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May 17-- Today’s Top Stories from ABC News

TRUMP
- President Trump welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the White House on Thursday. The White House says the visit is to reaffirm the U-S commitment to the NATO alliance and to discuss the upcoming NATO summit in Belgium in July. 
- President Trump's disclosure that he "reimbursed" personal attorney Michael Cohen for as much as $250,000 last year comes in a footnote on page 45 of the 92 page financial disclosure report and says the president "fully reimbursed" Cohen for "expenses" ranging from $100,001 to $250,000. The report says Trump did not have to disclose the payment but is doing so "in the interest of transparency."   But the Office of Government Ethics disagreed saying "the information related to the payment made by Mr. Cohen is required to be reported."
- During a roundtable with local California leaders who oppose the state’s sanctuary laws on Wednesday, President Trump bragged about the work the administration has done so far to remove illegal immigrants, saying “you wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people, they are animals.”  The president slammed Mexico for not doing more to help the US at the southern border, saying “Mexico talks but they do nothing for us.” 
- Melania Trump says she feels "great" after a kidney procedure and expects to return to the White House before long. Her husband is visiting her in the hospital for the third straight day. The first lady's comments on Twitter Wednesday were her first since she was hospitalized for an embolization on Monday

NORTH KOREA
The White House says it is still hopeful that a summit between President Trump and Kim Jong-un takes place on June 12 in Singapore as planned. But officials say they are fully expecting some twists and turns along the path of negotiations. And if President Trump is rattled by the latest threats from North Korea, he's not showing it, saying simply: “we'll see what happens, we'll see. Time will tell. “  But the change in tone from North Korea is dramatic,

CA EXPLOSION
Tuesday's explosion at a day spa in southern California was no accident, according to officials. The powerful blast in Aliso Viejo, which is about 50 miles south of Los Angeles, left one woman dead and three others injured. No arrests have been made and the motive is still unclear, but the working theory, according to the FBI, is that the explosion was caused by a device.

HI VOLCANO
The USGS says "dense ballistic blocks" up to 2 feet across were found in a parking lot a few hundred yards away from the crater on Kilauea - reflecting the most powerful volcanic explosions yet. Experts warning additional explosions are expected.

NET NEUTRALITY
A resolution to reverse the FCC's decision on Net Neutrality passed in the Senate Wednesday.  Three Republicans joined Democrats who want to overturn the FCC's controversial decision. Even if passed in the House, which is unlikely, the bill has a slim chance of making it past the president's desk.

HASPEL
Awaiting a full confirmation vote in the Senate,President Trump’s pick to be the next CIA director, Gina Haspel, won approval from the Senate Intelligence Committee Wednesday morning, receiving a "favorable recommendation" in a 10-5 vote.

IL SCHOOL SHOOTING
A school resource officer took down a suspected gunman Wednesday morning at a high school in Dixon, Ill., which is about 100 miles west of Chicago.  Dixon Police Chief Steven Howell Jr. said school resource officer Mark Dallas called emergency responders, around 8 a.m. He said shots had been fired near the high school gymnasium.   Howell said Dallas ran toward the shots, coming face-to-face with 19-year-old Matt Milby, a former student, holding a gun.  Milby ran away and out of the school. Police said he fired at Dallas when he tried to chase him down. That's when the officer fired back, hitting and injuring Milby.

FL SCHOOL SHOOTING
The family that took in Nikolas Cruz months before the Valentine’s Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has been served with lawsuits from the loved ones of two students who died in the shooting spree. The attorney for James and Kimberly Snead insists that his clients are “blameless” for the actions of Cruz; a Gofundme page has been opened to help the Sneads cover their mounting legal expenses.

ROYAL WEDDING
Three days until the royal wedding.  Megan Markle's mother arrived in London Wednesday to begin getting ready for the big day just as news broke about her ex-husband’s health, with Mr. Markle telling TMZ he's now had 3 stents inserted in his blood vessels following a heart attack last week.  And while the website is saying he's alert and coherent – it’s still unclear if he'll make it to Saturdy's wedding. 

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