▪ The world’s view of the U.S. has soured under President Trump, according to a 37-country poll by Pew Research. Some 49_percent of respondents now have a favorable opinion of the U.S., down from 64_percent at the end of Barack Obama’s presidency. A median 22_percent think Trump will do the right thing in foreign relations, compared with 64_percent for Obama. Trump outpolls Obama in only two countries: Russia and Israel.
▪ China has shut down 111 golf courses—a fifth of the country’s total—and banned the construction of new greens in an effort to conserve water and land and to stamp out corruption. Businessmen and government officials often meet on the courses to organize illicit deals.
▪ Electric guitars are out of fashion. Annual sales of the instrument have plummeted from about 1.5_million a decade ago to just over 1_million today. The two biggest electric guitar makers, Gibson and Fender, are in debt, and a third firm, PRS Guitars, has had to cut staff.
▪ Yellowstone’s grizzly bears are off the endangered species list. The animals were listed as protected in 1975, when only 136 roamed the national park. Today, Yellowstone is home to about 700. There are 1,700 grizzly bears nationwide—down from 50,000 in the early 1800s.
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