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January 2, 2019: What to Know


  • Bingo Barnes
  • Mitt Romney, one-time Republican nominee for president and the incoming senator from Utah, wrote a blistering op-ed in The Washington Post, saying President Trump "has not risen to the mantle of the office." This morning, Trump responded on Twitter, writing, "I won big, and he didn't."
  • Meanwhile, Trump invited congressional leaders of both parties to the White House today for a briefing on border security. It's Democratic leaders' first visit to the White House since Dec. 11, when the president said he would be "proud to shut down the government for border security."
  • Protests erupted in southern India this morning when two young women defied a centuries-old ban by entering a temple. NPR reports that women of menstruating age have been banned from the Sabarimala temple in the Indian state of Kerala. No woman under the age of 50 had entered the temple until today.

  • St. Alphonsus maternity nurse Baylee Swift's daughter was born in the early hours of New Year's Day. - SAINT ALPOHONSUS
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    • St. Alphonsus maternity nurse Baylee Swift's daughter was born in the early hours of New Year's Day.
    A pregnant maternity nurse working the late shift on New Year's Eve at St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise wasn't due to deliver for another 10 days, but she went into labor and gave birth to a 6-pound, 9-ounce girl named Oaklee at 4:14 a.m. on New Year's Day. At St. Alphonsus Medical Center In Nampa, 6-pound, 2-ounce Adelynn was born to mother Bianca Ramirez at 12:11 a.m. on New Year's Day, and St. Luke's Boise Medical Center welcomed its first baby of 2019 at 12:53 a.m. on Tuesday: 7-pound, 4-ounce Harper, born to mother Sandra Bear.

  • NASA is beginning to receive images from the New Horizons spacecraft which, after a journey of more than 4 billion miles, has approached an icy world nicknamed Ultima Thule. NPR says it's the most distant object visited by human technology.
  • Executives at Cathay Pacific, Asia's biggest international carrier, are trying to determine what misstep caused their online sales system to accidentally sell a $16,000 seat for $675.

  • And speaking of price tags, The New York Times reports that a six-pack of beer now costs at least $26 in Qatar, where a new alcohol tax went into effect New Year's Day.