May 9, 2018: What to Know 

  • President Donald Trump took to Twitter early today to announce that three American detainees have been released by North Korea. The New York Times reports that the prisoners, all U.S. citizens of Korean descent, were freed during an unannounced visit to North Korea by new U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The trio had been held on charges of committing espionage or unidentified "hostile acts."

  • The LDS Church said Tuesday that it is ending its relationship with the Boy Scouts of America. The announcement came in the wake of the Boy Scouts of America saying it will soon change its official name to Scouts BSA due to the recent inclusion of girls in its ranks. Deseret News reports that the Mormon church will break off its official ties to the Boy Scouts "as part of a broader restructuring of the church's programs for all Mormon children ages 8 to 18."

  • The ride-share company Uber is experimenting with the idea of a "flying taxi service." USA Today reports that Uber's high-flying adventure was unveiled at the company's national conference on Tuesday. Uber also said it is partnering with NASA and the U.S. Air Force to study the viability of a flying taxi service.

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    • Lex Nelson
    Boise officials will rename Capitol Park later today to honor the life and legacy of the late Cecil D. Andrus. A new plaza has been constructed in the Jefferson Street park, including signage which outlines Andrus' history as Idaho's longest-serving governor and the U.S. Secretary of Interior for President Jimmy Carter. Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and Boise Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway will be accompanied by a member of the Andrus family event which gets underway at 4 p.m.

  • Ever since the launch of MoviePass, the subscription service which allows customers to see a movie every day for $10 a month, analysts wondered about the sustainability of the enterprise. Now, Bloomberg News reports that the latest financials from the parent company of MoviePass indicate the company is running out of cash. According to Bloomberg, the company reported $15.5 million in cash at the end of an April, at a time when it was burning through more than $21 million per month.

  • It wasn't long after the Cannes Film Festival debuted its 2018 showcase on Tuesday that Focus Features snapped up the distribution rights to the festival's opening night film: Everybody Knows (Todos Los Saben), starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. The Hollywood Reporter says the film's stars should make it "a fairly appealing proposition at art houses worldwide."
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