theNewsWorthy: Friday, December 14th, 2018


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Trump Investigations: Manhattan-based federal prosecutors are launching an investigation to determine whether President Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee spent donation money illegally. We don’t know yet whether money was exchanged for political favors, access or influence, but the White House Press Secretary says it has nothing to do with the President or First Lady. Trump is also pushing back against his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, saying that he never asked Cohen to break the law.
Read more: WSJ, NBC News, FOX News, AP

Secret Agent 'Guilty': Maria Butina, the first Russian convicted for attempting to interfere in the 2016 election, agreed to cooperate with investigators in exchange for a reduced prison sentence. She admits to gaining access to American gun-rights groups and high-ranking conservative officials in order to help Russia.
Read more: The Washington Post, Bloomberg

Terror Suspect Dead:  The gunman in the shooting at the Christmas market in Strasbourg, France died in a shootout with police. He killed at least three people and injured more than a dozen others earlier this week.
Read more: AP, CNN

School Shooting Stopped:  A school shooting near Indianapolis was prevented thanks to someone who called in a tip to police. Officers arrived as the armed teenager made his way into the middle school. After a shootout between police and the teen, the teen took his own life. No one else was hurt. 
Read more: NBC News, IndyStar

Space Plane Success:  Virgin Galactic's new space plane, Spaceship Two, successfully completed its trip to the edge of space.  The space plane launched over California’s Mojave desert and reached a max speed of 2.9 times the speed of sound. British billionaire Sir Richard Branson hopes to go to space himself as early as next year and hopes the public will follow soon after – for the low, low price of $200,000 a ticket.
Read more: CNBC,
Apple Is Hiring:  Apple will be hiring thousands of engineers, executives and creatives over the next five years, especially in Austin, Texas. Apple plans to spend $1 billion on a new campus there. New offices and new jobs are also coming to Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California.
Read more: WSJ, CNBC, TechCrunch
Robinhood Bank Account:  Robinhood is offering checking and savings accounts with a 3 percent interest rate, ATM access, 24/7 text support and no overdraft or monthly fees. What’s the catch? They don’t have physical branches.
Read more: TechCrunch
Google Maps + Lime:  E-scooter company Lime and Google have partnered up. Soon you’ll be able to use Google Maps to find available Lime scooters, pedal bikes and e-bikes. The program will launch in at least 13 cities around the world.
Read more: CNET, NBC News
Starbucks Free Coffee:  Starbucks is giving customers free coffee for a month. U. S. customers who buy the 16-ounce stainless steel brewed refill tumbler for $40 will get one free brewed coffee or hot tea each day in January.
Read more: PopSugar

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:  The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 inductees have been announced. The list includes Janet Jackson, Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks.
Read more: CBS News, NY Post