theNewsWorthy: Friday, April 26th, 2019


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Biden 2020:  As expected, former Vice President Joe Biden announced he’s running for president in 2020. Biden is the 20th Democratic nominee, which reports say is the largest presidential primary field in U.S. history. Biden went after Trump in his announcement video yesterday. Meanwhile, there’s talk about Biden’s role when Anita Hill accused a Supreme Court nominee of sexually harassing her. Hill and others say Biden didn’t take her accusations seriously, and she told The New York Times she’s 'unsatisfied' with his apology.
Read more: AP, Fox News, NBC News, NYT

Measles Quarantine: Hundreds of people at two public universities are quarantined because they may have been exposed to measles. Nearly 300 students and employees at UCLA and Cal State LA were sent home and told to stay there until cleared or until they can provide proof they’ve been vaccinated. It's because of a student with measles who still went to class and the library on campus earlier this month.
Read more: NBC News, LA Times

Uber Strike:  Uber and Lyft drivers in at least eight U.S. cities are planning to go on strike and stop taking rides on May 8th. They’re striking in protest of their pay. Drivers say they want a minimum wage of $28 per hour, which would really amount to $17 after accounting for expenses like gas and tolls. It’s no coincidence that this strike is set to happen just as Uber plans to go public; the company’s IPO is scheduled for next month.
Read more: CBS News, Salon, Bloomberg

Cannabis Industry Jobs: The cannabis industry has become one of the country’s fasting growing job sectors. According to ZipRecruiter, the industry has created at least 300,000 jobs. Though it’s still illegal under federal law in the U.S., 33 states have legalized the sale of medical marijuana and ten of those states have given the okay for recreational use.
Read more: NYT

Microsoft $1 Trillion: Microsoft hit the $1 trillion mark, becoming the third U.S. company to reach that market value milestone. The only other two U.S. companies who have reached a $1 trillion market cap are Apple and Amazon.
Read more: WSJ, The Verge
Amazon’s One-Day Shipping: Amazon reported record profits and announced a plan to deliver packages in just one day to its paid Prime members. There’s no exact timeline yet, but expect one-day shipping to start rolling out “quickly and through the year.”
Read more: Reuters, TechCrunch
Walmart’s IRL:  Walmart is testing out an AI-powered store. The Intelligent Retail Lab – IRL for short – has opened inside a Walmart Neighborhood Market in Levittown, New York. Thousands of cameras hang from the ceiling to check for bad produce, spills and shelves running low. IRL is somewhat similar to the 'Amazon Go' stores, but Walmart’s concept includes a large space and traditional check-out lines.
Read more: TechCrunch, Engadget, AP
CVS SmileShops:  CVS is partnering with SmileDirectClub to open hundreds of SmileShops, which offer so-called 'invisible braces.' The SmileShops will be inside CVS drug stores, similar to its Minute Clinics. Some say this helps bring teeth-straightening services to areas that otherwise lack access to orthodontic care, but the American Association of Orthodontists argues all treatments should be done in person.
Read more: CNBC, USA Today
Avengers: Endgame:  Avengers: Endgame is officially in theaters in North America, and it’s already breaking records. The Marvel film is opening on more screens than any movie ever has in U.S. and Canadian theaters. Soon, all eyes will be on how this opening weekend ends. Can Avengers: Endgame bring in $1 billion worldwide its first weekend?
Read more: AP, Deadline, NBC News