theNewsWorthy: Wednesday, September 19th, 2018
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Call to Investigate: Another change of plans. The woman accusing the current Supreme Court nominee of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers is calling for an FBI investigation before she testifies on national TV. The original confirmation vote was delayed for both parties to testify on Monday. Now, it's not clear what will happen.
Read more: NYT, CBS News, FOX News
Trade War: China will retaliate again. Now that President Trump announced a new round of tariffs on Chinese imports, China says it's forced to put tariffs on U.S. goods. Trump is threatening even more tariffs after that. So it continues...
Read more: NBC News, WSJ
Refugee Cap: The Trump administration wants to cut the number of refugees allowed into the U.S. to a record low of 30,000, but officials have to talk to Congress about it first. Supporters say it's necessary to deal with a backlog of asylum claims. Critics say it goes against America's moral code.
Read more: BBC, Reuters
Tesla Troubles: Electric carmaker Tesla may be facing two federal investigations now. Bloomberg reports the Justice Department is looking into CEO Elon Musk's tweet about taking the company private and wondering if it was fraudulent. Tesla says nope - and that it handed over documents voluntarily.
Read more: Bloomberg, AP
Google in Cars: Get ready for Google built into your car. Google is partnering with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance to put Google's Android operating system embedded in their cars, starting in 2021. Think: Google Maps and Google's voice assistant.
Read more: WSJ, CNN
Amazon AI: Amazon wants to be a bigger part of your everyday life. It's planning to release at least eight new voice-controlled devices by the end of the year. Not just smart speakers, either. There's word of a microwave.
Read more: CNBC
Kayak AR App + iOS12: The travel app, Kayak, is using augmented reality to help you measure the size of your carry-on bag and quickly compare it with your airline's required dimensions - all with your smartphone. It works with Apple's newest software update, iOS12, which also comes with an AR measuring app, called Measure.
Read more: TechCrunch, Gizmodo
Bert & Ernie: Lots of debate this week about whether the iconic duo, Bert & Ernie, are gay. A former writer told one media outlet that he always thought of them as 'a loving couple' and pulled from his own experiences with a longterm partner. Sesame Workshop said the two are just best friends, and muppets don't have a sexual orientation at all.
Read more: New York Post, Queerty, TIME
Best Places to Live: The annual list is here and Frisco, Texas was named the best place to live for economic growth, affordability and quality of life. See the top 50...
Read more: MONEY
Yom Kippur: Today is considered the most important Jewish holiday. It's Yom Kippur -- the "Day of Atonement."
Read more: TIME
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