March 29, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • UK lawmakers this morning rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's latest plan for withdrawing from the European Union. It was Parliament's third rejection of May's proposals. Today's vote may have been May's last chance to succeed in delaying the Brexit until Wednesday, May 22. The BBC reports that a potentially chaotic "no deal" exit on Friday, April 12, is a possibility.
  • The Ada County Coroner is working on identifying the body of an adult male, found near the confluence of Dry Creek and Shingle Creek in the Boise Foothills. A man told law enforcement that he spotted what appeared to be a body in the ravine on Wednesday, but the search was called off due to thunderstorms. On Thursday, the search resumed and the body was recovered. For seven weeks, search and rescue teams have been looking for 27-year-old Kyle Crowden of Mountain Home, who went missing after he went hiking in Dry Creek. He was last heard from on Feb. 9.
  • New York state will prohibit many single-use plastic bags from use in retail sales by March 2020. The New York Times says it will be the second statewide plastic bag ban in the country, after California.
  • Marine researchers are investigating why 1,100 mutilated dolphin bodies have washed up on France's beaches. Time magazine reports that the mass deaths may be tied to industrial fishing.

  • This weekend, villages along the northern coast of Alaska are expected to spike to 40 degrees above normal, and CBS News reports that the high temperatures are part of a "rapid, long-term trend in Alaska." In the past 50 years, the city of Barrow has seen an 11-degree spike in its average yearly temperature. Compare that to the average global rise in temperature of about 2 degrees since the late 1800s.
  • USA Today reports that NASA is looking for 24 volunteers to lie in bed for two months as part of a study. They'll pay you about $19,000.
  • Gonzaga, Purdue, Texas Tech and Virginia all advanced in the NCAA men's basketball tournament last night. Four more games are on tonight's schedule.

  • Groundbreaking French filmmaker Agnes Varda died early today in Paris. Her death, from breast cancer, was confirmed by a spokeswoman. She was 90.
  • The always unpredictable Nicolas Cage has filed for annulment four days after a surprise wedding to makeup artist Erika Koike. Entertainment Tonight says it was the 55-year-old Cage's fourth wedding. He was previously married to actress Patricia Arquette, Lisa Marie Presley and one of his fans, Alice Kim, who met Cage when she was a Los Angeles waitress.
  • A painting, long thought to be a fake Botticelli, has been revealed to be an original from the Renaissance painter's own studio. ABC News reports that the conservation charity English Heritage has confirmed that the work was painted around 1487. X-ray testing and pigment analysis concluded that the painting is the real deal.
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