theNewsWorthy: Wednesday, November 7th, 2018


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Election Results: Democrats took control of the U.S. House while Republicans kept control of the U.S. Senate, which means a split Congress and potential for gridlock. There were several historic wins, including the youngest woman elected to Congress, the first Muslim women and first Native American women elected to Congress and the first openly gay man elected to governor. One high-profile race that's still being called 'too close to call' as of early this morning is for Georgia's governor. The Republican Brian Kemp has a slight lead, but Democrat Stacey Abrams said she won't give up until every vote is counted. Michigan will become the 10th state to legalize marijuana for personal use, even though it's still illegal under federal law. Election Day did have its share of problems, from long lines to severe weather, but voter turnout was still high -- even historic for midterms in some states.
Read more: Results The Hill, FOX News, NYTThe Washington Post NPR, BuzzFeedUSA Today / Problems LA Times, Axios

And a few other stories...

#1 Tourist Destination: Right now, France is the top tourist destination, but a new report says China is on track to take that top spot by 2030. 
Read more: AP

First Foldable Phone: A Chinese tech firm called Royole showed off the world's first folding phone, where the screen actually folds in half. See the video here. Some reviewers aren't thrilled about it, calling it clunky. Meanwhile, some are expecting Samsung to announce its version of a foldable phone as soon as today.
Read more: Tech Insider, The Verge

FCC on Robocalls: The FCC sent a letter to wireless carriers to tell them to crack down on scam robocalls by next year or face government action. The letters urged the companies to come up with a system to detect illegal caller ID spoofing. 
Read more: TechCrunch

7-Eleven Cashier-less: 7-Eleven is just the latest company with plans to test the concept of no cashiers or check-out lines. The store in Dallas will tell customers to scan and pay for items using the company's app. Assuming all goes well, there are plans to expand cashier-less stores in other parts of the country. Remember: there's also Amazon Go stores and Sam's Club just announced it's also testing cashier-less.
Read more: CNET

Holiday Sales Predictions: Holiday sales in the U.S. are expected to hit $1 trillion this year for the first time.
Read more: CNBC

New Animated Entertainment: A Shrek reboot could be coming, although the company in charge says it hopes to keep some of the same voiceover actors. Also, Netflix is investing in a four-year plan for new animated projects.
Read more: Shrek Reboot Variety, CNET // Netflix Animations: Variety, The Verge