Jan. 24, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • The New York Times reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has set his sights on President Donald Trump and wants to interview the president, specifically over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. This comes in the wake of current U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions being grilled by the special counsel. Sessions is the first member of Trump's cabinet to be officially interviewed for the probe into Russian election meddling.
  • The Eagle Police Department is investigating an incident where the coach of a local youth soccer program has received a letter filled with racial slurs. The letter also reads, "You don't speak English, get out of our country." KTVB reports that Jeremy Tarkon, a coach in the Juniors Futbol Club,  discovered the letter on his car windshield on January 21, warning, "Quit now before the whole state hates you. Be careful." The chief of the Eagle Police Department told KTVB that his officers are investigating the incident as possible malicious harassment.
  • The Associated Press reports that an Idaho Senate panel spent more than an hour debating before ultimately agreeing to send a proposed measure which would make immunization waivers easier to a full committee hearing. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dan Foreman (R-Moscow), would allow parents to sign a simple letter rather than use a state form to opt their children out of vaccinations. The AP reports that the bill is supported by Health Freedom Idaho, an anti-vaccination activist group.
  • USA Today reports that Toys R Us is announcing the closure of more than 180 stores—none in Idaho—as part of its bankruptcy reorganization. The chain is expected to shrink its fleet of stores by about 20 percent. Going-out-of-business sales are scheduled to begin in February.
  • Party City has pulled a television advertisement that called people who like their snacks gluten-free "gross." Vice reports that the commercial included two actresses questioning why anyone would bring a gluten-free snack to a party. "Do we even know people who are like that?" asks one woman. "Oh, gross, yeah," says another actress. Vice reports that Party City has since apologized and pulled the ad.
click to enlarge Dave Franco (left) co-stars in The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco (right). - A24 FILMS
  • A24 Films
  • Dave Franco (left) co-stars in The Disaster Artist, directed by and starring James Franco (right).
  • E News reports that James Franco is "relieved" that he wasn't nominated for an Oscar. Franco's name was not among those announced Tuesday when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences unveiled its 2018 Oscar nods. Allegations of inappropriate and exploitative sexual behavior have recently surfaced against Franco, but his attorney denies the accusations.

    "James is disappointed in not getting an Oscar nomination [for The Disaster Artist], but also very understanding and somewhat relieved," a source told E News. "He doesn't want it to look like the snub is correlated with the allegations against him."

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