December 17, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • With just a week until Christmas Eve, NBC News reports that powerful storms on the East and West coasts are making holiday traveling more treacherous. Tweeting in all caps this past weekend, the National Weather Service issued a warning in Northern California: "STAY WELL BACK FROM THE OCEAN OR RISK CERTAIN DEATH." Meanwhile, on the East coast, Washington, D.C. has shattered rainfall records.

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    AAA says 567,000 Idahoans are expected to travel over the Christmas and New Year holiday stretch. That's a 4 percent increase over last year. The overwhelming majority will be traveling by automobile. Approximately 34,000 Idahoans will be boarding planes this holiday. Since early November, Idaho gas prices have fallen nearly 33 cents.
  • A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll found 62 percent of Americans surveyed think President Trump isn't telling the truth about Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Merriam-Webster has chosen "justice" as its 2018 word of the year. Searches for "justice" throughout the year, when compared with 2017, were up 74 percent.

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    The Boise State University women's basketball team will be bringing home the top trophy from this past weekend's 2018 Husky Classic in Seattle. After making their way through the bracket, the Lady Broncos beat the University of Washington on Sunday, 73-69. It's the second tournament title in less than a month for the women's basketball team, which won the Beach Classic In Long Beach, California, at the end of November.

  • The animated Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse ruled the North American box office this past weekend, earning more than $35 million. Variety says Clint Eastwood's new film, The Mule, snagged the No. 2 spot with $17 million.

  • Downton Abbey fans have received an early Christmas present: a teaser trailer for the big-screen feature film based on the wildly successful public television series. The film is expected to be released next September. Take a look:
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