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Washington U. grad to lead Planned Parenthood Incoming president is a Chinese immigrant who fled her native country when she was 8 BY DAVID CRARY associated Press
NEW YORK • A Chinese immi-
grant who ﬂed her native country when she was 8 was named Wednesday as Planned Parenthood’s new president, the first doctor to hold the post in ﬁve decades. Dr. Leana Wen will assume the role Nov. 12, six days after midterm elections in which Planned Parenthood’s political wing plans to spend $20 million on behalf of candidates who support abortion rights. Wen, who has been Baltimore’s health commissioner since 2014, will be Planned Parenthood’s sixth president over a cen-
tury of work providing millions of Americans with birth control, sex education and medical screenings. The organization also is the largest provider of abortions in the U.S., making it a perennial target for anti-abortion activists. In recent years, its foes have been striving — thus far unsuccessfully — to halt the ﬂow of federal funds that help Planned Parenthood provide some of its nonabortion services. Wen succeeds Cecile Richards, who had been president since 2006 before resigning this year. Under Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood has been at odds with congressional Republicans and President Don-
ald Trump on numerous fronts, most recently joining the intense opposition to Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. Abortion-rights advocates fear that Kavanaugh will tilt the high court to the right, possibly opening the way for rulings that would reverse or weaken the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that established a nationwide right for women to have abortions. Wen and her family ﬂed from China just before her 8th birth-
DIGEST Arkansas removes 4,300 from Medicaid rolls More than 4,300 people who were on Arkansas’ expanded Medicaid rolls have lost coverage because they didn’t comply with a new work requirement, making them the first to get kicked off the program under the rule. The Arkansas Department of Human Services on Wednesday said an additional 5,000 people on the program will lose coverage if they don’t meet the work requirement by the end of this month. Arkansas was the first state to enforce the requirement after the administration of President Donald Trump said it would allow states to tie Medicaid coverage to work. Under the requirement, beneficiaries must report at least 80 hours of work each month for three months in a year. Russian hacker pleads guilty • A Russian man considered to be one of the world’s most notorious hackers has pleaded guilty to U.S. charges alleging he operated a network of devices used to steal computer credentials, distribute spam emails and install malicious software. The Justice Department said Peter Levashov pleaded guilty
Rescue personnel use the Jaws of Life to free a black bear after its head became stuck inside a 10-gallon milk can near Roseau, Minn., on Sept. 7. The bear ran off afterwards.
Wednesday in federal court in Hartford, Conn. Levashov was arrested in 2017 while vacationing in Spain. His arrest was one of a series in the last few years targeting Russian cybercriminals outside their homeland, which has no extradition agreement with the United States.
Jaws of Life frees bear in milk can • Firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to help free a black bear whose head was stuck in a milk can in northern Minnesota. Conservation officer Eric Benjamin with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was called Friday about a young male bear with its head stuck in an
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day, were granted political asylum in the U.S. and became U.S. citizens in 2003. Wen graduated summa cum laude from California State University, Los Angeles and earned her medical degree in St. Louis, from Washington University School of Medicine before becoming a Rhodes scholar. Early in her tenure as Baltimore’s health commissioner, she provided strong leadership as the city was wracked by violent protests related to disputed police actions. She expanded trauma and mental health services, and secured funding for a program designed to treat gun violence as a contagious disease. Wen said she was proud of her accomplishments in Baltimore — including reducing infant mortality to record lows and providing eyeglasses for all children who needed them. But she said she
could not resist the new job offer. “For more than 100 years, no organization has done more for women’s health than Planned Parenthood,” Wen said. “As a doctor, I will ensure we continue to provide high-quality health care, including the full range of reproductive care and will fight with everything I have to protect the access of millions of patients who rely on Planned Parenthood.” Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Democratic congressman from Baltimore, praised the appointment, saying of Wen, “When it comes to protecting her patients, she doesn’t back down from a ﬁght.” With Wen’s encouragement, Baltimore sued the Trump administration for cutting funds for teen pregnancy prevention. A federal judge subsequently ordered restoration of $5 million in grant funding to two Baltimorebased prevention programs.
old 10-gallon milk can near Roseau. Benjamin said rescuers tried cooking oil to free the bear, but that didn’t work, so they drilled three holes in the can so the panting bear could breathe. After about two hours, Benjamin called the Roseau Fire Department, which used the Jaws of Life — normally used to extricate car accident victims — and a spreader to pry the can off.
production. It would mark the first time since 1973 that the U.S. has led the world in output. U.S. production jumped in recent years because of techniques including hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” which is driving a drilling boom in the Permian Basin under Texas and New Mexico. The U.S. energy agency estimated that the United States produced an average of 10.9 million barrels a day in August, compared with about 10.8 million barrels a day by Russia and around 10.4 million from Saudi Arabia.
S. Dakota to collect taxes on online sales • South Dakota will start collecting sales taxes from many out-of-state online retailers this fall under a law signed Wednesday after a special legislative session. Lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol for the special session and overwhelmingly approved Gov. Dennis Daugaard’s legislation, which will allow the collections to start Nov. 1. A second measure that passed will require marketplaces that handle payments, such as eBay, to collect sales taxes for sellers on their platforms. U.S. now leader in oil production • The U.S. Energy Information Administration said Wednesday that, based on preliminary estimates, America “likely surpassed” Russia in June and August after jumping over Saudi Arabia earlier this year in oil
New Mexico suing Google, Twitter • New Mexico is suing Google, Twitter and other companies that develop and market mobile gaming apps for children, saying the apps violate state and federal laws by collecting personal information that could compromise privacy. New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said he’s concerned given that the apps can track with such precision where children live, play and go to school. The lawsuit accuses advertising businesses run by Google, Twitter and other companies of violating a law meant to keep private the personal data of children under 13. From news services
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Days before in-person jury selection is set to begin in his second trial, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is in talks with the special counsel’s office about a possible plea deal, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions. The people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the conversations, cautioned that the negotiations may not result in a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller, who is prosecuting Manafort for alleged money laundering and lobbying violations. But the discussions indicate a possible shift in strategy for Manafort, who earlier this year chose to go to trial in Virginia, only to be convicted last month in federal court in Alexandria on eight counts of bank and tax fraud. He had derided his former business partner, Rick Gates, for striking a deal with prosecutors that provided him leniency in exchange for testimony against Manafort. “I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence,” Manafort said in February. The speciﬁcs of Manafort’s current negotiations with prosecutors were unclear, including whether he would provide any information about the president. However, Manafort’s willingness to engage in talks could be a setback for Trump, who in the past has praised his former campaign chairman for his unwillingness to cooperate with the special counsel. Prosecutors “applied tremendous pressure on him and ... he refused to ‘break’ — make up stories in order to get a ‘deal,’” the president tweeted last month. “Such respect for a brave man!” Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni and Mueller spokesman Peter Carr declined to comment. Manafort’s attorneys, Kevin Downing and Thomas Zehnle, did not immediately return calls for comment. Jury selection for Manafort’s second trial is set to begin Monday, with opening statements scheduled for Sept. 24. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson pushed back a scheduled pretrial hearing in the case from Wednesday to Friday. Court ﬁlings did not indicate the reason for the delay. Manafort, 69, a longtime lobbyist and consultant with deep roots in the GOP, served as Trump’s campaign chairman for about six months, resigning in August 2016 amid increasing scrutiny of his work on behalf of a Russia-friendly political party in Ukraine. Both cases brought against Manafort stem from his work in Ukraine. The jury in Virginia found that Manafort hid the money he made in Ukraine to avoid paying taxes and then lied to get loans when the political party collapsed and his funding dried up. In Washington, he faced charges of conspiring against the United States, money laundering, failing to register as a lobbyist, making false statements and witness tampering. Manafort has been jailed since June as a result of the witness tampering charges. He has yet to be sentenced in Virginia, where he faces up to 10 years in prison under federal guidelines on the eight of 18 counts on which he was convicted. A mistrial was declared on the remaining charges after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict. Trump has sought advice from his lawyers on the possibility of pardoning Manafort and other aides accused of crimes, his attorney Rudy Giuliani previously told The Washington Post, and was counseled against pardoning anyone involved in the ongoing probe.