Mattis says one country ‘has got to be stopped’

Content: LONDON — After years of North Korea thumbing its nose at the international community, on Friday Defense Secretary James Mattis appeared to signal enough was enough.

“Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner … and that has got to be stopped,” Mattis said at a press conference in London.

He didn’t give any details about how the administration of President Donald Trump plans to deal with the reclusive nation, which, under Kim Jong Un, has drastically increased its missile and nuclear-testing program.

But Mattis’ remarks continue a recent trend of Trump officials taking a harder line on North Korea.

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There’s a secret room inside Mount Rushmore where important US documents are stored — seriously

Content: Since taking office, President Donald Trump has reignited a debate about what it means to be American.

But many Americans might not know the secret behind one of the country’s most iconic political monuments.

Enter: The Hall of Records at Mount Rushmore.

Where the frontal lobe of Abraham Lincoln’s brain would be, there is a secret room that contains the text of America’s most important documents. It sounds like something out of “National Treasure” (or, more fittingly, “Richie Rich”) but the Hall of Records is a legitimate historical repository.

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Judge approves $25M settlement of Trump University lawsuit

Content: (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday approved a $25 million settlement to resolve a class action lawsuit that claimed fraud against President Donald Trump and his Trump University real estate seminars.

The ruling from U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel in San Diego concluded a lengthy and contentious lawsuit that played a prominent role in the presidential campaign last year.

The Trump University students, who paid as much as $35,000 for the seminars, claimed they were lured by false promises that they would learn Trump’s investing “secrets” from his “hand-picked” instructors.

One Trump University student objected to the deal, in particular a provision blocking students from opting out of it. She said in court papers she would like to seek full recovery from Trump, plus punitive damages and other relief.

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Christian Student Reprimanded for Disagreeing with Muslim Professor about the Resurrection

Content: A conservative Christian student at a private college in Florida says he was suspended after he opposed his Muslim professor, who said that the crucifixion of Jesus was a hoax.

Marshall Polston, a 21-year-old sophomore, was suspended from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. In late March for being a “threat of disruption.”

According to the Central Florida Post, Polston said he challenged Professor Areeje Zufari during their “Muslim Humanities” class when she said that Jesus wasn’t crucified and that his disciples didn’t actually believe Jesus was God.

Polston said he was then given a grade of a 52 on his next essay.

“I was upset, understandably. I’ve never gotten anything less than straight A’s,” Polston said. “So, I was really interested in figuring out how to possibly improve or at least understand the grade.”

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What American Christians Can Learn About Religious Freedom from Russia

Content: Last year, the Russian government passed a number of laws making it harder to share one’s faith.

The legislation required missionaries to have permits, made house churches illegal, and limited religious activity to registered church buildings, effectively restricting Christians from evangelizing outside of their churches. (The jury’s still out on whether the legislation will hold up in court.)

Earlier this year, the Russian government took another step in its decade-long crackdown against Jehovah’s Witnesses. From CT’s report:

The Justice Ministry submitted a Supreme Court case to label the Jehovah’s Witnesses headquarters an extremist group. This would allow Russia to enact a countrywide ban on its activity, dissolving its organization and criminalizing its worship.

The ban would impact about 175,000 followers in 2,000 congregations nationwide. “Without any exaggeration, it would put

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How 1,000 Pastors Pursue Racial Reconciliation

Content: Nine out of 10 American pastors say they recently encouraged racial reconciliation. Their favorite method: Breaking bread with someone of another ethnicity.

A new survey of 1,000 Protestant senior pastors by LifeWay Research examines how they address race beyond the pulpit, as well as whether their congregations demand such sermons.
Almost three-quarters (72%) of pastors have shared a meal with a diverse small group of people (less than 10) in the past month. That includes 44 percent who say they’ve had such a meal in the past week.

The proportion is similar among white
pastors, 42 percent of whom say they’ve had a meal in the past week with a diverse group. Such meals are more common among African-American pastors (52%) and pastors of other ethnicities (60%).

The proportion varies by denomination. Pentecostal (50%), Methodist (48%), and Baptist (46%) pastors were more likely to have shared a meal with a diverse group in the past week, while Presbyterian/Reformed pastors (34%) were less likely.

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U.S. signals policy decision soon on Russian arms treaty allegations

Content: By Phil Stewart and Kylie MacLellan | LONDON U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis signaled on Friday Washington might soon decide how to respond to what it says are Russian violations of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, saying the United States was conferring with allies.

Washington and Moscow have long questioned each other’s commitment to the INF treaty, which banned nuclear and conventional ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500-5,500 km (300-3,400 miles).

The United States has accused Moscow of developing and fielding a ground-launched cruise missile, in violation of its INF Treaty obligations. Vice Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff General Paul Selva said in March that the Russian system presented a risk to most U.S. facilities in Europe.

Russia denies violating the treaty.

Jim Mattis, on his first trip to London since taking the Pentagon’s top job, said President Donald Trump’s administration was still formulating policy on the matter.

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NATO says trans-atlantic bond “rock solid” as Tillerson…

Content: NATO says trans-atlantic bond “rock solid” as Tillerson visits
6:47am EDT – 00:56 NATO chief says ties between the alliance European members and the United States are ”rock solid” as US’ Tillerson arrives to discuss fair burden sharing. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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China downplays tensions with U.S. as Xi prepares to meet Trump

Content: By Ben Blanchard and David Lawder | BEIJING/WASHINGTON Beijing sought to play down tensions with the United States and put on a positive face on Friday, as the U.S. administration slammed China on a range of business issues ahead of President Xi Jinping’s first meeting with President Donald Trump.

Trump set the tone for what could be a tense meeting at his Mar-a-Lago retreat next week by tweeting on Thursday that the United States could no longer tolerate massive trade deficits and job losses.

Trump said the highly anticipated meeting, which is also expected to cover differences over North Korea and China’s strategic ambitions in the South China Sea, “will be a very difficult one.”

Ahead of the meeting, Trump will sign executive orders on Friday aimed at identifying abuses that are causing massive U.S. trade deficits and clamping down on non-payment of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on imports, his top trade officials said.

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Police: Trucker drove nonstop from Seattle to Massachusetts fueled by drugs

Content: Police on Tuesday arrested a trucker they say drove nonstop from Seattle to Massachusetts fueled by crystal meth, LSD and cocaine.

Deerfield police say they responded to a convenience store parking lot off Interstate 91 for reports of a trucker who appeared to be despondent after locking himself out of his cab.

Officer Adam Sokoloski tells The Recorder of Greenfield that responding officers determined the driver was displaying signs of drug use.

“It appeared the driver didn’t rest, only used drugs, and he drove from Seattle, Wash., to Deerfield, with a destination on the East Coast,” the police posted on social media.

The driver allegedly told police of his drug use and was reluctantly taken to the hospital after “quite the struggle.”

The driver, identified as Gary Robbins, of Homer, Alaska, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and several motor vehicle violations.

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