Pompeo en route to N. Korea to finalize summit

Pompeo en route to N. Korea to finalize summit


U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo headed to North Korea today to finalize details of a planned historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.

Trump announced the mission in Washington on Tuesday just minutes before Pompeo arrived in Japan to refuel before flying on to Pyongyang, and as the president declared he was withdrawing from a landmark nuclear deal with another bitter U.S. adversary, Iran.

U.S. officials say Pompeo will also press North Korea for the release of three detained American citizens, whose imminent release Trump has been hinting at.

N.Y. AG's fall: From women's defender to alleged abuser


Less than three months ago, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman went before the news cameras to announce a lawsuit accusing movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and his former studio of abusing and intimidating a multitude of women.

“We have never seen anything as despicable as what we’ve seen here,” Schneiderman declared.

Now, in a stunning turn rife with seeming hypocrisy, Schneiderman’s own career has imploded, collapsing just three hours after the 63-year-old Democrat was accused of choking, slapping, threatening or otherwise abusing four women during intimate encounters.

The allegations, which Schneiderman contests but which led him to resign, emerged Monday in an article in The New Yorker.

Syria reports Israeli attack near capital Damascus


Syrian state-run media said Israel struck a military outpost near the capital Damascus on Tuesday, saying its air defenses intercepted and destroyed two of the incoming missiles. The reported attack came shortly after President Donald Trump announced he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, calling Tehran a main exporter of terrorism in the region.

The official news agency SANA said the attack occurred in the countryside in Kisweh, just south of Damascus, an area known to have numerous Syrian army military bases. It did not elaborate. Syrian TV reported earlier large explosions in the area.

An official with the Iran-led regional alliance supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad said the strike targeted a Syrian army position but killed a Syrian man and his wife passing by in their car.

Stay or go? Volcano forces choice for all in eruption zone

PAHOA, Hawaii

Hawaii’s Kilaeau volcano is forcing people in the eruption zone to make some tough decisions.

Some residents who live on the volcano slopes insist on staying to watch over their property. Others have abandoned their homes without knowing when they will be able to return. They could come back to find their houses turned to ash and buried under solid rock.

There’s no indication when the eruption might stop or how far the lava might spread.

Edwin Montoya has lived on the slopes of Kilauea for almost a decade. His daughter’s farm is within a mandatory evacuation zone, but Montoya plans to stay there unless he is forced to leave.

Just a couple of miles up the hill, dozens of homes have been destroyed by molten rock.

Associated Press

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