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August 7, 2018: What to Know

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BINGO BARNES
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  • The trial of President Trump's former campaign aide Paul Manafort saw its most explosive testimony to date yesterday. Rick Gates, a former partner of Manafort's, testified that he and Manafort were involved in criminal activity, including fraud, when they did business together in Ukraine. The New York Times says that the Manafort case is the first test of whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller can win a courtroom conviction while his investigation into the Trump 2016 presidential campaign continues.

  • Meanwhile, Trump has a different type of problem on the west coast. NBC News reports that the West Hollywood City Council voted last night to encourage the removal of Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In passing the resolution, the council cited Trump's "attacks on minorities, immigrants and other groups."

  • An influx of more than 70 cats has landed at the Idaho Humane Society. IHS is still waiting for a court ruling to determine if it can take full custody of the cats following a case of what prosecutors say was animal cruelty in a Boise home. IHS officials said the shelter was already crowded, so they brought in some additional holding units for the extra animals. In the meantime, officials are anxiously await word on if, and when, they can start adoptions of the recently rescued felines. In the meantime, shelter works say they're in need of cat/kitten food and monetary donations.

  • There is yet another study urging parents to drastically cut the amount of time children spend in front of screens. CBS News says the new research is from the American Heart Association, which recommends that the maximum amount of time kids and teens spend in front of screens be limited to two hours per days. For children ages 2 to 5, the AHA recommends no more than one hour per day with phones, computers, tablets or video games.

  • For the first time in 50 years, a new tick species has arrived in the U.S. Science magazine says that in Asia, the tick has carried a virus that kills 15 percent of its victims.

  • The Boston Red Sox are red-hot this summer. And now, the team is on pace to win anywhere from 113 to 149 games this season. The current record-holder is the Seattle Mariners, which won 116 games back in 2001.

  • Entertainment Weekly says Robert Redford's next film, The Old Man & the Gun, will be his last, at least as an actor. The film premieres at next month's Toronto International Film Festival and will be released on Friday, Sept. 28. Redford says he may still continue directing films.