theNewsWorthy: Friday, November 30th, 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...

G20 Summit: Leaders of the world's largest economies are coming together for the Group of 20 (G20) Summit today and tomorrow in Argentina. President Trump is there and plans to have dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping. There's some serious tension between the U.S. and China over trade. We'll see if they can compromise. President Trump already canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last night and blamed Russia's treatment of Ukraine.
Read more: The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, WSJ, Reuters

Cohen's 'Confession': A surprise guilty plea from President Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Cohen said in federal court that he lied to Congress. He now says he continued negotiating a Trump Tower project with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump pushed back, saying it's perfectly legal and Cohen will say anything to reduce a possible prison sentence.
Read more: NBC News, AP, FOX News, NYT

CA Flooding: First the fires. Then the heavy rain. Parts of California that recently dealt with the devastating wildfires are now dealing with flash flooding and mudslides. When the fire burns the brush, there's not much left to hold the dirt, so mudslides become a problem. Some areas were evacuated, but authorities still made some water rescues.
Read more: AP, NBC News

Overdoses Record: This is the kind of record-breaking number we don't like to see. New government stats show more than 70,000 Americans died of drug overdose in 2017, setting a new record. 
Read more: CDC, NYT, U.S. News

Cancer Drug: But some good medical news for you... The FDA approved a new cancer drug to fight cancer in a unique way. Larotrectinib fights the cancer gene instead of just the location of the cancer in the body. In some situations, it's shown to be a more effective treatment. 
Read more: NBC News, USA Today

Moon Missions: NASA has nine U.S. companies working on lunar landers in order to compete for $2.6 billion in contracts over the next 10 years. It's all to prepare for and then send astronauts to the moon again (and eventually to Mars).
Read more:, AP, TechCrunch

Military AR Headsets: Microsoft won a military contract to provide augmented reality headsets to U.S. soldiers. They'll likely be used for combat missions for the first time, as well as training. They'll apparently have everything from night vision to hearing protection to the ability to monitor vital signs. 
Read more: Bloomberg, TechCrunch, MIT Tech Review

Airbnb's 'Backyard': Airbnb says it doesn't just want to provide housing, it now also wants to design and build houses. The new initiative is called Backyard, and test units are set to go public as soon as next year.
Read more: Fast Company

DJ Khaled Charged: The SEC charged two celebrities for promoting initial cryptocurrency coin offerings (ICO) without revealing they were paid to promote them. Music producer DJ Khaled and boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. already settled and will be returning the payments plus penalties.   
Read more: CNN, The Verge

Steph Curry's Kicks: NBA star Steph Curry responded quickly to a 9-year-old fan who wrote him a letter and explained she was disappointed Curry's latest shoes were not available in girls sizes online.  He fixed the issue, said he's sending her free shoes and invited her to Oakland for a special trip. 
Read more: CBS News, Mashable, Instagram