Jan. 17, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • In a stunning turn of events, North Korean athletes will march alongside South Koreans at next month's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. NPR reports that the athletes will march under a unification flag. The two nations are also expected to form a unified women's ice hockey team. North and South Korean delegates have been meeting this past week at a so-called "peace house" in the border village of Panmunjom, not far from the demilitarized zone, to discuss relations.
  • White House physician Dr. Ronny Jackson said Tuesday that aside from President Donald Trump being a few pounds overweight, the president was in "excellent" health. Jackson added that the 70-year-old Trump also asked for a cognitive test to try and quell questions about his mental abilities. The New York Times reports that the physician said the president received a perfect score on the test, which screened for neurological impairment.
  • Washington State University football player Tyler Hilinski, the same man who led WSU to a victory over Boise State last September, was found dead in his Pullman, Washington apartment Tuesday.  KTVB reports that the Pullman police are investigating but there are no signs of a crime.

  • ABC News reports that a growing number of actors have begun distancing themselves from Woody Allen. Timothee Chalamet, star of Call Me By Your Name and co-star in Allen's next film, A Rainy Day in New York, now says he'll donate his salary from the Woody Allen film to charities fighting sexual harassment. The announcement comes in the wake of heightened unease over the allegations of sexual misconduct that have shadowed Allen for decades.

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  • A new study out of China indicates that people who drink tea are more creative. Food & Wine magazine reports that the study, dubbed "Food Quality and Preference," analyzed a test group of students in their twenties. Ultimately, researchers concluded that drinking tea before engaging in a task that demands creativity boosts cognitive ability. They also concluded that tea includes two ingredients that benefit the brain: caffeine and theanine.

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