The Chinese president urged restraint with North Korea; health care, budget lead tough week in Washington; former president returns to Chicago.

XI URGES RESTRAINT WHEN DEALING WITH NORTH KOREA

 

BEIJING — President Xi Jinping called for restraint when dealing with North Korea during a telephone call with President Donald Trump, Chinese state media reported Monday.

 

The official broadcaster CCTV quoted Xi as telling Trump that China strongly opposed North Korea's nuclear weapons program, which are in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, and hoped "all parties will exercise restraint and avoid aggravating the situation" on the Korean Peninsula.

 

The phone call, which took place Monday morning Beijing time, came amid speculation that Pyongyang could hold a sixth nuclear test this week.

 

 

DOUBLE EXECUTION SET FOR TODAY IN ARKANSAS

 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Two condemned Arkansas killers who admit they're guilty but fear their poor health could lead to extreme pain during lethal injections set for Monday might become the first inmates put to death in a double execution in the U.S. in more than 16 years.

 

Jack Jones and Marcel Williams are set to die in what would be the second and third Arkansas inmates executed this month as part of the state's aggressive plan to execute several inmates before one of its lethal injection drugs expires.

 

The state executed Ledell Lee last week in the state's first use of capital punishment since 2005.

 

The last time that a state put more than one inmate to death on the same day was when Texas executed two condemned killers in August of 2000.

 

 

TOUGH WEEK UPCOMING FOR TRUMP

 

Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles

 

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is heading into one of the most challenging weeks of his presidency, juggling a renewed health care push and a looming budget deadline. It's all complicated by a potential showdown with Democrats over paying for a border wall.

 

The symbolic 100-day mark for the administration is Saturday. That's the same day government could shut down without a budget deal. Trump has announced a rally in Pennsylvania that day.

 

"I don't think anyone foresees or expects or would want a shutdown," said budget director Mick Mulvaney on "Fox News Sunday."

 

 

OBAMA MEETS WITH AT-RISK YOUTH AHEAD OF CHICAGO SPEECH

 

Former President Barack Obama has met with at-risk youth in his hometown of Chicago before his first major post-presidency speech.

 

The former president spent time Sunday at a roundtable with youth from the organization Chicago Create Real Economic Destiny located in the Roseland/Pullman neighborhood in South Side Chicago.

 

The CRED program provides job skills and employment opportunities for at-risk young adults.

 

Spokesman Kevin Lewis says Obama listened to the young men's stories and shared some of the challenges that he faced growing up.

 

 

AARON HERNANDEZ'S FUNERAL SCHEDULED FOR TODAY

 

BRISTOL, Conn. — Family and friends of Aaron Hernandez will say their farewells to the former NFL player during a private funeral in his hometown.

 

Services are scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Monday for the former New England Patriots tight end, who was found hanged in his cell in a maximum-security prison in Massachusetts last Wednesday.

 

Hernandez was serving a life sentence for the 2013 murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee, and he had just been acquitted of murder charges in the shooting deaths of two men in Boston in 2012. Hernandez's death was ruled a suicide.