1…………> Cousin Un Goes To Beijing: Uncle Xi
“China sticks to the goal of denuclearization of the peninsula, safeguarding peace and stability and solving problems through dialogue and consultation. This is a strategic choice and the only right choice both sides have made based on history and reality, the international and regional structure and the general situation of China-DPRK ties. This should not and will not change because of any single event at a particular time,” President Xi reportedly declared after the meetings with Comrade Un.
“It is our consistent stand to be committed to denuclearization on the peninsula, in accordance with the will of late President Kim Il-sung and late General Secretary Kim Jong-il. The issue of denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula can be resolved, if South Korea and the United States respond to our efforts with goodwill, create an atmosphere of peace and stability while taking progressive and synchronous measures for the realization of peace,” Mr Kim said according to news sources.
Mr Kim’s appearance in Beijing contained almost all the pleasantries of a state visit, complete with an honour guard and banquet at Beijing’s Great Hall of the People.
The two leaders also met at the Diaoyutai State Guest House, where Mr Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, planted a tree in 1959 that still stands to this day.
2…………> Jewelry Bandits: Chicago
Tobias Diggs, 24, Marvon Hamberlin, 39, and Joshua McClellan, 29, of Oak Lawn, Illinois, were indicted by a federal grand jury on robbery and weapons offenses for stealing expensive watches and jewelry at gunpoint from a suburban Chicago store, charged with conspiracy; transporting stolen goods; and using, carrying, and brandishing firearms during a crime of violence.
According to the indictment, the defendants are accused of brandishing firearms during a robbery at Razny Jewelers in Hinsdale, Illinois on March 17, 2017. They took more than $200,000 in merchandise, including watches by luxury brands Frederique Constant, Patek Phillipe, and Tudor. They allegedly sold or disposed of some of the stolen items in the Chicago area and in Atlanta.
3…………> Money Grabbers: Fake Returns
A Maryland woman named Cheryle Murphy, 48 was sentenced to 28 months in prison for her involvement in a scheme to fraudulently obtain millions of dollars in income tax refunds, leading a massive and sophisticated stolen identity refund fraud scheme involving a network of more than 130 people, many of whom were receiving public assistance. Conspirators fraudulently claimed refunds for tax years 2005 through 2012, often in the names of people whose identities had been stolen, including the elderly, people in assisted living facilities, drug addicts, and incarcerated prisoners. The overall case involved the filing of over 12,000 fraudulent federal income tax returns that sought at least $42 million in refunds.
4…………> In The Smog: Beijing
The Chinese capital Beijing issued a blue alert on Wednesday as pollution blanketed the city, with the air quality raising to hazardous levels, reducing the visibility range in the city to 1.2 to 2.4 miles, forcing an advisory to the citizens to stay indoors.
5………> A Helping Hand: USS Hue City
At approximately 4 a.m. Guided-missile cruiser USS Hue City was notified by the U.S. Coast Guard and guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57) that a small craft in their vicinity had issued a distress signal and needed assistance.
Hue City Commanding Officer, Capt. Jake Douglas and the ship’s crew turned to the last known position of the distressed ship, fishing vessel Barbara Lynn, and began the search. Approximately 20 minutes later, the cruiser’s lookout spotted the flashing strobe light of the life raft and its three passengers
Hue City deployed their Search and Rescue Swimmer, Sonar Technician (Surface) 3rd Class Nathan Andrade, a native of Stockton, California, who swam to the life raft and assisted in attaching the rescue harness to each passenger. The ship recovered survivors using medical litters and a rescue davit.
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