Thursday, December 14, 2017
News Roundup

Q&A: North Korea, Secret Service agents, Camp David, $2 a gallon gas

North Korea may face sanctions

Recently, the U.S. warned North Korea not to launch a rocket. Although the mission failed, North Korea went ahead with the launch. Please bring us up to date.

The State Department has been working on an expanded list of international sanctions that could be imposed on North Korea if that country continues to threaten South Korea or other countries with missile attacks. Washington also has stopped a plan to give food to the city of Pyongyang, the Associated Press reported.

North Korea Vice Marshal Ri Yong Ho said that his country is armed with "powerful modern weapons . . . that can defeat the (U.S.) imperialists at a single blow," and there are signs that the country might attempt its third nuclear test. North Korea is thought to have nuclear weapons, but lacks the technology to put them on long-range missiles, according to the Associated Press.

Some disgraced agents married

Is there any information on the marital status of the Secret Service personnel who were involved with the prostitutes in Colombia?

Three of the Secret Service agents involved in the prostitution scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, last month have been publicly identified. Arthur Huntington and David Randall Chaney were married at the time of the incident, according to published reports by CNN.com and the Washington Post. Greg Stokes also was identified, but his marital status has not been reported.

Nine members of the Secret Service, including Huntington, Chaney and Stokes, have resigned or have been forced out as a result of "a night of carousing two days before President Barack Obama arrived for an international summit," the Post reported. Three other agents were cleared of serious misconduct.

Camp David still in use

I can't remember the last time I heard or read anything about President Barack Obama visiting Camp David. Does it still exist? Does Obama ever go there?

Obama had been to Camp David 22 times before he hosted Group of Eight (G-8) economic summit there in May, according to CBSNews.com. Camp David, which is in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains, has been a presidential retreat since 1942.

When gas price was under $2

I hear Republicans saying that gas was less than $2 a gallon when President Barack Obama took office. Is this true?

The national average gas price was $1.85 a gallon on Jan. 19, 2009, the day before Obama's inauguration, according to Consumer Reports. It had fallen from a national high of more than $4 a gallon the previous summer. The average was $4.10 a gallon on June 30, 2008. It had dropped to $2.40 a gallon nationally by Nov. 3, the day before the presidential election.

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