July 27, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Wall Street investors dumped Facebook shares Thursday, sending the tech giant's shares down a whopping 19 percent and wiping out roughly $120 billion of shareholder wealth. CNBC reports that it was the largest one-day plummet of market value by any one company in U.S. stock market history.
  • The Associated Press reports nearly 350 Idaho inmates hacked into devices at Idaho prisons and transferred more than $200,000 into their personal accounts. The tablet devices are traditionally used by inmates to access email, or to purchase items or listen to music. Approximately 50 of the inmates credited more than $1,000 to their accounts, and one inmate transferred nearly $10,000, according to the AP.
  • Drivers are being asked to avoid Idaho State Highway 55, if possible, while firefighters continue to battle the Highway 55 blaze. The fire has now scorched nearly 3,500 acres near Gardena. Idaho Power shut off power to the nearby town of Garden Valley late Thursday while crews replaced power poles damaged by the flames. The power was restored late Thursday evening.
    Another large blaze, the Rattlesnake Creek Fire, continues to burn south of the Idaho County town of Riggins. Nearby residents will be briefed on the fire this evening at 6 p.m. at the Salmon River High School in Riggins.
    Meanwhile, one lane of U.S. 95 in Washington County, from Mann Creek to to the town of Midvale, was reopened Thursday evening while firefighters battle a nearby blaze. A pilot vehicle is guiding traffic through the region.
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    • Center for Biological Diversity
    A series of billboards have begun popping up in Idaho, Colorado and Wyoming, opposing  grizzly bear hunts planned for this fall. The billboard show a grizzly, which saw its Endangered Species Act protection stripped in June 2017, in the crosshairs of a rifle scope. The billboard reads: "I'm a Bear, Not a Trophy."  The billboards are paid for by the Center for Biological Diversity.
    “Wyoming and Idaho should be absolutely ashamed for allowing some of America’s most iconic bears to be senselessly gunned down,” said CBD senior attorney Andrea Santarsiere. “Millions of people come to Yellowstone National Park every year to see these grizzlies. But the second these bears step out of the park, they could be shot dead by a hunter’s bullet. It’s ugly and reprehensible.”
  • Japanese officials confirmed early today that the world's oldest person had died. 117-year-old Chiyo Miyako passed away in a home south of Tokyo. USA Today says  that the oldest person on the planet now is another Japanese woman, 115-year-old Kane Tanaka.

  • An unpublished chapter of the The Autobiography of Malcolm X was sold at auction on Thursday to the New York Public Library, which also acquired the manuscript for the published book. The New York Times reports that the chapter was sold to the library for $7,000.
  • If you've seen the film Won't You Be My Neighbor?, you probably won't be surprised to learn  that it will soon become the top-grossing biographical documentary of all time. The Hollywood Reporter says that the film should cross the $20 million mark in the next few days, and it's still going strong at the box office. It's one of three wildly-popular documentaries that are break-out hits this summer, including RBG and Three Identical Strangers. And yes, all three are playing at The Flicks in Boise.
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