Pyongyang vows tough counteraction to any US military moves; Secretary of State meets 'likemindeds;' Hernandez lawyer upset over forewoman; and more headlines to start your day Tuesday, April 11, 2017.

NORTH KOREA CALLS MOVING AIRCRAFT CARRIER AN 'OUTRAGEOUS ACTION'

 

PYONGYANG, North Korea — North Korea is vowing tough counteraction to any military moves that might follow the U.S. move to send the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier and its battle group to waters off the Korean Peninsula.

 

The statement from Pyongyang comes as tensions on the divided peninsula are high because of U.S.-South Korea wargames now underway and recent ballistic missile launches by the North. Pyongyang sees the annual maneuvers as a dress rehearsal for invasion, while the North's missile launches violate U.N. resolutions.

 

"We will hold the U.S. wholly accountable for the catastrophic consequences to be entailed by its outrageous actions," a spokesman for its Foreign Ministry was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency late Monday.

 

 

 

TILLERSON MEETING WITH 'LIKEMINDEDS' ON SYRIA

 

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was scheduled to attend a meeting Tuesday of the "likemindeds" — countries that share a similar approach to resolving Syria's protracted civil war. The session, which was taking place on the sidelines of the Group of 7 summit in Italy, was to include Middle East countries, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, which share a U.S. interest in resolving the conflict and resisting Iran's influence in Syria.

 

On Tuesday evening, Tillerson was scheduled to fly to Moscow, the first official visit by a Trump Cabinet official to Russia, Assad's strongest ally.

 

 

 

HERNANDEZ LAWYER OBJECTS TO JUDE'S PICK OF WHITE FOREWOMAN

 

BOSTON — As jurors in the double-murder trial of ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez deliberated for a second day Monday, one of Hernandez's lawyers told the judge that his selection of a white woman as forewoman of the mostly minority jury has "troubling racial overtones."

 

The jury has deliberated about 12 hours since Friday without reaching a verdict. Deliberations are set to resume Tuesday.

 

Attorney Ronald Sullivan Jr., a black Harvard law professor, said the judge's choice of a white woman as forewoman ensured she would remain on the jury instead of being dismissed as an alternate. He said each juror of color should have had the same opportunity to remain on the jury and serve as the foreman or forewoman.

 

 

 

HOUSE RACE IN KANSAS SURPRISINGLY COMPETITIVE

 

WICHITA, Kan. — A Democratic civil rights attorney running in the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's November victory has made the race surprisingly competitive for a Kansas House seat held by a Republican for more than two decades.

 

The special election Tuesday between Democrat James Thompson and Republican Ron Estes to fill the seat vacated by CIA Director Mike Pompeo is being watched across the nation for signs of a backlash against Republicans or waning support from Trump's supporters.

 

 

 

CUBS FINALLY RAISE WORLD SERIES BANNER

 

CHICAGO — Finally, a banner moment at Wrigley Field.

 

The Chicago Cubs raised their 2016 World Series championship flag Monday night, delighting a raucous crowd that waited through a long rain delay for a moment more than a century in the making.

 

Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams raised banners for the franchise's two previous championships and last year's NL pennant. First baseman Anthony Rizzo had the initial honors for the drought-busting title flag before the rest of the Cubs took their turn.