theNewsWorthy: Tuesday, April 16th, 2019


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Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: A massive fire badly damaged the historic landmark in Paris. The spire at the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral and two-thirds of the roof collapsed, but firefighters saved the structure and towers. Authorities aren’t sure what caused the fire, but for now, investigators are treating it as an accident. French President Emmanuel Macron plans to launch an international fundraising campaign to help the rebuilding process, and a couple French billionaires have already promised millions.
Read more: CBS News, Reuters, NYT, AP, FOX News

More Measles Cases:  In the U.S., 90 more measles cases were just reported within the last week, for a total of 555 total cases in 20 states. Last week, the mayor of New York City declared a public health emergency and demanded that Williamsburg, Brooklyn residents be vaccinated or face a $1,000 fine. Around the world, there's been a 300 percent increase in the number of cases from the same time last year. Experts say the anti-vaccination movement and misinformation have fueled the outbreak.
Read more: CNN, USA Today, MayoClinic, ABC News

Flights Canceled, Trump Tweet:  United Airlines just cancelled some flights through early July, while both American and Southwest Airlines have extended certain flight cancellations through early August. It's all because of the Boeing 737 Max planes grounded around the world following two deadly crashes. Meanwhile, President Trump tweeted advice for Boeing: fix the 737 Max, add new features and “rebrand” the plane with a new name. It might not be that easy, though; the FAA certifies specific models. Trump once had his own airline. The Trump Shuttle didn’t last. It lost millions and he walked away in 1992.
Read more (Flights Canceled): CNBC
Read more (Trump Tweet): Washington Post
Read more (Trump Shuttle): Business Insider

Tiger Woods Medal: President Trump tweeted that he plans to give Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom because of his big comeback in sports and in life. Woods won the Masters for the first time in more than a decade. His career was derailed after a series of scandals and injuries. Btw: Nike stuck with him over the years. A marketing firm now estimates Nike got about $22 million worth of exposure from the big win over the weekend.
Read more (Medal): CBS News
Read more (Nike): CNBC

Boston Marathon:  The Boston Marathon saw one of the tightest finishes in the history of the race, with Lawrence Cherono from Kenya pulling ahead and winning the men’s race by just two seconds. Worknesh Degefa from Ethiopia won the women’s race. This year was also the first time the Boston Marathon was held on April 15th since the 2013 bombing. Officials held a ceremony to honor those killed six years ago.
Read more:, ESPN, USA Today
Lyft Pulls E-Bikes:  Lyft is taking 3,000 electric bikes off the streets because of brake issues. Motivate – the company owned by Lyft -- is “pausing” its e-bike service in New York, San Francisco and Washington and replacing them with regular bikes. Some riders reported stronger-than-expected braking that caused them to flip over the handlebars. The company says it’s working on a fix.
Read more: The Verge, CNN, NYT

Lyft's "Taxi" Line: Lyft is bringing back the taxi line -- at least at the San Diego airport starting next month. That means passengers who want a ride will get in a physical line (IRL) to get a Lyft driver instead of calling a driver through the app. Once in the car, they'll put the address and a four-digit code in the app to sync up and get going. 
Read more: TechCrunch

Amazon Music:  Amazon may be launching a new, free music service. Sources told Billboard Amazon’s music service would be ad-supported and available through the company’s voice-activated Echo speakers. Amazon already offers some music to Prime subscribers, but it's limited. The new service could be available to everyone as early as this week, but no word from Amazon yet.
Read more: Billboard, The Verge
GoT Record:  Game of Thrones’ season premiere set a new record for HBO, drawing 17.4 million viewers on Sunday night alone. Not only is it a record for HBO, but it’s also the most-watched scripted entertainment program of the year. Game of Thrones has grown viewership with each season.
Read more: Variety, EW
Vegan Menu:  More vegan options are coming to fast food restaurants. Del Taco will become the first Mexican fast food chain to offer plant-based meat in all of its locations later this month, and Blaze Pizza is adding a vegan spicy chorizo topping to 300 of its restaurants. This comes after Burger King announced it’s testing a meatless “Impossible Whopper” in St. Louis.
Read more: USA Today