Trump touts North Korea gesture. Lawmakers warn of perils.
- Washington (CNN) - President Donald Trump sought to project momentum into his dealings with North Korea on Wednesday, saying a summit between leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in boded well for peace despite little indication that the two leaders had made any real progress toward denuclearization.
- Trump struck an optimistic tone while speaking to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House just hours after Moon and Kim announced that North Korea would close a key missile test facility in the presence of "international experts" and potentially destroy a key nuclear complex if the United States agrees to corresponding measures.
- However, the White House said earlier this month that Trump is open to another summit with Kim despite national security adviser John Bolton's assertion that the US is still waiting for Pyongyang to take steps toward denuclearization.
Secretary of State Pompeo Is Mandating His Oxford Comma Preference at State Department, Report Says
- In an administration headed by a president who employs spelling, punctuation, grammar, and capitalization with the subtlety of Emeril Lagasse adding a pinch of spice, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made it known that he prefers his staff takes particular care with their comma usage, according to CNN.
- Two memos obtained by CNN, lays out his preference for State Department employees to use commas properly for more effective communications.
- English teachers and professional writers may admire the extent to which prickly-about-punctuation Pompeo commands that commas conform at the State Department—despite the Command in Chief’s callous compliance.
- Oxford commas, or the use of a comma preceding the final item in a list of three or more before the “and” or “or”—as in “eats, shoots, and leaves”—remain preferred within the State Department.
Inside Facebook’s Election ‘War Room’
- More than 300 people across the company are working on the initiative, but the War Room will house a team of about 20 focused on rooting out disinformation, monitoring false news and deleting fake accounts that may be trying to influence voters before elections in the United States, Brazil and other countries.
- Facebook invited two New York Times reporters into the War Room before it opens next week to discuss the work of the elections team and some of the tools it has developed to try to prevent interference.
- The company said the War Room was modeled after operations used by political campaigns, which are typically set up in the final weeks before Election Day. The War Room is a “proactive” way to build systems in anticipation of attacks, Greg Marra, a product manager working on Facebook’s News Feed, said in a conference call with reporters on Wednesday.
South Carolina electronics company in district that Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney represented in Congress gets an exemption from new China tariffs
- A television assembly company in a South Carolina county that Office of Management and Budget Chief Mick Mulvaney represented in Congress has won an exemption from new tariffs that the Trump administration is imposing on goods made in China.
- State Sen. Mike Fanning, whose district includes the Element factory, said the effort to exempt the company from tariffs include outreach to the Trump administration by South Carolina's elected officials, including Gov. Henry McMaster, an ally of President Donald Trump.
- The state senator said the team pushing the administration for the waiver for Element highlighted the company's status as the only domestic assembler of TVs, and the fact that there is no American company from which to buy television components to replace the Chinese components at risk of having tariffs imposed.
Rape of 7-year-old in India marks the latest in series of attacks on girls
- Police in May announced they had arrested a primary suspect in the gang rape and burning death of a 16-year-old girl in northeastern state of Jharkhand.
- Weeks later, a man raped a 17-year-old in her relative's home in Jharkhand state before setting her ablaze and fleeing, police said.
- In another shocking case, an 11-year-old girl in Chennai was drugged and gang-raped in July by 17 men, ranging in age from their 20s to their 60s, who worked in the building where she lived, according to police.
- Other recent alleged victims include a 15-year-old in Bihar state who told police in July she was repeatedly raped by a principal, two teachers and 16 boys over the course of six months, and a 17-year-old girl who in April accused an Uttar Pradesh legislator of participating in her gang rape over the course of nine days in June 2017.
At least three injured in shooting at magistrate's building in Pennsylvania
- Two of the injured were helicoptered out of the area for treatment and one police officer who was shot in the hand is at a local hospital, Mayor Toni Petrus said.
- The shooting occurred at District Magistrate Daniel Shimshock's office, according to a tweet from Pennsylvania State Police Troop B.
- The scene is secure with no imminent threat to the community, state police said.
Uber driver sues Jameis Winston over alleged groping incident and hires an attorney involved in one of his previous scandals
- The driver — referred to as "Kate P." in federal court documents — hired attorney John Clune, who represented Erica Kinsman when she accused Winston of raping her in December 2012.
- An eight-month NFL investigation into the incident found that Winston violated the NFL's personal conduct policy by touching the driver "in an inappropriate and sexual manner without her consent and that disciplinary action was necessary and appropriate." Winston was suspended by the league for the first three games of the season, and given backup Buccaneers quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's impressive play in Tampa Bay's contests against the Saints and the Eagles, it is looking increasingly likely that the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback will not return to his starting role when his suspension ends next week.
- Florida State settled Kinsman's rape case against Winston in 2016 by awarding her $950,000 and enacting new policies and education initiatives on campus.
Pompeo says North Korea nuclear talks to be completed by January 2021
- The United States congratulates President Moon Jae-in and Chairman Kim Jong Un on the successful outcome of their summit meeting in Pyongyang.
- We welcome President Moon and Chairman Kim's reaffirmation of the Singapore joint statement of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, including the permanent dismantlement of all facilities at Yongbyon in the presence of U.S. and IAEA inspectors.
- We also welcome Chairman Kim's decision to complete the previously announced dismantlement of the Tongchang-ri site in the presence of U.S. and international inspectors as a step toward the final fully verified denuclearization of North Korea, as agreed by Chairman Kim at the Singapore summit with President Trump.
- This will mark the beginning of negotiations to transform U.S.-DPRK relations through the process of rapid denuclearization of North Korea, to be completed by January 2021, as committed by Chairman Kim, and to construct a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
New York Like an ‘Abusive, Controlling Ex’: Kraken CEO Jesse Powell
- Jesse Powell, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, has lobbed another bomb at the state of New York in regard to the latter’s stance toward the crypto industry and Kraken in particular.
- Powell was responding to a new report published by the New York attorney general’s office (OAG), which alleges that Kraken and two other cryptocurrency exchanges may be operating in the state unlawfully.
- Like many cryptocurrency exchanges, Kraken left New York after the state adopted its controversial “BitLicense” regulatory framework.
- Nevertheless, the report alleged that the exchange may be illegally serving New York traders.
- As CCN reported, Powell called the probe “insulting” and criticized other exchanges for “kowtowing” to the OAG’s demands, adding in subsequent statements published on the Kraken website that regulators need to show “basic respect” to the industry.
Millions of chickens and thousands of pigs died in Florence in North Carolina
- Some 3.4 million poultry birds were killed in North Carolina, according to the state Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.
- The state last year tallied about 830 million head of broiler chickens, plus 32 million head of turkeys, a federal inventory shows.
- Sanderson Farms, one of the largest poultry producers in North Carolina, lost 1.7 million chickens on its farms, and 60 of its 880 production chicken broiler houses have flooded, the company said in a news release.
- In addition, about 30 Sanderson farms that together house more than 6 million chickens around hard-hit Lumberton, North Carolina, remain isolated by floodwater and out of reach of feed trucks, Sanderson said, noting that the number of dead chickens could increase.
- Sanderson Farms has approximately 20 million head of chickens and doesn't expect this loss to affect operations, it said.