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Huge Fissure Opens On Hawaiian Volcano As More Eruptions Expected

A new fissure opened early Sunday on Hawaii’s Big Island, splattering lava tens of feet into the air and forcing more residents to evacuate. The fissure is several hundred yards long and is the 17th crack in the ground to open on the island in the week since the Kilauea volcano erupted on May 3. Nearly 2,000 people have been evacuated since the volcano erupted May 3, sending lava flowing into communities and threatening a nearby geothermal plant. The Department of Public Works and Police said the new fissure opened on Hale Kamahina Loop Road and is emitting steam and lava. ...Read more

President Trump Set To Meet With North Korea’s Kim On June 12 In Singapore

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on June 12 in Singapore for a first ever summit between the leaders of the two countries. “The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” Trump said on Twitter.  The two leaders are expected to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons development and testing program. Trump’s announcement came just hours after three Americans who had been held prisoner in North Korea arrived at a U.S. military base outside Washington, having been released by Kim. ...Read more

E. Coli Outbreak Linked To Romaine Lettuce Spreads To Four Additional States

The latest outbreak of the E. Coli virus is linked to romaine lettuce and according to new reports, it has spread to four additional states. Tainted romaine lettuce that is linked to a new outbreak of E. Coli reportedly originated in Yuma, Arizona according to CNN. Earlier this week, the CDC announced that Florida, Minnesota, North Dakota and Texas are the latest states to report E. Coli related illnesses after eating the contaminated lettuce. This brings the new total to 29 cases. The CDC gives a list of symptoms to look out for if you have recently eaten romaine lettuce – they include: severe stomach cramps, diarrhea and vomiting. The recovery period for those who have been affected is roughly five to seven days. The CDC further cautions potential lettuce consumers, stating “If you do not know if the lettuce in a salad mix is romaine, do not eat it.” ...Read more

North Korea Frees Three US Detainees Ahead Of Trump Summit

North Korea has freed three US citizens from prison, according to a tweet from US President Donald Trump. It is viewed as a goodwill gesture ahead of a historic summit between Mr Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. Mr Trump said he would greet the men when they return with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who has been in Pyongyang to arrange the planned talks. Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chu were able to “walk on the plane without assistance”, the White House said. They had been jailed for anti-state activities and placed in labour camps. Mr Trump announced the release of the men in a tweet on Wednesday. ...Read more

Ex-CEO Blankenship Loses GOP Senate Race In West Virginia

State Attorney General Patrick Morrisey won the Republican U.S. Senate nomination in West Virginia on Tuesday, beating former coal executive Don Blankenship amid much controversy.  Morrisey will now face Democratic Senator Joe Manchin in one of the top Senate races of November’s midterm elections. Blankenship had panicked Republican leaders by showing signs of a late surge, but he faded to a third-place finish behind Morrisey and U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins after President Donald Trump intervened to urge voters to reject him. ...Read more

President Trump Announces US Will Exit Nuclear Accord With Iran

President Donald Trump announced Tuesday the U.S. will pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran. Trump said the 2015 agreement, which included Germany, France and Britain, was a “horrible one-sided deal that should never ever have been made.” He added that the United States “will be instituting the highest level of economic sanction.”  Trump’s decision means Iran’s government must now decide whether to follow the U.S. and withdraw or try to salvage what’s left of the deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said he was sending his foreign minister to the countries remaining in the accord but warned there was only a short time to negotiate with them. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron said his country, Britain and Germany all regretted Trump’s decision. ...Read more

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces Border Agents Will Separate Undocumented Children From Their Families

In a speech before law-enforcement officials in Arizona on Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the federal government seeks to separate parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border in an effort to discourage more crossings. The Los Angeles Times reports that the policy officially went into effect last week, though hundreds of children have already been taken from their parents in recent months. “If you are smuggling a child, then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law.” Sessions said.  Under the new system, children will be treated as if they arrived in the United States alone. If they are from a country other than Mexico or Canada, they are placed with a family member or in a shelter while their case is considered. Their parents are allowed to apply for asylum once they are apprehended, but may be detained while their applications are considered. ...Read more

Oliver North, Key Player In Iran-Contra Scandal, Named NRA President

Retired lieutenant colonel Oliver North, the ex-Marine convicted and eventually exonerated in the Iran-Contra scandal, will become the next president of the National Rifle Association, the gun lobby’s top executive announced Monday. “This is the most exciting news for our members since Charlton Heston became President of our Association,” NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre said in a statement. “Oliver North is a legendary warrior for American freedom, a gifted communicator and skilled leader. In these times, I can think of no one better suited to serve as our president.” North, 74, will also immediately stop appearing as a commentator on Fox News, LaPierre said. He’s expected to officially come on board as president of the country’s largest gun lobby in “a few weeks,” according to LaPierre. ...Read more

North Korea Criticizes U.S. Claims About Upcoming Summit

On Sunday, North Korea criticized what it called “misleading” claims that President Trump’s policy of maximum political pressure and sanctions are what drove Pyongyang to the negotiating table. The new comments come just weeks before Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are expected to hold their first-ever summit. A Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman is quoted as saying that the claims are a “dangerous attempt” to ruin a budding detente on the Korean Peninsula after Kim’s summit late last month with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.  At the summit, Kim agreed to a number of measures aimed at improving North-South ties and indicated he is willing to discuss the denuclearization of the peninsula. Mr. Trump and senior U.S. officials have suggested that Washington’s tough policy toward North Korea has played a decisive role in turning around what had been a tense situation. Kim and Mr. Trump are expected to meet later this month or in early June. ...Read more