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Monday News Headlines: Bronx Crash, Tijuana Protest

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Good morning. Here are your Monday news headlines for this week.

President Trump Refuses to Listen to Khashoggi Tape

US President Donald Trump said he does not want to hear a recording that captured the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He also called it a “suffering tape” and described it as “terrible.”

Khashoggi was slain at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in early October.

“We have the tape, I don’t want to hear the tape, no reason for me to hear the tape,” Trump told Fox News anchor Chris Wallace.

CIA revealed on Friday that based on their assessment, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman personally ordered the killing of Khashoggi.

The prince has since denied the CIA’s claim.

Angry Protesters Flock to Mexican Border City Tijuana

Residents have taken to the streets of Tijuana to protest the arrival of migrants trying to get to the US.

Hundreds of people came out to urge the migrants to leave the Mexican border town.

The Central American migrants have been traveling through Mexico to the US.

Both the US and Mexico have since installed heavier security at the border in response to the migrants’ arrival.

According to Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum, approximately 10,000 migrants are expected to arrive in the city in the coming weeks.

He also warned that the city was not prepared to deal with the “avalanche” of migrants.

Fatal Bronx Highway Crash Leaves Teenage Girl in Coma

A deadly car crash in the Bronx has left one 14-year-old girl in a comatose state.

The incident also killed her grandmother and her stepmom, who was five months pregnant.

The teen victim, Sky Mendoza, has already undergone surgery for a broken spine and bleeding in the brain.

On Saturday morning, the Major Deegan Expressway wreck also left Mendoza’s 12-year-old brother Orlando Mendoza and 28-year-old uncle Michael injured.

Mendoza’s family told reporters that she may never walk again after the accident.

J Crew CEO Resigns from Retail Company

The CEO of J Crew is stepping down just less than two years into the job.

In a statement on Saturday, the company confirmed that Jim Brett was leaving his post.

The move was reportedly caused by Brett’s disagreement with the board of directors over the direction J Crew should take to “evolve.”

Four senior executives are slated to share the CEO responsibilities.

Brett assumed his CEO post last July from chief executive Mickey Drexler, who has been in the company for 14 years after leaving Gap.

“The departure of Jim Brett is worrying for J Crew,” Neil Saunders, GlobalData Retail managing director said.

He added, “It leaves the brand leaderless at a time when it needs to focus its efforts on rebuilding sales and reconnecting with customers.”

Teen Racing Driver Survives Shocking Airborne Crash at Macau Grand Prix

Sophia Floersch, a 17-year-old racing driver, has survived a freak accident at the recent Macau Grand Prix.

A video footage that is now circulating on social media shows Floersch losing control of her car.

Her Van Amersfoort Racing vehicle then flew over her competitors – slamming right into the fence.

The German driver, who is now conscious, updated her fans on Twitter and said she is set to undergo surgery today.

According to a medical report, Floersch is “not fit to race” after sustaining serious injuries.

Featured image: President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore

Featured image: President of the United States Donald Trump speaking at the 2018 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore

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Friday’s Headlines: Beyoncé, Kim Porter, Camp Fire

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Good morning. Here are Friday’s headlines for this week.

Kim Jong-Un Tests ‘High-Tech Weapon’ in North Korea

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has overseen the successful test of a new tactical weapon.

Further details about the “high-tech” weapon were not revealed, other than it had been created over a long period.

The news serves as North Korea’s first official weapons test report in a year.

Back in June, Kim and President Trump agreed on the denuclearization of Pyongyang.

A detailed plan after the meeting was never set out.

The report comes shortly after satellite images showed the complex network of missile bases in the peninsula.

Number of Missing People in California Camp Fire Jumps to 631

The number of missing people in California due to the deadly Camp Fire has now soared to 631.

Local authorities confirmed the missing person’s list has doubled since Thursday.

Considered as the most destructive blaze in the state, the Camp Fire has killed at least 63 people.

Almost 12,000 buildings have already been destroyed.

President Donald Trump is scheduled to travel to California on Saturday to survey the damage and meet with the affected residents.

As of this writing, 9,400 firefighters are still battling wildfires scattered across the state.

Snowstorm in New York City Leaves Many Commuters Stranded

New York City was hit by the first snowfall of the season, leaving many people stranded.

In midtown Manhattan, the Port Authority Bus Terminal became so crowded on Thursday.

Rush-hour commuters flocked to the facility, waiting for delayed buses due to the snowstorm.

Managers were forced to block travelers from entering in the late afternoon.

According to Port Authority managers, snow and ice conditions made it harder for buses to reach the upper levels of the terminal.

In New Jersey, users of the NJ Transit had to wait for more than two hours to board the train.

Beyoncé Cuts Business Ties with Philip Green 

Beyoncé has decided to end her business venture with Topshop boss Sir Philip Green.

The pop star bought Green out of Ivy Park, the sportswear label they both co-founded.

Green and Beyoncé launched the brand two years ago, with the outspoken feminist and US singer as the main endorser.

News of the buyout comes weeks after Green was revealed to have taken legal action to stop publication of his alleged sexual misconduct on a staff.

When asked about the incident, Green said he “categorically and wholly” denies the allegations.

Beyoncé had dealt with mounting pressure from campaigners to drop Green from the label.

“After discussions of almost a year, Parkwood has acquired 100% of the Ivy Park brand. Topshop – Arcadia will fulfill the existing orders,” Ivy Park said in a statement.

Actress and Model Kim Porter Dead at 47

Kim Porter, who was the ex-girlfriend of Sean “Diddy” Combs, died on Thursday.

The model/actress was 47.

“Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time,” Combs’ publicist Cyndi Berger said in a press release.

Porter was reportedly found dead in her Toluca Lake home.

No details about her death were revealed.

Combs and Porter were together for over a decade until their split in 2007.

They had one son and twin daughters together. Porter also had another son from a past relationship.

Featured image: Moon Jae-in, President of the Republic of Korea meets Kim Jong-un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea on 27 May 2018. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/ Blue House

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Thursday’s Headlines: Brexit, Bitcoin, Futuristic Nike Store

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Good morning. Here are Thursday’s headlines for this week.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab Officially Resigns

Dominic Raab, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, has resigned.

According to Raab, he left his post because he “cannot in good conscience support” the draft Brexit agreement UK made with the EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday that she had secured her cabinet’s backing for the agreement.

However, many ministers were reportedly understood to be against it.

Among Conservative backbenchers, there are also suggestions of moves to force a no-confidence vote in May.

Raab, a Leave supporter, is believed to be among the group of senior ministers who are not satisfied with the agreement.

More than 100 Still Missing in California Camp Fire

Hundreds of people are searching for their loved ones in the communities affected by the deadly California Camp Fire.

According to authorities, 130 people remain unaccounted for after the blaze.

Most of the people in the partial list of missing individuals are senior citizens.

The staggering death toll has now climbed to 56.

A majority of the missing are from the town of Paradise, which was virtually burned to the ground.

When asked for a timeline on the search, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said, “We’re moving as fast as we can. It will take as long as it takes.”

Nike Opens 68,000-Square-Foot Flagship Store in NYC

Nike’s futuristic flagship store in New York City has opened its doors.

Spanning six floors, the 68,000-square-feet building offers all-new customer experiences that the company has never done before.

Located on Fifth Ave. Manhattan, it serves as the forefront of Nike’s journey to digital transformation.

The store offers the largest collection of Nike shoes for sale in the world.

There’s also a “speed shop” featuring items that are available for grab-and-go.

The building is also module – walls can be moved to give space for any events inside the store.

Bitcoin Dips Under $6,000, Sets New Low for This Year

Bitcoin has reached a new record low for 2018.

Its price has dropped more than 10% on Wednesday – marking its lowest level in over a year.

Bitcoin is currently trading below $6,000, far behind the levels it reached during its rise at the end of last year.

In December 2017, it almost touched $20,000.

Following its meteoric rise, the cryptocurrency took a nosedive over the months that followed.

It was hovering between $6,000 and $7,000 since September.

The major drop on Wednesday, according to analysts, is a stark reminder that cryptocurrencies remain a highly volatile investment.

 ‘Jack Reacher’ Reboot: Lead Star Tom Cruise to be Replaced

Action hero Jack Reacher is making a comeback on the small screen with a new actor playing the role.

According to creator Lee Child, Tom Cruise – who portrayed the character in two films – is too short.

Reacher is described as 6ft 5 in tall with hands as big as dinner plates in Child’s books.

Cruise, on the other hand, is 5ft 7in.

“Cruise, for all his talent, didn’t have that physicality,” Child said in an interview.

He also confirmed that a deal on the streaming show has been officially signed.

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Wednesday’s Headlines: Prince Charles, ‘Game of Thrones’

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Good morning. Here are Wednesday’s headlines for this week.

Melania Trump Calls for the Firing of Top US Aide Mira Ricardel

US First Lady Melania Trump has called for a high-ranking national security aide to President Donald Trump to be fired.

“It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House,” Melania’s spokesperson said.

Both the White House and the National Security Council have not yet issued a comment on the matter.

According to reports, Melania feuded with deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel during her African trip last month.

A source close to the matter told reporters that the issue stemmed from Ricardel’s argument with the first lady’s staff over plane seating.

The clash was also related to the use of National Security Council resources.

Prince Charles Marks 70th Birthday with New Royal Family Photo

Prince Charles recently celebrated his 70th birthday with an editorial in the latest edition of Country Life.

To mark the special landmark, Clarence House released two new photos of the prince with his family.

Events for Prince Charles’ birthday include a private party at Buckingham Palace hosted by the Queen.

Then, he and the Duchess of Cornwall will head to Spencer House for a tea party.

The London party will include 70 inspirational people marking their 70th birthdays in 2018.

There will also be traditional gun salutes at midday at Green Park to commemorate the event.

NYPD Cop Gives Woman $20 after Learning She was Short to Buy Hamilton Ticket

A police officer in New York City has made a woman’s day with a simple yet heart-warming gesture.

In a recent tweet, NYPD News shared the story of a woman who waited days in line for a “Hamilton” ticket.

She found out that she was $20 short, so a kind NYPD cop threw her a lifeline and gave her some cash.

The woman named Geraldine, an Irish tourist, reportedly ran for help when she realized she didn’t have enough money and met Officer Dicandia.

She later wrote to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office to address the touching moment.

“We were totally overjoyed when he opened his wallet and just handed us 20 dollars. My daughter was crying,” she wrote to the mayor.

She added, “It was without doubt the best night and would not have been possible without Officer DiCandia’s kindness.”

WeWork Gets $3 Billion More in Funding from SoftBank

SoftBank has invested another $3 billion to tech company WeWork.

The financing came from SoftBank Corp, not to be mistaken with SoftBank Vision Fund.

According to reports, the deal came in the form of a warrant.

This means SoftBank pays $3 billion for the chance to buy shares before September 2019 at $110 or higher.

The additional funding puts WeWork’s current value at $42 billion minimum.

Back in August, SoftBank Corp has already invested $1 billion in WeWork via a convertible note.

In August, SoftBank Corp invested $1 billion in WeWork in the form of a convertible note.

 ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season to Air in April

It’s official: the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” will premiere in April 2019.

The network has yet to announce a specific release date for the award-winning drama.

A teaser was released along with the final season announcement.

The long-awaited installment will consist of six long episodes.

Ahead of the end of “Game of Thrones,” HBO has already started planning for a follow-up for the show.

A prequel series is now being developed starring Naomi Watts.

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Tuesday’s Headlines: Stan Lee, Amazon’s HQ2 Update

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Good morning. Here are Tuesday’s headlines for this week.

US-China Trade Talks Resume Ahead of Trump and Xi’s Meeting

Talks on trade between the United States and China have been restarted, reports confirmed.

The news comes ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s planned meeting later this month.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He reportedly had a phone conversation on Friday.

The U.S. is demanding for a clear offer from China before negotiations on a trade deal can begin.

However, Beijing proposes to talk first before making a firm proposal later.

A spokesman for the U.S. Treasury has yet to comment on the news.

Deadliest Wildfire in California Kills at Least 42

The death toll in the deadliest wildfire in California has now climbed to 42.

According to officials, thirteen more bodies have been recovered in the state this weekend.

Most of the remains were found close to the town of Paradise, which was literally burned to the ground by the fire.

The Camp Fire continues to rage on and at least 228 people have been declared missing.

Almost 7,200 structures have been destroyed, with 15,500 more at risk.

The wildfire has now surpassed the Griffith Park disaster in 1933 that claimed 31 lives.

Amazon Chooses New York City, Northern Virginia as HQ2 Locations

New York City and Northern Virginia will serve as the homes of Amazon’s second and third headquarters.

Amazon is expected to divide its promised 50,000 new jobs evenly between the two offices.

It’s not clear how the company will split its estimated $5 billion budget for a campus similar to its Seattle homebase.

Former AOL CEO Steve Case commended Amazon’s choice, saying on Instagram, “Amazon’s announcement is a win not just for VA, but for the entire greater DC region.”

Netflix Tries Cheaper Price Tier in Select Markets

Netflix will be trying to experiment with lower prices in select markets, CEO Reed Hastings recently revealed.

Further details on the actual plan to test cheaper Netflix subscription prices have yet to be announced.

Hastings also declined to say when or where the plans would be implemented.

The cheaper tier will not be like the Netflix people are used to, reports claimed.

However, it is expected to introduce the streaming platform to millions of new customers.

Hastings said the company has over 100 million potential customers in India alone.

American Superhero Creator, Comic Book Icon Stan Lee Dies at 95

Stan Lee, the man who created Marvel’s famous superheroes, has died at the age of 95.

The comic book icon was taken by ambulance on Monday morning to Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center, where he later died.

Kirk Schneck, who is the lawyer of Lee’s daughter, said the cause of Lee’s death is not yet known.

Lee’s career started in 1939 at Timely Comics where he worked as writer, editor, and illustrator.

After DC Comics reimagined its heroes in the ‘50s, Lee was tapped to create heroes to compete against DC’s Justice League in the ‘60s.

It eventually paved the way to a revolution in the comic book industry.

Featured image: President Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a welcome ceremony, Beijing, November 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/PAS China