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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 country’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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"I was horrified": Leaders respond to footage of Black and Latino Army officer threatened at traffic stop

An Army officer is suing two Virginia police officers after he said they drew their guns and pepper-sprayed him during a traffic stop in December, WTKR reports.

Why it matters: Footage of the incident has drawn widespread criticism from leaders and groups in the state. Caron Nazario, who is Black and Latino, is heard saying “I’m honestly afraid to get out," to which a police officer responds “Yeah, you should be," in a video from a body-worn camera.

Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The impact of the Derek Chauvin trial is reverberating far beyond the walls of the downtown Minneapolis courtroom.

The state of play: With the trial set to enter its third week, activists across America are watching the proceedings unfold with heavy skepticism that what they perceive as justice will be served.

Felix Salmon, author of Capital
3 hours ago - Economy & Business

The dispiriting housing boom

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

It's a discouraging scene: Bidding wars, soaring prices, and fears that homeownership is becoming out of reach for millions of Americans. We're in a housing frenzy, driven by a massive shortage of inventory — and no one seems to be happy about it.

Why it matters: Not all bubbles burst. Real estate, in particular, tends to rise in value much more easily than it falls. Besides, says National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun, this "is not a bubble. It is simply lack of supply."

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