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'Melania' rises in popularity as name for baby girls

Could Melania someday join the likes of Emma and Olivia as one of the top 10 baby names for girls in the U.S.?

>> PHOTOS: Melania Trump through the years

According to the Social Security Administration, Melania saw a dramatic increase in popularity last year, rising from the 1,650th most popular girls' name in 2016 to 930th in 2017. The 720-spot rise in rank was the fifth-largest increase among girls' names last year, falling behind Ensley, Oaklynn, Dream and Oaklyn.

The Associated Press said the surge is "likely influenced by first lady Melania Trump."

>> Read more trending news 

The top 10 baby girls' names in 2017 were Emma, Olivia, Ava, Isabella, Sophia, Mia, Charlotte, Amelia, Evelyn and Abigail, the SSA reported. Meanwhile, Liam topped the list for baby boys, followed by Noah, William, James, Logan, Benjamin, Mason, Elijah, Oliver and Jacob.

Read more here and here.

Donald Trump to meet with Kim Jong Un in June

President Donald Trump announced Thursday that a historic meeting between him and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will take place in Singapore on June 12.

“We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” Trump wrote in a tweet posted Thursday morning.

The president made the announcement days after saying that a time and place had been agreed to by American and North Korean officials.

>> South Korean president says Trump should win Nobel Peace Prize

Trump previously said he wanted to hold the meeting with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, but Singapore was favored by most of the president’s advisers, The Associated Press reported.

Earlier Thursday, three Americans were welcomed at Maryland's Joint Base Andrews after being detained in North Korea for more than a year each.

>> WATCH: Trump welcomes 3 Americans detained in North Korea back to U.S. 

Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim arrived in the U.S. around 2 a.m.

Original report: President Donald Trump said Friday that officials from the U.S. and North Korea have agreed to a time and a place for a historical summit between the two nations during which officials expect to hammer out a plan for denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.

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“The trip is being scheduled,” Trump said. “We now have a date and a location. We’ll be announcing it shortly.”

The president declined to discuss at length reports that North Korean officials planned the pre-summit release of three Americans detained in the country for years. Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News earlier this week that North Korean officials would be releasing three Americans on Thursday, although officials did not confirm their release.

>> North Korea releasing 3 American prisoners, Giuliani says

“We’re having very substantive talks with North Korea and a lot of things have already happened with respect to the hostages,” Trump said. “I think you’re going to be seeing very, very good things.”

Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month before he was sworn in on April 26 to serve as secretary of state.

>> President Trump confirms via Tweet summit with North Korea

“(The) meeting went very smoothly and a good relationship was formed,” Trump wrote April 18 in a Twitter post. “Details of (the) Summit are being worked out now. Denuclearization will be a great thing for (the) World, but also for North Korea!”

Pompeo's meeting was the first high-level meeting with Pyongyang since 2000 when then-Secretary of State Madeline Albright met with Kim’s father, Kkim Jong Il, The Washington Post reported.

WATCH: Trump welcomes 3 Americans detained in North Korea back to U.S.

Three Americans detained for more than a year in North Korea were welcomed back to the United States by President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and other members of the administration at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland early Thursday.

>> MORE: PHOTOS: Trump welcomes 3 Americans detained in North Korea back to U.S. I Trump: 3 Americans released by North Korea | More trending news 

The detainees, identified by The Associated Press as Kim Dong Chul, Kim Hak Song and Tony Kim, reportedly were released Wednesday.

After Trump and the detainees briefly spoke to members of the media, the men were taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for treatment, the AP reported.

>> Watch a video of their arrival

Here are the latest updates from the scene:

Update 6:07 a.m. EDT Thursday: President Donald Trump took to Twitter to share a video showing clips from his meeting with three Americans who returned to the U.S. early Thursday after being detained in North Korea.

“On behalf of the American people, WELCOME HOME!” Trump tweeted.

>> Watch the video here

Earlier Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted about the detainees’ return.

“Great day to be an American! Because of @POTUS Trump’s strong leadership, tonight we welcomed home three Americans from captivity in North Korea. Honored to be there to say Welcome Home! #GodblessAmerica,” Pence wrote.

>> See the tweet here

Update 3:02 a.m. EDT Thursday: The three freed detainees have exited the plane with President Donald Trump and the first lady. 

“This is a very special night for these really great people,” Trump said to members of the press at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, adding that he “very much appreciates” that North Korea released them.

Trump continued: “I’m very honored to have helped these three folks. They’ve been through a lot. The true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of nuclear weapons.”

When one detainee was asked how it felt to be back in America, he said, “It’s like a dream.”

Update 2:57 a.m. EDT Thursday: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have boarded the plane to speak with the detainees freed by North Korea.

Update 2:44 a.m. EDT Thursday: The plane carrying the American detainees has arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Update 2:37 a.m. EDT Thursday: The plane carrying Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has landed at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Update 2:23 a.m. EDT Thursday: President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have arrived at Joint Base Andrews.

Photos: Trump welcomes 3 Americans detained in North Korea back to U.S.

Staging a flag-waving, still-of-the-night arrival ceremony, President Donald Trump early Thursday welcomed home three Americans freed by North Korea and declared their release a sign of promise toward his goal of de-nuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.

Trump: 3 Americans released by North Korea

Three Americans were headed home Wednesday after each spending more than a year detained by officials in North Korea, President Donald Trump confirmed in a tweet.

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“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting,” Trump wrote Wednesday morning. “They seem to be in good health.”

Trump said Pompeo and the Americans, previously identified as Kim Hak-song, Tony Kim and Kim Dong-chul, will land at Andrews Air Force Base around 2 a.m. Thursday.

>> Related: North Korea releasing 3 American prisoners, Giuliani says

"I will be there to greet them," Trump wrote. "Very exciting!"

The men appeared to be in good condition Wednesday and did not need help to get onto a plane bound for the U.S., White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday in a statement.

>> Related: South Korean president says Trump should win Nobel Peace Prize

“President Trump appreciates leaders Kim Jong Un's action to release these American citizens, and views this as a positive gesture of goodwill,” she said. “All Americans look forward to welcoming them home and to seeing them reunited with their loved ones.”

The president hinted last week that work was being done to secure the Americans’ release and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News the release was imminent. However, White House officials declined to elaborate on or confirm the statements.

>> Related: North Korea: What you should know about the country and its people

“This is a proud and memorable moment for America,” Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday.

CNN reported that Kim Dong-chul was detained in 2015 in North Korea on suspicion of spying for South Korea. Tony Kim was detained in April 2017 and Kim Hak-song was detained in May 2017, CNN reported. Both men, who worked at the privately run Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, were accused of committing "hostile acts" against Kim Jong Un's regime.

>> Related: Trump: US, North Korea agree to date, place for summit

In a statement obtained by The Wall Street Journal, the family of Tony Kim said they were “very grateful for the release of our husband and father, Tony Kim, and the other two American detainees.”

“We want to thank all of those who have worked toward and contributed to his return home,” the statement said. We also want to thank the President for engaging directly with North Korea. Mostly, we want to thank God for Tony's safe return. We appreciate all of the support and prayers of friends and even strangers during this challenging year. You are dear to our hearts. We ask that you continue to pray for the people of North Korea and for the release of all who are still being held.”

>> Related: President Trump confirms via Tweet summit with North Korea

Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month before he was sworn in on April 26 to serve as secretary of state, Trump confirmed last month on Twitter. Pompeo's meeting was the first high-level meeting with Pyongyang since 2000 when then-Secretary of State Madeline Albright met with Kim’s father, Kim Jong Il, The Washington Post reported.

Check back for updates to this developing story.

Trump's NRA speech criticized by French officials

Government officials in France and Britain criticized a portion of President Donald Trump’s speech to the National Rifle Association that suggested more lenient gun laws could have prevented deadly attacks in Paris in 2015, Reuters reported.

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During his speech to the NRA on Friday, Trump said that if civilians had been armed in Paris, “it would have been a whole different story.”

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told BFM television Sunday that he hoped Trump “would express regret,” Reuters reported.

“His comments are shocking and not worthy of the president of the world’s greatest superpower,” Le Maire told the station.

In a statement, the French foreign office expressed its “firm disapproval” of Trump’s comments.

“(We demand) that the memory of the victims be respected,” the foreign office said. “France is proud to be a country where acquiring and carrying firearms is strictly regulated.”

During his speech, Trump acted out the scene of the Nov. 13, 2015, attack, when 90 of the 130 victims died.

“They took their time and gunned them down one by one. Boom! Come over here. Boom! Come over here. Boom!,” Trump said, using his hands in a gun gesture.

Francois Hollande, who was president of France in 2015, said on Twitter that Trump’s remarks were “shameful” and “obscene.”

John McCain's confidantes say Trump won't be invited to his funeral, reports say

Confidantes of Republican Sen. John McCain, whose health has been waning since his brain cancer diagnosis last year, say President Donald Trump will not be invited to his funeral, multiple news outlets are reporting.

>> Sen. John McCain in stable condition after surgery for intestinal infection

The New York Times reported Saturday that McCain's "intimates have informed the White House that their current plan for his funeral is for Vice President Mike Pence to attend the service to be held in Washington’s National Cathedral but not President Trump, with whom Mr. McCain has had a rocky relationship."

>> Read more trending news 

Later Saturday, NBC News published a similar report, claiming that McCain, 81, "does not want" Trump at the service. 

>> Sen. John McCain diagnosed with brain cancer, statement says

Two former presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, are planning to speak at the memorial, NBC News reported.

Read more here or here.

WATCH: Stormy Daniels makes surprise appearance in 'SNL' cold open

Adult film star Stormy Daniels made a surprise appearance on "Saturday Night Live" in the show's latest jab at President Donald Trump.

>> Watch the clip here (WARNING: Viewer discretion advised.)

Daniels – who claims she had sex with Trump in 2006 and received $130,000 from his attorney, Michael Cohen, as part of a nondisclosure agreement – played herself in the show's cold open, which also featured guest stars Ben Stiller as Cohen, Martin Short as former Trump physician Harold Bornstein, Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump and Jimmy Fallon as Jared Kushner.

>> Giuliani: Trump reimbursed attorney Michael Cohen for $130K Stormy Daniels payment

In the sketch, Alec Baldwin's Trump and Stiller's Cohen chatted on the phone with several administration officials and associates – notably, Kate McKinnon as Rudy Giuliani – before calling Daniels.

"C'mon, Stormy, quit making such a big deal about this," Baldwin, as Trump, said. "Everyone knows it's just an act."

>> Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'

"I work in adult films. We're not really known for our acting," Daniels quipped.

"Just tell me, what do you need for this to all go away," Baldwin's Trump asked.

"A resignation," Daniels said.

Later, Baldwin's Trump wondered out loud: "I solved North and South Korea, but can I solve us?"

>> Read more trending news 

Daniels' reply?

"Sorry, Donald, it's too late for that," she said. "I know you don't believe in climate change, but a storm's a-coming, baby."

Trump on Giuliani: 'He'll get his facts straight'

President Donald Trump told reporters Friday that his attorney Rudy Giuliani will “get his facts straight” amid dueling narratives surrounding a $130,000 payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels just before the 2016 presidential election.

>> Read more trending news

Giuliani, who joined Trump's legal team last month, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday night that the president repaid his longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for the payment made to Daniels. In exchange, Daniels agreed not to talk about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006.

>> Related: Giuliani: President reimbursed Cohen for $130K Stormy Daniels payment

Trump has previously denied knowing about the payment made by Cohen.

>> Related: Trump says he didn't know about Stormy Daniels payment

“When Rudy made the statements – Rudy is great, but Rudy had just started, and he wasn’t totally familiar with everything,” Trump told reporters Friday morning. “He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight.”

Giuliani joined the president’s legal team last month.

Giuliani told Hannity the president repaid Cohen but that he “didn’t know the specifics of it, as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this.”

>> Related: Rudy Giuliani to join Trump legal team in wake of Michael Cohen criminal investigation

Cohen negotiated a $130,000 payment to Daniels in October 2016 in exchange for her signing a nondisclosure agreement barring her from talking about an alleged sexual encounter she had with Trump in 2006, The Wall Street Journal reported in January.

>> Related: Trump confirms Cohen represented him in 'crazy Stormy Daniels deal'

Daniels, who was born Stephanie Clifford, is suing to break the non-disclosure agreement, claiming the document is invalid because it was never signed by Trump.

Giuliani: President reimbursed Cohen for $130K Stormy Daniels payment

President Donald Trump repaid personal attorney Michael Cohen for an October 2016 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' Sean Hannity in a televised interview late Wednesday.

>> Read more trending news 

Update 3:10 p.m. EDT May 3: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that she didn’t learn that President Donald Trump reimbursed his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for a payment he made to adult film star Stormy Daniels until Wednesday.

“As Mayor Giuliani stated, and I’ll refer you back to his comments, this was information that the president didn’t know at the time but eventually learned,” she said Thursday at a news briefing.

The press secretary had previously said that officials were unaware of payments made by Cohen to Daniels.

“The first awareness I had was during the interview last night,” Huckabee Sanders said. “The president has denied and continues to deny the underlying claim.”

Daniels has said that she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006, after she met him at a celebrity golf tournament. Cohen paid her $130,000 days before the 2016 election in exchange for her silence on the alleged affair. Trump previously denied any knowledge of the payment. 

Daniels has sued to break the non-disclosure agreement, claiming it wasn’t valid because it wasn’t signed by Trump.

Update, 6:48 a.m. EDT Thursday: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Thursday to weigh in on the latest revelations in the Stormy Daniels scandal after Rudy Giuliani, now a member of his legal team, spoke to Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday. 

Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, “received a monthly retainer, not from the campaign and having nothing to do with the campaign, from which he entered into, through reimbursement, a private contract between two parties, known as a nondisclosure agreement, or NDA. These agreements are very common among celebrities and people of wealth. In this case it is in full force and effect and will be used in Arbitration for damages against Ms. Clifford (Daniels). The agreement was used to stop the false and extortionist accusations made by her about an affair despite already having signed a detailed letter admitting that there was no affair. Prior to its violation by Ms. Clifford and her attorney, this was a private agreement. Money from the campaign, or campaign contributions, played no roll [sic] in this transaction.”

ORIGINAL STORY: President Donald Trump repaid personal attorney Michael Cohen for an October 2016 payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels as part of a nondisclosure agreement, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told Fox News' Sean Hannity in a televised interview late Wednesday.

>> Watch the segment here

Giuliani, who recently joined Trump's legal team, told Hannity that the $130,000 payment to Daniels, who signed the agreement to keep quiet about an alleged 2006 affair with Trump, "is going to turn out to be perfectly legal."

>> Jamie Dupree: Giuliani admits Trump repaid Cohen for $130,000 Stormy Daniels payment

"That money was not campaign money," Giuliani said. "Sorry, I'm giving you a fact now that you don't know: It's not campaign money, no campaign finance violation."

"They funneled it through a law firm," Hannity said.

"Funneled it through a law firm and the president repaid it," Giuliani replied.

"Oh, I didn't know he did," Hannity said.

>> Trump attorney Ty Cobb resigns; replaced by Emmet Flood

Giuliani added that Trump "didn't know about the specifics of it, as far as I know, but he did know about the general arrangement that Michael would take care of things like this." 

Later Wednesday, Giuliani told The Washington Post that he didn't know when Trump found out about the payment, adding that Trump only recently became aware of some details.

>> Stormy Daniels on '60 Minutes': 5 revelations from the interview

"I don't know if he distinguished it from other things Cohen might have done for him during the campaign," Giuliani told the Post.

According to Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree, Trump previously told reporters that he didn't know about Cohen's payment to Daniels, who now claims that the agreement is invalid and also is suing Trump for defamation.

On April 5, aboard Air Force One, Trump was asked directly by reporters about the matter.

“Mr. President, did you know about the $130,000 payment to Stormy Daniels?” one reporter asked.

"No," Trump replied.

According to The Associated Press, “the payment to Daniels has raised numerous legal questions, including whether it was an illegal campaign contribution and, now, loan.”

Read more here.

– Cox Media Group Washington correspondent Jamie Dupree and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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