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Jan. 31, 2018: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. He wasted no time with self-congratulations, hailing his administration's "extraordinary success" in economic growth, job creation and more. The reaction from Washington, D.C. pundits was all over the board, ranging from "amazing" to "gloomy" to " to "way too long." New York Times top television critics wrote, "Someone switched the usual president with decaf," adding that Trump had "sanded down the edges, at least for a night."
  • Meanwhile, Jimmy Kimmel hosted Stephanie Clifford on his late night comedy show. Clifford is best known as the porn actress Stormy Daniels, who was reportedly paid hush money from would-be president Trump just before the 2016 election. Daniels wouldn't deny or confirm that she'd had an affair with Trump. Kimmel asked, "Have you ever made love to someone whose name rhymes with Lonald Lump?" Clifford answered, "I'll call you whatever you want me to call you, baby."
  • Boise Police Department
  • Boise Police seized 43 pounds of marijuana at a downtown bus station on Tuesday. BDP found the marijuana stashed in the cargo area of the bus. During their investigation, police found more luggage containing even more marijuana. Richard Berry, age 51, of Brooklyn, New York was charged with a felony count of drug trafficking in marijuana. Police said he was attempting to travel cross-country with the massive amount of pot.
  • Boise firefighters extinguished an early morning fire at a commercial laundry facility today. The fire broke out on the 5200 block of N. Sawyer Avenue in Garden City at 5:30 a.m. Four engines and two ladder trucks responded. Two firefighters suffered injuries, one to the back and another to an ankle. The cause of the fire was listed as accidental.

  • Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention abruptly resigned early today. The move comes one day after Politico reported Fitzgerald traded tobacco stock while leading anti-smoking efforts as the head of the top American public health agency.
  • The McDonald's empire is about to get a lot larger. Investor's Business Daily reports that McDonald's will invest nearly $6 billion over the next few years to add more restaurants and update its existing franchises. The company plans to bring touchscreen self-ordering kiosks and table service to more than 4,000 locations, and will continue to expand its delivery service via its mobile app.

  • United Airlines drew the line on support animals earlier this week when it denied a New York woman from boarding a plane with her pet peacock, which the woman insisted she needed for support. The woman, performance artist Ventiko, said she bought an extra ticket for her peacock to sit next to her on the flight from Newark, New Jersey to Los Angeles. But United said the colorful bird didn't meet their guidelines for support animals based on size, weight, health and safety. ABC News reports that airline officials had to explain the decision to the woman three times before she arrived at the airport, but she still showed at Newark Liberty International Airport with her bird. Ventiko took to Instagram to say that the peacock's "human friends" will be driving him cross-country.