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June 12, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Trump thanks Kim for taking 'bold step'

SINGAPORE (AP) — President Donald Trump is thanking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for "taking the first bold step toward a bright new future for his people," saying their summit Tuesday "proves that real change is possible!"

Tweeting from Air Force One, which just landed in Hawaii to refuel on the trip back from Singapore, Trump says, "There is no limit to what NoKo can achieve when it gives up its nuclear weapons and embraces commerce & engagement w/ the world."

Trump is celebrating Tuesday's agreement to launch a process to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, though experts and allies are still awaiting details on the broad accord the two sides say they've reached.



The Latest: Judge approves merger of AT&T and Time Warner

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge has approved the $85 billion mega-merger of AT&T and Time Warner, potentially ushering in a wave of media consolidation while shaping how much consumers pay for streaming TV and movies.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon green-lit the merger without imposing major conditions as some experts had expected. The Trump Justice Department had sued to block the $85 billion merger, arguing it would hurt competition in cable and satellite TV and jack up costs to consumers for streaming TV and movies.

Now, the phone and pay-TV giant AT&T will be allowed to absorb the owner of CNN, HBO, the Warner Bros. movie studio, "Game of Thrones," coveted sports programming and other "must-see" shows. The Justice Department could appeal the ruling, although it said only that it is considering its options.



Effects of Supreme Court voter roll decision appear limited

ATLANTA (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling has cleared the way for states to take a tougher approach to maintaining their voter rolls, but will they?

Ohio plans to resume its process for removing inactive voters after it was affirmed in Monday's 5-4 ruling. It takes a particularly aggressive approach that appears to be an outlier among states.

Few appear eager to follow.

At issue is when a state begins the process to notify and ultimately remove people from the rolls after a period of non-voting. In most states with similar laws, that process begins after voters miss two or more elections.

In Ohio, it starts if voters sit out just one election.


The Latest: Seattle repeals tax on companies like Amazon

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle leaders have repealed a tax on large companies such as Amazon and Starbucks after businesses fought the measure aimed at combating a growing homelessness crisis.

The City Council voted 7-2 Tuesday to reverse a tax that it unanimously approved just a month ago to help provide services in the city. The Seattle region has one of the highest homelessness numbers in the U.S.

Amazon, Starbucks and other businesses sharply criticized the tax as misguided.

The online retailer, the city's largest employer, even temporarily halted construction planning on a new high-rise building near its Seattle headquarters in protest.

Mayor Jenny Durkan and a majority of the council have said they scrapped the tax to avoid a costly political fight as a coalition of businesses moved to get a referendum overturning the tax on the November ballot.


The Latest: New Colorado wildfire forcing evacuations

DENVER (AP) — Over 1,300 homes have been evacuated by a new wildfire burning in Colorado's mountains.

The fire was reported Tuesday near the town of Silverthorne in Summit County, which is home to several ski resorts.

Firefighters say residents of hundreds of other homes have been warned to be ready to evacuate because of the fire, which as burned about 90 acres. No homes have been lost.

The fire is burning near two densely populated developments.

Firefighters are getting some help from firefighting aircraft as they try to stop the fire early.


The Latest: Polls close in Nevada's primary elections

Results are upcoming in dozens of legislative and primary races in Nevada now that polls have closed.

The most closely watched race Tuesday is the gubernatorial primary race in which Clark County Commission colleagues Steve Sisolak (SIHS'-oh-lahk) and Christina Giunchigliani (joon-kihl-ee-AHN'-ee) are vying to be the state's first Democratic governor in two decades.

Nevada Deputy Secretary of State for Elections Wayne Thorley has said voters were turning out in higher rates than past primary elections because of the close primary race to succeed outgoing Gov. Brian Sandoval.

Republican U.S. Sen. Dean Heller is expected to breeze through the primary race after President Donald Trump earlier persuaded his strongest GOP opponent to drop out.

Election officials in two counties said there were a small number of display problems in which some voters didn't initially see a complete list of candidates. Fewer than 30 voters were affected.


Lawsuit: Justice Dept. failed to give McCabe info on firing

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new lawsuit accuses the Justice Department of failing to provide information to former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's lawyers about his firing.

The public records complaint was filed Tuesday on behalf of McCabe, who was fired in March amid allegations that he had misled internal investigators.

The suit names as defendants the FBI, the Justice Department and the department's inspector general's office.

It contends that the government has repeatedly refused to provide McCabe's attorneys with the policies and procedures the Justice Department followed when they fired him.

The inspector general's office concluded earlier this year that McCabe had misled officials about his role in a news media disclosure, which he denies. The matter has been referred for potential criminal prosecution to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington.

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