May 4, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Evacuations have been ordered on the big island of Hawaii following the eruption of lava from the Kilauea volcano. USA Today reports that the massive eruption followed days of hundreds of small earthquakes around the volcano. Hawaii County ordered the mandatory evacuation of approximately 2,000 people surrounding two major housing subdivisions and have opened community centers to shelter people fleeing their homes.

  • The U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs to the nation's payrolls in April. According to NPR, the U.S. Labor Department reported early today that the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent, the lowest rate since 2000. Average hourly pay for employees on private non-farm payrolls increased by 4 cents to $26.84.
  • Idaho Gives exceeded its goal just before midnight last night, with Gem State residents donating more than $1.5 million. With some donations still coming in after midnight, the 24-hour give-a-thon attracted 10,737 donors pledging $1,558,953 to 570 charities. Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands attracted the most pledged dollars, followed by The Peregrine Fund-World Center for Birds of Prey. The Idaho Humane Society attracted the most donors. Additionally, more than 60 nonprofits across the state benefited from extra bonus dollars, from $500 to $1,000, in drawings throughout the day.

  • The Idaho Steelheads awoke from their post-season dream last night, losing to the Colorado Eagles, 1-0 in overtime. That eliminates Idaho from the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

  • Twitter is urging its 330 million-plus users to immediately change their passwords. The social network said there was no evidence of a breach or misuse, but they had discovered a bug that had exposed all passwords in plain text. As a result, the company is recommending all user change their Twitter passwords out of an "abundance of caution."
  • Horrors! According to an official but often whimsical Twitter account from the Swedish government, Swedish meatballs aren't Swedish. In fact, the iconic dish came to Sweden as some kind of cultural appropriation. It turns out that a Turkish meatball recipe was brought to Sweden by King Charles XII, who historians believed spent some time in the Ottoman Empire. Swedish officials later added, "We've since come to realize that culinary history is complex."

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