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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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How will Disney-Fox deal affect what you see in theaters and on TV? For $71 billion, Disney gets Fox’s TV and film studios, 60 percent of Hulu, the FX and National Geographic cable channels, and some properties in India and Latin America. The combined Disney and Fox movie studios have earned nearly 50 percent of the North American box office this year.
President Trump dials back his rhetoric on Russia President Trump today says he misspoke at yesterday’s disastrous news conference with Vladimir Putin. He explained that he said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Why wouldn’t it be Russia who meddled in the election? That explanation stretches credulity, but it may be enough to satisfy Republicans who’ve been critical. We talk with Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff about what Congress needs to do next.
The challenges of being Native American in Oakland Tommy Orange is a member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma, but he grew up in Oakland. His new novel, “There There,” is set in Oakland. His many disparate characters -- all urban Indians -- struggle with what it means to be Native and struggle to connect with disappearing traditions.
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