The Rundown for October 4, 2019

TRUMP WANTS CHINA TO INVESTIGATE BIDENS… President Trump, who is already facing an impeachment inquiry for urging Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son, raised the ante yesterday by announcing he wants China to probe the Bidens. Trump said at the White House that he thinks Ukraine and China should both look into the Bidens’ business deals. Trump said that if he were Zelensky, he would recommend an investigation because the Bidens are “crooked.”

AMERICAN DIPLOMAT: WITHHOLDING UKRAINIAN AID WAS CRAZY… The top U.S. diplomat to Ukraine told other American diplomats last month that he thought it was “crazy” for the U.S. to be withholding military aid to Ukraine for political purposes. Bill Taylor’s concern was part of text messages former U.S Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker shared with Congress yesterday. A whistleblower complaint raised concerns about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whom Trump pressured to conduct a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Trump admitted to withholding military aid to Ukraine prior to the call.

VAPING DEATHS, ILLNESSES STILL RISING… U.S. health officials say the death toll from a mysterious lung illness linked to e-cigarettes has jumped to 18 and probable cases of the illness have topped the 1,000 mark. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cases have been reported across 48 states and one territory so far, compared with 805 cases last week. The latest figures also included recent reporting of previously identified patients, the CDC said.

ACLU SUES OVER FAMILY SEPARATIONS… A federal lawsuit filed yesterday by the American Civil Liberties Union claims the Trump administration “cruelly and inhumanely” separated thousands of migrant children and parents. The lawsuit names current and former Trump administration officials and claims the government violated the rights of the separated migrant families. Several parents tried to kill themselves and at least one committed suicide, according to the suit.

MGM AGREES ON MASS-SHOOTING SETTLEMENT… MGM has agreed to pay victims of the 2017 mass shooting at the Mandalay Bay Hotel up to $800 million. A total of 58 people died and hundreds more were wounded in the massacre. The FBI and local police closed their investigations into the attack without determining a motive. Victims say the shooter should not have been able to stockpile weapons and ammunition in his room on the 32nd floor of the hotel without hotel security knowing.

ENTERTAINMENT
JAMES FRANCO AND PARTNERS SUED OVER ACTING SCHOOL… Two women are suing actor James Franco and his partners in an acting school they way was used to take advantage of young female performers. In a lawsuit filed yesterday in Los Angeles County Superior Court, the women say the school pressured them into uncomfortable activities and promised acting opportunities that did not materialize or were never released. Franco opened the Studio 4 film and acting school in 2014.

IN THEATERS… “The Joker” stars Joaquin Phoenix and Robert De Niro in a gritty character study of Arthur Fleck, a man disregarded by society. It’s rated R. In “Lucy in the Sky,” an astronaut returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small. The R-rated film stars Natalie Portman and Jon Hamm.

SPORTS
MLB
NL DIVISIONAL SERIES SCORES
St. Louis 7 – ATLANTA 6… Marcell Ozuna stroked a tie-breaking two-run double in the top of the ninth inning, Kolten Wong followed with a two-run double and the Cardinals hung on to down the Braves in the NLDS opener. Paul Goldschmidt homered and Matt Carpenter singled home a run to tie the game in the eighth.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – Washington 0… Max Muncy went 2-for-3 and knocked in three runs as the Dodgers blanked the Nationals in Game 1 of their NLDS matchup. Joc Pederson and pinch-hitter Gavin Lux smacked solo homers. Walker Buehler limited the Nationals to one hit over six innings.

TODAY’S ALDS SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 6-1) is at Houston (Justin Verlander, 21-6), 2:05 Eastern, FS1
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 14-8) is at the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 15-6), 7:07 p.m. Eastern, MLB…

TODAY’S NLDS SCHEDULE
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 11-8) is at Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 8-6) for Game 2, 4:37 Eastern, TBS…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 16-5) host Washington (TBA) for Game 2, 9:37 p.m. Eastern, TBS

NHL SCORES
TAMPA BAY 5 – Florida 2… Ondrej Palat scored a tie-breaking goal in the third period and the Lightning added two more goals to get past the Panthers. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. RANGERS 6 – Winnipeg 4… The Rangers scored three straight goals in the third period to put away the Jets. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and three assists. Jacob Trouba added a goal and two assists.

Buffalo 3 – PITTSBURGH 1… Conor Sheary netted two goals against his former team as the Sabres downed the Penguins. Casey Mittelstadt had two assists.

CAROLINA 4 – Montreal 3 (SO)… Dougie Hamilton’s goal in the shootout sent the Hurricanes past the Canadiens. Erik Haula tied the game with a third-period goal.

NASHVILLE 5 – Minnesota 2… The Predators scored four unanswered goals in the third period to roll past the Wild. Ryan Ellis had a goal and an assist. Matt Duchene assisted on three goals.

Boston 2 – DALLAS 1… Brett Ritchie and Danton Heinen scored first-period goals and the Bruins held on to edge the Stars.

COLORADO 5 – Calgary 3… Mikko Rantanen found the net twice as the Rockies topped the Flames.

ANAHEIM 2  – Arizona 1… The Ducks got goals from Derek Grant and Cam Fowler in the win over the Coyotes. Goalie John Gibson made 32 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Philadelphia…
New Jersey hosts Winnipeg…
Washington is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Columbus hosts Toronto…
Vegas is at San Jose

NFL SCORE
SEATTLE 30 – L.A. Rams 29… Russell Wilson’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Chris Carson with 2:28 remaining lifted the Seahawks over the Rams. Wilson hit three other receivers with scoring tosses. Chris Carson rushed for 118 yards on 27 carries.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Jacksonville (2-2) is at Carolina (2-2)…
Cincinnati (0-4) hosts Arizona (0-3-1)…
Atlanta (1-3) is at Houston (2-2)….
New Orleans (3-1) hosts Tampa Bay (2-2)….
Minnesota (2-2) is at the N.Y. Giants (2-2)…
Oakland (2-2) hosts Chicago (3-1)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-3) are at Philadelphia (2-2)…
Pittsburgh (1-3) hosts Baltimore (2-2)…
Buffalo (3-1) is at Tennessee (2-2)…
Washington (0-4) hosts New England (4-0)…
Denver (0-4) is at the L.A. Chargers (2-2)…
Dallas (3-1) hosts Green Bay (3-1)…
Indianapolis (2-2) is at Kansas City (4-0)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Cleveland (2-2) is at San Francisco (3-0)

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#18 Central Florida is at Cincinnati

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#3 Georgia is at Tennessee…
#4 Ohio State hosts #25 Michigan State…
#5 LSU hosts Utah State…
#6 Oklahoma is at Kansas…
#7 Auburn is at #10 Florida…
#8 Wisconsin hosts Kent State…
#9 Notre Dame hosts Bowling Green…
#11 Texas is at West Virginia…
#12 Penn State hosts Purdue…
#13 Oregon hosts California…
#14 Iowa is at #19 Michigan…
#15 Washington is at Stanford…
#16 Boise State is at UNLV…
#21 Oklahoma State is at Texas Tech…
#24 SMU hosts Tulsa

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