June 18, 2018: What to Know 

  • The Trump administration spent the better part of the weekend arguing whether or not it's its policy to separate children from their parents when families illegally cross the U.S. border. Trump continues to blame the practice on a law passed by Democrats, while Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted out, "We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period." But Business Insider reports that Nielsen's own department sent out a press release detailing its "zero tolerance" policy for those caught crossing the border illegally.
  • Meanwhile, former First Lady Laura Bush, who rarely speaks out on political matters, wrote a scathing opinion piece in the June 17 issue of The Washington Post, saying the separation of children from parents at the border was "cruel" and "immoral."

  • Idaho State Police continue to investigate a fiery seven-vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near the Cloverdale Road overpass June 16. ISP said it's still working on notifying next of kin of "multiple fatalities." The Cloverdale overpass remained closed Monday morning as crews continued to survey the damage to the road.

  • The Institute for Geological and Atmospheric Investigations, a non-governmental agency, posted a tweet June 17 that indicated Mexico experienced an artificial earthquake when its team upset defending champion Germany in the World Cup. The institute attributed the cause to "massive jumps" from Mexican fans.

  • The Associated Press reports that Warner Brothers is cracking down on what it says are unauthorized Harry Potter fan festivals around the country. Organizers of the festivals say they're receiving letters that prohibit them from using any names, places or objects from the Harry Potter series.

  • Pixar's Incredibles 2 set new box office records this past weekend, powering to $180 million at the North American box office. Variety reports it's the best debut for an animated film and the eighth-biggest domestic opening of all time for any film.
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