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Oct. 31, 2017: What to Know


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  • Peter Baker writes in this morning's New York Times that special prosecutor Robert Mueller's first indictments in the ongoing probe of possible Russian influence into Donald Trump's presidential campaign is "a clear message" to the president. Baker writes the first charges don't implicate President Trump, but "collectively amounted to a political body blow to him." Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, all with links to Trump, were handed indictments Monday. Popadopoulos has already pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. - U.S. ARMY
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  • U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
  • U.S. Army Sergeant and Idaho native Bowe Bergdahl choked back tears Monday as he took the stand in his court martial trial and apologized to fellow soldiers and their families for all they went through after he deserted his outpost in 2009 and was captured by the Taliban. "My words can't take away what people have been through," said Bergdahl. "I am admitting I made a horrible mistake." Bergdahl has already pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. His testimony is a prelude to a sentencing that could be as strict as life in prison.
  • Boise Police are looking for a male suspect who they say robbed a Walgreens pharmacy at the corner of Fairview Avenue and Milwaukee Street early Monday. Witnesses said a man wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black shoes, and something white wrapped across his face stole an undisclosed amount of medication. The suspect took off on foot. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 343-COPS.
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    The Ada County Highway District has decided to close down Harrison Boulevard in Boise between Hill Road and Hays Street from 4:30-10 p.m. this evening. Only pedestrian traffic will be allowed on what has traditionally been the most popular street for Boise trick-or-treating. Lemp Street crossing Harrison Boulevard will be open for very limited traffic, but officers from the Boise Police Department will be assisting with traffic control. Thousands of children and parents are expected to hit the streets this evening to celebrate Halloween, which has been graced by a fabulous forecast of dry, cool weather.
  • An economist has crunched to some numbers to explain how to get the most candy on Halloween. Jay Zagorsky writes in The Conversation that some of his conclusions were obvious: that homes of rich people offered the largest pieces of candy. He also found relatively few of those people were home. Additionally, the distance between the rich people's houses was greater than other neighborhoods. He found middle-class neighborhoods were the best places to trick-or-treat. The distance between homes was not that large and many of the houses were giving out favorites.
  • NBC's Today Show went all-country this morning for its annual Halloween blowout. Matt Lauer dressed up as Dolly Parton, with Dolly actually teaching the Today host some of what she called "hillbilly swag." Savannah Guthrie dressed up as Dolly's partner, Kenny Rogers. Al Roker was Willie Nelson, Hoda Kotb dressed as Blake Shelton (who was a musical guest on this morning's show), Megyn Kelly was Shania Twain (who was also there in person), Carson Daly was Billy Ray Cyrus and Kathie Lee Gifford topped things off as Miley Cyrus.

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