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North Korea has responded to President Trump’s
“fire and fury” threat
— with a threat of its own. The North says it’s finalizing
a plan to attack Guam
and will present it soon to leader Kim Jong Un. Under the plan, North Korea would
fire four missiles
into the sea about 20 miles off Guam’s coast. It’s not clear if the missiles would have
. The regime also called
Trump’s fiery threat
“a load of nonsense.”US Defense Secretary
James Mattis saidNorth Korea must
“cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and destruction of its people.”
South Korea says there’s no indication right now that the North is readying a strike. People on Guam, which has a big US military presence, are staying
vigilant but calm
. Hawaii — which in the past has been threatened by North Korea and would only have a 20-minute heads-up in case of a missile launch — is the
first US state to prep for a possible nuke attack
from the regime.
2. Russia investigation
raided the home of Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman
last month, a source familiar with the matter told CNN. Agents nabbed
financial documents and tax records
during the search of Paul Manafort’s home in northern Virginia. The source tells CNN that it’s part of the
ongoing Russia investigation
. The raid is considered unusual because Manafort had already turned over hundreds of pages of documents to
3. Migrant crisis
Stories of migrants drowning at sea are always heartbreaking, but this one especially so. As many as 50 migrants from Somalia and Ethiopia are believed to
have been “deliberately drowned”
off the coast of Yemen. The migrants, mostly teens, had reached Yemen but were forced back to sea when their smuggler thought authorities were closing in, survivors
told the International Organization for Migration
. An estimated 55,000 migrants this year
have left the Horn of Africa
, most fleeing violent unrest in Somalia and Ethiopia.
4. Kenya election
Not all results are in, but already there’s controversy in Kenya’s
hotly contested presidential race
. Opposition leader and former prime minister Raila Odinga is disputing returns
on the election commission’s website
that show him trailing incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta by nearly 10 points. Odinga
claims the election commission’s systems were hacked
and manipulated to put Kenyatta on top. The vote was relatively peaceful, but now some worry Odinga’s claims could spur violence.
5. Hurricane Franklin
We have our first Atlantic hurricane of the season.
Hurricane Franklin hit the east coast of Mexico
, bringing with it heavy rains and strongwinds in an area known for mudslides and flash flooding. Franklin, a Category 1 storm with winds of 85 mph,
is expected to move inland
over the mountains in central Mexico. Forecasters expect
a busy hurricane season
in the Atlantic this year, with a prediction of as many as 19 named storms developing.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
The number of Americans,
according to a new CNN poll
, who say special counsel Robert Mueller should be able to look into President Trump’s finances
as part of the Russia investigation
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It’s very strange”
A State Department official on
an apparent”acoustic attack”
on several employees at the US embassy in Havana, Cuba, that has left two of them with serious health issues
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More time to worry …
Are you neurotic? Congrats if you are, because a new study suggests it just might
help you live longer
Pencils … check. Paper … check. Guns … what?
Walmart had some explaining to do, after
a back-to-school display
featured a case full of firearms.
The New England Patriots
bought their own plane
to fly the team to games — because winning five Super Bowls lets you do whatever they want.
A cat runs around the baseball field. Then, the St. Louis Cardinals
hit a grand slam
. Looks like
just got a new mascot.
AND FINALLY …
Mazes aren’t just for mice
A man builds his cats a maze out of 50 boxes because, well, why not. (
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