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- President Trumps's ex-confidante and private lawyer Michael Cohen appeared in a Manhattan courtroom this morning to plead guilty to a new criminal charge, lying to Congress. The New York Times reports that in exchange for pleading guilty and continuing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, Cohen hopes to receive a lighter prison sentence. The Times says today's surprise development "comes at a particularly perilous time for Trump, whose presidency has been threatened by Cohen's statements to investigators."
Breaking News: Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, is expected to plead guilty to a new charge being filed by the special counsel, Robert Mueller https://t.co/qrFBTnasB2— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 29, 2018
- CBS News reports that electric scooters, which are all the rage in a number of U.S. cities, including Boise, are landing a lot of riders in emergency rooms. Trauma centers in Austin, Denver, San Diego and San Francisco are all reporting an uptick in injuries from scooter accidents.
- NPR has a disturbing report on how the number of American children who don't have health insurance is on the rise. A Georgetown University analysis found that the share of uninsured kids rose to 5 percent in 2017.
- The state of Kansas is recalling 731 license plates after some complained the plates contain an ethnic slur. Time magazine says the license plates contain the capital letters "JAP," an ethnic slur offensive to Japanese Americans.
- The holiday season kicked into overdrive in midtown Manhattan last night as celebrities helped to throw the switch on 50,000 lights on a 72-foot-tall Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. USA Today says the NBC broadcast had a few hits and misses. For instance, pop legend Tony Bennett and jazz signer Diana Krall repeatedly "trampled" on each other's singing. Plus, Howie Mandel's attempts at comedy landed flat, and to top things off, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed by the crowd.
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- Food & Wine magazine reports nearly 25 percent of U.K. pubs have closed their doors in the past decade. But don't get too alarmed: Britain still has 38,815 pubs.
- Burger King franchisees in Wisconsin have unveiled what they call the "Green Bay Whopper." It includes eight slices of cheese. That's twice the number of the wins that the Green Bay Packers have racked up this season.
Love cheese? Burger King's new Whopper has 8 towering slices of it https://t.co/bF4I58U4mU— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 27, 2018