14-year-old boy witnesses federal 'cyanide bomb' kill his dog

Published: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 @ 1:04 AM

A cyanide trap intended to kill coyotes injured a 14-year-old boy and killed his dog Thursday, police said. 

The Idaho boy and dog were walking behind their home when the device exploded, the Idaho State Journal reported. 

The boy was knocked to his back and later taken to the hospital for cyanide poison testing. The dog died in front of the teen, the Journal reported. 

"Seeing something like that stays with you," the boy’s mother, Theresa Mansfield, told the Journal. 

The trap, often called a "cyanide bomb," was placed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a predator control device. It’s very dangerous to animals and humans, police said.

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The incident is being investigated, police said.

Read more at the Idaho State Journal

North Korea test-fires missile

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 5:23 PM

South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff says North Korea has test-fired a missile from the western part of its country.

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The missile reportedly exploded within seconds of launch and landed in the Sea of Japan according to CNN.

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The test took place in an area north of the capital city of Pyongyang.

While shorter-range missiles are somewhat routine, there is strong outside worry about each longer range North Korean ballistic test.

The launch comes at a point of particularly high tension. President Donald Trump has taken a hard line with Pyongyang and sent a U.S. aircraft supercarrier to Korean waters.

Please check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Things to know about North Korea

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 2:05 PM

As tensions ramp up near the Korean Peninsula, here is a primer on North Korea, its leader and its people.

Some facts

The name: North Korea -- or formally, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea -- borders China, Russia and South Korea.

Population: 25,115,311 (estimated as of July 2016)

Area: North Korea is a little bigger than Virginia, with 46,000 square miles.

Capital: The capital city is Pyongyang. An interesting fact: Pyongyang runs on its own time zone. It’s about 30 minutes behind Japan and South Korea.

No ties: North Korea does not have diplomatic representation in the United States, nor does the U.S. have diplomatic representation in North Korea.

Median age: North Korea’s median age is estimated to be 33.8 years.

GNP: The gross domestic product, per capita, is $1,800. In the U.S., it’s $51,638.10

Leaders: North Korea is led by Kim Jong-Un. Since 1945, the country has been led by three generations of the same family: Kim Il-Sung, in 1945; then his son, Kim Jong-Il, upon his father’s death in 1994; then the current leader, Kim Jong-Un, upon his father’s death in 2011.

Why are there two Koreas?
From 1910 until the end of World War II, Japan controlled the Korean Peninsula. After the Japanese lost the war, the U.S. occupied the southern half of the peninsula and the Russians occupied the north half. 

In 1945, Kim Il-Sung became the country’s first leader. In 1948, separate governments -- one in the north and one in the south -- formed after regional differences went unresolved.

On June 25, 1950, North Korea invaded South Korea. The United Nations intervened with troops, and the “police action” (another name for a war), continued until 1953. 

After a peace treaty was brokered, the country broke into two countries. South Korea becomes a prosperous capitalist nation, while North Korea remains a poor country.

Why are tensions high now?
The leaders of the country have vowed to test and threatened to use nuclear weapons. The North Korean military has tested nuclear missiles on at least five occasions -- twice in 2016.

Can they attack nearby countries with nuclear weapons?
They can when they make a warhead small enough to be delivered on a missile that is fired at an enemy. North Korea says it has done that, but there has been no verification of that by the U.N. or other countries.

What are their neighbors doing?
The U.S. has given South Korea an advanced missile defense system. Japan has put its military on high alert. China, which is an ally of North Korea, has warned North Korean officials to step back from provocative actions.

Interesting facts about the country
  • USA Today reports that North Koreans born after the Korean War tend to be shorter than South Koreans of the same age. About 2 inches shorter, in fact. 
  • According to The Chosun Ilbo, men are encouraged to copy the hairstyle of the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un. No long hair. Women should copy the style of his wife, he reportedly said.
  • North Korea claims it has a 100 percent literacy rate for both men and women, according to the CIA World Factbook.
  • Only 3 percent of the roads in North Korea are paved. (CIA World Factbook.)
  • You cannot become a citizen of North Korea unless one of your parents is a citizen. (CIA World Factbook.)
  • The last election was held in the country on March 9, 2014. Kim Jong-Il won 100 percent of the vote. The next one is scheduled for March 2019.

Miley Cyrus' brother launches solo career

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 3:49 PM

Trace Cyrus (2015 Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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Talent runs deep in the Cyrus family. We’ve known for years that Billy Ray and Miley can sing, act, write songs and, um, twerk. OK, the latter may be just Miley.

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Now, we’re getting to know two more members of this creative clan.

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Miley’s little sister (and Billy Ray’s daughter) Noah made her debut earlier this year on the Billboard pop charts with her first single, “Make Me (Cry),” and on April 14 she released the follow-up single, “Stay Together.” Both are from her forthcoming debut album “NC-17.” While she’s clearly not planning to follow her father’s country music path, in a March “Billboard” podcast, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter called Billy Ray her “biggest musical inspiration.”

Now, Miley and Noah’s older brother, Trace, is also stepping into the spotlight. Already somewhat well known as the former lead guitarist and backing vocalist for the pop band Metro Station, the 28-year-old musician and tattoo enthusiast is embarking on a solo career with his newly released single, “Lights Out,” which “Billboard” says combines “pop, electronica and a dash of emo.” There’s definitely no resemblance whatsoever to “Achy Breaky Heart,” the best-know hit from dad Billy Ray, who adopted a very young Trace and his sister Brandi after marrying their mother, Tish, in 1993. Trace is clearly carving out his very own niche.

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Still can’t get enough of this accomplished family? You’re in luck. You can also catch Brandi and mom, Tish, on their new home design makeover show, “Cyrus vs. Cyrus: Design and Conquer,” set to premiere on Bravo in May. As the show’s title suggests, they’ll be competing against each other on each episode. Let the games begin!

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner: What time, what channel, who’s hosting, live-stream

Published: Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 1:20 PM

The annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner is set for Saturday, and while most of Washington’s journalism elite will be on hand, one of its usual guests – the president of the United States -- won't be there.

President Donald Trump will not attend the dinner, which customarily includes a roast of sorts of the commander in chief.

The White House announced that Trump will be at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday night, not hobnobbing at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

"This wasn't a president that was elected to spend his time with reporters and celebrities," White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's “This Week.”

"I think it's kind of naive of us to think that we can all walk into a room for a couple of hours and pretend that some of that tension isn't there.”

If you don’t have a ticket but want to catch it, here’s how to watch.

What time: 9:30 p.m. ET Saturday

Where: The Washington Hilton Hotel

What channel: C-SPAN is on channel 350 for DirecTV subscribers; Channel 230 on AT&T U-verse; Channel 210 on Dish

Livestream: The dinner will be livestreamed on C-SPAN.org 

Host: “The Daily Show’s” senior correspondent Hasan Minhaj is the host for the evening. “Hasan’s smarts, big heart and passion for press freedom make him the perfect fit for our event, which will be focused on the First Amendment and the importance of a robust and independent media,” White House Correspondents’ Association president Jeff Mason said in a statement.

Has any president skipped it before?

Yes, President Ronald Reagan missed the dinner in 1981, a few weeks after he was shot in an assassination attempt. Both Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon skipped the dinners at times, Carter in 1978 and 1980 and Nixon in 1972 and 1974. 

What else do they do at the dinner?

The White House Correspondents’ Association hands out scholarships and awards. This year, awards are going to Greg Jaffe of the Washington Post, Edward Isaac-Dovere of Politico and David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, along with Watergate reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.