theNewsWorthy: Monday, April 1st, 2019


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Trump Closing Border?:  President Trump says he might close the U.S.-Mexico border as soon as this week because of the number of people trying to cross it illegally. Customs and Border Protection says the border has hit a “breaking point” and that facilities are over capacity. Critics say closing the border could actually cause more problems, affecting families seeking asylum as well as the economy and trade. Also: the State Department announced that the U.S. will stop sending humanitarian aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Read more: Washington Post, Politico, The Hill

Joe Biden Allegations:  Former Vice President Joe Biden is defending himself today, but he says he’s also listening to the woman accusing him. Lucy Flores, a former Nevada assemblywoman, says Biden smelled her hair and kissed her on the back of the head in 2014 while she was running for lieutenant governor. She says she was “mortified." Biden says he doesn’t remember it the same way and that over the years he’s given a lot of handshakes, hugs and “expressions of affection” and never intentionally acted inappropriately. Biden also says he'll listen to Flores respectfully.
Read more: NBC News, AP, The Hill

Facebook Regulations:  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg now says he’d be okay with some government regulations. In The Washington Post, he outlined the roles he thinks companies and governments should play in four main areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. But will lawmakers listen? 
Read more: Washington Post, Gizmodo, ABC News, Engadget, Facebook

Cold Weather:  Get ready: cold weather is coming back. Much of the U.S. will see colder temperatures today, with freezing temps in places like Arkansas and Tennessee this morning. On the East Coast, where it was in the 70s over the weekend, you can now expect temperatures to drop 30 degrees. Don’t worry, though: warm spring weather will be back soon.
Read more: ABC News, Weather Channel

Final Four:  March may be over, but we’re still talking March Madness: it’s down to the final four of the NCAA Tournament. Michigan State, Texas Tech, Auburn and Virginia remain. Texas Tech and Auburn are both in the Final Four for the first time in school history. The matchups are next Saturday in Minneapolis.
Read more: CBS Sports, ESPN, NYT
First Day of April:  It’s the first day of April, so you know what that means: April Fools’ Day! Microsoft warned their employees not to take part in April Fools’ Day pranks, saying that they have “more to lose than gain” by trying to be funny. On the other hand, Google is known for releasing random things on April 1st, and this year is no different: a snake game will be added to Google Maps which will let you play the game around major cities. Don't be surprised if other tech companies try to play tricks on you today...
Read more: The Verge, TechCrunchEngadget
Walgreens CBD:  A week after CVS said it’ll carry CBD products, Walgreens said it will, too. Walgreens plans to rollout cannabis-based sprays, creams and patches to 1,500 stores across the country. Many say CBD has health benefits, like relieving anxiety and muscle pain, but it doesn't get you high. It's becoming more mainstream since the Farm Bill passed in December and legalized hemp. 
Read more: Delish, USA Today, NBC News
Nipsey Hussle:  Grammy nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle has died. He was shot and killed in Los Angeles yesterday just outside his store, The Marathon. Nipsey Hussle’s debut studio album, Victory Lap, was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards. He was 33.
Read more: NBC News, Variety
Mick Jagger Sick:  The Rolling Stones have postponed their North American tour to accommodate lead singer Mick Jagger’s undisclosed medical treatment. Ticket-holders should keep their tickets. The tour is still expected to happen but at a later date.
Read more: Rolling Stone, Page Six, AP
Weekend Box Office:  The remake of Dumbo premiered this weekend and, while it was number one at the box office, it was the lowest start for any of Disney’s recent live action remakes.
Read more: Variety, Forbes