U.S. wants more U.N. sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear arms, warns time is short

Tillerson told diplomats the United States would hold direct talks with North Korea under strict conditions.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called Friday for new economic sanctions on North Korea and other “painful” measures over its nuclear weapons program, as the Trump administration warned that it would take military action if diplomacy failed.

“Failing to act now on the most pressing security issue in the world may bring catastrophic consequences,”

Source: U.S. wants more U.N. sanctions over North Korea’s nuclear arms, warns time is short

Gov. Brown Signs Plan That Raises Gas Tax to Fix Roads | California News | US News

The Associated Press

ADDS LOCAL PROJECTS COULD START SOONER – FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, city worker Ralph Mendoza repairs a street in downtown Los Angeles. California drivers will see their gas prices rise in November 2017 and will pay more to register their vehicles come January. The California Transportation Commission prioritize projects for the funding and the first construction work will likely begin in the summer of 2018, said Mark Dinger, a spokesman for Caltrans. However, local projects could get off the ground sooner, said Randy Breault, a public works director in Brisbane who serves on the board of directors for the California League of Cities. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File) THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Safe and smooth roads make California a better place to live and strengthen our economy,” Brown said in a statement. “This legislation will put thousands of people to work.”

Source: Gov. Brown Signs Plan That Raises Gas Tax to Fix Roads | California News | US News

UK police foil second alleged London terror plot in a day – CNN.com

A woman shot by police during an ongoing counterterrorism investigation remains in a serious but stable condition but the threat is “contained,” London’s Metropolitan Police said Friday.

Story highlights

  • A woman remains in hospital under police guard; 6 others are arrested
  • Police said the incident was not related to earlier arrest near the parliament

Source: UK police foil second alleged London terror plot in a day – CNN.com

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure | Reuters

 

By Jack Kim and Ju-min Park | SEOUL

North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile on Saturday shortly after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned that failure to curb its nuclear and ballistic missile programs could lead to “catastrophic consequences”.

U.S. and South Korean officials said the test, from an area north of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, appeared to have failed, in what would be North Korea’s fourth successive unsuccessful missile test since March.

Source: North Korea test-fires ballistic missile in defiance of world pressure | Reuters

California Sea Level Could Rise 10 Feet By End Of This Century | The Huffington Post

Airports, roads, towns and homes could be swamped, a state report says.

A California government council is warning that climate change could cause ocean waters off the coast to rise far higher than previously anticipated ― an increase in sea-level by as much as 10 feet by the end of the century.

This worst-case scenario would destroy airports in Oakland and San Francisco, and would swamp roadways, low-lying bridges, railroad tracks, farmland, beaches and some towns. As many as 42,000 homes would be completely submerged, warns the report released this month by a California Ocean Protection Council advisory team. The council adopted an updated report with higher sea-level estimates on Wednesday.

Source: California Sea Level Could Rise 10 Feet By End Of This Century | The Huffington Post

House will not vote on Affordable Care Act rewrite, smoothing way for government to stay open

Pressure was coming from the White House to expedite action on health care.

A late push to act on health care had threatened the bipartisan deal to keep the government open for one week while lawmakers crafted a longer-term spending deal. Now, lawmakers are likely to approve the spending bill when it comes to the floor Friday and keep the government open past midnight.

Source: House will not vote on Affordable Care Act rewrite, smoothing way for government to stay open