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December 3, 2018: What to Know

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  • The body of George H.W. Bush will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., beginning this afternoon, and a state funeral will be held at the National Cathedral this Wednesday, Dec. 5. Bush will be laid to rest later this week on the grounds of his presidential library at Texas A&M University. The New York Times reports that Congress had been planning to work this week to avert a partial government shutdown. Lawmakers are now considering a one- or two-week spending bill to set aside negotiations until after Bush's funeral.
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    A robust snowfall turned to slush overnight which turned to ice this morning, making it rough sledding for the Monday morning Treasure Valley commute. The I-184 Connector was shut down due to slick conditions late Sunday night but reopened Monday morning and Idaho State Police reported several crashes and slide-offs between Nampa and Mountain Home on I-84. There's not much more snow in the Treasure Valley forecast for the next few days, but the Boise office of the National Weather Service is predicting freezing fog and colder temperatures with Treasure Valley overnight lows in the teens.
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  • Famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is denying allegations of sexual misconduct from three women. NBC News reports that broadcasters of Tyson's show Cosmos said they would investigate the claims.

  • Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, began at sundown on Sunday. Jews around the world celebrate the eight-day festival, not as a "high holy day" such as Yom Kippur or Rosh Hashanah, but a joyful celebration of games, traditional foods, lots of music and, of course, the lighting of the menorah.

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    The college football playoffs are set. Semifinals on Saturday, Dec. 29, will see Clemson take on Notre Dame and Alabama face off against Oklahoma. Boise State, which lost the Mountain West Championship to Fresno State on Dec. 1, is heading to the Servpro First Responders Bowl in Dallas on Wednesday, Dec. 26, when the team will take on Boston College. The game will be televised on ESPN. This marks the 17th straight season that the Broncos have played in a bowl game.

  • The prestigious Kennedy Center Honors were held last night in Washington, D.C. with star-studded tributes to singers Cher and Reba McEntire, musician Wayne Shorter, composer Philip Glass and the creative team of Hamilton. Host Gloria Estefan remembered the late George H.W. Bush, who never missed a Kennedy Center Honor event when he was in office. "He was a gentle, kind man who my family and I will never forget," said Estefan. This year's celebration will be televised by CBS on Wednesday, Dec. 26.

  • The female cast members of Saturday Night Live have put their own twist on the holiday classic, "All I Want for Christmas is You." But what they really want is the release of Robert Mueller's reports on President Trump and his alleged collusion with Russia.