5 Things for may 3 white house, north korea, abortion, pope francis, starbucks gas relief while pregnant


Rudy Giuliani went to the friendly confines of Fox News and Sean Hannity’s show and dropped a bombshell. He said President Trump paid back his personal lawyer the $130,000 used to pay off porn star Stormy Daniels. That completely contradicts Trump’s previous denials of knowledge of the payment. Giuliani said the payment was "perfectly legal" and didn’t break any campaign finance laws because the cash was "funneled " through a law firm. Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti said he was "stunned" by Giuliani’s claim. The White House said: Talk to the President’s outside attorneys about this.

The release of three Americans detained in North Korea is "imminent," CNN’s been told. The North reportedly made the decision to free the Americans — Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak-song and Kim Sang Duk — two months ago. President Trump hinted at movement in the case in a tweet last night. An official at the White House National Security Council said if the men are released, it would be viewed as a gesture of goodwill ahead of the planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Iowa-lawmakers have passed what could be the nation’s most restrictive abortion ban. The measure would stop doctors from performing an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected. That generally happens about six weeks into a pregnancy — and before many women even know they’re expecting. Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, hasn’t said if she’ll sign it — and-is "100% pro-life," her spokeswoman said. If she does, it’d-set off a legal fight, which many of the bill’s supporters want. They hope it would go-to the Supreme Court and help thwart Roe v. Wade (though the court overturned a similar state law a few years ago).

Pope Francis said he "was part of the problem," referring to a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church. That’s according to one of three survivors of clerical sex abuse from Chile who visited with the Pope at the Vatican. The men said the Pope apologized for "grave errors" in his handling of that scandal.-Francis had initially discounted the survivors’ testimony against Bishop Juan Barros, whom the survivors say witnessed and covered up abuses in Chile. Barros denies this. The Pope asked the survivors for ideas for dealing with sex abuse in the church. They urged him to turn his words into action against the "networks of abuse" in the church.

The two black men whose arrest at a Philly Starbucks set off protests, boycotts and claims of racial bias have settled with the coffee chain and the city. Terms of the Starbucks agreement weren’t released, but the men will get $1 each from the city and will help Philadelphia with a $200,000 effort to help high school entrepreneurs. The men were arrested last month after they sat down in the coffee shop and didn’t order anything. They said they were waiting for an acquaintance. Starbucks’ CEO apologized, and the men weren’t charged with a crime.

What the Oil Price Information Service estimates the price of a gallon of regular gas will rise to this month. Price hikes are expected if President Trump i mposes new sanctions on Iran. The national average price now is $2.81 a gallon, the highest price since 2014.