Things you should know today: 5/23/18


Pompeo ‘very hopeful’ N. Korea talks will still take place

Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The decision about whether the nuclear summit between North Korea and the U.S. will take place next month lays squarely on Kim Jong Un, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He also said that Kim “asked for the meeting, the president agreed to meet with him. I’m very hopeful that meeting will take place.” President Trump and Chairman Kim will discuss how to best serve the North Korean country without its nuclear weapons, and whether North Korea should denuclearize all at once or in phases.

Legend of Loch Ness Monster will be tested with DNA samples

FILE -This is an undated file photo of a shadowy shape that some people say is a photo of the Loch Ness monster in Scotland. For hundreds of years, visitors to Scotland’s Loch Ness have described seeing a monster that some believe lives in the depths. Now the legend of “Nessie” may have no place to hide. Researchers will travel there next month to take samples of the murky waters and use DNA tests to determine what species live there. (AP Photo, File)

A team of researchers will travel to Scotland next month to collect 300 samples of water from different points around the lake that people speculate the Loch Ness monster lives. The samples of water, which contain fragments of DNA such as skin, feathers, scales and urine, will provide for DNA tests that will determine what species live there. The results will then be compared to already known species recorded in a database. Researchers expect to have answers by the end of the year.

Pakistani teen slain at Texas school is buried in hometown

Family members and others carry the casket of Sabika Sheikh, Pakistani exchange student killed in a mass shooting at a high school in Texas, upon arrival at her home in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Her body has arrived in the port city of Karachi, where her family lives. (AP Photo/Fareed Khan)

The body of seventeen-year-old student Sabika Sheikh, who was killed during the Santa Fe high school shootings, was retrieved back at her hometown in Pakistan for her funeral service. Her family, along with thousands of others, attended on Wednesday. Sheikh was the oldest child of her family and attended high school since last August. She planned on flying home to Pakistan just weeks before her death in order to celebrate the end of Ramadan.

The NFL is trending on Twitter for approving a penalty for players that choose to kneel during the national anthem. The new ruling says that all players and personnel on the field must “stand and show respect for the flag,” as well as the national anthem.

It’s World Turtle Day! People on Twitter are using the hashtag #WorldTurtleDay to raise awareness on using less plastic to protect the species and keep them alive and well. They’re also sharing their favorite facts, videos and photos of turtles.

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