The Rundown for August 13, 2019

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION CHANGES RULE FOR GREEN-CAR APPLICANTS… The Trump administration introduced a new policy that penalizes green-card applicants who use food-assistance programs, Medicaid or housing vouchers. The policy is being written within the framework of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which allows the government to deny permanent residency to immigrants determined to be a financial burden on society. The White House cites immigrants’ reliance on federal programs as proof they require financial support. The new rule is scheduled to take effect in 60 days.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS OPPOSE CHANGES TO ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT… Critics say changes to the Endangered Species Act as announced yesterday by the Trump administration will significantly weaken the protections on critical habitats and the vulnerable wildlife they support. The changes will make it tougher for regulators to factor in climate change when determining species protections. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the new rules ease the “regulatory burden on the American public.” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt argued that “The Act’s effectiveness rests on clear, consistent and efficient implementation.” Environmentalists who oppose the changes to the law, which has several species from the brink of extinction since it became law in 1973.

FBI SEARCHES EPSTEIN’S VIRGIN ISLANDS HOME… The FBI confirmed yesterday that agents in the Virgin Islands have searched the mansion of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. The confirmation came after FBI and Customs and Border Protection agents were seen near Epstein’s home in Little Saint James. Epstein was found dead from an apparent suicide Saturday morning in his cell at a federal facility in Manhattan.

BARR ACKNOWLEDGES IRREGULARITIES AT EPSTEIN’S FACILITY… Attorney General William Barr yesterday acknowledged “serious irregularities” at the federal prison where Jeffrey Epstein died. Barr vowed that prosecutors would continue their sex-trafficking investigation into the disgraced financier. The attorney general also warned that investigators would press their case against anyone who was complicit with Epstein, a registered sex offender who pled guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex.

DAYTON SHOOTING SUPPLIER FACING FEDERAL FIREARMS CHARGES… The friend of Connor Betts accused of providing the Dayton, Ohio, shooter with the body armor and a 100-round double drum magazine used during his attack is facing federal firearms charges. Ethan Kollie told FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives agents who visited him hours after the attack that he had smoked marijuana every day for the past decade, according to prosecutors. However, when Kollie filled out ATF paperwork to obtain a pistol in May, he checked the “no” box for the question that asked if he had been a regular user of marijuana or any other controlled substance.

APPEALS JUDGES ASK COSBY LAWYERS ABOUT NON-PROSECUTION AGREEMENT… A Pennsylvania appeals court yesterday asked why Bill Cosby never got a supposed non-prosecution agreement in writing. The three-judge panel expressed concerns that Cosby’s legal counsel didn’t follow the norm and get an immunity agreement in writing, and approved by a judge, when accuser Andrea Constand first came forward in 2005. The question arose as Cosby’s lawyers are seeking to overturn the comedian’s sexual assault conviction. The 82-year-old Cosby is serving a three- to 10-year prison term for drugging and molesting a woman at his home.

‘THE CROWN’ GETS RELEASE DATE… Netflix announced yesterday that it will release the third season of its popular historical drama “The Crown” on November 17. Actress Olivia Colman takes over as star as an older Queen Elizabeth II after Claire Foy played a younger version in the first two seasons. The cast also includes Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels as Lord Snowdon.

WASHINGTON 7 – Cincinnati 6... The Nationals took a 7-2 lead into the eighth inning and held on to edge the Nationals. Trea Turner blasted a three-run homer and added an RBI single. Matt Adams homered with a runner on.

Arizona 8 – COLORADO 6… The Diamondbacks powered their way past the Rockies with a four-run top of the sixth inning. Jake Lamb, Nick Ahmed and Carson Kelly all homered during the uprising. Ahmed also lined a two-run double.

N.Y. YANKEES 8 – Baltimore 5… The Yankees got homers from Didi Gregorius and Gleyber Torres in the bottom of the first inning and cruised past the Orioles in the doubleheader opener. Geo Urshela and Cameron Maybin added solo blasts.

N.Y. YANKEES 11 – Baltimore 8… Gleyber Torres went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and six RBIs as the Yankees completed a sweep of the twinbill. Mike Ford homered with the bases empty. Brett Gardner got things going with a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the first inning.

TORONTO 19 – Texas 4… The Blue Jays used a 21-hit attack to wallop the Rangers. Brandon Drury unloaded a grand slam during an eight-run bottom of the fourth inning. Justin Smoak and Randal Grichuk both had three hits, including a homer, and drove in three runs. Danny Jansen also went deep.

CLEVELAND 6 – Boston 5… Carlos Santana smacked a walkoff homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth inning after the Indians let a 5-1 lead slip away. Franmil Reyes belted a two-run homer in the first. Jose Ramirez added a three-run blast in the third. The victory moved Cleveland a half-game ahead of Minnesota in the AL Central.

CHI. WHITE SOX – Houston (ppd)… Rain in Chicago forced postponement of last night’s White Sox-Astros game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Pittsburgh 10 – L.A. ANGELS 2... The Pirates got solo homers from Kevin Newman, Jacob Stallings, Bryan Reynolds and Josh Bell in their pounding of the Angels. Stallings also had a two-run double. Bell singled home a run. Mitch Keller (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings. One of the runs was unearned.

Tampa Bay 10 – SAN DIEGO 4... Avisail Garcia drilled a two-run homer for the Rays. Matt Duffy went 4-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 7-6) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 2-2)…
Colorado (Peter Lambert, 2-3) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 7-12)

Houston (Zack Greinke, 11-4/Gerrit Cole, 14-5) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 2-4/Ivan Nova, 7-9) for a doubleheader…
Toronto (Thomas Pannone, 2-5) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 14-7)…
Baltimore (John Means, 8-7) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 15-2)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 6-8) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 4-8)…
Boston (Chris Sale, 6-11) is at Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 7-2)…

Minnesota (Martin Perez, 8-5) is at Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 5-2)…
Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 3-7) hosts St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 5-6)…
Oakland (Brett Anderson, 10-7) is at San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 7-7)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 2-3) host Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (Brendan McKay, 2-2) is at San Diego (Eric Lauer, 6-8)

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