Jan. 8, 2017: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • While President Donald Trump is still fuming over bestseller Fire and Fury, a real fire was spotted this morning at Trump Tower in New York City. ABC News reports 70 firefighters responded to the blaze at Fifth Avenue and 57th Street in midtown Manhattan. Firefighters had to cope with below-freezing weather and a steady billow of steam and smoke atop the 58-story tower. Trump's son Eric tweeted about a "small electrical fire in a cooling tower" on the roof of the building. At least one firefighter suffered minor injuries after being hit by debris.


  • Meanwhile, former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has begun distancing himself from remarks attributed to him in Fire and Fury, by journalist Michael Wolff. Bannon is now saying Trump's oldest son Donald Jr. is a "patriot and a good man." Bannon was quoted in the book, accusing Donald Trump Jr. of "treason" for meeting with Russian operatives.
  • While much of the northern and eastern portions of the U.S. continue to dig out of record snowfalls, the Treasure Valley has seen little of the white stuff. Officials at Bogus Basin announced Jan. 7 that the ski resort will be closed through Thursday, Jan. 11, due to the lack of snow. Officials hope to reopen the resort Friday, Jan. 12.

  • click to enlarge KELSEY HAWES
    • Kelsey Hawes
    Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter will deliver his 12th and final State the of State speech this afternoon, kicking off the 2018 edition of the Idaho Legislature. Who knows how long the session might last, but since every seat in the House and Senate is up for grabs in the election this year, it's a fair bet lawmakers intent on holding onto their offices will aim to wrap things up early and start campaigning.


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    Dunkin' Donuts wants to get back to basics, which means more doughnuts and less of everything else. The company has begun a trial run in New England and New York state of cutting some of its sandwiches and other "slower moving" items, such as bagels and smoothies, from its menu. USA Today reports that 90 percent of Dunkin' Donuts items will remain on the menu, but that's primarily doughnuts and coffee. As a side note, Dunkin' Donuts will removed artificial dyes from its doughnuts by the end of 2018.

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