Trump, North Korea, Luke Perry and Otto Warmbier: Thursday’s top news

We’ve reached the end of our week, Short Listers, and the end of President Trump and Kim Jong Un’s not-so-bromantic getaway in Vietnam. It’s Ashley with the news to know today. 

But first: A pharmacy professor accused of student “slave labor” secretly sold a student’s research as his own. He made $1.5 million. 

‘Sometimes you have to walk’

That’s what President Donald Trump said after he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly ended their Vietnam summit early Thursday without a deal to denuclearize the North Korea. Kim wanted the U.S. to end all economic sanctions on North Korea before it committed to a specific denuclearization plan, Trump said, a deal he was not willing to accept. Will they meet again? “We’ll see if it happens,” said Trump, who expects Kim will hold off on the missile testing for now. 

Two big quotes: 

  • “Our proposal will never be changed”: North Korea’s foreign minister contradicted Trump’s story on the failed talks, casting doubt on further negotiations.
  • Trump said he did not hold Kim Jong Un responsible for the death of American Otto Warmbier, the college student who died after imprisonment in North Korea. “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word,” Trump said of Kim. 

A deadly flood turned towns into ‘islands’

Residents are using kayaks and canoes instead of cars in two Northern California towns after the raging Russian River flooded 2,000 homes, killing one person and turning parts of the towns into “islands” this week. The town of Guerneville “is officially an island,” the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said. After reaching its crest of 45.3 feet late Wednesday – about 15 feet above flood stage – the river slowly receded Thursday. On Wednesday, a man in Ferndale tragically died after he was carried away by a fast-moving current while walking through high waters to reach children trapped in his home, authorities said Thursday. The children were later rescued by deputies.

Real quick

  • After denying racism, videos resurfaced of Rep. Mark Meadows vowing to send then-President Barack Obama “home to Kenya”. 
  • Luke Perry, who currently stars on “Riverdale” and was on “Beverly Hills, 90210,” has been hospitalized after a reported stroke. 
  • Don’t schedule your next meeting with Martha Stewart at 4:20pm. She might be busy. 
  • New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft pleaded not guilty to charges of soliciting prostitution.
  • Outfielder Bryce Harper agreed to a record-breaking, 13-year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies. 
  • Lady Gaga’s got words for that Bradley Cooper gossip that’s burning social media to the ground: “People saw love …  That’s what we wanted you to see.”
  • A California utility company says its equipment likely sparked the Camp Fire, the deadliest blaze in California history. 
  • Good news! The average tax refund is now bigger than last year. 

His son was killed by the Mexican cartel. He faced a decision: Move or die.

For decades, people came from the southwestern Mexican state of Guerrero to the U.S. for economic reasons. Now many are fleeing drug violence and seeking asylum. The Desert Sun traced the footsteps of one family from Chilapa to Oregon to tell what it’s like to live in Guerrero and what causes people to migrate. 

More checks for gun sales? Doubt it

The House passed a gun control bill Thursday would extend how long dealers must wait for background checks before a gun is sold. Currently, if a background check on a customer isn’t wrapped up by autorities in three days, a sale can go forward. The new bill ups this to 10 days. The Democrat-led House passed another gun-control bill Wednesday extending background checks to private sales at gun shows and online. But both are unlikely to be passed by the GOP-controlled Senate, and Trump has threatened to veto them if they do pass. Today’s vote marked the 25th anniversary of federal background checks going into effect, an effort to keep guns from criminals and the mentally ill.

No, this isn’t a Van Gogh painting

It’s a stunning image of Jupiter’s “chaotic and turbulent” clouds, captured by NASA. 

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