Newsworthy – Dec 14th, 2018

Virgin Galactic reaching the edge of space, Apple to build adding thousands of American jobs, baby boomers aging alone, and Google’s top U.S. trending search queries.

Here are the top newsworthy items from this past week as shared on our Facebook page.

  • Richard Branson’s space-tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, reached the edge of space in a test flight, in a feat expected to accelerate commercial efforts to send tourists and small satellites aloft using low-cost rockets.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • Apple plans to build a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, adding thousands of jobs, while also setting up new large offices in Seattle, San Diego and the Los Angeles area. It’s also expanding operations in Pittsburgh, New York, Boston, Portland, Oregon and Boulder, Colo. and leaving open the possibility of finding other places in the U.S. to open significant sites.

From Axios

  • Today, there are more than 30,000 dollar stores in the U.S., up from around 18,000 a decade ago, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. That’s more locations than Walmart, Kroger, Costco, Home Depot, CVS and Walgreens — the country’s six biggest brick-and-mortar retailers — combined. The expected coming recession could mean even greater expansion.

From Axios

  • China said it would reduce tariffs on U.S. autos to 15% from the current 40%. The agreement came during a phone call with U.S. officials that opened the latest round of talks over the countries’ festering trade dispute.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • The U.S. Senate ignored appeals from the Trump administration and passed a resolution to withdraw U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen. The measure, which passed in a 56-41 vote, reflects a Senate upset by the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudis.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • Baby boomers are aging alone more than any generation in U.S. history, and the resulting loneliness is a looming public-health threat. About one in 11 Americans age 50 and older lacks a spouse, partner or living child, and that portion is projected to grow. It adds up to about eight million people in the U.S. without close kin, the main source of companionship in old age.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • Google’s top U.S. trending search queries for the year — those that had the highest spike in traffic over a sustained period in 2018 as compared to 2017:

1. World Cup
2. Hurricane Florence
3. Mac Miller
4. Kate Spade
5. Anthony Bourdain
6. Black Panther
7. Mega Millions Results
8. Stan Lee
9. Demi Lovato
10. Election Results

From Axios

 

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