Saturday, May 26, 2018


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Koreas set for first official talks in two years

SEOUL: A high-level South Korean delegation left on Tuesday (Jan 9) for rare talks with North Korea after months of tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons programme, with Seoul’s chief delegate vowing to work towards improving long-strained ties.

The talks come after the North’s leader Kim Jong-Un indicated in his New Year’s speech that Pyongyang was willing to send a delegation to the Winter Olympics in the South.

Seoul responded with an offer of a high-level dialogue, and last week the hotline between the neighbours was restored after being suspended for almost two years.

Moments before Seoul’s five-member delegation left for the talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom, Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun said the two sides would focus on the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Games but the agenda would also include ways to thaw frosty ties.

“Today, we will discuss North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics and Paralympics and the issue of improving inter-Korean relations as well”, Cho, who led the South’s delegation, told journalists.

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Trump rejects author’s accusations, calls self ‘stable genius’

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday rejected an author’s accusations that he is mentally unfit for office and said his business career and election victory showed he is “a very stable genius.”

Michael Wolff, who was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump’s first year, has said in promoting his book that Trump is unfit for the presidency. He told BBC Radio in an interview broadcast on Saturday that his book is creating “the perception and the understanding that will finally end … this presidency.”

Trump battled back in a series of extraordinary morning posts on Twitter, which appeared to catch some in his inner circle off guard.

Trump said Democratic critics and the U.S. news media were bringing up the “old Ronald Reagan playbook and screaming mental stability and intelligence” since they have not been able to bring him down in other ways.

Reagan, a Republican who was the U.S. president from 1981-1989, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994 and died in 2004.

“Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart,” said Trump, a former reality TV star and developer.

“I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star … to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius … and a very stable genius at that!”

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DMV is unveiling a new ‘secure’ license for California drivers. Here’s how to get one

Starting this month, many of California’s 26 million drivers will find themselves making a special trip to a place no one really likes to go: the local DMV office.

The reason: In October 2020, federal security officials will no longer accept the current California driver’s license as valid identification for domestic air travel.

In its place, California this month will unveil a new driver’s license, called REAL ID, that complies with a federal mandate that all states create licenses and licensing procedures deemed more secure by officials at the Transportation Security Administration.

To get the new card, though, California drivers must bring documents that prove their identity to Department of Motor Vehicles field offices. That news has caused confusion and some consternation.

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Lawyer of Hmong descent blazes trail as new Minnesota judge

Gov. Mark Dayton made another history-making appointment to the Minnesota courts Thursday, appointing a woman who will become the state’s first judge of Hmong descent and only the second in the country with that history.

The DFL governor named attorney Sophia Vuelo to the Ramsey County District Court bench, filling a vacancy created by a retirement.

Raised in Wisconsin, Vuelo currently has a solo practice where she handles cases in juvenile protection, family and criminal matters. She has worked in various prosecuting roles, too. Vuelo holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and the Hamline University School of Law, which is now part of the Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

Vuelo wasn’t immediately available for comment. State Rep. Fue Lee, DFL-Minneapolis, applauded the pick.

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Woman in Wisconsin tells Hmong shoppers on Black Friday to ‘speak the language’

APPLETON, Wis. — A Walmart shopper here approached two women on Black Friday, admonishing them to “speak the language” as they talked to one another during what is supposed to be a season of peace and goodwill.

Jasmine Xiong, 22, of Appleton was talking to her mother in Hmong when a woman approached and told both of them: “If you live here in America, speak the language.”

After the unidentified shopper spoke to the women for a few minutes, Xiong began recording.

“I was really shocked and upset and offended that she would say something like that,” Xiong said Monday.

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Why this deer disease could change the way Americans hunt forever

DETROIT — Despite rain and snow, thousands of Michigan hunters dragged their
deer to check stations to be tested for chronic wasting disease — a condition that comes from the same family as “mad cow” disease.

“I was amazed that we had 150 deer come through the check station on the first day of gun season in Montcalm County,” said Chad Stewart, Michigan Department of Natural Resources deer specialist. “Given the Wednesday opener and the bad weather, I was blown away.”

Dollars generated from deer licenses and hunting-related purchases bring in millions in matching funds for habitat restoration and endangered species. They also help fund the testing for CWD, a demon of a disease that has been identified in 11 free-ranging Michigan deer and is feared to be on the verge of crossing over to humans. It just might alter the way we hunt forever.

“When they look back on the history of deer management in Michigan, these years will be considered pivotal to the culture of deer hunting,” said Stewart. “I don’t want people to think it’s a death sentence for deer management.

“For now, there will be changes and additional restrictions. Change is hard to adapt to.”

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Jay Xiong running for open East St. Paul seat in Minnesota House of Representatives

St. Paul, Minn. (Nov. 19, 2017) — Jay Xiong has declared his candidacy for Minnesota State Representative in St. Paul House District 67B, the seat is currently held by nine-term State Rep. Sheldon Johnson, who recently announced his retirement.

Johnson is co-chair of the Xiong campaign. He called Xiong an experienced nonprofit leader, campaign organizer and legislative staffer who understands the legislative process and the need for strong progressive leadership.

“As a seasoned community advocate and successful grassroots political organizer, he knows the value of direct community engagement in the democratic process and will work hard to represent East Siders and all the residents of St. Paul,” Johnson said. “He has the heart and the smarts to do this job. I am proud to be his campaign co-chair and will be even more proud to see him as our next state representative.”

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Dai Thao has been called idealistic. A constant campaigner. And now, St. Paul mayor?

Inside St. Paul City Hall, political peers describe City Council Member Dai Thao as a constant campaigner who has proven, time and again, he’s the wrong person to underestimate.

Thao, who in a 2013 special election became the first Hmong-American to be elected to the city council, now wants to be St. Paul’s first Hmong-American mayor.

“We can’t afford to continue to go down this path — high crime, high taxes, low equity and (low) investment in our neighborhoods,” said Thao, 42, during a recent lunch at Lao Thai, a popular Frogtown restaurant near University Avenue and Dale Street. “We’ve got white people who are struggling just like people of color. We have to unite, and lift each other.”

As proof he’s ready after four years in elected office, Thao — an information-technology worker and former community organizer — points to his track record of political wins for progressive causes. Partially at his urging, the city council recently approved a paid sick-leave mandate that applies to all businesses operating within the city.

“He’s a pretty courageous guy,” said the Rev. Grant Stevensen, a clergy organizer with the faith-based anti-poverty group ISAIAH, which worked closely with Thao on the city’s earned sick- and safe-time rules. “He has a set of values, and he lives by them and he governs by them.”

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Body in Fox River is that of missing Appleton woman

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY (WLUK) — The body found in the Fox River in Little Chute has been identified a woman reported missing from Appleton.

The Outagamie County Coroner’s Office identified the body as that of Caitlyn Xiong, 20. Xiong was last seen Oct. 5.

Her body was found on Saturday in the river near Heesakker Park. Appleton police said Monday they had been contacted to help in the investigation. An autopsy was done on Monday, but the identification was not confirmed until Thursday.

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Tulare County creates high risk team to prevent deadly domestic violence incidents

Family Services of Tulare County Executive Director Caity Meader says there have been 11 domestic violence-related deaths in the county this year, as well as three murder-suicides since April.

“In most domestic violence cases that end in homicide, there are identifiable patterns leading up to the fatal incident,” said Family Services of Tulare County Executive Director Caity Meader. “When we can identify, early in the process, which cases are escalating toward a homicide, there are opportunities for our system to intervene that’s what the Domestic Violence High-Risk Team does.”

Thursday, Sheriff Mike Boudreaux and Tulare County officials announced the creation of the county’s first Domestic Violence High-Risk Team-a model developed by a domestic violence center on the east coast.

It started in Tulare County on October 1st and is funded by a $450,000 grant from the Department of Justice.

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