theNewsWorthy: Tuesday, November 27th, 2018


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All the news stories mentioned in today's episode are listed with links below, so you can spend as much -- or as little -- time as you want perusing the latest happenings...

Paul Manafort Lied?: Special counsel Robert Mueller is now accusing Trump's former campaign chairman of lying several times, so his plea deal is off. Remember: Manafort was convicted of several bank and tax fraud charges as part of the Russia investigation, but he took a deal to cooperate in exchange for a lighter prison sentence. Now, it seems, that may not happen. Manafort says he never intentionally lied.
Read more: USA Today, WSJ, The Hill

GM Layoffs: General Motors is planning to cut up to 14,000 jobs, stop production in five plants in North America and no longer produce several cars. The company hopes the restructuring will allow it to invest more in newer technologies, such as self-driving cars. President Trump has made it clear he's "not happy." 
Read more: WSJ, USA Today, CNBC

Mississippi Runoff: Today, there's a high-profile runoff election for Mississippi's U.S. Senate seat. President Trump held two rallies yesterday to support Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith, who came under fire earlier this month for saying she'd go to a "public hanging." She called it an expression and later apologized. She's up against Democrat Mike Espy. Both would be historic wins: either the first elected female senator from the state or the first black senator from Mississippi.
Read more: CBS News, The Washington Post, The Hill, Reuters

Winter Storm: A winter storm continues to make travel a bit more difficult this week. The storm is now moving from the Midwest to the Great Lakes and into the Northeast. Already, more than 2,000 flights were canceled the last couple of days, mostly in Chicago and Kansas City.
Read more: CNN, ABC News

Brexit Deal: President Trump says the Brexit deal just approved by EU leaders may mean Britain could no longer trade with the U.S. Prime Minister Theresa May says not true. Britain's "divorce" from the EU is scheduled for March 2019. 
Read more: BBC, The Telegraph

Russia v Ukraine: UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is condemning Russia for attacking three Ukrainian naval vessels. Meanwhile, Ukraine's parliament voted to declare martial law (could increase military power and take away citizens' rights). This is an escalation of an ongoing, undeclared war between the two countries. 
Read more: AP, WSJ

Romaine Lettuce Update: Federal health officials say they've narrowed down the source of an E. coli outbreak to romaine lettuce grown in Northern and Central California. In other words, it's likely OK to eat romaine as long as it was grown somewhere else. Check the label.
Read more: NBC News, CNN

Medical Devices Overhaul: More than 50 media organizations launched a global investigation into the safety of medical devices and found some concerns. Now, the FDA says it wants to overhaul the approval system and make sure its using up-to-date safety standards.
Read more: AP, CBS News, CNBC

Gene-Edited Babies?: A Chinese scientist claims he helped make the world's first genetically edited babies (which is banned in the U.S.), but other experts are calling for caution. They want the work to stop until there are more requirements and safety standards
Read more: MIT Technology Review, AP, Time

Mars Landing: The Insight probe successfully landed on Mars yesterday! Now, the work begins for the spacecraft to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet. The goal? To learn more about how Mars was formed, which could also shed light on how Earth formed. See a picture sent from Mars here.
Read more:, Wired, Twitter, NASA

Free Coding Classes: Want to to learn to code? Apple is offering some classes for free in the first two weeks of December. The free sessions are called "Hour of Code." 
Read more: TechCrunch

Amazon's Modern Love: An all-star cast has signed on for a new Amazon series based on The New York Time's column about love (and its complications). Think: Tina Fey, Anne Hathaway and Dev Patel, to name a few.
Read more: Deadline

Judge Jerry: Former daytime talk show host Jerry Springer is returning to TV as "Judge Jerry." Coming in fall 2019...
Read more: Variety