theNewsWorthy: Wednesday, November 28th, 2018


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Military Hospital False Alarm: There was a major mistake at Walter Reed Medical Center near Washington, D.C. yesterday. Many people, including patients and police, believed there was an active shooter when it was really just a false alarm. The U.S. Navy later said someone was preparing for an upcoming drill and accidentally sent out a mass notification without the word "DRILL." 
Read more: NBC NewsFOX News

U.S. Soldiers Killed: Three American service members died because of a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. It's the worst loss of life for U.S. troops in the country this year.
Read more: NYTAP

Fewer Illegal Immigrants: Illegal immigration to the U.S. is down. A study by Pew Research Center found the number of undocumented immigrants has steadily declined for a decade. The most recent data was in 2016. Other data shows the trend has likely continued the last two years. The research also found there are fewer Mexican migrants and more from Central America.
Read more: Pew Research CenterWSJNYTAP

Mississippi's Senator: Voters chose Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith for the U.S. Senate in yesterday's high-profile runoff election in Mississippi. The runoff happened because neither candidate had more than 50% of the votes on Election Day. 
Read more: The HillNYT

Money to Trauma Survivors: Christine Blasey Ford says she'll be donating money left in the crowdfunding campaign set up for her to organizations supporting trauma survivors. She first used some of the money for a security detail after receiving threats. Remember: Blasey Ford is the woman who testified that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the 80s. Kavanaugh denied the claim and is now a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
Read more: TimeThe Washington Post

Microsoft vs. Apple: Microsoft briefly became the world's most valuable public company when it overtook Apple yesterday. The last time that happened was in 2010. But -- Apple is now back on top.
Read more: CNN BusinessWSJBloomberg

Facebook Under Fire: Lawmakers from nine different countries grilled an executive from Facebook yesterday, although they were hoping to have CEO Mark Zuckerberg there. Zuckerberg refused to show, so they left an empty chair for him. It's part of a British committee's investigation into misinformation.  
Read more: NYTThe Guardian

Bird Platform: You could own your own e-scooter business with the help of the existing scooter company, Bird. Bird wants to sell scooters to entrepreneurs and small businesses, then provide access to chargers and mechanics in exchange for a 20% cut of the cost of each ride. It's called Bird Platform.
Read more: TechCrunch

SpongeBob SquarePants: The creator, Stephen Hillenburg, died this week. He first drew 'sea sponges' and stories as a teaching tool while he was a marine biology teacher. That became inspiration for SpongeBob SquarePants -- a series, movies and a Broadway musical.
Read more: CBS NewsVariety

Netflix New Series: Netflix will create a new animated series based on the books of author Roald Dahl, who created iconic characters like Willy Wonka.
Read more: VarietyTHR