December 13, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • A New York Times investigation has found that the Trump administration's plan to allow cars to emit more pollution was covertly supported by the country's biggest oil refiner: Marathon Petroleum Corporation. The Times reports that the Trump administration's main argument for a shift in standards clashes with decades of federal energy and environmental policy. Marathon's chief executive said in a statement that his company supported "sound fuel economy standards."
  • A threat of violence has caused two Mountain Home School District schools to shut down for the day. KTVB-TV said officials received an emailed threat that indicated a "potential act of violence" at Bennett Mountain High School would occur sometime today. Because the two schools share the same campus, Hacker Middle School has also been closed for the day.

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    • NASA
    NASA's Parker Solar Probe has snapped its first images from inside the sun's atmosphere. the probe sped through the corona, the ultra-hot cosmic oven of atmosphere that surrounds the sun, and snapped this amazing photo.

  • Apple announced this morning that it will add thousands of jobs across the U.S. and has plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas. In addition to the new jobs in Austin, Apple said it would increase its payrolls in Seattle, San Diego and Culver City, California.

  • A literal meltdown turned a German road into a highway of chocolate earlier this week. The BBC reports that a tanker spilled the chocolate, which quickly solidified. Firefighters had to use blowtorches and hot water to melt the chocolate again before shoveling the sticky mess away.
  • The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its Class of 2019: Stevie Nicks, Janet Jackson, Radiohead, The Cure, Def Leppard, Roxy Music and The Zombies. They'll be inducted into the Hall in March.

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