theNewsWorthy: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018


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Wildfires Latest: Search teams in Northern California are still searching for remains because people are still missing after the deadly wildfire in the area of Paradise, California. The death toll went up again, too. A total of at least 50 people in the state died in the recent fires. In Southern California, some evacuation orders were lifted, but firefighters say they're not out of the woods yet.
Read more: AP, CBS News

White House Shakeup?: More uncertainty surrounding the White House staff after First Lady Melania Trump called for the Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel to be fired. They reportedly had disagreements during a recent trip, but details aren't clear. That's in addition to the reports that President Trump is considering letting go the Homeland Security Secretary and possibly Chief of Staff John Kelly. So far, no official word from the White House, so stay tuned.
Read more: Reuters, WSJ, ABC News

CNN Sues Trump: CNN is suing President Trump and several of his aides, and the first hearing for the case is today. The lawsuit says CNN reporter Jim Acosta's First and Fifth Amendment rights were violated when the administration took away his White House press pass. The White House says his behavior during that heated exchange with President Trump last week was disruptive.
Read more: CNN, The Washington Post, FOX News

Hate Crime Stats: New FBI data shows a 17 percent increase in hate crimes in the U.S. between 2016 and 2017. The Justice Department said reducing violent crime is a "top priority." 
Read more: ABC News, BBC, FBI

Facebook + France: Facebook is teaming up with France to fight hate speech online. Facebook plans to open its doors to a team of French regulators for six months so the team can study Facebook's approach to the problem. Then, the team will make recommendations for regulations. Facebook said it wants to be involved in crafting smart regulations.
Read more: The Washington Post

JUUL Changes: E-cigarette maker JUUL is saying so long to some of its social media. The company also plans to stop selling its popular flavored products in retail, at least for now. Why the changes? JUUL is likely trying to get ahead of government regulation expected soon. The FDA has been investigating the industry's marketing practices because e-cigs are so popular among teens.
Read more: CNN, Business Insider

Amazon HQ2 Details: Amazon confirmed its 'second headquarters' will be split between two East Coast spots (New York's Long Island City and Crystal City area of Virginia, which will now be called 'National Landing'). Amazon also said Nashville will get a smaller operations center. Amazon will get more than $2 billion in government incentives tied to the number of jobs. Supporters like the jobs and economic possibilities, but critics said the incentive money should be spent elsewhere.
Read more: WSJ, CNET, NBC News

NFL Change of Plans: Change of plans for what some are calling the NFL's game of the season. The game between the LA Rams and KC Chiefs next week will no longer be in Mexico City, as scheduled, due to concerns about the field conditions there. Instead, it's now happening in Los Angeles.
Read more: CBS Sports

Driverless Uber?: Waymo (owned by Google's parent company) is reportedly launching a driverless competitor to Uber and Lyft as soon as next month. It'll start small with authorized users in Phoenix, and then expand from there. Stay tuned for the name of the new company... 
Read more: Bloomberg, WSJ

Game of Thrones 2019: A new video teaser is here... but, there's not actually any new video footage. It's sort-of a recap of the past seven seasons plus an announcement: the final season is coming in APRIL 2019.
Read more: Mashable, BuzzFeed