Only in America
A woman was barred from boarding a United Airlines flight with what she claimed was her “emotional support peacock.” United said the peacock did not meet its service animal guidelines for several reasons, “including its weight and size.” In its own pushback against the “support animal” trend, Delta Airlines issued a ban on hedgehogs, spiders, waterfowl, and “animals with tusks, horns, or hooves.”
A California woman is suing Walmart, claiming the store locks African-American beauty products in cases but leaves products for other races on the shelves. Essie Grundy, 43, says staff even had to unlock a case to let her buy a 48-cent comb and wouldn’t let her touch the comb until she’d paid for it. In a statement, Walmart said that no retailer “is immune to the challenge of crime.”
Boring but important
White House drops South Korea ambassador pick
The White House is no longer considering its original choice for U.S. ambassador to South Korea after he objected to the idea of launching a “bloody nose” strike on North Korea. The Trump administration had been expected to nominate Victor Cha, a respected academic who served in the George W. Bush administration, and spent months vetting his background, going so far as to notify South Korean officials in December of the pending decision. But the White House reversed itself not long after, reportedly following Cha’s objection to the idea of launching a preventive strike on North Korea, a strategy meant to deter its nuclear ambitions without triggering a full-scale war. Cha also objected to Trump’s threats to abandon a bilateral trade deal with Seoul.