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^2 buddies survived fighting Islamic State, but for one civilian life was too much<

ISLAMICSTATE-FIGHTERS:LA — He was dashing up the mountain into darkness, chasing a friend armed with a shotgun.

Taylor Hudson yelled for his friend to wait, to stop.

They had rushed together toward danger so many times before on the battlefields of Syria. They had protected each other, made it home safe.

Cactus pierced Hudson's sides as he scrambled up to save his buddy.

Then he heard the gunshots.

3000 by Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Tucson, Ariz. MOVED



^Trump states and rural areas grab bigger chunk of transportation grant funds<

TRANSPORTATION-FUNDS:WA — Twenty-five of the 30 states President Donald Trump won in 2016 have received bigger shares of funding from a federal transportation program that has shifted to favoring rural projects over urban, according to a McClatchy analysis of Department of Transportation data.

The Trump administration is also giving roads a bigger chunk of the award money since President Barack Obama left office.

Grant recipients are getting nearly everything they sought — more than 90% of what they requested — in the Trump administration awards. During the Obama years, grant winners got about half of what they requested.

1350 by David Lightman and Ben Wieder in Washington. MOVED



^Why is Illinois hemorrhaging residents?<

ILLINOIS-POPULATION:SH — It's known here as The Exodus.

People are leaving Illinois in droves. Republicans blame the state's high taxes and its unfunded pension liability, which tops $130 billion. Democrats believe it's the state's lack of investment in education and infrastructure.

One thing is certain: Illinois' population has declined by 157,000 residents over the past five years, making it one of only two states — West Virginia is the other — to lose people over the past decade.

Illinois' predicament is a perfect storm of declining manufacturing, stagnant immigration, declining birth rates, young people leaving for college and never coming back, long-standing economic discrimination against black residents, high housing costs, and the continued draw of residents to the Sun Belt.

2000 (with trims) by Matt Vasilogambros in Chicago. MOVED


^College admissions scandal mastermind found fertile hunting grounds in wealth management world<

CMP-ADMISSIONS-FRAUD-CLIENTS:LA — The wealthy couple willing to pay him millions lived in Beijing, but William "Rick" Singer needed only to go to Pasadena to find them.

Michael Wu, a financial adviser for banking behemoth Morgan Stanley, worked on the seventh floor of an office building in the city outside Los Angeles. Wu specialized in Chinese clients and spent his days helping to invest their fortunes. When a Beijing pharmaceutical magnate and his wife wanted assistance getting their daughter admitted into a top-tier American university in late 2017, Wu turned to Singer for help.

Singer, who has since admitted to running the brazen college admissions scam that federal prosecutors brought down in March with criminal charges against dozens of people, was no stranger to Morgan Stanley or other big investment firms. For years he had been peddling his college admissions consulting services to wealth management advisers, who offered Singer up as a perk to clients desperate for help improving their children's college prospects.

1900 (with trims) by Joel Rubin and Matthew Ormseth in Los Angeles. MOVED



^Trump 5G push could hamper forecasting of deadly storms<

^SCI-5G-FORECASTS:LA—< As atmospheric rivers dumped record volumes of rain on California this spring, emergency responders used the federal government's satellites to warn people about where the storms were likely to hit hardest.

Many government scientists say such warnings may become a thing of the past if the Trump administration's Federal Communications Commission pushes forward with plans to auction off radio frequency bands adjacent to one that weather forecasters use.

In May, the FCC finished accepting bids on a radio frequency bandwidth that agency officials say will enable U.S. companies to compete in the 5G wireless field, which offers the tantalizing prospect of a much faster, more reliable cellphone signal.

That band — 24 gigahertz — sits right next to one that federal scientists use to detect water vapor emissions in the atmosphere. Officials with NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worry 5G traffic in the adjacent band will interfere with their detection of the faint signal emitted by atmospheric water.

1200 (with trims) by Susanne Rust in Los Angeles. MOVED




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