After a week of rumblings indicating that a rumored nuclear weapons test was imminent, the North Korean military reportedly attempted to fire a test missile from its east coast—but the test, according to Yonhap News Agency, South Korea’s largest news agency, the test was a failure. ABC News, citing Defense Department officials, reported that the missile exploded immediately after launch. The launch was confirmed by the Department of Defense. “U.S. Pacific Command detected and tracked what we assess was a North Korean missile launch at 11:21 a.m. Hawaii time,” Commander Dave Benham of the U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement. “The launch of the ballistic missile occurred near Sinpo [North Korea]. The missile blew up almost immediately. The type of missile is still being assessed.”
At Least 39 Killed in Syria Bombing:
Syrian state television on Saturday reported that at least 39 people were killed after a blast tore through a bus convoy carrying evacuees outside Aleppo. Both pro-government Syrian media and the British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the explosion was caused by a car bomb. Dozens more were injured in the blast, though the exact number has not yet been determined. The attack came as thousands of people waiting to be evacuated were left stranded as the latest evacuation deal was stalled. The evacuation deal, one of many in recent months aimed at giving President Bashar Assad
control over rebel-controlled areas, was reportedly delayed because rebels in one of the towns were not granted safe passage to leave. The evacuees had reportedly been stuck waiting on the outskirts of Aleppo since Friday.
Protesters Take to the Streets to Demand Trump’s Tax Returns:
Thousands of protesters nationwide demanded that U.S. President Donald Trump
release his tax returns on Saturday, with events planned in more than 100 cities. The demonstrations, organized by various labor groups and left-leaning organizations, were meant to call attention to the fact that Trump has refused to disclose his tax history, unlike hisWhite House predecessors. The event was timed to coincide with the traditional deadline to file tax returns, April 15. While major U.S. cities like New York and Los Angeles had events planned, demonstrations were also scheduled to take place in London and Tokyo, as well as other international cities. The march in D.C. began at the U.S. Capitol, with hundreds of protesters wearing shirts depicting Trump as the Monopoly man. Others held signs comparing Trump to Richard Nixon
, saying even Nixon has revealed his taxes. Protesters planned to wrap up their rally at the Lincoln Memorial in the afternoon, with demonstrators to pass Trump’s hotel during the march. The event was also expected to feature a line-up of speakers including Sen. Ron Wyden
(D-Ore.), Rep. Maxine Waters
(D-Calif.) and Rep. Jamie B. Raskin
Suspects Arrested in Brutal Killing of Pakistani Student for ‘Blasphemy’:
Several suspects have been arrested in the brutal killing of a Pakistani student beaten to death Thursday over accusations he’d shared “blasphemous” content on social media. The student, identified as Mashal Khan, was stripped naked by a lynch mob of fellow students at Abdul Wali Khan University and beaten with planks in an attack that was caught on video. Mardan’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of PoliceMohammad Alam Shinwari
said Saturday Khan’s attackers had been preparing to burn his body when police intervened. Video shows about 10 students shouting “Allahu Akbar!” as they attacked Khan, who was also reportedly shot and thrown from the second floor of his hostel during the attack. The suspects face charges of murder and terrorism. While police are conducting an investigation into the incident, Pakistani authorities have so far been unsuccessful in rooting out violence over allegations of blasphemy. Even unproven accusations of blasphemy can be fatal in the predominantly Muslim country, and several people die every year in connection with such allegations. In Khan’s case, police said Saturday that no evidence of blasphemy has been found.
Navy SEAL’s wife: We made porn films to pay the bills:
A decorated Navy SEAL is under investigation for taking orders on porn sets. The military is investigating Navy Chief Special Warfare Officer Joseph John Schmidt III
for appearing in more than 29 adult films in the last seven years, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Friday. Schmidt, 42, has served for more than 23 years in the military, but has allegedly found time to moonlight as a porn star under the name Jay Voom. Schmidt has shared the most screen time with his wife, porn star Jewels Jade, but he has also appeared with X-rated actresses Mena Li
and Ashden Wells
. His portfolio includes titles such as “Apple Smashing Lap Dance” and “Strippers Come Home Horny From the Club.” The military is looking into whether Schmidt violated a rule that prohibits Navy SEALs from doing other work without their commanders’ approval.
***The husband of Heart lead singer Ann Wilson
has been sentenced for allegedly choking her nephews during a concert in suburban Seattle. Seattlepi.com reported Friday that Dean Wetter
pleaded guilty March 9 to two counts of assault. He was sentenced as part of a plea deal to 364 days in jail, with all the time suspended. Wetter will pay restitution, be on probation, undergo counseling and have no contact with the boys. ***Grammy-winning guitarist and singer Glen Campbell is releasing his final studio album, recorded shortly after his Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis in 2011. The record label, Universal Music Enterprises, announced Friday that the album, “Adios,” will be released on June 9. Campbell hasn’t performed since 2012 and is in a long-term care facility, but his wife, Kim Campbell
, said in a statement that he felt a sense of urgency after his diagnosis to record one last time.
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and his estranged wife, Kathleen Buhle Biden
, finalized their divorce in DC Superior Court on Friday, just six weeks after former Vice President Joe Biden
’s son announced his relationship with his late brother’s widow. The Bidens settled “all questions relating to custody, support, property rights, and all other rights” in a confidential agreement that will not be filed in court, legal records show. Kathleen was seeking $20,000 a month in alimony and child support.