theNewsWorthy: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019


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Iran Breaches Nuclear Deal: Inspectors have confirmed Iran’s claim that it has more nuclear fuel than allowed in the 2015 agreement. Iran still doesn’t have enough materials to produce a nuclear weapon, but it's a step in that direction.
Read more: CBS News, FOX News, Vox, AP, NYT

Border Patrol's Facebook: An investigation into a secret Facebook group involving Border Patrol agents is underway. The group is said to be full of racist and sexist posts and comments. The Facebook group is called “I’m 10-15,” after the law enforcement code for “aliens in custody.” DHS is now investigating and the head of Border Patrol has condemned the facebook group.
Read more: ProPublica, Axios, The Hill

Trump’s July 4th: President Trump is planning a Fourth of July celebration that he says will be “like no other.” He plans to have U.S. Army tanks from a factory in Ohio and possibly military aircraft overhead. Critics say the use of military hardware will cost taxpayers more money.
Read more: CBS News, The Washington Post, NBC News

Ice Melting & Heat Wave: Floating ice in Antarctica is at a record low. The amount of ice off the southern part of the continent had been increasing and hit a record high in 2014, but a new NASA study shows the annual average of sea ice in Antarctica is now at its lowest mark. Scientists don’t know for sure if it’s natural/temporary or a more permanent problem from global warming. Also of note: a record-breaking heat wave in Alaska. The states capital, Juneau, reached 83°F this weekend, breaking a 110-year record.
Read more (Antarctic Ice): AP, The Guardian
Read more (Alaska Heat): USA Today

Sports Update: A 15-year old tennis player just won against Venus Williams in the teen’s first match ever at Wimbledon. Cori "Coco" Gauff is the youngest player ever to qualify for Wimbledon. Meanwhile, some sad news in baseball: Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs has died. He was found unconscious in a Texas hotel room where the Angels were staying while they played the Texas Rangers. Skaggs was 27.
Read more (Young Player Beats Venus Williams): USA Today, CNBC
Read more (Tyler Skaggs Dies): ESPN

Solar Eclipse: It’s been a couple of years since the last total solar eclipse (when the moon appears to completely block out the sun), but another one is happening today. The eclipse will reach totality over the south Pacific Ocean and over Chile and Argentina. It'll be live-streamed on NASA’s website starting at 3pm Eastern Time.
Read more: CNet, Engadget, Watch Live

Bixby Marketplace: Samsung has created a new app for its AI voice assistant Bixby. The Bixby Marketplace will let users search for “Bixby Capsules,” which are tools that let users access apps with a voice command. It’s similar to what Amazon's Alexa does with so-called 'skills.' The upgrade could mean Samsung will release its Galaxy Home speaker soon. The company will also likely announce the Galaxy Note 10 at its next big event in early August.
Read more: The Verge, Engadget

Warren Buffett Donation: Billionaire Warren Buffett wants to give most of his wealth to charity, and as part of that plan, he decided to donate $3.6 billion worth of shares in his company to five foundations. Buffet is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He plans to eventually give away 85 percent of his shares in the company.
Read more: WSJ, CNBC