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International Budget for Thursday, September 17, 2020

Updated at 0000 UTC (8 p.m. U.S. EDT Wednesday).

Additional news stories, including full U.S. coverage, appear on the MCT-NEWS-BJT and MCT-NEWSFEATURES-BJT.

^TOP STORIES<

^Trump administration unveils COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan<

CORONAVIRUS-US-VACCINE:CON — The Trump administration announced its strategy Wednesday for distributing any eventual COVID-19 vaccine, which requires states and localities to submit plans to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by Oct. 16.

The 11-page overview and 57-page playbook developed by the departments of Health and Human Services and Defense are intended to assist state, tribal, territorial and other local public health programs. HHS broke down the process into first communicating with local officials to promote the vaccine, distributing it, ensuring the reliability of the supply chain, and monitoring the vaccine's administration.

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^Belarusian protest leader charged with endangering national security<

BELARUS:DPA — Belarusian protest leader Maria Kalesnikava, taken into custody in Belarus last week, has been charged with endangering national security, the country's investigative agency announced on Wednesday.

She faces up to five years in prison under the charge in accordance with Belarusian law.

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^Venezuela's Maduro accused of committing crimes against humanity in damning UN report<

VENEZUELA-MADURO-1ST-LEDE:MI — The Venezuelan regime led by Nicolas Maduro has committed "egregious violations" since 2014 "amounting to crimes against humanity," a United Nations report published Wednesday says.

The report by the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela, which is investigating human rights violations, found several examples of extrajudicial killings, politically motivated detentions, torture and forced disappearances.

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^US Rep. Omar, immigration lawyers raise alarm over deportation flight to Somalia with possible COVID-19 passenger<

CORONAVIRUS-DETAINEES-SOMALIA:CON — A deportation flight scheduled for Somalia this week may include passengers with COVID-19 symptoms, according to immigration lawyers, advocates and at least one congressional lawmaker, raising new concerns the United States may be exporting the coronavirus to other countries.

The flight, which could take off as early as Wednesday, is expected to carry roughly 90 people, according to advocates who spoke to CQ Roll Call. Most are Somali nationals from Minnesota, which has the biggest Somali immigrant community in the country. Lawyers and advocates fear most are not being adequately tested.

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^WORLD NEWS<

^Barbados wants to ditch the Queen: Caribbean nation seeks full sovereignty<

^BARBADOS-QUEEN:MI—<The island-nation of Barbados, which has long prided itself on being the most "English" of Britain's former colonies in the Caribbean, is saying goodbye to the Queen.

The Caribbean nation announced Tuesday that it will be taking steps to drop Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain as its head of state and to become a republic by next year, when it marks its 55th anniversary of independence from British rule.

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^Hurricane Teddy keeps strengthening, on track to Bermuda. Two depressions may also form<

WEA-STORMS-WHATWEKNOW:MI — A strengthened Hurricane Sally made landfall in Alabama early Wednesday, battering the area with heavy rain and winds over 100 mph. Trouble may also be coming for Bermuda, which is forecast to be in the path of a powerful Hurricane Teddy early next week.

Hurricanes Sally and Teddy aren't the only systems on the National Hurricane Center's radar. A strengthening Hurricane Paulette is still roaming around the Atlantic. So is Tropical Storm Vicky. Forecasters are also monitoring three disturbances, two of which are forecast to turn into tropical depressions later this week.

Here's what to know.

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^CORONAVIRUS<

^CDC director seeks billions for vaccines, says millions were transferred for HHS ad campaign<

CORONAVIRUS-CDC-VACCINEFUNDS:CON — The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked senators Wednesday for billions of dollars more for COVID-19 vaccine distribution as he addressed allegations of political interference and disclosed that the Trump administration transferred $300 million from the CDC for a public relations campaign.

During a Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee hearing, CDC Director Robert Redfield said that the Health and Human Services Department and the Office of Management and Budget directed the CDC to transfer $300 million to the HHS public affairs office.

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^Masks may do more than a vaccine to protect against COVID-19, CDC director says<

CORONAVIRUS-CDC-MASKS:WA — The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said face masks may do a better job at protecting against COVID-19 than a vaccine — contradicting prior comments from President Donald Trump about the importance of masks.

Dr. Robert Redfield said during a Senate hearing Wednesday that there is "clear scientific evidence" face masks work and that they're "our best defense" against the virus.

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^White House shows flexibility on coronavirus aid; Pelosi holds firm<

CORONAVIRUS-RELIEF:CON — The Trump administration is willing to consider another $1.5 trillion in relief for the U.S. economy and health care system, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday, including more aid to state and local governments than top GOP officials have been comfortable with to date.

Meadows spoke with President Donald Trump before a CNBC appearance Wednesday, where he said Trump was "encouraged" by the bipartisan Problem Solvers caucus proposal unveiled the previous day.

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^COVID-19 cases have plummeted at Notre Dame since a two-week campus shutdown. Can that work for other universities struggling to contain the virus's spread?<

^CMP-CORONAVIRUS-SHUTDOWNS:TB—<While its long-term success remains to be seen, more universities are trying the two-week pause to overcome outbreaks, as opposed to the more dramatic move of permanently sending students home. That also follows recommendations from public health experts, who say turning students loose could seed new infections in the communities where they return.

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^COVID-19 hits Latino, Black and Native American wallets harder<

CORONAVIRUS-MINORITIES-IMPACT:CON — The coronavirus has hit people of color harder than white households, causing higher rates of infection, hospitalizations, deaths and, as a new survey has found, financial despair.

Black, Latino and Native American households reported disproportionately high income loss, financial problems and housing insecurity in a poll released Wednesday by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

The poll showed 72% of Latino households, 60% of Black households and 55% of Native American households reported a serious financial problem like using up all of their savings, food insecurity and an inability to pay for housing. For comparison, only 36% of white households said they have faced the same challenges since the pandemic's start.

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^UNITED STATES<

^Poll highlights key barriers for Trump and Biden in final weeks before election<

CAMPAIGN-POLL:LA — As the presidential race moves into its final seven weeks, with former Vice President Joe Biden holding a lead that remains steady but not conclusive, he and President Donald Trump face contrasting challenges, new data from a University of Southern California Dornsife poll show.

Biden has largely succeeded in uniting his fellow Democrats. But as he tries to build a broad coalition that would include a significant number of independents and moderate Republicans, he faces resistance on ideology. Trump faces a different challenge: Not only is he behind, but a slice of his potential supporters are iffy about voting, the poll finds.

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^Democrats accuse Pompeo, allies of cover-up over IG firing<

CONGRESS-POMPEO-INSPECTOR-GENERAL:CON — House Democrats on Wednesday detailed their suspicions that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and a small group of loyalists orchestrated the spring firing of the agency's inspector general, as he was investigating Pompeo's personal conduct, and then attempted a cover-up.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with three top State Department officials close to Pompeo, including Undersecretary for Management Brian Bulatao, was months in the making.

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^Controversial HHS official installed by White House taking medical leave of absence<

TRUMP-CAPUTO:CON — The Department of Health and Human Services announced that Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs Michael Caputo will take a 60-day medical leave of absence, following a torrid five-month stint that included efforts to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic.

Caputo's tenure was capped by a livestreamed Facebook video echoing right-wing conspiracies depicting department scientists as leftists and predicting societal revolts.

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^William Barr floats theory of foreign mail-vote fraud that experts call impossible<

BARR-MAILVOTING:BLO — Attorney General William Barr has repeatedly floated a conspiracy theory that other countries may distribute counterfeit mail-in ballots to sway the November election. That's virtually impossible, according to election officials, ballot-printing companies and political scientists.

Yet it's a persistent argument from Barr, and it echoes Russian claims designed to undermine trust in the U.S. presidential election.

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^Florida senators pitch daylight saving time pause<

SENATE-DAYLIGHTSAVINGTIME:CON — Florida Republican Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott want to make sure there is plenty of time for wasting away again in Margaritaville in the sunlight this winter.

If they get their way, revelers in Key West, Florida, where Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band conceived of the mythical Margaritaville, will get to nibble on sponge cake and watch the sun bake one more hour — hopefully in a socially distant manner in this age of coronavirus pandemic protocols.

The senators introduced a bill that would postpone clocks from "falling back" until next year.

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^'Absolutely surreal.' Florida Panhandle hit with severe flooding from Hurricane Sally<

^WEA-SALLY:MI—<A last-minute eastern wobble brought the Category 2 winds of Hurricane Sally — and two feet of rain — to the Florida Panhandle overnight.

Although the storm made landfall in Alabama early Wednesday, it brought hurricane and tropical storm force winds from Pensacola to Panama City. The hurricane flooded dozens of roads, left more than 10,000 people without power and even led to water cutoffs in some places.

More than 500 people were in need of evacuation from Okaloosa County Wednesday morning, the Northwest Florida Daily News reported, as storm surge and heavy rains drenched the region.

"Absolutely surreal to see so much of the city underwater from storm surge," The Weather Channel's Chris Bruin tweeted from downtown Pensacola.

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^One name is left on the hurricane list, and it's only September. Why so many storms?<

WEA-HURRICANE-SEASON:MI — There's only one name left on the National Hurricane Center's alphabetical list of storm names. After Wilfred, it's time for names left untouched since 2005: the Greek alphabet.

And with a good two months left in the formal hurricane season, it's likely that Tropical Storm Alpha might make an appearance somewhere in the Atlantic before the season ends on Nov. 30. Although, as anyone around for the 2005 storm season remembers, the final storm of that season — Tropical Storm Zeta — actually petered out on Jan. 6, 2006.

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^Family of Vanessa Guillen goes to Congress for introduction of reform bill<

CONGRESS-MILITARY-HARASSMENT:AU — For the family of slain Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen, this month should have been a joyful milestone as they celebrated her 21st birthday back home in Houston.

Instead, the grieving family joined lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday to campaign for legislation many supporters say could have saved the young soldier's life.

Lawmakers for months worked to bring forward the I Am Vanessa Guillen Act, previously known as the #IAmVanessaGuillen bill, that seeks to set up third-party groups to investigate and prosecute those accused of sexual misconduct within the military.

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^New evacuations as Bobcat fire jumps north, firefighters battle at famed observatory<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-BOBCAT:LA — The Bobcat fire continued shapeshifting overnight, expanding to the northeast, while all eyes remain on the southern foothill communities and the Mount Wilson Observatory to the west.

The blaze in the Angeles National Forest has charred 44,393 acres and remained at 3% containment Wednesday morning, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The fire jumped the 2 Freeway on Tuesday evening and ignited a spot fire that has burned nearly 1,000 acres.

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^As smoke continues to shroud LA County, residents worry about long-term exposure<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-AIRQUALITY:LA — Smoke from the Bobcat and El Dorado fires continues to blanket Southern California, prompting the South Coast Air Quality Management District to issue its 10th straight day of advisories.

Some residents of Los Angeles County, growing weary of the thick, hazy air, say they're at wit's end.

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^Endangered wildlife, habitat burned in Washington's wildfires<

ENV-WASH-WILDFIRES-ENDANGERED:SE — Entire wildlife areas have been destroyed and endangered populations of animals gravely depleted by wildfires burning in Eastern Washington.

Much of the area burned east of the mountains included shrub-steppe habitat. The assemblage of sage and other plants is critical to the survival of the pygmy rabbit, sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse.

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^Her daughter is in prison, suicidal. Her grandmother fled a fire. 'Too much tragedy'<

CALIF-WILDFIRES-FAMILYTRAGEDIES:LA — Tracey Aldrich and her mother, Deborah, were forced out of their rural Northern California homes by fire last Tuesday, but that's not their biggest concern.

At night, before she falls asleep, Tracey Aldrich loses control of her thoughts, and they turn to her daughter Keiana, she said. She wonders how badly she is hurt, or if she is in pain, or even aware that anyone cares.

Nearly three weeks ago, Keiana Aldrich, 25, an inmate at the California Institution for Women, allegedly slashed her neck and wrists with razor blades then swallowed two of them. No one on the outside has spoken to her since, and prison officials have denied her attorney a phone call.

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^In hate-filled speech, Giuliani lashes out at Black Lives Matter, NYC schools chancellor<

GIULIANI:NY — Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani painted a grim picture of the city's future — attacking everyone from his successor Bill de Blasio to participants in the Black Lives Matter movement — in a divisive and racially charged speech in Midtown Manhattan on Wednesday.

Cast as a speech on restoring safety to a city reeling from a surge in violent crime, the event was light on policy and heavy on personal attacks.

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^Sheriff's combative response to shocking deputy attack sparks new alarms, criticism<

LA-DEPUTIES-SHOT-RESPONSE:LA — The attack was every police officer's worst nightmare: A gunman walks up to a marked patrol car, shooting the two people inside at close range because of the uniforms on their backs.

Surveillance video of the brazen deed near a Compton Metro station provoked wide outrage from presidential candidates to ordinary citizens.

But the agency's response to the attack has raised alarms from some activists, lawmakers and sheriff's watchdogs, who question whether the aggressive rhetoric is inflaming rather than easing tensions at a moment when community groups are protesting several controversial shootings by deputies amid a national discussion over policing and race.

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^16 hospitalized after crane collision in Austin, medics say<

AUSTIN-CRANES:AU — Diane Stewart, a Mueller resident, is used to the occasional construction noise coming from the site near her Austin apartment. But on Wednesday, she heard something that made her pause.

"It sounded like pipes falling. It was a loud crash, it made me turn," Stewart said.

What Stewart heard was the collision of two construction cranes near Dell Children's Medical Center.

When medics arrived at the scene, they tended to 22 people, with 16 being taken to a hospital.

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^NTSB records show dramatic moments as flames swept Conception dive boat<

CALIF-BOATFIRE:LA — Late on the eve of Labor Day 2019, as the crew of the Conception buttoned up the 75-foot dive boat, one of the galley hands plugged in his cellphone and saw sparks fly from the socket, just before he headed to bed.

He later told investigators that "while still in a sleep-like state, he had heard a pop and then a crackle downstairs," followed by another crew member yelling, "Fire! Fire!" — according to National Transportation Safety Board records released Wednesday.

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^Man on death row for murdering Dallas cop will instead spend life in prison, court rules<

TEXAS-DEATHROW-RESENTENCE:DA — A man who had been sentenced to die for murdering a Dallas police officer in 2005 will instead spend the rest of his life in prison because he is intellectually disabled, Texas' Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Wednesday.

Juan Lizcano, 43, was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death in 2007 for shooting Dallas officer Brian Jackson. The 28-year-old officer had been responding to a domestic disturbance in Old East Dallas about Lizcano and his ex-girlfriend.

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^Air Force Academy general's fight against racism still resonates<

CMP-AIRFORCE-RACISM:GT — A month into his tenure as Air Force Academy superintendent and before Black Lives Matter sparked a nationwide discussion on the treatment of minorities, Lt. Gen Jay Silveria pulled his 4,000 cadets and hundreds of officers, civilian professors and airmen into cavernous Mitchell Hall.

A racial slur had been written on a white board at the academy's Preparatory School.

"At the time I was so hurt by a racial incident at the Air Force Academy," Silveria, who will retire this month after 35 years in uniform, told The Gazette in an interview this week.

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^1 in 10 young American adults thinks Jewish people caused the Holocaust, survey finds<

^HOLOCAUST-YOUNGADULTS:RA—<About 1 in 10 young adults in America think Jewish people caused the Holocaust, a new survey finds.

And 10% of people in that age group say they don't believe that the Holocaust happened or aren't sure that it took place, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany said in results published Wednesday.

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^Tyrannosaurus skeleton worth several million dollars headed to auction<

TREX-AUCTION:NY — Sold to the eccentric theme park operator!

One of the world's largest Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons is headed to the auction block.

Christie's announced Wednesday it would be selling "STAN," a 67 million-year-old fossil, in early October.

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^Key cannabis chemical may help prevent colon cancer, researchers say<

MED-COLONCANCER-CANNABIS:CS — A chemical in marijuana may be able to help prevent colon cancer, according to a new study from top University of South Carolina researchers.

The study, published in iScience, found that mice injected with THC and a cancer-causing chemical did not develop cancer. Mice in a control group were injected with the carcinogen but no THC, causing them to develop cancer.

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^BUSINESS<

^US House probe of 737 MAX finds 'disturbing pattern' of Boeing failures and 'grossly insufficient' FAA oversight<

^CONGRESS-BOEING-MAX:SE—<An intensive investigation by a U.S. House committee into the causes of the two Boeing 737 MAX crashes reveals new details documenting what a final report calls "a disturbing pattern of technical miscalculations and troubling management misjudgments made by Boeing," along with "grossly insufficient oversight by the FAA."

Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chair of the U.S. House Transportation Committee, signaled in a teleconference briefing that the committee plans to soon propose legislation reforming how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certifies airplanes as safe to fly.

He called it "mind boggling" that the MAX, which had two crashes that killed 346 people within five months, was originally certified by both Boeing and the FAA as compliant with all safety regulations.

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^Fed signals rates will stay near zero for at least three years<

^FED-RATES-1ST-LEDE:BLO—<The Federal Reserve left interest rates near zero and signaled it would hold them there through at least 2023 to help the U.S. economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Open Market Committee "expects to maintain an accommodative stance of monetary policy" until it achieves inflation averaging 2% over time and longer-term inflation expectations remain well anchored at 2%, the central bank said in a statement Wednesday following a two-day policy meeting.

The statement reflects the central bank's new long-term policy framework in which officials will allow inflation to overshoot their 2% target after periods of under-performance.

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^ENTERTAINMENT<

^What will the Emmys look like? The show's history-making producer reveals his plans<

^TV-EMMYS-PRODUCTION:LA—<Thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunday's prime-time TV broadcast of the 2020 Emmy Awards will be a tale of reinvention by necessity — and executive producer Reginald Hudlin is loving the possibilities. The director of "House Party" and "Boomerang" and producer of "Django Unchained" and the 88th Academy Awards knows many of the choices he's making for the 72nd edition of TV's biggest prize are going to be firsts. So is Hudlin himself, for that matter: He is the first Black executive producer in Emmys history.

Though the event is based at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, no nominees or live audience will be present, just one of many health and safety restrictions Hudlin and his team are working under. Instead, the production will dispatch camera rigs and crews to more than 130 locations around the world; there, the nominees will have unprecedented freedom to present themselves as they choose to a worldwide audience. Despite all the planning and practice, the gregarious Hudlin knows the deck is stacked with wild cards — and he's excited to play. "Whatever happens," he says, "we want to capture it."

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^Francis Lee on making 'Ammonite' with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan<

^MOVIE-AMMONITE-LEE:LA—<After a number of pandemic-related delays, the period romance "Ammonite" has been uncovered at last. Written and directed by Francis Lee, the film is set in 1840s Dorset, England. There the paleontologist Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) spends her time mostly alone by the seaside looking for fossils. After Charlotte Murchison (Saoirse Ronan) is unceremoniously left behind by her husband to convalesce in Anning's care, the two women find themselves drawing closer, both brightened by the relationship.

The film brings together three celebrated artists. Lee, an actor turned filmmaker, won numerous prizes for his 2017 debut feature "God's Own Country," a queer romance set on a sheep farm. Winslet, along with her best actress Oscar win for "The Reader," has six other Academy Award nominations. Ronan is a four-time Oscar nominee.

"Ammonite" was selected to be part of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and also the Telluride Film Festival in the fall, both of which were subsequently canceled. The film finally had its world premiere on Friday night as part of the Toronto International Film Festival. Earlier in the week Lee spoke on the phone from his home in Yorkshire, England, about the film.

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^The story of how 'Touched by an Angel' got its wings and became one of TV's biggest shows<

^TV-TOUCHED-ANGEL:SD—<Twenty-six years ago this month, Martha Williamson smashed a hole in the stained-glass ceiling of prime-time television when she debuted a God-infused drama series starring a white angel who spoke with an Irish lilt and her Black supervisor, who spoke with equal measure sass and reverence, sang like a heavenly host and drove a red Cadillac convertible.

Over its nine-year run, "Touched by an Angel" would reach upwards of 25 million viewers a week, becoming one of the top shows in the CBS stable.

As its head writer and executive producer, Williamson asked the tough questions, like where was God when your baby died, when skinheads tore up a synagogue, when racial injustice turned deadly. And why, why, why?

"We had to ask that question right off the bat or else no one was going to trust us," Williamson told me in a telephone interview from her Pasadena, California, home.

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^As Trump TikTok ban nears, the app's star Charli D'Amelio joins rival Triller<

^TIKTOK-DAMELIO:LA—<As President Trump's ban on TikTok nears, some of the social video platform's biggest stars, including Charli and Dixie D'Amelio, are joining rival app Triller.

The sisters and their parents, Marc and Heidi, boast a total of roughly 138 million followers on TikTok.

Sixteen-year-old Charli D'Amelio, known for her dance videos, has the largest fan base, with 87 million TikTok followers. On Triller, Charli has accumulated 928,000 followers as of Tuesday. Singer Dixie D'Amelio, 19, has 38 million followers on TikTok.

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^SPORTS<

^Big Ten football is coming back in October with 8 games in 8 weeks — and 'significant medical protocols'<

FBC-BIGTEN:TB — For a while there, it looked as if Big Ten football would produce only one score this fall: 11-3.

As in, 11 schools voted to postpone fall sports and three (Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa) dissented.

But after weeks of criticism and cajoling from the likes of Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, Iowa football parents, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and President Donald Trump, the Big Ten crossed the 1-yard line — as Trump alluded to in a tweet.

The conference announced its restart Wednesday, declaring a unanimous vote an intention to start playing Oct. 23-24 with a slate of eight games over eight weeks and a conference title game Dec. 19.

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