July 16, 2018: What to Know 

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  • President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin shook hands in public and quickly headed behind closed doors for one-on-one talks in Helsinki, Finland early today. The New York Times reports that the talks cap a week-long trip to Europe for Trump, who made a tumultuous appearance at a NATO summit and ripped Prime Minister Theresa May during a visit to Britain. On Sunday, Trump called the European Union a "foe" of the U.S.

  • A Finnish craft brewery has launched what it calls a "problem-solving" beer in time for the Russia-U.S. Summit. The U.K.'s Sky News-TV says that RPS Brewing has a label on the bottle that reads, "Let's Settle This Like Adults." The brewery put out 10,000 bottles and sold out instantly, but they also sent samples to the U.S. and Russian embassies in Helsinki.
  • Firefighters are hoping to contain a wildfire near Lucky Peak by 9 p.m. this evening. The blaze has burned more than 250 acres and temporarily closed a portion of Idaho Highway 21 late Sunday. Traffic is now being led through the area by a pilot car. No evacuation orders were issued.

  • Meanwhile, about 100 firefighters continue to battle the Lodgepole Fire, which has grown outside of the town of Crouch. The blaze actually began as a prescribed fire in late April, but has unexpectedly swelled to more than 1,600 acres. That fire is about 25 percent contained.
  • A good many French citizens are probably nursing massive hangovers this morning following that nation's win in the World Cup on Sunday. France beat Croatia 4-2. It's France's second World Cup title in history.

  • The New York Times says that soccer participation among American kids is dropping in "alarming numbers." Over the past three years, the percentage of 6- to 12-year-olds playing soccer regularly dropped nearly 14 percent.
  • Hotel Transylvania 3 scared up the most success at the North American box office this weekend, bringing in $44 million. Variety reports that superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had a rare miss with Skyscraper, washing up with a "paltry" $25 million.

  • BBC teased out a glimpse of the new Doctor Who, actress Jodie Whittaker, in a brief trailer for Season 11 that the network conveniently dropped into Sunday's broadcast of the World Cup. Take a look:
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