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レアジョブオリジナルの英会話ニュース教材です。世界の時事ネタを中心に、ビジネスから科学やスポーツまで、幅広いトピックのニュースを毎日更新しています。本教材を通して、ビジネスで使える実用的な英会話表現や英単語を身に付けることができます。
 
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A South Florida village commissioner and former beauty queen has been sentenced to a year of probation and 50 hours of community service for pretending to be a paralegal to get into a federal immigration detention center to see her romantic partner.Julianna Clare Strout, 36, was sentenced in Miami federal court after pleading guilty to misdemeanor …
 
The amount of income tax money owed but not paid to the IRS is projected to grow, the agency said.For tax years 2014 through 2016, the estimated gross “tax gap” rose to $496 billion a year, an increase of more than $58 billion from prior estimates. IRS data released in October projects that for 2017 to 2019, the estimated average gross tax gap will…
 
A woman who was arrested for feeding homeless people in northwest Arizona is suing over a local ordinance that regulates food-sharing events in public parks.Norma Thornton, 78, became the first person arrested under Bullhead City’s ordinance in March for distributing prepared food from a van at Bullhead Community Park. Her lawyer said the lawsuit i…
 
Hold off before throwing that porch pumpkin into the trash along with Halloween candy wrappers. Those jack-o’-lanterns don’t have to end up in the local landfill.Consider composting pumpkins in the garden, donating them to community gardens, farms or even a zoo, or simply leaving them as a snack for backyard wildlife.Gardeners can add pumpkins to t…
 
General Motors said that it has secured all of the renewable energy it needs to power all of its U.S. facilities by 2025, 25 years ahead of earlier projections.The Detroit automaker, which initially targeted the year 2050 to achieve its all-renewables goal, said it secured sourcing agreements from 16 renewable energy plants across 10 states.In earl…
 
If you're thinking of wiping down your kitchen with that bottle of Pine-Sol all-purpose cleaner under your sink — stop. It may contain bacteria that could cause serious illness in people with compromised immune systems.The Clorox Company said it has recalled its scented multi-surface cleaners and all-purpose cleaners. The recall doesn’t include its…
 
A pair of giant pandas sent as a gift from China arrived in Qatar on Oct. 19 a month ahead of the World Cup.They are taking up residence in an indoor enclosure in the desert nation designed to duplicate conditions in the dense forests of China’s mountainous Sichuan province. Eight hundred kilograms (nearly 1,800 pounds) of fresh bamboo is being flo…
 
The worst-of-the-worst nursing homes will face tougher penalties if conditions don’t improve at their facilities, the Biden administration announced.The intensified scrutiny on some nursing homes, where more than a million people are housed, comes nearly two years after COVID-19 exposed subpar care and extreme staffing shortages that had long feste…
 
Medical regulatory inspectors in Mexico have earned such a reputation for corruption that starting Oct. 23, they have been required to wear body cameras to guard against improper conduct.The federal health regulation agency rolled out the first body cameras in the Gulf coast state of Campeche. The agency — known as the Federal Commission for the Pr…
 
A computer hacker who stole unreleased songs from British pop star Ed Sheeran and American rap artist Lil Uzi Vert has been sentenced to 18 months in prison, U.K. prosecutors said.Adrian Kwiatkowski, 23, of Ipswich in southern England, hacked the artists’ cloud-based accounts and sold their songs on the dark web in exchange for cryptocurrency. City…
 
French President Emmanuel Macron vowed to implement a pension reform that would eventually push up the retirement age by three years to 65, making younger generations work longer.In an interview on France 2 television, Macron said the changes would start being applied next year.“There’s only one way to do it if we are lucid. Since we are living lon…
 
The bleating and bells of some 1,200 sheep and 200 goats took over downtown Madrid on the morning of October 23 as part of a festival that recreates the pastoral practice of moving livestock to new grazing grounds.Shepherds herded the animals through the paved streets of the Spanish capital while reenacting what their ancestors did for centuries: m…
 
Three hecklers were hustled off “The View” set after disrupting a live television interview of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz with what appeared to be a climate change protest.Two women began shouting “Cover climate now” while the Texas Republican was answering a question. He briefly paused, smiled and then continued talking as the women shouted, most of it in…
 
The company that assembles smartphones for Apple Inc. and other global brands unveiled an electric SUV on Oct. 18 that will be produced for a Taiwanese automaker under a similar contract model.Foxconn Technology Group said the SUV will be sold by Yulon Motor as the Luxgen n7 starting next year. It said the five-seat vehicle should be able to travel…
 
Take note: The Utah Jazz evidently need a new hashtag.The team's long-used hashtag — #TakeNote — was used by Apple CEO Tim Cook in a tweet, accompanied by an Apple logo emoji. It raises questions about how the phrase will be used in the team's marketing plans going forward.“That was weird. I saw that when you all did,” Jazz owner Ryan Smith said at…
 
The Biden administration said that the COVID-19 public health emergency will continue through Jan. 11 as officials brace for a spike in cases this winter.The decision comes as the pandemic has faded from the forefront of many people's minds. Daily deaths and infections are dropping and people — many of them maskless — are returning to schools, work…
 
Turkey’s main opposition party applied to the country’s supreme court seeking a suspension of the enforcement of a newly-approved media law that mandates prison terms for people deemed to be spreading “disinformation.”Parliament approved a 40-article legislation that amends press and social media laws with the stated aim of combating fake news. Cri…
 
Why is it so hard to build a metaverse avatar — a visual representation of ourselves in the digital world — that walks on two legs?“I think everyone has been waiting for this,” said a cartoonish digital version of Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, unveiling his new avatar legs and jumping up and down at a virtual-reality event. “But seriously, legs are har…
 
Germany wants to introduce a public transit pass that costs 49 euros ($47) a month and will be valid nationwide — if officials can agree on the funding.The proposal follows a wildly successful “9-euro ticket,” which was on offer in Germany for three months this summer as part of efforts to help people switch to environmentally friendly transport, r…
 
More than 1,000 Paddington Bears and other teddies left in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II in London and Windsor will be donated to a children's charity, Buckingham Palace said.Mourners left thousands of tributes, including flowers and teddy bears, outside Buckingham Palace and in royal parks in London and outside Windsor Castle in an outpou…
 
Twins appear to be unusually abundant in Nigeria's southwestern city of Igbo-Ora.Nearly every family here has twins or other multiple births, says local chief Jimoh Titiloye.For the past 12 years, the community has organized an annual festival to celebrate twins. This year’s event, held in October, included more than 1,000 pairs of twins and drew p…
 
Amazon said it will invest 1 billion euros ($972.1 million) to add thousands of more electric vans, long-haul trucks and cargo bikes to its delivery network in Europe.The investment would grow the number of electric delivery vans the company has in Europe from roughly 3,000 to 10,000 by 2025, the Seattle-based retail giant said in an announcement o…
 
Is it a car? Or a plane? Or a drone?This vehicle-cum-aircraft looks like a larger version of a regular drone.Created by a Chinese company called XPENG AEROHT, this test of the electric flying taxi offers a glimpse into the future, where people may one day soar through over the city to their destination, leaving traffic jams far below.The XPeng X2, …
 
Lines of shops display neat stacks of willow wood along a nondescript motorway in Indian-controlled Kashmir’s Sangam village. Behind the shops are small manufacturing units, where that willow is hand-made into cricket bats that find their way to India and cricket-playing nations around the world.But in the future, those bats are probably hard to co…
 
The NFL Players Association urged the league to implement changes to its concussion protocol to protect players in time for the games on Oct. 23.The players' union wants to strengthen the protocol to avoid a repeat of what happened to Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in Week 3 against Buffalo. Tagovailoa was unstable when he walked off the…
 
A three-day exhibition kicked off September 26 in the Egyptian coastal city of Alexandria to celebrate the bicentenary of the deciphering of the Egyptian hieroglyphs, which paved the way to unlock the meaning of the writings engraved on the walls of ancient temples and papyri.The exhibition features a replica of the Rosetta Stone, which proved inst…
 
Facebook parent Meta unveiled a high-end virtual reality headset with the hope that people will soon be using it to work and play in the still-elusive place called the “metaverse."The $1,500 Meta Quest Pro headset sports high-resolution sensors that let people see mixed virtual and augmented reality in full color, as well as eye tracking and so-cal…
 
A 31-year-old surfer in Northern California is recovering after a shark attack that left gruesome bites on his right thigh and leg.Jared Trainor was unclear whether a seal or shark had knocked him off his board during a Sunday outing to Centerville Beach, he told the Times-Standard newspaper in Humboldt County. The animal had his right leg and his …
 
Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, may have lost more than $100 million following a hack of its Binance Smart Chain blockchain network.A reddit post by Binance discussing the incident said that the company temporarily suspended transactions and the transfer of funds after detecting an exploit between two blockchains, a method of …
 
Tyson Foods will relocate around 1,000 corporate positions from the Chicago area as well as South Dakota to its headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas.One of the world's largest meat producers said that corporate staff at its Chicago and Downers Grove, Illinois, locations and Dakota Dunes, South Dakota, office will begin relocating early next year.Th…
 
Rebekah Vardy, the wife of English soccer player Jamie Vardy, has to pay about 1.5 million pounds ($1.7 million) in legal costs to fellow soccer spouse Coleen Rooney after losing the high-profile libel lawsuit she brought against Rooney.Vardy, 40, lost her libel claim against Rooney, 36, in July when a judge ruled that a widely circulated social me…
 
The asteroid that got smacked by a NASA spacecraft is now being trailed by thousands of miles of debris from the impact.Astronomers captured the scene millions of miles away with a telescope in Chile. Their remarkable observation two days after last month's planetary defense test was recently released at the National Science Foundation lab in Arizo…
 
Kenya’s new president says the Cabinet has “effectively” lifted the country’s ban on openly cultivating genetically modified crops, reversing a decade-old decision as the East African country struggles with food security and a deadly drought.“Open cultivation and importation of White (GMO) Maize is now authorized,” the presidency statement said, af…
 
You'll no longer be able to store your precious coins, jewelry and paperwork at JPMorgan Chase & Co., as the bank has stopped opening new safety deposit boxes for customers.A spokesman for the bank said Chase decided late last year to stop offering new deposit boxes to customers as a “business decision” but declined to share specifics. Customers wh…
 
Medical and genetics experts in Poland say that a heart infection caused by a common skin bacteria could have caused the 1817 death of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a Polish and U.S. military leader and national hero.The experts said last month they found the genome of the Cutibacterium acne in the wax, wood and linen that had long-term contact with the tiss…
 
A Massachusetts law school says it’s guilty of accidentally sending acceptance emails to thousands of former and current applicants.The Northeastern University School of Law in a statement blamed a “technical error” for the glitch, saying the erroneous emails went to more than 200 people who applied for admission starting next fall, as well as to n…
 
Biogen has agreed to pay $900 million to resolve allegations that it violated federal law by paying kickbacks to doctors to persuade them to prescribe its multiple sclerosis drugs, federal prosecutors said.The agreement settled a whistleblower lawsuit brought by former Biogen employee Michael Bawduniak, according to a statement from the office of U…
 
Some 15 Griffon vultures from Spain have been released into the wild in Cyprus to help revive the east Mediterranean island’s population that’s dropped to just 8-10 birds because of deliberate poisoning, conservationists said.The LIFE with Vultures CY group said the large birds were initially brought to the east Mediterranean island nation nearly a…
 
Paris Olympic organizers appointed prize-winning French theater director Thomas Jolly to direct the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2024 Games and the Paralympics.As artistic director, the 40-year-old Jolly will be tasked with bringing to life Paris’ ambitious plan to hold the July 26, 2024, opening ceremony in the French capital’s city cente…
 
The Hawaii Department of Health said it has fined the U.S. Navy $8.8 million for repeatedly discharging untreated or partially treated sewage into state waters from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.The department said in a news release that it recorded 766 counts of the Navy discharging pollutants in excess of limits established by a permit.The pollu…
 
Spain’s Socialist-led coalition government is planning a temporary higher tax rate on the richest 1% of the country from next year, in addition to its windfall taxes on large energy companies and banks.“We are proposing a redistribution of the effort, among those who have the most, to fund the welfare state, which is everybody’s,” Socialist Prime M…
 
The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be staged in either Glasgow or Liverpool, the BBC said, after Britain was asked to hold the event on behalf of designated host country Ukraine.Scotland’s biggest city and the birthplace of The Beatles were named the two finalists from seven U.K. cities that applied. The BBC, which will broadcast the contest, sa…
 
Soon enough, a bedside Amazon device might know whether you’re sleeping — or not.The e-commerce and tech giant said it will start selling a device later this year that can track sleeping patterns without a wristband.The device, called Halo Rise, will use no-contact sensors and artificial intelligence to measure a user’s movement and breathing patte…
 
Paris' Champs-Elysees is switching off the lights on the famed avenue hours earlier each night until further notice to help save energy as the war in Ukraine squeezes the electricity market in Europe.The plan, which has taken effect on Oct. 15, means that lights on the avenue will go dark at 10 p.m. instead of 1 a.m. Shops on the avenue that remain…
 
The United Arab Emirates will launch its first lunar rover in November, the mission manager said.Hamad Al Marzooqi told The National, a state-linked newspaper, that the “Rashid” rover, named for Dubai's ruling family, would be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida sometime between Nov. 9 and Nov. 15.The rover is to be launched aboard a …
 
Argentina's government has joined the squabble between shop owners and the local manufacturers of popular but scarce World Cup sticker albums.Soccer fans in the South American nation have struggled to find the collectible stickers two months before the tournament kicks off in Qatar.Argentina's trade department convened a meeting with representative…
 
Russia's war against Ukraine, the lingering coronavirus pandemic and the damage of climate change are putting intense pressure on the world's poorest, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned.The Paris-based OECD reported that 60 states, territories and locations fell last year into the category of “fragile contexts'' — mean…
 
The Federal Trade Commission is investigating Amazon’s $1.7 billion acquisition of iRobot, the latest deal that’s under scrutiny by the regulators amid growing concerns about the company’s market power.In a regulatory filing, iRobot said both it and Amazon received a request for additional information in connection with an FTC review of the merger.…
 
College photos of Tesla CEO Elon Musk and memorabilia from his girlfriend at the time sold for $165,000 at auction, a Boston auction house said.Boston-based RR Auction said it was a collection of never-before-seen photos and memorabilia from Musk's college girlfriend, Jennifer Gwynne.Musk later changed his Twitter profile to one of the photos. He's…
 
The expanding audiobooks market has a major new retailer: Spotify.The music streaming service announced its long-rumored audiobook initiative, launching a store that includes more than 300,000 titles, including such popular works as Delia Owens' “Where the Crawdads Sing,” Michelle Obama's “Becoming” and Colleen Hoover's “It Ends With Us.” Spotify h…
 
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