November 16, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • More than 2,000 flights were canceled and another 8,000 were delayed Thursday as a crippling snowstorm stretched 1,300 miles across the Mid-Atlantic and northeastern seaboard. AccuWeather meteorologists said people living in or traveling through portions of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and New England can expect dangerous driving and walking conditions through Friday morning.

  • Meanwhile, conditions on the West Coast have gone from bad to worse as now more than 600 people are reported missing from areas destroyed by devastating wildfires. That number skyrocketed from 130 a day earlier. ABC News says the number of deaths across California now stands at 63 and is expected to be much higher.
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    Albertsons employees and store managers visited the Idaho Foodbank on Thursday to help unload more than 3,000 turkey dinners, the result of generosity from Albertsons customers in the store's Turkey Bucks campaign. For the past few weeks, customers have been donating $1, $5 or $10 to Idaho families in need. The effort will continue through the Christmas season as Albertsons reboots its annual Santa Bucks campaign, asking customers to make similar donations in late November and December.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday that there had been more than 160 illnesses in 35 states linked to salmonella in raw turkeys. Consumer Reports is urging the USDA to publicly identify brands of turkeys that have been linked to the outbreak. But CBS News says federal officials have not named any companies or ordered a recall.

  • The music world is mourning the loss of country legend Roy Clark, who co-hosted the wildly popular Hee Haw TV series in the 1960s and '70s. Variety says Clark died of complications from pneumonia. He was 85.

  • The iconic FAO Schwarz toy store swings its doors back open today, three years after closing its landmark Fifth Avenue location in New York City. CNBC says many of the store's original attractions have returned, including the giant floor piano that Tom Hanks danced on in the movie Big.

  • A District Judge earlier today granted CNN's motion to return Jim Acosta's White House press pass. The Hollywood Reporter says Judge Timothy Kelly granted a temporary restraining order which, in effect, gives Acosta his White House credentials back. After the Trump White House pulled Acosta's credentials, CNN argued that it was a violation of the First Amendment of the Constitution.

  • A performance of Fiddler on the Roof was disrupted in Baltimore earlier this week by a man who shouted "Heil Hitler, Heil Trump." The New York Times says the man was escorted out of the theater minutes later.
  • Stargazers will soon try to get a glimpse of the Leonid meteor shower, which is expected to peak late Saturday night/early Sunday morning. NPR says the shower of shooting stars always occurs in mid-November.

  • Do you drink freshly brewed coffee in the morning or do you prefer a cup of tea? Your choice could be a result of your genes, according to a new study from the journal Nature.
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