theNewsWorthy: Monday, October 1st, 2018


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NAFTA Deal: The U.S. and Canada finally agreed on a plan to update NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement). The deal means the U.S. gets more access to the Canadian dairy market while also protecting Canada from U.S. auto tariffs. The Trump administration set a midnight deadline to make a deal. More details to come...
Read more: ReutersCNN

FBI Gets Involved: The White House gave the green light for the FBI to look into sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But now there's a new fight. Some reports said President Trump wanted only a few witnesses interviewed, and Democrats made it clear: they want the White House to stay out of it. Trump pushed back, saying the FBI has full discretion and Democrats will never be happy. The investigation is set to last no more than a week. Then, it's up to the Senate to decide the next move. Stay tuned.
Read more: NYTFOX NewsThe Washington PostWSJ

Facebook Hacked:Facebook experienced yet another data breach, maybe its largest yet. It exposed private info of 50 million users, giving hackers access to user names, gender and hometowns. Credit card info and private messages are safe for now, and no one will be able to get into users’ accounts and take over.
Read more:TechCrunch,Reuters,Mashable

Elon Musk Resigns: One tweet has now cost Elon Musk and his company Tesla $20 million each. Musk's claim that he had enough money to make Tesla a private company wasn’t true, and the SEC sued him for misleading investors. Musk will also step down as Tesla’s chairman of the board for three years, but he’ll stay CEO for now.
Read more:CNBC,WSJ,Digital Trends

CA Board Requirement:California is now the first state to require at least one be on corporate boards of directors. The governor signed the bill over the weekend, which says all publicly-traded companies headquartered in California must have a woman on the board by 2020. Supporters say it has to be done to help close the gender pay gap, but others question if it’s even legal.
Read more: LA Times,CNBC

Indonesia Quake:A devastating earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia killed more than 800 people, and the death toll could still go up. It happened Friday night, but rescuers are still trying to reach any survivors in several large coastal towns.
Read more:AP,Reuters,Al Jazeera

Stablecoins:Stablecoin is a new trend in the world of cryptocurrencies. Business Insider calls it “the hottest thing in crypto right now.” It’s a digital currency with values tied to real-world assets, like gold or the dollar. Experts say they’re supposed to be less volatile than Bitcoin. Tether is the most popular kind of Stablecoin.
Read more:Business Insider

Ryder Cup:Europe took home the victory in the 2018 Ryder Cup, a competition in which men’s golf teams from Europe and the U.S. face off every two years.
Read more: CBS Sports,BBC

Serena Williams Video: Tennis star Serena Williams posted a new video to her Instagram account for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which started today. In the video, Williams is holding her bare chest and singing part of the Divinyls song “I Touch Myself.” The video is part of the I Touch Myself Project, which was made to honor Divinyls' frontwoman, Chrissy Amphlett. She died of breast cancer in 2013.
Read more:The Guardian

SNL Season Opener:Saturday Night Live’s season premiere cold open got a lot of attention over the weekend. The skit did not hold back; it featured a parody of last week’s hearing about the Supreme Court nominee. Matt Damon played Brett Kavanaugh. Watch below. Kanye West was also there, and there’s a lot of talk about his political rant after the show.
Read more:NPR/YouTube

Simpsons Turn 30:“The Simpsons” is now in its 30th season, meaning it continues to make its mark as the longest-running scripted comedy.
Read more:NYT,OregonLive

Weekend Box Office:The movie Night School was the biggest hit at the the box office over the weekend, raking in $28 million. Girls Trip star Tiffany Haddish teamed back up with director Malcolm D. Lee and comedian Kevin Hart to make the comedy.
Read more:Variety

Largest Pumpkin: A man from New Hampshire just grew the largest pumpkin ever recorded in North America -- it weighs 2,528 pounds. He took home $6,000 in prize money for it.
Read more:Mashable,TIME



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