President Donald Trump in a letter addressed to Kim Jong Un said he has canceled a planned summit with the North Korean leader in Singapore next month. “I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote. The summit was to discuss the suspension, and possibly destruction, of North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program. “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
Donald Trump told Fox & Friends on Thursday morning that NFL stars should stand “proudly” for the national anthem before football games. He welcomed the NFL’s new rules imposing fines for teams allowing players to kneel on the field, but criticized allowing dissenting stars to remain in the locker room. “I don’t think people should be staying in locker rooms, but still it’s good. You have to stand proudly, or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there, maybe shouldn’t be in the country.”
Service members on a U.S. nuclear-missile base in Wyoming took LSD and experienced mind-blowing acid trips, Air Force records obtained by the Associated Press show. The airmen, who were entrusted with guarding nuclear missiles, were among those who bought, distributed, and used LSD and other mind-altering illegal drugs as part of a ring that operated undetected for months on a highly secure military base in Wyoming in 2016. Generally it seems, the trips, which were administered via perforated white paper, were good: On one occasion, airmen watched YouTube videos and “then went longboarding on the streets of Denver while high on LSD.” Another airman testified, “I absolutely just loved altering my mind.” However not all users experienced the same positive reactions. One airman is quoted as saying, “I’m dying! When is this going to end?” during an LSD experience in February 2016 at Curt Gowdy State Park, about 20 miles west of Cheyenne, where the F.E. Warren Air Base is located. Fourteen airmen were disciplined. Six of them were convicted in courts martial of LSD use or distribution or both. The drug activity took place during off-duty hours, a spokesperson said.
Jason Bateman, actor in Netflix’s Arrested Development alongside Jeffrey Tambor, apologized on Twitter for remarks he made about Tambor during a New York Times interview. In a series of tweets Thursday morning, Bateman wrote: “Based on listening to the NYT interview and hearing people’s thoughts online, I realize that I was wrong here. I sound like I’m condoning yelling at work. I do not. It sounds like I’m excusing Jeffery. I do not,” adding “This is a big learning moment for me. I shouldn’t have tried so hard to mansplain, or fix a fight, or make everything okay.” During the interview, Bateman’s co-star Jessica Walter said Tambor “verbally harassed her on the set.” In response to Walter, Bateman said, “Not to belittle it, but a lot of stuff happens in 15 years… In the entertainment industry it is incredibly common to have people who are, in quotes, ‘difficult.’... So Jeffrey is not just popping off, coming out of his car and some unhinged guy.” In his tweets, he denied being insensitive to Walter and was “incredibly embarrassed and deeply sorry” for doing that to her. Tambor was kicked off Amazon’s Transparent amid sexual-misconduct allegations, and him admitting to having anger issues on the set.
The web isn't exactly known as a haven for privacy, and the microphones in our smartphones and tablets are just another target for hackers. Many people don't understand exactly how easy it is for hackers to eavesdrop on our conversations, which is what inspired the Nope Portable Sound Microphone Blockers. Compatible with phones, laptops, tablets, and virtually anything else with a 3.5mm headphone jack, Nope is engineered with microelectronic circuitry that turns off your device's microphones, giving any snoopers the boot. Nope blockers are extremely small, so they come with a keychain holder to ensure you don’t lose them when they’re not in use. You can get two Nope Portable Sound Microphone Blockers today for $16.99, saving 22% off the usual $21.99 price.
Scouted is here to surface products that you might like. Please note that if you buy something featured in one of our posts, The Daily Beast may collect a share of sales.
The missile that downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine in 2014 was Russian, international investigators said Thursday. Some 298 people were killed. A Dutch-led team said the missile had come from a unit based in western Russia. Moscow has always denied any of its weapons were used, but Wilbert Paulissen, a Dutch official from the Joint Investigation Team (JIT), told reporters: “All the vehicles in a convoy carrying the missile were part of the Russian armed forces.” He said that investigators had been able to trace the convoy to Russia’s 53rd Brigade, based in the city of Kursk. The report concurs with claims by the Ukrainian government that the flight was downed by a Russian-made Buk missile—a Buk launcher was filmed being moved across the Russian border the next day.
North Korea says it has blown up a nuclear test site in the mountainous region of Punggye-ri. Sky News correspondent Tom Cheshire observed the demolition, which may yet breathe new life into planned talks between Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Cheshire said: “We hiked up into the mountains and watched the detonation from about 500 meters away. They counted it down—three, two, one. There was a huge explosion, you just could feel it. Dust came at you, the heat came at you. It was extremely loud.” The North offered to scrap the site this year as part of a diplomatic rapprochement with South Korea and the U.S.—but some observers believe the site partially collapsed after a test in September 2017, rendering it unusable. Independent inspectors were not invited to the demolition.
For the first time, the National Transportation Safety Board is recommending that all new school buses in the U.S. be fitted with full seat belts, following two deadly 2016 crashes. Although recommendations for seat belts have been made periodically over the years, there has been uncertainty about the actual benefit of seat belts due to evacuation concerns. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says on its website that seat belts are not absolutely necessary in large school buses, although they are required for small school buses due to the size and the weight of the vehicle. The NTSB also recommended that “all new school buses to be equipped with collision avoidance systems and automatic emergency braking technologies” as well. Last week, a New Jersey fifth-grader and her teacher were killed, and 43 others injured, in a collision involving their school bus and a dump truck.
A Nevada hairstylist has claimed that a male client named “Paddock” told them that he believed a local concert venue was vulnerable to attack in June 2016, months before the Las Vegas shooing, the deadliest in modern U.S. history, which was carried out by Stephen Paddock. The man’s comments so disturbed the unidentified stylist that the individual reported the comments to authorities, documents gathered during the investigation into the shooting have revealed. In an interview with police on Oct. 10, the stylist says the client mentioned he couldn’t believe an outdoor arena was built because a shooter could fire into the crowd from the casino across the way. The hairdresser said a woman arrived who was believed to be Paddock’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley. The stylist said, “I asked her, ‘Do you know what he’s been saying to me? She’s like, ‘Oh, what, about somebody shooting into a crowd and, you know, wanting to hurt a lot of people?’” The stylist told police that the client said, “I wonder what she’s worried about? She’ll be out of the country.” The stylist says the interaction was reported to police days later.
In a lengthy blog post, Woody Allen and Mia Farrow’s adopted son, Moses Farrow, has come to the defense of his beleaguered father, who has been accused of sexual assault by sibling Dylan Farrow. Moses Farrow doubled down on claims made in previous interviews that his mother was physically abusive to him and her other children and that she coerced her daughter Dylan into accusing Allen of assault. “I’m a very private person and not at all interested in public attention,” Farrow wrote in the post titled “A Son Speaks Out,” “But, given the incredibly inaccurate and misleading attacks on my father, Woody Allen, I feel that I can no longer stay silent as he continues to be condemned for a crime he did not commit.” According to The Guardian, Dylan Farrow responded to her brother’s claims in a statement, saying they were “an attempt to deflect from a credible allegation made by an adult woman, by trying to impugn my mother, who has only ever been supportive of me and my siblings. It’s easily disproven, contradicts years of his own statements, is beyond hurtful to me personally, and is part of a larger effort to discredit and distract from my assault. My brother is a troubled person. I’m so sorry he’s doing this.”