theNewsWorthy: Thursday, March 14th, 2019


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FAA on Boeing:  The U.S. has now joined other countries to take Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes out of service until further notice, which means some U.S. flights will be delayed or even canceled today. The FAA says investigators found similarities between the two crashes involving the 737 Max 8. For now, Boeing says it’s supporting the FAA’s decision as a precaution. Southwest, United and American Airlines have agreed to waive any price differences for travelers who need to reschedule.
Read more: WSJ, Reuters, MarketWatch, AP, Washington Post

Manafort Sentenced:  President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to another 3.5 years in prison for money laundering and obstruction of justice on top of the four years he was sentenced to on other charges last week. On top of that, Manafort has been charged with more than a dozen additional felony crimes in the state of New York.
Read more: NYT, NPR

World News:  A school shooting in Brazil left several people dead, including 5 students. In Nigeria, a three-story building with a school inside collapsed. Several people died, and dozens are missing. In the U.K., lawmakers are scheduled to vote again today to decide if they should push the Brexit deadline back. 
Read more (Brazil Shooting): Reuters
Read more (Building Collapse): CBS News
Read more (Brexit “No Deal”): Washington Post

Winter Storm:  Millions of people in the U.S. are facing severe weather in the second half of the week: a major winter storm moving through the central  U.S. is bringing a range of conditions, from a blizzard in Colorado to heavy rain and flooding in other areas. Nearly 1,000 flights out of Denver International Airport were canceled ahead of the storm.
Read more: NBC News, CNBC, The Weather Channel

Car, Laptop Battery Recalls:  Honda and Chrysler have issued recalls on several vehicles. Honda is recalling more than a million cars for the second time because of dangerous airbags, while Fiat Chrysler will recall more than 800,000 vehicles that don’t meet U.S. emissions standards. HP is also expanding a recall. Laptops sold between April 2015 and December 2018 could overheat and catch fire.
Read more (Honda Recall): NBC News, Washington Post, Fox News
Read more (Chrysler Recall): The Verge, EPA
Read more (HP Recall): Engadget, CNET
Verizon 5G Price:  Verizon’s 5G network is coming to Chicago and Minneapolis on April 11. The new, faster mobile network will cost an extra $10 per month and will require a compatible device. T-Mobile plans to launch its 5G later this year.
Read more: The Verge, FOX Business
Spotify & Apple:  Spotify claims Apple isn’t playing fair, and the company filed an antitrust complaint in Europe this week. Spotify says Apple is abusing its control of the App Store to kill competition. Apple hasn’t responded yet.
Read more: Wired, WSJ
Facebook Crime?:  A grand jury in New York subpoenaed two large smartphone makers, according to The New York Times, as part of a criminal investigation into Facebook. It's apparently surrounding data-deals Facebook made with other companies to share users personal information without permission. Facebook says it's cooperating. 
Read more: NYT, CNBC
Social Media Platforms Down:  If you’ve been having issues with Facebook, Instagram or WhatsApp, you’re not alone. All three social media networks were at least partially down yesterday. For Facebook, it’s believed to be the longest interruption to service since the social network started. At last check, Facebook still has some problems, but Instagram (owned by Facebook) tweeted it’s back.
Read more: CNN, Check Status Here

April the Giraffe:  April the giraffe is about to give birth again, and the world is watching live on YouTube. In 2017, the live stream of the giraffe had more than 200 million views. April lives at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York.

Read more: AP, Watch Live/YouTube

Thing to Know Thursday:

FAA grounds Boeing 737 Max 8 Planes

Today’s Guest: Thomas Anthony

Thomas Anthony is currently the Director of the USC Aviation Safety and Security Program.

He participated in the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) for the proposed FAA regulation on SMS for aircraft operators.

He’s also currently working with aviation safety elements of the World Food Program to deliver several courses to World Food Program aviation providers.

Prior to USC, he was a consultant and has served with the FAA.

He was the FAA Regional Division Manager for Civil Aviation Security in the Western Pacific Region.

Read more perspectives: Consumer Reports, CNBC, FOX Business

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