The historic moment that could define President Trump's legacy has arrived: he became the first sitting American president to meet face-to-face with a North Korean leader. Trump's team says the president is "fully prepared' for the meeting and that he's ready to negotiate mano-a-mano with North Korea's nuclear-armed autocrat, whom Trump only recently derided as "Little Rocket Man." For his part, Kim Jong Un reportedly prepared for the sit-down by bringing his own toilet along - a move intended to thwart spies willing to go the extra mile to get an inside look the Supreme Leader. Will Kim be willing to give up his nukes? Experts are skeptical. Trump is looking for a foreign policy win after alienating allies at last week's G-7 meeting in Quebec.
The old rules paving the way for net neutrality, which governs how Internet service providers treat content flowing through their infrastructures, are officially gone. Starting Monday, a new set of rules passed by the FCC last year take effect. FCC chairman Ajit Pai has long sought to drop the old rules because of their "utility-style regulation.' However, the fight over net neutrality isn't over. More than 20 states are suing the FCC over the rules. Meanwhile, Congress is attempting to pass an order to repeal the current rules.
The price of failing to get out and vote may now be more than a lecture from a civic-minded loved one. It can also lead to getting knocked off voter registration rolls, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday. In a decision that likely will help Republicans and hurt Democrats, the court's conservative majority ruled 5-4 that Ohio did not violate federal laws when it purged voters who failed to vote for six years and did not confirm their residency. Civil rights groups say Ohio's purge disproportionately affects minorities, the poor and people with disabilities.
The skies of the U.S. economy are clear and sunny, but many analysts see storm clouds on the horizon. The economic expansion is the second-longest in U.S. history, leading half the economists in a survey last month to say they foresee a recession starting in late 2019 or in early 2020. Two-thirds are predicting a slump by the end of 2020. That's because the late stage of an economic expansion is most vulnerable to a popping of the bubble, and there are several factors such as inflation and escalating trade conflicts that could help it burst.
Last week, the State Department's Diplomatic Security Service was interviewing a man who identified himself as Barry O'Beirne for possible passport fraud. The man eventually confessed he was Captain William Howard Hughes Jr. - who went missing in 1983. He said he was depressed in the Air Force and ran away to California - where apparently he's been living for the past 35 years. We don't know much about what he's been doing for the last few decades, and it's unclear what charges he faces.
IHOP, now IHOb, officially announced that the 'b' in its rebranded name stands for burgers. Breakfast enthusiasts fear not, the name change is only a temporary promotional tactic for its new steakburger line and breakfast food will remain a staple on the menu. The announcement comes nearly a week after IHOb revealed its rebranding in a tweet. According to IHOb's chief marketing officer, the new name has already been the butt of some jokes on Twitter such as Netflix suggesting it was going to change its name to 'Netflib.'
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Del Mar racing fans had a different reason to cheer on Saturday. This time it was for Martine Bellocq.
Deserts will dry out over the weekend, monsoonal moisture returning by Tuesday. Weekend temperatures slightly warmer as the high moves over the region, bringing in drier air. Beach conditions to improve Saturday. Water temperature slightly cooler than last week.
A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
A San Diego man with a prior conviction for the same offense was sentenced in federal court to more than 3 1/2 years in prison for his admitted role in a human-smuggling attempt that seriously injured a U.S. Border Patrol officer.
San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.