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The guitarist and co-founder of legendary rock group AC/DC, Malcolm Young, died on Saturday at age 64. Young had suffered from dementia for the past three years; the illness has caused him to permanently retire from the band in 2014. Young formed AC/DC along with brother Angus Young in 1973, and together they produced dozens of hit hard rock anthems, including "Back in Black," "Hells Bells," "Highway to Hell," "Thunderstruck" and the iconic "You Shook Me All Night Long." AC/DC sold around 110 million albums, becoming the best-selling Australian music act of all time, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003. Malcolm and Angus' older brother George, who frequently served as the band's producer, died in October at age 70. A number of rock legends tweeted memorials and testimonials to Young, including Eddie Van Halen, Paul Stanley of KISS and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. – RS

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has arrived in France for a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron. Hariri arrived in France after a two week stay in Saudi Arabia, during which he announced that he would step down as Lebanon's Prime Minister under questionable circumstances. It has been suggested that Hariri was pressured to resign while in Saudi Arabia, as part of that country's ongoing power struggle with Iran, and may have been held there against his will. Officials claim that his resignation will not formally take effect until it's delivered in person in Lebanon. France, which colonized Lebanon and continues to have a strong relationship with the Hariri family and the Lebanese government, has stepped in to act as a mediator. Macron told journalists in France on Friday that his country's role is "to talk to everyone" rather than taking sides in the conflict. Despite his resignation, Hariri intends to return to Beirut "in the next few days to participate in the Independence Day celebrations." – NYT

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The two Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers who shot and killed 29-year-old Ruben Galindo will not be charged. Officers Courtney Suggs and David Guerra have been on paid administrative leave since the September 6 incident, when they responded to a call from Galindo, who intended to turn himself in for an upcoming court date. Galindo told the 911 dispatcher that he had a gun but "I have no bullets," and apparently had his hands up when the officers approached. Nonetheless, he was shot after reportedly failing to follow officers commands and put down his weapon. A toxicology report indicates that Galindo had a blood alcohol level of .23 at the time of his death, but was not under the influence of any drugs. – OBSERVER

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President Trump added five additional judges to his shortlist of candidates that could fill a forthcoming Supreme Court vacancy. Though no Supreme Court seats are currently available, there are three justices who are age 79 or older. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 84, Anthony Kennedy is 81 and Stephen Breyer is 79 years old.) Two of the five additions, Amy Coney Barrett and Kevin Newsom, are appellate judges nominated by Trump earlier this year and later confirmed by the Senate. White House Counsel Don McGahn recently told a collection of conservative legal advocates that Trump was committed to appointing "sitting judges" with "paper trails," who are committed "originalists and textualists" of the Constitution. – REUTERS

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President Trump announced that he would delay a decision about importing elephant trophies from Africa pending a review of "all conservation facts." On Thursday, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it would roll back an Obama-era regulation barring the importation of hunted elephants from Zimbabwe and Zambia, citing new information that big-game hunting would help local communities raise money for conservation programs. Following criticism from various animal rights and environmental groups, as well as the House Foreign Affairs Committee, President Trump tweeted that he had "put [the] big game trophy decision on hold." In a statement, California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, the committee chairman, cited concerns about not only wildlife conservation but the tumultuous political situation in Zimbabwe. – TRIBUNE

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South Korean doctors treating the soldier who escaped from North Korea across the heavily guarded border this week discovered that he is infected with dozens of parasitic worms. Dr. Lee Cook-jong and his team found the parasites while treating the soldier's intestinal wounds, and reported that some are as long as 11 inches. The name and rank of the soldier, who arrived in South Korea after driving a jeep through the heavily guarded Joint Security Area dividing the two countries, have not been released. Because of the widespread use of human excrement to fertilize North Korean fields (the country lacks access to chemical fertilizer), it's believed that parasites are relatively common among the population. – NYT

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Pixar has released the first teaser for the upcoming sequel to "The Incredibles." The brief clip features the family's infant, Jack-Jack, testing out some of his newly-acquired superpowers, including laser eyes and fire breath. It also briefly features Mr. Incredible, once again voiced by Craig T. Nelson. "The Incredibles 2" will pick up right after the conclusion of the first film, with the super-family facing off against the villainous Underminer. Director Brad Bird told the crowd at this year's D23 Expo that the new film would focus more on Holly Hunter's character, Elastigirl. Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson will also reprise their roles from the first "Incredibles"; Hank Milner replaces Spencer Fox as the voice of Dash. "The Incredibles 2" hits theaters on June 15, 2018. – EW

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The Washington Post spoke with 25 North Koreans who escaped the regime and fled to South Korea and Thailand. The interviewees came from various walks of life, though many had relocated from the northern portion of the country, near the Chinese border. They speak of an oppressed population that has received an increasing amount of information from the outside world through smuggled USB sticks, and relate the false hopes provided by young Kim Jong-un's rise to power. Though school children still speak fondly of a regime that distributed candy and cookies on the leader's birthday, the adults speak of the failure of "ideological education" and the widespread knowledge "that Kim Jong Il and Kim Jong Un were both liars." – WAPO

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Bloomberg profiled Centene, an obscure but growing insurance company that has significantly benefited from the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Centene is based in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, but has primarily offered plans throughout the past decade in Georgia. Since the introduction of the ACA, Centene has expanded to 20 additional Georgia counties, which are home to some of the poorest and unhealthiest populations in the US. The company also has plans to expand to rural locations in Nevada, Indiana, Ohio, Florida, Kansas, Texas, Washington state and Missouri. It may also end up becoming the only Obamacare-affiliated health care provider in Mississippi. The company has done so by offering affordable health care plans, in part through the use of "predictive analytics" to catch chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease before they become severe. – BLOOMBERG

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