More than 50 jade mine workers trapped by 'mud lake'
- The state-run Myanmar News Agency reported that the slide was caused after a lake collapse in the city of Hpakant in the early hours Tuesday.
- Three people have been confirmed killed and 51 are believed to be trapped by a "mud lake" created by the landslide, Myanmar news agency reported.
- Jade is believed to be one of Myanmar's most profitable exports and worth billions of dollars, fueled in large part by demand in neighboring China.
- Global Witness, a nonprofit dedicated to investigating corruption and environmental abuse, estimated the jade industry was worth about $31 billion in 2014, nearly half of the country's official GDP that year.
- The industry has long been plagued by allegations of corruption and wrongdoing, with profits flowing to armed groups and political elites without being taxed and helping to fuel the long-running conflict in the country's north.
Sotomayor takes liberal lead in challenging admin on census
- Tuesday's arguments overall suggested the five-justice conservative majority would uphold the Trump administration decision to add the citizenship question, over the dissent of the four liberals, including Sotomayor.
- Census Bureau officials have predicted a citizenship question would lead to an undercount of Hispanic and noncitizen households, which New York and other state challengers say would translate into less federal funding and political power for mainly Democratic locales.
- Near the end of Tuesday's arguments on the census, after lawyers for the challengers had urged the court to rule in a way that would ensure as full a count as possible, Francisco returned to the lectern and warned the justices that rejecting the citizenship question could lead to more complaints about the census form.
Kim Jong Un leaves for summit with Putin, North Korea says
- The young North Korean leader left the capital of Pyongyang on Wednesday at dawn and is traveling to Russia by train, KCNA reported, as he did for his summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi, Vietnam.
- He said the country needed to "deal a telling blow to the hostile forces who go with bloodshot eyes miscalculating that sanctions can bring (North Korea) to its knees," according to state media reports.
- NK News, a prominent website specializing in North Korean news, reported that Choe's promotion makes her the highest-ranking female diplomat in the country's history.
- Analysts have speculated that Kim's meeting with Putin could be a way for the young North Korean leader to assess his diplomatic options outside talks with the United States.
- North Korea may hope for Russian support in pressuring Washington over sanctions relief, which continues to be a major sticking issue in talks between the two sides.
Even in defeat, ISIS' ideology inspires mass murder
- And yet on Sunday, the continued influence of ISIS' ideology became gruesomely apparent: A terrorist attack, one of the most lethal since 9/11, killed at least 321 people at churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka.
- On Tuesday Sri Lankan authorities accused a local Islamist group, National Tawheed Jamath, of carrying out the attacks.
- A US official told CNN's Barbara Starr that ISIS inspired the group behind the attacks in Sri Lanka.
- CNN has also learned that an ISIS suspect told Indian officials that he had trained a Sri Lankan militant who is associated with NTJ, the local Islamist group that Sri Lankan officials have blamed for the attacks.
- On Sunday we saw the ISIS lethal ideology play out again in the attacks on three churches in Sri Lanka.
- The research institution New America found that since his death, Awlaki's videos had influenced more than 80 terrorists in the United States.
Foxconn and Wisconsin are renegotiating their massive factory deal, governor's letter reveals
- Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers says the state is renegotiating its contract with Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn to build a massive LCD plant in the state, after Foxconn approached state officials to propose changes in the deal.
- The disclosure comes in a letter from Evers to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, a special assistant to Chairman Terry Gou and the company's point person on the project.
- In 2017, amid great fanfare including a White House ceremony including President Trump, Foxconn officials and then-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the company announced plans for a $10 billion manufacturing complex outside Racine, Wisconsin, with the promise of 13,000 new jobs.
- But in his letter, Evers says Woo talked to him — as well as State Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald — about unspecified changes to the deal at a meeting in March.
Trump's dreary winter turns into royal spring
- On Tuesday, the White House and Buckingham Palace simultaneously announced plans for a long-delayed state visit to London, where Trump will finally be awarded the British ceremonial rituals -- such as a horse parade and royal banquet -- that were first offered to him by Queen Elizabeth more than two years ago.
- Flattery was British Prime Minister Theresa May's calculation in early 2017 when she arrived to the White House as Trump's first foreign visitor, bringing with her an invitation from the Queen for a royal state visit.
- A royal source told CNN the stop would include some of a same ceremonial elements that President Barack Obama enjoyed when he was treated to a state visit in 2011, including a formal welcome at Horse Guard's Parade followed by state lunch and dinner the same day at Buckingham Palace.
California moves to ban racial discrimination based on hairstyles
- The bill, which is also known as the C.R.O.W.N. Act (Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair), states that the standards of professional dress and grooming in workplaces and schools are often based on Eurocentric standards.
- In a speech before Monday's vote, Mitchell said that African-American men and women have often had to endure expensive, painful and even dangerous chemical treatments to change their hair to conform to these beauty standards.
- She said that until recently, an image search for "unprofessional hairstyles" only showed black women with natural hair, braids or twists.
- Mitchell said that similar state and federal laws protect against discrimination due to religious hairstyles and head coverings.
- Last year, a referee at a wrestling tournament in New Jersey drew widespread condemnation when he ordered a black high school wrestler to cut off his dreadlocks or forfeit his match.
Florida judge temporarily seals video allegedly showing Robert Kraft in prostitution sting
- Judge Leonard Hanser temporarily sealed the video based on Kraft's fair trial rights, and ruled that it can be released once a jury is sworn, the case is resolved via plea agreement or the prosecutors decide they no longer wants to pursue the charges.
- Kraft's lawyers have maintained that releasing the video would violate his constitutional rights and hamper his chance for a fair trial.
- The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office had said in court documents it would release video showing Kraft and 24 other men charged after a monthslong, multijurisdictional sting.
- Prosecutors offered to drop the charges in exchange for fines, community service and an admission that he would be found guilty if he went to trial, but a source familiar with the case told CNN that Kraft would not accept the deal.
The top 14 quarterbacks in the 2019 NFL draft class, ranked
- The 2019 NFL draft is set to begin on April 25, when teams will get their first chance to claim players of this year's draft class.
- For teams looking to rebuild, no position is more important than quarterback, and this year, there is another talented group of players who could be taking snaps in the NFL very soon.
- One thing to know: Minshew excelled in Washington State's high octane offensive attack, which gave him twice as many pass attempts as many quarterbacks in this draft class.
- In the past, a quarterback coming from a pass-happy college offense might have given teams pause, but with the NFL looking more like the Big 12 with each passing year, Minshew's experience could be seen as a plus for a team looking for a late-round flier.
Trump on track for Supreme Court victory on census citizenship question
- The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Tuesday appeared inclined to hand President Donald Trump a victory on his administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a move opponents call a Republican effort to deter immigrants from taking part.
- Roberts challenged New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, whose state sued the administration over the plan to add the question, saying citizenship is critical information for enforcing the Voting Rights Act. Roberts also said it is "quite common" for census questions to capture demographic information.
- They also appeared skeptical about the administration's stated justification regarding the Voting Rights Act. U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco, arguing on behalf of the administration, said Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department includes the Census Bureau, acted within his discretion in deciding to add the citizenship question.