Dennis Rodman reveals name of Kim Jong-Un's baby

Updated: Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 9:50 AM
Published: Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 9:44 AM
By: Elizabeth Hagedorn

Fresh off his latest trip to North Korea, Dennis Rodman let slip the name of good pal Kim Jong-Un’s baby girl — Ju-ae.  

This is the Worm’s second visit to the country, promoting what he calls “basketball diplomacy.” In an interview with The Guardian, Rodman filled the newspaper in on the young dictator’s parenting skills. (Via CNN

“The Marshal Kim and I had a relaxing time by the sea with his family … I held their baby Ju-ae and spoke with Ms. Ri as well. He's a good dad and has a beautiful family." (Via The Guardian

This is of course a big deal because very little is known about Kim’s private life.

He had rarely appeared in public before he was anointed his father’s successor, and it’s not even clear his exact age. (Via CBS

Last year photos emerged showing what appeared to be a baby bump on his wife Ri Sol-ju, but the regime never confirmed she was pregnant. She then disappeared for several months from public view before returning in October. (Via NBC

The sex of their baby brings up even more questions as to who is next in line to the Kim dynasty. While several women in the family have held key government positions, no woman has ever served as Supreme Leader. (Via BBC

Rodman told reporters he did not negotiate the release of Kenneth Bae — the Korean-American missionary imprisoned in North Korea. The NBA champ did tell The Guardian he plans to organize a basketball game between the North Korean and U.S. teams. 

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Bill would allow guns in Washington sports stadiums

Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 6:43 PM
Published: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 6:11 PM
By: Jared Leone - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Bill would allow guns in Washington sports stadiums

In addition to foam fingers, Washington sports fans may one day be allowed to bring concealed weapons into sports stadiums.

Legislators are proposing a bill that would allow gun owners with a legal concealed weapons license to carry their firearm inside any facility that is considered a public district, like sports stadiums.

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While Safeco Field and CenturyLink Field are privately owned and have strict no-gun policies, the legislation would prohibit them from barring legally carrying gun owners to bring their pistols.

Inmates record 'Mannequin Challenge' video inside California prison

Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 6:23 PM
Published: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 5:40 PM
By: Jared Leone - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            Inmates record 'Mannequin Challenge' video inside California prison
Inmates used a smuggled cellphone to create their own “Mannequin Challenge” video inside a California state prison. (Photo: Screengrab via tben916/YouTube)

Inmates used a smuggled cellphone to create their own “Mannequin Challenge” video inside a California state prison.

The video was filmed inside the Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, Terry Thornton, with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, confirmed Thursday, according to KNSD.

“Inmates are not supposed to have cellphones, that is considered contraband in California state prisons,” Thornton told KGTV. “Cellphone possession in prison is illegal.”

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The one-minute clip features about a dozen inmates. It starts with one seated on the toilet then pans to others sitting and standing around the cell. It shows two inmates holding a shirt over another with fists clenched in a mock fight. It was uploaded to YouTube Nov. 13.

Authorities are investigating the incident, including how the inmates got cellphones, which are not allowed in the prison.

“An inmate caught with an illegal cellphone can lose up to 90 days of good time credit,” Thornton told the San Diego Tribune. “There could be other sanctions as well.”

Favorite for Secretary of State likely to draw scrutiny over ties to Russia

Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 4:45 PM
Published: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 4:38 PM
By: Jamie Dupree

Amid a dustup between the Trump Transition and the U.S. Intelligence Community over Russia, some Republican Senators signaled their concern Saturday over the expected choice of the Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, worried by his ties to the Russian government, as Democrats demanded public hearings in Congress on Russian links to election interference.

“I don’t know what Mr. Tillerson’s relationship with Vladimir Putin was, but I’ll tell you it is a matter of concern to me,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said in an interview with Fox News.

Tillerson and Exxon Mobil have had extensive dealings with the Russians, but some of their oil exploration deals have been slowed by economic sanctions placed on Russia over its actions in Ukraine and Crimea.

Tillerson is no stranger to lawmakers on Capitol Hill as head of Exxon Mobil; but lawmakers are also no strangers to questions about U.S. policy with Russia, which has bubbled up in recent months over the elections.

As one might expect, Democrats demanded hearings and a fuller public explanation from the Intelligence Community about Russia’s actions.

“An investigation must begin as soon as possible on any evidence Russia actively worked to hijack our election,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).

“I again call on the GOP Congress to hold hearings immediately,” said Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA).

While Democrats pressed for answers, a number of Republicans downplayed the Russian election story, raising eyebrows about suggestions that the Russians helped President-Elect Trump.

“Be skeptical of any claims from anonymous officials,” said Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI).

On Friday, the Trump Transition team blistered the CIA over reports that U.S. intelligence officials believe Russia was trying to help Mr. Trump win in November.

“These are the same people that said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction,” the Trump Transition said in a written statement issued Friday.

A senior intelligence official told me on Saturday there would be no public reaction to Trump’s statement, as former officials mulled over the situation.

For the President-Elect’s team, there was nothing here to see.

“It’s time to move on,” the Transition said.

5 things to know about Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson

Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 4:03 PM
Published: Saturday, December 10, 2016 @ 2:25 PM
By: Joy Johnston - Cox Media Group National Content Desk

            5 things to know about Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson

It was reported Saturday that Exxon Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson is expected to be President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state. The report came just a day after former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani removed himself from consideration for the position. Giuliani had been on Trump’s shortlist of secretary of state candidates, along with former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Trump team communications director Jason Miller said an official announcement would not come until next week, at the earliest.

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1. Who is Tillerson?

Tillerson, 64, was born in Texas. He received a civil engineering degree from the University of Texas. Tillerson resides in Texas and is married with four children.

2. How long has Tillerson worked for Exxon?

Tillerson has spent his entire career at Exxon. He was hired as an engineer by Exxon in 1975 and rose through the ranks, becoming CEO in 2006. He earned $27 million in 2015. Exxon has a mandatory retirement age of 65.

3. What organizations is Tillerson involved with in his business and personal life?

According to his Exxon biography page, Tillerson is a member of the American Petroleum Institute, the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the National Petroleum Council. He is also a member of the Business Roundtable and the Business Council, and a trustee of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, an honorary trustee of the Business Council for International Understanding, and a member of the Emergency Committee for American Trade. Tillerson was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2013.

Mr. Tillerson is a past national president of the Boy Scouts of America, a former United Negro College Fund director and is the vice-chairman of the Ford’s Theatre Society.

4. What are Tillerson’s political views?

A longtime Republican supporter, The Wall Street Journal reported that Tillerson supported Jeb Bush during the primaries, and did not donate to the Trump campaign. Tillerson’s past public statements suggest that he is in favor of free trade and leery of government regulations and sanctions.

5. What are Tillerson’s ties to Russia?

In 2011, Tillerson signed an agreement with Russia, worth up to $300 billion, that allows ExxonMobil to drill in the offshore Arctic Kara Sea oil field, but the agreement hasn’t taken affect due to U.S. sanctions against Russia over actions in Ukraine. President Vladimir Putin awarded Tillerson the Order of Friendship in 2013.