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TNS News Budget for Sunday, May 22, 2022

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Ukraine says it’s holding off Russia’s intensified thrust in the east

UKRAINE-1ST-LEDE:LA — KYIV, Ukraine — A day after President Joe Biden signed a sweeping bill to support Ukraine with $40 billion more in military and humanitarian aid, Russian forces intensified their efforts to encircle and capture a key city in the east and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleaded for additional weapons.

In a video address, Zelenskyy said the grinding military panorama in the heavily contested eastern Donbas region “is extremely difficult,” noting that Russian forces continue to mass around the cities of Severodonetsk and Slovyansk, strategic points that serve as the base for the Ukrainian defense of the Donbas.

1083 words by Patrick J. McDonnell, Nabih Bulos and Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


US gets first 70,000 pounds of baby formula to counter shortage

BABYFORMULA-1ST-LEDE:BLO — A planeload of more than 70,000 pounds of baby formula arrived in the U.S., starting an emergency program to alleviate a national shortage that has left some parents scrounging to feed their children.

More formula will start arriving in stores “as early as this week,” Brian Deese, President Joe Biden’s top economic adviser in the White House, said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” The plane that landed in Indianapolis on Sunday will address “15% of the overall national volume that we need,” he said.

466 words by Victoria Cavaliere, Bloomberg News. MOVED


Analysis: Biden trying to keep India close, even as it bucks him on Russia

BIDEN-INDIA-ANALYSIS:LA — SEOUL, South Korea — When President Joe Biden meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders from Japan and Australia this week, it could get awkward.

India is rebuffing Biden’s efforts to join the U.S. and its allies in isolating Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. The world’s biggest democracy continues to buy cheap Russian oil to fuel its growing economy and to fortify its large military with Russian-made weapons and parts. It has refrained from condemning Moscow.

1015 words by Noah Bierman, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


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COVID jabs for kids under 5 coming soon, White House adviser says

CORONAVIRUS-VACCINE-YOUNGKIDS:NY — Americans can expect a decision on whether to vaccinate kids younger than 5 in the coming weeks, says the White House’s COVID response coordinator.

Experts at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are studying an application by vaccine maker Moderna for jabbing tykes.

227 words by Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News. MOVED



Biden adviser says US economy can withstand Fed inflation fight

ECONOMY-INFLATION:BLO — White House economic adviser Brian Deese stopped short of ruling out a U.S. recession as the Federal Reserve combats inflation, saying the central bank needs space to do its job.

Deese, the director of the National Economic Council, said that approach reflects President Joe Biden’s pledge to make reining in the biggest consumer price increases in four decades his “top priority.”

497 words by Victoria Cavaliere and Craig Torres, Bloomberg News. MOVED


Biden says monkeypox spread is concerning and advisers are examining

BIDEN-MONKEYPOX:BLO — The growing monkeypox outbreak is “something everyone should be concerned about,” President Joe Biden said.

Biden, before boarding Air Force One in South Korea on Sunday, told reporters he’d spoken to advisers about the situation.

270 words by Chelsea Mes and Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg News. MOVED



Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman discharged from hospital days after suffering stroke

PASENATE-FETTERMAN-HOSPITAL:PG — PITTSBURGH — Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic nominee for Pennsylvania’s open U.S. Senate seat, was discharged Sunday from the Lancaster hospital where he had been staying since suffering a stroke earlier this month.

In a statement late Sunday morning, Fetterman, 52, said he was “feeling great” but would spend the coming days resting at home on the advice of his doctors (and his wife, Gisele Fetterman). He said he will make a follow-up visit to Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital later in the week.

786 words by Alex McCann, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. MOVED


John Fetterman testing whether Pennsylvania's backroads can take a progressive Democrat to Washington

PASENATE-FETTERMAN:PG — PITTSBURGH — Chad Baker knows he’s going to lose.

For the chairman of the York County Democratic Party, in the T-shaped Republican heartland between Pennsylvania’s two major cities, the winner of a countywide election is rarely in doubt.

1147 words by Mike Wereschagin, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. MOVED


Georgia Gov. Kemp poised for a big win Tuesday, but Trump's shadow looms large

GAGOV-TRUMP:AT — ATLANTA — When Gov. Brian Kemp is asked how he handles Donald Trump's unrelenting fury, he typically launches into the well-practiced answer he offered at a recent stop in Atlanta's exurbs: "I've never said a bad word about their administration. And I don't plan on doing that."

But the constant questions about Trump's obsession with defeating Kemp underscore a painful reality for a Republican on the cusp of a defining political victory.

1098 words by Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. MOVED



Florida Department of Health and CDC investigating a monkeypox case in Broward County

MONKEYPOX-FLA:MI — MIAMI — A person has been isolated after a presumptive case of monkeypox was diagnosed, the Florida Department of Health in Broward County announced Sunday afternoon.

“This case is related to international travel, and the person remains isolated,” the department said. “At this time, DOH-Broward has not identified any additional cases.”

403 words by David J. Neal, Miami Herald. MOVED


A week after a gunman opened fire, worshipers return to Taiwanese church

CALIF-SHOOTING:LA — It could have been any Sunday morning at the Taiwanese church.

Elderly couples held hands and shuffled into the chapel.

751 words by Jeong Park, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


Cuomo addresses Buffalo congregation reeling from mass shooting

BUFFALO-SHOOTING-CUOMO:NY — Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo took to Buffalo on Sunday, the latest in a series of politicos to descend upon the city reeling from the racist mass shooting in which a white gunman is accused of killing 10 Black people May 14.

Amid ongoing speculation about his own political plans, Cuomo denounced the attack and called on Congress to take action on gun control.

424 words by Shant Shahrigian, New York Daily News. MOVED


Bail denied to accused shooter and buddy who allegedly took gun in killings near McDonald’s on Near North Side

CHICAGO-SHOOTING:TB — Calling last week’s mass shooting in the city’s Near North Side “a massacre in the middle of Chicago and State,” a Cook County judge on Sunday denied bail for the 21-year-old alleged gunman and a buddy who allegedly took the murder weapon moments after it was used to kill two men and wound seven others.

Jaylun Sanders, 21, of South Shore, faces two counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted first-degree murder and one count of unlawful use of a weapon related to the fatal shooting Thursday night on a crowded downtown street. The second man, Kameron Abram, 20, of the city’s Far South Side, faces a single count of unlawful use of a weapon.

802 words by William Lee, Chicago Tribune. MOVED


5 homicides cap a violent weekend in Philadelphia

PHILLY-VIOLENCE:PH — PHILADELPHIA — A weekend of sweltering temperatures in Philadelphia was marked by a rash of violence, including five homicides and a Saturday evening shooting at Penn’s Landing that left three 14-year-old victims injured.

The gun violence occurred across the city, from South Philadelphia to Lawncrest, and brought Philadelphia’s death toll to more than 180 for the year. That figure was tracking behind the record pace of killings in 2021. The pace in 2022, however, is 50% above the year-to-date average of homicides for the past decade.

380 words by Samantha Melamed, The Philadelphia Inquirer. MOVED


1 killed, 4 injured in Sunday morning shootings in Baltimore

BALTIMORE-VIOLENCE:BZ — BALTIMORE — A 10-year-old boy was among four people who were injured in two separate shootings early Sunday morning, Baltimore Police said. One man was killed in a shooting in South Clifton Park.

Baltimore Police officers arrived around 1:13 a.m. at the 500 block of North Glover Street in the McElderry Park neighborhood of Southeast Baltimore for a reported shooting. Detectives said they believe unidentified suspects arrived at the street and began shooting. The suspects shot a 32-year-old woman and a 10-year-old boy, who was sitting in the back of his parents’ car, police said.

278 words by Lilly Price, The Baltimore Sun. MOVED


2 killed when single-engine plane crashes in Colorado neighborhood

COLO-PLANECRASH:DP — DENVER — Two people were killed Sunday when a plane crashed in Broomfield, according to North Metro Fire Rescue District.

The single-engine plane went down at about 11:50 a.m. in the Anthem Ranch neighborhood in northern Broomfield, about 20 miles northwest of Denver, near Lowell Boulevard and Las Brisas Drive, police said. Two people died; no one else was hurt and no homes were damaged, according to the fire department.

226 words by Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post. MOVED


Dangerous DIY baby formula recipes go viral as parents get desperate

BABYFORMULA-DIY-RECIPES:BLO — As a nationwide baby formula shortage sends parents into crisis mode, social media posts containing dangerous misinformation about homemade formula recipes have gone viral online, racking up views in the millions. Although major networks like Facebook, TikTok and YouTube have taken steps to label photos, videos and posts with contextual information pointing to the harms of such recipes, and in some cases removed them, they have done so inconsistently, allowing the advice to continue spreading and putting children at risk.

“Platforms still haven’t learned the lesson that their obsession with engagement is leading them to recommend wildly unsafe content,” said Laura Edelson, a computer scientist studying misinformation at New York University. “The fact that they still have not fixed this issue after years of very clear evidence that their algorithms are promoting dangerous content is shocking.”

1671 words by Davey Alba, Bloomberg News. MOVED


Idaho residents allege DEA, Canyon County agencies used excessive force in drug search

IDAHO-DRUG-RAIDS:ID — Two years ago, the Drug Enforcement Administration, with the help of two Canyon County law enforcement agencies, searched a home west of Caldwell for drugs. The officers didn’t find any, according to court documents obtained by the Idaho Statesman.

Now, residents of the Greenleaf home are suing the agencies, alleging they used excessive force; unlawfully seized, detained and arrested a man; assaulted and battered the residents; and illegally took cash in the house.

949 words by Alex Brizee, Idaho Statesman. MOVED


Debates spark over Baltimore police protection strategies as rising bloodshed puts neighborhoods on edge

BALTIMORE-VIOLENCE-PLAN:BZ — BALTIMORE — Gunfire rang out this month on Boarman Avenue, lined with trees and rowhouses with porches, frightening nearby residents. Five people were injured, police said, just hours after four people were shot in East Baltimore, including one man who died.

That night, Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton fielded calls from concerned residents, some of whom had heard the hail of gunfire on the avenue as they prepared for bed. Cynthia Foote, of the Towanda Neighborhood Association in Northeast Baltimore, is one who called, expressing frustration about what she sees as a lack of immediate efforts by police and the mayor to address escalating crime.

969 words by Christine Condon, Lea Skene and Jessica Anderson, Baltimore Sun. MOVED


Public database of bridge conditions should be made available across the state, Pa. lawmaker urges

PA-BRIDGE-DATABASE:PG — Months after Pennsylvania officials stripped crucial information about poorly rated bridges from public view, a veteran state lawmaker is pushing for databases that will alert people to the condition of thousands of spans statewide.

Concerned that the collapse of the Fern Hollow Bridge in Pittsburgh and other bridge failures are not getting the attention they deserve, Sen. James Brewster, D-McKeesport, wants the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to create a searchable website that contains information about every bridge. It would also include quarterly updates on their conditions and ratings by whatever local government — county or city — owns the spans.

922 words by Sean D. Hamill, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. MOVED


Minnesota Legislature down to final hours to finish its work

MINN-LEGISLATURE:MS — Minnesota's legislative session approached its end marked by uncertainty over the fate of proposals for education, public safety and other spending priorities as state leaders appeared to be running out of time to strike agreements.

The lack of progress revived the specter of yet another special session to wrap up any bills subject to deals between the GOP-led Senate and DFL-controlled House if the two bodies were unable to pass such legislation before Sunday's midnight deadline.

848 words by Carlos Gonzalez,, Star Tribune. MOVED


Miami man loses $6 million home, freedom in $115 million scam involving baby formula

FLA-BABY-FORMULA-FRAUD:MI — A 7,700-square-foot, four-bedroom, four-bathroom house and three units of an Aventura office building are the list of losses for a Golden Beach man after a massive commercial fraud that involved infant formula, eye-care products and other products regulated by the FDA.

Johnny Grobman, 48, won’t need the home for the next decade and a half. He’ll be serving at least 85% of an 18-year, four-month sentence handed down Friday after his convictions on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud; wire fraud; money laundering; conspiring to obtain pre-retail medical products worth $5,000 or more by fraud or deception; theft of pre-retail medical products; and smuggling goods from the United States.

458 words by David J. Neal, Miami Herald. MOVED


Why swimming pools are getting a break despite unprecedented water restrictions in Southern California

CALIF-DROUGHT-POOLS:LA — LOS ANGELES — As millions of Southern Californians brace for new drought restrictions coming June 1, one big, blue question mark remains: How will the rules apply to swimming pools?

As with nearly every other facet of the rollout, the agencies affected by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California's urgent call for conservation are each taking a slightly different tack as they implement water conservation plans.

1190 words by Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


Hurricane center monitors 1st disturbance of 2022 over Gulf Coast

WEA-GULF-DISTURBANCE:OS — The National Hurricane Center on Sunday issued its first national tropical weather outlook area for the 2022 season.

NHC is monitoring an area of low pressure over the north-central Gulf of Mexico about 150 miles south of Pensacola that has a 10% chance of development within the next 48 hours, according to an 8 p.m. report.

222 words by Lisa Maria Garza, Orlando Sentinel. MOVED


Amber Heard’s team to call Johnny Depp to witness stand again

DEPP-HEARD-TRIAL:NY — The drama continues at the explosive Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial with Depp possibly returning to the witness stand again on Monday.

The 36-year-old “Aquaman” star’s lawyers will call ex-husband Depp on Monday, on the 23rd day of the former couple’s tumultuous defamation trial, according to sources.

191 words by Jami Ganz, New York Daily News. MOVED


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‘Downton Abbey’ box office results signal a promising turn among older audiences

MOVIE-BOXOFFICE:LA — Focus Features’ “Downton Abbey” sequel welcomed older viewers back into theaters this weekend, in what may be a promising sign for the box office prospects of films aimed at grown-ups, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.

The period drama, based on the critically acclaimed TV series of the same name, opened to $16 million in North America. That wasn’t enough to unseat the returning champion (Disney and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” which added $31.6 million in its third weekend for a domestic cumulative of $342.1 million), but it was enough to signal a positive shift among a demographic that has been reluctant to return to theaters during the COVID-19 pandemic.

493 words by Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


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‘Downton Abbey’ opens weakly as fans of a certain age stay home

MOVIE-BOXOFFICE:BLO — “Downton Abbey: A New Era” opened in second place domestically this weekend and with a much weaker debut than its 2019 predecessor, as a key demographic for the film, older women, proves to be one of the most difficult to persuade back into theaters.

The film, from Comcast Corp.’s Focus Features division, generated $16 million in domestic ticket sales, Comscore Inc. estimated on Sunday. That was below the $20 million forecast from Boxoffice Pro and in line with low- to mid-teen millions the studio had projected.

421 words by Kelly Gilblom, Bloomberg News. MOVED


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‘Saturday Night Live’ says goodbye to Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney in season finale

TV-SNL:NY — NEW YORK — 30 Rock is getting a new look.

The season finale of “Saturday Night Live” this week was more somber than expected as the late-night sketch show bid farewell to Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney after all four announced that they will not be returning next season.

571 words by Kate Feldman, New York Daily News. MOVED


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3 women killed in crash on Long Island involving drunken driver, police say

LONGISLAND-CRASH:NY — A drunken driver killed three women when he slammed into the car they were riding in on a Long Island turnpike, police said Sunday.

Dante Lennon, 22, was behind the wheel of a 2012 Mercedes-Benz when he crashed into a 2010 Lincoln Town Car with six people inside on the Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park about 11:10 p.m. Saturday, according to Nassau County Police.

160 words by John Annese, New York Daily News. MOVED


Man fatally shot riding subway in Manhattan

NY-SUBWAY-SHOOTING:NY — NEW YORK — A man was fatally shot while riding a Manhattan subway train Sunday morning, police said.

The victim, believed to be in his 40s, was riding an uptown Q train station approaching the Canal Street station when he was shot in the chest about 11:45 a.m., police said.

89 words by John Annese, New York Daily News. MOVED


California oil regulator confirms methane leak at idle oil wells in Bakersfield

CALIF-METHANE-LEAK:LA — LOS ANGELES — California regulators have confirmed a methane gas leak at a pair of idle oil wells near a residential neighborhood in Bakersfield, raising the concerns of local environmental groups who fear the problem might be more widespread.

It's unclear how long the leaks described as "pinhole-sized" went undetected, but state regulators said they were sealed by Friday evening.

1131 words by Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


15 people hospitalized for injuries after Megabus overturns on interstate in Maryland

MD-BUSCRASH:BZ — BALTIMORE — First responders from Baltimore and Harford counties took 15 people to the hospital with injuries after a Megabus turned on its side on Interstate 95 South, fire officials said.

The bus drove off the road and rolled onto its side around 6:55 a.m. near Brashaw and Raphel roads. Fire officials said out of 47 people on the bus, 27 people suffered minor injuries. Fifteen of those were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

121 words by Lilly Price, The Baltimore Sun. MOVED



Johnson didn’t try to influence ‘partygate’ report, Zahawi says

CORONAVIRUS-BRITAIN-JOHNSON-PARTIES:BLO — Boris Johnson didn’t use a meeting with a top civil servant to try to influence her report about illegal parties held at the center of government during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi.

Sue Gray is expected to release her report this week into what the U.K. media has dubbed “partygate,” a scandal that’s dogged the prime minister’s administration for months and almost ended his political career.

763 words by Joe Mayes and Andrew Davis, Bloomberg News. MOVED


Turkey summons US envoy Flake after Istanbul rally warning

USTURKEY:BLO — Turkey’s foreign relations ministry summoned Ambassador Jeff Flake after the U.S. Embassy posted a warning that police might respond violently to an opposition rally in Istanbul.

“The Turkish National Police have used measures, including water cannons, tear gas, and non-lethal projectiles, to control crowds at protests in the past,” the embassy said in an alert on its website before Saturday’s event. “There is a strong possibility similar measures will be employed at this demonstration.”

355 words by Inci Ozbek, Bloomberg News. MOVED


China’s Wang Yi says US’s Indo-Pacific strategy ‘doomed to fail’

USCHINA:BLO — Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the U.S.’s Indo-Pacific strategy is “doomed to fail,” making his remarks while President Joe Biden is in the region to increase engagement with allies and counter China’s rise and influence.

“Facts will prove that the so-called ‘Indo-Pacific strategy’ is essentially a strategy for creating divisions, a strategy for inciting confrontation, and a strategy for destroying peace,” the Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement after Wang met his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto in Guangzhou Sunday.

360 words by Bloomberg News. MOVED


Former Pakistani Prime Minister Khan calls for protests to force elections

PAKISTAN:BLO — Recently ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan asked his supporters to march on Islamabad, the nation’s capital, for a sit-in on May 25 as a way to press the government to quit and call new elections.

Khan’s move is likely to fuel further political instability in a country already facing an economic crisis from rising inflation.

529 words by Kamran Haider, Bloomberg News. MOVED


Iran Revolutionary Guard colonel shot dead near Tehran home

IRAN-ASSASSINATION:BLO — A member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was shot dead outside his home in Tehran, Iran’s state TV reported, citing a statement by the Guard.

Two unidentified assailants on a motorcycle shot Sayyad Khodaei outside his home in the southeast of the capital on Sunday, state-run Islamic Republic News Agency said in a separate report, describing the incident as an assassination.

268 words by Arsalan Shahla, Bloomberg News. MOVED


Mix of crises poses complex risks to world peace, research shows

GLOBAL-SECURITY:DPA — COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A dangerous mix of environmental and security crises poses complex risks to world peace, according to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Decision-makers are not prepared for this "new era of risk," SIPRI researchers warned in a report published on Monday.

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Even with Roe v. Wade in place, low-income women struggle to get abortions in Texas

TEXAS-ABORTION-LOWINCOME:LA — McALLEN, Texas — The patient slid onto the examination table as the doctor ran through her standard list of questions.

Most recent period? Any previous abortions? Medication or surgery? Any complications?

An assistant readied an ultrasound wand as the patient lifted her shirt. She wasn't worried whether she was pregnant — she had already figured that out with four home tests.

What she and the doctor needed to know was how many weeks.

If the U.S. Supreme Court eliminates the constitutional right to abortion by overturning Roe v. Wade — as it is widely expected to do in coming weeks — Texas and at least 25 other conservative states are likely to ban most abortions.

But already in Texas, low-income Latinas, who have long made up the vast majority of patients at Whole Woman's Health of McAllen, the only abortion clinic for hundreds of miles along the border, face major obstacles when it comes to ending unwanted pregnancies.

2067 words by Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times. MOVED


Amid severe drought, former Interior secretary calls for revamping Colorado River pact

DROUGHT-COLORADORIVER-PACT:LA — LOS ANGELES — One hundred years after a landmark agreement divided the waters of the Colorado River among Western states, the pact is now showing its age as a hotter and drier climate has shrunk the river.

The flow of the Colorado has declined nearly 20% since 2000. Reservoirs have dropped to record low levels. And despite a series of deals among the states to temporarily take less water from the river, the shortage continues to worsen.

Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, who oversaw management of the river under President Bill Clinton, said it's become clear that the 1922 Colorado River Compact should be revamped to adapt to the reduced amount of water that is available as global warming compounds the 22-year megadrought in the watershed.

1575 words by Ian James, Los Angeles Times. MOVED



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