National News at a Glance
Posted May 5, 2018 7:42 p.m. EDT
In Speech Ostensibly About Tax Cuts, Trump Keeps China in Cross Hairs
President Donald Trump used a visit to the industrial Midwest to promote his hard-line trade tactics, while the White House rebuked the Chinese government for demanding that foreign airlines change how they refer to Taiwan. “We’re going to have to rework trade with China,” he said to a crowd of about 600 in Cleveland. Trump said the administration would consider the next steps in what has become an increasingly bitter confrontation over steel tariffs and China’s theft of American intellectual property. Gathering a round-table of steelworkers and small-business people, ostensibly to promote the effects of the Republican tax cut, he ended up celebrating other aspects of his presidency, including his poll numbers, which he claimed were on the rise.
Native American Brothers Pulled From Campus Tour After ‘Nervous’ Mother Calls Police
A pair of Native American brothers who had traveled seven hours to tour Colorado State University this week had their visit cut short after a parent on their tour reported them to campus police. The parent, a mother, became suspicious after they joined the tour in progress, telling a 911 dispatcher that their behavior and clothing stood out, according to audio from the call. Dr. Tony Frank, the university’s president, said the school was trying to reach the brothers —Thomas Kanewakeron Gray, 19, and Lloyd Skanahwati Gray, 17 — to reimburse them and offer to bring them back as VIP guests.
NASA on Mission to Peer Deep Into Mars
NASA’s InSight spacecraft is on its way to Mars to study the deep interior of the planet. After a 300-million-mile journey, InSight will head for the planet's surface Nov. 26. The main mission is essentially to take a sonogram of Mars. Just as sound waves can reveal the outlines of a baby within a mother, the seismic rumblings of quakes on Mars will reveal the planet’s interior structure — the size of the core, the thickness of the crust, the properties of the mantle. The project “is really the science of understanding the early solar system,” said Bruce Banerdt, the principal investigator.
Four Decades After Martha Moxley’s Murder, Her Mother Says ‘It’s Enough’
Dorthy Moxley won’t continue to pursue the case of Michael C. Skakel, whose conviction in her daughter's murder in 1975 was vacated Friday by the Connecticut Supreme Court. "We got him arrested and convicted and put in jail,'' Moxley said Saturday. "It isn’t my job now. It’s enough.” Skakel and Martha Moxley were 15 when the girl was killed with a golf club. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was arrested years later and sentenced to prison. His new legal team says Skakel's original lawyer had not provided effective representation. Prosecutors are considering whether to seek another trial.
Kentucky Derby 2018: Justify Beats the Apollo Curse
On Saturday at Churchill Downs, amid a steady and driving rain, Justify won the 144th Kentucky Derby — the first horse to win the race without competing as a 2-year-old since Apollo in 1882. The undefeated chestnut colt finished the 1-1/4-mile course in 2:04.20, earning a $1,432,000 paycheck for his connections and rewarding his backers with $7.80 on a $2 bet to win. Good Magic was second, followed by Audible. It was the second Derby victory for ironman jockey Mike Smith, 52 — his first coming in 2005 aboard the longshot Giacomo.