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Trumps art of no deal ends North Korea summit

We’ve reached the end of our week, Short Listers, and the end of President Trump and Kim Jong Un’s not-so-bromantic getaway in Vietnam. It’s Ashley. Here’s the news to know today. 

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‘Sometimes you have to walk’

That’s what President Donald Trump said after he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly ended their Vietnam summit early Thursday without a deal to denuclearize North Korea. Kim wanted the U.S. to end all economic sanctions on North Korea before committing to a specific denuclearization plan, Trump said, a deal he was not willing to accept. Will they meet again? “We’ll see if it happens,” said Trump, who expects Kim will hold off on missile testing for now. 

Two big quotes: 

  • “Our proposal will never be changed”: North Korea’s foreign minister contradicted Trump’s story on the failed talks, casting doubt on further negotiations.
  • Trump said he did not hold Kim Jong Un responsible for the death of American Otto Warmbier, the college student who died after imprisonment in North Korea. “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word,” Trump said of Kim. 

President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Feb. 28, 2019, in Hanoi, Vietnam.

A deadly flood turned towns into ‘islands’

Residents used kayaks and canoes instead of cars in two Northern California towns after the raging Russian River flooded 2,000 homes, killing one person and turning parts of the towns into “islands” this week. The town of Guerneville “is officially an island,” the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said. After reaching its crest of 45.3 feet late Wednesday – about 15 feet above flood stage – the river slowly receded Thursday. On Wednesday, a man in Ferndale tragically died after he was carried away by a fast-moving current while trying to reach children trapped in his home, authorities said. The children were later rescued by deputies.


Jonathan Von Renner checks on his son Jonathan Jr., and friend Emilio Ontivares in lower Guerneville, Calif.

Real quick

His son was killed by the Mexican cartel. He faced a decision: Move or die

For decades, people came from the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero to the U.S. for economic reasons. Now many are fleeing drug violence and seeking asylum. The Desert Sun traced the footsteps of one family from Chilapa to Oregon to tell what it’s like to live in Guerrero and what causes people to migrate. 


Chilapa has become one of the most violent cities in the world. Many young people have been the casualties of organized crime and ultimately end up in the municipal cemetery. On Day of the Dead, family member visit the grave of a young man who was murdered along with his cousin by cartel members.

More checks for gun sales? Doubt it

The House passed a gun control bill Thursday that would extend how long dealers must wait for background checks before a gun is sold. Currently, if a background check on a customer isn’t wrapped up by authorities in three days, a sale can go forward. The new bill ups this to 10 days. The Democrat-led House passed another gun-control bill Wednesday extending background checks to private sales at gun shows and online. But both are unlikely to be passed by the GOP-controlled Senate, and Trump has threatened to veto them if they do pass. Today’s vote marked the 25th anniversary of federal background checks going into effect, an effort to keep guns from criminals and the mentally ill.

No, this isn’t a Van Gogh painting

It’s a stunning image of Jupiter’s “chaotic and turbulent” clouds, captured by NASA


NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured this image of Jupiter at 12:20 p.m. EST on Feb. 12.

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