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June 13, 2018 - 12:00 am


The Latest: Pompeo links denuclearizing to sanctions relief

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there will be no sanctions relief for North Korea until it denuclearizes.

Pompeo is pushing back on a report from North Korean official state media that said President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un had agreed to a "step-by-step" process. That was interpreted as meaning the U.S. would grant concessions to North Korea concessions along the way despite longstanding U.S. insistence that it would not.

Pompeo says Trump has been "incredibly clear" about the sequencing of the process.

Speaking alongside Japanese and South Korean foreign ministers in Seoul, Pompeo says that "we're going to get denuclearization." He says that "only then will there be relief from the sanctions."


AP Investigation: Sustainable seafood dealer sold fishy tale

MONTAUK, New York (AP) — An Associated Press investigation finds that a leading sustainable seafood distributor who promised wild-caught, domestic fish traceable back to a dock has been duping chefs across the U.S.

Reporters traced the supply chain of New York-based Sea To Table to migrant fishermen in foreign waters who described labor abuses, poaching and the slaughter of sharks, whales and dolphins.

Other seafood promoted as "just landed" at one dock was actually trucked in from other states.

Sea To Table's CEO says his intention was never to mislead customers, but he will take steps to avoid confusion.

He says he strictly prohibits imports and is temporarily suspending business with two suppliers to investigate.


The Latest: Sanford says he wasn't 'Trump enough' for voters

WASHINGTON (AP) — South Carolina Rep. Mark Sanford is attributing his Republican primary defeat to voters mainly concerned with whether he was sufficiently loyal to President Donald Trump.

Sanford lost a bid for a seventh House term in Tuesday's voting. Trump had tweeted an endorsement of his opponent and said Sanford has been "very unhelpful" and "nothing but trouble."

Sanford tells reporters that the race devolved down to whether he was "Trump enough." He says it's "a very tribal environment right now."

Trump even took a personal swipe at Sanford, saying he is "better off in Argentina." As governor, Sanford secretly traveled there while having an affair.

Sanford says, "It's not what anybody would yearn for in the world of politics, but it is what it is."



Melting of Antarctica is speeding up, worrying scientists

WASHINGTON (AP) — A massive new study finds that Antarctica is melting at an accelerating rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992.

Scientists from around the world calculate that in the last quarter century, the southern-most continent's ice sheet melted into enough water to cover Texas to a depth of nearly 13 feet (4 meters).

The study says that from 1992 to 2011, Antarctica lost nearly 84 billion tons of ice a year (76 billion metric tons). From 2012 to 2017, the melt rate increased to more than 241 billion tons a year (219 billion metric tons).

The study in Wednesday's journal Nature is part of an international effort to assess vulnerable ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland, which are key indicators of climate change.


The Latest: Vegas officer video: 'We're in the firing zone'

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One Las Vegas police officer's body camera captured him helping terrified concertgoers duck rapid gunfire and then carrying a wounded woman to safety before driving her to a hospital following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

A 28-minute recording among some 10 hours of select video clips released by police Wednesday provides another glimpse of the horror and heroism that unfolded after a gunman fired from an upper floor of a Las Vegas Strip resort into an open-air concert, killing 58 people and wounding hundreds.

It was the sixth periodic release of documents, video and audio collected by authorities following the Oct. 1 shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

"You gotta go! We're in the firing zone! He can see us from here!" the unidentified officer tells people near the stage as the concert turned to chaos under barrages of gunfire.



Worker protections seen at risk in Trump health care shift

WASHINGTON (AP) — Legal and insurance experts say the Trump administration's latest move against "Obamacare" could jeopardize legal protections on pre-existing medical conditions for millions of people with employer coverage.

Workers in small businesses would be most at risk.

At issue is Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent decision that the Justice Department will no longer defend key parts of the Obama-era Affordable Care Act in court.

That includes the law's unpopular requirement to carry health insurance, but also widely supported provisions that protect people with pre-existing medical conditions and limit what insurers can charge older, sicker customers.

Two independent experts say that wording in the administration's legal brief appears to be taking aim at provisions of the ACA that protect people in employer plans.

Administration officials offer no immediate rebuttal.


Police investigate elder abuse of Marvel Comics' Stan Lee

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police are investigating reports of elder abuse against Marvel Comics' Stan Lee.

The investigation was revealed in a restraining order granted Wednesday against a man who has been acting as Lee's business manager and personal adviser.

The restraining order says the former adviser, Keya Morgan, has inserted himself into the life of the 95-year-old Lee. It accuses Morgan of taking advantage of Lee's impaired hearing, vision and judgment, moving Lee from his longtime family home and preventing family and associates from contacting him.

Morgan was arrested on Monday for allegedly filing a false police report by calling 911 saying burglars were in his house when in fact authorities were conducting a welfare check on Lee.

Attempts to reach Morgan Wednesday were not immediately successful.


The Latest: Comcast eyes Fox's international business

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast says Fox's international presence is a key reason for its $65 billion offer for parts of the company. That's assuming that it gets full ownership of Sky, which it is bidding for in conjunction with its bid for Fox.

In a call with investors, Steve Burke, CEO of Comcast's NBCUniversal, said currently 9 percent of Comcast's revenue comes from abroad. After the deal is complete, that would increase to 27 percent with revenue from Europe, India and Latin America.

That's key because as the industry evolves, "audiences will no longer be confined to regions or countries and will be truly global," Burke said. "The best media companies will create their own content at scale and distribute it very broadly."


The Latest: Trump said to support House immigration plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Speaker Paul Ryan told House Republicans that President Donald Trump "seemed very supportive" of their effort to craft compromise legislation to help protect young immigrants.

That's according to Republican Rep. Chris Collins of New York, a Trump ally, who said Ryan told lawmakers behind closed doors Wednesday that he had spoken to Trump about the immigration bill a day earlier.

According to Collins, Ryan said he spoke with the president "about where we're headed and the president seemed very supportive."

Legislation to protect immigrants known as Dreamers is coming up for a vote as soon as next week.

Collins said Ryan relayed that the president was also supportive of the strategy of voting on two separate immigration bills. A more conservative measure is unlikely to pass.

Ryan's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


The Latest: Saudis, UAE vow to protect civilians in Yemen

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have announced what they say is a "multi-faceted plan" to protect civilians in Yemen's port city of Hodeida, where forces from both countries are leading an assault to drive out Yemeni rebels.

The plan, announced in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, late Wednesday, includes establishing routes for food, medical supplies and oil shipments to Hodeida from Saudi Arabia's southern city of Jizan and the UAE's capital, Abu Dhabi.

The two countries also vowed to distribute urgently-needed food supplies and to supply hospitals in Hodeida with medical equipment and staff. Officials from Saudi Arabia and the UAE also said the countries would work to ensure electricity continues to flow to Yemeni homes, hospitals and the port in Hodeida.

Aid groups have expressed grave concerns for the safety of hundreds of thousands of civilians in the city whose lives could be at risk from the assault launched Wednesday. Hodeida is the main entry point for food and humanitarian aid for the entire country.

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