theNewsWorthy: Monday, March 11th, 2019


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Ethiopian Airlines Crash:  An Ethiopian Airlines flight crashed shortly after takeoff on Sunday, killing all 157 people on board. Passengers were from all over the world, including eight Americans and 18 Canadians. The cause of the crash is under investigation, but it’s now the second crash within six months to involve one of Boeing’s 737 Max 8 models. China’s aviation authority ordered all airlines to stop using Boeing 737 Max 8 jets until further notice.
Read more: AP, Reuters, NYT, CNN, WSJ

Wall Money Request:  Today President Trump is expected to ask Congress for an additional $8.6 billion for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Democrats are already saying it’s not gonna happen. Of course, this is the same issue that caused the longest federal government shutdown ever, and it's the reason Trump declared a national emergency at the border. Stay tuned for another potential funding fight.
Read more: Reuters, FOX News, WSJ

Big Tech Breakup?:  Sen. Elizabeth Warren is trying to set herself apart from the other 2020 White House hopefuls by proposing a policy to break up the country’s biggest tech companies. She says massive tech companies like Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple are hurting competition. Critics say breaking up big tech will only hurt consumers when it comes to convenience and low prices.
Read more: Medium, The Verge, FOX News, Politico

EU Travel Registration:  The European Union will soon require travelers from to pre-register before their trips. Starting in 2021, travelers will have to complete an online application and pay a small fee. The registration is good for three years. The EU says the goal of the new rule is to improve security and help stop illegal migration and terrorism.
Read more: Axios, Washington Post
College Athletes Ruling:  A federal judge just made it easier for college athletes to get more compensation in the form of larger scholarship packages. Schools can no longer limit or cap scholarships, as long as they’re still education-based.
Read more: NYT, Vox
Soccer Team Sues:  The entire U.S. Women’s National soccer team is suing over gender discrimination with regard to their salaries. All 28 players say they’re paid less than the men’s soccer team even though they play more and have won more games. The lawsuit comes just a few months before the team heads to the World Cup in France following their 2015 win. So far the U.S. Soccer Federation hasn’t commented.
Read more: NYT, Reuters, FOX Business, WSJ
Jussie Smollett:  Actor Jussie Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct. The Empire actor claimed that he was attacked in a hate crime in Chicago, but now police believe he staged the whole thing to promote his career. He could face up to 64 years in prison if he’s found guilty. Smollett says he’s innocent, and he’s set to be back in court later this week.
Read more: NBC News, Vox, AP, Fox News
HBO’s Serial:  The Case Against Adnan Syed premiered on HBO. It's a four-part docu-series picking up where the popular podcast Serial left offPart Two will air next Sunday on HBO.
Read more:, Trailer
Weekend Box Office:  The top movie at the box office over the weekend was Captain Marvel. The movie brought in $153 million in North America (more than expected). It gave the 2019 box office a much-needed boost.
Read more: Variety
J. Lo & A. Rod Engaged:  Singer Jennifer Lopez and former MLB player, Alex “A-Rod” Rodriguez announced their engagement on Instagram over the weekend. It will be J-Lo’s fourth marriage and A-Rod’s second. They’ve been dating for a little more than two years.
Read more: People, CNN