theNewsWorthy: Monday, January 21st, 2019


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Shutdown Deal?:  President Trump announced an offer over the weekend to temporarily protect "Dreamers" (undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children) from being deported. In exchange, he wants the $5.7 billion for a barrier or wall at the southern border. Democrats rejected, saying it’s not a permanent solution. Week five of the longest government shutdown in history continues as hundreds of thousands of federal workers are still waiting to be paid.
Read more: WSJ, CNBC, NYT, FOX News

Trump/Kim Summit 2.0:  Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un for the second time. Their first historic meeting back in June ended with a denuclearization agreement, but negotiations have stalled. The announcement came after a meeting at the White House with another top North Korean official Friday. The second Trump-Kim summit is set for late February.
Read more: CNN, NYT, Bloomberg

BuzzFeed Scrutiny:  Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team have tried to stay away from the media for the past two years... until now. After BuzzFeed News reported that Trump told his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress in his 2016 testimony and that investigators have witnesses and documents to back up the claim, Mueller’s office disputed the report. BuzzFeed is sticking by its story and its sources.
Read more: NYT, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed News

Controversial Video:  A viral video has led to a school investigation and outrage, but now there are some questions about what really happened. The video appears to show a group of teenage boys, who attend a Kentucky Catholic school, taunting an older Native American war veteran near the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. School officials are considering actions, possibly expulsion, but one of the boys involved claims that the man approached them, not the other way around.
Read more: ABC News, AP, FOX News, TMZ

Winter Storm:  Some travel problems are expected today and tomorrow due to winter weather, but it was even worse over the weekend. More than a foot of snow dropped on parts of the Midwest and then the storm moved to the East Coast. Thousands of flights were canceled, with Boston’s airport hit the hardest yesterday. Parts of the U.S. could see icy conditions and single digit temperatures today. The Northeast could have wind chills as low as -40°F.
Read more: USA Today, AccuWeather, AP

Super Bowl Teams:  The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl in Atlanta on February 3 after they both played in nail-biting games that went into overtime. Now, the Rams’ coach will be the youngest in Super Bowl history, while the Patriots’ coach is the longest-tenured coach in the NFL.
Read more: CBS Sports
Uber Autonomous Bikes:  Uber wants its scooters and bikes to be able to drive themselves -- at least well you're not riding them. The electric bikes and scooters would reportedly take themselves to recharge or drive to a spot where riders need them. Uber hasn’t officially commented about those future plans.
Read more: TechCrunch
Spotify Car Player:  Spotify may be releasing its first physical product: a music player for your car. The $100 Bluetooth-enabled device is reportedly set to hit the market later this year. Other big tech companies have options for your car too, like Apple’s CarPlay.
Read more: Financial Times, The Verge
Facebook Petitions:  A new Facebook feature will allow users to create and sign petitions. The new feature is rolling out today. Users can create any petition they want, and even tag government officials who would then be notified. Facebook says it’s a way for people to advocate for change in their communities, but some critics worry it might be misused.
Read more: The Verge, TechCrunch
MLK Jr. Day:  Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day – a time to honor and remember the activist who played a key role in the civil rights movement. He received the Nobel Peace Prize, but was assassinated in 1968. MLK Jr. Day is a federal holiday, which means government offices, the post office, most schools, most banks and U.S. stock exchanges are all closed.
Read more: History Channel, USA Today, NBC News, Volunteer