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Kim Jong Un Reaffirms Commitment To Denuclearization As Koreas Set Summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his commitment to a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula and to the suspension of all future long-range missile tests.  He also reaffirmed his faith in President Donald Trump’s efforts to settle a nuclear impasse, according to South Korean officials and the North’s official media. Kim also reportedly expressed frustration with outside skepticism about his nuclear disarmament intentions and demanded that his “goodwill measures” be met in kind. A South Korean delegation returned from talks with Kim where they set up a summit for Sept. 18-20 in Pyongyang between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, their third meeting since April. ...Read more

Emirates Dubai-New York Flight Quarantined At JFK After Passengers Fall Ill

Health and safety officials are investigating an illness that struck people on an Emirates Airline flight from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning. Seven crew members and three passengers were taken to the hospital, Emirates Airline said.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said around 100 people on the overnight Flight 203 had complained of illness with symptoms ranging from a cough to a fever. Ten people were taken off the plane for treatment at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, said Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. He said nine others were found to be sick but declined medical attention. The aircraft was carrying around 521 passengers. Phillips stated “the plane’s been quarantined and the CDC is on the scene.” Though it has not been determined what caused the illness, Phillips stated that possibly a “flu outbreak” in Mecca, Saudi Arabia might be to blame, saying “it appears some of the ill passengers came from Mecca before getting on in Dubai.” ...Read more

President Trump Slams Bob Woodward’s Book As ‘A Work Of Fiction’

President Trump on Wednesday continued to slam Bob Woodward’s new book, “Fear: Trump in the White House”, that paints an unflattering picture of his presidency. “The book means nothing,” Trump told reporters at the White House during a meeting with Kuwaiti emir. “It’s a work of fiction.” Excepts of the book published by the Washington Post on Tuesday has Woodward quoting several current Trump administration officials — including Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis — making disparaging comments about the president.  But Trump said both men disputed Woodward’s account, and were “insulted” by the remarks attributed to them. Kelly was in the room Wednesday as Trump spoke. The White House has issued several statements since the excerpts were published, including one from Kelly who said “the idea I ever called the president an idiot is not true.” In a statement in response to complaints from the White House staff and the president, Woodward was unwavering, however, saying “I stand by my reporting.”  The release date for Woodward’s 448-page book is September 11th. ...Read more

First Images From The Upcoming ‘Captain Marvel’ Movie Are Revealed

The first official image of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel has been revealed. Revealed on Entertainment Weekly’s new issue cover, the superhero’s suit is familiar, but has been changed a bit from the comics for its movie debut.  EW’s cover story also confirmed that this is not a traditional origin story. It will begin after Carol Danvers already has her powers, and has joined a Kree military team called Starforce. The film will take place in the ’90s, and Samuel L. Jackson will play a younger Nick Fury with a desk job at S.H.I.E.L.D. The report also confirms that Jude Law (as a Kree military commander) and Ben Mendelsohn (as Talos, the head of a Skrull invasion of Earth) will appear in the film. Captain Marvel is due to be released on March 8, 2019. ...Read more

‘Law & Order: Hate Crimes’ Coming To NBC

The next installment of the Law & Order franchise will focus on hate crimes. NBC announced a 13-episode order for “Law & Order: Hate Crimes,” from executive producer Dick Wolf. The latest incarnation of the crime series will be introduced in the upcoming season of “Law & Order: SVU,” according to NBC’s co-president of scripted programming, Lisa Katz.  Katz called the series “extremely timely.” She added: “considering that last year there was a double-digit rise in hate crimes in our 10 largest cities — the highest total in over a decade — it seemed like this topic is begging to be explored.” “Law & Order: Hate Crimes” will be set in New York City, which is home to the second oldest bias-based task force in the US, NBC said. Co-creator Warren Leight added that the series will spotlight the men and women “on the front lines in a battle for the soul of our city and nation.” Series stars have not yet been announced. ...Read more

Naomi Osaka Reaches US Open Semifinals By Defeating Lesia Tsurenko

Naomi Osaka earned a spot in her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeating Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 on Wednesday in the US Open quarterfinals. She is the first Japanese woman to do so in 22 years. The No. 20 seeded Osaka won in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches she didn’t even have to play an hour. Osaka will face either 14th-seeded Madison Keys or No. 30 Carla Suarez Navarro in the first major semifinal appearance for a Japanese woman since Kimiko Date reached the final four at Wimbledon in 1996. Osaka, 20, said she was nervous and “freaking out inside” — though she seems to remain cool. “Just, like, my entire body was shaking, so I’m really glad I was able to play well today,” she said. Osaka won 59 points to just 28 for the unseeded Ukrainian Tsurenko, who had knocked off No. 2 seed Caroline Wozniacki in the second round. ...Read more

Nike To Air TV Ad Featuring Colin Kaepernick During NFL Season Opener

Nike Inc. is planning to air a new “Just Do It” TV ad during the opening game of the NFL’s new season Thursday that will be narrated by Colin Kaepernick.  It will also feature a number of other athletes, including Odell Beckham Jr, LeBron James and Serena Williams. The ad is to inspire people to follow their dreams and ignore those who say it can’t be done. “Calling a dream crazy is not an insult,” Kaepernick says, “It’s a compliment.”Kaepernick hasn’t played in a game since the 2016 season and has filed a grievance alleging that NFL teams colluded to keep him unsigned. Meanwhile Nike’s shares fell on Tuesday after the ad campaign was announced, but were back up 0.5% on Wednesday. You can check out the commercial in the link below. ...Read more

Former Phillies All-Star Ryan Howard Retires From Baseball

Former Philadelphia Phillies star Ryan Howard announced his retirement from baseball on Tuesday. Howard, 38, has not played in the majors since 2016 and has been a free agent since November. The former National League MVP signed minor league deals with the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies last season, but his entire major league career was spent with the Phillies.  Howard was a career .258 hitter with 382 home runs and 1,194 RBIs in his 13 seasons with the Phillies. He twice led the majors in homers and led the majors in RBIs three times during a dominant six-year stretch from 2006 to 2011, when he averaged 44 homers and 133 RBIs per season. As a rookie in 2005, Howard had 22 home runs and 63 RBIs in just 88 games and was named the NL Rookie of the Year. He was voted MVP the following season, when he led the majors with 58 homers and 149 RBIs. Howard again led the majors in homers (48) and RBIs (146) in 2008, while helping the Phillies win their first World Series title since 1980.  In 2011, he suffered a torn Achilles on the final play of the NLD and over the next five years his career was plagued by knee, foot and Achilles injuries.  ...Read more

Defending Champion Sloane Stephens Eliminated In U.S. Open Quarters

Defending champion Sloane Stephens was beaten by Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at the U.S. Open, eliminating her from the tournament. Sevastova, the No. 19 seed from Latvia, will play either Serena Williams or 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova in her first Grand Slam semifinal. Stephens said she had been battling a cold, but her biggest problem Tuesday might have been her serve. The No. 3 seed was broken five times in the 84-minute match, missing numerous chances to grab an early lead in the rematch and could never get back into the match. ”You don’t win matches when you don’t take your opportunities,” Stephens said. ...Read more

Henry Cavill To Star In The Witcher Remake For Netflix

Henry Cavill will play the lead role in the upcoming Netflix series The Witcher. “Witchers” are monster hunters who develop supernatural abilities at a young age to fight deadly beasts. The series adaptation is based on the best-selling fantasy short stories and novels by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Cavill has been cast as the monster hunter Geralt of Rivia. The books by Sapkowski have also been adapted into video games, which have sold millions of copies worldwide.  This will be the first TV role for Cavill, since The Tudors ended in 2010. The start date for the eight-part series has yet to be confirmed. ...Read more