theNewsWorthy: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018
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Saudi Situation: The Trump administration plans to take away U.S. visas from any Saudi officials involved in the death of Jamal Khashoggi (the reporter killed inside the Saudi consulate), and President Trump called it the "worst cover-up" in history. Turkey's president was even stronger, saying it was "premeditated murder." Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince got a standing ovation at an investors conference there.
Read more: NYT, AP, WSJ
Hurricane Willa: Hurricane Willa made landfall in Mexico as a Category 3 and has caused damage and power outages. It's expected to get weaker as it moves into Texas, bringing rain and thunderstorms to the South this week. Here's the other thing forecasters are watching: it could move to the East Coast and be the season's first major nor'easter by the weekend. Stay tuned...
Read more: CBS News, Washington Post, CNN
World's Longest Sea Bridge: It crosses the sea for 34 miles to connect mainland China with the territories of Hong Kong and Macau, and it's now officially open. The bridge took $20 billion and nine years to build.
Read more: BBC (see pics)
Food Recall: Heads up: there's a recall of 4 million pounds of ready-to-eat and pre-made food sold at grocery stores, like Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and Walmart. It's all because of the vegetables from the same food supplier. There are concerns about listeria and salmonella.
Read more: USA Today, USDA
Organic Food Study: New research found people who ate organic food most often had 25 percent fewer cancers overall than those who never ate organic. The French study was paid for entirely by public and government funding. But other experts still emphasize it's most important just to eat more fruits and vegetables (organic or not).
Read more: NYT
Facebook's New Tool: Facebook is now offering what it calls the "Ad Archive Report." It makes it easy to see who is spending how much on political facebook ads. Since May, more than $250 million have been spent on the platform just for political and political issues ads.
Read more: Reuters, WIRED, Facebook’s “Ad Archive Report”
New MoviePass: The parent company of MoviePass says it plans to move its movie assets to a new, public company, trying to separate the main company. Remember: MoviePass has faced a lot of financial problems.
Read more: The Verge, NBC News
Starbucks Signing Store: Starbucks has officially opened its doors to the first U.S.-based "signing" store. In other words, it's a Starbucks operated using American Sign Language. It's in Washington, D.C. near Gallaudet University, where courses are tailored to deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
Read more: USA Today
Jackpot Winner: This time, there's at least one winner! Early results show a winning Mega Millions ticket was sold in South Carolina. Now, we're waiting on other states to fully report (expect more details today). Tickets with all five numbers + the Mega ball will split the largest jackpot in lottery history.
Read more: ABC News, NPR
World Champ of Tetris: Speaking of winners, a 16 year old just became the world champ of the video game, Tetris. Watch the end of the tournament...
Read more: Business Insider (video)