theNewsWorthy: Monday, July 2nd, 2018
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NORTH KOREA LATEST
U.S. and North Korean officials met in person over the weekend, and new reports cast new doubt on North Korea's willingness to actually get rid of nuclear weapons.
First, CNN reports the meetings on Sunday were the first face-to-face talks between the two countries since the historic summit last month (when President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un).
Also, the national security advisor told CBS there’s a path to ensure North Korea gets rid of its nuclear programs within one year, but the Wall Street Journal reports that’s a long way off. New satellite photos show the country is still developing nuclear weapons. In fact, some sources told the Journal they believe Kim Jong-un has even ramped up production at secret sites.
A lot could still change, though. Stay tuned.
CANADA TARIFFS ON CANADA DAY
Canada has officially put new tariffs in place in retaliation for tariffs the U.S. already imposed.
So now, the AP reports, U.S. products like steel and iron will face a 25% tariff in Canada, and there will be 10% tariff imposed on products like ketchup and dishwasher detergent. Those are the same percentages of tariffs the U.S. put in place back on steel and aluminum in May.
Experts have said the back-and-forth is part of President Trump’s plan to pressure Canada and Mexico to re-write NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), but so far, it hasn’t happened. Now President Trump says he doesn’t expect a done deal on that until after the U.S. midterm elections in November.
By the way, it was also Canada Day yesterday, which is a federal holiday in Canada to celebrate the country and show national pride. Many Canadians will have the day off today.
It’s similar to Independence Day in the U.S., which is on Wednesday this week.
MEXICO'S NEW PRESIDENT
Mexico just elected a new president. The Washington Post reports he’s the first leftist president in decades. His name is Andrés Manuel López Obrador (aka AMLO).
He’s the former mayor of Mexico City and he promises to get rid of corruption, reduce violence and bring down what he calls the “mafia of power.”
It’s not a movie… yet. This really happened: a bunch of armed gunmen and a helicopter helped a French gangster break out of prison just south of Paris, France.
Reuters reports the criminal was serving 25 years and is one of the country’s most infamous gangsters. Get this: gunmen jumped from the helicopter to free him from a visitors room.
Apparently, this isn’t the first time. The same guy escaped back in 2013, but he was re-arrested six weeks later. We’ll see if he’s caught again.
HEATWAVE + CA WILDFIRES
It’s going to be a hot Fourth of July for some parts of the U.S.
ABC News reports areas from Chicago to New York City had temps in the 90s over the weekend with heat indexes in the triple digits. For many areas in the Midwest and Northeast, those heat warnings and advisories are expected to last through the holiday this week.
As for the West Coast, wildfires are still a problem. The AP says there are new evacuations in Northern California -- south of the San Francisco Bay Area. Some social media posts showed an orange sky over the Bay Area because of the fires.
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LEBRON JAMES JOINS LAKERS
Basketball superstar LeBron James is coming to the West Coast. ESPN reports he’ll be playing for the LA Lakers on a new, four-year, $154 million contract.
He’s leaving his hometown team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, which he helped get to the NBA Finals this year (although they ended up losing to the Golden State Warriors).
James thanked the Cavs in an Instagram post, saying Cleveland will always be his home.
WORLD CUP LATEST
There was another big World Cup upset! Some are even calling it one of the biggest upsets in World Cup history.
Russia, the lowest-ranked team this year, beat Spain, which means the host country is heading to the quarterfinals. Today starts with Mexico hoping for another upset as it tries to beat Brazil.
There are two more weeks of matches. To be continued.
If you had internet or phone problems on Friday or over the weekend, you are not alone.
Comcast had a big outage. The Wall Street Journal reports it was because of cuts to two fiber lines. It knocked out cable, internet, and phone services around the country.
You don’t even have to be a Comcast customer to have been affected. Reports say some other internet companies may sometimes route traffic through the Comcast network.
Comcast said it was working on the issue right away and services have been restored.
It’s like an airbag for your smartphone.
The Verge reports a German engineering student has come up with a phone case that can sense when your phone is falling to the ground. It then automatically releases metal prongs so your phone, and its fragile screen, never actually hit the ground.
See it here.
It’s not for sale yet, but expect a Kickstarter campaign to launch sometime in the next month.
Read more: The Verge
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
For the second weekend in a row, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom took the top spot at the box office. The Hollywood Reporter says it’s brought in $60 million in North America and it’s nearing the $1 billion mark around the world.
Incredibles 2 stayed at number two on its third weekend.
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