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[01:30:38] VAUSE: Welcome back, everybody. You're watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Los Angeles. I'm John Vause.

SESAY: And I'm Isha Sesay. Here are the top stories this hour. The U.S. says its relationship with the Philippines remains rock solid. That's after the White House canceled a meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte. He was upset that President Barack Obama planned to question him about the Philippines' war on drugs. But Mr. Duterte's office says the profanity he used was directed at a journalist, not Mr. Obama.

VAUSE: A new CNN/ORC poll shows a dead heat in the U.S. Presidential race. Donald Trump has a two-point lead over Hillary Clinton, 45 to 43, within the margin of error. Trump's campaign says he will call for a major investment in military spending in a speech on Wednesday.

SESAY: Singapore confirms 17 new cases of the Zika virus on Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases there to 275. A recent study shows that 2.6 billion people across Asia and Africa could be at risk of contracting the mosquito-borne virus.

VAUSE: And CNN's Manisha Tank shows us what Singapore is doing to try and control the disease as well as protect residents.

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MANISHA TANK, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voiceover): Hunting down the enemy. This is the front line in Singapore's battle against the Zika virus and the Aegis Egypti mosquito that carries it. This team takes the attack to this public housing development close to the latest cluster of Zika cases.

TANK (on camera): So here's another more conventional measure for inhibiting mosquitos. This gentleman is spraying oil into this drain. The idea is that it prevents the larvae from developing. Eighty percent of Singaporeans live in some form of high-rise living. And that is an oasis for the Aegis mosquito. So the battle is raging not just on the outdoors but indoors as well, and that presents a big challenge.

TANK (voiceover): Public outreach has been at the center of this campaign. Leaflets, posters, and volunteers have gone out in their hundreds to educate communities on the dangers. Leading the charge, Derek Ho (ph), who runs the National Environment Agency.

DAREK HO, PUBLIC HEALTH DIRECTOR, SINGAPORE ENVIRONMENT AGENCY: In the past, we've always been banking on officers' inspections of the various premises. We have officers out there checking on a regular basis of those high-risk areas. So we're not just waiting for cases to happen. We're actually doing a pre-emptive approach.

TANK: Despite that, clusters of infection have cropped up like at this construction site. Workers here were struck by a local strain of Zika. Singapore's Ministry of Health says analysis of two cases found that they had likely evolved from a strain of Zika that was already circulating in Southeast Asia. So why wasn't it on the radar before?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Zika is a virus. It belongs to the flavi virus family. In terms of genetically to the dengue to other virus family groups like the Japanese and (inaudible). So you can understand now that because they're also similar, so in other words, it's not so easy to differentiate them, one from the other.

TANK: Singapore's lush gardens against a backdrop of urban dynamism is a magnet for the Aegis mosquito. The country's experience with dengue fever is proving lessons in the march against Zika. With a well-equipped healthcare system and its manageable size, Singapore may be able to handle this outbreak well. But the same might not be said of its neighbors, which could be most at risk. Manisha Tank, CNN, Singapore.

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SESAY: Now, a bill to spend $1.1 billion to fight Zika virus in the U.S. has failed. Senate Democrats say they blocked the bill because it included a provision to prevent funding for the Planned Parenthood women's health centers. They say it also would have allowed confederate flags to fly at cemeteries for military veterans. Sixty votes were needed to move the bill forward. It got just 52.

VAUSE: Well, many who rallied around the satirical French magazine "Charlie Hebdo" are now outraged over its latest cartoon.

SESAY: It lampoons last month's deadly earthquake in Italy, comparing the victims to pasta. Ben Wedeman has more from Rome.

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[01:34:44] BEN WEDEMAN, CNN SENIOR INTERNATIONAL CORRESPONDENT: The cartoon in the French satirical weekly "Charlie Hebdo" shows two bruised and bloodied figures from the August 24 earthquake that left nearly 300 people dead, likening them to pasta dishes. And the third part of that cartoon is bodies crushed between the collapsed floors of a building titled, "lasagna". It's humor Italians find disgusting, in bad taste, and offensive. CNN contacted "Charlie Hebdo" but they said they do not respond to criticisms of individual cartoons. They did, however, add insult to insult by publishing another cartoon which was titled, "Hey, Italians, Charlie Hebdo didn't build your houses. The mafia did." Now, Italians are weary of such well-worn stereotypes about pizza, pasta, the mafia, and struck back angrily. Interior minister Angelina Alfano saying, "We wept for their dead. They laughed at ours. Using their sarcasm, I have a suggestion about where they should stick their pencil."

The French embassy in Rome, in damage control mode, quickly put out a statement saying that the cartoons of "Charlie Hebdo" do not reflect the position of France. Ben Wedeman, CNN, Rome.

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VAUSE: Freedom of speech, freedom to offend. Anyway. Next on NEWSROOM L.A., the sound of gunfire echoing across the windy city.

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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This year, 2016, CPD has recovered one illegal handgun for every hour of the year.

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SESAY: Big uptick in violence and hundreds of homicides make this year Chicago's deadliest in decades.

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SESAY: Hello, everyone. After years of accusations and denials, Bill Cosby will finally go on trial next year. On Tuesday, a Pennsylvania judge set the comedian's trial date for June 5.

VAUSE: Cosby is accused of three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault dating back to 2004. The 79-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

[01:40:07] SESAY: Now, it's been a dangerous in the city once known for speakeasies, illegal booze, and gangland violence. Over the long weekend, Chicago logs its 500th homicide for 2016.

VAUSE: The notorious milestone makes it the deadliest in the city in at least 20 years. CNN's Ryan Young went street level for a closer look.

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RYAN YOUNG, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (on camera): I've been watching the numbers climb all year long. In fact, more than 90 people were killed just in the month of August. So a lot of people are paying attention not only to the gun laws but what's happening in the streets, and a lot of people are calling for action.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Everything is on the table right now in Chicago.

YOUNG (voiceover): On this night, we joined Chicago's top cop patrolling the streets of Chicago. Superintendent Eddie Johnson, in his new role for less than six months, was born and raised in the city and has patrolled the streets for more than 20 years.

EDDIE JOHNSON, SUPERINTENDENT, CHICAGO POLICE DEPARTMENT: Well, we're at the spot where Nykea Aldridge was murdered.

YOUNG: Nykea Aldridge was a mother of four, and the cousin of NBA superstar Dwyane Wade. She was an innocent bystander caught in the crossfire, allegedly between two convicted felons, one wearing an ankle monitoring device. JOHNSON: They looked at each other and the shooters didn't like the way he looked at them. So they took matters into their own hands. You know, grabbed a couple pistols and started firing. Unfortunately, she got hit.

YOUNG: So there was no prior altercation, no prior beef, no fight -- it was literally because of a look?

JOHNSON: Yes. And that just shows you how quickly things can jump off into violence.

Here in Chicago, most of the city is fairly safe from these types of incidents. This year, we have a list; 1,400 individuals are on that list. And they are the drivers of our gun violence. They are repeat gun offenders.

YOUNG: How can you police that? How can you police the idea that a look or a Facebook or Twitter message can turn into a gun battle?

JOHNSON: The simple, honest truth of that is you can't police something like that. You can't. There's just no way we can predict those types of incidents. People are mistakenly thinking this is a police issue. It's not. These are the social and economic ills of the country.

YOUNG: The violence in Chicago is peaking at levels not seen since the 90s. More than 90 people were murdered just in August, the highest total in 20 years. The windy city is on pace for more than 600 murders this year.

JOHNSON: It's ridiculous that CPD recovers more illegal handguns than New York City PD and LAPD combined. This year 2016, CPD has recovered one illegal handgun for every hour of the year.

YOUNG: All this during a time when trust between the neighborhoods and police continues to be described as extremely tense.

JOHNSON: It's a strained relationship, and it's a lot of work. But I believe -- you know, people around here have heard me say, the police department is only as strong as the belief that the community has in it. That's not lip service. I really believe that. We're arresting the right people. Holding them accountable is the issue.

YOUNG (on camera): And especially for your international audience, a lot of people travel to Chicago, you see the shot behind me. Chicago is a beautiful city, but people talk about a tale of two cities. One where there's a lot of prosperity, where people travel to. You can see the sites. But there's another side of the town, mostly on the south side, where people are facing some real poverty, where the average income is only $10,000 a year.

These are the areas where people will say they have been deinvested in, and they would like to see more money and more jobs plugged into those areas so kids can have a chance. More than 30 kids have been killed just this year. Innocent bystanders in the violence. People are hoping that something happens soon, maybe a plan that can help change the violence on the streets here in Chicago. Back to you.

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SESAY: Well thanks to Ryan Young for that.

VAUSE: OK. We'll move on to the weather now. Heavy flooding is forecast for Tucson, Arizona, as hurricane Newton churns its way from Mexico towards the United States.

SESAY: Lester was the last tropical system to impact this region of the country way back in 1992. Meteorologist Pedram Javaheri joins us with more. Pedram, how is it looking right now?

PEDRAM JAVAHERI, CNN METEOROLOGIST: You know, right now it doesn't look too bad. But I think things are really going to go downhill quickly, at least have the potential to. And you just take a look at Tucson, Arizona. Desert environment. Last month brought in about 28 millimeters of rainfall. The next couple of days could almost double that. That would actually be about ten percent of its annual rainfall coming in over the next several days. So the flood potential extremely high across this region. And again, Isha, touching on the rarity of getting a tropical system to come across this region. In fact, only five storms have come in across Arizona and maintained tropical storm strength into the desert since 1929.

[01:44:49] We had of course Lester, as you heard, in 1992. The initial one in 1929. We had multiple storms. And really have to take an ideal track to come up the sea of Cortez or very close to it to impact this region as a tropical storm. And we do have not only tropical storm watches and warnings in place but also a hurricane warning near portions of Hermosillo, Guaymas as well. The storm system will make landfall somewhere around Guaymas and work its way into the desert and impact the areas just to the north over the next several hours. But we think by early in the afternoon hours of Wednesday, we can get tropical storm force winds and tropical storm conditions across parts of Nogales, Arizona, into Tucson, Arizona, and again, we have flood watches in place for almost 4 million people scattered across this region with the potential for heavy rainfall.

So here comes the storm system this afternoon. Notice the rainfall amount is going to be from moderate to severe at times across the area. Very quickly, this disturbance falls apart as it moves in onto the state of New Mexico. And then rainfall, again, the amounts would be extreme. We're talking upwards of a half a meter potential right across coastal portions of Mexico before it moves in to the Southwest.

Look at this. This is still what is left of Hermine. Still sitting there off the northeastern United States. It has lost almost all steering characteristics and locked in by an area of high pressure. So what is left of it will still produce some coastal rainfall across parts of the northeastern United States and just meander in this region for several days. Really unusual to see the storm as it has already traveled some 10,000 kilometers to get here and literally has pitched a tent and camping out off the eastern seaboard of the United States, but again, the vast majority of its impacts will remain offshore. We're watching another area of tropical activity, this being south of Okinawa, Japan. High potential for this to form into what would now be our sixth tropical storm in five weeks. The last time we had such an active season for Japan was way back in 2004. This storm system could come in just south of Tokyo and it would be really a mess when it comes to the flood potential for later this week across Tokyo, guys.

SESAY: A lot to keep an eye on, Pedram. We appreciate it.

JAVAHERI: Thank you.

VAUSE: OK, thanks, Pedram.

SESAY: Quick break. Apple unveils its newest iPhone soon, and they could come without a very handy device.

VAUSE: That has many customers far from happy. Details next on NEWSROOM L.A.

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[01:50:53] VAUSE: Just hours from now, Apple will unveil its latest version of the iPhone.

SESAY: And we'll find out if Apple will get rid of the headphone jack in favor of wireless headphones. A rumor which has upset a lot of people.

VAUSE: Yes, they're very upset. For more on the news on the iPhone, CNN Money's tech reporter, Heather Kelly, joins us now. It seems, Heather, the most biggest and exciting thing we can expect out of this is whether or not they've got the headphone jack. That's kind of creating, that really annoying buzz.

HEATHER KELLY, CNN MONEY TECH REPORTER: Yes. The buzz around this phone is not really as exciting as usual. It's already a bit of outrage over the idea of getting rid of a port that's been on there forever, making people's headphones obsolete, making them buy new headphones if they get this iPhone. The other upgrades really aren't that major. They're expecting some camera improvements, some speed improvements, but nothing really earth shattering this round.

VAUSE: Yes, it's all about -- aww, where's the mojo gone? Where's all the excitement that we used to have with Apple where we all waited with anticipation to find out what it is they'd tell us that we needed that we never knew that we wanted?

KELLY: One problem is that the rumor machine has gotten very good at its job. There really aren't many surprises before Apple events these days at all. We pretty much know what's going to happen tomorrow. Another is that the iPhone is turning ten years old next year, and it sounds like Apple might be saving up some of its bigger upgrades for a whole new iPhone next year, maybe even skip ahead and call it the iPhone 8, redesign it completely, and that's expected to be the more exciting release, if we can wait that long. VAUSE: But again, it's still an iPhone. This is a company which is spending, what, reportedly $10 billion a year on research, and still, it just continues to modify the products that are sort of already out there without coming up with anything new, which is leading to the question, what does Apple have to do to sort of get its mojo back?

KELLY: I mean, people are always looking to Apple for something really innovative. They've been doing it for the past five years, ever since Tim Cook kind of took over as CEO. I mean, Cook has done a great job. Apple stayed the most profitable company in the world. It's been very consistent with iPhone sales up until the last two quarters when it dropped for the first time ever. People are looking for innovation. The Apple watch was its first big stab at something radically new, and it hasn't really taken off yet. We're expecting a new model tomorrow. That sounds kind of like a mild upgrade as well. I mean, hopefully they have something in store for the next five years of Tim Cook's time there. There are rumors about cars. Hopefully there's something so secretive that none of us know about it.

VAUSE: Well, that's what we're waiting for, and I want it tomorrow. But one of the problems that I've read for Apple right now is that it's just -- it's not a fun place to work. Which means that the best and the brightest with the engineers and the developers and the designers just aren't going there to work and so they're not getting the best talent. Is that -- that's at least what I've been reading. Is that true?

KELLY: I don't know. Of all the companies, Apple has a pretty solid reputation as being a decent place to work. It may not be as exciting as some of the younger companies. Compared to something like Facebook, it might not have all the perks to it to attract the talented millennials. But they're building a giant new campus that looks like a spaceship. They have a pretty good work atmosphere there. There might be some frustration over not being able to innovate as openly as they do at a place like Google or Facebook where they can work on artificial intelligence openly, publish papers. So the culture of secrecy might make it a slightly less desirable place to work.

VAUSE: Tim Cook, you have to impress me. Anyway, we'll see. Heather, thanks for being with us. Heather Kelly, CNN Money. Appreciate it. Thanks, Heather.

KELLY: Good night.

[01:55:05] SESAY: All right.

VAUSE: I know.

SESAY: Trying to impress you.

VAUSE: I know. It's all good.

SESAY: Finally this hour, pop princess Taylor Swift had one of her biggest hits eight years ago with the song "Love Story". But sadly, it seems none of her own love stories can match the longevity of her career.

VAUSE: After just three months together, Swift has reportedly broken up with Tom Hiddleston, the British actor who is the star of the "Thor" movies. Naturally the Twittersphere is in meltdown.

SESAY: Yes, it is. A "Daily Beast" news editor tweeted out a mock press release from the Taylor Swift Boyfriend Factory, claiming that the singer had relieved Hiddleston of his duties.

VAUSE: There's also apparently some photographic evidence of the pair's fading love.

SESAY: And in reference to Swift's famously autobiographical lyrics, another user said, "hey, don't worry, Tom, in a few months or so, she should have a whole album to remember Taylor by".

VAUSE: As Taylor shakes another boyfriend off, we can only say Swift by name, swift by nature. Oh, bye-bye. It was never going to last.

SESAY: But we hoped.

You're watching CNN NEWSROOM live from Los Angeles. I'm Isha Sesay.

VAUSE: I'm John Vause. We'll be back with another hour of news right after this.

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(Byline: John Vause; Isha Sesay; Sara Murray, Don Riddell, Andrew Stevens, Manisha Tank; Ben Wedeman; Ryan Young; Pedram Javaheri)

(Guest: Dave Jacobson, John Thomas, Justin Forsyth )

(High: New CNN/ORC Poll says Donald Trump is up by two points over Hillary Clinton even though Clinton outspending Trump four more times. Critics say that Hillary Clinton has not been on the offensive as much because she was held by Witness Protection Program. Clinton now on the offensive, and is sparring with Trump on national security; Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte apologizes and says the profanity was not directed at U.S. President Obama but to a reporter/journalist. Obama-Duterte meeting is now resumed; UNICEF's Justin Forsyth said there are 50 million children have been uprooted and have fled conflict and violence all over the world. Zika outbreak in Singapore. Charlie Hebdo publishes offensive cartoon mocking Italian earthquake. Chicago suffers deadliest year for gun violence. Bill Cosby's trial set for June 5, 2017. Apple will announce the details of it's latest iPhone. Swift and Hiddleston break up.)

(Spec: Zika; Singapore; Charlie Hebdo; Earthquake; France; Italy; Chicago; Gun Violence; Crime; Bill Cosby; Apple; IPhone; Taylor Swift; Election; Apple; Poll; Philippines; Profanity; Immigrants; Chemical Attack; Syria; UNICEF; Human Trafficking; Sports; Cricket; Football; Tennis )

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