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The two countries re-opened a direct communication line along the Demilitarized Zone in preparation for possible high-level talks next week. This follows a New Year’s Day speech from North Korean President Kim Jong Un, in which he made a rare overture for new negotiations with the South. But in that speech, Kim also said he had a nuclear button ready to launch an attack on any American target. President Donald Trump tweeted last night that he has a nuclear button that’s “much bigger & more powerful.”
The forthcoming book “Fire and Fury” offers a look inside the Trump White House and all the drama that entails. It’s getting lots of buzz, particularly for the salty quotes from former chief strategist Steve Bannon. Meanwhile, remember the so-called Steele Dossier that purported to lay out Trump’s ties to Russia? The guys behind it are speaking out.
If you live in LA, San Francisco or New York and you get sick and need a new liver or a lung, you’ll probably have to wait a lot longer than someone in South Carolina or Louisiana. You may even run out of time before the organ becomes available. That’s because organs are generally donated locally. But that may be changing thanks to a lawsuit in New York.
Alan Zarembo, Investigative reporter for LA Times
In “The Shape of Water,” a mute woman falls in love with a creature being studied in the government lab where she’s a janitor. Guillermo del Toro’s film gained seven nominations for Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards. We replay our conversation with the film’s cinematographer, and the actor playing the amphibious love interest.
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