STORY: America’s big earners are its biggest boycotters, according to an April survey of 2,100 consumers by LendingTree37% of six-figure earners in the U.S. boycott a product or company they spent money on in the pastNext up is Gen Z at 32% and Millennials at 28%31% of Democrats tend to boycott compared with Republicans at 24%Why people boycott differsIt can be because of political donations, treatment of employees or stances on social issuesPercentages when the survey ran in the summer of 2020 were even higherQUOTE: Adrianne Wright, founder and chief executive, Rosie“It's good to rally and march, but just gathering may not get the outcomes you're looking for. To move the world forward, you have to think about how to make good trouble, and get more creative with your tactics."The findings of the survey could be tricky for companies77% of six-figure earners are more likely to spend money at businesses that align with their views
STORY: It's an environmentally friendly win-win for invasive species removal at Riverside Park - the goats get to feast on overgrown brush and the Riverside Park Conservancy doesn't dump harsh chemicals on weeds and poison ivy."They love this stuff. They eat poison ivy, they eat the porcelain berry, they eat the multiflora rose and that's what we're trying to get rid of," said John Herrold, interim president and CEO of the Riverside Park Conservancy. He said the goats can also get to plants on steep slopes.Of the 20 goats, four will call Riverside Park its home through the end of summer, eating their way through two acres of the park.
STORY: Virgilia Lopez's son, Javier Flores is missing.He and his cousin left their home in Mexico's southern Oaxaca state – in search of a better life. Now Lopez is worried her son Javier could be among the dozens of migrants found dead in a sweltering tractor-trailer truck in Texas.VIRGILIA LOPEZ: “We need help to find him. We are ready to hear any information, we need to get that information so we can see what to do.”Flores last called his family 10 days ago. According to a relative, he said he had already crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and was hiding in a house in TexasHis cousin is Jose Luis Vasquez.According to the Mexican government, Vasquez was in the trailer - and is now in a San Antonio hospital after becoming severely dehydrated. But the family is low on details.AUNT OF MISSING MIGRANTS JAVIER FLORES AND JOSE LUIS VASQUEZ, PETRA RODRIGUEZ:“No, we do not know anything, just until now that my cousin arrived to tell us, because we do not know anything about Jose Luis, was he on that trailer?”REPORTER ASKING: “How did you hear about the news?”RODRIGUEZ SAYING: “We saw the news on the television.”As families await news of their missing loved ones - others have already received grim confirmation.Miguel Lara's two grandsons died in the suffocating heat of the trailer, in what has become the worst human smuggling incident in recent U.S. history.According to U.S. and Mexican officials, the alleged driver of the truck carrying the migrants initially tried to pass himself off as a victim to escape authorities before he was arrested.U.S. authorities detained two Mexican men in addition to the driver. On Wednesday, U.S. prosecutors were moving ahead with weapons charges against them.
A herd of moose appeared in front of a Wyoming Highway Patrol trooper’s home on June 28, chilling and munching on leaves.Kay Schrock, a self-proclaimed “ranch mom” and influencer, captured the footage from various angles inside her rural home. She referred to the group as a “local bachelor herd” as the trio walked around the Wyoming ranch.The patrol car seen in the video belongs to her husband, who has been a state trooper since 2019.“Applications will be opening soon,” wrote Wyoming Highway Patrol on Facebook alongside a clip of a moose munching on greenery beside one of their patrol cars. Credit: Kay Schrock via Storyful
A thick trail of smoke billowed from the Rices fire in northern California as it grew beyond 900 acres on Wednesday, June 29, officials told local media.According to local reports, people and livestock were evacuated from Nevada County, while nearby areas remained on alert.This timelapse footage was captured by Jennie Peterson, who said it was taken from her home in Oroville on Tuesday. Credit: Jennie Peterson via Storyful
STORY: U.S. stocks spent much of Wednesday wavering between red and green only to finish barely changed, as investors limped toward the finish line of a downbeat month, a dismal quarter, and the worst first-half of the year for the S&P 500 since President Richard Nixon's first term in office. The Dow posted a gain of 0.27%. The S&P 500 ended down fractionally, while the Nasdaq finished about flat.Brian Vendig, president of MJP Wealth Advisors, said investors are likely waiting for personal consumption expenditures data on Thursday to see if inflation has eased.“I think the U.S. stock market today again is looking ahead at the expected PCE indicators tomorrow on inflation and also a little bit of choppiness due to changes in commodity prices around oil. So right now, you know, the market is staying within a range, I think, until we get a little bit more of a consensus view on where inflation is going over the next couple of weeks.”Market leaders Apple, Amazon.com and Microsoft posted gains, providing some upside muscle to the S&P 500.Chipmakers led the declines, with Micron and AMD each falling more than 3%, after Bank of America cut its price targets on several chip stocks.Shares of General Mills jumped after the packaged food company said its sales beat estimates.And Bed Bath & Beyond sank more than 23.5% after the retailer announced that it replaced its CEO, hoping to reverse a dismal sales slump.
STORY: It comes as Israel heads toward its fifth election in less than four years, plunging it deeper into political uncertainty as it grapples with rising living costs amid renewed international efforts to revive a nuclear deal with Iran."I wish to let you know that I do not intend to run in the upcoming election," he told reporters. "Soon there will be more important announcements on issues concerning our future."Last week, Bennett moved to dissolve parliament after infighting made his ruling coalition no longer tenable. The final vote on the bill to dissolve the Knesset, which was set to happen by midnight, was delayed until Thursday due to the many amendments filed, Israel's public broadcaster Kan radio said.Once the calling of a snap election gets the Knesset's final approval, Israel's center-left foreign minister, Yair Lapid, will take over from Bennett as prime minister of a caretaker government with limited powers.
Police officers and a bystander in Detroit, Michigan, sustained minor injuries when the driver of a three-wheeled motorcycle attempted to flee a traffic stop on Tuesday, June 28.Police said they stopped the motorized tricycle after the driver had taken it on the sidewalk. Video posted by the Detroit Police Department shows the driver losing control of the vehicle on Tuesday night. The motorist was brought into custody after the incident, according to the post.“The officers and civilian are all expected to be okay,” police said on Facebook. Credit: Detroit Police Department via Storyful
STORY: In the crowd attending the 'blue march', there were activists dressed up as mermaids and some were wearing shark suits to raise awareness of the threats faced by these ocean creatures."We are 75,000 years old, Australian Indigenous people, and the ocean is our mother and we love it," said activist Theresa Ardler, who travelled halfway around the world to tell leaders at the conference they are failing to protect her fishing community back home.In the first row of the protest with others behind her who played drums and shouted "Keep it in the ground" Ardler held a sign asking authorities everywhere to halt their plans to mine the deep sea.There is growing interest in deep-sea mining, which would involve using heavy machinery to suck up off the ocean floor potato-sized rocks or nodules that contain cobalt, manganese, and other rare metals mostly used in batteries.At the protest, 38-year-old Laura Meller from Greenpeace also urged leaders to reach an agreement on the long-awaited treaty to shield open seas against exploitation beyond national jurisdictions.
A stalking alligator was recorded approaching a golfer who remained unfazed as he lined up his swing in Punta Gorda, Florida, on June 26.Video from Michael West begins with an alligator walking near a group of golfers at the Heritage Landing Golf & Country Club. The alligator is then seen approaching West as he lines up his swing.“I didn’t think anything of it,” West told Storyful about what was going on in his head. “I’m more worried about setting up a birdie putt with a good shot than the dinosaur running up on me.”The video goes on to show West successfully complete his swing, at which point the alligator stops in its tracks and plops down onto its belly.“You live once. Have some fun. Make a memory,” West told Storyful about the experience. “Would I take that same shot again? Absolutely.” Credit: Michael West via Storyful
Chelsea Clinton, the only child of former US president Bill Clinton and ex-secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has described feeling “full of incandescent rage” following the Supreme Court ruling on abortion rights in the United States. The Supreme Court last week ended constitutional protections for abortion that have been in place for nearly 50 years by deciding to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade ruling. Anti-abortion campaigners have hailed the move, while the pro-choice lobby have opposed it. US President Joe Biden described it as “a tragic error” and urged states to enact laws to allow the procedure. On Wednesday evening there was applause at an Our Place In Space event at the Lyric Theatre in Belfast as Ms Chelsea described her anger.
R&B singer R Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by a federal court in New York for masterminding an elaborate scheme to entice and sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children. He was convicted on multiple counts of racketeering, with the charges relating to bribery and forced labour, by a jury in September last year. Kelly, 55, was also found in violation of an anti-sex trafficking law known as the Mann Act. The singer, who denied all charges, was found guilty on all nine counts against him following a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York.
STORY: Footage shows residents waking up amid a foam cloud sweeping at least 30 homes as firefighters sprayed water to disperse the cloud."Honestly, this (house) can collapse at any minute and I will have to sleep under the bridge,” Soacha resident William Sanchez said, while cleaning up his kitchen that was flooded with the toxic foam.Local media reported the foam came from a sewage gully that overflowed under the downpour.Authorities said they would be conducting lab analysis to determine whether chemicals, waste, or other substances could have caused the foam.
STORY: Niagara Falls has anew viewing platformVisitors will be able totake in the roaring Fallsafter walking throughthis century-old tunnelIt opens to the public on July 1DIRECTOR OF NIAGARA PARKS, KIM VINEY, SAYING:“This is a 2,200 feet long tunnel, so the guest will take a glass-enclosed elevator down a 180 feet, down to the bottom into the wheel pit and then out the tunnel and into a brand-new viewing platform, which extends 65 feet out into the Niagara River and they are going to get spectacular new views of Niagara Falls.”The tunnel starts at theNiagara Parks Power StationCEO OF NIAGARA PARKS, DAVID ADAMES, SAYING:“Back in 1905, the first hydroelectric power plant opened on the Canadian site of the Niagara River, as a way of harnessing something new and creating something new called electricity or hydroelectricity. It led to the industrialization of South Ontario, western New York. And today, we have adapted it for use, this industrial heritage site, so the attraction of the generator hall floor. This weekend, July 1, I’m looking forward, we’ll open a tunnel which certainly completes the last piece of the puzzle that will tell you how the whole power station worked.”
STORY: As Italy experiences its worst drought in decades, dried out crops aren’t the only threat to farmers.Salt water from the Adriatic Sea is now flowing back into the Po, the country's longest river.The flow of sea water into the Po makes irrigation almost impossible as it risks burning the already parched crops.Giancarlo Mantovani is the director of ‘Reclaiming the Po’, who are fighting to protect the river."If there is no rain in the next 10 or 15 days, the crops that are not yet lost will be gone. At this stage, we are progressively losing the harvest. The longer the situation lasts, the worse the problem gets and the more the sown areas fail to produce.”The Po runs for more than 403 miles across from west to east, across the north of the country, a region which accounts for around a third of the country's agricultural output.The river is suffering the effects of a lack of winter snow compounded by a baking early summer.Large areas of sandbanks lie exposed on stretches of the river as the water levels drop and its flow slows, making it easier for sea water to encroach.These fields in Porto Tolle, near the Po delta, once contained an abundance of soy plants.Now they are dried up and damaged.Federica Vidali works here as an agricultural entrepreneur.She says the lack of rain is starting to concern her."I am trying to be optimistic but at the moment when it doesn't rain and you see the whole year of work lost, you become afraid, you are sad and you try to be positive."As part of efforts for some respite from the crisis, tractors have been set up to pump water from River Po into canals in Isola Pescaroli, a small town in the province of Cremona, which can then water the crops.But in recent weeks the water levels dropped so drastically that the water lifting system was blocked.And it’s not just the Po which is suffering.Italy’s northern lakes are already below, or close to record lows.And the level of natural reservoirs in the center of the country are also plunging.
STORY: Goldman Sachs forecasts a 30% chance of the U.S. economy tipping into recession over the next year - versus 15% earlier - while Morgan Stanley places U.S. recession odds for the next 12 months at around 35%.Citi forecasts a near-50% probability of global recession.
STORY: Wall Street wavered on Wednesday as investors limped toward the finish line of a downbeat month, a dismal quarter, and the worst first-half for the S&P 500 since President Richard Nixon's first term.Among the 11 major sectors of the S&P 500, energy stocks were suffering the largest percentage drop, while healthcare led the gainers.
Smoke from the Rices Fire in Northern California was captured by a camera on the International Space Station on Wednesday, June 29, as Cal Fire reported that the fire was “rapidly developing,” burning 769 acres, and was zero-percent contained.Mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders were in place for several areas of Nevada County, and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said more than 600 personnel were assigned to the fire. Credit: ISS Above/NASA via Storyful
STORY: A French court on Wednesday sentenced the primary suspect in the brutal 2015 Paris terror attacks to life imprisonment with no possibly of early release - a sentence handed down only four times before in the country.Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam was found guilty on terrorism and murder charges, the judge said.The 32-year-old is believed to be the only surviving member of the group that carried out the November 13, 2015 gun-and-bomb rampage on the Bataclan concert hall, six bars and restaurants, and a sport stadium that left 130 people dead.Abdeslam said at the start of the trial that he was a "soldier" of Islamic State, which has claimed responsibility for the attacks.He's one of twenty people sentenced Wednesday in connection with the attack. Thirteen others in the court room were accused of crimes ranging from helping provide the attackers with weapons or cars, to planning to take part in the attack. Six more were tried in absentia.Abdeslam had said during the trial that he had chosen at the last minute not to detonate his explosive vest.The court concluded that, in fact, the vest malfunctioned.It has been a trial like no others, not only for its exceptional length of 10 months, but also for the time it devoted to allowing victims to testify in detail about their ordeal and their struggles in overcoming it, while families of those killed spoke of how hard it was to move on.
A Labrador was rescued from the fourth floor of an apartment building in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, after it was damaged in a deadly missile strike on Wednesday, June 29.“Will our boys leave someone in trouble, even if this ‘someone’ has a tail?” wrote Ukraine’s State Emergency Service (SES) on Facebook.Footage posted by the SES shows rescuers using a cradle crane to reach the dog. Through a damaged window box, the dog is gently led into the cradle before being lowered to the ground.Officials said the dog was “terribly scared” about entering the cradle, but was encouraged thanks to a few friendly pets and a gentle pull from crew members.Three people were killed and five injured when the apartment building was struck by a missile on Wednesday morning, according to Vitaly Kim, head of the Mykolayiv Regional Military Administration. Credit: SES Ukraine via Storyful
An Indiana resident’s security camera recorded a fireball streaking over the Midwest early on June 29.This footage was captured by Bryan Bunton’s outdoor camera and shows a fireball whizzing through the night sky in Greenwood, Indiana, he said.The American Meteor Society (AMS) confirmed reports of a large, extremely bright meteor over Indiana on June 29 at 2:20 am.Local news stations reported that the fireball was seen from Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Ohio.The AMS estimates “roughly 50,000 fireballs enter the earth’s atmosphere every year, but most of them go unseen because they appear during daylight or over unpopulated areas like the ocean.” Credit: Bryan Bunton via Storyful
The Earl and Countess of Forfar (as Prince Edward and Sophie are known when in Scotland) host the fourth and final Garden Party of the summer at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. The Queen did not attend the party, although Her Majesty has travelled to Edinburgh to be in Scotland for the annual Holyrood Week celebrations. Prince Charles and Anne, Princess Royal were both in attendance.
STORY: Drought is only the beginning of worries for wheat growers like Juan Francisco Arregui in Argentina’s breadbasket farmlands."This season for wheat is complicated.”Standing in a dusty field that hasn’t seen rain in two months, Arregui and other farmers are also concerned about spiking fertilizer costs and political uncertainty over export rules…a situation that is leading farmers in the world’s sixth top wheat exporter to switch to soy.Arregui: "In our particular case, we'll sow more soy because of the simple reason that its sowing cost is a lot lower and it has less risks attached. The costs of corn and wheat are bigger."That’s bad news for global grain markets still reeling from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine – both major wheat exporters – that have snarled global supplies and pushed up prices.Many hope markets like Argentina, which had a record 2021-2022 wheat harvest of some 22.4 million metric tons, can step in to fill the shortfall, but that looks unlikely with a sharp production drop expected.Cristian Russo is the head agronomist at the Rosario Grains Exchange, which has warned about the worst wheat planting conditions in 12 years."Today anything that goes wrong with wheat is more important and means greater losses. That is what we are seeing."The exchange says sowing of the grains has been stuck at 65% due to draught that meteorologist Leonardo De Benedictis says won’t let up soon."In the short term, the rain trend is still very scarce, we don't have any large precipitation events. There might be some isolated phenomenon, but in reality, we continue with the pretty dry weather pattern."In addition to upending the global grains trade, sparking food security concerns and causing sky-high inflation, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has also exacerbated the price of fertilizer shoot-up – with Russia a major global supplier – impacting farmers all over the world.Arregui has seen fertilizer prices more than double compared to last year.“Phosphorous is around $1500, $1600 dollars the tonne. Last year it was $550, $600 or even $700 dollars.”Concerns over government intervention also loom large, with authorities keen on reining in domestic inflation of 60%.Argentina has kept a lower cap on wheat exports than last year, raised export tariffs on soymeal and oil and threatened the same for wheat, though lacks congressional support to do so.
A storm chaser recorded footage of lightning flashing from an isolated thunderstorm as the sun set in Tonopah, Arizona, on June 24.Video recorded by Mike Olbinski shows a pastel sky during sunset, as a heavy cloud produces rain and lightning. The National Weather Service warned of storm developments around the area that day.“The colors turned a lovely orange and pink, and the lightning show started, which made the entire thing just more stunning,” Olbinski told Storyful. Credit: Mike Olbinski via Storyful