January 5, 2018: What to Know 

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  • More than 4,000 flights were grounded Thursday and hundreds have been canceled this morning as a major winter storm brutalizes the eastern United States. Forecasters say subzero wind chill is expected across the Northeast, and The New York Times reports it could feel like 20 degrees below zero tonight and Saturday. The forecast for the summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, is minus-95 degrees.
  • The U.S. economy added 148,000 jobs to national payrolls in December 2017, but the jobless rate held at 4.1 percent. The Washington Post reports the retail sector lost 20,000 jobs in December, but manufacturing saw strong gains.

  • An investigation has been launched into a Thursday night officer-involved shooting in Boise, the second officer-involved shooting in less than a week. Boise Police made a traffic stop at Main and 27th streets around 7:45 p.m., and a male suspect sitting in the back of the vehicle displayed a firearm. According to a BPD press release, "Due to the immediate danger presented by the suspect, two Boise Police officers were forced to fire their weapons." The male suspect, still unidentified, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ada County Critical Incident Task Force has taken over the investigation.

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    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a warning of an outbreak of E. coli, which is responsible for at least 17 illnesses and the death of one person between Nov. 15 and Dec. 8, 2017. CNN reports the exact source of the infection is unknown, but the CDC is investigating leafy greens and romaine lettuce. The illnesses were widespread, affecting people from Washington to New York. CNN reports Canada was also been struck with an E. coli outbreak in November and December last year.
  • Taping of Jeopardy has been halted while host Alex Trebek takes a break following brain surgery. NBC News reports the 77-year-old Trebek took a bad fall two months ago that triggered subdural hematoma, or blood clots on his brain. Trebek spent the holidays recuperating at home and on Jan. 4, sent a video message to his fans.

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