Thursday

Art of the Deal
Kim-Trump Dog and Pony show folds

AP

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The nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un collapsed Thursday after the two sides failed to reach a deal due to a standoff over U.S. sanctions on the reclusive nation, a dispiriting end to high-stakes meetings meant to disarm a global threat.

Trump, in a news conference after the summit abruptly shut down early, blamed the breakdown on North Korea’s insistence that all punishing sanctions that the U.S. has imposed on Pyongyang be lifted without the country committing to eliminate its nuclear arsenal.

Flooding cuts off entire towns along Russian River 
Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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The Russian River rose to its highest level in a generation, flooding storm-battered neighborhoods up and down the main stem and turning several lower river towns into islands disconnected from the rest of Sonoma County because floodwater and mudslides closed major roads.

Thousands of people were displaced as the roiling river escaped its banks and flattened into a broad expanse of brown plasma that swept through vineyards, riverside neighborhoods and other low-lying areas, swamping cars and picking up all kinds of debris, including a dumpster and port-a-potties seen carried away in the swift current.

The river crested at 45.5 feet at 10 p.m. after three days of staggering rainfall that in the wettest areas west of Healdsburg surpassed 20 inches.

FAA Bans Cargo Shipment of Lithium Ion Batteries on Passenger Flights
Gizmodo

Toledo’s legal maneuver seeks to give Lake Erie status to sue polluters
The Guardian

This week, more than four years after the devastating algae bloom in 2014 that cut off drinking water for 500,000 people, Toledo voters passed the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, a unique charter amendment that establishes the huge lake as a person and grants it the legal rights that a human being or corporation would have.

The final results weren’t even close, as it passed by a 61% to 39% margin.

Flights disrupted worldwide as Pakistan closes its airspace
CNBC
<>Pakistan: Indian pilot to be released as peace gesture

8 Goppers side with Dems on gun background checks
The Hill
——> But only a crack in the NRA wall, as bill is doomed in Senate, White House.

TURN OFF?
Newly published research debunks the notion that listening to music can increase creativity. Its three studies suggest precisely the opposite, indicating that background music, with or without lyrics, “consistently disrupts creative performance in insight problems.”
Pacific Standard

Majority White School Districts Are Way, Way Richer Than Majority Nonwhite School Districts
Jezebel
But the analysis does not include federal dollars, which go to the poorest districts.

Former Gov. of Maine: Eliminating Electoral College would make whites “a forgotten people”
Talking Points Memo

Former Gov. Paul LePage (R) tore apart a bill currently in the Maine state legislature that proposes essentially eliminating the Electoral College in favor of the popular vote because it would only “be minorities that elect” the President.

According to a Thursday Maine Beacon report, LePage told local radio station WVOM that the legislation would render him and other whites “a forgotten people.”

“Actually what would happen if they do what they say they’re gonna do is white people will not have anything to say,” LePage said. “It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida.”

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Patient in wheelchair shoots doctor, turns gun on other patients at VA hospital in Florida

The FBI says a 59-year-old U.S. Army veteran has shot and wounded a doctor just before a mental health evaluation at a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Riviera Beach, Florida.

The FBI told news outlets Wednesday night that Larry Ray Bon, of Michigan, arrived at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center that morning and was combative for hours. Bon is a double amputee who uses a wheelchair. They say he was about to undergo the evaluation that evening when he pulled out the gun and shot the doctor in the neck.

Special Agent Justin Fleck says the doctor subdued Bon, who’s also accused of shooting at other patients and staff. Another employee was grazed by a bullet. VA spokeswoman Mary Kay Rutan says the doctor was treated and released. Authorities didn’t immediately release his identity.

Judge won’t kill lawsuit filed by prisoners who want porn
Courthouse News Service

The inmates, who participated in the January hearing by phone from the prison, argued their case is not about pornography but about their constitutional right to have access to literature and art that may include nudity …

Kids app TikTok to pay $5.7 million over alleged violation of child privacy law
NBC News

“These practices reflected the company’s willingness to pursue growth even at the expense of endangering children,” an FTC commissioner said.

U sues professor, saying he stole student’s research on valuable drug
AP

The University of Missouri system is suing a pharmacy professor at its Kansas City campus over allegations he stole and sold a student’s research, claiming that the school is the rightful owner of the work it believes could be used to make a billion-dollar drug.

Dude who shut George Washington Bridge says did it to please Christie
Politico

One of the conspirators behind the George Washington Bridge lane closing scandal blamed the “cult and culture” of Chris Christie before being sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in federal prison.

The bizarre political stunt, which became known as Bridgegate, was designed to help the Republican governor’s career, but ended up halting his march toward the White House.

Bill Baroni, a former Republican state senator who served as Christie’s top appointee at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was convicted in November 2016 after a dramatic, six-week trial in federal court.

Federal Judge Orders Texas To End ‘Flawed’ Effort To ID Noncitizen Voters
NPR

The sharply written ruling by U.S. District Judge Fred Biery of San Antonio ordered Texas officials to halt the removal of any registered voter from state voter rolls.

“The evidence has shown in a hearing before this Court that there is no widespread voter fraud,” Biery wrote.

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