Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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Quote of the day: "Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive." -Elbert Hubbard 

The White House: President Trump lands in China to meet with President Xi Jinping, becoming the first U.S. president to receive an official dinner inside the Forbidden City. Trump will seek for China to pressure North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, and touch talks on trade. 

Politics: Election day 2017 winners. New Jersey elects democrat Governor Phil Murphy, Virginia elects Governor Ralph Northam (D), New York City re-elects mayor Bill de Blasio. The city of St. Paul, Minnesota elected its first African American mayor Melvin Carter, Charlotte, N.C. elects first female black mayor Vi Lyles, Hoboken, New Jersey elects first Sikh mayor Ravi Bhalla, Minneapolis City Council Andrea Jenkins first black transgender woman elected to public office in U.S. 

Business: Target will be closing 12 stores throughout Texas, Florida, Michigan, and Illinois as of February 3, due to low profitability over the past years. A spokeswoman for the retail giant said, “We have a rigorous process in place to evaluate the performance of every store on an annual basis, closing or relocating underperforming locations as needed.”

U.S.: Danica Roem (D) becomes Virginia's first elected transgender State Legislator beating long-time incumbent Robert Marshall who led efforts to restrict bathrooms to transgender people. Chad Griffin president of the LGBT group for the Human Rights Campaign said: "Danica Roem’s historic victory is a clear warning to anti-equality lawmakers across the country that the days of attacking LGBTQ people to scare up votes are over.”

World: Italy has launched an investigation into the deaths of 26 Nigerian women and girls between 14-18 years old found dead in the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday. Two men have been arrested on accusations of trafficking at least 150 people through the Mediterranean Sea, there is no direct link between the men and the women's death. Italian authorities will conduct autopsies on the bodies to determine if they were killed or died due to drowning, in concerns that the women were being trafficked for sex trade. 

Science/Tech/Health: Twitter announces it will now allow 280 character limit from its original 140 character limit. The company conducted a test to see users reactions while tweeting saying "This reflects the challenge of fitting a thought into a tweet, often resulting in lots of time spent editing and even at times abandoning tweets before sending." Over the past few years, Twitter has struggled to acquire users, maybe this new change can help the company gain new users. 

Entertainment: Taylor Swift's album "Reputation" won't be available for any streaming services during the first week of its release, streaming services are still negotiating a deal to determine when it will be available. The album will go on sale in retail outlets and online stores like iTunes starting Friday, November 10th. 

Sports: Tuesday, former pitcher Roy Halladay, 40, was flying a two-seater Icon A5 plane when it crashed off the coast of New Port Richey, authorities were called to a report of a small plane crash, his body was later recovered. Halladay pitched in the MLB for 16 seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies winning the Cy Young award twice, and in 2010 became the second pitcher in MLB history to throw a postseason no-hitter.


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