Japanese emperor becomes first to abdicate in 200 years
Japan’s 85-year-old Emperor Akihito announced his abdication in his final official address to his people Tuesday, ending his three-decade reign. Akihito, the son of Japan’s wartime emperor Hirohito, is the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years. In 2016, Akihito told the nation he was concerned about his age and declining health and wanted to abdicate while he was still capable. With no legal framework to allow a reigning emperor to abdicate, the Japanese government had to pass a one-time law allowing it. The throne will pass on Wednesday to Prince Naruhito, 59, the elder of Akihito’s two sons, who will receive the Imperial sword and jewel as proof of his ascension.
Beleaguered Zuckerberg to weigh in on the future of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg is expected to lay out his vision for the future of Facebook when the CEO gives the keynote address at the company’s annual conference for software developers. The speech, a must-watch in the tech industry, comes in the wake of repeated privacy and security scandals that have damaged the company’s reputation since the 2016 presidential election. Last week, the company reported that it may face a fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission for its mishandling of people’s personal data. USA TODAY also reported on complaints from the black community that Facebook users’ posts have been censored and accounts banned for speaking out about racism.
Trump, Pelosi to meet on infrastructure during all-out war over investigations
Democratic leaders will head to the White House Tuesday for their first meeting with President Donald Trump since the longest government shutdown in American history. The ostensible purpose is infrastructure, but they’ll first have to swerve around an all-out war underway about testimony and subpoenas stemming from Robert Mueller’s report. Members of the Trump administration plan on stonewalling Congress as House Democrats turn their attention to the aftermath of the Mueller report, while Trump has promised that he plans to fight “all the subpoenas.”
Mnuchin hopes for ‘substantial progress’ in US-China trade talks
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer traveled to Beijing to resume talks Tuesday to try to end a yearlong trade war between the U.S. and China, the world’s two largest economies. A Chinese team is scheduled to visit Washington next week for another round of discussions. Mnuchin said: “We hope to make substantial progress in these two meetings.” The two sides are locked in a standoff over the Trump administration’s charges that Beijing steals technology and forces foreign companies operating in China to hand over trade secrets. China is pushing to make its companies world leaders in advanced industries like robotics and artificial intelligence.
McDonald’s dials back late night menu
McDonald’s will slim down its late night offerings in an attempt to streamline service for customers in the wee hours starting Tuesday. Popular staples like the Big Mac, Chicken McNuggets and fries will still be served, but the chain’s Signature Crafted Recipes, buttermilk-crispy-chicken sandwiches, Filet-O-Fish, and premium salads will discontinued after midnight as the fast-food giant transitions to a pared down menu until 5 a.m. This will not impact the daytime menu and the popular All-Day breakfast items.