Pyeongyang Press Corps/Pool/Getty Images(VLADIVOSTOK, Russia) -- Kim Jong Un, the leader of North Korea, arrived via train in Russia on Wednesday, a day ahead of his summit with President Vladimir Putin.
Russian state media showed Kim's armored train arriving at Vladivostok, a port city on the Pacific coast. North Korean attendants polished the outside of Kim's train car as it pulled into the station. The door to Kim's carriage was intended to line up with a red carpet. The train overshot its mark by a few feet. Everyone waited as the train backed up. Kim finally exited.
The North Korean leader, smiling and wearing a black hat, was greeted by Vladivostok's regional governor. The two walked toward the street and briefly watched a small military parade before Kim was spirited away in his limousine, surrounded by a jogging phalanx of bodyguards.
This is Kim's first trip to Russia and first meeting with Putin.
Kim, who began ruling North Korea in 2011, is expected to stay three days, but the trip has been shrouded in secrecy.
Thursday's summit will be on the campus of Far East Federal University on Russky Island, which is linked to Vladivostok by bridge.
After the summit, Kim reportedly plans to tour cultural sites, possibly including, as reported by the Russian newspaper Kommersant, the Mariinsky Theater and the Russian Pacific Fleet's museum.
Russia portrays itself as friendly toward North Korea and often criticizes the U.S. for refusing to make concessions. Russia supports North Korea's economy, even when sanctioning it, as tens of thousands of North Koreans work in Russia -- mostly as laborers -- in defiance of a U.N. ban.
South Korea's foreign ministry said last week it hoped the Kim-Putin summit proves "an opportunity that contributes to positive progress" toward denuclearization, but most experts aren't expecting much; they believe Russia is holding the meeting now to demonstrate strength and that Kim made the trip to show he had other geopolitical options after he and Trump failed to cut a deal in Vietnam.
code6d/iStock(WASHINGTON) -- German banking giant Deutsche Bank has begun turning over financial records related to its business with President Donald Trump, in response to a subpoena from the New York attorney general’s office, a source familiar with the matter told ABC News on Wednesday.
As one of the Trump Organization’s most reliable lenders in recent years, Deutsche has come under scrutiny from several investigative bodies examining the president’s personal finances.
The New York attorney general’s office subpoenaed Deutsche Bank in March for records related to Trump's unsuccessful NFL bid and several other Trump Organization projects -- including Trump International Hotels in Chicago, Washington and Florida -- another source familiar with the matter told ABC News at the time.
Earlier this month, the House Intelligence and Financial Services committees jointly subpoenaed Deutsche Bank as part of their ongoing investigation into President Donald Trump’s financial dealings and concerns about foreign influence over the Trump Organization.
In December 2017, special counsel Robert Mueller issued a subpoena to the German bank, though the nature of Mueller’s request was not clear.
The New York attorney general’s investigation is based, in part, on the testimony of Trump’s one-time personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who claimed that Trump had -- in the past -- defrauded insurance companies by misrepresenting the value of his assets.
In court documents filed Monday as part of a lawsuit against House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform’s chairman, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., attorneys for Trump and the Trump Organization called Cohen’s testimony a "political stunt" and "one of the worst examples of the House Democrats’ zeal to attack President Trump under the guise of investigations."
The bank has previously said it was cooperating with ongoing inquiries as appropriate.
Both the New York attorney general’s office and Deutsche Bank declined to comment. CNN first reported Deutsche Bank’s cooperation in the probe.
Rattankun Thongbun/iStock(JASPER, Texas) -- White supremacist John William King was executed on Wednesday, more than 20 years after he killed James Byrd Jr. in a horrifying hate crime.
King was one of three white men convicted of murdering Byrd, who was black, on June 7, 1998, near Jasper, Texas.
Byrd, a 49-year-old father of three, was abducted, beaten, chained to the back of a pickup truck and then dragged down a country road.
His body was decapitated, dismembered and ditched.
King, 44, was sentenced to death in 1999.
The other killers were Lawrence Russell Brewer, who was executed in September 2011, and Shawn Allen Berry, who is serving life in prison.
In 1999, Byrd's family founded the Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing, a non-profit organization that works to promote "racial healing and cultural diversity through education."
Byrd's gruesome slaying led to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama in 2009.
The legislation added crimes motivated by victims' race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability to the federal hate crime law. Shepard, an openly gay college student, was abducted, fatally beaten and tied to a fence in Wyoming in October 1998.
King's execution took place in Huntsville, Texas, at 7 p.m. local time Wednesday.
King called himself an "unrepentant racist" -- but innocent of the crime -- in a 2004 interview with ABC News.
Allen Richard Ellis, an appeals attorney for King, told ABC News in 2003 that King's "racist beliefs" left him on death row even though he said the crime wasn't race-related.
"Byrd was not killed because he was black," said Ellis. "There was a history of drug dealing between one of the people in the apartment and Mr. Byrd. Mr. Byrd had ripped one of them off, and this is unfortunately what happened to him."
"A lot of people in this country, for very good reason, would find him to be a very offensive person," Ellis said of his client, but added that "he deserves unconflicted legal representation."
Ellis did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment on Wednesday.
wellesenterprises/iStock(NEW YORK) -- A Texas family is accused of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in a scheme to re-sell tickets to the annual Masters golf Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, the Department of Justice said.
The indictment, unsealed in the Southern District of Georgia on Tuesday details a pattern from 2013 to 2017 in which Steven and Diane Freeman and their children Christine Oliverson and Stephen M. Freeman took steps to defraud the prestigious golf tournament's through its selective ticketing system.
According to the indictment, tickets are distributed in a lottery after information is submitted on the Augusta National Incorporated website and only one account per household is allowed.
Prosecutors allege that the family "defrauded ANI by creating false user accounts in order to purchase spectator tickets to attend the Masters Golf Tournament held annually in Augusta, Georgia." They went on to say, the family was hoping to "re-sell the tickets at a substantial profit.
The government alleges that the family created "false user accounts by purchasing mailing lists that included the actual names and addresses of individuals who did not grant their authority or permission for the creation of these accounts," the charging document says. They also created fake IDs, utility bills and credit card statements to go with fake accounts, and mail them to Augusta for a change of address, the prosecutors said.
They also purchased emails, "in bulk" to use to register online, authorities said.
The government says the family created a document in which they could all see information pertaining to the scheme at the same time.
"Mom, this links to a document that we can all see at once. this is how chrissy requested i send her the info," reads an email included in the indictment allegedly sent by Stephen M. Freeman. "we'll see how this works. i found a fairly basic utility bill in NY state. the link to the bill is on the document along with the changes that need to be made," the email reads.
Stephen Michael Freeman is also charged with identity theft.
If convicted, each member of the family could face up to 20 years in prison.
No attorneys for the family members were listed in court records.
CDC(WASHINGTON) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a 2018 case in which a blood-sucking insect known as a "kissing bug" bit a child in the face.
In July 2018, the family requested help from the Delaware Division of Public Health and the Delaware Department of Agriculture to identify an insect that had bitten their daughter's face while she was watching television in her bedroom at night because they were "concerned about possible disease transmission from the insect," the CDC announced last week.
The family, who lives in an older home in a heavily wooded area in Kent County, said at the time they had not recently traveled outside the area, and a window air conditioning unit was located in the girl's bedroom, according to the CDC.
Delaware officials preliminarily identified the insect as the "blood-sucking" kissing bug, or Triatoma sanguisuga, which feeds on animals and humans and have a habit of biting humans in the face, according to the CDC. Texas A&M University's Kissing Bug Citizen Science Program, a research program that documents and collects kissing bugs from across the U.S., identified the insect through a photograph.
The bug was also sent to the CDC, which then confirmed that the species was present in Delaware. Previously, a report of a suspected kissing bug in Kent County was sent to Texas A&M, which confirmed the bug via photograph, but a local institution in Delaware had initially identified the insect as a milkweed bug instead and destroyed the evidence before the university could examine it for further confirmation, according to the CDC.
The bug can transmit a parasite known as Trypanosoma cruzi, which causes a disease known as Chagas.
About 300,000 in the U.S. and 8 million people in Central and South America are living with Chagas, but only a few cases of the disease caused by contact with the kissing bug have been documented, according to the CDC. The rare parasitic disease can lead to heart failure or stroke, but the parasite can hide in the body for decades and most people who are infected do not develop any signs or symptoms.
Initial symptoms may include fever, fatigue, body aches, headache and rash, as well as local swelling where the bite occurred and the parasite entered the body. It is treated with an anti-trypanosomal medication, which is only available through the CDC.
The girl who was bitten in 2018 did not suffer any effects, according to the CDC.
To prevent infestation by the kissing bug, the CDC advises homeowners to place outdoor lights away from the home, dog kennels and chicken coops and to turn them off when they are not in use. Homeowners should also remove trash, wood and rock piles away from the home, clear out any bird and animal nests near the home and consider consulting a licensed pest control professional. In addition, cracks and gaps around windows, air conditions, walls, roofs, doors and crawl spaces should be inspected and sealed, chimney flues should be tightly closed when not in use and screens should be placed on all doors and windows.
The CDC also suggests that pets sleep indoors, especially at night, and that all pet resting areas be kept clean.
Wolterk/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Boeing announced Wednesday that it was taking an initial $1 billion hit on the grounding of the 737 Max jet following two fatal plane crashes in five months.
The company also abandoned its previous full-year financial outlook as it grapples with the aftermath of the 737 Max fallout and works to implement software upgrades to its best-selling plane. Boeing is also halting stock buybacks.
The crashes of the 737 Max jets operated by Indonesia's Lion Air on Oct. 29 and by Ethiopian Airlines on March 10 killed a total of 346 people (189 and 157 deaths, respectively).
Chicago-based Boeing disclosed the information early Wednesday ahead of a call with investors.
The company reported Q1 earnings of $2.15 billion on revenue of $22.9 billion. Boeing said that losses from the 737 Max were partially offset by higher defense and services revenue.
Boeing also said it is making steady progress on the path to final certification for a software update on the 737 Max, with over 135 test and production flights of the software update complete.