Bush: NKorea must verify denuclearization (AP)

President Bush addresses military personnel at the U.S. Army Garrison-Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2008.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)AP – President Bush offered poverty-wracked North Korea hope Wednesday that it could share in South Korea’s economic prosperity, while warning that it first must take concrete steps to live up to a promise to end its nuclear weapons program.

U.S., South Korea push North Korea on nuclear verification (Reuters)

President George W. Bush (L) and first lady Laura Bush wave upon their arrival at a military airport in Seongnam, south of Seoul August 5, 2008. (Lee Jae-Won/Reuters)Reuters – U.S. President George W. Bush and South
Korean President Lee Myung-bak pressed North Korea on Wednesday
to agree on a verification plan for its nuclear weapons program
or continue to face international isolation.

Wily sea lion slips aboard family’s Wash. sailboat (AP)

This photo released by the Flarry family shows a California sea lion aboard the family's 31-foot Catalina near Clark Island, Wash on Sunday Aug. 3, 2008. Lynnea Flarry and her family were picnicking Sunday afternoon Aug. 3, 2008 on Clark Island when her daughter-in-law spotted a sea lion aboard the family's boat. (AP Photo/Courtesy Flarry family)AP – No one wants to be stuck with a large, uninvited visitor. Especially a sea lion that makes itself at home on a family sailboat — twice.

Texas executes Mexican-born killer (AP)

This photo released by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice shows death row inmate Jose Medellin who is set for execution at the Texas Prison in Huntsville, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008. Medellin, now 33, was one of six teenagers arrested and charged with the gang rape and murders of Elizabeth Pena, 16, and Jennifer Ertman, 14. The two Houston girls, returning from a friend's house, took a shortcut home along some railroad tracks and stumbled on a group of teenagers drinking beer after initiating a new gang member. The scheduled execution of Medellin has attracted international attention after the International Court of Justice, also known as the World Court, said the Mexican-born Medellin and some 50 other Mexicans on death rows around the nation should have new hearings in U.S. courts to determine whether a 1963 treaty was violated with their arrests.  (AP Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice, File)AP – A Mexican-born condemned prisoner was executed Tuesday night for the rape and murder of two teenage girls 15 years ago after a divided U.S. Supreme Court rejected his request for a reprieve.

Olympic flame sets off on final relay (AP)

Torchbearer Yao Ming holds the torch as he runs through the Tiananmen Gate during the 2008 Beijing Olympics torch relay in Beijing August 6, 2008.  REUTERS/Cao Taeg  (CHINA)AP – The Olympic flame approached the final destination of its long and sometimes contentious global tour Wednesday, greeted by rapturous crowds in the Chinese capital two days before it officially launches the Summer Games.

Bush: North Korea "traps" its citizens in misery (AP)

South Korean protesters with defaced portraits of  U.S. President George W. Bush, right, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak stage a rally against Bush's visit in Seoul,  South Korea, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008.  Bush arrives late Tuesday in South Korea, where he will meet for the third time with the conservative, pro-American president, Lee, who took office in February with promises to patch up relations with Washington that became strained under Seoul's previous decade of liberal governments.  The letters read ' Opposed the alliance between U.S. and South Korea'. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)AP – President Bush says that the Korean peninsula offers a contrast between free and open societies like South Korea and repressive regimes like its neighbor to the north.