theNewsWorthy: Friday, January 11, 2019


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Longest Shutdown:  It's day 21 of the partial government shutdown, which means tomorrow, it will become the longest government shutdown in history. Miami International Airport is closing a terminal as TSA workers (who are asked to work without pay) are calling in sick at double the normal rate. The FDA has cut back on safety inspections for some foods. Local Washington D.C. businesses are feeling it, too, since government workers aren’t spending money. Thousands of federal employees held a rally outside the White House yesterday calling for a deal between President Trump and lawmakers.
Read more: The Washington Post, CNN, FOX News, CNBC, NYT, Miami Herald

Cohen to Testify:  Michael Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7th. Cohen worked for Trump for a decade and has made allegations against the President. Trump claims he isn’t worried at al.
Read more: WSJ, NYT

Teen Found Alive:  A missing 13-year-old girl was found alive last night. Jayme Closs vanished from her home in northwestern Wisconsin in October, after both of her parents were killed. An arrest has been made. The Barron County Sherriff’s Department is planning a press conference this morning to provide more information.
Read more: AP, NBC News

Ocean Temps Rise:  A new report says the world’s oceans are the warmest they’ve ever been and are warming faster than we thought. Researchers say the warming waters are causing problems like extinction of marine life, rising sea levels and more destructive storm systems.
Read more: NYT, Fortune

Weekend Snowstorm: A winter storm is coming, and it may affect travel plans. Airlines are already starting to waive change fees in anticipation of the weather forecasted for today and through the weekend. Snow and ice are starting to hit Colorado and New Mexico; the storm is expected to travel through the midwest and head east.
Read more: The Weather Channel, USA Today
Ford + VW:  Volkswagen and Ford are partnering up again, and this time it’s all about new tech. The new alliance is expected to be officially announced next week and will focus on advances like electric and self-driving cars. Ford and Volkswagen are already working together to develop commercial vehicles.The partnership could save the companies billions; automakers are looking to cut costs because of decreased demand in China and the U.S.
Read more: Reuters, CNET
Fiat Chrysler Fine:  Fiat Chrysler has reached a settlement with the U.S. government and will pay hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for cheating emissions rules. It’s being compared to the Volkswagen emissions scandal back in 2015 (but not as big). Some of Fiat Chrysler’s software shows the vehicles emit less pollution than they really do, but the company says it wasn’t on purpose.
Read more: CBS News, CNN
Canada Dry Claims: Canada Dry has claimed it's made with "real ginger," but now its owner, Keurig Dr. Pepper, settled a class-action lawsuit over it. A lab test found no real ginger in the drink. The company agreed to pay as many as one million consumers up to $40 each. They’ll have to adjust their marketing and packaging, too.
Read more: The Telegraph, Bloomberg Law
Amazon Streaming:  A new service called Freedive will allow users to stream movies and shows, as long as they don’t mind some ads. It’s offered by IMDb, the Amazon-owned film and TV website. Amazon is also reportedly working on streaming video games; the company hopes to launch a service next year that would eliminate the need for downloads and expensive equipment.
Read more (Freedive): CNBC, TechCrunch
Read more (Gaming): The Information, Mashable
Smart Speakers:  Smart speaker sales (think: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomePod) in the U.S. increased by 78 percent in just one year, according to a new survey. Growth is expected to continue through 2022.
Read more: Recode, Mobile Marketer
Most Promising Jobs:  LinkedIn revealed what it calls the “most promising jobs” of 2019. Based on factors like salary, job openings and continued growth, this year’s most promising job is: data scientist, with a median salary of $130,000.
Read more: LinkedIn
Critics’ Choice Awards:  Award season is upon us: first the Golden Globes and now the Critics’ Choice Awards. Actor Taye Diggs will host the event this Sunday night, January 13th.The Favourite leads the film categories with 14 nominations.
Read more: E! News