theNewsWorthy: Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019


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Sri Lanka Warnings: Today has been declared a national day of mourning in Sri Lanka because of the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 300 people. Also today: new questions about why the government didn't do more to try and prevent the attacks. Some officials were reportedly warned about possible attacks earlier this month.
Read more: CNN, NYT, WSJ, CBS News

Trump Lawsuit: President Trump is suing to block the release of his financial records. Trump is targeting House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, who subpoenaed Trump’s longtime accountant for 10 years worth of financial records. Cummings says he wants to use the records to see if Trump's financial interests guide any of his decisions as president, but Trump says it's just a political effort meant to embarrass him.
Read more: CNN, CBS News, VOX

SCOTUS Cases: 
1- The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to take up a few cases that could have a big impact on gay and transgender rights. Right now, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, employers cannot discriminate based on race, religion, national origin or sex, but opinions on whether the law covers sexual orientation and gender identity differ. The cases will be heard starting in October.
2 - Starting today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments for whether the 2020 census should be allowed to add a question about citizenship. Some say it’ll help the Justice Department enforce the Voting Rights Act, but others say it'll cause illegal immigrants to ignore the survey and affect the population count. SCOTUS is on a deadline for this one because the census forms are set to be printed in June.
Read more (LGBTQ at Work): NYT, Vox, ABC News
Read more (Census Question): The Washington Post, The Hill

Tesla News:  Tesla's CEO Elon Musk says he plans to put self-driving taxis on the road in the U.S. as soon as next year. He's calling them “robotaxis” and says they’ll compete with Uber and Lyft.  Certain Tesla owners would be able to make money with their cars while they sleep. Musk also said all new Tesla cars will have the hardware needed to be full self-driving cars and will only need to be updated with improved software.
Read more: Reuters, CNBCBusiness Insider, TechCrunch

Teens & Driving: Perhaps it's because of services like Uber and Lyft, but a new report says the percentage of American teens with a driver's license has gone down the last few decades. Only about a quarter of 16 year olds had a license in 2017. Other possible reasons? Social media/video chat and more mass transit in cities.
Read more: WSJ

Galaxy Fold Debut Postponed: Samsung has delayed the launch of its new $2,000 Galaxy Fold (its first smartphone with a foldable screen). The delay has to do with the initial feedback from tech reviewers, who reported issues with the top protective layer, the screen and the hinges. Samsung says it’s working to fix the problems and wants make sure it measures up to its “high standards.”
Read more: WSJ, The Verge

Prince Memoir:  A new Prince memoir may be released in October. Prince was working on the project when he died in 2016. The publishing company says The Beautiful Ones will combine the unfinished manuscript with rare photos, scrapbooks and lyrics.
Read more: Variety, AP