What to Know
- Kim Jong Un's armored limousine, surrounded by his phalanx of burly bodyguards, rolled into Vietnam's capital ahead of a summit with Trump
- Lawmakers in Connecticut, Hawaii, Mississippi and Virginia have proposed murder and manslaughter charges for overdoses this year
- After spending the weekend in jail, R&B star R. Kelly was released on bond after an earlier hearing in his sexual abuse case
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Univision Crew Temporarily Detained After Maduro Interview
Univision said journalist Jorge Ramos and a TV crew were "arbitrarily detained" in Caracas, Venezuela, after an interview with President Nicolas Maduro was abruptly terminated. In a tweet, the Spanish-language news network said "a @Univision team, headed by @jorgeramosnews, is being arbitrarily detained at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas. They were interviewing @NicolasMaduro but he didn't like the questions. Their technical equipment was also confiscated." Western Hemisphere Assistant Secretary of the State Kim Breier Tweeted the State Department had received word of the detention and insisted on their immediate release, warning "the world is watching." Minister Jorge Rodriguez responded for the Maduro administration on Twitter by calling the reported detention a "new fake allegation.” According to Univision president Daniel Coronell, the crew was later released, but their recording equipment and records of the interview remained confiscated by Maduro loyalists.
Kim Jong Un Arrives in Hanoi for Nuclear Summit With Trump
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's armored limousine, surrounded by his phalanx of burly bodyguards, rolled into Vietnam's capital ahead of a summit with President Donald Trump that's meant to deal with perhaps the world's biggest security challenge: Kim's pursuit of a nuclear program that stands on the verge of viably threatening targets around the planet. Soldiers, police and international journalists thronged the streets outside Hanoi's Melia Hotel where Kim was set to stay, and hundreds of eager citizens stood behind barricades hoping to see the North Korean leader. As Vietnamese, North Korean and U.S. flags fluttered in a cold drizzle, dozens of cameras flashed and some citizens screamed and used their mobile phones to capture Kim's rock-star-like arrival at the hotel. Vietnam's authoritarian leaders set up a huge security apparatus to welcome Kim, shutting long stretches of highway and locking down swaths of the bustling capital city. Earlier in the morning, Kim, grinning broadly and waving, stepped off his armored train at the end of a long ride that started in Pyongyang and wound through China to the Vietnamese border. He shook hands with officials as Vietnamese troops in crisp, white uniforms and black boots stood at attention on a red carpet at the Dong Dang railway station on the China-Vietnam border.
States Mull Murder Charges for Drug Dealers Amid Opioid Crisis
Lawmakers in Connecticut, Hawaii, Mississippi and Virginia have proposed murder and manslaughter charges for overdoses this year. Several states passed such laws over the past two years, while others have taken to charging drug deaths under murder and manslaughter statutes that don't specifically mention overdoses. Twenty states now have so-called "drug-induced homicide" laws that carry the same sentences as murder and manslaughter, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, a nonprofit drug policy organization. Federal law has included a penalty of 20 years to life in prison for providing drugs that cause fatal overdoses since Congress passed the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986, spurred by the cocaine overdose death of basketball star Len Bias that year. There is a debate, however, about whether such laws are good policy. Supporters say the laws are needed to properly punish and deter dealers and others who supply drugs that kill. Opponents argue those laws are not a deterrent, discourage people from calling 911 for help for overdose victims and help fuel higher arrest rates of minorities.
R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty in Sex Abuse Case, Bonds Out
After spending the weekend in jail, R&B star R. Kelly was released on bond after an earlier hearing in his sexual abuse case. During an arraignment, Kelly's attorneys entered a not guilty plea for all 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that the singer faces. He had been booked on charges alleging that he sexually abused four women, including three who were minors at the time. Later, Kelly and his attorney pushed through a scrum of reporters and got into what appeared to be the same black van that took him to the police station where he turned himself in. Judge Lawrence Flood maintained Kelly's $100,000 bond and said special conditions will apply, including no firearms or weapons in his possession, no contact with anyone under 18 years old and the surrender of his passport.
Jokes on You: Trevor Noah Trolls Oscar Audience Onstage
Talk about an inside joke. When comedian and “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah went on stage at the Oscars to introduce best picture nominee “Black Panther,” Noah told a multi-layered joke that only a few people would be able to understand. “Growing up as a young boy in Wakanda, I would see T'Challa flying over our village, and he would remind me of a great Xhosa phrase,” Noah, who is from South Africa, said. “He says 'abelungu abazi uba ndiyaxoka' — which means, ‘In times like these, we are stronger when we fight together than when we try to fight apart.’” Those who speak Xhosa know that what Noah really said is, “White people don’t know I’m lying.” Xhosa speaking Twitter users who got the joke could not stop laughing.