The Hit List: January 10, 2019

  1. President Trump started his meeting with Congressional leaders yesterday looking to make a deal. VP Mike Pence says Trump even passed out candies at the start. But when Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer made it clear no negotiation would conclude with a border wall, Trump upped and left.
  2. Starbucks bathrooms are a hotbed of drug use — so bad employees have started demanding the company install boxes for safe disposal of needles. More than 3700 baristas have signed a petition demanding their employer do something to address the growing problem, and corporate listened; they’ll begin rolling out the needle disposal sites in select cafes and markets.
  3. Kevin Spacey says his accuser lied about his age and was inviting his advances, the disgraced actor has said in court documents. Spacey says the alleged victim said he was 23, when he was actually 18, and that he was enrolled at Wake Forest, when in fact he had not yet started college.
  4. Amazon founder and World’s Richest Man Jeff Bezos is headed to divorce court. He and his wife of 25 years are splitting up. Washington is one of 8 states with a law that provides for an equal division of assets if no prenup or postnup is in place; if she goes for half his wealth, he could be bumped down to #4 on the world’s wealthiest list.
  5. The Chrysler Building in Manhattan is up for sale. It was purchased in 2008 by Abu Dhabi (the country) for $800 million for a 90% stake in ownership, and experts aren’t sure they’ll recoup the whole cost. Built between 1928 and 1930, it’s expensive to maintain and much of its original infrastructure makes upkeep difficult.
  6. Apple CEO Tim Cook took home $15.6 million in Fiscal Year 2018, which ended in September for the company. That package includes $12 million in incentives for far exceeding revenue targets. The announcement is on the heels of news that revenue then took a drastic downturn in the final months of the year.
  7. The price of the Forever Stamp is going up January 27. They’ll cost 55 cents apiece, up from 50.
  8. Toyota is recalling 1.7 million vehicles for having faulty airbags. The airbags in question are made with ammonium nitrate, and can fling deadly shrapnel at the seat occupant upon deploying. The defect has been responsible for 23 deaths around the world.
  9. The Oscars won’t have a host this year. More in Showbiz News.
  10. Buyer Beware: Samsung unveiled a bendable phone at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but it’s only so bendy. If you completely fold it in half, expect it to snap.