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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that it may be necessary to take pre-emptive military action against North Korea if the threat of their nuclear weapons program gets to a point "that we believe requires action," reports the AP.

Tillerson is in South Korea today. His response when asked if the U.S. would use military force against the North:

All of the options are on the table ... but obviously if North Korea takes actions that threatens South Korean forces or our own forces, that would be met with [an] appropriate response...

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Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.

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