theNewsWorthy: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018
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"National Emergency": That's what President Trump is calling a group of 7,000+ Central American migrants making the trek to try and reach the U.S. border. They're reportedly trying to escape poverty and violence in countries like Guatemala. Trump says he's ready to send troops to the border to stop them. Others say Trump has made all kinds of false and misleading claims about the migrant caravan for political reasons.
Read more: AP, NYT, Time, FOX News, USA Today
Midterm Elections: Election Day is just two weeks away now! A WSJ/NBC News survey found voters are more interested in this election than past midterms. There are lots of live debates happening this week, and early voting has already begun...
Read more: NYT,WSJ,TIME,CBS News,Ballotpedia(early voting start dates)
Hurricane Willa: There's another strong hurricane, and this one is heading toward the Pacific Coast of Mexico. It's expected to make landfall tonight or early tomorrow. South Texas could also see some heavy rain from it later this week.
Read more:CNN,CBS News
Teen Smoking: New data shows there's an uptick in high school teen smoking rates for the first time in two decades. Some wonder if e-cigarettes are pushing teens to smoke the more dangerous, conventional cigarettes as well.
E-Scooter Lawsuit: There's a class action lawsuit against the e-scooter industry, specifically naming two of the companies: Bird and Lime. The suit says the companies were "negligent" for "dropping" e-scooters on sidewalks without warnings or safety instructions, and it's led to injuries. The companies say there's no evidence they're more dangerous than bikes, and safety is important to them. Plus, Lime is apparently planning to open a physical storefront...
Read more: Lawsuit LA Times,The Washington Post/ Storefront TechCrunch
Test Tunnel: Elon Musk said his Boring Company's underground tunnel will be complete December 10th, and the public can ride free the next day. For now, it's a two-mile test track, but it's goal is to take passengers and carsunderthe LA traffic on self-driving platforms.
Read more:The Verge,CNN
World Series: Game one starts tonight! It's the LA Dodgers vs Boston Red Sox, and it'll be the first time since 1916 that those two teams have played each other in the World Series. You can expect to hear the two star pitchers' names a lot: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) and Chris Sale (Red Sox).
Read more: CBS Sports,AP,MLB
Movie Theaters Record: It's expected to be a record year for U.S. movie theaters, with an estimated $12 billion at the box office. That's up 10 percent from last year.
New Pinocchioon Netflix: Netflix gave the green light to Oscar-winning director, Guillermo del Toro, to write, direct and produce a stop motion musical version ofPinocchio. Production starts this fall.
Read more: Variety,THR
Amy Schumer Pregnant: She made the announcement on Instagram by putting her and her husband's faces on the bodies of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (who are also expecting). Schumer also encouraged followers to vote with her online announcement.
Read more: CNN,Instagram
Mega Million$:Quick reminder: the drawing for the largest jackpot in U.S. lottery history ($1.6 billion) happens tonight. Good luck!