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^Trump's big, early lead in Facebook ads deeply worries Democratic strategists<

CAMPAIGN-FACEBOOK-ADS:LA _ Almost every time voters who lean toward President Donald Trump visit Facebook, they get deluged with invitations to his rallies or pleas to support his immigration policies: That's no surprise _ the platform was central to his victorious 2016 campaign.

What they probably don't expect is that the Trump campaign also follows them to more distant corners of the internet _ placing ads that supporters see on YouTube channels like Epic Wildlife, Physiques of Greatness and BroScienceLife, even the liberal site Daily Kos. The campaign's willingness to spend money on such sites may or may not pay political dividends, but its willingness to gamble points to something bigger that unnerves the Democratic Party's top digital thinkers.

"His campaign is testing everything," said Shomik Dutta, a veteran of Barack Obama's two campaigns and partner at Higher Ground Labs, an incubator for progressive political tech. "No one on the Democratic side is even coming close yet. It should be gravely concerning."

1600 by Noah Bierman and Evan Halper in Washington. (Moved as a politics story.) MOVED



^Homelessness is a crisis in some parts of the country. Why are 2020 candidates mostly ignoring it?<

HOMELESSNESS-POLITICS:LA _ When newly released figures showed a jarring rise in homelessness around Los Angeles, the response throughout Southern California was shock and indignation.

The reaction from the crowded field of Democratic presidential candidates: silence.

While White House hopefuls crisscross the country making big promises on issues like college debt relief, climate change and boosting the working and middle classes, they have largely ignored an issue _ the soaring number of unsheltered Americans _ that has reached a crisis point in communities on the West Coast and elsewhere.

1200 (with trims) by Tyrone Beason, Melanie Mason and Michael Finnegan in Los Angeles. MOVED



^From hurricanes to mass shootings, Florida universities train up crisis management leaders<

CMP-CRISISMANAGEMENT:OS _ The Sunshine State faces its fair share of dangers. Some occur naturally like hurricanes while others are man-made moments of fear from the end of a barrel.

With disasters showing no sign of decrease, Florida universities are preparing their students with crisis management programs shaping leaders for incoming incidents.

"We are seeing more disasters and the intensity of disasters has risen," said Claire Knox, the emergency management and homeland security program director at the University of Central Florida. "Not to be a 'Debbie downer,' but Florida has sea water levels on the rise; we have wildfires, sinkholes and hurricanes. We have international airports that have the potential to open pandemics."

950 (with trims) by Joe Mario Pedersen in Orlando, Fla. MOVED


^Does this vaccine bill go too far? Concerned families say they'll leave California if it passes<

CALIF-VACCINE-EXEMPTIONS:SA _ Orange County mom Michelle Sabino says her daughter experienced 16 seizures in two months after she was vaccinated for diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough when she was a baby.

She'd never considered that vaccines could be dangerous. But after consulting with two physicians who both recommended brain scans, and a medical review of her family's history and records, Sabino said she was shocked when a doctor said future vaccines could be "fatal."

A speech pathologist, Sabino now says she's ready to quit her job and leave California to protect her daughter from a proposed law she fears would force her child to receive vaccines.

Sacramento Democrat Richard Pan's Senate Bill 276 tightens medical exemptions to a narrow list of criteria outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and empowers the state health department to decide who gets them.

1050 (with trims) by Hannah Wiley in Sacramento, Calif. MOVED


^Trump administration rule would undo health care protections for LGBTQ patients<


The sweeping proposal has implications for all Americans, though, because the Department of Health and Human Services seeks to change how far civil rights protections extend and how those protections are enforced.

Roger Severino, the director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, has been candid about his intentions to overturn an Obama-era rule that prohibited discrimination based on gender identity and termination of a pregnancy. In 2016, while at the conservative Heritage Foundation, he co-authored a paper arguing the restrictions threaten the independence of physicians to follow their religious or moral beliefs.

The public was given 60 days to comment on the HHS proposal. Here's a rundown of what you need to know about it.

1200 by Emmarie Huetteman. MOVED




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