May 2, 2018

Report: North Korea releases three U.S. detainees

President Trump and Kim Jong-un. Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP/Getty Images

Three Americans being held in North Korea have reportedly been released from labor camps and are "getting health treatment and ideological education" ahead of a planned summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, per the Financial Times. However, a State Department official told Axios they can not confirm the reports.

The details: Kim Dong-cheol, Kim Sang-deok, and Kim Hak-seong were reportedly released in early April, according Choi Sung-ryong, the countryโ€™s "most vocal campaigner for South Korean abductees," per FT. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also "believed to have discussed the issue" when he traveled to North Korea on Easter weekend.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect a statement from the State Department.

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 โ€” while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. Meanwhile, Italy reported its first virus-related death on Friday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,359 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Wells Fargo agrees to pay $3 billion to settle consumer abuse charges

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Wells Fargo agreed to a pay a combined $3 billion to the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday for opening millions of fake customer accounts between 2002 and 2016, the SEC said in a press release.

The big picture: The fine "is among the largest corporate penalties reached during the Trump administration," the Washington Post reports.