the 2020 presidential fray on Monday, casting her candidacy as a campaign to preserve American ideals.

Stressing her experience as a prosecutor, Harris drew a clear contrast with President Donald Trump, without mentioning his name.

"The American people deserve to have somebody who is going to fight for them, who is going to see them, who will hear them, who will care about them, who will be concerned about their experience and will put them in front of self-interest," she said as she made her announcement on ABC's "Good Morning America."

1050 (with trims) by Melanie Mason. MOVED


^Native Elder Nathan Phillips reflects on staredown with smirking student, the moments before the encounter, and hundreds of years of white privilege<

^NATIVEAMERICAN-STUDENTS-STANDOFF-PHILLIPS:NY—<Omaha Tribal Elder Nathan Phillips has been accused of getting into a teenage student's face with a drum — a student who has since identified himself as Covington High School junior Nick Sandmann.

"I read it," Phillips told The Daily News of Sandmann's carefully crafted statement sent to CNN by a public relations firm. "I didn't agree with it."

1400 (with trims) by Theresa Braine. MOVED

^MLK Day activities underscore split between Trump and 2020 Democrats<

TRUMP-MLK:LA — President Donald Trump gave a low-key nod to Martin Luther King Jr. Monday, while Democratic rivals fanned out to memorial events. The contrast captured the importance of the black vote to Democrats and underscored Trump's troubled record on race.

950 by Janet Hook in Washington.

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TRUMP-MLK:NY — 450 by Leonard Greene. MOVED



^Trump 'never spoke' with Michael Cohen about false testimony, Rudy Giuliani says in latest Moscow deal twist<

^TRUMP-COHEN-GIULIANI:NY—<President Donald Trump did not speak with Michael Cohen before he testified falsely before Congress about plans to develop a skyscraper in Moscow during the 2016 campaign, Rudy Giuliani said Monday, backing off previous assertions that such talks may have taken place.

The former New York mayor, who serves as Trump's top lawyer in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, said he had confirmed the matter with previous members of the president's legal team, including ex-lead counsel John Dowd.

650 by Chris Sommerfeldt. MOVED


^Airport screener absences triple as shutdown continues<

SHUTDOWN-TSA:BLO — The number of U.S. airport screeners who took unscheduled absences rose to 10 percent on Sunday, more than triple that of a year ago as the stalemate over the government shutdown continued over a holiday weekend, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

The number of unscheduled TSA absences hit the highest level seen so far, the TSA said in a statement Monday as the shutdown entered its 31st day. A year ago the absence rate was 3.1 percent.

350 by Chris Strohm in Washington. MOVED


^Undeclared missile bases have been discovered in North Korea, according to new report<

^USNKOREA-NUCLEAR:NY—<President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will have something new to discuss in February.

An undisclosed North Korean missile base has been found 132 miles from the South Korean border, according to the nonpartisan think tank Beyond Parallel.

300 by Brian Niemietz. MOVED



^Kamala Harris was shaped by the crucible of San Francisco politics<

^HARRIS-SANFRANCISCO:LA—<When Kamala Harris looks back on her first campaign, a run for San Francisco district attorney, she remembers a brutal awakening.

"San Francisco is hard-knocks politics," the freshly declared 2020 White House hopeful once said in an interview. "People sling mud. They punch the gut."

San Francisco is indeed a crucible that has forged state and national political leaders in numbers far out of proportion to the city's relatively small size, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Harris' fellow U.S. senator, Dianne Feinstein.

If she wins, Harris, 54, who announced her candidacy Monday, will be the first to take the lessons of San Francisco close-quarters combat and apply them at the presidential level.

1500 by Michael Finnegan. MOVED


^Washington Democratic Party chair on Howard Schultz presidential run: 'Just. Don't.'<

SCHULTZ-DEM-CRITIC:SE — News that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz might run for president as an independent isn't sitting well with the top Democratic official in his home state.

"I have two words for Howard Schultz on a potential run for president as an independent: Just. Don't," said Tina Podlodowski, chair of the state Democratic Party, in a statement shortly after The Washington Post reported Schultz's possible run.

She actually had a lot more than two words, as the statement continued:

350 by Jim Brunner in Seattle. MOVED



^Bernie Sanders calls Trump a racist on Martin Luther King Day<

SANDERS-TRUMP:NY — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says he wants to stop President Donald Trump's vision to "Make America Great Again."

"Today we say to Donald Trump — We are not going back to more bigotry, discrimination and division," Sanders told a South Carolina audience Monday at an event marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

400 by Brian Niemietz. MOVED


^California Highway Patrol helicopter rescues 2 trapped hikers in Yosemite<

YOSEMITE-RESUE:SJ — The California Highway Patrol has released a video of one of its helicopter crews performing a dramatic rescue of two British hikers who were stranded on the edge of a massive granite cliff overlooking Yosemite Valley as a major snow storm was nearing.

450 by Paul Rogers. MOVED


^Sacramento to consider banning protest items as DA's Stephon Clark decision looms<

CALIF-POLICE-SHOOTING-PROTESTS:SA — It's been 10 months since two Sacramento police officers fatally shot unarmed black man Stephon Clark in the backyard of his grandmother's home. And it's been three months since the case was turned over to the Sacramento District Attorney's Office.

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day, activists are urging District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert to finish the investigation. They want Schubert to file charges against the officers who fired 20 rounds at the 22-year-old Clark after they apparently mistook his cellphone for a gun.

900 (with trims) by Theresa Clift in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^LA teachers to stay off the job Tuesday, even if a settlement is reached<

EDU-LA-TEACHERS-STRIKE:LA — Los Angeles teachers will continue to stay off the job Tuesday, even if a settlement is reached before the school day begins.

That means the first L.A. teachers' strike in 30 years will continue into a sixth school day.

L.A. Unified School District officials put the news out first, saying they learned of it directly from the union. United Teachers Los Angeles confirmed moments later, citing logistics.

650 by Howard Blume in Los Angeles. MOVED


^In the LA teachers' strike, teaching families picket and pinch pennies<

EDU-LA-TEACHERS-STRIKE-TOLL:LA — By Wednesday, the Vargas family had fine-tuned an intricate dance, choreographed so that both parents and all three kids could support the Los Angeles teachers' strike.

That morning, from about 6:30 to 9, parents Arnoldo and Maricela Vargas protested outside Banning High School, where Arnoldo is an art teacher and the picket captain, leading fellow strikers. Then they drove the five minutes home. By then, Ameyalli, their oldest daughter, had fed Maricela's diabetic parents, made sure they took the right medicine and dashed their attempts to sneak bacon.

Back home, Maricela, who used to teach at Banning too, took over as caretaker, watching 5-year-old Xareni beat her grandfather in a round of five-card draw at the kitchen table, after a game of "goldfish" (Go Fish) with Grandma.

1050 (with trims) by Sonali Kohli in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Citing 'state emergency,' Bernice King calls for action on world crises<

MLK-BERNICEKING:AT — Speaking on what would have been her father's 90th birthday, the Rev. Dr. Bernice King criticized the Trump administration Monday for misquoting her father's works "to suit our own purposes."

King's remarks were aimed at Trump's border wall push and comments by Vice President Mike Pence, who during an appearance on CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, said: "One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King was 'Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy.'"

On Monday, during remarks at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. annual commemorative service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Bernice King said: "If we really want to make real the promises of democracy, now is the time on this King holiday to stop quoting King out of context and misquoting him to suit our own purposes."

450 by Kelly Yamanouchi in Atlanta. MOVED

^$3M awarded to children molested by 'psychopath' foster child placed by Washington state <

FOSTERCHILD-ABUSE:SE — A federal judge has approved a $3 million settlement for three children who were molested after a Washington state adoption caseworker placed a sexually aggressive 12-year-old boy diagnosed as a "psychopath" into their home without telling the family.

That amount is on top of $4.8 million awarded to the Island County parents of the children by a state court jury in January 2017 after finding the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) negligent in its decision in 2013 to adopt into their home a violent and deeply troubled boy identified in court documents by the initials W.S.

550 by Mike Carter in Seattle. MOVED

^Town braces for protests after commissioner's anti-Muslim rant<

FLA-OFFICIAL-TLAIB:FL — She sparked a political firestorm nationwide after accusing Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of being a Hamas-loving anti-Semite who might "blow up Capitol Hill."

Now Hallandale Beach commissioners are bracing for protests from both sides at their next meeting on Wednesday.

250 by Susannah Bryan in Hallandale Beach, Fla. MOVED


^Girl, 12, dies after snow fort collapses near church<

SNOWFORT-GIRLDIES:TB — A 12-year-old girl who was playing in the snow with a friend died after a fort they had built by a suburban church collapsed on top of them Sunday afternoon, authorities said.

The girl was playing with a 9-year-old girl near Rothem Church at 106 E. College Drive in Arlington Heights, Ill., when the snowbank fell on them, the Arlington Heights Police Department said in a news release.

250 by Elyssa Cherney in Chicago. MOVED


^Patti Blagojevich 'speechless' that convicted Chicago cop's sentence is shorter than her husband's — and sends up flare to Trump on social media<

CHICAGO-POLICE-SHOOTING-BLAGOJEVICH:TB — Patti Blagojevich compared on social media Friday the controversial sentencing of former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke with the lengthier prison sentence given to her husband, imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The former governor's wife included President Donald Trump's Twitter handle in her message in which she bemoaned Van Dyke's sentence of fewer than seven years in comparison with her husband's. Van Dyke received a six-year, nine-month sentence for second-degree murder in the fatal on-duty shooting of Laquan McDonald.

350 by Lisa Donovan in Chicago. MOVED


^Toddler exits truck with hands in the air, walks up to Florida cops, video shows<

^TODDLER-HANDSUP:MI—<The Tallahassee Police Department released body camera footage of a traffic stop after a video of a toddler walking up to police with her hands in the air went viral.

300 by Monique O. Madan. MOVED


^Man charged with shooting out Domino's window because pizza wasn't ready<

DOMINOS-SHOOTING:DE — A Detroit man who allegedly shot out the window of a Domino's Pizza because his order wasn't ready has been charged with several felonies.

150 by Aleanna Siacon in Detroit. MOVED


^Two struck by police car; were they watching eclipse?<

COUPLE-RUNOVER-ECLIPSE:PM — Two people who police surmise lay in a dark roadway to watch Sunday night's lunar eclipse were run over by a West Palm Beach police car, the agency said Monday.

The two were taken to a hospital that city police did not name and were being treated for "non-life-threatening injuries," the police statement said.

150 by Eliot Kleinberg in West Palm Beach, Fla. MOVED


^Government shutdown hitting Indian reservations harder than most places<

SHUTDOWN-INDIANS:MS — The federal government shutdown is hitting American Indians harder than most people, with jobs on hold and critical funds cut to some of the nation's poorest communities.

Under treaties stretching back to before the founding of the country, the U.S. government pays for basic economic needs to Indian nations, including health services, education and infrastructure. Nearly all funding has been cut since the shutdown began Dec. 22, however, leaving Indian communities to dip into reserves or make cuts.

600 by Evan Ramstad in Minneapolis. MOVED



^Number of deaths from Mexico pipeline explosion rises to 91<

MEXICO-EXPLOSION:DPA — The death toll from an explosion at a petrol pipeline in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo has risen to 91, state Gov. Omar Fayad said Monday.

An additional 52 people were being treated in hospital, broadcaster Milenio quoted the governor as saying. The death toll "can still go up," Fayad said, adding that some of the injured victims were in a critical condition.

150 by Andrea Sosa Cabrios in Mexico City. MOVED


^Another suicide attack targets US forces in Syria; Israel strikes at Iranian presence there<

SYRIA:LA — U.S. forces were targeted again Monday when a suicide bomber drove a car toward a joint U.S.-Kurdish convoy and blew it up 11 yards from a checkpoint in northeastern Syria.

There were no U.S. casualties, according to a statement from the U.S.-led coalition. One Kurdish policeman was lightly injured, according to a statement from the Kurdish-led militia group.

The attack near the town of Shadidi came as the United States begins to draw down its presence in Syria and other countries step up their activity there. Israel launched a multi-pronged attack on military targets in Syria late Sunday night, several hours after its air defense system intercepted a missile launched at a ski slope crowded with winter revelers.

800 by Nabih Bulos and Noga Tarnopolsky in Beirut. MOVED


^Venezuelan government says it put down military uprising<

VENEZUELA:MI — Venezuela's government on Monday said it put down a brief military uprising after a group of soldiers raided a weapons cache, holed up in the capital and called on the country to take to the streets to defend the constitution.

In a statement, the government said that all the weapons had been recovered and that the rebels had been detained and were being questioned by military intelligence.

400 by Jim Wyss in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED


^Academics, former envoys to China press Xi to free 2 Canadians<

CANADA-CHINA:BLO — A group of former ambassadors and academics is calling on China to immediately release two Canadians it detained in the wake of the arrest of a top Huawei Technologies Co. executive in Vancouver.

The open letter, dated Monday and addressed to Chinese President Xi Jinping, says its 141 signatories are "deeply concerned" by the detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor by state security officials. Kovrig is on leave from a job in Canada's foreign service, and was working for the International Crisis Group when detained, while Spavor ran outreach tours in North Korea.

450 by Josh Wingrove in Ottowa. MOVED


^China sees fewest births in 2018 since Mao's Great Famine<

CHINA-BIRTHS:BLO — Births in China dropped to the lowest level in almost 60 years in 2018, signaling the country's looser two-child policy has done little to reverse its slowing birthrate, and worsening the outlook for growth in the world's second-largest economy.

The number of babies born last year fell by some 2 million from 2017, to 15.23 million, data from the National Bureau of Statistics showed on Monday. Demographer He Yafu said it was the least since 1961 and the third-lowest since the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949.

400 by Dandan Li in Beijing. MOVED




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^Singapore's 'kiasu' culture makes FOMO look like child's play<

SINGAPORE-KIASU:LA — Long before Americans discovered FOMO — the fear of missing out — Singaporeans were fixated with its more excessive forebearer, kiasu.

Taken from the Chinese dialect Hokkien, kiasu translates to a fear of losing out, but encompasses any sort of competitive, stingy or selfish behavior commonly witnessed in this high-flying city-state.

If you stand in line for hours just because there's a free gift at the end, then you're kiasu.

If you claim a spot at a table at a busy food court with a packet of tissues while you wander off in search of grub, you're kiasu.

It's a survival instinct born out of Singapore's dominant Chinese culture and deep-rooted insecurity as a blip on the map, one that's only slightly bigger than the San Fernando Valley.

Letting opportunity pass is tantamount to failure, the thinking goes. And if you do, you have no one to blame but yourself.

1250 (with trims) by David Pierson in Singapore. MOVED


^Nasty or frugal? Key Democrats out to stop House members from living in offices<

CONGRESS-OFFICES:WA — Members of the House of Representatives who live in their Capitol Hill offices shouldn't get too comfortable.

The practice is going under the knife from the new Democratic leadership. Top Democrats are considering making the live-in lawmakers pay for bunking in prime government real estate — or ending the practice altogether.

"How would you feel about attending a meeting in someone's bedroom?" asked Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., a veteran member of the Congressional Black Caucus, which has spoken against the practice for years.

Office-dwellers counter that the practice is frugal and efficient.

1150 (with trims) by Kate Irby and William Douglas in Washington. MOVED




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