December 11, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Time revealed its Person of the Year this morning: For 2018, the magazine chose killed or imprisoned journalists. In a series of covers, Time spotlighted Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post columnist who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey; the four journalists and the sales associate from Maryland's Capital Gazette who were gunned down in a mass shooting; Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo of Reuters who were sentenced to prison for reporting on the military's mass killings in Myanmar; and Maria Ressa, a former CNN bureau chief who was jailed for reporting critically on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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    • Have you seen Kathrine?
    Boise Police need the public's help to find a woman who has been missing for more than a week. The 39-year-old, named Kathrine, is described as 5' 3" tall, with blonde hair and blue eyes. She went missing on Dec. 4 and her family said it's unusual for her not to be in contact with them for this long. She also didn't have a vehicle. Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 208-343-COPS.

  • The New York Times reports that an invitation to the Utah Department of Corrections' annual holiday potluck dinner accidentally went out to all 22,000 government employees in Utah. The screw-up has been dubbed "Reply All-pocalypse" and "Potluckgate." 

  • The Los Angeles Times reports that as many as 7,500 hotel workers in the Los Angeles area are threatening to strike on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Members of their union have voted 96 percent in favor of striking.

  • Voyager 2 has achieved an interstellar milestone. says after an 11 billion-mile trip, the spacecraft has become the second machine to cross a boundary that divides our solar system from the rest of the galaxy.

  • The Mouse House just keeps getting bigger. Variety reports that Disney has topped $7 billion at the global box office this year, and that's before Walt Disney's much-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns opens next week.

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    The City of Rochester, New York, has a rather unusual Christmas tree on display this year. Food & Wine magazine reports that Genesee Brewing Company has stacked 520 empty beer kegs into the shape of an evergreen and lit up the three-story "tree" with more than 30,000 colored lights.

  • It's the height of cookie season, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are warning that eating raw cookie dough is a no-no. NBC News reports that every year Salmonella kills 450 people in the U.S. and makes 1.2 million Americans sick. Even egg-free cookie dough isn't safe if it contains raw flour, the CDC notes. Uncooked flour can carry E. coli, and an outbreak of E. coli traced to raw flour made 63 people sick in 2016.
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