President Trump becomes 1st president to step inside North Korea ahead of brief meeting with Kim Jong Un

WORLD NEWS President Trump becomes 1st president to step inside North Korea ahead of brief meeting with Kim Jong Un

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — Donald Trump became the first U.S. president to step into North Korea as he strode by himself across the demilitarized zone and shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Sunday. He was led by Kim across the border and officially stepped into North Korea moments later — a historic moment and “a great honor,” Trump said.

Kim, through a translator called Trump’s decision to meet with him a “courageous and determined act.”

“I just want to thank you, it was very quick notice and I just want to thank you,” Trump said.

“Good to see you again, I never expected to meet you in this place,” Kim said, in English, as they initially shook hands.

Both leaders spoke, standing side by side, before heading into a brief bilateral meeting in a nearby building.

“Tremendous positivity, really great things are happening” Trump said. “We met and we liked each other from day one and that was very important.”

The president said he would be inviting Kim to visit him at the White House.

“If it was not for the excellent relationship between us, it would not have been possible,” Kim said during the bilateral.

Trump then spoke and first complimented the strength of Kim’s voice.

“You hear the power of that voice, nobody’s heard the voice before, he doesn’t do news conferences, in case you haven’t noticed, and this was a special moment,” Trump said.

“This is an historic moment, the fact that we’re meeting,” Trump continued.

The president then thanked Kim for not turning down his invitation to meet at the border, because “if he didn’t show up, the press was going to make us both look bad.”

“You made us both look good and I appreciate it,” Trump said.

“It was an honor that you asked me to step over that line, and I was proud to step over that line. I thought you might do that, I wasn’t sure, but I was ready to do it, and I want to thank you, it was great, very historic,” Trump said.

Trump arrived at the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) just before 2 a.m. Eastern time in a prelude to a historic meeting with Kim. Trump visited an observation tower, looking into the secluded North, where many U.S. presidents have stopped before.

But unlike previous presidents, Trump later met with Kim at Panmunjeom, the so-called Peace Village, on the border between the two countries and possibly cross over the line and become the first-ever president to visit North Korea.

Trump made brief comments from the overlook: “After our first summit, all the danger went away,” Trump claimed. “I say that for the press, when they say there’s been no difference. There’s been a tremendous difference.”

He visited U.S. troops at the border afterward, was given the gift of a jacket and signed the wall as has become tradition for presidents.

Just hours before, Trump announced he was set to travel to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea at a joint press conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Moon joined Trump in his visit to the border.

“I’ll be meeting with Chairman Kim I look forward to it very much. I look forward to seeing him, we’ve developed a very good relationship,” Trump said at the press conference. “We understand each other. I do believe he understands me and I think I maybe understand him. And sometimes that can lead to very good things.”

“I put out the word and he got back, and he wanted to do it from the beginning and so did I,” Trump continued.

Expanding on his decision Saturday to extend a last-minute invite to Kim to meet him at the DMZ, Trump said the trip was “something I planned long ago, but had the idea yesterday, to maybe, say ‘hello,’ just shake and quickly say ‘hello.'”

Asked about the possibility of a third summit, Trump said he’d like to see what happens Sunday before talking about another meeting.

“Let’s see what happens today before we start thinking about that,” Trump said.

The president also claimed — falsely — that former President Barack Obama sought to meet with Kim and that he was rebuffed.

“The Obama administration was begging for a meeting, there were begging for meetings constantly, and Chairman Kim would not meet him,” Trump claimed.

The president continued to express optimism about the state of relations with North Korea and insisted that important progress has been made through both of his previous summits with Kim.

“I’m not in a rush,” Trump said. “If you’re in a rush you get yourself in trouble.”

On Sunday morning in South Korea, Trump said that Kim “very much wants to” meet, and that the two countries are “trying to work it out. Both want to do it.”

“Very short, it would be very short, virtually a handshake,” Trump said. “But that’s OK. A handshake means a lot.”

Trump has even raised the possibility of stepping across the border into North Korea — something no previous U.S. president has done.

“Sure, I would. I would. I’d feel very comfortable doing that. I would have no problem,” Trump said earlier in his Asia trip.

The two leaders have met on two occasions. Their most recent meeting in February in Hanoi, Vietnam, failed to produce an agreement toward the goal of North Koreas’ denuclearization.

Trump announced yesterday that he would be traveling to the DMZ during his visit to South Korea and issued an impromptu Twitter invitation to the North Korean leader to have a brief visit and share a handshake.

Since that time, a senior administration official said that the governments of the United States, North Korea and South Korea have been in communication to prepare for the prospective meeting.

In remarks Sunday morning at a breakfast with Korean business leaders, President Trump suggested that a meeting was likely to happen.

“I understand they want to meet and I’d love to say hello,” Trump said.

Trump is also expected to meet with U.S. service members following his brief meeting with Kim.

Asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl in a press conference Saturday if it will be a bad sign if the North Korean leader doesn’t take him up on his offer to meet, the president said it would not.

“No,” Trump told Karl. “Of course, I thought of that because I know if he didn’t, everybody is going to say, ‘Oh, he was stood up by Chairman Kim.’ No, I understood that.”

The president went on to say that the North Korean leader must follow him on Twitter, because U.S. officials “got a call very quickly” after he sent out his tweet.

The president said if the meeting does happen, it would only be a brief one.

“We’ll see each other for two minutes,” Trump said. “That will be fine.”


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Posted On 30 Jun 2019

Former football player Nate Boyer discusses mental health in sports

Sports News Former football player Nate Boyer discusses mental health in sports

Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — In late May, the NFL and the league’s players’ association announced an unprecedented mental health initiative.

In the joint-announcement, they required all 32 teams to keep a mental health professional on staff. They also established two committees: a comprehensive mental health and wellness committee and a joint pain management committee.

The potentially transformative moves comes as teams have taken steps to address mental health more frequently in recent years. Many players even contend they have improved on the field as a result.

One former NFL player who finds the same value in treating mental health: Nate Boyer, the former Green Beret who spent an off season as a part of the Seattle Seahawks franchise.

“We’ve got to do a better job with uplifting those that are hurting and struggling,” says Boyer, who spoke with ABC News from the Stay in the Game Forum, organized by Beyond Sport. At the event, several professional athletes along with Boyer talked about their struggles with anxiety, depression, and other issues.

Hearing Pro Football Hall of Fame safety Brian Dawkins openly discuss his battle with depression in the past is something Boyer says still inspires him and that he wanted to talk about:

“Just to hear him talk about how, very vulnerably his struggles… it’s always comforting to hear that from people because in my opinion, everybody, every human being, at some level, struggles with mental health. We’re all on that spectrum in one way or another and we don’t want to feel alone… To see some people who have accomplished so much, who have had such a high level of success, admit that it wasn’t always easy and they had to battle those demons inside their head too, it’s something we all need to hear. It’s important message.”

Boyer served both as an active-duty Green Beret and briefly as a member of the Seattle Seahawks in 2015. He says being vulnerable is not something that was discussed much in either setting. Rather, it was viewed as a sign of strength to work through physical and mental struggles. He was often asked, “‘Are you just hurt, or are you injured?'”

Now, Boyer sees those attitudes changing:

“I think the more that coaches and organizations are vulnerable themselves and have these open conversations, and it’s just seen as part of the program”

Boyer believes the league’s front offices are taking mental health more seriously, and that it will take leadership from around the NFL and in other sports to change the culture. He believes coaches can be real difference-makers for players:

“[It is] part of a very normal life and positive environment and any type of industry and team, and the coaches are willing to be vulnerable themselves and walk the walk with them [players], the better things are going to get.”

Along with raising awareness for mental health support in sports, Boyer has also worked with veteran’s service organizations and several non-profits, including volunteer work at refugee camps in Africa.

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Posted On 29 Jun 2019

Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees rack up the runs in first MLB game played in Europe

Sports News Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees rack up the runs in first MLB game played in Europe

Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB Photos via Getty Images(LONDON) — The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox put on a fireworks display in the first Major League Baseball regular season game played in Europe Saturday, scoring a combined 30 runs.

New York won the game 17-13, which was full of offense from the start. Each team scored six runs in a first inning that took nearly an hour to complete, and saw both starting pitchers pulled before recording three outs.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks slugged the first home run on the European continent. Slugger Luke Voit had four hits before leaving with an injury in the fifth inning.

On the Boston side, rookie Michael Chavis hit two three-run home runs. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts left the game with an injury in the eighth inning.  

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Posted On 29 Jun 2019

Kemba Walker to finalize contract with Boston Celtics on Sunday

Sports News Kemba Walker to finalize contract with Boston Celtics on Sunday

Photo by Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(BOSTON) — All-Star guard Kemba Walker is expected to be in Boston on Sunday to finalize a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics.

Sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Walker’s deal will be worth $141 million.

The 29-year-old Walker is the top priority for Boston in free agency. He would replace Kyrie Irving, who is widely expected to sign elsewhere in his own free agency.

Free agents can first reach agreements with teams on July 1 at 6pm. Contracts can’t be officially signed until July 6.

Walker scored more than 25 points per game with the Charlotte Hornets this season, his best as a pro.

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Posted On 29 Jun 2019

San Francisco Giants CEO returns to team after suspension for altercation with his wife

Sports News San Francisco Giants CEO returns to team after suspension for altercation with his wife

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — San Francisco Giants president and CEO Larry Baer will return to the organization on July 2 after a more than three month suspension prompted by a physical altercation with his wife.

The Giants Board of Directors released a statement on Saturday saying that Baer had participated in regular counseling and “recommitted himself to the organization.” The statement also says that Baer will “initially focus on reconnecting with the employees and receiving updates on all aspects of the organization.”

In March, Major League Baseball suspended Baer after video surfaced that showed him confronting his wife, Pam Baer, in Hayes Valley, California. He appeared to be trying to grab something from Pam Baer’s hand, causing her to fall out of her chair and onto the ground.

While no charges were filed in the incident, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Baer’s position means he should be held to a higher standard of conduct.

On Saturday, Baer released a statement of his own, saying that he is “truly sorry for letting [Giants employees, fans, and the community-at-large] down.”

Baer also said his absence “has allowed me opportunities for introspection and, with the help of some wonderful people, growth.”

“I’ve been able to step back and take stock of myself as a person and as a leader. I am wiser for it, and the work continues.”

Baer’s statement, however, does not directly address the altercation.

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Posted On 29 Jun 2019

Nadal: Wimbledon seeding formula unfair

Sports News Nadal: Wimbledon seeding formula unfair

Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LONDON) — Rafael Nadal offered a pointed criticism of All-England Club’s unique seeding rules on Saturday, two days before the start of Wimbledon.

“I respect the Wimbledon rules,” Nadal told reporters, “…If I believe that is fair or not, that’s another story. I really personally believe [it] is not.”

Wimbledon uses a special formula to develop the seedings for the tournament, which sometimes depart from standard ATP rankings. The formula gives extra weight to a player’s ATP record on grass courts, elevating or penalizing players who play less often or have less success on grass.

This year, the Wimbledon rankings bumped Nadal down to the tournament’s third seed, with Roger Federer hopping above him. That would require Nadal to beat both players seeded above him to win the title. It also sets up the possibility of a matchup with Nik Kyrgios in the second round.

Kyrgios has defeated Nadal at this tournament before.

“The system is the way it is,” Federer said at his own press conference. “At the end of the day, if you want to win the tournament, you got to go through all the players that are in front of you.”

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Posted On 29 Jun 2019

Salmonella outbreak linked to papayas imported from Mexico

iStock(NEW YORK) — Salmonella linked to papayas imported from Mexico have infected dozens of people in at least eight states in the last six months, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The 62 cases stem from a strain called Salmonella Uganda, which were reported from Jan. 14 to June 8, but mostly concentrated in April, according to a statement the agency released Friday.

“Whole, fresh papayas imported from Mexico and sold in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island are a likely source of this outbreak,” the statement read.

Twenty-three people have been hospitalized, according to the CDC. No deaths have been reported.

Consumers should not eat papayas or fruit salads containing papayas from Mexico, the agency advised. And if the origins are unknown, don’t eat it, it warned.

In studying the path of the outbreak, the CDC discovered that two people in different homes in Connecticut reported being sick after eating papayas from the same grocery store. One Florida resident who was infected had traveled to Connecticut the week before becoming sick.

The agency is still investigating an infection in Texas.

Salmonella symptoms include diarrhea, fever and stomach cramps, usually within 12 to 72 hours after exposure, according to the CDC. It usually lasts four to seven days, and most people recover on their own.

However, salmonella can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and then to other places in the body, according to the CDC. As with other illnesses, children who are 5 years or younger, pregnant women, adults 65 and older, and people with weakened immune systems are more vulnerable.
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Scoreboard roundup — 6/28/19

Sports News Scoreboard roundup -- 6/28/19

iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

Washington 3, Detroit 1

Baltimore 13, Cleveland 0
Toronto 6, Kansas City 2
Texas 5, Tampa Bay 0
Chicago White Sox 6, Minnesota 4
Houston 2, Seattle 1, 10 Innings
Oakland 7, L.A. Angels 2

Miami 6, Philadelphia 2
Cincinnati 6, Chicago Cubs 3
Atlanta 6, N.Y. Mets 2
Pittsburgh 3, Milwaukee 2
Colorado 13, L.A. Dodgers 9
San Diego 3, St. Louis 1
San Francisco 6, Arizona 3

N.Y. Liberty 69, Dallas 68
Phoenix 91, Indiana 69
Seattle 79, Chicago 76

New York 3, Chicago 1
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Posted On 29 Jun 2019

Trump wraps G-20 summit, says he may cross into North Korean territory

WORLD NEWS Trump wraps G-20 summit, says he may cross into North Korean territory

Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images(OSAKA, Japan) — During a wide-ranging press conference that lasted just over an hour at the conclusion of the G-20 summit, President Donald Trump said he just may step across into North Korean territory when he visits the DMZ on Sunday, and he hopes Kim Jong Un will meet him there.

“I understand we may be meeting with Chairman Kim,” Trump said. “I said, while I’m there, I’ll shake his hand. We get along. There’s been no nuclear tests.”

He added, “We won’t call it a summit. We will call it a handshake. It could happen. He would like to do it, and I wouldn’t mind doing it at all. I am visiting the DMZ.”

He didn’t hesitate when asked about potentially stepping into North Korean territory: “Sure, I feel very comfortable doing that. I would have no problem.”

When asked if it would be a bad thing if Kim Jong Un doesn’t show up after Trump invited him via Twitter, Trump replied, “Everybody is going to say, ‘He was stood up by Chairman Kim.'”

“He follows me on Twitter,” Trump added.

The president was asked about everything from the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and possible involvement by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman — Trump defended the crown prince for arrests the country had made — to progress between the U.S. and China on trade and the controversy surrounding Huawei, saying the U.S. blackout of the tech company would be among the final issues hammered out in the deal.

Trump was also asked about his thoughts on the week’s Democratic debate, including his opinion on federally mandated busing, which led to a very heated exchange Thursday night between presidential contenders Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris.

“I think if Vice President Biden had answered the question somewhat differently, it would have been a lot different result, because they really did hit him hard on that one,” Trump said. “But it certainly is a primary method of getting people to schools, it relates to everything we’re doing, and you’ll be hearing about it and over the next couple of months.”

Without being very forthcoming, Trump said he’ll have a policy announcement to make in the next four weeks on the issue that will be “interesting” and “surprising” to a lot of people.

He also said he believed Harris got “too much credit” for her performance, and that Biden didn’t do as poorly as people thought.

“I think she was given too much credit for what she did,” Trump said. “[Biden] was hit harder than he should have been hit.”

When asked if Harris would make a tough opponent for him in his re-election bid, Trump demurred, saying, “You never know who is going to be tough. … I think she was given too much credit.”

Trump also told reporters that he was invited to Moscow by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“He did invite me to Russia for the defeat of Nazis. Russia lost, he said, 25 million people. I have heard 50 million people. But he said yesterday that Russia fighting the Nazis, they lost 25 million people,” Trump said. “I said that we would get back. But we will give it very serious consideration.”

Trump also blasted Jimmy Carter, after being asked about the former president seemingly calling Trump an illegitimate president on Friday.

“There’s no doubt that the Russians did interfere in the election. And I think the interference, although not yet quantified, if fully investigated, would show that Trump didn’t actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put into office because the Russians interfered on his behalf,” Carter said at the Carter Center’s retreat in Leesburg, Virginia.

Trump didn’t take too kindly to the criticism.

“Isn’t it crazy? Jimmy Carter — look, he is a nice man, he was a terrible president. He is a Democrat, and it is a typical talking point. He is loyal to the Democrats and I guess he should be. But as everybody understands, I won not because of Russia, not because of anybody but myself,” Trump said.

On Friday, Trump seemed to be joking as he told Putin not to meddle in the upcoming U.S. presidential election. The two sat for a meeting — their first since the release of the Mueller report.

He defended his performance on Saturday, but again seemed to side with Putin’s denial of meddling over the evidence outlined in the Mueller report.

“You have to take a look at the words. I did say it. We had a discussion. We had a great discussion. Vladimir Putin and myself — a tremendous discussion,” Trump said. “I could see some real positive things. I did discuss it a little after that.”

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Posted On 29 Jun 2019

2-year-old boy dies after contracting E. coli at San Diego petting zoo

iStock(SAN DIEGO) — A 2-year-old child has died after contracting E. coli at a petting zoo that was part of the San Diego County Fair.

The young boy was one of four children who contacted E. coli from the fair, according to the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency.

The ages of the four infected children ranged from 2 to 13 years old.

Officials said they are still investigating the exact cause of the infection, but reported that all of the children had contact with animals at the fair.

“Our sympathies go out to the family of the child that died from this illness,” Dr. Wilma J. Wooten, county public health officer, said in a statement. “While most people recover from this illness without complications, 5 to 10 percent of people diagnosed with STEC develop the life-threatening kidney infection.”

E. coli is a bacteria found in the stomachs of people and animals, and is usually harmless, but some strains can cause diarrhea, vomiting and severe pain. Children have a greater chance of coming down with a life-threatening kidney infection and organ failure, according to the Mayo Clinic.

The health department said it tested food providers at the fairgrounds and found no contamination.

“Unfortunately, we’ve learned a young child, about three hours ago, passed away,” Tim Fennell, general manager of the San Diego County Fair, said at a press conference Friday. “I want to say our hearts, our prayers, our thoughts go out to the family and the friends of this young child. We’re devastated. It appears that these folks attended the fair between June 8 and June 15, and were involved with contact, possibly, with a livestock animal at the petting zoo. No contamination has to do with food service or food at all.”

“We are heartbroken over this incident,” he added.

The petting zoo has been closed down, officials said, but the fair itself will remain open.

“Safety’s all been and will continue to be our No. 1 priority here at the fair going forward,” Assistant General Manager Katie Mueller said. “We hope that people will come out to the fair and see all that we have to offer.”

The fair, located at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, is open until July 4.

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