theNewsWorthy: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019


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Health Care 2020:  President Trump says he plans to redo health care for the better, but not until after the 2020 election. President Trump says that what replaces the Affordable Care Act – aka Obamacare – will be “truly great," but the details of what that plan could look like are still a question mark.
Read more: USA Today, Politico, TwitterReuters

Disaster Relief Debate: Lawmakers can't seem to agree on a major disaster relief bill to provide more aid to victims of natural disasters in the U.S., such as wildfires, flooding and hurricanes. The sticking point? Puerto Rico. Democrats voted down a bill because they say it doesn't have enough funding for Puerto Rico's hurricane recovery, but Republicans are blocking another option. Will they compromise? Stay tuned.
Read more: The Washington Post, AP

Biden Accused Again:  A second woman now says former VP Joe Biden touched her inappropriately. Amy Lappos says Biden rubbed noses with her while at a political fundraiser in 2009. Lappos says it wasn’t sexual, but she still felt he crossed the line. So far, Biden hasn’t said anything about the second accusation, but his spokesperson sent a message to reporters saying some pictures have been mischaracterized. Biden is expected to run for president.
Read more: Politico, The Hill

Measles Numbers:  The number of measles cases in the U.S. is now the second highest since the disease was eliminated in the year 2000. There have already been more measles cases in 2019 than in all of 2018. Fifteen states have reported measles cases, including New York, California, Illinois, Texas and Washington.
Read more: NBC News, CNN

Chicago's Historic Election: Today will be a historic day in Chicago. That's because no matter who wins the runoff election, a black woman will become mayor of the city for the first time.
Read more: NBC Chicago, NPR
NY Plastic Bag Ban:  New York just became the second state in the U.S. to ban single use plastic bags. California was the first, back in 2016. Starting next March, New York will not allow most stores to give customers plastic bags.
Read more: WSJ, CBS News, NYT
Celebrities Boycott Hotels:  Celebrities George Clooney and Elton John are boycotting nine hotels and are calling on others to do the same. The hotels are linked to Brunei, a small nation on the coast of southeast Asia. Under a new law that goes into effect this week, Brunei plans to execute people who are caught committing adultery or homosexual acts. The hotels include the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles (the other seven are in the U.K., France and Italy). The hotels' owner says discrimination is not tolerated.
Read more:  Deadline, CNN, NBC News
Most Profitable Company:  The most profitable company in the world is Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, and it’s far ahead of even Apple and Amazon when it comes to profits. It had $111 billion in net income in 2018. Saudi officials hope to list Aramco publicly in the next couple of years in what will likely be the biggest IPO ever.
Read more: WSJ, Bloomberg, CNBC
Google+ Dead, Gmail Turns 15:  As of today, Google+ is officially dead. It launched back in 2011 but never fully won people over. Google sent emails warning users that they needed to download their data if they wanted to save it before today. By now, it’s likely too late. Also: Google’s much more successful product, Gmail, turned 15 years old this week. Gmail is celebrating with a couple of new features, including the ability to schedule emails to be sent in the future.
Read more (Google+): PC Mag, BBC
Read more (Gmail): TechCrunch
Meatless Whopper:  Burger King is partnering with plant-based start-up Impossible Foods to test out a new meatless Whopper made with the Impossible Burger patties. The “Impossible Whopper,” as it’s called, is vegan friendly as long as you don’t get mayo on it. For now, you can get the Impossible Whopper from about 60 Burger Kings in St. Louis, Missouri, but if all goes well, other restaurants could get the burger later this year.
Read more: CNET, VegNews