Top News Stories For Today – Jan 9, 2018
N Korea will send delegation to S Korea
During talks between North and South Korea on Tuesday, North Korea said it will send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics next month in Pyeongchang. The delegation will include athletes and supporters, and South Korea suggested planning reunions between families separated by the Korean War. Representatives from both countries are meeting in Panmunjom, a village in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), for their first official talks in two years.
“The people have a strong desire to see the North and South move toward peace and reconciliation,” Seoul’s Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told reporters ahead of the discussions. BBC
65 inch rolls up TV from LG
South Korean’s LG company showed off an impressive prototype of its latest rolling-screen technology at International CES 2018 in Las Vegas. With the press of a button, LG Display’s 65-inch screen slowly lowers into a box, rolling up around a solid core like wrapping paper.
Last year, it demoed a smaller 18-inch version that could fit in your back pocket. But now its latest — and much larger — display can roll up, too. The front of the 4k OLED display works and looks just like a regular TV screen. When rolled out, it’s rigid and flat. The back is covered in small vertical slats, which allow it to curve for storage. CNN
US ends protections for Salvadorans
The Trump administration on Monday announced that it is ending the Temporary Protected Status designation for more than 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in America for more than a decade. Under TPS, Salvadorans were allowed to live and work in the US even if they were in the country illegally after two earthquakes laid waste to their nation in 2001.
Without protected status, they will be required to return to El Salvador; the Trump administration set a deadline of Sept. 9, 2019, for Salvadorans to either pursue an alternate path to citizenship or leave the US Despite El Salvador’s lingering dangers, including gang violence and drought, the Trump administration says the earthquake damage has been repaired and therefore the protections should end. The New York Times, Los Angeles Times
Mueller interested in interviewing Trump
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team of investigators has expressed interest in speaking with President Trump as part of a probe into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign. The prospect of an interview with the president has come up in recent discussions between Mueller’s team and Trump lawyers, but no details have been worked out, including the scope of questions that the president would agree to answer if an interview were to actually take place.
When or even if an interview would occur was not immediately clear, nor were the terms for the interview or whether Trump’s lawyers would seek to narrow the range of questions or topics that prosecutors would cover. VOA
Iranian oil tanker still burning 3 days after collision
An Iranian oil tanker continues to burn in the East China Sea Tuesday, three days after it collided with a Chinese cargo ship off the China’s east coast. China, South Korea and the US Navy have deployed ships and aircraft to assist with the search for the missing crewmen amid an area of 900-square nautical miles. The ministry says rescue workers recovered one unidentified body near the wreckage Monday believed to be one of the tanker’s missing 32 crew members, including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.
The Crystal’s 21 crew members – all Chinese nationals – were rescued after the collision. The ship was carrying grain from the United States to China. It was not immediately clear what caused the collision. VOA
California evacuations from storm
Californians who had to flee the wildfires now have to run from the water. Heavy rains from the first big storm of the rainy season are expected to trigger mudslides in parts of Southern California charred last year by wildfires. So, thousands of people — including 6,000 in Santa Barbara County — have to leave their homes.
The fires burned acres of protective brush on hillsides, leaving little to no vegetation to prevent mudslides and debris flow. CNN
Trump’s bid to boost coal and nuclear power rejected
President Trump promised to put coal miners back to work, but a plan to help the coal industry has been rejected by the GOP controlled federal regulators. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission dismissed an administration proposal to subsidize power plants, such as coal and nuclear facilities, that maintain a 90-day supply of fuel on site. The rejection is a big blow for coal mining companies.
The commission said the Trump administration was unable to provide any evidence that shutting down coal-fired power plants threatens the nation’s electric grid, and critics said it would have disrupted electricity markets and raised prices in certain areas of the country. The Associated Press, CNN
Oprah Winfrey sparks 2020 presidential rumors
After her rousing speech at Sunday’s Golden Globes ceremony, Oprah Winfrey has sparked rumors of a future presidential run. Accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award, Winfrey said the tides are shifting when it comes to sexual harassment and misconduct from powerful men. “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men — but their time is up,” she said.
Winfrey additionally told viewers that “a new day is on the horizon.” CNN Money reported Monday that two of Winfrey’s confidantes said she is “actively thinking” about mounting a presidential run in 2020, while her partner Stedman Graham told the Los Angeles Times that “she would absolutely do it.” The Week, CNN Money
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