March 20, 2018: What to Know 

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  • A package bomb destined for Austin, Texas, exploded at a FedEx sorting facility Monday night. That's five bombings in 19 days, leaving the Texas capital on edge. CNN reports that the first three package bombs were left on people's doorsteps or porches; but the fourth bomb, triggered by a tripwire, was left on the side of the road, and the fifth bomb was being sent via FedEx. Investigators say they believe all the bombs are related.

  • The Boise parents of an 11-year-old girl told KTVB-TV Monday night that their daughter had been bullied so much at school that she'd attempted suicide. The parents said bullying notes were left on their daughter's desk at Grace Jordan Elementary School. The girl has been admitted to a local Intensive Care Unit. Meanwhile, officials at the Boise School District sent a letter to parents of children at Grace Jordan Elementary, reading, "We aggressively and proactively confront bullying through our Bullying, Hazing and Harassment Policy procedures, which protect students, and prevention programs which promote respectful school cultures."
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, please reach out for help by calling or texting the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357. All calls are confidential and can be anonymous.
  • The promise of self-driving cars took a major U-turn when an autonomous vehicle, operated by Uber, struck and killed a woman in Tempe, Arizona, on March 18. The New York Times reports that it's believed to be the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology on a public road.

  • Emmy-winning actress Cynthia Nixon officially announced her candidacy for New York Governor on Monday. Nixon will challenge incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic primary. Nixon, a New York City native, is best known for playing Miranda Hobbes on Sex and the City in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

  • Amazon Prime has revealed its new Lord of the Rings series will have a production budget of nearly $500 million. Reuters reports that the rights alone to the J.R.R. Tolkien franchise cost the company $250 million. Amazon has committed to a minimum of two seasons for Lord of the Rings. The series will cost more than the total budget for all three movies in director Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning theatrical trilogy.


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