*North Korea Says It Will Suspend Nuclear, Missile Tests
North Korea says it will stop conducting nuclear and long-range missile tests on Saturday, according to state media. In addition, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un announced that he will shut down a nuclear-test site in the north where six tests were conducted. “From April 21, North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles,” the Korean Central News Agency said in a report, according to The Washington Post. The announcement comes ahead of a historic meeting between Kim and President Donald Trump. In less than a week, Kim is set to meet with South Korean president Moon Jae-in.
*SEX CULT: ‘Smallville’ Actress Allison Mack Indicted for ‘Sex Trafficking,’ ‘Forced Labor’
Former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack was indicted for “sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy” Friday afternoon in connection with “sex cult” Nxvim, according to a Justice Department release. Mack was indicted along with Keith Raniere, the alleged leader of the advertised “self-help group,” and will be arraigned in court later Friday. “As alleged in the indictment, Allison Mack recruited women to join what was purported to be a female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere,” said U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue in the release. “The victims were then exploited, both sexually and for their labor, to the defendants’ benefit.” Mack was reportedly a “key recruiter” of the cult, and also led the cult’s women’s group, Jness. Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month for “sex-trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor” through the cult. The group expected the women to have sex with Raniere and do chores for the “masters.” Women were allegedly branded and also required to recruit members or face physical punishment.
*Hamas Member Killed in Malaysia
Hamas on Saturday said one of its members was assassinated in Malaysia, just a day after an Israeli official warned of using targeted killings against the militant group. Fadi al-Batash, described by Hamas as a researcher in “the field of energy,” was said to have been killed while on his way to a Kuala Lumpur mosque. Kuala Lumpur police confirmed the killing of a 35-year-old Palestinian man but did not identify him as a member of Hamas. On Friday, Israel’s intelligence minister,Yisrael Katz, reportedly warned Hamas rulers that any threats against Israeli commanders would be met with targeted killings. Israeli authorities have blamed the militant group for weeks of unrest at the Gaza border, with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Saturday accusing the group of using demonstrators as human shields. Four Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops on Friday, including a 15-year-old boy. The death toll of Palestinians now stands at 32 in less than a month, though Lieberman said the “only culprits” in the latest killings are Hamas members.
*India Set to Introduce Death Penalty for Child Rapists
India’s cabinet has prescribed the death penalty for those convicted of sexually assaulting children under the age of 12 after accusations the government wasn’t doing enough to combat sexual violence. Those convicted of raping children under the age of 16 will also face harsher punishment. The move comes after a spate of brutal sexual attacks on young girls, including a high-profile case in which an 8-year-old girl was raped and murdered. Amid growing outrage over the matter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday called an emergency meeting of his cabinet, where an executive order amending the criminal law to allow for the death penalty was approved. It will now be sent to the president for approval.
*Trump: Cohen Won’t ‘Flip’ on Me
President Trump says his longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, will not “flip” on him even if federal prosecutors go easy on him for doing so. In a Saturday morning Twitter tirade, Trump blasted The New York Times for a story published Friday saying Cohen is likely to cooperate with federal investigators on work he did for the president. In response to claims in the Times’ article that Cohen may no longer have any loyalty for a man who treated him “like garbage,” Trump on Saturday praised Cohen as a “fine person with a wonderful family.” “Michael is a businessman for his own account/lawyer who I have always liked & respected,” Trump wrote. “Most people will flip if the government lets them out of trouble, even if it means lying or making up stories. Sorry, I don’t see Michael doing that despite the horrible Witch Hunt and the dishonest media!”
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*Stormy Daniels’ Former Lawyer Cooperating With Feds in Cohen Probe
A former lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels at the center of a $130,000 payoff from President Trump’s personal lawyer,Michael Cohen, is cooperating with federal authorities investigating Cohen’s business dealings, The Washington Post reports. Keith Davidson was contacted by investigators and asked to provide them with “certain limited electronic information” for the ongoing probe, according to his spokesman, Dave Wedge. “He has done so and will continue to cooperate to the fullest extent possible under the law,” Wedge said in a statement. Davidson negotiated a nondisclosure agreement with Cohen shortly before the 2016 election that saw Daniels receive the $130,000 payment to stay quiet about her alleged affair with the soon-to-be-president. He also represented Playboy centerfold Karen McDougal in a $150,000 agreement with a Trump-friendly tabloid that prevented her from telling her story of an alleged affair with the president.
Tuk-tuks are small vehicles used for urban transport. They are especially popular in the traffic-congested and densely populated cities of Southeast Asia, such as Bangkok. Often employed as taxis, tuk-tuks usually have sheet metal bodies with canvas roofs and drop-down or removable sides. They rest on three wheels—one in front and two in back—have a small cabin for the driver, and seating for up to three passengers.
*LBN- FACT OF THE DAY: Scientists estimate that there were over 1,000 different species of non-avian dinosaurs and over 500 distinct genera. They speculate there are many still undiscovered dinosaurs and that there may be as many as 1,850 genera.
*DNC Sues Trump Campaign, WikiLeaks, Russia Over Election Interference
The Democratic National Committee filed a lawsuit Friday against the Russian government, the Trump campaign, and WikiLeaks, “alleging a far-reaching conspiracy to disrupt the 2016 campaign and tilt the election to Donald Trump,” according to The Washington Post. The multi-million dollar suit claims that the president’s campaign officials “conspired with the Russian government and its military spy agency” to damage Hillary Clinton‘s campaign by hacking DNC networks and distributing stolen emails. “This constituted an act of unprecedented treachery: the campaign of a nominee for President of the United States in league with a hostile foreign power to bolster its own chance to win the presidency,” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan federal court, names Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and Roger Stone as defendants. It also names Russian military intelligence agency GRU and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is still underway. House intelligence committee Republicans concluded that no collusion occurred after their investigation.
*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: Comcast may have found a way to disrupt Walt Disney Company’s plan to buy most of 21st Century Fox: topping Fox’s bid to buy the British satellite broadcaster Sky with its own $31 billion takeover offer. The bid, announced on Tuesday, seizes upon 21st Century Fox’s difficulties buying the piece of Sky that it does not already own. British regulators have expressed repeated concerns about giving Rupert Murdoch and his family more control over the country’s media, stretching the approval process out over more than a year and forcing 21st Century Fox to offer more concessions. Comcast has said that buying Sky would help it expand in Europe, where the broadcaster has 23 million customers and owns rights to show the English Premier League and other professional soccer leagues. Disney, too, has been keen on expanding internationally, with the British company serving as an important part of its $52 billion plan to buy a significant portion of 21st Century Fox.
*LBN- TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Queen Elizabeth II (1926)
Queen Elizabeth II became the constitutional monarch of 16 countries and the Supreme Governor of the Church of England after her coronation in 1953. She became the longest reigning monarch in British history.
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*LBN SPOTTED: On Friday afternoon, American television personality Steve Edwards was enjoying lunch at Jerry’s Deli in Encino, CA with sports commentator Roy Firestone.
*LBN- A DIFFERENT VIEW:….
LBN OVERHEARD: ***Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney celebrating the one-year anniversary of their CBS Sports Network show at American Whiskey. Guests included Roc Nation Sports’ Shawn “Pecas” Costner. ***Famed singer Roberta Flack was rushed to the hospital from her Apollo Theater gig Roberta’s rep tells us … the singer’s checked out of the hospital, but doctors are still running tests to determine why she fell ill during the Apollo show. The rep adds, Roberta had a stroke in 2016, and doctors want to make sure this episode is not related to the stroke. ***American Idol host Ryan Seacrest was spotted leaving E Baldi restaurant in Beverly Hills Friday evening and asked if he’s concerned at all about the revived singing competition struggling to attract viewers. Doesn’t seem like it … because he knows it’s a great show. ***Ex-NBA star Glen “Big Baby” Davis has been officially named a suspect in an assault with a deadly weapon case that left a man seriously injured … TMZ Sports reports. We’re told cops believe Davis got into a physical altercation with a man outside of a West Hollywood nightclub on April 8 — and ultimately slammed the man down on the concrete. Davis allegedly fled the scene before cops arrived. Sources say the victim was hospitalized with multiple broken bones and a broken tooth and he was on a ventilator for a day.
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