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Calls for Impeachment: A growing list of House Democrats are interested in starting the impeachment process against President Trump. They're frustrated that requests and subpoenas have been ignored, and they say the president and his administration are weakening the power of Congress. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said it’s not time just yet, but she's holding a meeting this morning to discuss strategy as she faces growing pressure. Btw, former White House counsel Don McGhan refused to testify yesterday, while House Democrats have also issued subpoenas to McGhan’s former chief of staff and former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.
Read more: CNN, AP, NBC News, WSJ VOX, NYT, AP
Plastic Research: Pollution from plastic might be worse than researchers previously thought, according to a new study. Researchers counted 414 million pieces of plastic trash littering two tiny Australian islands. Some of it was on the shore, but most of it was buried in the sand. About a quarter of the trash was single-use plastics. Researchers believe more than five trillion plastic items are floating in the ocean, more than the number of stars in the Milky Way.
Read more: NBC News, Yahoo! News
McDonald’s “Time’s Up”: McDonald’s is facing dozens of complaints of gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation against those who speak up. The ACLU and Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund are helping out. McDonald’s says the company has more clearly defined its policies, trained franchise owners, and will be setting up a complaint hotline, but workers are still planning a nationwide strike tomorrow. The employees are also calling for a $15 minimum wage and other union rights.
Read more: Reuters, Vox
NBA & NHL Finals: The Golden State Warriors are heading to the NBA Finals for the fifth year in a row. The Warriors will play the Toronto Raptors or Milwaukee Bucks starting on May 30th. As for the NHL Finals, we now know it's the Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Read more (NBA): Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports
Read more (NHL): NHL, CBS Sports
Comcast Home Sensor: Comcast is working on a new device that keeps tabs on your health. It’s a motion sensor for your home that watches for things like how often you go to the bathroom and how many hours of sleep you’re getting. It would also be able to make emergency calls, which may be ideal for older people or people with health issues. Critics say Comcast is not exactly known for great customer service.
Read more: CNBC, Engadget
USPS Self-Driving Trucks: The U.S. Postal Service is testing out self-driving trucks. The pilot program in Phoenix and Dallas will use the self-driving vehicles to deliver some mail, but an engineer and driver will still be inside in case anything goes wrong. The USPS wants to see how the technology could help with delivery times and costs.
Read more: Reuters, USA Today
New Chevy Feature: Chevy is introducing a new feature to get teen drivers to buckle up. When Teen Driver mode is enabled, the buckle to drive feature will prevent shifting into gear unless the driver’s seatbelt is on. Teen drivers will also be warned to buckle up with alerts and chimes. The feature will be available in all 2020 versions of the Chevy Colorado, Malibu and Traverse.
Read more: The Verge, CNET
Urban Outfitters Rentals: Urban Outfitters is launching a new monthly rental service called Nuuly. Shoppers will be able to borrow up to six items for about $90 per month. Once the month is over, they can buy the items or trade them in.
Read more: WSJ, BusinessInsider
'New Coke' Comeback: New Coke is making a comeback thanks to the Netflix show Stranger Things. Coca-Cola introduced the New Coke recipe in 1985, but people hated it and Coke brought back the old recipe. Now, New Coke makes an appearance in the next season of the popular series, so the companies are teaming up to promote both brands. For a limited time, you’ll be able to get throwback cans from Stranger Things vending machines or as a gift when you buy certain glass bottles online. Stranger Things season three starts in July.
Read more: USA Today, Variety