theNewsWorthy: Monday, March 18th, 2019


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New Zealand Latest:  Several updates:
1) The death toll is now at 50, and more than two dozen people are still in the hospital after Friday’s massacre at two mosques in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand.
2) A 28-year-old man from Australia is the alleged gunman. He was charged over the weekend and police believe he acted alone. But there are also stories of heroic actions, like the man who worked to distract the shooter while others escaped.
3) Victims' families are being told they'll get their loved ones' bodies by Wednesday. It's important because Islamic tradition is to bury bodies as soon as possible after the death.
4) New Zealand is now dealing with a new debate about gun laws, and leaders there are meeting today to discuss it.
5) Facebook said it removed 1.5 million related videos within 24 hours of the shooting, using both automated technologies and human moderators. Critics say they haven't done enough. 
Read more: The Washington Post, USA Today, AP, CNNWSJ

Boeing Update:  Ethiopia’s transport minister now says there are “clear similarities” between the two deadly plane crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia. The black boxes confirm tracking data showing that in both flights, pilots had problems controlling the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft shortly after takeoff and then took similar paths. Officials say they plan to release more details within a month. Boeing is also facing continued scrutiny.
Read more: WSJ, NYT, USA Today, NPR

Midwest Flooding:  Parts of the Midwest are dealing with intense flooding. Rivers are reaching record high levels and hundreds of people are now evacuated and living in shelters. Iowa and Nebraska have been hit the hardest.
Read more: AccuWeather, The Weather Channel, AP, CNN

Replacing Open-Heart Surgery: Researchers say an alternative for open-heart surgery is just as effective, and it has a much shorter recovery time. Two large clinical trials show tens of thousands of additional patients could benefit from a procedure known as TAVR. The FDA is expected to approve it for more patients soon.
Read more: NYT

Apple Watch Heart Problems:  A study of more than 400,000 participants says the Apple Watch can, in fact, spot heart problems – at least sometimes. Apple funded the study, which was the largest to ever screen seemingly healthy people for atrial fibrillation, a condition that can cause strokes. Researchers say this is very encouraging evidence that devices like Apple Watches can be used to point out heart problems, but it’s still up to the patient to actually see a doctor.
Read more: The Verge, NBC News, The Guardian
New Snapchat Game:  If the rumors are true, you could see a new gaming platform from Snapchat as early as next month. A new report (below) cites sources who say Snapchat may allow outside developers to create games to work within the Snapchat app. 
Read more: CheddarThe Verge, Engadget
March Madness Bracket:  Get your brackets ready, or at least get ready for your co-workers to be talking about it: March Madness has begun, and it’s time to pick which teams you think will win each match-up. The NCAA tournament will field 68 college basketball teams; Duke, Virginia, North Carolina and Gonzaga are number one seeds. Games start tomorrow.
Read more: CBS Sports, AP, Forbes
Weekend Box Office:  Disney’s Captain Marvel topped the box office charts for the second weekend in a row, bringing in $69 million. It’s already made $760 million globally, and at this rate, it could hit the $1 billion mark soon.
Read more: USA Today, Variety
April the Giraffe:  It’s a boy! April the Giraffe gave birth to her fifth baby this weekend. Hundreds of thousands of viewers tuned in to watch the delivery live on YouTube. April the Giraffe became a sort-of star when another birth was live-streamed back in 2017 from a small zoo in New York.
Read more: ABC News