theNewsWorthy: Monday, March 25th, 2019


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Mueller Report: The final report in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was handed in to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, and Barr outlined the findings in a letter to Congress. The two biggest takeaways? 1- The Special Counsel did not find evidence that Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia, and 2- the report does not find evidence Trump obstructed justice and committed a crime, but then again, it also “does not exonerate” him. Of course, there are plenty of reactions we're talking about on the podcast.
Read more: NYT, Washington Post, AP

Cruise Rescue:  Hundreds of passengers had to be airlifted and rescued from a stranded cruise ship. The ship lost power off Norway's coast and had engine trouble. Videos from inside the ship show furniture sliding across the floor and panicked passengers in life vests during strong winds and high waves. Viking Ocean Cruises is looking into what caused the engine failure, and all of the passengers will get a refund.
Read more: BBC, CBS News, NYT

Food Recalls:  Some avocados grown in California – and sold in bulk – could be contaminated with listeria. Henry Avocado sells avocados in bulk to retail stores in six states: Arizona, California, Florida, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Also, nearly 70,000 pounds of Tyson chicken strips are being recalled as well due to metal contamination. This is the second recall from Tyson this year.
Read more (Avocado Recall): CNN, Company Statement
Read more (Tyson Recall): USA Today

Healthy Food Prescriptions:  A new study says doctors should start “prescribing” healthy foods, like fruits and vegetables, instead of pills alone, adding that it could save billions of dollars in healthcare costs. Researchers at Tufts University looked at adults enrolled in Medicaid and Medicare to see what would happen when those programs helped cover 30 percent of the cost of healthy foods. They say an expanded program could prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths and save the U.S. system $100 billion.
Read more: TuftsNow, Reuters, Fast Company

Apple Event Today:  It’s show time! Apple’s big launch event starts at 10:00 a.m. PST. The company will likely announce its new video streaming service. Apple has already put a billion dollars into it, and it’s rumored to have at least 25 original shows. It could also release its rumored subscription game service. Probably no new tech products, though since Apple already announced two new iPads, an iMac, and second-generation AirPods last week.
Read more: CNET, Gizmodo, Live Stream
Gronkowski Retires:  After nine years including three Super Bowl wins, Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement. The New England Patriots’ tight end announced it on Instagram. He says he’s moving on but that he’s grateful for the opportunity.
Read more: ESPN, USA Today, Instagram
Shaq + Papa John’s:  Basketball Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is the new spokesman for Papa John’s Pizza. The company is hoping Shaq can repair its image and boost sales. Remember: the company’s founder faced a lot of criticism for racially insensitive comments in the past. Shaq also joined the company’s board of directors, and he will be the first African-American to join the board.
Read more: CNN, ESPN
Kids’ Choice Awards:  The Kids’ Choice Awards over the weekend had slime, awards, and some drama. When the cast of Fuller House accepted the award for Favorite Funny TV Show, they seemed to reference former cast member Lori Loughlin in the speech. Though they didn’t say her name, they did say that families “stick together through hard times no matter how tough it gets.” Loughlin, who plays Aunt Becky, has been charged and accused of paying and cheating to get her daughter into college.
Read more: ENews, Yahoo, Hollywood Reporter
Weekend Box Office:  The top movie at the box office this weekend broke some records: Us set the record for best-ever opening for a horror film. Us brought in $70 million in its opening weekend, nearly twice what it was projected to make. The movie is about a family confronted by doppelgängers, and it was directed by Jordan Peele (the director behind Get Out).
Read more: Variety, Rolling Stone