2017 Archives

May 16-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News

NORTH KOREA
North Korea is threatening to cancel its upcoming summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Trump over South Korea-US military drills. North Korea has also canceled high-level talks with South Korea that were scheduled for Wednesday over those same drills. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said next month's historic summit is still on track. "We are operating under the idea and the notion that the president's meeting is going forward."

NC TEACHERS
North Carolina is set to be the latest state to see a teacher revolt. Thousands of educators are expected to swarm the state's capital Wednesday in a quest for higher pay and more money for education. The scheduled one-day walkout has prompted school districts across the state to cancel classes for Wednesday, leaving more than 1 million students with an unexpected day off.

HI VOLCANO
Clouds of volcanic ash began bursting out of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano Tuesday in what the US Geological Survey warns is "a phase of more continuous explosive activity.” The plume also signifies that residents of the Big Island “need to expect that it will become more explosive," Rick Hazlett of the USGS told ABC News.

NET NEUTRALITY
The Senate is expected to vote on a resolution Wednesday that would reverse the FCC decision to end Net Neutrality and allow service providers to price different levels of internet service differently and prioritize speed of service.

CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA
Cambridge Analytica whistLeblower Christopher Wylie goes before a Senate Judiciary hearing on the now-out-of-business company's data collection and use practices.

TRUMP/UZBEKISTAN
The president hosts Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the White House Wednesday for talks on security and reforms underway in Uzbekistan.

PRUITT
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will be back on Capitol Hill for a Senate Appropriations hearing on the EPA budget, but we expect questions about his security spending, travel, and rent.

TILLERSON
Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson delivers the commencement address at VMI Wednesday.

POMPEO
Secretary of state Mike Pompeo hosts NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for a working dinner at State Wednesday evening.

CA EXPLOSION
One person was killed and at least three others were injured in an explosion at a medical building in Aliso Viejo, California. The Orange County Fire Authority says the explosion occurred from inside the two-story building, and the first floor incurred significant damage. The ATF and the FBI are helping in the investigation into the cause.

CIA/HASPEL
Wednesday morning the Senate Intelligence Committee is set to vote on the nomination of Gina Haspel as CIA director. President Trump's pick to run the CIA has gained the support of a key Democrat. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia is vice chair of the committee.

RUSSIA INVESTIGATION
Paul Manafort’s latest request to have one of special counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments against him thrown out was shot down Tuesday when a federal judge in Washington rejected the former Trump campaign chairman’s claim that the special counsel’s investigative mandate is too broad.

TRUMP/CHINA/ZTE
Senators on both sides of the aisle are urging President Trump not to go easy on Chinese telecom company ZTE after friendly tweets over the past few days suggested he’s willing to lift sanctions on the firm. A group of 32 Senate Democrats urged Trump Tuesday to maintain a seven-year ban on ZTE’s purchase of American-made components critical to the company’s production – a penalty put in place after the company sold products to Iran and North Korea and then failed to penalize officials as it had told the U.S. it would. Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Tom Cotton have written a bill banning the U.S. government from contracting with ZTE or another Chinese telecom, Huawei.

FIRST LADY
The first lady is expected to remain in the hospital Wednesday recovering from a procedure related to a "benign kidney condition." On Tuesday the president said Mrs. Trump is "doing really well" and later paid another visit to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

ISRAEL/JERUSALEM
The Palestinian government is recalling its ambassador to the US after two days of clashes that took place as the US opened a new embassy in Jerusalem. US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said the violence has nothing to do with the relocation of the embassy and those who think differently "are sorely mistaken."  Demonstrations were smaller Tuesday - it was a day of mourning and funerals for those killed Monday.

ROYAL WEDDING
Meghan Markle's father is reportedly to undergo heart surgery, according to TMZ and will not attend the royal wedding. The 73-year-old had reportedly canceled his trip after accusatins that he staged photos with paparazzi.

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