1. ‘UNGRATEFUL FOOL’

Trump: LaVar Ball Is a ‘Poor Man’s Don King’

President Trump on Wednesday morning unleashed a torrent of pre-dawn insults at LaVar Ball, the father of a UCLA basketball player arrested this month in China, over the fact that Ball did not thank him for the players’ secured return. Trump called Ball an “ungrateful fool” and “a poor man’s version of Don King,” referring to the controversial and flamboyant boxing promoter (and Trump supporter). “It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence - IT WAS ME,” Trump tweeted around 5:30 a.m. “Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you.” He added, “But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”

2. BIZARRE

Prisoner Freed From North Korea Found Ablaze in San Diego Field

A 38-year-old Boston man who was found burning in a field in San Diego on Friday has been identified as a former North Korean prisoner. Police on Tuesday said they are investigating the death of Aijalon Gomes, an American man who spent several months in a North Korean prison in 2010 for allegedly illegally crossing the border. Gomes, who’d been working as an English teacher in South Korea before entering the North, was freed with the help of former President Jimmy Carter in a case that drew worldwide attention. He’d reportedly recently relocated to San Diego before an off-duty police officer found him on fire in a dirt field late Friday. Police have said Gomes’ death appears to have been either an accident or a suicide, and they do not suspect a homicide. The medical examiner’s office has yet to determine the official cause of death.

3. DIGNIFIED

President Trump Retweets Rant About Hillary Clinton’s ‘Corrupt Ass’

President Trump on Wednesday morning followed up his abuse of LaVar Ball—the father of a UCLA basketball player, who refused to thank him for his son’s return from China—by retweeting a comment that referenced Hillary Clinton’s “corrupt ass.” In response to Trump’s outburst, Joey Mannarino wrote: “The ungratefulness is something I’ve never seen before. If you get someone’s son out of prison, he should be grateful to you! Period. I don’t care. If Hillary got my kid out of prison, as much as I hate the woman, I’d thank her corrupt ass!”

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4. LOCKED UP

Ex-Bosnian Serb Army Leader Ratko Mladic Guilty of Genocide

Ratko Mladic, the former Bosnian Serb army warlord, has been found guilty of genocide for some of the worst atrocities committed during the Bosnian war. He was sentenced to life in prison during the U.N. tribunal on Wednesday. The 74-year-old, dubbed the “Butcher of Bosnia” was charged with 11 counts, including crimes against humanity. Mladic was found responsible for the massacre of at least 7,000 men and boys in 1995 and for the siege of Sarajevo, during which more than 10,000 people were killed.

6. THANKS, BORAT

Sacha Baron Cohen Offers to Pay Fines of Tourists Who Wore ‘Mankinis’

Sacha Baron Cohen has offered to pay the fines of the six Czech men who were detained in Kazakhstan’s capital this month for wearing “mankinis” while dressing up as Borat, the actor’s character from the infamous 2006 film of the same name. Borat offended many Kazakhs for its portrayal of the country. The men wore black wigs and the skimpy lime-green ensembles and were trying to take photos in front of an “I Love Astana” sign. They were each reportedly fined $68 for “committing minor hooliganism,” The Guardian reports. Baron Cohen said in a Facebook post, “To my Czech mates who were arrested. Send me your details and proof that it was you, and I’ll pay your fine.”

7. PRAYERS

Passengers Missing After U.S. Navy Plane Crashes Near Japan

Three people were missing Wednesday after a U.S. Navy aircraft carrying 11 passengers and crew crashed into the sea near Japan. The Wall Street Journal reported eight people were rescued and are in “good condition,” a Navy statement said. A search-and-rescue operation is being conducted by both Japanese and U.S. personnel to find the other three people who were on board the C2-A Greyhound aircraft when it went down. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

8. DISTURBING

Study: Vietnam Vets May Be Infected With Lethal Parasites From Decades Ago

Hundreds of Vietnam War veterans may have been infected by slow-killing parasites while fighting in Southeast Asia decades ago and not even know it, a new study suggests. Research commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs last spring found a link between a rare bile-duct cancer recorded among veterans and liver flukes—parasitic worms found in the rivers of Vietnam. According to Sung-Tae Hong, a tropical-medicine specialist who carried out tests as part of the study, 20 percent of 50 blood samples taken from veterans came back positive or near-positive for liver fluke antibodies, the Associated Press reports. Veterans who’ve been infected by the parasites often experience no symptoms, and may not be diagnosed with the rare form of cancer until they have only a few months to live. “I was in a state of shock,” said Gerry Wiggins, one of the veterans whose blood sample came back positive. “I didn’t think it would be me,” he said, adding that he’d already lost friends to the disease.

9. EVEN MORE

Three CBS News Employees Accuse Charlie Rose of Sexual Misconduct

Three CBS News employees have come forward accusing Charlie Rose of sexual misconduct. “Two of the women who came forward at CBS say they are not ready for the details of their allegations to be made public,” correspondent Bianna Golodryga reported Tuesday night. “But a third woman alleges Rose whispered a sexual innuendo while touching her inappropriately at a work-related event.” Rose was fired earlier Tuesday, less than 24 hours after The Washington Post published similar allegations from eight women.

10. DARING

New Video Shows North Korean Defector’s Desperate Escape

Newly released footage of a North Korean defector’s daring escape last week shows North Korean guards violating an armistice agreement by firing across the military demarcation line, the United Nations Command said Wednesday. In a video released by the UNC, the North Korean defector is shown fleeing in a hail of bullets as several North Korean guards rush towards him at the demarcation line with South Korea. The guards can be seen firing across the border as he crosses, and one guard appeared to briefly cross the demarcation line before returning. The UNC told reporters Wednesday that it was seeking a meeting with North Korean officials over the incident. The video’s release comes after the U.S. on Tuesday slapped new sanctions on Pyongyang following President Trump’s announcement that he would designate the country a state sponsor of terror. The defector, who is currently receiving medical treatment in South Korea, is thought to be an army staff sergeant, according to Reuters. Upon his arrival, surgeons said they discovered “an enormous number” of parasitic worms in his intestines.