Chinese and North Korean media confirmed that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made an unexpected visit to China and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping. It is reported that Kim made the visit at the invitation of Xi. North Korea’s unexpected meeting comes ahead of planned summits with South Korean and US leaders.
Louisiana officials announced they will not charge two Baton Rouge police officers in the 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling which prompted national outrage. The decision echoed the Justice Department’s ruling that no federal civil charges would be pressed due to insufficient evidence. The officers face administrative punishment and a lawsuit from the Sterling family.
Keith Raniere the leader of an Albany-area ‘self-help’ organization called Nxivm was arrested in Mexico and charged with forcing women to engage in sex. A filed complaint stated females who were branded with Rainere’s initials feared ‘collateral’ material they revealed about themselves would be publicly released if they refused to have sex with Raniere.
In the aftermath of Uber’s fatal self-driving vehicle crash, competitor Waymo announced they are partnering with Jaguar Land Rover to release the world’s first premium fully self-driving car. Waymo plans to invest in 20,000 units over the next few years to provide 1 million rides per day. The service is expected to begin in 2019.
Dr. William D. Strampel the former boss of convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar and the former dean of Michigan State University’s school of osteopathic medicine has been accused of sexual misconduct against four female Michigan State University students. Strampel has been charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, neglect of duty and misconduct of a public official. The accusations have added to the recent devastation of MSU’s reputation.
After a mall fire in Kemerovo killed at least 64 people including 41 children on March 25, thousands gathered in the Siberian city to protest and call for an investigation. It is believed that an entire fifth-grade class died in the fire. Russian President Vladimir Putin visited the city and said casualties were caused by ‘criminal negligence, sloppiness.’
The Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census was met with criticism and legal action including a ‘multi-state lawsuit.’ The Department of Justice says the question will help identify violations of the Voting Rights Act. Challengers claim the question violates the Constitution, as it will cause fewer Americans to be counted.