July 24, 2018: What to Know 

  • It's a matter of practice for former high-ranking officials to keep their security clearances to advise those still in government or to work with security contractors, but President Trump is threatening to revoke the clearances of some of his critics. Former CIA Director John Brennan was particularly critical of Trump's refusal to confront Russia over its interference with U.S. elections. The New York Times reports that White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed Brennan's name was on Trump's list of those whose clearances he wants to revoke. Others include former national security adviser Susan Rice and James Clapper, former director of national intelligence.

  • click to enlarge Eleasar Frakes, 21 - ACSO
    • ACSO
    • Eleasar Frakes, 21
    A young Boise man is behind bars, accused of firing a BB gun near the Boise Greenbelt and spitting on police officers. Boise Police were summoned to the Ninth Street bridge near the Greenbelt in the early morning hours of July 21. That's where victims told police that they confronted the suspect after he allegedly fired the gun, and a fight ensued where the suspect allegedly hit the victims with a stick. When police approached the suspect, he reportedly spat on two officers. Eleasar Frakes, 21, was booked into the Ada County Jail on four felony counts of aggravated battery plus two misdemeanor charges of assault or battery on certain personnel.
  • National Weather Service
  • Meanwhile, deadly heat waves have gripped other parts of the planet. ABC News reports that the U.K. recorded its hottest day of the year Monday and blistering temperatures have also hit Finland, Latvia, Poland and Sweden. On the other side of the globe, dozens have been killed in Japan's record-breaking heat.
  • Former Boise State golfing star Troy Merritt won the rain-delayed PGA Barbasol Championship in Kentucky on Monday with a 5-under-par score of 67. The victory was Merritt's second on the professional tour.

  • The maker of Ritz Crackers announced a voluntary recall of a number of its products on Monday, because of the potential presence of salmonella in its whey powder. Here's a full list of affected Ritz products.
  • Meanwhile, Pepperidge Farm is also recalling four varieties of its Goldfish Crackers for the same reason. CBS News says the company took the action after one of its ingredient suppliers notified it that whey powder used in a seasoning may be contaminated. To date, no illnesses have been reported.
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