Newsworthy – Dec 7th, 2018

Pediatricians weigh in on the best toys for tots, Drake is the most-streamed artist of 2018, the Trump administration proposes changes to the USPS, and the Pentagon carries out flight over Ukraine.

Here are the top newsworthy items from this past week as shared on our Facebook page.

  • Pediatricians say the best toys for tots are old-fashioned hands-on playthings that young children can enjoy with parents — things like blocks, puzzles — even throwaway cardboard boxes — that spark imagination and creativity.

From AP

  • Drake is the most-streamed artist of 2018 on both Spotify and Apple Music. Spotify announced that the rapper earned 8.2 billion streams in 2018. He also has the year’s most-streamed album and song with ‘Scorpion’ and ‘God’s Plan.’ Drake is also Spotify’s most-streamed artist of all-time.

From AP

  • USA Gymnastics, the governing body for American gymnastics filed for bankruptcy, a dramatic step for the embattled organization.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • Wisconsin’s Republican-led legislature passed bills that would strip away some powers of the incoming Democratic governor and curb early voting.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • A Trump administration review of the U.S. Postal Service proposes sweeping changes in its operations. The changes could raise prices for Amazon and other major businesses. The report was requested last April by President Trump, and was compiled by an administration task force headed by the Treasury Department.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • For decades, opposition to drilling left Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge off limits. Now the Trump administration is making way for oil exploration.

From The New York Times

  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to open a new vehicle factory in Detroit. It would be the first new U.S. assembly plant to be built by a major domestic car maker in at least a decade. The auto maker plans to make a sport-utility vehicle at the new factory as part of its effort to expand the Jeep brand.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • Elon Musk’s SpaceX carried out its 19th rocket launch of the year, a company record, and projects several more launches by the end of 2018.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • The Pentagon carried out a rare flight over Ukraine under the international Open Skies Treaty to reaffirm the U.S.’s commitment to the country amid Russia-Ukraine tensions.

From The Wall Street Journal

  • China plans to replace millions of gasoline-fueled taxis, buses and trucks with electric models as it aims to lead the global shift to battery-powered transportation.

From The Wall Street Journal

 

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