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  • ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump in a letter directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Thursday announced that he is canceling the much anticipated nuclear summit, calling it a "truly sad moment in history." "Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting. Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place."  The president's letter comes after North Korea issued a statement calling Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" for comments he made suggesting that the so-called Libya model could be applied to North Korea if Kim doesn't make a deal with President Trump and threatening to pull out of the summit.At the U.S.'s urging, under the leadership of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, Libya, nixed its early-stage nuclear program. Years, later he was ousted and killed with help from NATO-backed troops."Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States," the North Korean statement read.
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  • Spencer Platt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo penned an open letter to President Donald Trump and federal lawmakers in the wake of a high school shooting in Texas that left multiple people dead.  "Columbine. Virginia Tech. Sandy Hook. Las Vegas. Orlando. Parkland," Cuomo wrote in the letter Friday, ticking off locations of recent mass shootings. "And now, Santa Fe.""When is enough enough? How many more innocent people have to die before you act?" he added.At least eight people, mostly students, died Friday after a student allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School, which is located between Houston and Galveston, Texas, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing.The massacre comes just three months after 17 people were killed on Valentine's Day in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.  Trump called the Texas school shooting an "absolutely horrific attack." He told the victims and their families, "We're here with you in this tragic hour and we will be with you forever.""We're closely monitoring the situation and federal authorities are coordinating with local officials. This has been going on for too long in this country, too many decades," the president said Friday during an event at the White House. "Everyone must work together at every level of government to keep our children safe."In his open letter to Trump and members of Congress, Cuomo urged them to "do something" about gun violence."You were elected to lead -- do something," the Democratic governor wrote. "Your first responsibility is to the people of this country, not the NRA -- do something. My heart breaks for the families who have to grieve from this needless violence -- DO SOMETHING."Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • West Virginia Attorney General's Office(NEW YORK) --  As West Virginia voters head to the polls to cast their ballots in Tuesday’s highly-contested primary, students in the Mountain State wait to hear who won the second annual “Kids Kick Opioids” contest.The competition was designed to raise awareness about prescription painkiller abuse and encourage elementary and middle school students to share their stories through poems, drawings and letters.West Virginia has the nation’s highest drug overdose rate. Nearly 900 people in the state lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2016, many of which were opioid related.Among the powerful submissions now on display in the state's capitol is a detailed comic strip by Hailey Tanner, a middle school student from Martinsburg, whose work describes how the deadly drug tore her family apart. "I don’t know what my biological father looks like," Tanner writes alongside an illustration of her father. "I now have an adoptive father, but my life will never be whole because of the atrocious things drugs do to any person."She continues, "My mom has told me stories of him. How he abused drugs like opioids and how it took a toll on his health. I know my mom doesn’t want me to hate him, but I almost have to."Tanner makes a plea to drug users to "PLEASE stop being selfish. If not for your own health, stop doing drugs for your family’s health. For your daughter's health." Chloe Davis, an eighth grader from Wildwood Middle School in Shenandoah Junction, let her drawing do the talking. Davis submitted a picture of a lightly-colored brown table with a frame that had an “x” across a family members face. The scene includes a bottle of red and green pills spilling out and a lifeless hand leaning over the table, dropping pills.Last years winner, Jacey Rose Chalmers, penned a letter about the loss of her father, alongside a photo with him and her younger brother.West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, whose office sponsors the contest, said this year’s entries showcase the "tremendous talent" of elementary and middle school participants, while "underscoring the seriousness of the drug epidemic.""By addressing the negative consequences of drug use now, we hope to deter the continued growth of this crisis and provide a better future for these children," Morrisey, one of three major Republican candidates hoping to challenge incumbent Democrat Joe Manchin for his seat in the U.S. Senate, said in a statement.Morrisey's office received 2,087 entries from 2,300 students at 70 middle and elementary schools across West Virginia, according to The Register-Herald.The office announced regional winners of the competition last week. Judges recognized 35 winning entries from 41 students overall.The winner of the “Kids Kick Opioids” contest will be tentatively announced this week and will appear as the Attorney General’s next statewide newspaper PSA.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump kicked off a raucous interview Thursday morning with a candid admission that he's been too busy handling his daily duties as commander in chief to purchase a special birthday present for first lady Melania Trump."Well I better not get into that because I may get into trouble," Trump told the hosts of Fox and Friends when asked what he bought for the first lady, who turned 48 years old Thursday. "Maybe I didn't get her so much.""You know, I'm very busy to be running out looking for presents, OK?" Trump reasoned. "I got her a beautiful card and some beautiful flowers."Prior to that admission, the president noted that he in part chose to do the phone interview because of the special day."I picked a very, very special day because it's Melania's birthday so I said, let's do it on Melania's birthday," Trump said. "So happy birthday to Melania."Trump also congratulated the first lady for her work in planning the administration's first state visit for French President Emmanuel Macron, including Tuesday evening's lavish state dinner in the White House.Later in the morning, a video posted on the first lady's Twitter account included a montage of her involvement in the various events during the two-day visit by President Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron. The first lady's office told ABC News following the Trump interview that Mrs. Trump plans to celebrate her birthday "with her family." Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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