theNewsWorthy: Monday, July 16th, 2018


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Today President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin sit down for their first ever formal one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland.
The Hill reports President Trump arrived yesterday. The two presidents will hold a joint press conference after their meeting today. Reuters reports neither side expects big breakthroughs to come from the meeting but that it’s meant to be the beginning of repairing U.S.-Russia relations.
Critics are not happy with the idea of playing nice with Russia while criticizing America’s closest friends. President Trump told CBS News he considers the European Union "a foe" -- at least when it comes to trade.
Also: this U.S.-Russia summit comes just a few days after the U.S. charged 12 Russian spies. They allegedly interfered with the 2016 presidential election by hacking into democratic networks and election systems.
Read more: The HillReutersCBS NewsFOX NewsAP


France just became the World Cup champion! France beat Croatia in the final yesterday 4-2. It's the second time France has won.
The victory was celebrated throughout France - tens of thousands of people poured into the streets to celebrate there. Last night the Eiffel Tower lit up in the country’s colors and displayed the years 1998 and 2018 to mark France’s two World Cup titles.
By the way: Belgium beat England 2-0 for third place on Saturday.
Read more: ESPNCBS SportsThe SunAP



Tennis champ Serena Williams made it to the Wimbledon final over the weekend but did not walk away with the Wimbledon title. Instead, it was Angelique Kerber from Germany.
Williams has won Wimbledon seven times and was hoping to win again just 10 months after giving birth and dealing with life-threatening complications. In her runner-up interview, she told the crowd she’s disappointed but so happy to get that far and is only getting started. She also said she was playing for all the moms out there (watch the interview here).
On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic won his fourth Wimbledon title. He beat Kevin Anderson.
Read more: BBCTwitter (video)ESPN


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A new video shows a thank you message from the boys rescued from that flooded cave in Thailand. Watch some of the video here.

The boys thank their rescuers and doctors while sitting in their hospital beds. Doctors say they’re all doing well and any minor infections have cleared up. Time reports they’re expected to be able to go home from the hospital later this week.
Also: there’s been some controversy between one of the rescue divers and billionaire Elon Musk.

Musk is now facing some backlash for what he apparently tweeted about the diver. Musk’s twitter account showed a tweet that called the diver a “pedo” - as in pedophile - but the tweet was later deleted. CNN calls the tweet an unfounded claim.
Reports say the tweet came after the diver criticized Elon Musk to the media. The diver called Musk’s attempt to help with the rescue effort a PR stunt that would never work.
Read more: TIME, The GuardianCNN


Dozens of wildfires are burning in the western U.S., and one near Yosemite National Park killed a firefighter. The same fire shut down a key route to the national park.
Cbs news says guests at the Yosemite Cedar Lodge and others had to evacuate over the weekend. Fires are still a problem as the weather stays hot and dry….
Read more: CBS NewsAP


Heads up: McDonald's salads may be making some people sick.

Public health officials say more than 100 people in Illinois and Iowa have gotten sick with Cyclosporiasis, which is an intestinal illness.
McDonald's says it'll stop selling salads at the restaurants in the impacted states and will get rid of all lettuce blends from the suppliers involved, which mostly impacts Midwest states.
Read more: Time Health



It’s not every day a tech company calls for more regulation on tech, but Microsoft is now saying the government needs to do more about facial recognition technology.
Facial recognition is the tech that can unlock your iPhoneX with just a look or what allows facebook to ask if a friend in a picture is someone particular, and it's only getting more advanced.
Microsoft wrote a blog post that lays out concerns and the key questions the company thinks Congress should consider. Microsoft made a point to say there are really great uses for facial recognition (i.e. finding a missing child in a crowd) aaannnddd not-so-great uses (i.e. governments tracking you everywhere you go).
Read more: USA TodayMicrosoft


It’s Amazon Prime Day today starting at Noon PT / 3 p.m. ET and lasting 36 hours.

Expect to learn more details about new deals today, but there are already some available, from Amazon devices, like the Echo Show and various kitchen appliances.

If you’re not an Amazon fan, you can still score some deals. CNBC reports stores like Walmart, Target, eBay and more will be having their own sales today or this week to compete.
Read more: CNETMoney MagazineCNBC


Uber and Venmo are teaming up.

Digital Trends reports the companies hope it’ll help you better divide up the payment for your Uber ride. Venmo noticed more than 6-million Venmo transaction descriptions used the word ‘Uber," so they thought it would be best to get right into the Uber app.
You may notice the new option in your Uber app.
Read more: Digital Trends


There is now only one Blockbuster video store left in the U.S. Literally - just one.
USA Today reports two other Blockbuster video stores in Anchorage, Alaska closed up shop yesterday. Now, the last one is in in Bend, Oregon.

Video-on-demand, like Netflix and HBO, led to Blockbuster’s bankruptcy in 2010.
Read more: NewsweekUSA Today


An animated film took the top spot at the box office over the weekend: "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation
Variety reports it brought int $44 million in North America and features voices from Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Andy Samberg and Kathryn Hahn.
Read more: VarietyForbes


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