Wednesday, February 21, 2018
News Roundup

U.S. envoy talks with China about North Korea

Beijing

U.S. envoy talks N. korea with china

The State Department's senior envoy on North Korea said Wednesday he discussed "all aspects of the North Korea issue" with Chinese officials, including sanctions on the North, during a one-day visit to Beijing. "The Chinese have said to us that they will faithfully implement U.N. Security Council sanctions and are doing so. And, as I've said before, we take them at their word," Glyn B. Davies said. His trip to China appeared to be part of a U.S. effort to work closely with Beijing to ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula after North Korea's third nuclear test in February.

Granbury, Texas

Severe storms cause 'multiple fatalities'

A tornado slammed into a North Texas lakefront town Wednesday night, demolishing homes and killing and injuring an undetermined number of people, officials said. The tornado hit the scenic Brazos River town in North Texas about 8 p.m. Hood County sheriff's Lt. Kathy Jiveden reported the multiple fatalities, but she had no estimate of dead or injured. She said crews "are going house to house" looking for those trapped, injured or dead in the rubble of demolished homes.

Cairo

Egypt: Bomb suspects targeted embassies

Egyptian state prosecutors say three suspected al-Qaida-linked militants detained over the weekend were plotting to attack the U.S. and French embassies in Cairo using car bombs. The prosecutors were quoted Wednesday by the official MENA press agency.

Los Angeles

Traffic stop leads to 17 homemade explosives

A police bomb squad detonated 17 homemade explosive devices found in an apartment Wednesday after officers spotted an explosive liquid in a man's car during a routine traffic stop. Robert Wilson, 29, was charged with felony possession of a destructive device, police Sgt. Rudy Lopez said. Authorities said there were no signs he planned to use the devices. They think he acted alone and had no apparent link to terrorism.

Manama, Bahrain

Bahrain convicts 6 of Twitter insults

A lawyer says Bahraini courts convicted and sentenced six people to a year in prison Wednesday on charges of making Twitter posts deemed offensive to the Persian Gulf nation's king.

Times wires

Washington

Report: Feds' warnings about Superstorm Sandy were confusing

Federal weather forecasts for Superstorm Sandy were exceptionally accurate, but the warnings were confusing, an internal review found. The gigantic October storm lost tropical characteristics hours before landfall in New Jersey, so the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration stopped calling it a hurricane. It shifted focus to flooding and high wind warnings and moved responsibility from the National Hurricane Center in Miami to local weather offices. NOAA's self-assessment said that led to confusion by the public and the media, a complaint made by independent meteorologists. The 66-page report uses the word "confusion" 88 times. The report said future hurricane warnings should continue from the hurricane center even when a storm is downgraded. NOAA adopted the change in April.

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