Germany set up a banking whistleblower portal. Read more.
More headlines about improvements and big numbers for alternative energy sources like solar, tidal and wind were virally shared. Solar prices are down 62% since 2009, according to one estimate.
A Switzerland court ruled that even Muslim girls must swim with everyone else. The law applies to children who have not yet reached puberty. They also ruled that burqinis are allowed, and that girls after puberty can be exempt. Read more.
The Czech government is changing its constitution to allow citizens to shoot terrorists. Czech President Milos Zeman a couple months ago urged citizens to arm themselves against a possible “super-Holocaust” carried out by Muslim terrorists.
Much attention in the U.S. was focused on the confirmation hearings of Trump’s choices for staff, beginning with Jeff Sessions as attorney general and Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State. These two were followed by Mike Pompeo as director of the CIA and James Mattis for secretary of defense.
Trump held his first press conference in weeks, and the media was eager to ask him questions. Trump attacked CNN (“You’re fake news. You’re organization is terrible”) and Buzzfeed for their recent coverage of untrue documents making detrimental claims about Russia and Trump.
19 States raised their minimum wage. Arizona raised theirs to $10. DC raised theirs to $12.50. The federal minimum wage is $7.25, a number set in 2009.
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First Lady Michelle Obama gave a highly publicized last speech: “Being your first lady has been the greatest honor of my life. And I hope I’ve made you proud.”
Pop singer Janet Jackson gave birth to a child, age 50. This news was big in Africa as well.
News anchor Megyn Kelly left Fox News to join NBC.
American Aparrel, the clothing company, was won in an bankruptcy auction by a Canadian company, Gildan Activewear, for $88 million.