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10 things you need to know today: June 4, 2018

North Korea shakes up its military leadership, a volcanic eruption kills at least 25 people in Guatemala, and more


North Korea reportedly shakes up military leadership before Trump summit

North Korea reportedly shook up its military leadership ahead of the planned June 12 summit between the country's leader, Kim Jong Un, and President Trump. The top three North Korean military officials were replaced. South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported that all three of the officials, all members of the aging Old Guard, were replaced by younger officials loyal to Kim, continuing a consolidation of power that has been ongoing since Kim took power in 2011. "All these [promoted] guys are top Kim Jong Un guys," said Michael Madden, author of the highly respected North Korea Leadership Watch blog. "All three of them have held very sensitive and high-level positions under Kim Jong Un, they're very loyal [to him], and all have experience interacting with foreign delegations."


At least 25 killed in Guatemala volcanic eruption

Guatemala's Volcán de Fuego, or "volcano of fire," erupted Sunday, blanketing nearby villages with heavy ash and killing at least 25 people. At least 20 others were injured, and authorities said the toll could rise, as an undetermined number of people are still unaccounted for. Four of the people killed were in a house in El Rodeo village that was set on fire by lava that spewed from the volcano, and two children were killed as they watched the eruption, the volcano's second this year, from a bridge. About 3,100 people were evacuated from communities around the volcano, Guatemala's disaster agency said. Ash reached Guatemala City, the capital, 27 miles away, as well as the colonial town of Antigua, a popular tourist destination.


Giuliani says Trump can't be 'subpoenaed or indicted' in office

President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on Sunday defended a letter Trump's legal team sent to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office arguing that a president can't obstruct justice because he has the power to shut down any federal investigation at any time. Giuliani told The Huffington Post that even if Trump had shot former FBI Director James Comey, instead of firing him, Trump could be impeached but not prosecuted while in office. "In no case can he be subpoenaed or indicted," Giuliani said. He told ABC's This Week that Trump probably could pardon himself, as his legal team suggested, but that Trump "has no intention" of doing that. Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said there was "no way" Trump would pardon himself because he would be immediately impeached.


48 migrants dead after boat sinks off Tunisia

At least 48 migrants died and 67 were rescued when their boat sank off the coast of Tunisia on Sunday in one of the deadliest migrant boat accidents in recent years. Dozens more were missing. Traffickers have increasingly used Tunisia as a launching point for crafts carrying people trying to reach Europe from North Africa since Libya's coast guard has started cracking down. A survivor said the captain abandoned the boat to escape arrest after it started sinking with an estimated 180 migrants on board. "I survived by clinging to wood for nine hours," the survivor said.


3 airlifted from area cut off by lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Three people trapped by lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano were airlifted to safety Sunday. Nearly a dozen people were reported to have been cut off by "vigorous eruptions," authorities said. Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency officials had gone through threatened neighborhoods earlier over the weekend warning people that they had to leave immediately or risk being stranded, but some chose to stay. The U.S. Geological Survey said lava had covered a total of 5.5 square miles. The eruption has gone on for four weeks, longer than eruptions in 1955 and 1924, and has destroyed at least 87 homes.


Study: Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy

Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy without reducing their chances of survival, a new study has found. The results rely on a genetic test that gauges risk by looking at a gene involved in recurrence of the disease. Up to 70,000 patients a year could safely avoid chemotherapy, the study indicates. These patients, whose cancer has not spread to the lymph nodes and is fueled by hormones, would still have to undergo surgery and hormone treatment. "The impact is tremendous," said study leader Dr. Joseph Sparano. The study was funded by the National Cancer Institute and other foundations, as well as with earnings from the breast cancer postage stamp.


Anti-immigrant party wins Slovenia elections

The opposition Slovenia Democratic Party of former Prime Minister Janez Jansa won a plurality in Slovenia's parliamentary elections Sunday, but it is expected to have a tough time forming a government because its anti-immigration focus could drive away potential coalition partners. The party took 25 percent of the vote, according to preliminary results, so it will need allies to pull together a government. Jansa acknowledged the rocky path ahead. "We will probably have to wait for some time ... before serious talks on a new government will be possible," he said. The SDS is firmly opposed to the European Union's plans to impose quotas requiring countries to accept asylum seekers, and calls for the money needed to accommodate asylum seekers to be spent on security instead.


Fallon tells graduating Parkland survivors to 'keep changing the world'

Nearly 800 students graduated Sunday from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 students and teachers in February. Four families accepted diplomas for students killed in the attack by a former fellow student. The class received words of encouragement from a surprise speaker, The Tonight Show's Jimmy Fallon, who praised the school's students for leading a national campaign for school safety and gun control, including organizing the March for Our Lives protests in April. "You are not just the future — you are the present," Fallon said. "Keep changing the world. Keep making us proud." The ceremony, held at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, was private and not open to the press.


Report: Facebook let device makers access data of users' friends

Facebook reached agreements over the last decade to share access to user data with 60 device makers, including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and Blackberry, The New York Times reported Sunday. Most of the partnerships remain in effect, although Facebook started winding them down in April, after news reports revealed that now-defunct data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had improperly accessed tens of millions of Facebook users' private data. The partnerships allowed some device makers access to the personal information of users' friends, even if they had tried to bar sharing, the Times found. During the backlash over the Cambridge Analytica story, Facebook said it had cut off developers from accessing the information of users' friends in 2014, but it didn't disclose that it had exempted device makers.


Golden State beats Cleveland to take 2-0 lead in NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors won Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Oakland on Sunday night, rolling over the Cleveland Cavaliers 122-103. Warriors star Stephen Curry had 33 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. He also had nine three-pointers, an NBA Finals record. Klay Thompson scored 20 points and Kevin Durant notched 26. LeBron James had 29 points, 13 assists, and nine rebounds for the Cavs, but speculation flared on social media before the game was even over about whether James will switch teams after the Finals, and where he'd go. "The shared belief that drove the conversation?" USA Today said: "James just can't beat these star-studded Warriors unless he finds a way to form another super team."


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