theNewsWorthy: Friday, September 7th, 2018


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All the news stories mentioned in today's episode are listed with links below, so you can spend as much -- or as little -- time as you want perusing the latest happenings...


Supreme Court Nominee: It's the last day of scheduled confirmation hearings for the SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. He already faced two 13-hour days of questioning and testimony. Read more: NBC NewsWSJNYTFOX News

North Korea Spy: An alleged North Korean spy is now charged with hacking into U.S. companies, including that big Sony hack from 2014. Court docs say the North Korean government was involved, too.
Read more: USA TodayBBCNYT

Earthquake in Japan: Japan has dealt with both a typhoon and now an earthquake (which triggered landslides) this week. Each natural disaster killed several people. Rescuers are looking for survivors.
Read more: CNNAP

Historic Day in India: The celebrations filled the streets. The Supreme Court in India just got rid of the 160-year-old law banning gay relations. The court even said any discrimination based on sexuality is illegal now.
Read more: The GuardianNYT

Burt Reynolds Death: Actor Burt Reynolds has died. He was the charisimatic star in films like Smokey and the Bandit. He was 82.
Read more: THRLA Times

U.S. Open Finals: It's a big weekend for the U.S. Open! Serena Williams is one win away from a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title. The men's singles final is on Sunday. Will Rafael Nadal make it?
Read more: TV ScheduleNYTESPN

Hotel Safety: Employees at more than 18,000 U.S. hotels will get 'panic buttons' by 2020.It's a big plan involving big chains, like Marriott and Hilton, to make sure employees are safe when alone with guests.
Read more: AP

Uber Safety: Uber wants you to feel safe. It'll be launching new safety features in the next few months, including "Ride Check." It uses motion-sensor data on the driver's phone to notice if your Uber crashes or unexpectedly stops. It'll then ask the driver and rider if everyone is OK.
Read more: Recode

Lyft Scooter-Share: Lyft is rolling out its new electric scooter option in its app. The program starts with a one-year trial in Denver, Colorado. It's $1 to unlock a scooter and 15 cents a minute after that. Up next? Santa Monica, California. 
Read more: Digital TrendsThe Verge

Twitter Ban: It's official. Twitter permanently suspended conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from its platform and said Jones posted a video violating the terms of service. Other big tech companies also removed his content.
Read more: TwitterBusiness Insider

Oscars Ditches 'Popular Film': The Academy Awards won't reward a 'popular film' category, after all. Critics worried it was just for ratings and not about quality of work, so the Motion Picture Academy changed its mind, at least for now.
Read more: LA Times

New Words: There are now 840 new words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, including 'hangry,' 'instagramming' and 'guac.' 
Read more: CBS NewsMerriam-Webster



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