June 27, 2017: What to Know 

click to enlarge BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • The European Union slapped Google with a record-setting $2.7 billion fine this morning, accusing the tech giant of manipulating its search engine. The New York Times reports the EU concluded that the U.S. company denied "consumers a genuine choice" by unfairly steering them to its own shopping platform. Regulators said Google's actions were illegal under EU antitrust rules.

  • This morning's Washington Post reports Senate Republicans "previously confined to the sidelines" on the healthcare debate, have "declared sufficient opposition" to the GOP proposal to repeal and replace significant portions of the Affordable Care Act, sending the bill into a tailspin prior to a vote, presumably later this week. On Monday, the Congressional Budget Office concluded that as many as 22 million Americans could lose their health insurance over the next decade if the plan becomes law as written.
  • click to enlarge JOHN FOWLER WIKIMEDIA COMMONS CC 2.0
    • John Fowler wikimedia commons CC 2.0
    Overnight lightning strikes across the southern portion of the Gem State sparked a number of wildfires in Idaho's back country. The Bureau of Land Management has already tagged more than a dozen fires with names, including the Yeti Fire (3,800 acres eleven miles northwest of Grandview), the Ditto Fire (2,300 acres fourteen northwest of Mountain Home), the Breeze Fire (1,833 acres, also fourteen miles north of Mountain Home), the Lock Fire (1,500 acres six miles northwest of Mountain Home), the Beet Dump Fire (1,500 miles two miles east of Mountain Home Air Force Base) and other lightning-cased wildfires near Mountain Home, Grandview, Hammett and Firebird Raceway near Eagle.
  • Ada County officials say they will start something called aerial lavacide applications today in and around Boise, Eagle and Star in an effort to combat what could be a significant breakout of the West Nile virus. County officials said the number of mosquitoes carrying West Nile is doubling each week in some areas. Flooding this spring has triggered major breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The aerial spraying will primarily be done in the evening hours. Learn more about the process and see maps of the targeted areas by clicking here.

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