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January 31, 2020

With 10 Downing Street lit up in red and blue, the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union became official at 11 p.m. GMT Friday. It took three years from a first narrow vote for Brexit, but after a second referendum and a few changes in leadership, it finally happened.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a video statement lauding this "moment" many people "thought would never come," and promised to "turn this opportunity into a stunning success." Johnson guaranteed a vote in favor of Brexit after he ordered an election late last year, which his Conservative party won handily.

Still, Britain is sharply divided on Brexit, with larger cities, Northern Ireland, and especially Scotland still in favor of remaining in the EU. That was apparent in London, where Mayor Sadiq Khan ran projections emphasizing that the city was still an open, welcoming place.

Britain and the EU have agreed that the U.K. will retain all EU rules for 11 months while the two sides hammer out a new trade relationship and other guidelines for their new relationship. Kathryn Krawczyk

May 19, 2017

As another trio of Trump scandals dropped Friday afternoon, President Trump's campaign fired off a fundraising email. The subject line: "re: MORE SABOTAGE":

The "sabotage" on Friday included a report from The New York Times that Trump told Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting that he fired FBI Director James Comey to lessen the "pressure" of the Russia investigation; a report from The Washington Post that a White House official has become a "significant person of interest" in the FBI's investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian election meddling; and a McClatchy report that investigators are looking into whether White House officials have "engaged in a cover-up" related to the Trump-Russia probe.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Trump had shared highly classified information from Israel with Russian officials, and also that he urged Comey to let go of the FBI's investigation into ousted National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Last week, Trump abruptly fired Comey, and the White House struggled for days to conjure a consistent explanation as to why. Becca Stanek

May 8, 2017

For those out there who have been wondering what their body type would look like as a body wash bottle, you're in luck. For a limited time, Dove is selling its body wash in bottles of six different shapes and sizes, intended to mimic the diversity of women's body types.

Some of the bottles are pear-shaped, some are hourglass-shaped, some are apple-shaped, and others are straight up and down. Previously, the body wash came in a bottle that was shaped like, well, a body wash bottle.

Dove, which came up with the idea with agency Ogilvy London, is hoping that molding its plastic body wash dispensers into a variety of shapes will "show how beauty is diverse and diversity is beautiful." "Our six exclusive bottle designs represent this diversity: Just like women, we wanted to show that our iconic bottle can come in all shapes and sizes, too," Dove said in a statement.

Watch Dove's video about its campaign below, and try to match your human body to a plastic bottle. Becca Stanek

April 28, 2017

President Trump was already talking about the 2020 presidential election in his speech Friday at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting. Trump, who on Friday became the first sitting president since the 1980s to address the NRA, fired off an early warning that his potential competitors in 2020 — namely, possible Democratic contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) — will be nowhere near as sympathetic as he is to gun owners' Second Amendment rights. "It may be Pocahontas, remember that," Trump said, using the nickname he came up with for Warren because of her previous claims that she's part Native American. "And she is not big for the NRA, that I can tell you."

Though Trump is starting to look ahead, he certainly hasn't forgotten about that big night months ago when he won the presidency. "Sports fans said that was the single most exciting even they've ever seen," Trump said, referring to his election night upset. "That includes Super Bowls, and World Series, and boxing matches. That was an exciting evening for all of us."

Trump promised the NRA that because it "came through" for him in the election, he is "going to come through" for it. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end," Trump said. Becca Stanek

February 10, 2017

President Trump reportedly took Elliot Abrams off the shortlist of deputy secretary of state candidates after he found out the foreign policy expert had criticized him during the presidential campaign, CNN reported Friday, citing "Republican sources." Trump's secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, as well as White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior adviser Jared Kushner, apparently pushed back against Trump's concerns and tried to convince Trump to offer the job to Abrams, a former deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser under former President George W. Bush. Tillerson reportedly felt like he "needed Abrams' experience."

Trump's meeting with Abrams — which happened prior to Trump finding out about the criticism — had gone "well," CNN reported. One Republican called Trump's decision a "loss for the State Department and the country and for that matter, for the president." "This was Donald Trump's thin skin and nothing else," another Republican told CNN. Becca Stanek

January 31, 2017

Orangutans are now trying their hand at swiping right. A Dutch zoo has developed "Tinder for orangutans," a four-year experiment in which a female orangutan at the zoo will be tasked with choosing a mate based off of options presented on a touchscreen. The 11-year-old orangutan named Samboja will be shown photos of male orangutans from a breeding program on a tablet, and researchers will wait to see which lucky fellow she chooses from the array of options.

The experiment isn't all about helping orangutans find love; the zoo also wants to avoid the hassle that comes with an unsuccessful mating match. "Often animals have to be taken back to the zoo they came from without mating," said Thomas Bionda, a behavioral biologist at the Dutch zoo. "Things don't always go well when a male and female first meet."

Researchers aren't totally sure "Tinder for orangutans" will work. So far, all they know is that other primates, including bonobos and chimpanzees, have seemed interested when presented with pictures of other primates "mating or grooming one another," The Guardian reported. There's also been the problem of finding a tablet that orangutans can't ruin. A tablet framed in steel at first seemed to be working out, but then Samboja's mom, who the zoo calls "Demolition Woman," got ahold of it.

Moreover, while pictures have seemed to be enough for humans to successfully hit it off, scientists aren't sure if orangutans will find that to be sufficient information. "Usually, smell plays an important role too," Bionda said. "But with orangutans, it will be what you see is what you get." Becca Stanek

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