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January 11, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • The partial federal government shutdown, now entering its third week, today tied for the record of being the longest shutdown of its kind. Most of the 800,000 federal workers involved will miss a paycheck today. CNN reports that Vice President Mike Pence made it clear Thursday that President Trump will not support a deal to reopen the government before he gets funding for a U.S./Mexico border wall.

  • Kody Sumpter, 26 - ACSO
    • ACSO
    • Kody Sumpter, 26
    A Garden City man is behind bars, accused of beating his roommate with brass knuckles. Garden City Police said the incident happened Thursday afternoon on the 8300 block of Chinden Boulevard. That's where the roommate said 26-year-old Kody Sumpter used a set of brass knuckles during a physical argument. Sumpter was sent to the Ada County lockup and charged with a felony count of aggravated battery. If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

  • The weekend weather outlook for the Treasure Valley calls for unseasonably mild weather, but USA Today reports that a 1,500 mile band of snow is triggering winter storm warnings from Denver to New York City.
  • A new study indicates that the planet's oceans are warming faster than we thought. The new data, published in the journal Science, concludes that ocean temperatures are rising 40 percent faster than calculated by scientists in a 2014 U.N. report.

  • Travel & Leisure magazine says plane tickets to Hawaii are "about to get seriously cheap," thanks to more competition. New service from Southwest Airlines, linking the mainland to Hawaii, is expected to trigger a bit a of a price war.
  • Andy Murray, the former No. 1 men's tennis player in the world and three-time Grand Slam champion, announced today that he would end his tennis career after Wimbledon this summer. Murray is scheduled to play in the Australian Open, which gets underway this weekend.
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    The NFL divisional playoffs are this weekend. On Saturday, Jan. 12, the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Rams will host the Dallas Cowboys. On Sunday, Jan. 13, the Los Angeles Chargers will travel to New England to take on the Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will travel to New Orleans to take on the Saints.

    The Chargers-Patriots will see a bit of history on Sunday, when Sarah Thomas will be the first woman to officiate an NFL playoff game. Yahoo News says Thomas is in her fourth season as an NFL official.

  • It's increasingly looking like no one will be hosting the Oscars this year. Vanity Fair reports that the Motion Picture Academy hasn't said anything about whether there will be a host for the ceremony, which will be held Sunday, Feb. 24. But not to worry: The Academy Awards have been hostless on many occasions, and as recently as 1989.