This undated picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on April 26, 2017 shows the combined fire demonstration of the services of the Korean People's Army in celebration of its 85th founding anniversary at the airport of eastern front. / AFP PHOTO / KCNA VIA KNS / STR / South Korea OUT / REPUBLIC OF KOREA OUT   ---EDITORS NOTE--- RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS
N. Korea's chilling video of mock attack on US
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1. Climate change

We’re getting something of a mixed message from the Trump administration on North Korea. President Trump said there’s a good chance the US could have a “major, major conflict” with the nation, as tensions remain high over its nuke program. But Secretary of State Rex Tillerson struck a more optimistic tone, saying direct talks with the regime would be “the way we would like to solve this.” VP Mike Pence said earlier this month that there would be no talks with the North “until they had denuclearized.” Tillerson today chairs a special meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Pyongyang. Congress next week is due to vote on a bill to authorize new sanctions against North Korea.

2. Russia

He thought the job would be easier. And he misses his old life. In a new interview, President Trump gave some insight into how he’s settling into the Oval Office as his first 100 days draws to a close. Trump said he misses the freedom of movement he had before he became Commander In Chief and entered the White House security bubble (most Presidents say the same). And Trump really misses driving. He will be in Atlanta today to address the NRA convention – but guns will be banned from the hall where he speaks. Tomorrow, he marks Day 100 with a big rally in Pennsylvania. There’s a lot going on this weekend, including the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (which Trump is skipping) and a climate change protest march in DC.

US President Donald Trump speaks to the press on Air Force One on April 6, 2017.
Chinese President Xi Jinping touched down in Florida Thursday for a first face-to-face meeting with President Donald Trump, hoping that a basket full of "tweetable" deals will help avoid a public clash.Trump had yet to arrive to Florida, but the pair will gather later at his Mar-a-Lago resort -- which the US president likes to call the "Winter White House" -- for what promises to be a masterclass in studied informality. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON        (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
One moment from each of Trump's first days
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3. Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets with Polish bishops at Wawel royal castle in Krakow, on July 27, 2016 during World Youth Days.
Pope Francis heads to Poland for an international Catholic youth festival with a mission to encourage openness to migrants. / AFP / WOJTEK RADWANSKI        (Photo credit should read WOJTEK RADWANSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis' most memorable moments
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4. Flint water crisis

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Your brain on marijuana
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5. Home invasion

Well, that was fast. Just a couple of weeks after United Airlines caught pure hell after a passenger was dragged off a flight (in a video seen ‘round the world), the airline has reached a settlement with the passenger, Dr. David Dao. Financial terms weren’t revealed, but you can bet it’s a pretty big number. The whole crazy incident is rippling through the industry, too. Southwest Airlines says it will no longer overbook flights. But that doesn’t mean you can’t get tossed off a flight for a strange reason: A man says he was kicked off a Delta flight for going to the bathroom.

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The entire United passenger fiasco
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One more thing …

Arkansas executed convicted killer Kenneth Williams overnight, the state’s fourth execution this week.


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Facebook frenzy

Yes, the “10 bands” meme is sweeping through Facebook, but do we really care about the acts our friends have (or haven’t) seen?

Here’s Johnny

That was Johnny Depp at Disneyland, giving shocked fans the full-on Capt. Jack Sparrow in the middle of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

01 Johnny Depp Capt. Jack Sparrow Disney

First things first

The First Amendment protects a lot of things, but it doesn’t do half the stuff y’all swear it does. Here, we’ve got a lesson for you.

Pope’s paradise

Does Pope Francis ever take a break? First he got a laundromat for the poor. Now he’s renting a private beach so disabled people can have fun in the sun.

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Back to the future

Here’s the hot new item that all the cool kids are carrying – real books. E-book sales have tanked as people return in droves to the printed word.


Epic road race

It’s a Hot Wheels car race with the Ghostbusters wagon, the DeLorean from “Back to the Future” and the “Scooby Doo” Mystery Machine van. Oh, and did we mention that they’re racing underwater and through fire? (Click to view)