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Jan. 3, 2018: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Using language usually heard on a playground, President Donald Trump tweeted  Tuesday night that his "nuclear button" was "much bigger" and "more powerful" than that of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. For the record, there is no such button, let alone a trigger on Trump's desk. The New York Times reported "the president's tone also generated a mix of scorn and alarm among lawmakers, diplomats and national security experts who called it juvenile and frightening for a president handling a foreign policy challenge with world-wrecking consequences."
  • Idaho State Police report a passenger was killed early this morning in a one-car crash on Interstate 84 near Caldwell. Ilija Matunovic, 20, of Moab, Utah, was driving a 2004 Chevy Tahoe eastbound when it went through the median, rolled and landed on the westbound lanes. Matunovic and front-seat passenger Daniel S. Vijil, 42, of Blanding, Utah, who were both wearing seatbelts, were taken to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. A rear-seat passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, "was ejected from the vehicle and succumbed to injuries at the scene. Next of kin has not yet been identified." The crash is under investigation.
  • While mist from Niagara Falls drapes the tourist town in a brilliant white frosting, a "bomb cyclone" of dangerous winter weather is blasting the East Coast, with warnings from Florida to New England. USA Today reports the storm system could produce blizzards and hurricane-like winds across eastern New England and bring up to two feet of snow in parts of Maine. Further south, winter storm warnings have been issued in Savannah, Georgia; Hilton Head and Charleston, South Carolina; Wilmington and the Outer Banks of North Carolina; and Tallahassee, Florida—the warnings in  Florida are the first in almost four years.
  • In what is already the most depressing story of 2018, Food and Wine magazine reports "scientists expect chocolate to go extinct by 2050." Climate change is being blamed for the decimation of cacao crops in West Africa, where most of the chocolate in the world originates—but take heart: Food and Wine also reports researchers at University of California, Berkeley are working to genetically modify cacao plants that can survive global warming.

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