SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence says North Korea’s desire to meet to discuss denuclearization is evidence that President Donald Trump’s “strategy to isolate the Kim regime is working.” Pence says in a statement that the North Koreans are coming to the table even though the U.S. has made no concessions.
NEW YORK (AP) — “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli says in a shaky voice that he made many mistakes, and apologized to investors as a judge prepares to sentence him. The pharmaceutical CEO seemed to cry at points Friday while addressing the judge who is to sentence him for a securities fraud conviction. Prosecutors want him sentenced to 15 years in prison, while his defense attorney argued he only deserves 18 months because his investors in two failed hedge funds got their money back.
HOUSTON (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing the U.S. government of broadly separating immigrant families seeking asylum. The lawsuit filed Friday follows action the ACLU took in the case of a Congolese woman and her 7-year-old daughter, who were being held in separate immigration facilities 2,000 miles apart. The woman was released Tuesday from a San Diego detention center.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida judge has ordered that the suspect in a deadly school shooting rampage continue to be held without bond. Nikolas Cruz, wearing an orange jumpsuit and looking down, made his first court appearance on 17 charges of first-degree attempted murder Friday.
UNDATED (AP) — An Associated Press analysis shows that The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years. However, few have shown any indication that they’ll follow the lead of businesses that are cutting ties with the group following last month’s massacre at a Florida high school. Overall, more than 500 schools received grants from 2010-2016, mostly to promote shooting sports.