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- More than 4,000 flights were grounded Thursday and hundreds have been canceled this morning as a major winter storm brutalizes the eastern United States. Forecasters say subzero wind chill is expected across the Northeast, and The New York Times reports it could feel like 20 degrees below zero tonight and Saturday. The forecast for the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, is minus-95 degrees.
Icy water, pushed by a high tide, has flooded parts of Boston. Latest storm updates: https://t.co/48dYpzg7dF— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 4, 2018
- The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs to national payrolls in December 2017, but the jobless rate held at 4.1 percent. The Washington Post reports the retail sector lost 20,000 jobs in December, but manufacturing saw strong gains.
- An investigation has been launched into a Thursday night officer-involved shooting in Boise, the second officer-involved shooting in less than a week. Boise Police made a traffic stop at Main and 27th streets around 7:45 p.m., and a male suspect sitting in the back of the vehicle displayed a firearm. According to a BPD press release, "Due to the immediate danger presented by the suspect, two Boise Police officers were forced to fire their weapons." The male suspect, still unidentified, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force has taken over the investigation.
- Taping of Jeopardy has been halted while host Alex Trebek takes a break following brain surgery. NBC News reports the 77-year-old Trebek took a bad fall two months ago that triggered subdural hematoma, or blood clots on his brain. Trebek spent the holidays recuperating at home and on Jan. 4, sent a video message to his fans.