theNewsWorthy: Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019


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Watchdog Report: An independent government watchdog found detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border have “serious overcrowding” and released photos documenting the issue. Inspectors say there’s an immediate risk to the health and safety of both agents and officers as well as the migrant families detained. Two House committees have called for hearings on Capitol Hill next week to discuss the conditions.
Read more: CBS News, FOX News, NYT

Ruling on Asylum Seekers: A federal judge in Seattle blocked the Trump administration’s plan to keep asylum seekers locked up while they wait out legal cases, which can take six months or more. The judge says asylum seekers are entitled to a hearing where they can at least ask a judge to be released on bond. The Trump administration has called this “catch and release,” and claimed people take advantage of the system. The Justice Department is expected to appeal.
Read more: AP

Census Question: The 2020 census will not include a question about citizenship after all. The printing process has started, despite Trump's talk of possibly trying to delay it. It marks the end of a controversial debate. Remember: President Trump wanted to add the question, but the U.S. Supreme Court stopped it, saying there’s not a good reason to make the change.
Read more: CNBC, ABC News, Vox

Lawsuit for Tax Returns: House Democrats are taking the Trump administration to court over President Trump’s taxes. A House committee is suing both the Treasury Department and IRS. The departments have denied multiple requests and a subpoena to hand over Trump’s tax returns.
Read more: NPR, AP, NYT

Salute to America: Trump is planning a massive celebration in Washington D.C. for Independence Day tomorrow. The National Park Service plans to use $2.5 million to help pay for the “Salute to America” celebration, which will include military tanks, military aircraft flyovers and an extended fireworks show. The president is also expected to give a speech. Critics say it’s a waste of money, but President Trump says it’s about paying tribute to the military.
Read more: Washington Post, CBS News

World Cup: The U.S. Women’s soccer team is moving on to the World Cup final after beating England yesterday. The U.S. Women’s team is now the first team to reach three Women’s World Cup finals in a row. The U.S. will play either Sweden or the Netherlands, depending on who wins today. The final is on Sunday.
Read more: CBS Sports, ESPN

Anheuser-Busch InBev IPO: The world’s largest beer maker is going public in what could be the world’s largest initial public offering this year. Anheuser-Busch InBev is set to debut on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange later this month. The company is looking to raise $9.8 billion.
Read more: CNBC, CNN, WSJ

Loon Balloons: Google spinoff company Loon just got the okay to start its first commercial trial in Kenya. Loon wants to provide internet service to under-served areas by using a high-altitude balloon with a solar powered cellular network. The company will partner with a Kenyan internet carrier to offer 4G service. Companies like SpaceX are developing something similar but with satellites.
Read more: TechCrunch, CNET, Reuters

Regal Cinemas Unlimited: Regal Cinemas is launching a movie-ticket subscription program called “Regal Unlimited.” There will be three plans to choose from, ranging from $18 to $24 per month. This will help Regal compete with similar services from companies like MoviePass and AMC. The new service is expected to roll out later this month.
Read more: Business Insider, Deadline

Instagram Story Sticker: There’s a new feature on Instagram for group chat. You can add a sticker to an Instagram story that says, "Join Chat," and lets people request access to a group direct message.
Read more: The Verge

Independence Day: Happy Fourth of July! Tomorrow is a federal holiday, so many people will be off work and school to celebrate. Government offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered. The holiday celebrates America’s independence. Congress voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776, and two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence.
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