theNewsWorthy: Monday, January 7th, 2019
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Shutdown Update: President Trump says he may declare a national emergency to build a border wall without the approval of Congress (some say that's not legal), but for now, he’s still trying to convince enough lawmakers that a border barrier is necessary. Democrats still call it wasteful. So the partial government shutdown continues and is now the third-longest in history.
Read more: AP, FOX News, The Hill
Shutdown Effects: TSA and IRS workers are among the hundreds of thousands of federal workers who are either working without pay or are on unpaid leave due to the shutdown. What does that mean for you? It might mean delays going through airport security and delays getting your tax refund. The National Park Service is also taking an "extraordinary step" to use entrance and camping fees to keep popular parks functioning. The money usually goes toward bigger projects.
Read more: CNN, CNBC, USA Today, NYT
Syria's Plan: National Security Advisor John Bolton said the U.S. will have some conditions before pulling troops out of Syria. They include making sure ISIS is out of Syria for good and getting Turkey to agree not to attack our Kurdish allies. It’s unclear how long it will take to meet these conditions. This is the first publicly-announced policy details since President Trump’s abrupt plan to bring U.S. troops home from Syria.
Read more: WSJ, NYT, CBS News
Attack From Crickets?: Was it an acoustic weapon or crickets? Scientists in the U.K. and the U.S. believe an odd recorded sound heard by diplomats in Cuba may have come from the Indies short-tailed cricket. As early as 2016, diplomats complained of strange sounds, and some even suffered brain injuries. Many believe it was some sort of sonic attack. The cricket noise doesn’t explain these physical problems, so perhaps there was a separate incident as well.
Read more: The Guardian, NYT
Psychotherapy + Income: A new U.K. study links psychotherapy – also called talk therapy – to higher income. Researchers found that patients improved their mental healthand their incomes. Men saw a 13 percent boost, and women saw an 8 percent increase in incomes.
Read more: The Conversation
Ford Recall: Ford is recalling nearly a million cars and SUVs because of concerns over the Takata airbags. The airbags may explode and cause injury to passengers. It's part of what has become the largest series of recalls in U.S. history.
Read more: MarketWatch, Consumer Reports
Weather App Lawsuit: Attorneys for the City of Los Angeles are suing The Weather Channel’s app’s developer. The lawsuit accuses the company, owned by IBM, of selling users’ location data without permission. IBM says the company plans to fight the case and that the app clearly states how data is collected and used.
Read more: CNET, LA Times
Golden Globes: Sandra Oh made history twice: as the first woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes, and as the first Asian host of the Golden Globes. She co-hosted with Andy Samberg. Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book took the top film honors, winning over Black Panther and A Star Is Born. Glenn Close won Best Actress, and Christian Bale won Best Actor in a Comedy. Carol Burnett received a namesake award for lifetime achievement in television.
Read more: NBC News, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety (list of winners)
Weekend Box Office: Aquaman had its third weekend in a row on top at the box office in North America. The movie brought in $940 million worldwide.
Read more: Variety