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North Korea, South Korea discuss reuniting divided families

Officials from North Korea and South Korea met Friday for talks to arrange reunions for families separated by the Korean War, Reuters reported.

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The meeting, held in Mount Kumgang, North Korea, comes after the two sides agreed in April that a reunion could mark a common national holiday in August.

The temporary reunions will be held at North Korea's Diamond Mountain resort from Aug. 20-26, Seoul's Unification Ministry said. The countries each will send 100 people to the reunions, The Independent reported.

The negotiations are part of the effort promised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in to improve relations between the two nations, Reuters reported.

Who was XXXTentacion? 5 things about the late rapper

Hip-hop fans and celebrities are mourning the loss of rapper XXXTentacion after news of his death broke early this week.

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On Monday, the rapper, 20, was shot and killed while sitting in his car in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Broward Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Gina Carter confirmed Thursday that Dedrick Williams, 22, was arrested in connection to his death.

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The artist, who rose to fame within the last couple of years, released several chart-topping songs. He was also known for his legal troubles. 

Want to learn more about the emcee? Here are five things you should know.

He was mainly raised by his grandmother.  

Born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy on January 23, 1998 in Plantation, Florida, XXXTentacion was separated from his mother at an early age. His mom, who was pregnant with him as a teen, had financial issues, so he often lived with other people. By the time he was 12, he began living with his grandmother.

“My grandma really feels like my mom," he said in a Miami New Times article. “My mom almost feels like more of a sister.” 

He gained notoriety on SoundCloud.

The musician gravitated towards music after his aunt persuaded him to join a choir, he once said in a No Jumper interview. Although he was kicked out for fighting, he continued to dabble in music, exploring nu-metal, hard rock and rap. 

He released his first track “News/Flock” on SoundCloud in 2013. As he continued to upload new music, his fan base grew. He garnered thousands of streams, and by 2018, he had more than 2 million followers. 

» RELATED: Rapper XXXTentacion shot, killed in South Florida

He released several Billboard top-charting songs.

Throughout his career, he’s released two studio albums, four mixtapes and five extended plays. His single “Look At Me!” peaked at No. 34 on the Billboard 100 and was later certified platinum by the RIAA. His mixtape “Revenge” reached No. 44 on the Billboard 200, and his first studio album “17” debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. “17” spawned the hits “Sad,” which was certified two-times platinum, and “Changes,” which was certified platinum. His latest album “?,” released in March 2018, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

He had ties with various artists, including Atlanta rapper Lil Yachty. 

He collaborated with many rappers, such as Travis Barker, PnB Rock and Lil Yachty. 

In 2017, he was selected for XXL’s “2017 Freshman Class,” a feature that highlights up-and-coming hip hop artists. He was joined by Kamaiyah, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Ugly God and others. 

He had many legal issues. 

In 2014, he was sent to a youth detention center for gun possession charges. While in custody, he beat up a gay cellmate, because “he started staring,” he said in the No Jumper interview

At the time of his XXXTentacion’s death, he was awaiting trial. He was accused of domestic violence against his pregnant ex-girlfriend. According to an October 2016 arrest report, he was charged with battery and aggravated assault of a pregnant victim and false imprisonment. 

In March 2017, he pleaded no contest to charges of armed home invasion robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm and was released from jail on bail March 26, 2017. He was ordered to serve six years of probation. 

In December 2017, he was accused by prosecutors of witness tampering and was jailed again before being released on house arrest. 

» RELATED: Lawyer: Police think slaying of XXXTentacion was random

Paul McCartney, James Corden visit Beatles landmarks in Liverpool for Carpool Karaoke

Sir Paul McCartney has had a legendary run, from The Beatles to Wings and then a solo career  that has gone on for decades, but nothing can compare with his latest performance -- Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.

McCartney gave the host of “The Late Late Show” a little “Help” as they drove down “Penny Lane” taking in the sights of Liverpool. 

In addition to singing his hits, McCartney gave Corden a tour of his hometown, showing him the sites from his life and surprising fans as they stopped by a barber shop on Penny Lane.

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McCartney also explained how he came up with the iconic title of “Let It Be,” saying that his mother came to him in a dream to tell him everything would be alright, and to just let it be. He tells the story about 5 minutes into the video.

They also stopped by the home where McCartney spent his teenage years with his mother, father and brother, and visited the rooms where he and John Lennon wrote some of their first songs.

The drive ended with Corden and McCartney visiting one of the local Liverpool pubs where The Beatles performed before they hit it big and giving the patrons an impromptu concert, wrapping up the day with “Hey Jude.”

McCartney released two new songs this week: “Come On To Me” and “I Don’t Know” from his upcoming album “Egypt Station.”

Japanese worker docked half a day's pay for taking lunch 3 minutes early

A city official in Kobe, Japan, was docked half a day’s pay for repeatedly leaving his desk early for lunch, CNN reported.

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The 64-year-old man, who was not identified, works for the city’s waterworks bureau. Officials said the man had left his desk three minutes before his scheduled break to buy lunch -- an infraction they said had happened 26 previous times over the past seven months, CNN reported.

The man was reprimanded and docked half a day’s pay, bureau officials said.

“It is very regrettable that such misconduct took place," a bureau official said at the news conference last week. "We deeply apologize for it.”

All four officials at the conference then stood and bowed, CNN reported.

The punishment sparked criticism on social media. One person on Twitter wrote that the officials “should round up smokers who step out for three minutes.” Another wrote that “It’s (a) tough life nowadays. No tea break, no cigarette break, no chatting."

"We have received opinion this time from both directions, such as the reprimand was too much," Gen Oka, the general affairs officer at the bureau, told CNN. "We must think again what's the appropriate measures to take."

Wendy’s employee fires shotgun at customer’s car in parking lot, police say

North Carolina police took a fast food worker into custody after they said he fired shots at a customer in the parking lot at a Wendy’s early Friday in Charlotte.

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The incident occurred at 2 a.m., police said.

Investigators said two customers had gone through the drive-thru and were waiting for their food in the parking lot, police said. A female employee brought it out to them, but the women started fighting.

Police said a male employee then came out and shot at the customers with a shotgun.

Nobody was hurt, but officers took the worker into custody.

Police have not identified him and have not said what charges he will face.

North Carolina toddler battling rare Sly syndrome condition

Skylar Rodriguez was born three months early on Nov. 22, 2017, and only given 24 hours to live.

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"Her kidney wasn't working. Her liver's enlarged. She couldn't breathe on her own," her grandmother, Cindy Washington, said Wednesday.

The newborn was diagnosed with an extremely rare disease known as mucopolysaccharidosis type VII.

Her mother, Hunter Howard, said they are one of the first cases in this part of the United States.

"They told us there are only 150 people in the whole world that have this," Howard said.

The disease is also known as MPS7 or Sly syndrome. Patients with it are missing a key enzyme needed for healthy body function.

Body tissue and organs are damaged because of the disease. The result is a very short life expectancy for the now 7-month-old.

"At this point, they're saying that she won't live a year," Washington said.

Skylar's family said they have received world-class care at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center while coming to grips with their new reality.

"I'm thankful, there couldn't have been a better team to take care of Skylar," Washington told us.

But the clock is ticking with no cure for MPS7.

Late last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved the first-ever treatment for MPS7. It's an enzyme therapy drug.

However, the family's being told it will cost them $200,000 per year.

That's money they don't have, and the family is left hoping Medicaid will agree to cover the cost of treatment.

"Skylar needs it now, 'cause that medicine just might save her," Washington said.

They are left to wait for an answer about treatment and said they'll cherish every moment they have for now with Skylar.

"She's the light of my life, and I would never want that to dim," her mother said.

Doctors are allowing Skylar to leave the hospital on July 5.

Her condition will be closely monitored from home.

2 arrested after child falls out of moving car, slides across Idaho road

Two people were arrested in Idaho after a toddler who was unrestrained in a car seat fell out of a moving car -- and the driver did not stop his vehicle, KTVB reported.

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Police in Boise said they received a call at 7:53 p.m. on June 15. According to witnesses, the car’s back seat flew open as the driver made a right turn. The 2-year-old child and the car seat spilled onto the road, KTVB reported.

A witness retrieved the boy -- who was not buckled into the seat -- off the road. The child suffered bruises to his left cheek and was taken to a hospital, the television station reported.

Moments later the driver of the car -- Cesar Cabana Ripoyla, 57, of Boise, returned to the scene and dropped off the boy’s mother, Ashley Pantoja, 25, also of Boise -- and drove away, police said. 

Officers later discovered that two other children were in the car and were not properly restrained, KTVB reported.

Pantoja was arrested and three felony injury to a child charges were filed against her on Wednesday. She is being held without bail at the Ada County Jail. Ripoyla is also being held on three felony injury to a child charges and one felony count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury or death. He is also being held without bond, KTVB reported.

Couple finally engaged after airline lost luggage containing ring 

A Texas couple is formally engaged after the bride-to-be’s engagement ring was lost in a luggage snafu for nearly three weeks, WFAA reported.

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Ben Adams and his girlfriend Elizabeth Kahle landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport two-and-a-half weeks ago after a trip to Europe.

Adams hoped to propose to Kahle at her family’s home in Frisco, Texas. But the engagement ring was in one of his suitcases, and during a layover in Iceland all of their luggage was misplaced, WFAA reported.

The luggage was on Iceland-based WOW Airlines. When their flight to Dallas was canceled, Adams and Kahle were rerouted to New York and then Atlanta before finally reaching their destination. 

Adams had to confess to Kahle that the engagement ring was in his luggage, WFAA reported.

“The stakes just went from here to here!” Kahle told the television station.

Adams eventually discovered that their luggage was sent to Boston. The bags were shipped home, and Adams made his formal marriage proposal Wednesday night, WFAA reported.

Kahle said yes.

Washington mom bathes 1-year-old son in bleach to keep him alive 

A 1-year-old Washington state boy battling a rare genetic skin disorder is bathed twice a week in bleach to deter infections, USA Today reported.

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Alicia Barber of Chattaroy gave birth to Jamison Stam in May 2017. The boy was born with harlequin ichthyosis, a recessive inherited disorder. Jamison is covered with plates of thick skin that crack and split apart, according to the First Foundation for Ichthyosis and Related Skin Types.

Harlequin ichthyosis affects about one in 500,000 people, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders

Jamison was given no chance to live.

"I was severely depressed," Barber told USA Today, "I didn’t go to see him. The state felt like I couldn’t provide proper care for him at that time."

Jamison was in foster care for five months late last year. Barber went to counseling and said she decided to be "the mom Jamison needed me to be" and take over the boy’s day-to-day care. As a mother to a 7-year-old and stepmother to a 6-year-old boy, Barber knew it would be a full-time job.

Jamison's doctors recommended a bleach bath to prevent infections, but they are painful. Barber gives the child morphine to ease the pain, but worries that it affects his already slow breathing, USA Today reported.

"Some days I wake up and I think how am I going to get through another day," Barber told USA Today. "That small voice says ‘Alicia we are going to do this.’ … God is carrying me the most."

Barber said she wants Jamison to have “an amazing life,” She has raised more than $38,000 through a 

Watch: Priest slaps crying baby during baptism ceremony 

It’s not unusual for a baby to cry during a baptism ceremony. What is strange is when a priest slaps the baby in an effort to quiet the child.

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Reddit user posted video that shows a priest using his left hand to slap the baby. The user wrote “This happened today in France, I’m really shocked,” although an exact day and location was not specified.

The video, also posted on YouTube, has a French title that translates to “A priest slaps an infant during his baptism.”

IN the vdieo, the priest first attempts to comfort the baby, hugging the child. When that doesn’t work, the priest quickly slaps the baby.

The man and woman in the video -- either the child’s parents or godparents -- were taken aback by the priest’s action.

The man wrestles the child away from the priest as the video ends.

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