On Thursday, Pyongyang appeared to destroy its nuclear test site and President Donald Trump called off plans for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The move followed the Hermit Kingdom’s public umbrage at American officials’ characterizations of how Kim would relinquish his atomic arsenal. But on Saturday, Kim held a surprise second summit with South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, who reported that Kim remains committed to denuclearization. Now the State Department’s saying American and North Korean officials are in Panmunjom making arrangements — as if the meeting’s back on.
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Can it be epic with no King or Warriors? NBA Finals begin next Thursday, and could feature neither of the two teams that have monopolized the championship since 2015. The Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets remain only one conference final victory from supplanting LeBron “King” James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, respectively, in the finals. But Oakland showed its championship colors Saturday, winning 115-86 against the Rockets and forcing Game 7. Today the fresh-faced Celtics play their own seventh, but to dethrone the king, they’d best not miss.
It’s the “culmination of a quiet revolution,” said Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Friday’s referendum overwhelmingly repealed the eighth constitutional amendment, which affords unborn children the same right to life as mothers. More than 66 percent voted “yes” to the repeal, continuing liberalization that’s welcomed same-sex marriage and a gay prime minister. Even fatal fetal abnormalities or incest weren’t grounds for the procedure, sending thousands of women annually to the U.K. to terminate pregnancies. Legislation allowing elective abortions during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy is expected to follow the vote.
Who owns Antarctica? That conundrum’s spurred an existential crisis for the 53-nation Antarctic Treaty. For nearly 60 years, the continent’s been harmoniously and multinationally governed. But now, with unprecedented pressures ranging from climate change to tourism to bio-prospecting, cracks are beginning to form. Those nations again failed, as they have for two decades, on key protocols like enforcement mechanisms at their annual summit this month. With the world’s largest freshwater reserves and untapped oil and gas resources, the race is on to protect — or exploit — the last unspoiled continent.
The Week Ahead: Colombia’s voters are deciding a presidential election today that includes a former rebel leader. The Las Vegas expansion team Golden Knights will face the Washington Capitals in the first game of hockey’s Stanley Cup Finals Monday. And on Tuesday afternoon, Starbucks coffee shops across America will close so employees can participate in racial bias training.
Know This: Alberto, a subtropical storm, is strengthening while bringing heavy rains and emergency declarations in Florida, Mississippi and Alabama ahead of tonight’s forecast landfall. President Trump welcomed Joshua Holt back to the U.S. Saturday after his release from a Venezuelan prison. And an Indiana middle school teacher remains hospitalized after taking three bullets while stopping a student gun attack Friday.
Get up to Speed: What prompted the Irish to reject their abortion ban? The OZY PDB Special Briefing will tell you what you need to know about the republic’s Eighth Amendment, how it was created and why voters on Friday got a chance to vote it down. With carefully curated facts, opinions, images and videos, this latest Special Briefing will catch you up and vault you ahead.
When a 64-year-old retiree opened fire from a 32nd floor window of the Mandalay Bay Casino last October, killing 58 and injuring 851, he also savaged a brand. With the speed of first responders, city marketing departments made a change from “What Happens Here, Stays Here” to “Vegas Strong.” But that reminder of the city’s grim national status is incongruous in a place built upon catering to the world’s weaknesses. Now, as the bars and casinos fill up again, Las Vegas denizens wonder if their home will ever regain its carefree vibe.
They helped themselves by helping others. That’s what North Carolina’s Recovery Connections founder told state regulators to explain how her program operates. According to journalists’ new research, however, there’s abusive group therapy and work, for which the program gets clients’ hourly wages in exchange for cheap labor at homes for the elderly and mentally ill. The founder won’t comment on the findings, which include allowing untrained addicts to administer powerful painkillers, reportedly tempting caregivers to suck fentanyl out of pain patches. In response, the state’s sanctioning the program, which nonetheless continues to operate.
There are apps that dubiously claim to read pets’ moods, but actual research is exploring the possibility of “talking” to animals. So far, body movements and other physical patterns appear to hold the key to creating devices that could relay messages between man and beast. Meanwhile, studies have identified unique referential sounds made by a variety of animals in different situations. But even if a technological breakthrough allows us to talk to our four-legged friends, important questions remain: Do they have anything to say, and if so, what would they tell us?
There’s real money in the make-believe economy. Filipinos are prioritizing the creation of films, art, advertising and software to aid in their next economic boom. With automation threatening the Southeast Asian country’s outsourcing industry and the unreliability of remittances from expat workers, they’re coming up with creative alternatives. Since 2009, such industries have grown from 5 to 7.34 percent of GDP. Now government departments are crafting a creative industries master plan, making the sector a national priority while providing incentives, funding and training — hoping to inspire great works from budding visionaries.
It started with a 23-word pitch for an “absurdist dark comedy with magical realism” about a telemarketer. The rapper-activist-turned-filmmaker Boots Riley shopped the idea for “Sorry to Bother You” around for years before striking it big at Sundance. It’s biting satire, tackling capitalism and racism with the conviction Riley has forged since he was a teenage community activist in Oakland, California. As it nears its July release, Riley’s work promises to introduce his hometown’s countercultural, labor-organizing proletarian zaniness to the workers of the world.