(AP) — The Japanese billionaire who’s paying to be the first private citizen to fly around the moon wants company and the deadline to apply is this Friday. Yusaku Maezawa has set up a website to help find a woman with a desire for world peace to be his life partner.
The 44-year-old online fashion empire founder says applicants must also be single women who are over the age of 20, interested in going into space and preparing for it.
Maezawa’s looking for someone with “a bright personality” who “wants to enjoy life to the fullest.”
(Ponce, PR-AP) – More than two-thirds of Puerto Rico residents are still without power as the island continues to rebound from a series of earthquakes.
Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority said it had restored service to only a third of its one-point-five-million customers. Also, a quarter million people do not have running water because of no power at those plants.
The Trump Administration approved a federal disaster declaration request, which provides some money to deal with debris removal and help for families that lost their homes.
(Sydney-AP) — A prominent scientist believes more animals are dying in Australia’s bushfires than he originally thought. Chris Dickman now thinks more than one-billion animals have been killed in the fires.
That includes more than 800-million in New South Wales alone. The University of Sydney ecology professor first estimated the death toll would be under half a billion.
The fires have been burning for months, charring millions of acres of land and leaving at least two dozen people dead.
Twenty-four people have been arrested in connection with the fires including a teenage firefighter. Crews are fighting as many as 146-brushfires, 65-of which aren’t contained.
(Washington, DC-AP) – Democrats are angry that congressional leaders were not briefed before the U.S. airstrike that killed a top Iranian military leader in Iraq.
Lawmakers are expected to get a classified briefing on the incident this week. The briefing will likely be conducted by CIA Director Gina Haspel, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Meantime, House Democrats are planning a vote this week on a war powers resolution aimed at limiting President Trump’s military actions on Iran. The House resolution would have little chance of passage in the Republican-led Senate.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the airstrike endangered U.S. service-members and diplomats by “risking a serious escalation of tensions with Iran.” The House resolution would have little chance of passage in the Republican-led Senate.
(AP) – Even after his divorce settlement, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is still the richest man in the world.
Bloomberg released its Billionaire Index for 2019 and Bezos was first with a net worth of 115-billion-dollars. Second was Microsoft founder Bill Gates at 113-billion.
The only other billionaire in triple digits is French businessman Bernard Arnault at 105-billion. Bezos gave up at least ten-billion-dollars of his fortune in a divorce settlement with his ex-wife.
Coming in fourth is investor Warren Buffett and fifth is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Eight of the top ten billionaires on the list are Americans.
(New York, NY-AP) – Eddie Murphy is reviving some of his classic bits from Saturday Night Live. Murphy hosted SNL last night for the first time in over three decades.
The 58-year-old actor and comedian offered updates on several of the iconic characters and skits he made famous on the show in the 1980s. Murphy’s Mister Robinson’s Neighborhood character still lives in the same neighborhood, which has become greatly gentrified.
His Buckwheat character is back, competing in a singing contest dressed up as a corn cob, and Eddie Murphy as Gumby delivered the news on Weekend Update.
(USA) – The U.S. doesn’t have a free trade agreement with the Kingdom of Wakanda, despite what the U.S. Department of Agriculture says.
The fictional African nation, home to Marvel superhero Blank Panther, was included in an online USDA list of nations with U.S. trade deals.
The listing was removed this week after a software engineer called it out on Twitter. A USDA spokesman said the fake country was included by mistake as part of a test.
(Washington, DC) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says President Trump has been held accountable and insists that “no one is above the law.” Talking with reporters at the Capitol, Pelosi called this week’s impeachment of the President a solemn and necessary action. She said she has not decided who will prosecute the case in a Senate trial and when the articles of impeachment will be formally submitted to the Senate. Pelosi argued that the process guiding a Senate trial should be fair.
Pelosi dismissed questions about critical comments from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. McConnell suggested that House Dems are getting cold feet about sending impeachment articles to the Senate. Pelosi said she doesn’t care what Republicans think.
There are two articles of impeachment: Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress.
(Atlanta, GA) – When LeBron James and the Lakers slid through the A to take on the Hawks the MVP didn’t look like he’d been in the league for 17 years but that doesn’t mean he didn’t feel like it. Post game, I asked him about the possibility of him making history with son Bronny by becoming the first father and son to play in the NBA at the same time. Start at 6:04 to see what he had to say!
(Atlanta, GA) – It wasn’t an easy win for the Lakers, but as usual LeBron James was dominant with 32pts, 13rbs and 7assts. His son Bronny has been ballin’ out too.
Post Game, I asked him if he had thought about potentially making history by becoming the first Father and Son to play in the league at the same time?