theNewsWorthy: Tuesday, November 6th, 2018


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Election Day: Early voting already shows some record enthusiasm for this year's midterms. Control of Congress is at stake. Experts have predicted Democrats may take control of the U.S. House with a narrow majority while Republicans keep control of the Senate, but let's be honest, no one's sure. Anything can happen. Your vote matters.
Read more: The Washington PostCNNUSA TodayMashableAPFOX NewsNYTTechCrunch,ForbesNBC News
Voting Resources: Rock The VoteVote.orgVote411Ballotpedia

Trump Campaign Ad: Some TV networks and a social media platform stopped running a controversial political ad, paid for by the Trump campaign. The commercial tries to link a Mexican immigrant who murdered sheriff's deputies in 2014 with the Central American migrants heading to the U.S. NBC, FOX and Facebook stopped running the commercial after initially allowing it. CNN always refused and called it "racist." President Trump said he doesn't know much about it, but "a lot of things are offensive..."
Read more: Deadline,CNN

Utah Mayor's Message:A Utah mayor who deployed to Afghanistan with the National Guard has been killed. His remains return to the U.S. today, and his community is calling him a hero. He was killed by an Afghan security force member in an "insider attack." Maj. Brent Taylor's final Facebook post encouraged everyone to vote and said he hopes "whether the Republicans or the Democrats win, that we all remember that we have far more as Americans that unites us than divides us."
Read more: ABC News,TIME,The Washington Post,Facebook

Record Retirement Savings: New numbers from Fidelity show retirement savings are at a record high. The average 401(k) balance is at a record $106,500 at the end of the third quarter.
Read more: CNBC

Amazon HQ2 Update + Free Shipping: A report now says Amazon plans to split its second headquarters across two cities, and an announcement about which two cities is expected soon. Also, Amazon announced free shipping for everyone (not just Prime members) for the holidays. Other stores, like Target, are also offering free shipping for the holiday season. 
Read more:WSJ,MarketWatch

Facebook Pop-Up Stores: Facebook is getting into retail for the holidays. It just announced pop-up shops in some Macy's stores. It'll feature 100 brands that are "most-loved" on Facebook and Instagram. It's not clear if Facebook's recently released hardware, like the smart display Portal, will also be featured in the shops.
Read more: The Verge

Secret Customer Score: More companies are apparently using what's known as your 'Customer Lifetime Value' or CLV. It's a number to reflect how much money a customer makes a company, and therefore, how well the customer service should be (i.e. how long you'll wait on hold or what a credit card company will offer when you ask to cancel). 
Read more: WSJ

Spice Girls Reunion: It's official. The Spice Girls - minus Victoria Beckham - plan to go on tour in 2019. Tickets go on sale this Saturday.
Read more:The Guardian,Twitter,Variety

People's 'Sexiest Man Alive':Peoplejust named actor Idris Elba as the 2018 Sexiest Man Alive...
Read more:People