President Donald Trump agreed to reopen the federal government for three weeks while negotiations continue over funding for the border wall Friday, Jan. 25. The shutdown, which began Dec. 22 and lasted 35 days, became the longest one in history. If negotiations have still not been made by Feb. 15, the government will shut down again or Trump will declare a national emergency to bypass Congress. With the government reopened, approximately 800,000 federal employees will be working with pay.
Original article by Nicholas Fandos, Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Peter Baker, Jan. 25, 2019. The New York Times.
Sao Paulo, Brazil
At least seven people were killed and 200 people are missing after a mining dam burst in Brumadinho, located in southeastern Brazil. Homes and vehicles were flooded and submerged in the water following the burst Friday, Jan. 25. Seventeen people were found injured and rescued, and more than 50 firefighters are continuing the search for the missing people.
Original article by Shasta Darlington, Jan. 25, 2019. The New York Times.
San Francisco, California
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg plans to integrate Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp to allow users to communicate across the various platforms, a plan to be fullled by the end of this year or early 2020. The apps will still be available for use individually. Zuckerberg hopes that bringing these apps together will increase the amount of people using this system to communicate, rather than through Facebook’s communication competitors like Apple and Google.
Original article by Mike Isaac, Jan. 25, 2019. The New York Times.