Newsworthy – Apr 26th, 2019

Very young children should have limited screen time, higher death rates from multiple causes found in the South, Google has received authorization for drone operations, and social security costs to exceed income in 2020.

These are just a few of the newsworthy stories from this past week.


  • The World Health Organization said that infants shouldn’t be exposed to electronic screens and that children between ages 2 and 4 shouldn’t have more than one hour of screen time a day.

    From The New York Times
  • The death rates from pretty much every major cause — heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, suicide, sepsis, guns, infant mortality — remain highest in the South, according to updated federal data. This reflects the South’s longstanding poverty, fewer health care resources and longstanding barriers to care.

    From Axios
  • A family of four earning $117,400 a year is considered low-income in San Francisco, where the median sale price of a two-bedroom is $1.3 million. Yet every night, the city of 885,000 also has about 4,400 people sleeping unsheltered, in alleys and doorways and tucked away in Golden Gate Park.

    From AP

Business & Economics

  • Google parent Alphabet’s Wing Aviation unit has received the first U.S. authorization to operate a fleet of drones for consumer-goods deliveries.

    From The Wall Street Journal
  • Amazon, which hooked shoppers on getting just about anything delivered in two days, announced that it will soon promise one-day delivery for its U.S. Prime members on most items.

    From AP


  • Social-Security’s costs are expected to exceed its income in 2020 for the first time since 1982, forcing it to dip into its trust fund to cover benefits.

    From The Wall Street Journal
  • The Florida Senate passed a bill with a provision allowing teachers to carry guns in schools.

    From The Wall Street Journal


  • Sri Lankan officials believe an Islamist militant group was behind the Easter morning attacks on churches and luxury hotels that killed at least 290 people and injured 500 others, the country’s health minister said.

    The coordinated attacks on tourists and Sri Lanka’s minority Christian community took place across the country. They included blasts at three churches where worshipers from the country’s Catholic population were attending services.

    From WSJ
  • Ukraine entered uncharted political waters after a comedian with no political experience and few detailed policies had dramatically up-ended the status quo and won the country’s presidential election.

    From Reuters

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