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Donald Trump elected as 45th President of the United States
It was a surprise that upset and confounded the polls. Donald Trump, celebrity businessman and political newbie was elected as the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump secured 290 electoral college votes against his opponent, Hilary Clinton’s 228 votes. The win was down to the securing of several key battleground states such as Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
Even though Donald Trump won the electoral college vote, it is reportedly projected that Clinton is set to win the popular vote by a margin of roughly 200,000. It was also reported by election officials that this election has the lowest voter turnout in the last 20 years with only 55% of eligible voters casting ballots. However, voter turnout in swing states such as Florida and North Carolina was shown to have increased.
In another odd turn, at President Elect Donald Trumps’ request, the feasibility of him spending half his time in the White House and half his time in his New York penthouse is being considered.
Presidential Election Protests
As the aftermath of the U.S. election was sinking in, millions across the globe took to social media to vent their frustrations. Thousands demonstrators gathered in cities across America to protest the results. Donald Trump initially condemned the protestors and claimed that they were “incited by the media” but later changed his opinion and released a statement praising the protestor’s “passion for our great country.”
There have also been alleged hate crimes being perpetrated across the United States since the election. This has included hundreds of instances of vandalism and threads against minorities being reported.
New Zealand earthquakes
Over the course of several hours, New Zealand was hit by two earthquakes as well as hundreds of tremors. The two earthquakes, measuring in at 7.9 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, caused wide spread damage and 2 fatalities. The epicentre is said to be northeast of Christchurch, near the town of Kaikoura which has been cut off by landslides.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister, John Kay described the scenes as “utter devastation” and has said that the cost of the damages will likely be in the “billions of dollars”. The aftershocks have left some communities without and power with authorities having to restore supplies.
Serial Killer Amazon Reviews
An alleged serial killer, Todd Kohlhepp, was arrested after police found a woman chained inside a shipping container on his property. Kohlhepp, from South Carolina, is also reported to have possibly left unsettling reviews on Amazon for instruments that he used to commit his crimes.
When reviewing an entrenching tool; “Keep in car for when you have to hide the bodies and you left the full size shovel at home.”
The Simpsons has been renewed for the 29th and 30th seasons. This will bring the total number of episodes to 699. This renewal has broken a new record for the family sitcom and has established The Simpons as the television show with the most episodes of a primetime, scripted series ever.
An enormous, 98 foot wide sinkhole devoured a street in Fukuoka, Japan. It was reported that officials believe nearby construction on a subway station may have contributed to its formation. Luckily, there were no serious injuries.
In an engineering marvel, the sinkhole was repaired and the road was re-opened after one week. The sinkhole was filled in within 48 hours and all the severed power cables and broken gas and water lines were repaired.
John Lewis released its annual Christmas advert last week. The advert, that cost £1 million to make and a further £6 million to air, features a boxer enviously watching other animals using his owners new Christmas present, a trampoline. The advert has had mixed reviews with audiences either loving or hating it.
John Lewis will be selling plush versions of all the animals used in the advert as well as other products such as pyjamas, children’s books and trampolines. The department store has stated that 10% of all toy sales will go to the country’s Wildlife Trusts charities.
News Recap Team
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