July 30, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Fire managers are holding their collective breath as weather conditions across southern Idaho continue to be dangerously hot and dry. The Boise area will see temperatures in the 80s through much of this morning, climbing to the 90s by noon and triple digits by 6 p.m. Overnight lows will not get out of the 70s, and Tuesday, July 31, will be more extreme—the National Weather Service office in Boise has issued an Excessive Heat Watch for the Treasure Valley. There's also an increased chance of thunderstorms and lightning Tuesday night and Wednesday, August 1, which could trigger wildfires.
  • National Weather Service
  • The death toll from wildfires in Northern California rose to six on Sunday. CNN says seven more were reported missing in the blazes, which have burned for nearly a week.

  • The board of CBS television is expected to meet today to discuss what to do about Les Moonves, the company's chief executive, in the wake of a report citing six women that included allegations of sexual misconduct against Moonves. The New York Times reports that at least two of the board’s 14 members have questioned whether Moonves should continue to run the company while an internal investigation continues.
  • Time magazine has published a fascinating profile of Louise Brown. You may know her as "the world's first test-tube baby," but she says, "I prefer IVF (in-vitro fertilization), since there weren't any test test tubes involved."

  • The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted six new members on Sunday: Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell.

  • Tom Cruise returned to the big screen in a big way this past weekend. The Hollywood Reporter says Mission: Impossible - Fallout earned $61.5 million and the top spot at the North American box office.

  • It's commonplace to see a wide variety of vending machines in most of the world's airports. But a particular machine inside San Francisco International Airport is turning a few heads. It's selling a lightweight down jacket in an array of colors. The vests are being mocked because they're part of the wardrobe of choice of the nerdists who populate the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley. Business Insider says the machine sells the vests for $69.90, but they usually retail online for $49.90.
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