*Better Late Than Never – North and South Korea Will Formally End 65-Year War This Year
History is being made on the border between North and South Korea. Kim Jong Un became the only North Korean leader to step over the border into South Korea when he met President Moon Jae-in. Now the two have confirmed they will sign a peace treaty later this year to bring an official end to 65 years of conflict. A peace treaty was never signed at the end of the Korean War in 1953, meaning the two countries have been in an effective state of war ever since. In a joint declaration signed by the two leaders Friday morning, one clause stated: “The two leaders solemnly declare… that there will be no more war on the Korean Peninsula and a new era of peace has begun.” Moon said after signing the declaration: “Chairman Kim Jong Un and I have agreed that complete denuclearization will be achieved, and that is our common goal.” President Trump tweeted following the agreement: “KOREAN WAR TO END! The United States, and all of its GREAT people, should be very proud of what is now taking place in Korea!”
*The Plot Thickens – Russian Trump Tower Lawyer: ‘I Am an Informant’ for Kremlin
Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who notoriously met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016—including Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort—has much closer ties to top Kremlin officials than was previously believed, The New York Times reported Friday. Emails obtained by an anti-Putin campaigner reveal that Veselnitskaya worked with Russia’s top legal office to thwart a U.S. Justice Department civil-fraud case against “a well-connected Russian firm.” The Trump Tower meeting is one focus of the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference, and was organized after a go-between promised Veselnitskaya—who previously claimed to be a private lawyer—would deliver documents that would incriminate Hillary Clinton. Additionally, in an interview to be broadcast Friday night by NBC News, Veselnitskaya acknowledges that she is not just a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Y. Chaika, the prosecutor general. “I am a lawyer, and I am an informant,” she said. “Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”
*FACT CHECK – Secret Service: No Records of a Ronny Jackson Door-Banging Incident
The Secret Service is disputing one of the accusations against White House physician Ronny Jackson that led him to withdraw from his confirmation hearing to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs. The allegation that Jackson drunkenly banged on the door of a female colleague so loudly that Secret Service had to calm him down as to not disturb PresidentObama was not true, according to a statement issued Thursday night. “The Secret Service has no such record of any incident… A thorough review of internal documents related to all presidential foreign travel that occurred in 2015, in addition to interviews of personnel who were present during foreign travel that occurred during the same timeframe, has resulted in no information that would indicate the allegation is accurate.” The statement did not address accusations that Jackson wrecked a government vehicle while intoxicated at a party held for a Secret Service member. It also states that Jackson “provided years of dedicated support to the men and women of the Secret Service” and that the agency is “grateful” for Jackson’s service.
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*MAMMA MIA – ABBA Reunites for First New Music in 35 Years, Tour
ABBA, one of the biggest pop bands of all time, has announced it’s reunited to make its first new music in more than three decades. In a shock announcement Friday on the Swedish band’s official Instagram page, all four members jointly announced: “We all four felt that, after some 35 years, it could be fun to join forces again and go into the recording studio. So we did. And it was like time had stood still and that we had only been away on a short holiday. An extremely joyful experience! It resulted in two new songs and one of them ‘I Still Have Fair in You’ will be performed by our digital selves in a TV special produced by NBC and the BBC aimed for broadcasting in December. We may have come of age, but the song is new. And it feels good.” The band also said a tour of their digital avatars from the height of their 1970s glory is planned for 2019 or 2020. ABBA’s biggest hits include “Mamma Mia,” “Dancing Queen,” and “The Winner Takes It All.”
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*U.S. Economy’s Growth Slowed to 2.3% in First Quarter
The growth of the U.S. economy cooled in the first quarter of 2018, with gross domestic product [GDP] rising by 2.3 percent, down from 2.9 percent in the final quarter of 2017. The slowdown is being chalked up to a sharp decline in consumer spending, although business investment remained robust and a rise in exports helped to offset the effect of Americans’ apparent reluctance to spend. A $1.5 trillion tax cut passed by Congress in December last year was an important part of President Donald Trump’s plan to boost economic growth to more than 3 percent, but Friday’s figures—the first since the tax cut—suggest it didn’t have an immediate impact. First-quarter growth tends to be weaker than other quarters as seasonal quirks in the data can disappear in later months.
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*How a Genealogy Site Led to the Front Door of the Golden State Killer Suspect
The Golden State Killer raped and murdered victims across California in an era before Google searches and social media, a time when the police relied on shoe leather, not cellphone records or big data. But it was technology that got him. The suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested by the police on Tuesday. Investigators accuse him of committing more than 50 rapes and 12 murders over decades. Investigators used DNA from crime scenes that had been stored all these years and plugged the genetic profile of the suspected assailant into an online genealogy database. One such service, GEDmatch, said in a statement on Friday that law enforcement officials had used it database to crack the case. Officers found distant relatives of Mr. DeAngelo’s and, despite his years of eluding the authorities, traced their DNA to his front door. “We found a person that was the right age and lived in this area — and that was Mr. DeAngelo,” said Steve Grippi, the assistant chief in the Sacramento district attorney’s office. Investigators then obtained what Anne Marie Schubert, the Sacramento district attorney, called “abandoned” DNA samples from Mr. DeAngelo. “You leave your DNA in a place that is a public domain,” she said. The test result confirmed the match to more than 10 murders in California. Ms. Schubert’s office then obtained a second sample and came back with the same positive result, matching the full DNA profile.
*LBN-HOLLYWOOD INSIDER: ***S.J. Clarkson has been tapped to direct “Star Trek 4,” making her the first female to helm a film in the “Star Trek” franchise. Paramount Pictureshad no comment. The studio announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that it was planning a fourth movie with Chris Hemsworth, who appeared as Chris Pine’s father in 2009’s “Star Trek.” Zachary Quinto is also set to return.
*LBN-MUSIC INSIDER: ***Tim Bergling, the Swedish DJ-producer who performed as Avicii, died of an apparent suicide. Bergling’s family shared a statement about the musician’s death, saying, “He really struggled with thoughts about meaning, life, happiness. He could not go on any longer. He wanted to find peace.”
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*LBN-INVESTIGATES: An extensive 2008 study on serial murder for the F.B.I.’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime found that killers may quiet down when they find other outlets for their emotions. The study mentioned Dennis Rader, known as the BTK Killer, who murdered 10 people from 1974 to 1991, but had no other victims before being apprehended in 2005. “During interviews conducted by law enforcement, Rader admitted to engaging in autoerotic activities as a substitute for his killings,” the report said. Other killers might have changed behavior after moving away from the original epicenter of activity. Ted Bundy mutilated and murdered perhaps more than 30 young women in the 1970s. Yet there were stretches along his peripatetic travels when he was not associated with murders in those areas.
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*LBN-OVERHEARD: ***Prince William and Kate Middleton must really like the name Louis. They have given their new baby boy the name, the palace confirmed Friday, and Louis is also one of Prince George’s middle names. Bookmakers reported a flood of money for the name Wednesday, which resulted in the odds taking a dramatic dive from 33/1 to 3/1 during the course of the day. The name is widely perceived as a tribute to Prince Philip’s uncle Louis Mountbatten, who was murdered by the Irish Republican Army in 1979, but there was also a nod to William’s father, Charles, in the new baby’s full name. In the official announcement, Kensington Palace said: “The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their son Louis Arthur Charles. The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge.” ***Matt Lauer has broken his five-month silence after being canned by NBC over sexual harassment allegations, conceding he “acted inappropriately” — but denying ever forcing himself on anyone. “I have made no public comments on the many false stories from anonymous or biased sources that have been reported about me over these past several months,” the disgraced former “Today” host told the Washington Post in a statement. “I remained silent in an attempt to protect my family from further embarrassment and to restore a small degree of the privacy they have lost. But defending my family now requires me to speak up. “I fully acknowledge that I acted inappropriately as a husband, father and principal at NBC. However I want to make it perfectly clear that any allegations or reports of coercive, aggressive or abusive actions on my part, at any time, are absolutely false.” ***Mike Sorrentino has an engagement situation on his hands. The “Jersey Shore” star and longtime girlfriend Lauren Pesce are headed for the altar, the couple confirmed.
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