January 10, 2019: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
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  • The southern Texas plains town of McAllen is home to about 140,000 residents, and thousands more stream into the town each day as it's a huge shopping destination for Mexican residents. But today, McAllen is in the eye of a political firestorm as President Trump arrives to once again insist that he get at least $5 billion to extend a wall across the U.S.-Mexico border. The New York Times reports that Trump is also threatening to declare a national emergency in order to use money allocated for the U.S. military to build a wall. The Times' Charlie Savage writes, "It would be an extraordinary violation of constitutional norms, and establish a precedent for presidents who fail to win approval for funding a policy goal."

  • click to enlarge Jennifer Hays, 35, has been charged by Boise Police. - ACSO
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    • Jennifer Hays, 35, has been charged by Boise Police.
    A Meridian woman is behind bars, charged with stealing  packages from porches on the Boise Bench. Boise Police said their investigation dates back to the week before Christmas when someone reported an inordinate number of empty delivery boxes being discarded outside a Boise business.  After investigators obtained security video of the people dumping the empty boxes, police narrowed their search. And on Wednesday, 35-year-old Jennifer Hays was arrested following a traffic stop near Ten Mile and McMillan roads. At first, a police dog alerted law enforcement to the probable presence of drug paraphernalia in the car. Police soon thereafter found two bolt cutters and other evidence that police said linked Hays to the burglaries. She's at the Ada County Jail, charged with burglary, grand theft, possession of a controlled substance and other misdemeanor charges.
  • The early economic analysis on the recent Christmas shopping season is starting to come in, and it's a mixed bag. CNBC reports that shares of Macy's stock "cratered" Tuesday when the chain reported weak holiday sales, leading the retailer to cut its earnings outlook for the year. Meanwhile, Target said its 2018 holiday sales rose 5.7 percent, compared to a growth of 3.4 percent in 2017.

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    The Australian Open, the year's first grand slam event on the men's and women's tennis tours, gets underway this coming weekend, and Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep have been selected as the top seeds. Rafael Nadal is seeded No. 2 in the men's draw, followed by Roger Federer.  On the women's side, Angelique Kerber is seeded No. 2, followed by Caroline Wozniacki. Serena Williams returns as the No. 16-seeded player after missing last year's tournament.

  • Bernice Sandler has died. Many people might not know her name, but Vanity Fair says Sandler was revered as the "godmother of Title IX," the sweeping civil rights law of 1972. Perhaps more than any other man or woman, Sandler had a profound impact on the world of athletics in the modern era. She died Jan. 5 at the age of 90.
  • Advance ticket sales have already begun for the much-anticipated Captain Marvel, and The Hollywood Reporter says early sales for the superhero movie are flying through the roof. The film opens Friday, March 8.
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