LBN – Sunday, May 20, 2018

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*US, China agree to abandon trade war- Beijing:

Washington and Beijing have agreed to abandon any trade war and back off from imposing tariffs on each other, Chinese state media reported Sunday. The announcement came after high-level talks in the US capital and followed months of tensions over what President Donald Trump has blasted as an unfair commercial relationship between the two economic giants. Vice-Premier Liu He, who led Chinese negotiators in Washington said: “The two sides reached a consensus, will not fight a trade war, and will stop increasing tariffs on each other,” state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday. Liu called the agreement a “necessity”, but added: “At the same time it must be realized that unfreezing the ice cannot be done in a day, solving the structural problems of the economic and trade relations between the two countries will take time.”

*Witnesses: Santa Fe Gunman Taunted Victims, Sang ‘Another One Bites the Dust’:

The suspected gunman in Friday’s deadly Santa Fe High School shooting reportedly taunted his victims as he gunned them down one by one. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, sang “Another one bites the dust” each time he allegedly shot a fellow classmate with his Remington 870 shotgun and .38-caliber handgun, according to sources cited by the New York Post. He also reportedly played a Japanese military anthem on his phone and at times cheered, “Woo-hoo!” Deedra Van Ness, the mother of one of the survivors, wrote on Facebook that she was told Pagourtzis shouted “Surprise!” before shooting through a closet door at several students hiding inside. At least two of them were killed, and Pagourtzis allegedly mocked those cowering inside by asking, “Are you dead?” The victims have been identified as eight students and two teachers. Authorities released their names on Saturday as students Kimberly VaughanShana FisherAngelique RamirezChristian Riley GarciaJared BlackSabika SheikhChristopher Jake Stone and Aaron Kyle McLeod. The two teachers were named as Glenda Perkins and Cynthia Tisdale.

*Abbas taken to hospital for the third time in a week: 

Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was taken to a Ramallah hospital Sunday for the third time in a week. A Palestinian official told the Associated Press Abbas had a fever. His office said Abbas was undergoing a follow-up examination after having surgery in his ear Tuesday, and that doctors said he was in “satisfactory” condition. A PA source earlier told the Ynet news website the Palestinian leader had been suffering from chest pains. “It might be pneumonia,” the source said. “He’s being examined at the hospital.”

*REJECTED- Texas Shooting Victim Spurned Gunman’s Advances, Mother Says:

A 16-year-old girl killed in Friday’s massacre at Santa Fe High School had rejected the advances of accused gunman Dimitrios Pagourtzis shortly before the shooting, according to her mother. Sadie Rodriguez, the mother of Shana Fisher, told the Los Angeles Times her daughter “had 4 months of problems from this boy.” “He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no,” Rodriguez was quoted as saying. After Pagourtzis became aggressive toward her, Fisher stood up to him in front of other students and humiliated him, Rodriguez said. “A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like. Shana being the first one,” she said. Authorities say Pagourtzis, a 17-year-old junior at the high school, has confessed to the rampage that left 10 people dead and more than a dozen injured. He is currently being held in isolation and faces a capital murder charge.

*Obama’s education secretary: Let’s boycott school until gun laws change:

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan pushed a radical idea on Twitter: Parents should pull their children out of school until elected officials pass stricter gun control laws. His tweet came hours after a shooting rampage at a Houston-area high school Friday killed 10 people — a mass shooting that came just three months after 17 students and staffers were slain atMarjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

*Parents outraged at school’s silent tribute for Gaza victims:

This moment of silence caused a lot of noise. Students at the elite Beacon School were asked to pause from their studies last week to pay tribute to the victims of violence in Gaza, where some 60 Palestinians were killed the day before by Israeli soldiers. The school-wide announcement Tuesday stunned some students and has outraged parents who question why the school is entering into the divisive Palestinian-Israeli conflict with what they see as an anti-Jewish bent. “I am extremely upset because I did not send my child to a New York City public school to pray for Hamas operatives,” said one father, who is Jewish.


1. In the United States, approximately 7% of households are millionaires.

2. A 2010 study argues that millionaires (those in the top 1% of earners) pay approximately 40% of all taxes in the United States.

3. According to the book The Millionaire Next Door, only 20% of millionaires inherited their wealth. The other 80% earned their cash on their own.

4. The preferred car of millionaires is a FordCadillacs are second and Lincolns are third. Many millionaires avoid high-priced cars in favor of a more economical set of wheels because cars are investments with little return.

5. Only 20% of millionaires are retirees. Around 80% still go to work.

6. Just 17% of millionaires or their spouses attended a private elementary or high school. However, 55% of millionaires’ children have attended/are attending private schools.

7. It often surprises people that millionaires go bankrupt, too.

8. The average millionaire goes bankrupt at least 3.5 times.

9. Many millionaires think that the ideal occupations for their kids are accountants or attorneys. Tax advisors and estate planning experts are also in the top of the list.

10. Most modern American millionaires today (about 80%) are first-generation millionaires. Usually the fortune they build will dissipate by the second or third generation.

11. Those with Russian ancestry have the highest concentration of millionaire households in America. The Scottish rank second and Hungarians rank third. English ancestry groups rank fourth. The Russian American millionaire group has approximately $1.1 trillion, or nearly 5% of all the personal wealth in America.

*LBN-INVESTIGATES: The longest walk around the world was completed by a former neon-sign salesman, Jean Beliveau. He walked 46,600 miles around 64 countries. The trip took him 11 years.

*LBN- READ ALL OVER THE WORLD: Did you know is read daily in 26 foreign counties?

*LBN-SEE IT:   ***Police Chief Art Acevedo of Houston, center, walking with demonstrators during a “March for Our Lives” protest in March. After a school shooting in Santa Fe, Tex., on Friday, he wrote on Facebook that he had hit “rock bottom” about inaction on gun control.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***An impressive 49 senators turned out for the world premiere of a documentary on fellow pol John McCain. Majority and minority leaders Mitch McConnell andChuck Schumer co-hosted the special screening of HBO’s “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” along with Amy Klobuchar andLindsey Graham. The power players filled the Capitol Auditorium, as did McCain’s 106-year-old mother, Roberta, his brother, Joe, and several of his children and grandchildren.

*LBN-HEALTH WATCH:   ***The first medicine designed to prevent migraines was approved by the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, ushering in what many experts believe will be a new era in treatment for people who suffer the most severe form of these headaches. The drug, Aimovig, made by Amgen and Novartis, is a monthly injection with a device similar to an insulin pen. The list price will be $6,900 a year, and Amgen said the drug will be available to patients within a week. Aimovig blocks a protein fragment, CGRP, that instigates and perpetuates migraines. Three other companies — LillyTeva and Alder — have similar medicines in the final stages of study or awaiting F.D.A. approval.

*LBN-THIS DAY IN HISTORY: Levi Strauss Patents Iconic Metal Rivet for Reinforcing Pants Pockets (1873)

If you are wearing blue jeans, chances are a version of tailor Jacob Davis‘s invention is hugging your hips right now. Davis did not invent jeans—that was the more famous Levi Strauss—but he did invent one crucial component: the copper rivets that reinforce the corners of the pockets, now ubiquitous on denim pants. Because Davis did not have the money to file the necessary patent paperwork, he wrote to Strauss—then Davis’s fabric supplier—suggesting they apply together.

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*LBN- VIDEO LINK: The 99% Is a Myth—Here’s How It Really Breaks Down —

*LBN-COMMENTARY by Grace Kim (Author): Starbucks Corp. said Saturday it is creating an official policy that allows all guests to use its cafes, including its restrooms, whether or not they make a purchase. Their choice, of course but who wants to bet that this will go down as one of the most self-destructive decisions in business history. No matter how well intentioned, does Starbucks actually believes that their customers will enjoy the experience of spending $4 or more on a cup of coffee while sitting inside a unsanitary, semi-homeless shelter in many part of America? Good luck, Starbucks. You may well need it.

*LBN-HISTORICAL COMMENTARY by Harriet Beecher Stowe: The truth is the kindest thing we can give folks in the end.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Gossip queen Wendy Williams puts the jokes aside when talking about Kanye West. “I will tell you, I feel very, very bad for Kanye West,” she said at a Q&A session for New York Magazine’s Vulture Festival on Saturday evening. “He’s not well and that is the very foundation of everything he says.” West found himself at the center of controversy after giving Donald Trump major love on Twitter, going off the rails on TMZ where he said “slavery was a choice,” and then admitted to once suffering from an opioid addiction and undergoing liposuction.   ***Another royal reception requires another dress for the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. The now-wife of Prince Harry donned a white, sleeveless, high-neck Stella McCartney gown — after much speculation saying she would sport the British, eco-friendly designer at some point during Saturday’s massive celebration.

LBN E-Lert Edited By Renee Preston