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

Published: Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 9:44 AM
Updated: Monday, September 09, 2013 @ 9:44 AM

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. 

See more at Newsy.com

 

IHOP waiter says he was offered nursing job after helping feed disabled customer

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 3:51 PM

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A waiter is getting a lot of attention for feeding a disabled customer at an IHOP restaurant.

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For more than a decade, Joe Thomas, 43, has been working at an IHOP restaurant in Springfield, Illinois.

On Saturday, a couple of his regulars stopped in for breakfast. Thomas knows the woman has trouble eating because of a medical issue.

“I always see him stop eating to feed her, and I was like, ‘Heck, if I’m not doing anything, why don’t I go feed her so he can eat and everyone can be happy?’” Thomas told WICS.

He told Buzzfeed News that the woman, identified only as Ma, has Huntington's disease, which makes it difficult for her to use utensils.

“I remember when she was able to walk and feed herself more than she can now,” Thomas told Buzzfeed, noting that he had seen Ma’s condition worsen over the last seven years. “We’ve become good friends, and I’ve grown attached to her. I’m just here to help.”

According to Buzzfeed, Thomas helping Ma eat has become “a standard weekend tradition,” and she usually always orders applesauce, fruit and eggs.

This past weekend, a woman sitting at another table spotted the touching moment and snapped a photo of Thomas’ act of kindness.

She shared the photo with IHOP on Facebook, where it quickly went viral, getting more than 4,500 shares.

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The woman who posted the photo said her faith in humanity had been restored that day.

Thomas spent some time reading the comments from strangers around the world, who commended him on his kindness.

“It really felt good for somebody to actually see another person is doing something and take notice,” Thomas said. “It felt good, but at the same time I was like I really don’t care for the recognition too much because it’s just something that should automatically be done regardless.”

Thomas told WICS that since the photo was shared, he has received a job opportunity to become a nurse. It’s unclear if he was offered a caregiver position or if he was encouraged to pursue the training and certification needed for medical positions. 

Read more at WICS and Buzzfeed News.

Brianna Chambers contributed to this report.

Human waste found in Coca-Cola cans in Northern Ireland

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 10:37 PM

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A Coca-Cola factory in Northern Ireland halted production last week after human waste was discovered in its soda cans, The Guardian reported. 

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Now police are investigating how this could have happened at the Hellenic Bottling Company. 

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The company said none of the contaminated products made it onto store shelves and they impounded the contaminated cans, according to The Guardian. They noticed the problem when machines at the plant became clogged.

“The problem was identified immediately through our robust quality procedures,” Coca-Cola said in a statement. 

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“This is an isolated incident and does not affect any products currently on sale.”

Read more at The Guardian

Ivanka Trump will take official White House role as the assistant to the president

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 9:52 PM

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After ethics questions were raised about the nature of her role in the White House, Ivanka Trump will officially become an employee of the federal government and will work as the “assistant to the president” for no pay.

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Last week, reports came out suggesting the first daughter would be getting a White House office, security clearance and government-issued phone as an informal adviser without an official job title. Concerns over the unidentified description of her role and potential conflicts of interest prompted Democratic Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Tom Carper (D-DE) to send a letter to the Office of Government Ethics.

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“Ms. Trump’s increasing, albeit unspecified, White House role, her potential conflicts of interest, and her commitment to voluntarily comply with relevant ethics and conflict of interest laws have resulted in substantial confusion,” the letter read.

In response, Ivanka Trump provided a statement obtained by The New York Times, in which she addresses the confusion and announced her new position.

“I have heard the concerns some have with my advising the president in my personal capacity while voluntarily complying with all ethics rules, and I will instead serve as an unpaid employee in the White House office, subject to all of the same rules as other federal employees,” she said. “Throughout this process I have been working closely and in good faith with the White House counsel and my personal counsel to address the unprecedented nature of my role.”

The White House also addressed the news, with a spokeswoman for President Trump saying, “We are pleased that Ivanka Trump has chosen to take this step in her unprecedented role as first daughter and in support of the president. Ivanka’s service as an unpaid employee furthers our commitment to ethics, transparency and compliance and affords her increased opportunities to lead initiatives driving real policy benefits for the American public that would not have been available to her previously.”

Video captures terrifying Washington state home invasion robbery

Published: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 @ 9:24 PM

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The Sheriff's office in Snohomish County, Washington, is asking for the public's help to identify two men who robbed an Everett woman on Wednesday morning in her own home.

According to police, the men broke into the home by kicking in the doors.

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Once inside, the two confronted the victim and ripped off her jewelry.

Anyone with information is asked to call at 425-388-5258.