BREAKING NEWS BRIEF
A massive explosion rocked a Los Angeles neighborhood as homemade fireworks were being destroyed by a bomb squad, leaving a trail of destruction, injuries and questions in its wake as the July Fourth holiday approaches.
17 people were hurt Wednesday night — including 9 Los Angeles police officers and a federal agent — in the blast, which also flipped and damaged cars and smashed windows in homes and a laundromat. The explosion was heard blocks away.
It could take days to determine why the material exploded inside a spherical containment vessel on a tractor-trailer, tearing the rig apart in what was supposed to be a safe operation to handle explosives that were too unstable to remove from a South Los Angeles neighborhood where tons of illegal fireworks were discovered.
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BUSINESS AND MARKETS
Americans are starting to feel antsy about investing long-term in the stock market due to the volatility that has been seen on the regular the last year.
In 2020, 28% of Americans preferred to invest in stocks, but this year it’s 28% with a preference for investing in real estate instead.
The pandemic may have impacted how investors are thinking about investing, and made more Americans aware of having cash on hand for emergencies.
Investing in the stock market with discipline and patience over decades is generally the best way to build wealth, financial experts say. This is why.
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TIRED OF OFFICE POLITICS?
It appears that Trump is ready to be back in the political arena full force, so his team is developing creative ways for him to connect with voters. One of the most bizarre things his team has done to reach voters is create a brand new social media platform.
Yes, Trump has his own social media platform now called GETTR. His team unveiled the new social media channel quietly this week when it went live on Thursday. The project is being led by Trump’s former spokesman Jason Miller.
The new social media option is being marketed as an alternative to big social media channels that Trump’s team says are known for silencing users and limiting free speech. GETTR officials claim the new site’s mission is “fighting cancel culture, promoting common sense, defending free speech, challenging social media monopolies, and creating a true marketplace of ideas.”
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PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE
When it comes to managing your finances and sticking to your budget, there’s a lot of advice out there. From personal finance apps and online how-to articles to swapping learnings with friends and family members, it seems like everyone has words of wisdom about how to manage your money.
Of course, the person who’s really in control of your finances is you. Your budget and spending choices totally depend on what you decide to prioritize in your life, whether that’s saving for a home, supporting a family, traveling the world, starting a business or saving for retirement.
That said, if you’re looking for more perspectives on the topic, here you’ll find savvy money tips from all kinds of financially successful people, including financial advisors, writers, investors and celebrities. As they suggest, certain financial habits — like spending on things that spark joy, asking for what you’re worth and investing wisely — can help you feel less overwhelmed and more empowered in the long run.
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An extreme heatwave has been sweeping the Pacific Northwest, and now the region has gotten so hot, it caused an ice quake in Alaska.
A 2.7-magnitude ice quake was recorded 25 miles east of Juneau on Tuesday, caused by melting glaciers, according to Gizmodo. While it is normal for melting to cause flooding, the site reported it is rarer that the water refreezes and expands as ice, triggering enough stress to cause seismic activity.
The quake is known as a cryoseism, or a non-tectonic seismic event, and was recorded at a depth of about 8 miles.
While an ice quake might not seem like the biggest deal in the world, some of the other side effects of the heat have been having a ruinous effect on the Pacific Northwest’s landscape.
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