‘I’m so happy’: Dennis Rodman weeps as Trump and Kim meet

SINGAPORE — Former NBA star Dennis Rodman openly wept on television in a live interview from Singapore on Tuesday as President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un met for the first time. He told The Associated Press that he hopes to soon visit the White House.

The eccentric former reality television star is one of the few Westerners to have spent time with Kim during multiple visits to Pyongyang. The two struck up an unlikely friendship over their shared love of basketball. Rodman also goes back years with Trump and appeared on his “Celebrity Apprentice” show.

In an emotional and sometimes hard-to-follow interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Rodman, wearing sunglasses and a “Make America Great Again” hat, said he had received a call from the White House ahead of Trump’s historic meeting with Kim — the first between a sitting president and North Korean leader.

Rodman later told the AP in a phone interview that the call had come from White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “She sent her best wishes and said that Donald Trump is really proud of you. He’s happy you’re having some type of part of this whole situation,” Rodman recalled her saying. “He’s very happy to carry out the things I’ve been saying.”

Sanders did not immediately respond to questions about the call.

Rodman suggested he helped lay at least the groundwork for the summit, joking to the AP that he “should be pushing for the Nobel Peace Prize. At least give me a piece of it, something like that. An honorable mention.”

He also said he thought he’d meet with Trump soon. “I’m pretty sure that I’ll be going somewhere, like the White House to meet him,” he said.

In his CNN interview, Rodman grew emotional as he recalled former President Barack Obama failing to take him seriously …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Facebook says it disabled 1.3 billion fake accounts in 6 months, but the problem is far from over

SALT LAKE CITY — Facebook announced Friday it disabled close to 1.3 billion fake accounts from last fall until March.

That’s quite a high number. In fact, it’s about the same amount of people in populations of United States, Russia, Mexico, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan, Brazil and the Philippines combined, according to Inc.

Facebook said it disabled 583 million fake accounts from January and March, along with another 694 million in the last three months of last year.

“Bad actors try to create fake accounts in large volumes automatically using scripts or bots, with the intent of spreading spam or conducting illicit activities such as scams,” the Facebook report said.

“The decrease in fake accounts disabled between Q4 and Q1 is largely due to this variation,” the report added.

However, Facebook said roughly 3 percent to 4 percent of its accounts are fake. That means somewhere between 66 and 88 million accounts post fake content.

The newly published stats also revealed 21 million pieces of content that included nudity and sex were also removed. In total, 96 percent of that type of content was removed.

Facebook’s vice president of product management, Guy Rosen, wrote in a blog post that Facebook found 837 million spam accounts in the first quarter of the year without any reports from users.

In fact, Rosen said Facebook deleted the accounts “within minutes of registration.”

“This is in addition to the millions of fake account attempts we prevent daily from ever registering with Facebook,” Rosen said.

He added, “most of the action we take to remove bad content is around spam and the fake accounts they use to distribute it.”

According to CBS News, the Facebook report came as the social media company unveiled its new internal guidelines about what is allowed on the social network. Facebook explained what the …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Trump, North Korea’s Kim come together for momentous summit

SINGAPORE — President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un came together for a momentous summit Tuesday that could chart a course for historic peace or raise the specter of a growing nuclear threat. Kim called the sit-down was a “good prelude for peace” as Trump pledged that “working together we will get it taken care of.”

In a meeting that seemed unthinkable just months ago, Trump and Kim met with staged ceremony at a Singapore island resort. Before the watching world, they strode toward each other and clasped hands warmly before a row of alternating U.S. and North Korean flags. The duo then moved into a roughly 40-minute one-on-one meeting, joined only by their interpreters, before including their advisers for additional talks.

For all the upbeat talk, it was an open question what, if any, concrete results the sit-down would produce. In advance of their private session, Trump predicted “tremendous success,” while Kim said through an interpreter that “we have come here after overcoming” obstacles.

Aware that the eyes of the world were on a moment many people never expected to see, Kim said that many of those watching would think it was a scene from a “science fiction movie.”

In the run-up to the meeting, Trump had predicted the two men might strike a nuclear deal or forge a formal end to the Korean War in the course of a single meeting or over several days. But in the hours before the summit, the White House unexpectedly announced Trump would depart Singapore earlier than expected — Tuesday evening — raising questions about whether his aspirations for an ambitious outcome had been scaled back.

Giving voice to the anticipation felt around the world, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Tuesday he “hardly slept” before the summit. Moon and other officials watched the live …read more

Source:: Deseret News – U.S. & World News

Wacky, wild weather brings funnel cloud and hail to Vancouver Island

Cold air left in the region by a cold front that passed through at the end of last week combined with another weather system on Sunday to create some pretty wild scenes in the sky.

Some areas may have experienced thunderstorms; and at least one spot had a funnel cloud form and another got hit with hail.

In Nanaimo, Jamie Snell spotted a funnel cloud in the sky and posted a video to Facebook.

Funnel clouds are formed from cumulus clouds being hit by rotating columns of wind.

“It’s when the atmosphere is very unstable; when its quite cold in the upper atmosphere, and you have that warm area coming from below,” Environment Canada meteorologist Jennifer Hay said.

“We definitely had those conditions on the weekend.”

She said funnel clouds are found in local skies more often than people might think: it’s just that the warm-water-but-cold-air-mass conditions needed for them usually happen in places like the Strait of Georgia, where there usually aren’t many people around.

Further north in Qualicum Beach, Narissa Young had to pull off the road when she and her car were caught in the middle of a hail storm.



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Source:: Vancouver Sun