People also are talking about blowback over payments to Trump's lawyer and why the North Korea summit is in doubt.
Golfer's wife arrested for fighting his mother
The wife of former U.S. Open champion Lucas Glover is facing a domestic violence charge stemming from a fight with Glover and his mother after he missed the 54-hole cut at The Players Championship.
Krista Glover was arrested Saturday night and taken to the St. John’s County Jail. She was released the next day after posting $2,500 in bonds.
She faces a May 31 court date on misdemeanor charges of domestic violence battery and resisting arrest without violence.
According to the offense report, Glover and his wife were having an altercation after the third round of The Players Championship, where Glover shot 78. The report said that when his mother, Hershey Glover, tried to intervene, Krista Glover began attacking her.
The arresting officer noticed cuts and blood on the arms and clothing of Glover’s mother. Hershey Glover also told the deputy she had been hit in the chest.
Glover confirmed on Twitter there was an altercation.
“Everyone is fine,” Glover said. “Regrettably, although Krista was charged, we are comfortable that the judicial system is able to address what actually happened and Krista will be cleared in this private matter.”
The sheriff’s report said Glover’s mother declined to pursue charges. The report said Glover told the deputy his wife often starts arguments with him after he plays poorly.
According to the report, Glover’s wife resisted being placed in the back seat of a patrol car and damaged the door by repeatedly kicking it.
Glover and his wife have two children, a daughter who turned 5 on Monday and a 2-year-old son. He has three PGA Tour victories, including the 2009 U.S. Open at Bethpage Black. He also has played in the Presidents Cup twice.
Summit with US in doubt as North Korea balks
China urged its ally North Korea on Wednesday to proceed with a historic summit between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and U.S. President Donald Trump, amid threats from the North that it would scrap the meeting.
Foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the two countries should ensure the meeting runs as planned and yields "substantial outcomes."
"Only in this way can we consolidate the alleviation of the situation and maintain peace and stability in the region," Lu said at a regularly scheduled news briefing.
Kim and Trump are due to meet in Singapore on June 12, but North Korea on Wednesday threatened to withdraw, saying it has no interest in a "one-sided" meeting meant to pressure it into abandoning its nuclear weapons.
North Korea's warning came hours after it abruptly canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea to protest U.S.-South Korean military exercises.
China has called for the building of mutual trust through the suspension of large-scale U.S. and South Korean war games in return for a halt of the North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has met twice with Kim over the past two months in what was seen as an attempt to ensure China's interests are upheld in any negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea.
Analysts said North Korea's threat to scuttle the summit is likely an attempt to gain leverage over Washington, which has demanded the North immediately and irreversibly cease its nuclear weapons program.
Judge throws out California law allowing life-ending drugs
Betsy Davis threw herself a party before becoming one of the first people to use a California law allowing her to take her own life in 2016.
Her sister and other advocates fear others won't have the same choice after a Riverside County judge threw out the law Tuesday because he said it was unconstitutionally approved by the Legislature.
Superior Court Judge Daniel Ottolia ruled lawmakers illegally passed the law during a special session devoted to other topics, but he gave the state attorney general five days to appeal.
The law allows adults to obtain a prescription for life-ending drugs if a doctor has determined they have six months or less to live, but plaintiffs say it lacks safeguards to protect against abuse.
Davis would have been devastated by Ottolia's decision, said her sister, Kelly Davis.
"It gave her back control of her life, it let her die on her own terms," she said.
Betsy Davis was 41 when she took a fatal dose of morphine, pentobarbital and chloral hydrate prescribed by her doctor. She'd been diagnosed three years earlier with ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, that slowly robbed her of her ability to use her muscles.
She celebrated the end of her life with more than two-dozen friends during a two-day party in Ojai, giving away her possessions and ordering her favorite foods.
"I keep thinking of all the people who are facing a terminal illness and they're considering the use of this law, and they're in limbo right now and this right might be taken away from them," her sister said.
Alexandra Snyder, an attorney and executive director of Life Legal Defense Foundation, one of the plaintiffs, said Ottolia properly ruled that lawmakers effectively "hijacked" a special legislative session that was called to address access to medical care.
"Access to health care has no relationship to assisted suicide," she said, saying passing the law set a dangerous precedent that undermines the legislative process.
Opponents have argued that hastening death is morally wrong, puts terminally ill patients at risk for coerced death by loved ones and could become a way out for people who are uninsured or fearful of high medical bills.
Democratic Sen. Bill Monning of Carmel, who carried the original legislation, argued that the bill was properly considered, but said lawmakers could try to pass it again if the law ultimately is rejected by the courts.
So far, he said, there has been "not a single report of malfeasance or problems."
California health officials reported that 111 terminally ill people took drugs to end their lives in the first six months after the law went into effect June 9, 2016, and made the option legal in the nation's most populous state.
Royal tots could steal the show: George, Charlotte in wedding
Prince George and Princess Charlotte will have prominent roles in Saturday's royal wedding.
Kensington Palace said Wednesday that George, who is 4, will be a page boy, and 3-year-old Charlotte will be a bridesmaid at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
They are the two oldest children of Prince William, Harry's brother, and his wife Kate. The couple's third child, Prince Louis, was born last month and will not be attending.
The palace says there will be six bridesmaids ranging from two to seven years old and four page boys, ranging from four to seven.
William will be Harry's best man. Markle has chosen not to have a maid of honor for the ceremony in St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.
Payments to Trump's lawyer lead drug firm lawyer to quit
The top lawyer at Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis stepped down on Wednesday following revelations that the company made payments to President Donald Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Novartis said its general counsel, Felix Ehrat, had decided to retire from his position in the "context of discussions" surrounding the payments to Cohen.
Cohen's company Essential Consultants had a one-year $1.2 million contract with Novartis during the beginning of the Trump administration.
"Although the contract was legally in order, it was an error," Ehrat said in a statement. "As a co-signatory with our former CEO, I take personal responsibility to bring the public debate on this matter to an end."
Novartis admitted last week it was paying Cohen $100,000 a month. It said it believed that Cohen could advise the company on the Trump administration's approach to healthcare policies, including the Affordable Care Act.
Novartis said its representatives met with Cohen in March 2017. After that meeting, the company determined he wouldn't be useful and decided not to engage with him further.
However, Novartis also said it continued to pay Cohen $100,000 a month until February 2018. It said the payments continued because the contract could not have been terminated.
Science explains why the Yanny-Laurel debate rages online
As if we needed another thing to divide America.
Some people who listen to this audio file hear one thing; others hear something completely different. It's like it was put on the internet just to sow discord.
Introducing: the Yanny-Laurel debate that's fractured the internet.
So what do you hear?
You couldn't get on social media Tuesday without seeing Team Yanny and Team Laurel going at it. First posted on Reddit, the polarizing audio clip spread to Twitter. Soon everyone from regular Joes to celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and JJ Watt were talking about it (Ellen thought it was Laurel, but Watt was Team Yanny).
It was like an audio version of "The Dress" -- a photo that went viral in 2015 when no one could agree whether the garment it showed was white and gold or blue and black, confirming that people will debate just about anything on the internet.
And, like back then, there's a simple explanation for why people perceive one thing so differently -- and science can explain it.
"Part of it involves the recording," said Brad Story, Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing at The University of Arizona. "It's not a very high quality. And that in itself allows there to be some ambiguity already."
Then, he said, you have to take into account the different ways people are listening to this -- through mobile phones, headphones, tablets, etc.
That aside, Story ran an acoustic analysis on the viral recording of the computerized voice. He also recorded himself saying "Yanny" and "Laurel," for comparison.
"When I analyzed the recording of Laurel, that third resonance is very high for the L. It drops for the R and then it rises again for the L," he said. "The interesting thing about the word Yanny is that the second frequency that our vocal track produces follows almost the same path, in terms of what it looks like spectrographically, as Laurel."
OK, so what does that all mean?
"If you have a low quality of recording, it's not surprising some people would confuse the second and third resonances flipped around, and hear Yanny instead of Laurel."
Story also said that, if you change the pitch of the original recording, you can hear both words.
"Most likely the original recording was 'Laurel,'" he said.
If you heard "Laurel," you are the winner and have earned bragging rights for this round of internet debate.