5 things to watch for Monday

5 things to watch for Monday

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New long-range missile can carry heavy nuke

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - North Korea has boasted of a successful weekend launch of a new type of "medium long-range" ballistic rocket that can carry a heavy nuclear warhead.

Outsiders also see a significant technological jump, with Sunday's test-fire apparently flying higher and for a longer time period than any other such previous missile.

Amid condemnation in Seoul, Tokyo and Washington, a jubilant leader Kim Jong Un promised more nuclear and missile tests and warned that North Korean weapons could strike the U.S. mainland and Pacific holdings.

North Korean propaganda must be considered with wariness, but Monday's claim, if confirmed, would mark another big advance toward the North's goal of fielding a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

Log in, look out: Cyber chaos spreads with workweek's start

TOKYO (AP) - Global cyber chaos is spreading Monday as companies boot up computers at work following the weekend's worldwide "ransomware" cyberattack.

The extortion scheme has created chaos in 150 countries and could wreak even greater havoc as more malicious variations appear. The initial attack, known as "WannaCry," paralyzed computers running Britain's hospital network, Germany's national railway and scores of other companies and government agencies around the world.

As a loose global network of cybersecurity experts fought the ransomware hackers, in China, state media said more than 29,000 institutions had been infected along with hundreds of thousands of devices.

The Japan Computer Emergency Response Team Coordination Center, a nonprofit providing support for computer attacks, said 2,000 computers at 600 locations in Japan were reported affected so far.

Clapper says Trump eroding checks and balances

WASHINGTON (AP) - The former U.S. intelligence chief is warning that President Donald Trump is eroding the nation's system of checks and balances.

The remarks Sunday by former director of national intelligence James Clapper come partly in response to Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Clapper also warns that Russia is behind an external assault on U.S. institutions. The FBI and Congress are investigating Russian meddling in the presidential election and any ties to the Trump campaign.

Trump fired Comey last Tuesday. Lawmakers from both parties are urging the president to steer clear of picking any politicians for Comey's replacement.

TX Senator Cornyn on Trump FBI chief 'short list'

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump says "a fast decision" might be made on selecting a new FBI director, possibly by late next week.

Trump leaves Friday for his first foreign trip as president. He tells reporters that it's possible an announcement on James Comey's replacement could come before then.

Several candidates for the job have been interviewed Saturday at Justice Department headquarters in Washington. The interviews are being conducted by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein.

Among those being interviewed are Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and a federal judge from Virginia, Henry E. Hudson. Another candidate is the head of the FBI's office in Richmond, Virginia, Adam Lee.

The acting FBI director, Andrew McCabe, and former Michigan congressman Mike Rogers also have interviewed for the position.

Miss District of Columbia wins 2017 Miss USA

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles.

Kara McCullough, a chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Sunday during the event that took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip. She will go on to compete on the Miss Universe contest.

The runner-up was Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg. The second runner-up was Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould. Fifty-one women representing each state and the nation's capital participating in the decades-old competition.

McCullough was born in Naples, Italy, but she was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Last year, District of Columbia resident Deshauna Barber became the first-ever military member to win Miss USA.

 

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