The Rundown for October 15, 2019

WHITE HOUSE SAYS IT WANTS TURKEY OUT OF SYRIA… The White House announced yesterday that it is imposing sanctions on Turkey and demanded that the country cease its military incursion in northeast Syria. President Trump, whom Pentagon officials say enabled assault by withdrawing U.S. forces from the conflict area, allegedly requested the ceasefire in a call with President Tayyip Erdogan. Trump also announced plans to reimpose steel tariffs on Turkey and immediately halt negotiations on a $100 billion trade deal.

FIONA HILL TESTIFIES BEFORE HOUSE INVESTIGATORS… Former White House adviser Fiona Hill testified before House investigators for more than 10 hours yesterday as part of the impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Hill resigned as Trump’s top Russia analyst in July, just days before the phone call in which Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden. Her appearance yesterday came in response to a congressional subpoena. House Democrats want to know whether Trump withheld military aid to Ukraine as a condition of Zelensky investigating the Bidens. That would be an abuse of power because the $400 million in military aid was congressionally approved and needed to counter Russian aggression.

GUILIANI’S UKRAINE BUSINESS DEALINGS INVESTIGATED… Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are reportedly examining Rudy Giuliani’s business dealings in Ukraine. Prosecutors say the investigation covers finances, meetings and work for a Ukrainian city mayor. Investigators also have examined Giuliani’s bank records.

FORT WORTH COP ARRESTED AFTER FATAL SHOOTING… A former Fort Worth police officer was arrested and charged with murder yesterday for the fatal shooting of an African-American woman who was at home playing video games. The officer, Aaron Y. Dean, who is white, had resigned earlier yesterday. Fort Worth Police Department interim chief Ed Kraus had planned to fire Dean for violating protocol. Kraus said he had reached out to the FBI about the possibility of starting a civil rights investigation.

REGULATOR BLASTS CALIFORNIA UTILITY OVER OUTAGES… California’s top utility regulator harshly criticized Pacific Gas and Electric yesterday for what she called “failures in execution” during the largest planned power outage in state history. The outage was part of an effort to prevent wildfires but California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer said it “created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated.” PG&E last week took the unprecedented step of cutting power to more than 700,000 customers, affecting nearly 2 million Californians.

ZOE KRAVITZ TO PLAY CATWOMAN… Zoe Kravitz has been tapped to play Catwoman in the new “Batman” movie. “The Batman” is scheduled to hit theaters in 2021. Halle Berry played Catwoman in a 2004 self-titled film. Eartha Kitt famously played Catwoman in the 1960s “Batman” TV series.

KINGS REMOVE TAYLOR SWIFT BANNER… The National Hockey League’s Los Angeles Kings are masking the presence of Taylor Swift in their home arena. The team is covering the pop star’s “most sold-out performances” banner amid speculation that it has cursed the organization. The banner had hung in the Staples Center since 2015 but was covered Saturday for their home opener against the Nashville Predators. A Kings victory made the move permanent.

WASHINGTON 8 – St. Louis 1… The Nationals cruised past the Cardinals in Game 3 to move within one win of advancing to the World Series. Howie Kendrick went 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Ryan Zimmerman doubled home a run and singled in another. Stephen Strasburg allowed just an unearned run on seven hits over seven innings. The Nats will try to complete a series sweep at home tonight in Game 4. They’ll send Patrick Corbin to the mound, where he’ll be opposed by the Cardinals’ Dakota Hudson. First pitch is set for 8:05 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on TBS.

Houston (Gerrit Cole) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Luis Severino) for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1, 7:08 p.m. Eastern, FS1

GREEN BAY 23 – Detroit 22… The Packers (5-1) rallied in the fourth quarter to edge the Lions (2-2-1). Mason Crosby booted a 23-yard field goal as time expired. Aaron Rodgers passed for 283 yards and two touchdowns. Jamaal Williams rushed for 104 yards and had a TD reception.

BOSTON 4 – Anaheim 2… David Pastrnak scored all four Bruins goals in the win over the Ducks. Brad Marchand had two assists. Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves.

Minnesota 2 – OTTAWA 0… Victor Rask and Zach Parise scored third-period goals to send the Wild past the Senators. Alex Stalock stopped all 26 shots at goal.

Florida 6 – NEW JERSEY 4… The Panthers came from three goals down to upend the Devils. Mackenzie Weeger scored the tying goal to spark a three-goal third period. He also assisted on Noel Acciari’s tie-breaking goal. Brett Connolly found the net twice.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 – St. Louis 2 (OT)… The Islanders erased a two-goal deficit in the final 5-1/2 minutes of regulation on their way past the Blues. Matthew Barzal’s goal tied the game with 27 seconds left in the third period.

BUFFALO 4 – Dallas 0… Carter Hutton made 25 saves in his first shutout of the season as the Sabres skated past the Stars. Victor Olofsson had a goal and an assist.

Colorado 6 – WASHINGTON 3… The Avalanche scored four first-period goals and never looked back in doubling up on the Capitals. Nazem Kadri and Mikko Rantanen each had a goal and an assist.

CHICAGO 3 – Edmonton 1… The Blackhawks handled the Oilers to notch their first win of the season. They got goals from Patrick Kane and Alexander Nylander. Brandon Saad added an empty-netter.

Minnesota is at Toronto…
Montreal hosts Tampa Bay…
Arizona is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Philadelphia…
Detroit is at Vancouver…
Vegas hosts Nashville…
Carolina is at Los Angeles

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