VLADIVOSTOK, Russia

Kim arrives in Russia

for his Putin summit

A smiling and upbeat Kim Jong Un arrived Wednesday in far-eastern Russia aboard an armored train for a much-anticipated summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin that comes amid deadlocked global diplomacy over the North Korean leader's nuclear program.

Both leaders have high hopes for their first one-on-one meeting: Kim for a win after his failed second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and Putin for a chance to raise Moscow's clout in the region and gain more leverage with Washington.

Speaking to Russia's state-owned Rossiya-24, Kim said he was hoping for a "successful and useful" visit and would like to discuss with Putin the "settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula" as well as bilateral ties with Russia.

 

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka

Top security posts

shaken after bombings

Sri Lanka's president has shaken up the country's top security establishment after officials failed to act on intelligence reports warning of possible attacks before the Easter bombings that killed over 350 people.

Colombo remained rattled by reports that police were still conducting controlled detonations of suspicious items three days after the attacks on churches and luxury hotels. And the U.S. ambassador to the country says Washington believes "the terrorist plotting is ongoing."

President Maithripala Sirisena's office on Wednesday said he asked for the resignations of the defense secretary and national police chief.

 

WASHINGTON

Trump plans steps if

Dems pursue impeachment

President Donald Trump suggested Wednesday that he would ask the Supreme Court to intervene if Democrats move to impeach him.

It was not clear how Trump would legally justify such a move, which he mentioned only briefly in morning tweets in which he lashed out at Democrats who are continuing to investigate him following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

"I DID NOTHING WRONG," Trump wrote. "If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court. Not only are there no 'High Crimes and Misdemeanors,' there are no Crimes by me at all."

A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request to elaborate on what the president would seek from the court.

 

HUNTSVILLE, Texas

State executes man

for 1998 dragging death

An avowed racist who orchestrated one of the most gruesome hate crimes in U.S. history has been executed in Texas for the dragging death of a black man.

John William King, who was white, received lethal injection Wednesday evening for the 1998 slaying of James Byrd Jr., who was chained to the back of a truck and dragged along a road outside Jasper, Texas.

Prosecutors said Byrd was targeted because he was black.

The 44-year-old King was put to death at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. He was the second man executed for Byrd's killing. A third man was sentenced to life in prison.

 

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.

Missing boy's body

found; parents charged

Authorities searching for a missing 5-year-old boy dug up his body Wednesday and charged his parents with murder.

The body, believed to be that of Andrew "AJ" Freund, was covered in plastic and buried in a shallow grave in a rural area of McHenry County, Crystal Lake police Chief James Black said.
 

SUNNYVALE, Calif.

Attempted murder charges

filed against driver

A man who authorities said drove his car through a crosswalk, hitting seven people and injuring eight, is being held in jail on eight counts of attempted murder.

Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety Chief Phan Ngo said Wednesday that four people remain hospitalized with major injuries, including a 13-year-old who is in critical condition.

 

MUNCY, Pa.

Meat grinder fall

kills woman at work

Authorities say a woman was killed when she fell into a meat grinder at a processing plant.

It's not clear what caused the accident at the Economy Locker Storage Company.

The Lycoming County coroner's office says 35-year-old Jill Greninger apparently fell around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Her body was found by a co-worker who heard strange noises coming from the commercial machine.

The Associated Press