theNewsWorthy: Wednesday, June 5th, 2019


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Tariffs Battle: President Trump is facing pushback from his own party. Top Republican senators say they might block his plan to put tariffs on goods from Mexico. Trump wants Mexico’s help to stop illegal immigration, and he’s putting pressure on the country with a five percent penalty on all goods entering the U.S. Also, the Fed says it’s monitoring what happens with these rising trade tensions and indicated it could cut interest rates as a way to boost the economy, if needed.
Read more: Washington Post, CNBC, WSJ

Deputy Arrested for Inaction: A sheriff’s deputy who was at the Parkland school shooting was arrested and is facing criminal charges. Scot Peterson is accused of child neglect, negligence and perjury for his "lack of response" to the school shooting that killed 17 people in February 2018. He was the school resource officer on site. His lawyer says the charges aren't based in fact, and they're just an attempt to blame someone else other than the shooter.
Read more: Reuters, CNN, NYT

Virginia Gun Control?: Virginia's governor is demanding more action for gun control after the shooting in Virginia Beach. Governor Ralph Northam wants to meet with state lawmakers for a special session this summer to talk about it, but he may have a tough time. The majority of state lawmakers there are more gun-friendly Republicans who say they don’t want to change the rules for those who follow the law.
Read more: AP, Washington Post, NPR

Restricted Cuba Travel: Traveling to Cuba just got tougher because new restrictions from the Trump administration take effect today. It means even previously allowed educational trips as well as cruises are now banned.
Read more: ABC News, NYT, Washington Post

19th Amendment Anniversary: This week marked 100 years since Congress passed the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing women the right to vote. It took decades of effort and activism to make it happen. Congress passed the 19th Amendment in 1919, and it went into effect the following year.
Read more: CBS News, VOA

Sephora Inclusion Training: Sephora will briefly close all of its U.S. stores this morning for inclusion workshops for employees. It’s in response to singer ‘SZA’ tweeting a month ago that she was racially profiled at a California store.
Read more: PeopleFast Company
CVS HealthHubs: CVS Health is planning to offer even more in-store health services. The company wants to add 1,500 “HealthHubs” by the end of 2021. HealthHubs are remodeled CVS stores that will offer services like blood work and health screenings, dietitians and respiratory specialists, and even rooms for yoga. Three HealthHubs are already open and more are expected by the end of the year.
Read more: CNBC, Reuters
Cat Declawing in NY: New York may become the first state to ban cat declawing. Lawmakers approved a bill to ban the procedure, and now it’s heading to the governor's desk. If signed into law, the bill would make declawing illegal unless it had to be done for a medical reason like infection or injury. Declawing is already illegal in several cities, but this will be the first U.S. state to ban it.
Read more: US News, AP
IKEA Robotic Furniture: IKEA is launching a new robotic furniture system called Rognan. It’s basically a storage unit that can convert into a bed, desk and closet, and it’s all controlled by a touchpad. Designed for people living in small spaces, it transforms furniture to be what you need at the time. Rognan will be available in Hong Kong and Japan next year but is expected to expand from there.
Read more: The Verge, TechCrunch
Bird Cruiser: E-scooter sharing company Bird is thinking about adding another electric vehicle to its fleet. It’s testing the Bird Cruiser, a crossover between a bicycle and a moped. It has a bench-style seat and can hold up to two people. It will be available in a few test cities this summer.
Read more: Engadget, Gizmodo
Spotify Stations: Spotify is testing out a new app called Spotify Stations. It's like Pandora because users can pick from a list of playlists or “stations,” instead of searching for a specific artist or album. Spotify has already been experimenting with the app in Australia, and now it’s in the U.S.
Read more: Engadget, The Verge