Updated Jun 2, 2018

North Korea may have faked the detonation of a nuclear test site

Punggye-ri nuclear test site is reportedly demolished on May 24, 2018. Photo: News1-Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images

When North Korea exploded its nuclear test site at Punggye-ri last month, it was likely all a charade.

The evidence: The amount of dust from the explosions appears to have been too small for scientists to glean geologic activity, like a collapsed tunnel, and journalists who were invited to watch were 500 meters from the explosion, which indicates they were small blasts, per CNN.

The big picture: North Korea may not be serious about completing a verifiable, permanent, and irreversible denuclearization; North Koreans removed technical equipment from the site before the detonations, indicating they may be interested in using it later.

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Supreme Court to hear Philadelphia case over same-sex foster parents

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The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear a high-profile case that could reshape the bounds of First Amendment protections for religion.

Why it matters: The direct question in this case is whether Philadelphia had the right to cancel a contract with an adoption agency that refused to place foster children with same-sex couples. It also poses bigger questions that could lead the court to overturn a key precedent and carve out new protections for religious organizations.

Why Apple may move to open iOS

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The big picture: Customers have long clamored for the ability to choose their preferred apps, and now Apple, like other big tech companies, finds itself under increased scrutiny over anything perceived as anticompetitive.