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Lizzo called Beyoncé her ‘North Star’ during her ‘Carpool Karaoke’ appearance

Lizzo told James Corden about how listening to "B'Day" helped her out of depression after dropping out of college.

North Korea says it test-fired a hypersonic missile Wednesday, state media reports

North Korea said it successfully test-fired a hypersonic missile on Wednesday, the state-run news agency KCNA reported Thursday.

According to the report, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not attend the launch.
This image appearing to show North Korea testing a hypersonic missile on January 5 was published by North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun.

“The successive successful test launches in the hypersonic missile sector have a strategic significance of accelerating the task of modernizing the national strategic force suggested by the 8th Party Congress and completing the most important task among the top five tasks in the strategic weapons sector of the five-year plan,” KCNA said.
The missile was separated after launch, maneuvered 120 kilometers (74.5 miles) from the initial launch, and hit the target set at 700 kilometers (435 miles) without an error, KCNA reported.
The Japan Coast Guard said after reports of the launch hoka shoes for women Wednesday that the projectile fell into the sea off the east coast of the Korean Peninsula.
Shortly after the launch Wednesday, South Korea’s National Security Council expressed concerns over North Korea’s launch of a missile, which it presumed to be a ballistic missile, and called for resumption of dialogue with North Korea to ease tension in inter-Korean relations, according to the Blue House, South Korea’s presidential office.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry urged North Korea to respond to its efforts to reach peace and cooperation through dialogue.
Last September, North Korea said it had tested a new hypersonic missile, Hawasong-8, from Toyang-ri, Ryongrim County of Jagang province.

North Miami Beach building deemed unsafe, evacuations ordered

Evacuations were ordered Friday for residents of a North Miami Beach, Florida, condominium complex after building officials determined it was unsafe.

The Crestview Towers Condominium, built in 1972, was the subject of a Jan. 11 recertification report in golden goose sneakers which an engineer said the 156-unit complex “was structurally and electrically unsafe,” according to a statement Friday from the city of North Miami Beach.

That report was brought to the attention of the North Miami Beach Building and Zoning Department by complex management on Friday as officials sought to review the structural integrity of all city condo high-rises above five stories in the wake of the June 24 collapse of Champlain Towers South in nearby Surfside.

Image: Crestview Tower Evacuation (Giorgio Viera / AFP - Getty Images)
Image: Crestview Tower Evacuation
The zoning department “ordered the immediate closure and evacuation of Crestview Towers Condominium” as a result, it said. A city building official went to the complex Friday and confirmed its questionable condition, the city said.

Aerial footage from NBC South Florida showed the complex as a three-pronged high-rise structure.

Capt. Juan Pinillos of North Miami Beach police confirmed that officers were overseeing evacuations. “The police department is making every effort to ensure the residents in those buildings are evacuated safely efficiently,” he said by email.

City Manager Arthur H. Sorey III said in the city’s statement that the evacuations were skechers outlet being made “in an abundance of caution.”

A more in-depth assessment of the structure’s integrity will be conducted, he said.

“Nothing is more important than the safety and lives of our residents, and we will not rest until we ensure this building is 100% safe,” Sorey said.

A special city commission meeting has been called Saturday to discuss the complex.

On Wednesday, residents of a central Florida condominium complex were forced to relocate after Osceola County officials said 72 units in multiple buildings were safety threats at Images Condominiums in Kissimmee, about 20 miles south of Orlando.

An engineering report determined that walkways could collapse, prompting county officials to order “immediate action,” according to an Osceola County statement.

What We Know About the Killing of Brown in North Carolina

A memorial outside of the home of Andrew Brown Jr., who was killed by sheriff’s deputies, in Elizabeth City, N.C., on Monday, April 27, 2021.

The killing of a 42-year-old Black man in coastal North Carolina by sheriff’s deputies is being scrutinized by state and federal authorities, and Gov. Roy Cooper has called for a special prosecutor to take over the case from a local district attorney.

Last week’s fatal shooting of the man, Andrew Brown Jr., while he was apparently driving away from deputies who were trying to execute drug-related search and arrest warrants, is drawing a lot of attention, coming so soon after the shooting deaths of Adam Toledo, 13, in Chicago and Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, in Columbus, Ohio.

Anger and frustration are mounting as Brown’s family, backed by public officials, seeks the release of the body-camera footage of his final moments, and as the names of the officers involved have not been released.

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Here’s what we know about Brown’s death:

What happened?

Just before 8:30 a.m. on April 21, deputies with the Pasquotank Sheriff’s Office, dressed in tactical gear, drove down a residential street and arrived at a home in Elizabeth City, video footage shows. Moments later, several shots were fired at Brown. (The video was obtained by WAVY, a Virginia-based television station, through a public-records request.)

A 20-second snippet of a deputy’s body-camera footage was released to Brown’s family and their lawyer, who called it an “execution.” A private autopsy, paid for by his family, showed that he was hit by five bullets and killed by a shot to the head.

The family’s lawyer said Brown was sitting inside his car, hands “firmly on the wheel,” when gunshots were fired. He did not appear to be holding a weapon and was driving away as the police continued shooting.

But the local prosecutor said the footage showed that Brown was trying to escape and that his car struck deputies, who then began shooting.

Have the police explained why they opened fire?

The Pasquotank County sheriff said deputies had been executing an arrest warrant on felony drug charges, but he did not reveal how many deputies were on the scene, how many of them opened fire and how many rounds were fired. The shooting is being investigated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.

The local version of a SWAT team, accompanied by deputies from another agency, was executing the arrest warrant when Brown was shot, the authorities said. Only a small share of officer-involved fatalities occur in these raids. But in a country where 4 in 10 adults have guns in their homes, they are the most combustible, and the police often use major shows of force to take these actions.

Brown’s family was told that no drugs or weapons had been retrieved from the property or the car, their lawyer said last week. And their legal team has not yet seen the search warrant that officials say was being executed at the time of the shooting.

Why hasn’t the body-camera footage been released?

In North Carolina, police body-camera videos can be released to the public only with a judge’s approval. Anyone may request the release of a video, although some stakeholders can object to its release or ask for sections to be blurred, said Frayda Bluestein, a professor of public law and government at the University of North Carolina.

The sheriff said he wants body-camera video made public, and the county lawyer has filed a petition for the release of the videos. On Tuesday, Cooper, a Democrat, also called for the video’s release. A group of media outlets, including The New York Times, also petitioned for its release. But a judge Wednesday declined to release the footage, agreeing with a prosecutor to delay its public airing for at least 30 days.

Although some body-camera footage is released almost immediately, it’s not unusual for there to be a delay in the release.

What happened to the officers involved?

In an office with 55 full-time deputies, seven have been placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting. The names of those involved are not publicly known. At Wednesday’s hearing, a lawyer for the deputies said the killing was justified.

The FBI on Tuesday announced that it was starting a civil rights investigation into the shooting by the agency’s Charlotte field office, which will work with federal prosecutors and the civil rights division of the Justice Department.

What has the reaction been in the community?

Elizabeth City is a historic town of about 18,000 people in the northeast corner of the state. Its mayor and its police chief are Black, as are 50% of its residents. There have been peaceful demonstrations there since the day of the shooting. Residents have been demanding that body-camera footage be released to the public. On Tuesday, though, officials in Elizabeth City and surrounding Pasquotank County established curfews from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

“I feel like we are targeted,” said Councilman Gabriel Adkins, who was wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shirt while speaking at a City Council meeting last week. “I’m afraid as a Black man walking around in this city, driving my car down the road, trying to make sure that I’m driving the speed limit, trying to make sure that I wear my seat belt, trying to make sure that I do everything right, because I don’t want an officer to get behind me.”

What can we expect to happen next?

The state bureau of investigation will continue its inquiry, and the findings of an official government autopsy could be publicly released.

A funeral for Brown will be held Monday in Elizabeth City, with the Rev. Al Sharpton delivering the eulogy.

North Korean man extradited to US in sanctions case

MICHAEL BALSAMO

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A North Korean citizen was taken into U.S. custody on Saturday after being extradited from Malaysia to face money laundering charges, making him the first North Korean extradited to the U.S. to face trial.

Mun Chol Myong was in the custody of the FBI in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. His extradition came after a Malaysian court rejected his assertion that the charges were politically motivated.

The Justice Department declined comment on Sunday.

A federal judge in Washington had issued a warrant for Mun’s arrest on May 2, 2019 on money laundering and conspiracy charges. Mun, who is in his 50s, has lived in Malaysia for a decade and was arrested in May 2019 after the U.S. requested his extradition. Malaysia’s government approved the extradition, but Mun challenged the bid.

His lawyer has said Mun worries he won’t get a fair trial in the U.S. They have argued that the extradition is “politically motivated” and aimed to increase pressure on North Korea over the nation’s missile program.

Mun has denied allegations that he was involved in supplying prohibited luxury goods from Singapore to North Korea in violation of U.N. sanctions before moving to Malaysia in 2008. He has also denied allegations he laundered funds through front companies and produced fraudulent documents to support illicit shipments.

North Korea said it had also terminated diplomatic ties with Malaysia over the decision to extradite Mun to the U.S. in the latest development in growing animosity between Washington and Pyongyang as the North ramps up pressure on the Biden administration over a nuclear standoff.

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Associated Press writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.

Typhoon Maysak: North Korea vows to punish officials over ‘casualties’

State broadcaster KCTV showed footage of flooded streets in Wonsan
State broadcaster KCTV showed footage of flooded streets in Wonsan

North Korea has vowed to punish local officials over a typhoon that hit the eastern coast on Wednesday.

A Workers’ Party newspaper blamed authorities in the coastal city of Wonsan for failing to prepare for Typhoon Maysak, and accused them of having an “irresponsible attitude”.

The paper did not say how many were missing, injured or dead, but said there were “dozens of casualties”.

It claimed officials failed to follow orders given by the ruling party.

Local authorities in Wonsan had been instructed to “immediately organise a project to thoroughly identify properties at risk and evacuate all residents”, Saturday’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.

“A decision was made to impose severe party, administrative, and legal punishment to those responsible for the casualties.”

It is impossible to verify whether the local officials did ignore these orders, or if they’re being unfairly targeted by the ruling party in order to calm public discontent, reports BBC Asia Pacific Editor Celia Hatton.

Footage on state broadcaster KCTV earlier in the week showed bridges and concrete walls in Kangwon province destroyed by high flood waters.

The typhoon hit the country's eastern coast
The typhoon hit the country’s eastern coast

Typhoon Maysak caused damage in North Korea just one week after another typhoon, Typhoon Bavi, hit the country.

North Korea is particularly vulnerable to flooding, due to deforestation of mountains and hills. Its ailing infrastructure also means that natural disasters pose a particular challenge.

Typhoon Maysak also hit South Korea, killing at least two people and causing the evacuation of more than 2,200 people to the southern city of Busan.