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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in cross back the military demarcation line to the south side after Moon crossing the border to north upon meeting for the Inter-Korean Summit in Panmunjom, South Korea. Photo: Korea Summit Press Pool/Getty Images

In the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea Friday morning local time, Kim Jong-un became the first North Korean leader in modern history to set foot on South Korean soil. This marks the beginning of a historic summit between the two leaders to discuss denuclearization.

Cosby verdict

A jury convicted Bill Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in a 2004 sexual assault. He’s facing up to 30 years in prison, but Cosby could serve his sentences concurrently. The verdict is the first for a major celebrity in the era of the #MeToo movement.

Optimistic outlook

Amazon shocked Wall Street after it reported a surge in first-quarter profit and earnings per share that nearly tripled analyst estimates. Sales up 43% sent stock soaring after hours of trading.

Pruitt's congressional hearing

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said during a congressional hearing Thursday that he gave his Chief of Staff the go-ahead to give controversial raises to two trusted aides at the EPA. To the extent Pruitt admits he defied the White House, which had initially denied the raises, it could be more damaging to him than the various spending controversies.

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Updated 3 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions

Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that restrictions previously imposed on New York places of worship by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during the coronavirus pandemic violated the First Amendment.

Why it matters: The decision in a 5-4 vote heralds the first significant action by the new President Trump-appointed conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who cast the deciding vote in favor of the Catholic Church and Orthodox Jewish synagogues.

USAID chief tests positive for coronavirus

An Air Force cargo jet delivers USAID supplies to Russia earlier this year. Photo: Mikhail Metzel/TASS via Getty Images

The acting administrator of the United States Agency for International Development informed senior staff Wednesday he has tested positive for coronavirus, two sources familiar with the call tell Axios.

Why it matters: John Barsa, who staffers say rarely wears a mask in their office, is the latest in a series of senior administration officials to contract the virus. His positive diagnosis comes amid broader turmoil at the agency following the election.

Bryan Walsh, author of Future
11 hours ago - Health

COVID-19 shows a bright future for vaccines

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Promising results from COVID-19 vaccine trials offer hope not just that the pandemic could be ended sooner than expected, but that medicine itself may have a powerful new weapon.

Why it matters: Vaccines are, in the words of one expert, "the single most life-saving innovation ever," but progress had slowed in recent years. New gene-based technology that sped the arrival of the COVID vaccine will boost the overall field, and could even extend to mass killers like cancer.