theNewsWorthy: Monday, May 20th, 2019


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More Severe Weather: Tornadoes, hail, and destructive winds are expected to hit parts of the U.S. today. The southern plains will be hit the hardest. This is the second round of severe weather. About 40 tornadoes touched down in the plains since Friday, leaving many homes without power and flights delayed.
Read more: AccuWeather, ABC News, The Weather Channel, USA Today

Iran Warning: President Trump sent a strong warning in a tweet that if Iran wants a fight, it'll be the end of the country. Iranian officials say they don't want war, but the threat came after a rocket attack near the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. No one was hurt, but reports say, it's believed to have come from an area with Iran-backed militias.
Read more: BBC, CBS News, AP, Fox News

A Republican First: A Republican member of Congress is talking about impeaching President Trump, and Trump isn’t happy about it. Rep. Justin Amash from Michigan said Trump “engaged in impeachable conduct” after he read the Mueller report. President Trump fired back on Twitter, calling Amash a “total lightweight” and “loser."
Read more: NBC News, CNN, Washington Post, The Hill

Trump Lifts Tariffs: The U.S., Mexico and Canada have mutually agreed to scrap their tariffs on steel and aluminum. This will help ease tensions between the U.S. and its allies, and experts say it's meant to keep Chinese steel from coming over their borders and into the U.S., putting extra pressure on China. President Trump also is also working on a deal with Japan and Europe, so he's decided to delay tariffs on cars and car parts for at least six months.
Read more: AP, NPR, Fortune

Sexual Misconduct Allegations: Self-help guru Tony Robbins has been accused of sexual misconduct. A BuzzFeed News report cited leaked recordings, internal documents and interviews with former fans and staffers in accusations that Robbins made inappropriate sexual advances and would berate survivors of rape. Robbins is pushing back, saying the report is inaccurate and calling the claims ridiculous. Also, a new report from Ohio State University says a team doctor allegedly sexually abused nearly 200 student athletes, and some are now suing the school. Dr. Richard Strauss (who is now dead) is accused of groping young men who played more than a dozen different sports for nearly two decades.
Read more (Tony Robbins): BuzzFeed News, NBC News
Read more (Ohio State): AP, USA Today
Billionaire's Surprise Gift: The entire Morehouse College class of 2019 just got the surprise of a lifetime: a billionaire is paying off about $40 million worth of student loan debt for the graduating seniors. Investor and philanthropist Robert F. Smith will write the check. He gave the commencement speech at the all-male, historically black college in Atlanta this weekend. Morehouse says this is the single largest gift made to the college. Smith expects the students to pay it forward.
Read more: AP, CNN
PGA Championship Winner: Brooks Koepka won the PGA Championship for the second year in a row, making him the first golfer in history to win two different major championships for two years in a row. Though Tiger Woods was a favorite for the PGA after winning the Masters last month, he was cut on Friday when he finished 5-over par.
Read more: CBS Sports, ESPN, YAHOO! Sports
Spotify Smart Assistant: Spotify is about to start testing its first physical device: a smart assistant for cars. The “Car Thing” (really, that's what it's called) is a voice-controlled music and podcast assistant that fits in your car and connects over Bluetooth. Users can say, “Hey, Spotify,” to request whatever they want to hear. Spotify says it’s not focused on making devices, but wants to learn about how people listen to music while they drive. Some premium users may get the device for free.
Read more: Techradar, Engadget, The Verge
RIP Grumpy Cat: Internet sensation Grumpy Cat has passed away. The cat is known for her frown and unamused facial expressions, which went viral and turned into memes. The cat appeared on Broadway, TV shows, and even had her own Lifetime holiday movie. Her real name was Tardar Sauce, and she died at age seven from an infection.
Read more: Washington Post, TIME
GoT Series Finale: Game of Thrones is officially over, and one survey found more than 27 million people expected to skip work, show up late or be less productive at work today because of last night's series finale. By the way, more than a million people have signed that petition demanding the entire last season be re-written.
Read more: Workforce Institute, TechCrunch
Weekend Box Office:  After three weeks on top, Avengers: Endgame is no longer number one at the box office. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, which stars Keanu Reeves and Halle Berry, beat expectations and brought in $57 million in North America alone. Avengers: Endgame was still at number two at the box office for the weekend. It’s now the second-highest grossing movie ever in North America, surpassing Avatar and just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Read more: Variety, USA Today