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  1. House committee approves bill that includes $10 billion for border wall

    10.04 / 23:11 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    On Wednesday, the House Homeland Security Committee passed a border security bill that includes $10 billion in border wall funding, $5 billion to improve entry points, and money to hire 5,000 more Border Patrol agents. Proposed by committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas), the Border Security for America Act passed along party lines, 18-12, and is seen by Democrats as a way for Republicans to throw a bone to President Trump, who made building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border a…
  2. Purchasing seafood in some American stores may inadvertently fund North Korean nuclear weapons

    10.04 / 21:26 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    North Korean workers in China are processing seafood that ends up for sale in American stores, an Associated Press report published Wednesday revealed. The foods end up in U.S. retailers including Walmart and Aldi. AP reporters made the discovery while observing a seafood processing plant in China that exports fish to American stores. The North Korean government sends workers to countries including China, Poland, Russia, Uruguay, and the Gulf states to work in a variety of industries, then…
  3. Wells Fargo may have wrongly charged thousands of customers a total of $98 million in fees

    10.04 / 20:18 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Wells Fargo will reach out to 110,000 customers who may have been wrongly charged for "mortgage rate lock extension fees" between September 2013 and February 2017, the company said in a press release Wednesday. Four former Wells Fargo employees expressed concern about the way the bank was handling these fees in a letter to Congress last year. CNN Money explains that the fees targeted Wells Fargo customers seeking mortgages. When someone applies for a mortgage through Wells Fargo, they are…
  4. Amazon is the latest tech giant caught in an EU tax deal gone bad

    10.04 / 20:04 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Amazon is about to write quite a hefty check. On Wednesday, the European Union ordered Amazon to pay 250 million euros in back taxes — that's $295 million — to Luxembourg, citing an unfair tax deal between the tech giant and the tiny country where its headquarters are located. EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said an illegal deal between Amazon and Luxembourg meant nearly three-quarters of Amazon's profits weren't taxed. Amazon is just the latest U.S. tech company to be cha…
  5. Google’s new wireless headphones can translate 40 different languages

    10.04 / 19:09 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Why use a phone app to translate a language when your earbuds can do it for you? On Wednesday, Google announced the company's first proprietary headphones, called the Pixel Buds. They're wireless, use touch controls, and can translate up to 40 different languages. The Verge explains how it works: Pixel Buds pair with Google's voice assistant. To access the assistant, simply tap the earbud. To have a phrase translated, hold a finger on the earbud and ask, for example, "help me speak…
  6. There's yet another powerful storm brewing in the Atlantic

    10.04 / 18:48 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The Gulf Coast might be hit with another hurricane — perhaps as soon as this weekend. The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday identified Tropical Depression 16 as a storm that is "forecast to strengthen and bring tropical storm conditions" immediately, and then expected to "continue strengthening over the Gulf of Mexico, and could affect portions of the northern Gulf Coast as a hurricane." The storm, which will be called Nate when it fully forms, is projected to hit the edge of Central A…
  7. Google's new Pixel 2 doesn't have a headphone jack

    10.04 / 18:05 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    On Wednesday, Google unveiled its latest phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Both smartphones will abandon the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, just as Apple did with the iPhone 7 last year. The Pixels will come bundled with a USB-C adapter that users can use to enable their traditional wired headphones. Google also announced Wednesday that it would release branded wireless earbuds, called the Pixel Buds, which will allow users to answer phone calls, adjust volume, or activate the…
  8. You can't actually make things with love, the FDA says

    10.04 / 18:05 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Grandma's cookies wouldn't pass an FDA health inspection — and not just because she let the dog lick the spoon. It's because they're probably made with that all-encompassing ingredient, "love." The Food and Drug Administration called out Nashoba Brook Bakery for listing "love" as ingredient in its granola. The FDA's Sept. 22 letter pointed out that "love" isn't the "common or usual name of an ingredient" and therefore shouldn't be used. John Gates, CEO of the Massachusetts-based bakery, t…
  9. The Steele dossier has stumped the Senate Intelligence Committee

    10.04 / 18:05 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The Senate Intelligence Committee updated the American public on Wednesday regarding the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, with chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) saying the "issue of collusion" remains open, ABC News reports. Burr admitted, though, that the committee is not making the kind of progress it would like; the investigation has "hit a wall" in regards to the Christopher Steele dossier. The documents, originally leaked by BuzzFeed News, allege…
  10. This new bill would ban bump stocks, which let semiautomatic weapons fire even faster

    10.04 / 17:04 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) rolled out a new gun control bill Wednesday that would ban the sale of bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic weapons to fire faster, essentially turning a semiautomatic weapon into an automatic one. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock had 12 guns equipped with bump stocks in his hotel room, The New York Times reported, allowing him to squeeze off enough rounds to kill 59 people and injure more than 520 more in roughly just 10 minutes of firing. Feinstein was…
  11. Trump was baffled and disgusted by water purification in Puerto Rico

    10.04 / 17:04 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump's whirlwind visit to Puerto Rico on Tuesday resulted in gaffes such as Trump telling a homeowner without electricity to "have a good time" and pretending to shoot hoops with paper towel rolls. Perhaps most of all, Trump was baffled by aid work in the U.S. territory. "Flashlights. You don't need 'em anymore," he told a crowd in a chapel, despite the fact that 95 percent of the island is still without power. He was particularly bewildered by water purification techniques,…
  12. Rich Uncle Pennybags is photobombing the Senate hearing on the Equifax breach

    10.04 / 16:15 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    A person dressed as "the Monopoly guy" photobombed the Senate Banking Committee's hearing on the Equifax data breach on Wednesday, sitting just behind former CEO Richard Smith, CNBC reports: Someone dressed like the Monopoly guy is photobombing the Senate's Equifax hearing https://t.co/zrZzUYh0nH pic.twitter.com/Vnd14kQFam — Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) October 4, 2017 The classic board game character, also known as "Rich Uncle Pennybags," was in league with the liberal consumer rights a…
  13. The Yankees' comeback was a once-in-92-year phenomenon

    10.04 / 16:09 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The New York Yankees pulled their starting pitcher from the American League wild card game against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning Tuesday, after Luis Severino gave up three runs and four hits. Severino is only the 17th starting pitcher to notch one or fewer outs in a postseason game, Deadspin reports. The Yankees, though, made baseball history by overcoming the odds to win the one-game playoff 8-4, becoming only the second team to win a postseason game with a starting pitcher…
  14. The Yankees' comeback was a once-in-92 year phenomenon

    10.04 / 15:35 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    The New York Yankees pulled their starting pitcher from the American League wild card game against the Minnesota Twins in the first inning on Tuesday after Luis Severino gave up three runs and four hits — only the 17th pitcher to notch one or fewer outs in a postseason game, Deadspin reports. The Yankees, though, made baseball history by overcoming the odds to win the one-game playoff 4-8, becoming only the second team to win a postseason game with a starting pitcher earning one or fewer o…
  15. Rex Tillerson confirms 'commitment' to Trump after reports that he called the president a 'moron'

    10.04 / 15:35 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Secretary of State Rex Tillerson attempted to defuse rumors that he is unhappy in the Trump administration Wednesday, after reports surfaced that he called President Trump a "moron" in a private Pentagon meeting over the summer. "My commitment to the success of our president and our country is as strong as it was on the day I accepted his offer," he said in a rare statement to the press. After Trump gave an overly partisan campaign-style talk to the Boy Scouts over the summer, Tillerson — a…
  16. Less than a third of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the Puerto Rico crisis

    10.04 / 13:40 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Americans widely disapprove of the way President Trump is handling the ongoing crisis in Puerto Rico, a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll has found. Only 32 percent of Americans approve of Trump's handling of the hurricane aftermath, while 49 percent disapprove. Comparatively, Americans think the administration has responded far better to hurricanes that hit the mainland, with only 27 percent disapproving of how Trump handled recovery in Texas and…
  17. Archaeologists may have discovered the ancient tomb of Santa Claus

    10.04 / 12:40 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    Turkish archaeologists believe they may have discovered the ancient tomb of St. Nicholas — better known as Santa Claus — the Daily Sabah reports. The grave was recently found beneath the St. Nicholas Church in Turkey's southern province of Antalya, where Mr. Claus was born. "We believe this shrine has not been damaged at all, but it is quite difficult to get to it as there are mosaics on the floor," said the head of Antalya's Monument Authority, Cemil Karabayram, of the dis…
  18. Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. were almost charged with a felony in 2012

    10.04 / 12:17 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump's children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, were nearly indicted for felony fraud on the charge of misleading buyers of Trump SoHo hotel condos in 2012, but the case was ultimately dismissed by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. after he met with Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, ProPublica, WNYC, and The New Yorker jointly report. Kasowitz donated $25,000 to Vance's reelection campaign in 2012. And while Vance returned the $25,000 shortly before meeting…
  19. Rex Tillerson reportedly called Trump a 'moron,' threatened to quit over the summer

    10.04 / 11:42 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    After a July 20 meeting in a secure room at the Pentagon, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called President Trump a "moron," shocking the handful of senior administration officials at the meeting, NBC News reports, citing three officials "present or briefed on the incident." The previous day, Tump had threatened to fire the U.S. general commanding of the Afghanistan war and comparing troop deployment decisions to the renovation of the 21 Club restaurant in New York, but Tillerson was also…
  20. Trump vows to 'wipe out' Puerto Rico's $73 billion debt

    10.04 / 11:27 theweek.com Theweek.com - US
    President Trump promised relief for debt-wracked and hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday, although he was not clear on specifics. "We're going to do something," Trump told Fox News' Geraldo Rivera on Hannity. "We're going to get it back on its feet." Puerto Rico's $73 billion debt stems from a recession that began in 2006, and complications with the fact that by virtue of being a territory, the island cannot invoke bankruptcy. It isn't clear if the federal government can simply erase…