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^Trump raises tariffs on China and threatens Fed chairman; markets tumble<

TRUMP-2ND-LEDE:LA _ President Donald Trump declared the head of the Federal Reserve an "enemy" and further escalated tariffs on Chinese goods Friday after Beijing earlier in the day announced retaliatory tariffs on U.S. products.

Capping a heady series of events that sent stock markets tumbling, Trump accused China of "politically motivated" tariff increases, which he labeled a mistake.

In response, Trump said that as of Oct. 1, he would ratchet up duties to 30% on $250 billion of Chinese imports now taxed at 25%. Furthermore, he said the 10% tariffs he planned on the remaining $300 billion of Chinese imports starting Sept. 1 would be raised to 15%.

Earlier, Trump lit into Jerome H. Powell, whom he appointed as chairman of the U.S. central bank in 2017, after Powell stopped short of committing to make more interest rate cuts.

1350 by Don Lee and Chris Megerian in Washington. MOVED


^Trump announces fresh tariff hikes in retaliation to China<

USCHINA-TARIFFS-2ND-LEDE:DPA _ U.S. President Donald Trump announced Friday he would hit China with a 5% retaliatory tariff hike on roughly $550 billion worth of goods, on the same day Beijing said it plans to tariff $75 billion of U.S. goods.

The US Trade Representative said tariffs on $250 billion worth of goods will rise from 25 to 30%, effective Oct. 1. In addition, instead of raising tariffs on roughly $300 billion by 10% starting Sept. 1, the tax rate will be 15%.

The escalation from Washington comes hours after Trump "ordered" U.S. companies to "start looking for an alternative to China, including bringing your companies HOME and making your products in the USA."

650 by dpa in Beijing and Washington. MOVED

^David Koch, industrialist who funded conservatives, dies at 79<


Koch died after years of fighting various illnesses, according to a statement from Koch Industries on Friday. He'd been diagnosed with prostate cancer 27 years ago and initially doctors said he had just a few years to live.

1750 by Patrick Oster and Tom Metcalf. MOVED



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KOCH-OBIT-1ST-LEDE:WI _ David Koch, Wichita son who influenced American industry, philanthropy and politics, has died

900 by Jonathan Shorman in Wichita, Kan. MOVED

^Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been treated for pancreatic cancer <

SCOTUS-GINSBURG:NY _ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg completed three weeks of treatment for pancreatic cancer at a Manhattan hospital on Friday, her spokeswoman said.

The 86-year-old justice, who had cancerous growths removed from her left lung last year, has spent the better of August undergoing radiation therapy.

250 by Chris Sommerfeldt in New York. MOVED


^Illinois resident dies from a mysterious vaping-related illness, health officials say<

MED-VAPING-ILLNESS:TB _ One of the Illinois residents hospitalized for an unknown respiratory illness after vaping has died, public health officials said Friday.

The Illinois Department of Public Health would not disclose further details about the individual or circumstances surrounding the death.

In recent weeks, 22 people, ages 17 to 38, have been hospitalized across the state for respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, and in some cases vomiting and diarrhea, after vaping, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

650 by Kate Thayer in Chicago. MOVED



^Background checks are still on the table for Trump, Sen. Chris Murphy says<

SENATE-TRUMP-GUNS:CON _ Sen. Chris Murphy is working with the White House to keep alive conversations about a potential deal on expanded background checks for gun purchases.

The Connecticut Democrat said Friday he is willing to work with President Donald Trump because lives are at stake, but admits that he sees the chances of passing broad gun control legislation as "less than 50-50."

Murphy told reporters Friday that in addition to a phone call he had with the president last week, he spoke to White House legislative staff as recently as Thursday night and that he does not think Trump's support for stronger background checks is off the table.

800 by Katherine Tully-McManus in Washington. MOVED


^North Korea jabs Pompeo over potential Senate run<

USNKOREA-POMPEO:WA _ Foreign adversaries have taken note of widespread talk in Washington that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may leave his post to run for Senate in Kansas.

North Korea's foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, issued a scathing statement targeting Pompeo on Friday claiming the Kansan's political aspirations are impeding U.S. diplomacy.

300 by Michael Wilner in Washington. MOVED


^US says summer heat, not Israel, may be cause of Iraq blasts<

IRAQ-EXPLOSIONS-HEAT:BLO _ The Trump administration suggested the blistering summer heat in Iraq, not alleged Israeli airstrikes, may have been responsible for at least some of the recent explosions that have destroyed Iraqi weapons depots linked to Iran.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, two administration officials said the U.S. had no corroboration that Israel was behind all the explosions.

200 by Nick Wadhams in Washington. MOVED


^Many federal agencies at risk for cyberattacks, OMB says<

AGENCIES-CYBERATTACKS:CON _ Several large federal agencies continue to be at risk for cyberattacks even as the number of cyber incidents reported during fiscal 2018 fell compared with the previous year, the Office of Management and Budget said in a report sent to Congress on Friday.

The number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies fell 12% to 31,107 during fiscal 2018 but "drawing conclusions based on this data point, particularly as agencies have adjusted to several new sets of reporting guidelines over the last few years, would be concerning," the report said.

550 by Gopal Ratnam in Washington. MOVED



^Why Kamala Harris is stuck in neutral<

HARRIS:WA _ She's taken a nose-dive in polling, struggled to hit her stride on an overarching message _ and now donors are beginning to wonder about her long-term viability.

Kamala Harris' presidential campaign is suddenly confronting a crossroads.

Having slid back to fourth place in most presidential primary polls, Harris is facing a core question about her political identity that may prove crucial to resurrecting her uneven path toward the Democratic Party nomination.

1650 (with trims) by David Catanese and Emily Cadei in Washington. MOVED


^Seth Moulton drops out of 2020 Democratic presidential race<

MOULTON:BLO _ Rep. Seth Moulton is dropping out of the presidential race, his campaign spokesman said Friday, after a brief campaign that never left the ground.

300 by Emma Kinery in Washington. MOVED



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MOULTON:CON _ 300 by Jessica Wehrman in Washington. MOVED



^Ex-NFL player Barry Bennett, wife fatally shot; son suspected in deaths <

MINN-SLAINPARENTS:MS _ A 22-year-old man who authorities say fatally shot his parents in their Long Prairie, Minn., home may have fled to Mexico, according to charges filed Friday.

Barry Bennett, 63, a former NFL player and Long Prairie physical education teacher, and his wife, Carol, 66, were found dead in their home on Wednesday.

400 by Mary Lynn Smith in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Federal appeals court rules for St. Cloud couple seeking to deny same-sex wedding film services<

VIDEOGRAPHERS-GAYWEDDING-LAWSUIT-1ST-LEDE:MS _ A three-judge federal appeals court panel cleared the way Friday for a St. Cloud couple suing Minnesota over the right to refuse to film same-sex weddings, arguing that the videos are a form of speech subject to First Amendment protections.

Carl and Angel Larsen, who run a Christian videography business called Telescope Media Group, filed a federal suit in 2016 against Minnesota's human rights commissioner, saying the state's public accommodation law could hit them with steep fines or jail time if they offered services promoting only their vision of marriage.

850 by Stephen Montemayor in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Dad accused in college admissions scandal hits USC with subpoena to get records<

CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD:LA _ In a new twist to the college admissions scandal, a father accused of resorting to fraud and bribery to get his daughter into the University of Southern California has subpoenaed the university for records detailing its admissions process and to what degree, if any, it is influenced by donations.

The subpoena is an early indication that parents charged in the college admissions scam intend to take aim at a sensitive _ and to this point secretive _ calculation: how presumably meritocratic decisions on whom to admit or reject can be weighted by an applicant's wealth.

1000 by Matthew Ormseth in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Hurricane center raises odds for tropical system off Florida's coast, starts watching new disturbance in Atlantic<

WEA-DISTURBANCES:OS _ Two tropical disturbances have been detected in the Atlantic Ocean as one of them closes in on the southeastern tip of Florida, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The closer of the two storms, located just east of the Florida Keys, has a 70% chance of developing into a tropical depression over the next five days, the NHC said in its 8 a.m. update.

300 by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^ICE shut down a hotline for detained immigrants after it was featured on 'Orange Is the New Black'<

IMMIGRANTS-HOTLINE:LA _ In the fifth episode of the last season of Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black," the character Maritza, who has been languishing in an immigrant detention center, finds out about a toll-free hotline she can call to get a free lawyer. As she's rejoicing, another character, Gloria, cuts her off.

Gloria warns Maritza: "You have to be careful, though. Apparently if they figure out that you're using the hotline, Big Brother shuts it down."

That's exactly what happened, advocates say. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shut down a real hotline for detained immigrants run by the California group Freedom for Immigrants less than two weeks after it was prominently featured on the show.

800 by Andrea Castillo in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Co-worker charged with murder in Cal State Fullerton stabbing<

CMP-CALIF-STABBING:LA _ A man who police say fatally stabbed his co-worker, a retired Cal State Fullerton administrator, in a campus parking lot was charged Friday in the slaying.

Chuyen Van Vo, 51, is facing a murder charge along with two sentencing enhancements based on allegations that he used a deadly weapon in the attack and committed the murder by lying in wait, according to Orange County Superior Court records.

600 by Hannah Fry and Priscella Vega in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Calif. Gov. Newsom weighs a pardon for immigrant who shot her husband<

CALIF-IMMIGRANT-PARDON:LA _ Liyah Birru shot and injured her husband after what she says was months of physical abuse. Now she is being processed for deportation to her home country of Ethiopia.

She has one last hope to stay in the United States: California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom has been giving heightened consideration to pardon requests from people targeted for deportation, prompted largely by the Trump administration's widespread crackdown on immigrants, especially those with criminal records.

1700 (with trims) by Phil Willon in Marysville, Calif. MOVED


^A man punched her and tried to steal her cellphone _ then quickly realized he was messing with a Golden Gloves boxer<

CHICAGO-ATTACKER-BOXER:TB _ Chicago boxer Claire Quinn was on the way to the gym last weekend, planning on sparring in the ring, when she ended up in a street fight in the Bucktown neighborhood.

A teenager asked Quinn for directions to the Nike store as she walked in the 1600 block of North Damen Avenue about 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Moments later, an older man came up from behind and sucker punched her in the head, demanding her cellphone.

But the blow didn't stop Quinn, a Golden Gloves champion with a 6-0 record this year.

"I was like, 'Aw, heck no,'" she said

1000 by Katherine Rosenberg-Douglas in Chicago. MOVED


^More than 40 wild burros slaughtered in the Southern California desert<

BURROS-SHOT:LA _ More than 40 wild burros have been found shot and killed along the Interstate 15 near the California-Nevada border, federal officials said on Friday, and they've offered a reward of up to $18,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

It is one of the largest killings of its kind on public land managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in Southern California, officials said.

550 by Louis Sahagun in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Facebook bans pro-Trump news outlet from buying ads<

FACEBOOK-EPOCHTIMES:SJ _ Facebook has banned the Epoch Times, a news outlet that was reportedly hiding its spending on pro-Trump ads, from buying ads on its platform.

According to an NBC News investigation published this week, the New York-based outlet spent $1.5 million on thousands of pro-Trump ads in the past six months, more than anyone besides the president's campaign itself.

350 by Levi Sumagaysay in San Jose, Calif. MOVED


^Feds search for site to house 500 immigrant children in Central Florida<

IMMIGRATION-FLA-SHELTER:OS _ The federal government is searching a wide swath of Central Florida for a place to house 500 unaccompanied immigrant children as part of the Trump administration's plan to establish a permanent shelter in the region, the Orlando Sentinel has learned.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is seeking to locate the shelter in an area that includes near Walt Disney World as well as Orlando, all of Seminole County, most of Orange and Lake counties and portions of Osceola, Sumter and Polk counties.

500 by Ryan Gillespie and Steven Lemongello in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Kentucky must pay $225,000 legal bill from Kim Davis case, appeals court says<

KY-GAYMARRIAGE-CLERK:LX _ The state of Kentucky must pay nearly $225,000 in legal fees and court costs incurred by couples who sued then-Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in 2015 because she refused to issue marriage licenses due to her religious opposition to same-sex marriage, a federal appeals court ruled Friday.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld a federal district judge who earlier ordered the state to pick up the tab. It ruled that the couples were the prevailing parties in their lawsuit against Davis and that Kentucky's state government regulates the administration of marriage licenses and therefore was responsible for her conduct.

650 by John Cheves in Lexington, Ky. MOVED


^5 years before police shootout in North Philly, alleged gunman and same cop crossed paths<

PHILLY-SHOOTOUT-OFFICER:PH _ She took one look at the handgun on the bedroom dresser and knew she was in trouble.

She'd been called to this two-story, red-brick rowhouse on Greenway Avenue near 70th Street in Southwest Philadelphia on Oct. 22, 2014, to meet with the man who'd given her an ounce of marijuana a week earlier, with the clear expectation that she would sell it for him.

But the woman couldn't bring herself to do it, and hoped she'd be able to just return the drugs to him now _ no harm, no foul. Instead, she was ushered to a second-floor bedroom, according to court records obtained by The Inquirer.

1600 (with trims) by David Gambacorta in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Latest female Philly cops harassment lawsuit echoes decades-long problem<

PHILLY-POLICE-HARASSMENT:PH _ When Patricia Getty joined the Philadelphia Police Department as one of its first female officers in 1976, there were no bathrooms, locker rooms or uniforms for women, and she and other rookies were forced to cut their hair short.

"They told us, 'If you want to be a man, then you're going to act like a man,'" she recalled Thursday.

By the time she retired as a lieutenant in 2002, "things had progressed tremendously. There were many more women; there were many more women that had been promoted in leadership roles, the opportunities to go into special units opened up," said Getty, 64. "Things were looking good. Things were looking up."

But the lawsuit from two female officers that on Tuesday helped spur Police Commissioner Richard Ross' sudden resignation suggests mistreatment and discrimination is far from a thing of the past.

1250 (with trims) by Laura McCrystal in Philadelphia. MOVED


^Accused killer Markeith Loyd competent to stand trial, judge rules<

ORLANDO-OFFICER-SHOT:OS _ A judge found accused killer Markeith Loyd competent to stand trial at a Friday hearing a week after his defense attorneys asked their client to be evaluated because Loyd exhibited "signs of paranoia and delusional thinking," court records show.

Loyd, 43, faces the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder in the 2016 slaying of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon and 2017 killing of Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton.

400 by Monivette Cordeiro in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Gary Ray Bowles: Florida executes Jacksonville serial killer who preyed on gay men<

FLA-EXECUTION:JK _ Serial killer Gary Ray Bowles was executed Thursday night after a five-hour delay while the U.S. Supreme Court considered a last appeal from his attorneys, who contended the murderer was too intellectually disabled to die.

Bowles, 57, who committed the first of his six murders in Daytona Beach and the last in the Jacksonville area, died by lethal injection at 10:58 p.m.

1050 by Tony Holt in Jacksonville, Fla. MOVED


^Former US Attorney Dan Webb named special prosecutor to look into dismissal of Jussie Smollett charges<

SMOLLETT-1ST-LEDE:TB _ Former U.S. Attorney Dan Webb was sworn in Friday as a special prosecutor to investigate the entire Jussie Smollett case, from the former "Empire" actor's claims that he was the target of a racist and homophobic attack to prosecutors' sudden decision to drop charges that he had faked the assault.

Webb's appointment marks the end of a two-month search by Cook County Judge Michael Toomin, who in June ruled that irregularities in the case warranted a special prosecutor.

1050 by Megan Crepeau in Chicago. MOVED


^Al Franken seeks paid speaking gigs in return to the public eye<

FRANKEN:BLO _ Al Franken is ready to make his comeback.

After resigning from the U.S. Senate at the beginning of 2018 due to sexual harassment allegations, the comedian is working with Hollywood firm United Talent Agency to make paid public speeches. The agency sent an email this week pitching Franken to potential bookers and promoters, touting his "unique voice," Emmy awards, best-selling books and career in the Senate.

600 by Lucas Shaw in Los Angeles. MOVED


^Minneapolis City Council approves $200,000 settlement in Jamar Clark case<

MINN-POLICE-SHOOTING:MS _ The Minneapolis City Council on Friday signed off on a $200,000 settlement to the family of Jamar Clark, bringing to an end an emotional chapter in the city's history of police-community relations.

After briefly retreating to a closed session to finalize the deal, Council President Lisa Bender opened the room to reporters and went around the table asking her colleagues whether they supported the settlement. The final vote was unanimous.

750 by Libor Jany in Minneapolis. MOVED


^Estranged husband of missing Connecticut woman says 2 oldest children can decide where to live<

MISSINGMOTHER:HC _ In the two years since Fotis and Jennifer Farber Dulos filed for divorce, the oldest of the five children, twin boys, have grown into young teens _ old enough, Fotis Dulos' lawyers now say, to choose whether to live with their father while the search for their missing mother continues.

Jennifer Farber Dulos' mother has had temporary custody of the five children in her New York City apartment since June. It's time that the two 13 1/2-year-old boys get their own lawyer and tell a judge where they want to live, Fotis Dulos attorneys say in a motion.

600 by Josh Kovner in Hartford, Conn. MOVED


^Subway rice cooker suspect trying to work out plea deal with prosecutors: lawyer<

NY-SUSPICIOUS-DEVICES:NY _ A West Virginia man who sparked a bomb scare by allegedly leaving rice cookers in a Lower Manhattan subway station is trying to strike a plea deal with prosecutors.

150 by Shayna Jacobs in New York. MOVED



^Report: North Korea fires unidentified projectiles into the sea<

NKOREA-PROJECTILES:DPA _ North Korea has fired two unidentified projectiles into the sea off its eastern coast, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Saturday, citing the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

It was the seventh such launch in less than a month.

200 by dpa in Seoul, South Korea. MOVED


^Bolsonaro OKs troop deployment to fight fires in Amazon as EU says they pose global danger<

BRAZIL-FIRES:DPA _ Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday authorized the deployment of troops to help fight wildfires in the country's Amazon region as EU leaders warned the fires posed a danger to the entire planet and should be on the Group of Seven agenda.

The army was also ordered to prevent "environmental crimes," daily O Globo reported. It was not yet known how many troops would be sent to the Amazon.

750 by dpa in Bogota, Colombia. MOVED



^This rat is foiling developers' plans to capitalize on a weaker Endangered Species Act<


But any boon for business could be short-lived _ California is stepping in to protect species left vulnerable by federal rollbacks.

1350 (with trims) by Louis Sahagun. MOVED


^Long-term use of e-cigarettes may increase risk of emphysema, study shows<

MED-ECIGARETTES-EMPHYSEMA:RA _ Some may consider vaping safer than smoking traditional cigarettes, but new research from the UNC School of Medicine suggests that using e-cigarettes long-term may lead to a higher risk of emphysema.

700 by Ashad Hajela in Raleigh, N.C. MOVED




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^Former members of Trump's Doral golf club may wait the rest of their lives for refunds from the president<

TRUMP-DORAL-EXMEMBERS:MI _ Golfers who quit their memberships at Trump National Doral after the property's namesake became president were aiming to lose their link to a man they do not support. Turns out they could be waiting for Trump to pay them back for the rest of their lives.

Two longtime golf members who resigned weeks after Trump won the 2016 presidential election said they were no longer willing to write him checks. Another quit last December after he said the club became too political. They spoke to the Miami Herald on the condition of anonymity, saying they fear retaliation. These former members are now on a waiting list to get their deposits back _ ranging from $10,500 to $19,000 _ that has more than 265 people on it.

To move up the list by one spot, four new golf members need to join the club, according to the membership terms. Deposit amounts vary depending on when members joined.

1600 by Taylor Dolven in Miami. MOVED


^MDMA, or ecstasy, shows promise as a PTSD treatment<


"I really was, at the beginning, very nervous," Tipton said.

MDMA is the main ingredient in the club drug known as ecstasy or molly. But Tipton wasn't taking pills sold on the street to get high. She was trying to treat her post-traumatic stress disorder by participating in a clinical trial.

Scientists are testing how pharmaceutical-grade MDMA can be used in combination with psychotherapy to help patients with a severe form of PTSD that has not responded to other treatments. Unlike street drugs, which may be adulterated and unsafe, researchers use a pure, precisely dosed form of the drug.

MDMA is not yet available as a treatment for PTSD outside of clinical trials. But proponents are aiming for approval by the Food and Drug Administration, which granted breakthrough therapy status to MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in 2017.

1200 by Will Stone. MOVED




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