theNewsWorthy: Monday, February 4th, 2019


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Super Bowl LIII:  The biggest TV event of the year made NFL history as the lowest-scoring Super Bowl with a final score of 13-3. The New England Patriots won over the Los Angeles Rams, earning their sixth Super Bowl title. Patriots’ wide receiver Julian Edelman was recognized as the MVP. The halftime show was met with mixed reactions. Maroon 5, Travis Scott and Big Boi performed. Here's a clip. Commercials were less political this year, and featured celebrities like Serena Williams and Sarah Jessica Parker. It was the first time in more than a decade that Coca-Cola did not run an ad during the game, and the first time The Washington Post did.
Read more (Game): CBS Sports, NFL/YouTube
Read more (Halftime Show): CBS SportsVoxVariety, People
Read more: (Commercials):  The Washington Post, ReutersCNBC, TechCrunch

Trump Before the Game:  Before the big game, President Trump spoke to CBS News about several issues. He said he has not ruled out shutting down the government again. Trump also said military intervention in Venezuela is “an option.” Trump talked football, too, saying that while he likes to watch, he probably would not let his 12-year old son play because of the risks of brain injuries. Expect more from the president in tomorrow's State of the Union address.
Read more: CBS News, USA Today, Reuters

Nuclear Treaty Suspended:  The U.S and Russia have pulled out of an agreement that prohibits manufacturing nuclear missiles. The U.S. has accused Russia of violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty for years. After the Trump administration announced it would suspend the treaty and called on Russia to comply, Russia suspended it as well. The U.S. says Russia has six months to destroy its nuclear missiles or the U.S. will permanently end the treaty.
Read more: CNN, FOX News, CNBC, NYT

Virginia Governor Controversy:  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam says he will not resign, even as members from his own party tell him he should. Northam apologized for appearing in a controversial racist yearbook photo from 1984, but a day later claimed not to be on that page of the yearbook at all. Northam later admitted to painting his face black as part of a costume for a dance in the 1980s.
Read more: AP, USA Today

U.S. Economy:  Good news for the economy: the U.S.  added 304,000 jobs last month. It’s the 100th month in a row of job gains, more than double the previous record. The unemployment rate went up to four percent, however, which probably had something to do with the number of furloughed government workers last month during the shutdown.
Read more: The Washington Post, NYT

Foxconn Flip 2.0: Foxconn is moving forward with its plan to build a TV manufacturing plant in Wisconsin after all. Remember: the company made the promise in 2017, then said just last week that it was reconsidering. Now, it cites a chat with President Trump for the latest change. Foxconn expects to get $4 billion in tax credits over 15 years and says it could bring 13,000 new jobs to the area.
Read more: NYT, FOX Business
Facebook Turns 15:  Facebook turns 15 today. CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched the social networking site on February 4, 2004. Since then, it has become the most popular social media platform in the world and has made Zuckerberg the fifth richest person in the world. Of course, it's had its fair share of problems...
Read more: Business Insider, FOX Business
Groundhog Day:  Groundhog Day was on Saturday. Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, which means spring is coming early. But keep in mind, stats show he’s only right about 40% of the time. The holiday inspired the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, where Bill Murray plays Phil Connors, who repeats the same day over and over. Now there’s a sequel of sorts coming out: a virtual reality video game that puts players into the life of Phil Connors Jr.
Read more (Punxsutawney Phil): NBC News, CNN
Read more (VR Video Game): Variety, EW
Weekend Box Office:  Super Bowl weekend is always a rough go at the box office, but this year's ticket sales were especially bad – the worst in nearly two decades. Between the big game and the cold weather, people stayed home and away from theaters. That said, Glass was number one at the box office for the third weekend in a row.
Read more: THR, Variety
Beyoncé Concerts for Life:  Beyoncé is giving away free tickets to her concerts for life. Fans who are willing to go vegan - or at least eat more plant-based - with the Greenprint Diet will be entered to win two free tickets to every Beyoncé concert for the next 30 years. The singer hopes to encourage her fans to go green. The winner will be chosen at random from the list on May 22.
Read more: ET,, Instagram, Sign Up Here
Disney PRIDE:  Disneyland Paris will make history as the first Disney park to host an official LGBTQ event. The “Magical Pride” event will be held on June 1 and will include a parade and musical performances. It’s been an unofficial event since 2014.
Read more: NBC News