Politics

May 23, 2019

Bipartisan lawmakers reach deal on disaster relief, shrugging off Trump’s border money demands

Congressional leaders agreed on Thursday to a $19.1 billion disaster relief bill, rebuffing President Donald Trump’s demand that the legislation include more funding for border security. The Senate later passed the measure by a vote of 85-8. According to Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), chairman of the appropriations committee, Trump has agreed to sign the deal […]
May 23, 2019

Striking McDonald’s workers: You have to ‘build your strength in numbers’

McDonald’s workers went on strike on Thursday in 13 cities for a $15 hourly pay and union rights for all workers at the chain. They’re working with the Fight for $15 movement and speaking up about sexual harassment and safety issues at their stores, following a new round of sexual harassment charges and lawsuits against […]
May 22, 2019

Senate committee rejects proposal to require congressional approval before US strike on Iran

The Senate Foreign Relations committee on Wednesday rejected a Democratic proposal to require congressional approval before the United States takes any military action against Iran. The panel voted 13-9 against the proposal, according to Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT), who co-sponsored the measure with Sen. Tom Udall (D-UT). Every Republican on the panel voted against the […]
May 22, 2019

Ben Carson guts homeless shelter gender protections 24 hours after telling Congress he wouldn’t

Transgender and gender non-conforming people could soon be barred from federally funded shelters, after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced plans Wednesday to scrap recently added regulator protections. HUD’s rulemaking would rescind the Equal Access Rule that currently requires shelters that wish to segregate clients according to their gender to modify their […]
May 21, 2019

‘We’re not going to have this’: Thousands protest nationwide against extreme abortion bans

In rallies across the country Tuesday, thousands of people took to the streets to protest the slate of extreme abortion bans that were recently passed or signed into law in states like Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri. “Today is really a call to action for people across the country,” said Staci Fox, CEO and president of Planned […]
May 21, 2019

Senate hearing on agriculture and climate change featured industry speakers, no climate scientists

A Tuesday Senate hearing reviewing the impact of climate change on agriculture featured a strong defense of industry, at a time when the role of the sector in contributing to global warming is under growing scrutiny. The morning panel, hosted by the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, indicated that lawmakers on both sides of […]

Trends

May 24, 2019

Informative Connected Packaging – Carrefour and Nestle Utilize IBM’s Food Trust Blockchain System (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Brick-and-mortar retail is becoming digitized and innovations in connected packaging bring more value to consumers as they select products from the shelf. Realizing the mass embrace of smart...
May 24, 2019

Seasonal Activity Subscription Boxes – Dairy Queen’s New ‘Box of Happy’ is a Summer Subscription Box (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) If you're in need of some fun staycation ideas for the summer, Dairy Queen has you covered with a new subscription service called ‘Box of Happy.' Naturally, all the subscription...
May 22, 2019

Italian-Style Canned Spritzers – Beviamo Combines Bitter Liqueur, Italian Wine & Soda Water (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Noting the on-trade demand for spritz and wine-based cocktails, Global Brands launched a new brand called Beviamo that offers a refreshing, Italian-inspired canned spritzer. The Beviamo Italian...
May 22, 2019

Pride Month Makeup Palettes – Tarte’s New Let It Rain-Bow Palette Supports the Trevor Project (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Just in time for Pride Month, Tarte has debuted a colorful new makeup palette called ‘Let It Rain-Bow.' As part of its special Pride collection, Tarte teamed up with the YouTuber Jessie...
May 22, 2019

Direct-to-Consumer Engagement Rings – With Clairty Offers Elegant Custom-Made Engagement Rings (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) With the advancement of various technologies, custom-made engagement rings become available as an option for those who are in love. With Clarity is a direct-to-consumer brand that revolutionizes the...
May 22, 2019

Sculptural Functional Home Decor – Zaha Hadid Design Unveils a New Series at 10 Corso Como NYC (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Zaha Hadid Design is a design studio that enhances the functionality of minimal sculptural pieces and it recently unveiled its latest collection at New York City's 10 Corso Como show. The...
May 21, 2019

Avocado-Themed Disney Merchandise – Disney’s Latest Accessories Have an Avocado Theme (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) The consumer obsession with avocados only continues to grow, which is why it makes perfect sense that Disney's newest merchandise would boast an avocado theme. With everything from baseball...
May 21, 2019

Fried Chicken Pool Floats – Cracker Barrel is Giving Away a Southern Fried Chicken Pool Float (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) Cracker Barrel is getting in on the pool float obsession this summer with its very own Southern Fried Chicken pool float. While the idea of floating on a giant drumstick may seem unusual, the new...
May 18, 2019

Moon-Inspired Colorful Furnishings – Marni Launches a Chromatic Line During Salone del Mobile 2019 (TrendHunter.com)

(TrendHunter.com) A range of colorful furnishings that “adapts surprisingly well to any space” is launched by Marni for Salone del Mobile 2019. The silhouettes feature a number of primitive benches, stools,...

Latest from the World

May 25, 2019

Newspaper headlines: ‘The race is on’ but is it ‘turning toxic’?

Battling Conservative MPs launching their leadership bids fill the front pages of the Sunday papers.
May 25, 2019

Tory leadership: Dominic Raab enters race

The former Brexit secretary is the latest MP to say he wants to succeed Theresa May.
May 25, 2019

Lyric Theatre evacuated in Jason Manford show as phone on fire

Jason Manford tweeted a photo of a fire engine outside the venue, saying "on fire tonight".
May 25, 2019

Fiat Chrysler in talks over ties with Renault: source

Italian carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is in talks to form ties with Renault SA, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday.
May 25, 2019

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal and wife stopped from leaving India – airport official

Indian carrier Jet Airways (India) Ltd founder Naresh Goyal and his wife Anita Goyal were stopped from leaving India on Saturday at Mumbai airport, according to an airport official who asked not to be named.
May 25, 2019

Boston man says someone broke into his house, cleaned it, then left

Discovering that someone had broken into your home while you were away is a terrifying thing. What did they want? What did they break, rummage through, or steal? These are questions that were surely running through the head of Nate Roman, a Boston man who returned home from work earlier this month to find that his front door was open. Initially believing he may have accidentally left the door unlocked, he investigated a bit and discovered that everything in the house was, well, clean. In fact, entire rooms had been tidied up while he was away and, while nothing appeared to be missing, he immediately contacted authorities. As CNN reports, police arrived and swept the house to see if anyone was still there but came up empty-handed. A check of the home's security system revealed that it had not been activated, preventing the alarm from sounding, but it did track when the home's doors were opened. It revealed that someone had entered the home during the day and left about 90 minutes later. Whoever committed the bizarre act took the time to clean Roman's son's room, organizing toys and folding blankets neatly. The perpetrator even vacuumed the home and spent considerable time constructing tiny roses on the home's toilet paper rolls, similar to what you might find in a high-end hotel. Aside from trespassing, no actual crime was committed, leaving police with very little in the way of clues. There are zero suspects, and the only theory that even makes the tiniest bit of sense is that a professional cleaning service or maid may have arrived at the wrong address, let themselves in, and cleaned the place. However, nothing in the kitchen was cleaned, so Roman doesn't believe that is the case. It's a "crime" that may never be solved, but Roman has taken some steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. He reportedly changed all the locks in the home and will presumably be making sure his security system is activated before heading to work in the future.
May 25, 2019

Art Briles Hired To Coach Football At Texas High School

On a Friday evening news dump just before the start of a holiday weekend, the Mt. Vernon Independent School district announced that it had hired ex-Baylor coach Art Briles to lead the Texas high school’s football team. Superintendent Jason McCullough s...
May 25, 2019

Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Celtic

Celtic come from behind to secure a historic treble treble as Odsonne Edouard's double sinks Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.
May 25, 2019

Heart of Midlothian 1-2 Celtic

Celtic come from behind to secure a historic treble treble as Odsonne Edouard's double sinks Hearts in the Scottish Cup final.
May 25, 2019

Channel migrants: Migrant crossing figure reaches new high

The Border Force was alerted to a small boat travelling across the Channel at about 06:20 BST.
May 25, 2019

8 new trailers from this past week: Toy Story 4, Terminator, Spider-Man, and more

John Wick 3 stole Avengers: Endgame’s crown at the box office last week, but it might not hold on to it for too long considering that Disney’s Aladdin remake hits theaters this weekend. And you can bet there are plenty of Aladdin fans out there who will want to see what Disney has done with this iconic tale, especially considering this is the live-action version. Also out this week is Brightburn, that disturbing anti-Superman hero story we’ve told you about in the past, as well as a new silly high school comedy, Booksmart. All in all, it should be a great weekend at the cinema, providing you with ample entertainment choices to make you forget all about the Game of Thrones TV series that you’ve grown to hate. By the way, Endgame is still playing and it’s getting closer and closer to beating Avatar’s box office record. We also have a few interesting new trailers this week, including the first trailer for Schwarzenegger’s new Terminator flick.

Abominable

Let’s kick things into gear with a brand new animated feature, Abominable, set to launch in late September. This time around a Yeti has to return home with the help of humans. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap0NRJD-2ts

Downton Abbey

You know the drill, Downton Abbey fans. It’s the same house, the same setting, and the same characters. Well, almost the same characters, because this time around the royal family is coming to town. If you loved the series, you’ll probably want to see this one as soon as it hits theaters on September 13th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMkiSqBraD0

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

It’s got a strange, unassuming title, but don’t be fooled: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood needs to be on your must-see list of films this year. Not only is it a Quentin Tarantino flick, but it also stars a great duo -- Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt. Not to mention all the other faces you’ll recognize from the trailer. The film comes out on July 26th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELeMaP8EPAA

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Sony released a new clip in international markets for the final MCU title of Phase 3. We've already talked about Spider-Man: Far From Home at length, so let's get right to the new footage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGv_IjuBaHQ

Stuber

Stuber is a great way to mock our relentless chase of instant validation and the way modern society has embraced likes, upvotes, retweets, and five-star ratings and turned them into businesses. Take Stu (Kumail Nanjiani), an Uber driver who’d do practically anything to keep his five-star rating, even if that means helping a cop (Dave Bautista) chase a killer. The comedy is out on July 12th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtYEiBR1sCk

Terminator: Dark Fate

I absolutely want to get excited about this new Terminator movie, but I’ve been there before. I’m just going to pace myself on this one, especially considering that it already seems like they’ve tried recreating some of the most iconic moments from the Terminator we all love. Will Dark Fate be the next Judgment Day? We’ll have to wait until November 1st to find out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCyEX6u-Yhs

The Art of Racing in the Rain

The Art of Racing in the Rain isn’t just a metaphor about life. The film is also about actual car racing, and the star is a good boy played by Kevin Costner. Milo Ventimiglia and Amanda Seyfried, meanwhile, play the humans in this one — The Art of Racing in the Rain is out this summer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp2ufFO4QGg

Toy Story 4

June 21st can’t come soon enough, am I right, Woody and Buzz fans? That’s when the final installment in this saga launches, complete with a brand new toy hero. Let’s caboom! — and check out the final trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pl9JS8-gnWQ
May 25, 2019

Normanby robber ‘held knife to baby’s throat’

The baby was threatened after his his grandmother refused to hand over her purse.
May 25, 2019

Storm Hannah uncovers Borth ‘sunken’ underwater forest

It is believed that the area was once-fertile land and a township stretching for 20 miles.
May 25, 2019

Sheffield ‘incident’: ‘Rescued’ children leave hospital

Six children were taken to hospital after Friday's incident but two boys, aged 13 and 14, died.