Nov. 2, 2017: What to Know 

BINGO BARNES
  • Bingo Barnes
  • The New York Times reports that prosecutors say 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov began planning a year ago for the October 31 attack in New York City that killed eight and injured a dozen more. Sources said Saipov specifically chose Halloween as the date for his attack because more people would be on the streets. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump said late Wednesday that Saipov should be executed. That comment could actually hurt the prosecution against Saipov, as it could be used by defense lawyers to argue that their client can't get a fair trial.
  • A manhunt continues in Colorado after a man walked into a suburban Denver Walmart Wednesday night and killed two men and one woman. CBS News reports that witnesses said the man entered the store, fired a handgun into a crowd of people and then fled in a car. Early this morning, police identified the suspect as 47-year-old Scott Ostrem. He is considered armed and dangerous.
  • The Elmore County Sheriff's office says two hunters, one adult and one juvenile, were found dead October 28 at a campsite near Middle Fork Road. Neither victim has been identified. Authorities say the deaths were probably caused by carbon monoxide poisoning and no foul play was suspected.
  • More accusations surfaced overnight in the widening scandal surrounding several Hollywood power players. The latest allegations are leveled against Oscar winners Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey and filmmaker Brett Ratner. Warner Brothers announced Wednesday that it would cut ties with Ratner. A 17-year-old said Hoffman sexually harassed her on a 1985 television set, and the BBC reports that, in the wake of allegations against Spacey, the actor would be "taking the time necessary to seek evaluation and treatment."

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  • Movie theater owners pushed back at the news Wednesday that the Walt Disney Company would be taking a bigger chunk of their ticket revenue when the new Star Wars movie opens in December. The Wall Street Journal reports that Disney is demanding theater owners give a whopping 65 percent of ticket revenue to the studio, and if they don't show the film in their biggest auditoriums for at least four weeks, Disney's profit share jumps to 70 percent. Not surprisingly, shares for Regal Entertainment dropped 3.7 percent on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, and the Journal reports that earnings for the major theater chain are off 21 percent this year. Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens Friday, Dec. 15.
  • Lastly, just in case you've been hiding under a rock (and who could blame you), The Houston Astros won their first-ever championship last night, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-1, in Game 7 of the World Series. The win came nine weeks after Houston was devastated by Hurricane Harvey, and sparked celebrations across the state.



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