The Daily Populous

Wednesday July 4th, 2018 morning edition

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Car sales are on pace to hit a 60-year low, Automotive News reports, thanks to the huge growth coming from the light-truck sector, which includes both pickups and SUVs.

5.3 million cars might sound like a lot, but it would actually be the slowest year for car sales since 1958.

AN points out that the split was pretty much 50/50 five years ago, showing just how hard and fast this trend hit the market.

But through May in 2018, light trucks outsold cars by more than double.

And it's not just long-time buyers holding strong -- AN pointed out Edmunds data that shows only 52 percent of car buyers in 2018 bought another car.

Ford is about to do the same, announcing that it's nixing nearly every car from its US lineup over the next several years.

Electric SUVs like the Audi E-Tron, Hyundai Kona Electric and Mercedes EQC are getting ready to skip over the gas-price problem entirely. »

These Indian fishermen take plastic out of the sea and use it to build roads

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Fisherman in India’s southern state of Kerala are taking on the battle to cut the level of plastic waste in the oceans.

In Suchitwa Sagaram’s first 10 months, fisherman have removed 25 tonnes of plastic from the Arabian Sean, including 10 tonnes of plastic bags and bottles, according to a UN report on the scheme.

Like so many of India’s plastic recycling schemes, this shredded plastic is converted into material that is used for road surfacing. »

Trump planning one-on-one meeting with Putin without aides present: report

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President Trump Donald John TrumpTrump: Democratic voters will support Republicans because of ICE criticism Coney Barrett, Kavanaugh among candidates who met with Trump: report Trump administration recommends against allowing China Mobile access to US market MORE is planning on meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin alone later this month, a source told CNN.

More aides are expected to join the two world leaders later in the meeting, which is expected to cover election interference , Syria and nuclear weapons.

The meeting will be the first formal summit between Trump and Putin. »

Senate Intel concludes Russia interfered in 2016 presidential election, preferred Trump over Clinton

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The Senate Intelligence Committee released its summary of its review of the U.S. intelligence community's January 2017 assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report stands in stark contrast the House Intelligence Committee’s report on the intelligence community’s assessment.

That committee, led by Rep. Devin Nunes, concluded its investigation earlier this year and said that Russia did interfere in 2016 and intended to sow chaos — but did not specifically aim to help Trump against Clinton. »