NO WAVING OF U.S. FLAG AT ARLINGTON ON JULY 4
Many Americans gathering to celebrate Independence Day will mark the holiday at Arlington National Cemetery. But for visitors feeling patriotic, one item is banned on the hallowed grounds: a waving American flag.
The law emerged in 2006, when former U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., grew angry after watching mourners at a military burial face “chants and taunting and some of the most vile things I have ever heard,” Rogers said at the time.
He was referring to protests by members of the Topeka, Kan.-based Westboro Baptist Church, who showed up at Arlington burials with posters chiding mourners with messages such as “Thank God for dead soldiers.” They picketed military funerals, claiming that combat deaths represented God’s anger for the country’s tolerance of homosexuality.
In response, Rogers helped write the Respect for America’s Fallen Heroes Act, a bill that made it illegal to protest funerals held at Arlington Cemetery and the 135 burial grounds run by the National Cemetery Administration. In its broad definition of “demonstration,” the legislation specifically made it unlawful to display “any placard, banner, flag or similar device.”
South Korean military says North Korea has launched ballistic missile. . SEOUL,
SOUTH KOREA» North Korea on Tuesday launched yet another ballistic missile in the direction of Japan, South Korean officials said, part of a string of recent testfirings as the North works to build a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the United States.
The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement that the launch, which came before the U.S. celebration of its national independence, was made from North Phyongan province. Other details were scarce.
It wasn’t immediately clear if this was a routine firing of a short-range missile or an attempt to perfect North Korea’s longer-range missiles.
Just last week South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump focused much of their first meeting on opposing North Korea’s development of atomic weapons that threaten both allies.
Japan’s government said the missile was believed to have landed in Japan’s exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan but no damage to ships or aircraft in the area has been reported.
Japanese leader’s rule seen shaken by municipal election loss. TOKYO»
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s scandal-laden ruling party scrambled Monday to control damage from an embarrassing defeat in Tokyo municipal elections, but experts said the stunning result could mean the beginning of the end to Abe’s long reign.
Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party suffered a thumping loss in the assembly elections Sunday, taking a beating for recent scandals and a high-handed approach in achieving policies, while maverick Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s new party surged to victory on her reformist image.
Koike’s party and its allies secured a comfortable majority, winning 79 of the assembly’s 127 seats. But the city branch of Abe’s LDP won just 23 seats, its worstever showing in the assembly, and down from its pre-election share of 57 seats.
Two children dead from E. coli outbreak in polygamous community.
HILDALE, UTAH» Utah health authorities were investigating Monday what triggered an E.coli outbreak in a mostly polygamous community on the Utah-Arizona state line after the bacteria killed two children and sickened four others. Early indications suggest the E.coli may be linked to contaminated food or exposure to animals — not the town of Hildale’s water supply, said David Heaton, spokesman for the Southwest Utah Public Health Department. He said it appears isolated to one neighborhood. Heaton said the children died in the past two weeks after getting hemolytic uremic syndrome, which causes kidney damage.
China vows to increase air and sea patrols after U.S. warship sailed near disputed island. BEIJING»
China’s military vowed Monday to increase air and sea patrols after an American warship sailed near a disputed island in the South China Sea in what Beijing called a “serious political and military provocation.”
The spat is the latest in a series of disputes that have roiled the U.S.-China relationship in just the past few days. Experts said Washington appeared to be signaling its growing frustration with Beijing by rolling out measures including arms sales to Taiwan and sanctions for a Chinese bank doing business with North Korea.
On Sunday, the USS Stethem, an American guided-missile destroyer, sailed within 12 nautical miles of Triton Island, a U.S. defense official said. The small isle in the Paracel Islands chain is claimed and controlled by China. It was the second such U.S. operation near Chinese-controlled islands in six weeks. Denver Post wire services