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Early Bird: Riots in the USA. Car manufacturers sue the US government. Rowling faces a scandal

Linda Veselá
24.Sep 2020
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It's Thursday and riots are brewing in America: Breonna Taylor hasn't been brought to justice yet, and two police officers were shot last night. J. K. Rowling had to go and cause another scandal, and leading American car manufacturers are suing Trump's office. What else shouldn't you miss? Once again, our Early Bird brings you a selection of news that you need to start your day!

What do we spend most often on in e-shops?

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Žena drží několik kosmetických štětců a tváří se šťastně
Žena drží několik kosmetických štětců a tváří se šťastněSource:

At least some stereotypes probably reflect reality: apparently, women do spend most often on cosmetics and men on computer games. At least that's the finding Home Credit made in their survey on what people most often buy in installments from websites.

In the cathegory of women, the top three places are taken by health and beauty products, children's clothing, flowers, and gift items, whereas men prefer to spend their money on computer software and games, auto-moto, and computer hardware.

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Luxusní vila na prodej - Klánovice - 465m, Praha 9

Justice for Breonna Taylor

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Žena v roušce drží nad hlavou plakát Black lives matter
Žena v roušce drží nad hlavou plakát Black lives matterSource: Profimedia

Things in America are getting wild again. The night protests in Louisville, Kentucky, were triggered by a court ruling that only one of the three police officers involved in the case of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who had been killed in March during a police raid in her house, would be charged. Not with the murder of Taylor, but with endangering her neighbors.

Twenty-six-year-old Taylor was killed in front of her boyfriend when three police officers broke into her house in the middle of the night.

Two police officers sustained a gunshot wound during the protests. Neither is in danger of death. Donald Trump responded to the event on his Twitter:

"Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky. TThe Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help. I have spoken to Kentucky‘s governor, Andy Beshear, a Democrat, and we are prepared to work together, immediately upon request!"

People are also protesting in other cities, though, such as Atlanta, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

Author of Harry Potter strikes again

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J. K. Rowling stojí ve světle modrých šatechSource: Profimedia

J. K. Rowling probably wasn't happy that the scandal, which she caused with her (according to some people transphobic) tweets in June, has been almost forgotten, and felt the need to revisit the topic. This time, she recommends her fans an e-shop, which sells items with phrases such as "Transwomen are men", "Transmen are my sisters" or "Woman is not a costume".

Her new thriller Troubled Blood, in which one of the possible killers dresses in women's clothing, also received harsh criticism. It doesn't look like sales have been affected, though - 65,000 copies were sold last week.

Car manufacturers are suing the US government

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Mladý pár jede autemSource:

Leading car manufacturers, such as Tesla, Volvo, Ford and Mercedes-Benz, are complaining about last year's customs tariffs on important parts from China - they said they were 'arbitrary'. Therefore, filed a lawsuit against Trump's office.

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Prodej luxusního bytu s terasou, Praha 8, Praha 8

What bothers manufacturers is the 25 percent customs tariff imposed on a range of products, including automotive components, as part of the US-China trade war.

An asteroid is heading towards Earth

An asteroid will pass the Earth today! It's the size of a school bus, and NASA scientists have only discovered it a week ago. The asteroid, which should be moving at a distance of about 22,000 kilometers, was named 2020 SW.

But there's nothing to fear: NASA reassures that this is completely normal:

"Small asteroids like 2020 SW approach the Earth several times a year and do not pose a threat."

Besides, experts believe that even if the asteroid was indeed headed for Earth, our atmosphere would probably crush it to pieces.

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Asteroid letí vesmíremSource: Pixabay

And that's all from us for today! We wish you a nice day. As it's supposed to be one of the last sunny ones this week, don't forget to catch some sun rays! Because, as musician John Lennon said:

"When you feel the worst in your life, just turn to the sun and all the shadows will fall behind you."

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