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"It reflects very poorly on Princess's culture" – A federal official calling out Princess Cruise Lines employees for dumping waste into the ocean. Because it's not better to throw it out down where it's wetter.
Yesterday, a judge declared a mistrial in the case of the former South Carolina officer who shot and killed Walter Scott.
Back in 2015, officer Michael Slager shot and killed Scott, an unarmed black man, after a traffic stop. Slager says he shot Scott because he was in "total fear" for his life after he says Scott grabbed his Taser. But a witness video shows Slager shooting Scott in the back multiple times as Scott runs away. The video got the nation's attention at a time when people were already questioning whether excessive force was used in a series of police shootings of black men. Slager was fired and charged with murder.
Yesterday, the trial officially ended with a hung jury – meaning they couldn't decide whether Slager was guilty or not. Prosecutors say they're eyeing a retrial. Either way, Slager's days in court aren't over yet. He faces another trial for the same case, since the feds have accused him of violating civil rights laws and misleading investigators.
Law enforcement are rarely charged or tried for killing people while on duty. But in recent years, there have been nationwide calls for police to be held accountable for their actions. Now more officers, like Slager, are going to court. But – as this case shows – it's still very difficult to convict a police officer.
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Unexpected. Yesterday, Ivanka Trump met with former VP Al Gore. Ivanka's the one who apparently invited Gore to the meeting, and President-elect Donald Trump wasn't supposed to be there...until he was. The topic was – yup – climate change. In the past, Trump has said climate change is a "hoax" invented by the Chinese, but softened his stance a bit post-election. It's unclear what they talked about, but many are wondering why Ivanka was there in the first place. Her dad has said he plans on passing the reins of his company to Ivanka and her brothers in order to avoid conflicts of interest while in office. But Ivanka keeps showing up on political meeting invites. There was that time she sat down with Japan's Prime Minister. And spoke on the phone with the president of Argentina. And now this. All of which is making a lot of people wonder how serious Trump is about keeping his business and his administration separate. Meanwhile, yesterday Trump nominated former GOP rival Ben Carson to head up the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. This comes a few weeks after Carson – a retired neurosurgeon – reportedly turned down a Health and Human Services job because "he has no government experience."
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Worthless. Same goes for cash money in Venezuela. Earlier this week, the country's central bank said it's going to print six new notes and coins. That's because inflation has gotten so bad there that the highest bill is only worth a few literal pennies. Psst...Venezuela has the world's largest oil reserves, and the country relies on high oil profits to keep its economy afloat. Problem, since the price of oil has been dropping like a stone for years now. Fast forward to now, and Venezuela's in the middle of a major economic crisis that's put kind-of important basics like food and medicine in short supply. And the currency is worth so little that Venezuelans have to carry around backpacks full of cash in order to buy something…anything. The new highest bill is apparently worth about $5. The move isn't expected to help solve the financial crisis, but it might make it a little easier to do business. Baby steps.
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Olive, meet branch. Yesterday, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he plans to take a trip to Pearl Harbor later this month with President Obama. This means he'll be the first Japanese leader to visit since Japan attacked the US Navy base in 1941. This year is the 75th anniversary of the attack, which killed thousands of Americans and led the US to join WWII. Abe's trip comes after Obama visited the Japanese city of Hiroshima earlier this year. He was the first US president to go to the city, where the US dropped one of two atomic bombs in 1945 at the end of WWII. Full circle. Consider this Pearl Harbor trip a diplomatic pat on the back.
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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory knows the feeling.
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@HRCintheWild: Not a Cheryl Strayed sequel. A Twitter account that's been posting photos of one-time presidential candidate and now low-key woman about town Hillary Clinton. She's been hiking, dining out with Bill, buying groceries, etc. Presidential candidates: they're almost like us.
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