A device invented by a 25-year-old is finally catching trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. It hauled 60 bags to shore to turn into new products.
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(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Brexit Bulletin, follow us @Brexit and subscribe to our podcast.Boris Johnson is on course to win a decisive victory in the U.K.'s general election, vindicating his gamble on an early vote and putting the country on track to leave the European Union next month. The pound rose.The official exit poll predicted the prime minister's Conservatives will win 368 of the 650 seats in the House of Commons -- a large overall majority of 86 seats. The main opposition Labour Party is projected to secure 191 seats, a loss of 71 since the previous election, with the Scottish National Party securing 55.If the forecast is borne out by results, Johnson's majority -- the...
If successful, Washington would become the seventh U.S. state to ban assault weapons, which it defines as semi-automatic rifles with at least one military feature, and the ninth to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines. "We should be making it harder for those who want to inflict mass violence and destruction upon innocent people," Governor Jay Inslee said in announcing the gun-control push.
The result, if confirmed, likely paves the way for Johnson to push through Brexit on Jan. 31.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ruling party appeared on course for a sweeping victory in Thursday's snap election, an exit poll showed, paving the way for Britain to leave the EU next month after years of political deadlock. The pound jumped by about two percent against the dollar on the projected results of what all sides had painted as the most momentous election in Britain in a generation. Johnson had campaigned relentlessly on the promise to "Get Brexit Done", vowing to end years of political turmoil over Britain's future that has weighed on the economy and sharply divided the nation.
(Bloomberg) -- Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. President Donald Trump signed off on a phase-one trade deal with China, averting the Dec. 15 introduction of a new wave of U.S. tariffs on about $160 billion of consumer goods from the Asian
The president's @realDonaldTrump account had tweeted and retweeted 109 times by late afternoon Thursday, marking what could be his most active day on the platform yet. The avalanche came as the House Judiciary Committee pressed toward a historic vote to approve articles of impeachment against him. Trump has noticeably ramped up his tweeting during the impeachment inquiry.
Biden's campaign on Thursday announced the endorsement of two former mayors of Dover, New Hampshire, Jack Buckley and William Boc, who had supported Harris. Harris, who would have been the first woman and second black U.S. president, withdrew from the race on Dec. 3, as her support flagged and she lacked the money to go on. One Biden aide who asked not to be named to speak openly said every campaign is working hard to attract her supporters and that Biden's campaign long felt they could appeal to some Harris followers.
A new analysis from the Penn Wharton Budget Model finds that Elizabeth Warren's proposed wealth tax would raise between $2.3 trillion and $2.7 trillion over 10 years, while reducing GDP in 2050 by about 1%. The revenue projection falls more than $1 trillion short of the $3.8 trillion estimate provided
For decades, Turkey had deployed an army of lobbyists to stop the measure. But that effort fell short on Thursday.
Donald Trump's reelection campaign and the Republican National Committee are targeting Democrats from districts that voted for the president in 2016.
The U-shaped device is collecting plastic in a trash-filled ocean vortex that's more than twice the size of Texas.
The suspects in the Jersey City shooting held anti-Semitic views and had expressed interest in the Black Hebrew Israelite movement.
The jackpot is the 14th largest in the game's history.
Chile confirmed Thursday that human remains and debris found by search ships are from a military plane reported missing with 38 people aboard, and that hopes of finding survivors had all but gone. "The condition of the plane wreckage that was found makes it practically impossible that there are survivors from this air accident," Air Force chief Arturo Merino told a news conference in the southern port of Punta Arenas.
If the Judiciary Committee approves either of the two articles - Abuse of Power, Obstruction of Congress - the full House will likely vote on impeachment next week.
The White House has reached a "deal in principle" with Beijing to resolve the 17-month U.S.-China trade war, according to a source briefed on the trade talks. The White House was expected to make an announcement later on Thursday, the source said. In an attempt to secure a "phase one"
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says body armor didn't fail Sgt. Christopher Brewster, who was killed while responding to a domestic violence call
A top defense official sexually harassed three female staffers before ultimately resigning from his post last April, according to a report from the Pentagon Inspector General's office released on Thursday. The official, Guy Roberts, was the assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and
JERUSALEM/GAZA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Christians in the Gaza Strip will not be allowed to visit holy cities such as Bethlehem and Jerusalem to celebrate Christmas this year, Israeli authorities said on Thursday. Gazan Christians will be granted permits to travel abroad but none will be allowed to go to Israel and the occupied West Bank, home to many sites holy to Christians, a spokeswoman for Israel's military liaison to the Palestinians said.
Four Republican women running for Congress have launched the Conservative Squad, aimed at taking on progressives in D.C.
Senator Cory Booker (D., N.J.) said Thursday that he does not expect to qualify for the sixth Democratic primary debate next week but assured his supporters that he still has a path to victory."While I may not be on the debate stage next Thursday, thanks to the outpouring of support over the past few weeks, we know there's a path to victory, and we no longer need the debate stage to get there," the New Jersey Democrat wrote on Twitter.Democratic 2020 candidates must meet the Democratic National Committee's newly tightened qualifying criteria before midnight on Thursday. Booker has met one of the criteria, garnering 200,000 separate donors. However, the senator is far from...
Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin issued a slew of pardons on his way out of office, granting relief to a convicted killer whose brother raised money for Bevin and another man who was convicted of a grisly murder in eastern Kentucky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race
A naval serviceman died and an officer was missing Thursday after Russia's only aircraft carrier caught fire in an Arctic shipyard, the latest accident to raise concern over the future of the navy flagship. Russian news agencies quoted the Zvezdochka shipyard as saying the fire started during wielding operations in an engine room of the Admiral Kuznetsov, and investigators have launched a probe into possible construction violations. "A Northern Fleet serviceman died during works to put out the source of smoke," the fleet said in a statement to AFP.
During his peak, Tiger Woods was a stone-cold killer. Woods was all business, all the time. Finau was in the final group at the Masters last April, playing alongside Woods and 54-hole leader Francesco Molinari.
That's what the U.S. government did on the F-35.
A ruling against the Affordable Care Act would not affect coverage during the appeals process. That's an opportunity to unite behind a better plan.
Six people, including the man and woman who carried out the attack, three civilians and a police officer died in a series of events that ended in a police shootout on Tuesday in Jersey City, New Jersey, across the Hudson River from New York City. "The evidence points toward acts of hate," state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal told a news conference. New Jersey U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito told the same news conference that the Federal Bureau of Investigation would lead the probe.
A Scandinavian woman says she was forced by Cypriot police to withdraw a rape claim or face arrest, in a striking parallel to the case of a British teenager who was allegedly gang raped on the Mediterranean island. The Scandinavian woman said police officers questioned her aggressively for several hours after she was raped by two men outside a nightclub. The officers accused her of lying and said that if she did not withdraw the rape claim they would arrest her and send her to prison. Her account bears striking similarities to the alleged treatment of a British teenager who is on trial in Cyprus, accused of concocting a claim of gang rape by Israeli tourists in the resort town of Ayia...
(Bloomberg) -- President Donald Trump on Thursday called for expanded access to childcare and family leave -- seeking to appeal to women voters by focusing on issues that Democratic challengers are emphasizing in their campaigns.Speaking at the White House, the president said families are struggling
Democratic Representative Rashida Tlai on Wednesday blamed "white supremacy" for Tuesday's deadly shooting in Jersey City perpetrated by a couple with suspected ties to a black supremacist group."This is heartbreaking. White supremacy kills," the Michigan Democrat wrote in a since-deleted tweet addressing the shooting. Tlaib deleted her tweet later on Thursday.A man and woman exited a stolen van Tuesday afternoon and fired gunshots into a kosher grocery store in Jersey City, killing a police detective and three others. Investigators believe the couple were former members of the Black Hebrew Israelites, a group known to have antipathy towards white and Jewish people....
Employees at a fish farm in Vancouver intervened when an eagle tried to eat a large octopus, resulting in a battleA bald eagle on Canada's west coast has learned that its eyes may be bigger than its stomach after it was nearly drowned by an octopus it tried to eat.After hearing shrieks coming from the water on the north-western tip of Vancouver Island, employees at a fish farm investigating the noises happened upon a bird and cephalopod locked in battle.The octopus, which had turned a deep crimson, had wound its tentacles tightly around the eagle, which was floating helplessly at the surface."At first we just watched and we didn't know if we should interfere because, you know, it's Mother...
Leader of House Democrats Nancy Pelosi is this year's 3rd most powerful woman in the world, according to Forbes.
The Defense Department's internal watchdog is investigating a $400 million border wall contract awarded to a firm that used multiple appearances on Fox News to push for the job. The Pentagon's inspector general sent a letter Thursday to House Homeland Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson telling him the contract awarded to North Dakota-based firm Fisher Sand and Gravel Co. would be audited. Thompson, D-Miss., asked for the review last week, in part over concerns the proposals did not meet operational requirements and prototypes came in late and over budget.
An Alabama school board voted to discipline three teachers accused of sharing offensive text messages about students that were later leaked online. The Houston County School Board voted Wednesday night to approve 10-day, unpaid suspensions for three teachers from Ashford High School, news outlets reported. As many as six teachers were suspended with pay earlier after a student used social media to post leaked text messages that included a racial slur and comments about students' sex lives and intelligence.
Move over, Jed Clampett! News Corp. co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch has paid a record price of roughly $150 million for the 10-acre Bel-Air, California, estate known as Chartwell - including the mansion used in the credits of the 1960s sitcom "The Beverly Hillbillies," the Wall Street Journal reported.The deal, which also includes the former home of Ronald and Nancy Reagan that sits behind the main house, is the most expensive residential sale in California history, according to the Los Angeles Times.The property, sold by the estate of the late Univision CEO A. Jerrold Perenchio, was once listed for as much as $350 million. A rep for Murdoch did not immediately respond to a request for...
House Democrats are worried that the caucus could lose six or more moderate votes on impeachment, according to multiple officials who spoke anonymously to the Washington Post.When the House voted to formalize impeachment on October 31, all but two Democrats - Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and Collin C. Peterson of Michigan - voted with House leadership. Amidst concerns from moderates, who on Monday considered reviving a proposal to censure President Trump rather than impeach him, the fate of the impeachment vote is a bit less certain.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could afford to lose 17 votes and still prevail with the vote, which will likely get the approval of former Republican Justin Amash....
Michael Cohen says he has been left disbarred, financially crushed, and personally embarrassed and humiliated after being sentenced to three years in prison for bank fraud and other crimes. He says he regrets that he thought "being Donald Trump's lawyer made him a 'big man.'"Cohen, the disgraced former lawyer and fixer for Trump, made the comments in a letter to a federal judge Wednesday in which he portrayed himself as a broken man and asked the court to allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement.Cohen, 53, began serving his sentence in May and is in a minimum-security camp at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, about 75 miles...
The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits jumped to more than a two-year high last week, but that probably does not signal a pickup in layoffs as the claims data tends to be volatile in the period following the Thanksgiving Day holiday. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits surged 49,000 to a seasonally adjusted 252,000 for the week ended Dec. 7, the highest reading since September 2017, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Labor Department said only claims for the Virgin Islands were estimated last week.
WASHINGTON -- Arrests and deportations of unauthorized immigrants away from the U.S. border dropped this past year, according to government data released Wednesday, a sharp contrast to the "millions" of deportations that President Donald Trump promised this summer.Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The checks he was saying were super-inappropriate," Rodgers said, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times. I think it was [before] the miking up of the guards, where every single word is heard, because I promise you if that happened today, some of that stuff would've had to get bleeped out. One of the first times we played golf in [Lake] Tahoe, we joked about some of those checks.
The Swedish teen has become a symbol of a growing movement of young climate activists after leading weekly school strikes in Sweden that inspired similar actions in about 100 cities worldwide. It's not the first time Trump has lashed out after not being recognized for his influence. In 2015, Trump attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel for "ruining Germany" after she was named Person of the Year, when he was listed as a runner-up.
The U.S. Supreme Court may have a conservative majority that includes two justices appointed by President Donald Trump, but his efforts to shield his tax returns and other financial records from scrutiny still face an uncertain future. The court could decide this week on whether to hear appeals from Trump in three cases he has lost in lower courts. Two of the cases regard such congressional scrutiny.
They asked the bank's president to scrap an event with the former South Carolina governor and UN ambassador after she didn't denounce the flag's fans.
Saudi Arabia contracted three US lobby firms in November, its first move since it was abandoned by five firms over the Khashoggi affair in late 2018.
These antics may work as a short-term strategy. But they'll go down poorly with voters the Republican party really needs House Democrats announced this week that they would bring two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, making him only the fourth president in US history to face such charges. Democratic leaders characterized the occasion as solemn, somber and sad. Republicans, on the other hand, dismissed the impeachment inquiry as a circus and a sham despite the fact that they are themselves the ones trying to reduce it to carnivalesque farce. Even a motion to take a 15-minute bathroom break during this week's judiciary committee hearings provoked hysterical Republican...
When it comes to the 2020 Democratic field, President Donald Trump's public rhetoric and put-downs often clash with his private assessments and concessions. Behind closed doors, he has repeatedly, if at times begrudgingly, praised what he sees as Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-VT) populist acumen and large
Sold by her family as a bride to a Chinese man, Samiya David spent only two months in China. When she returned to Pakistan, the once robust woman was nearly unrecognizable: malnourished, too weak to walk, her speech confused and disjointed. "Don't ask me about what happened to me there" was her only reply to her family's questions, her cousin Pervaiz Masih said.
Democratic Rep. Jeff Van Drew said that he will vote against articles of impeachment that outline the case for President Trump's removal from office.
The Salvadoran immigrant periodically shares her experience with members of congregations interested in also offering sanctuary, and feels more relaxed since her three U.S.-born children joined her six months after she moved into the Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, located 9 miles from the White House.
Rep. Val Demings gave a personalized speech about how her humble background propelled her to challenge the most powerful figure in the country.