Top News Stories For Today – Feb 12, 2018
Pence says US ready to talk with N. Korea
Vice President Mike Pence told The Washington Post Sunday that the US is willing to sit down and talk with North Korea while still imposing sanctions and urging Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons programs. Previously, the Trump administration said it would not enter talks with North Korea until concrete steps were being made toward denuclearization.
Pence said he had two conversations with South Korean President Moon Jae-in while in Pyeongchang for the Winter Olympics, and they agreed to a plan that involves North Korea holding talks with South Korea regarding denuclearization, and then the United States. This is “maximum pressure and engagement at the same time,” Pence said. The Washington Post
Mirai Nagasu land triple axel at Olympics
Mirai Nagasu made history at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Monday morning, becoming the first American female figure skater to land a triple axel during Olympic competition. The 24-year-old stunned the audience during her free skate by even attempting the difficult move, which involves a forward takeoff and three and a half rotations in the air.
Only two other American women have successfully completed a triple axel in competition: Tonya Harding in 1991 and Kimmie Meissner in 2005. This wasn’t Nagasu’s first competitive triple axel, though — she landed one at the 2017 US International Figure Skating Classic. People
71 killed in plane crash near Moscow
A Russian plane crashed near Moscow over the weekend, killed all 71 people, including three chridren on board. The 65 passengers on board were from 5 to 79-years-old, according to a list posted by the Russian Emergencies Ministry, which did not give their nationalities.
The seven-year-old plane disappeared from the radar just minutes after departing from the capital city’s second busiest airport and was falling up to 6,700 meters per minute in the last seconds of the crash, flight-tracking site FlightRadar24 reported. President Trump joined world leaders in offering condolences to Putin and the Russian people. VOA
Harvey Weinstein sued for sexual misconduct
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a civil rights lawsuit on Sunday against The Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein, alleging that the disgraced movie producer sexually harassed and abused women and employees for several years, and the company’s executives and board of directors knew about his misconduct but failed to act.
Since The New York Times first reported accusations of sexual abuse against Weinstein last fall, more than 70 women have come forward to say they were abused by Weinstein. The Weinstein Company was in talks to sell itself to a group of investors, but this suit puts those negotiations on hold, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Weinstein has denied the accusations. Reuters
US Senate to debate on immigration
The Senate is preparing for an open debate on immigration Monday, a process complicated by the uncertainty of President Trump’s position on the subject. Though Trump’s campaign rhetoric favored hard-line policy, most vividly the border wall proposal, in office he has both promised to sign any “bill of love” Congress creates and rejected multiple congressional proposals.
In an unusual procedure, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will open the floor to any proposal, seeing which one can get 60 votes. On Sunday, a group of seven Republican senators, including immigration hardliners Tom Cotton (Ark.) and David Perdue (Ga.), said they would throw in a proposal that matches the main points Trump has supported, but it is not expected to get 60 votes. Los Angeles Times, CNN
Aetna insurance investigated
Aetna is being investigated by California’s insurance commissioner after one of its former medical director made a shocking admission under oath in a deposition: he never looked at patient records when deciding whether to OK or deny care. CNN showed California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones a transcript of the testimony, and he wants to know if this is a widespread practice at Aetna.
Aetna is US’s third-largest insurance provider with 23.1 million customers. CNN
Violence affects one in two children on earth
The World Health Organization (WHO) reports one out of every two children on earth, aged between two and 17, are victims of physical, sexual or emotional violence, or neglect. This violence, it says, occurs in the home behind closed doors or in schools. It involves bullying and violent behavior between young people. It says violence thrives in situations of conflict and other fragile settings.
WHO is calling for resolute action to end violence against children. The organization’s appeal comes in advance of a meeting in Stockholm, Sweden this week that will seek solutions to the problem. VOA
Pyeongchang Winter Olympic latest medal count
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