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March 06, 2017 - 2:04 am


UPDATE: North Korea fires 4 ballistic missiles into ocean

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) —North Korea has fired four banned ballistic missiles.

South Korean and Japanese officials say the missiles flew about 620 miles, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone.

It's not clear the exact type of missiles fired, but the tests will be viewed as a provocation by the Trump administration, which is working on its policy for North Korea.


UPDATE: Trump expected to sign new travel ban order

WASHINGTON (AP) — A White House official says plans are on track to roll out a revised immigration ban on Monday.

Trump administration officials have said that the new order aims to overcome the legal challenges that resulted in the first immigration ban being blocked by a federal court.

The revised order is expected to remove Iraq from the list of countries whose citizens face a U.S. travel ban for 90 days.

It would also no longer single out Syrian refugees for an indefinite ban.


UPDATE: Afghan family detained in Los Angeles are asking for release

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Court records and attorneys say that an Afghan family of five who obtained special visas to relocate to the U.S. has been detained by immigration officials since arriving at Los Angeles International Airport on Thursday.

The International Refugee Assistance Project has filed a federal court petition, saying the father worked for the U.S. government in Afghanistan and was able to obtain special immigrant visas after years of intense vetting.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday.


N.Korean ambassador faces deadline to leave Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — North Korea's ambassador to Malaysia is facing a deadline to leave the country Monday after authorities there declared him "persona non grata" and accused Pyongyang of trying to manipulate the investigation into the poisoning of Kim Jong Nam, the North Korean leader's half brother, at a Kuala Lumpur airport.

The Malaysian government on Saturday gave Ambassador Kang Chol 48 hours to leave the country after he refused to apologize for his strong accusations over Malaysia's handling of the investigation into the Feb. 13 killing.

The death of Kim, the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, has unleashed a diplomatic battle between Malaysia and North Korea. Malaysian authorities said Kim died within 20 minutes after two women smeared his face with VX, a banned nerve agent considered a weapon of mass destruction.

North Korea has rejected Malaysia's autopsy finding that VX killed Kim.

Two women — one Indonesian, one Vietnamese — have been charged with murder in the case, although both reportedly say they were duped into thinking they were playing a harmless prank.


Lawyer for Vietnamese woman in Kim's death wants 2nd autopsy

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A lawyer for one of the women accused of poisoning the estranged half brother of North Korea's leader says there are serious holes in the case.

In an interview with Vietnam's state-run online newspaper Zing, attorney Selvam Shanmugam says allegations that the North Korean man had existing health problems should be cause for a new autopsy.

Kim was fatally poisoned at Kuala Lumpur airport on Feb. 13, and so far Vietnamese woman Doan Thi Huong and an Indonesian woman have been arrested and charged with murder.

Doan Van Thanh, Huong's father, told The Associated Press by telephone from his home that he met Shanmugam on Saturday and agreed to have him represent his daughter.


Pakistan says attack by militants kills 5 soldiers

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — The Pakistani army says militants killed five soldiers when they attacked three military posts in a tribal region along the Afghan border.

An army statement Monday says that the troops repulsed the attackers, who had crossed overnight from Afghanistan.

It says 10 of the attackers were believed to have been killed.

No group has claimed responsibility. Pakistan has long been home to local and al-Qaida linked foreign militants.

Several Pakistani military offensives have dismantled the bases and infrastructure used by the militants in country's tribal region, and Islamabad says some of the groups have shifted to sanctuaries across the border in Afghanistan.

The militants have shown capability that they can still launch large attacks, such as a string of suicide bombings last month that killed over 125.


Man fatally stabbed on Los Angeles Metro platform

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles authorities say a man was fatally stabbed on a platform of the Metro Purple Line subway in the Koreatown neighborhood and that a suspect has been detained.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says deputies were called to the station on Wilshire Boulevard Sunday afternoon. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A suspect was arrested in the area a short time later.

KCBS reports train service between the Wilshire/Western and Wilshire/Vermont stations was shut down due to the police activity. Buses shuttled riders out of the two stations.

A motive in the killing is under investigation.


Marines being investigated for sharing nude photos

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department is investigating reports that some Marines shared naked photographs of female Marines, veterans and other women on a secret Facebook page, some of which were taken without their knowledge.

The photographs were shared on the Facebook page "Marines United," which had a membership of active-duty and retired male Marines, Navy Corpsman and British Royal Marines. Along with identified female military members were photographs of unidentifiable women in various stages of undress, and according to officials, included obscene comments about some of the women.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is now investigating. The photographs have been taken down.

Marine Corps commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller on Sunday refused to comment directly about the ongoing investigation. But in a statement. Neller said "For anyone to target one of our Marines, online or otherwise, in an inappropriate manner, is distasteful and shows an absence of respect."


Ex-Stockton, California, mayor arrested at airport

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Stockton, California, Mayor Anthony Silva has been arrested at the San Francisco International Airport, where he arrived from a vacation in South America.

Silva's attorney Allen Sawyer tells Sacramento television station KCRA the former mayor was arrested Sunday as he returned from Colombia.

An arrest warrant was issued for Silva on Thursday on charges of profiteering, embezzlement, misappropriation of public funds and grand theft, among other charges. He will face the charges in San Joaquin County.

Sawyer says Silva left for his vacation on Wednesday, a day before FBI agents and investigators from the San Joaquin County District Attorney's Office served search warrants at Silvas' home and the Stockton Kids Club, which Silva used to run when it was known as the Boys and Girls Club.


Tree falls, kills woman at national park in California

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) — Officials say a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling tree at Half Dome Village in Yosemite National Park.

Park spokesman Scott Gediman tells Sacramento television station KCRA the accident happened Sunday in the area formerly known as Curry Village. No other information about the victim was made public.

A windy, cold storm was sweeping through Northern California and dumped hail. Scattered showers are forecast for the region through Sunday.

Gediman says rangers closed the village and had visitors leave the area after the accident. Weather conditions were improving Sunday afternoon and rangers expected to reopen the area later in the day.

Park officials also closed Upper Pines and Camp 4 because of the weather conditions. Those areas are expected to reopen Monday.

In December and January, at least two people in California were killed by falling trees. In January, one woman who struck and killed by a tree while walking on a Northern California golf course. In December, a woman posing for photographs as part of a wedding party was killed and five others were injured by a falling eucalyptus tree in Southern California.


Australian trekker dies near Mount Everest base camp

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Police in Nepal say an Australian trekker has died near the Mount Everest base camp, possibly due to high-altitude sickness.

Police official Khil Raj Bhattarai said Monday that the 49-year-old man died Friday at Lobuche village, located just below the base camp, at 4,940 meters (16,200 feet).

The body was taken to Kathmandu, Nepal's capital.

Australian news reports said the man was from Melbourne.

Thousands of foreign trekkers hike up to the base camp during the spring and autumn season, when the weather is favorable. High-altitude sickness is also common for visitors to the area who are not used to the thinner level of oxygen.

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