tbs eFM 101.3 News http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsMain.do Late US Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg To Lie In State At Capitol http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406124&typ_800=M The late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become on Friday the first woman in American history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol. Ginsburg, who died last week at the age of 87, will also be the first Jewish-American to lie in state and just the second Supreme Court justice. Her casket will be brought to the Capitol in the morning for a private ceremony attended by her family and lawmakers. Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, plan to attend. Ginsburg has lain in repose for two days at the Supreme Court, where thousands of people paid their respects, including President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump. Trump plans to nominate a woman on Saturday to to take Ginsburg's place on the top court, where she served for 27 years. She will be buried next week at Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband, Martin, who died in 2010. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202009251813+0900 National Museums, Cultural Facilities To Reopen On Sept. 28 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406122&typ_800=I State-run cultural facilities in South Korea will reopen next week after having been shut down for over a month due to a surge in COVID-19 across the country. The culture ministry said 23 museums and libraries, including the National Museum of Korea, the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art and the National Library of Korea, will open their doors to the public starting Monday. This comes after the Korea Disease Control Prevention Agency deemed it safe to reopen the facilities under strict distancing and sanitary measures, including caps on maximum capacities. Eleven performing arts venues such as the National Theater of Korea, the National Gugak Center will reopen as well. The Gyeongju National Museum and the Jeju National Museum, however, will stay closed at the request of the respective local governments. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Rosyn Park 202009251810+0900 Kim Jong-Un Apologizes To S. Korea For Shooting Of Fisheries Official http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406121&typ_800=N [Anchor] North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has apologized for the shooting of a South Korean official at sea earlier this week. Cheong Wa Dae revealed Friday that the regime leader sent a message to Seoul, calling the incident an "unexpected and disgraceful event." Ron Chang reports. [Reporter] The rare message from the North conveyed leader Kim felt very sorry for "disappointing" President Moon Jae-in and the South Korean people over the incident that occurred in its waters, rather than helping them amid the coronavirus outbreak. Suh Hoon, the head of the presidential National Security Office, read out a letter from the North's United Front Department that also gave details surrounding the South Korean official's death. It said more than 10 shots had been fired at the South Korean official who had "illegally" entered their waters and refused to properly identify himself, in accordance with rules of engagement for maritime border security. Troops then searched the floating material the man was on but did not find his body. Seoul's defense ministry earlier said the official was killed by North Korean soldiers on Tuesday, a day after he disappeared from a patrol vessel in waters near the western border island of Yeonpyeong. The ministry said the man was found by the North Korean military and expressed a desire to defect but was denied after an "order from superior authority." It's believes he was shot dead by the North and his body burned, apparently as a precaution against COVID-19. This case marks the first killing of a South Korean by North Korean forces in more than 12 years. <Photo: Yonhap News> Ron Chang 202009251809+0900 Police Checkpoints To Clamp Down On Civic Rallies Across Seoul http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406117&typ_800=N The National Police Agency will set up nearly 100 checkpoints across the capital region on October 3 to prevent protestors from entering Seoul for planned anti-government rallies. There are concerns such gatherings could lead to another wave of coronavirus infections, similar to what happened after Liberation Day rallies held last month. NPA Commissioner General Kim Chang-yong told police leadership during a videoconference Friday that the checkpoints will be installed throughout the capital, along the city limits and at Han River bridges. Many people who plan to stage or participate in rallies on Foundation Day are said to live in outlying provinces. The police chief also said all available officers and equipment will be used to block gatherings from taking place if people do come together near Gwanghwamun in central Seoul. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202009251735+0900 Damaged N. Korean Boat Found Near S. Korea's Gangwon Coast http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406116&typ_800=U A wooden boat believed to be from North Korea was discovered on South Korea's northeastern coast Friday. According to military and police officials, the small boat was found around 6:45 a.m. near Sampo Beach in Goseong, a Gangwon Province county, some 470 kilometers east of Seoul. The waterlogged ship was found damaged with no one on board. The officials speculate the ship may have drifted into South Korean waters due to recent typhoons and downpours in the North, ruling out the possibility of its involvement in any suspected espionage. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Rosyn Park 202009251735+0900 Sinovac Says Coronavirus Vaccine Will Be Ready By Early 2021 http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406115&typ_800=M The head of Sinovac, a Chinese pharmaceutical firm, says a coronavirus vaccine it is developing should be ready for worldwide distribution by early 2021. CEO Yin Weidong vowed on Thursday to apply to America's Food and Drug Administration to sell CoronaVac in the United States if it passes its third and final round of testing in humans. Stringent regulations in the U.S., the European Union, Japan and Australia have historically blocked the sale of Chinese vaccines. But Yin said that could change as his company is developing one of China's top four vaccine candidates. More than 24,000 people are participating in the clinical trials of CoronaVac in Brazil, Turkey, and Indonesia, with additional trials scheduled for Bangladesh and possibly Chile. Sinovac said it chose those countries because they all had serious outbreaks, large populations and limited research and development capacity. Reporter Ron Chang 202009251735+0900 Brazil's Rio Indefinitely Postpones 2021 Carnival Parades Amid Pandemic http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406089&typ_800=M The Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro has indefinitely delayed its annual Carnival parades for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Organizers said Thursday that the global spectacle set for February 2021 cannot go ahead because of Brazil's continued vulnerability to the pandemic. It is the third hardest-hit in the world by the coronavirus after the United States and India, with more than 4.6 infections and nearly 140,000 deaths, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University. Rio officials have yet to announce a decision about the Carnival street parties that also take place across the city. Rio's tourism promotion agency said in a statement last week that without a COVID-19 vaccine, it is uncertain when large public events can resume. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202009251432+0900 S. Korea Reports 114 New Coronavirus Cases, Two Deaths http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406061&typ_800=N South Korea reported 114 new cases of the coronavirus Friday, on the back of continued rises in sporadic cluster infections, heightening public health concerns ahead of the major Chuseok holiday. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) confirmed 95 local infections from the previous day and 19 imported from abroad, raising the total caseload to 23,455. The agency is keeping close watch over clusters of cases that have emerged from Yonsei Severance Hospital in Seoul, which came to at least 58 as Thursday, as well as dozens of infections tied to a psychiatric hospital in Goyang, among others. Although tougher anti-virus curbs nationwide have helped slow down the latest resurgence of COVID-19, health authorities are still struggling to meet their target of bringing down the daily tally to under 100. Two additional virus-related fatalities were also reported, pushing the death toll up to 395. Reporter Rosyn Park 202009251252+0900 Moon Vows To Strengthen S. Korea's Security Posture http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406060&typ_800=N President Moon Jae-in says the government and military will further strengthen South Korea's security and readiness posture. Moon made the pledge Friday in speech to mark Armed Forces Day at the Army Special Warfare Command in Icheon. The message apparently targets North Korea in the wake of its killing of a South Korean fisheries official this week, although he made no direct mention of the North. Moon said any acts that threaten the lives and safety of the South Korean people will be dealt with sternly. The president also thanked the military for its quarantine efforts amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This year's ceremony was held in advance as Armed Forces Day, which falls on October 1, coincides with the Chuseok holiday. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202009251251+0900 Climate Change Made California Fires Worse: Report http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406059&typ_800=M [Anchor] New scientific analysis of the wildfires that have raged across the U.S. state of California this summer shows that they have been made worse by climate change. The blazes have destroyed thousands of homes and killed 26 people. The BBC's Matt McGrath reports. [Reporter] This new review of more than 100 research papers says the scale and impact of the fires seen in California are being driven mainly by rising temperatures. The Western U.S. is now fundamentally more exposed to fire risks than it was before humans started altering the climate, the authors say. Many people built homes in forested parts of the region believing they were safe from fire because none had occurred there previously. But climate change has altered this outlook say scientists and the past is no longer a reliable guide to the future. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202009251241+0900 Typhoons Left Damage Around N. Korea Nuclear Test Site: 38 North http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406056&typ_800=U Recent typhoons that hit North Korea have significantly damaged roads surrounding its Punggye-ri nuclear test facility, according to a U.S.-based monitoring site. 38 North issued a report Thursday citing commercial satellite imagery from September 17 that showed flood waters washed out several sections of a main road, limiting access to the site. It also said there was no evidence yet of efforts being made for repairs, while few remaining buildings appeared to have been spared. The North Korea blew up the test site in May 2018 in front of foreign journalists, however, there is speculation the regime is trying to reactivate it. In July of this year, 38 North said it assessed evidence of maintenance work at the dismantled site. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202009251121+0900 US Backs Condemnation Of N. Korea For Killing S. Korean Official http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406040&typ_800=M The U.S. has thrown its support behind South Korea in condemning North Korea for its killing of a South Korean fisheries official this week. A State Department spokesperson on Thursday told Yonhap News, "We fully support our ROK ally's condemnation of this act and the ROK's call for a full explanation from the DPRK," referring to South and North Korea by their official names -- the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, respectively. The remark came after President Moon Jae-in called the incident "shocking," and said "it cannot be tolerated for any reason." Earlier, the Ministry of Defense in Seoul said the North shot and killed the 47-year-old South Korean official on Tuesday, when he allegedly tried to defect to the communist state. The ministry said the man's body was then burned, apparently as a precautionary measure to prevent the possible spread of the coronavirus. Reporter Ron Chang 202009251024+0900 Republicans, Democrats Vow Orderly November Election http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406036&typ_800=M Top U.S. congressional leaders have slammed President Donald Trump's suggestion that he might not accept defeat in the November election. On Thursday, a day after Trump refused to clearly guarantee a peaceful transfer of power, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell assured American voters the winner of the election would take office in January as planned. McConnell tweeted, "There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792." Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said it was necessary to remind Trump that he is in the United States of America, which is a democracy, and that that he is not in North Korea, Turkey, Russia, or other countries with strongman leaders. Trump sparked outrage when he indicated he might not honor the results of the presidential election or treat mail-in ballots as legitimate. When asked if he is committed to the peaceful handover of power if defeated, Trump replied, "Well, we're going to have to see what happens." <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202009251004+0900 Govt Reiterates Warning Against Rallies On Foundation Day http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406029&typ_800=N The government says it will not permit any kind of mass rally on October 3, National Foundation Day, to block the spread of the coronavirus. Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun reiterated the government's stance Thursday, as some main opposition party members continued to promote the idea of "drive-through" rallies as an alternative to planned civic demonstrations that have been banned by authorities amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Chung said the government will sternly take necessary measures if the protests are held. There are concerns that any form of large public gatherings could lead to another wave of virus infections. Similar events that were held in August on Liberation Day have been partially blamed for triggering a resurgence of the virus. Reporter Ron Chang 202009250934+0900 K-Pop Band SuperM Appears On 'Ellen' Show http://tbs.seoul.kr/eFm/newsView.do?idx_800=3406008&typ_800=I K-pop boy band SuperM made an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in the United States on Wednesday. According to SM Entertainment, the seven-member project group performed its new single "One (Monster & Infinity).” It was not immediately clear whether the group performed live at the show or if it was recorded. SuperM has now appeared on "Ellen" twice. The band made its American television debut on the program last October. <Photo: Yonhap News> Reporter Ron Chang 202009241853+0900