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US and North Korea Peace Talks

North Korea announced it will stop conducting nuclear and missile tests. This is a massive policy shift, especially from a government that has made it its business to act as erratic and threatening as possible. North Korea also announced that it will close its nuclear testing site ahead of a potential meeting with President Donald Trump. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country “no longer needs” to conduct nuclear or intercontinental ballistic missile tests because it has completed its weaponizing programs. Trump tweeted that the decision was “very good news” for the world.

Tragedy at Waffle House

Police are still searching for a man who shot and killed four people at a Waffle House. The man walked into the Nashville restaurant early Sunday morning with an AR-15 and opened fire on six people in total. Four were killed and two remain injured in the hospital, authorities say. The police added that the suspect was nude except for a green jacket. Authorities identified him as Travis Reinking of Morton, Illinois. Police say he was once arrested by the Secret Service for entering a restricted area near the White House and refusing to leave. Following the White House incident, his firearm license was revoked and his weapons were seized. Those weapons were returned to Reinking’s father, who admitted giving the guns back to his son. A Waffle House patron tackled the suspect and wrestled away his weapon. The shooter fled. Authorities said he is still at large and presumed to have at least two more weapons with him.

Sex Ed, Trump-Style

The Trump administration just shifted teen pregnancy programs toward abstinence. The administration outlined what it’s looking for in order to continue to fund teen pregnancy prevention programs. The funding guidance issued favors specific, abstinence-oriented approaches. The announcement compared the risk of teen sex to “drug use” or “failing to use a seatbelt.” Organizations that receive grants to run their programs are required to replicate one of two kinds of programs in order to receive funding: the first focusing on “sexual risk avoidance” and the second on “sexual risk reduction.” These are advocacy terms that favor abstinence-oriented approaches to sex ed.

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