November 29, 2018: What to Know 

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  • President Trumps's ex-confidante and private lawyer Michael Cohen appeared in a Manhattan courtroom this morning to plead guilty to a new criminal charge, lying to Congress. The New York Times reports that in exchange for pleading guilty and continuing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller, Cohen hopes to receive a lighter prison sentence. The Times says today's surprise development "comes at a particularly perilous time for Trump, whose presidency has been threatened by Cohen's statements to investigators."

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    The Boise School District released data Wednesday that indicates that elevated levels of lead have been detected in the water at most of the district's older schools. Officials said they tested all 27 school buildings built before 1986, and 22 had lead levels in the water above the Environmental Protection Agency threshold. You can read the district's school-by-school results on its Lead Information Center page by clicking here.
  • CBS News reports that electric scooters, which are all the rage in a number of U.S. cities, including Boise, are landing a lot of riders in emergency rooms. Trauma centers in Austin, Denver, San Diego and San Francisco are all reporting an uptick in injuries from scooter accidents.
  • NPR has a disturbing report on how the number of American children who don't have health insurance is on the rise. A Georgetown University analysis found that the share of uninsured kids rose to 5 percent in 2017.
  • The state of Kansas is recalling 731 license plates after some complained the plates contain an ethnic slur. Time magazine says the license plates contain the capital letters "JAP," an ethnic slur offensive to Japanese Americans.

  • The holiday season kicked into overdrive in midtown Manhattan last night as celebrities helped to throw the switch on 50,000 lights on a 72-foot-tall Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. USA Today says the NBC broadcast had a few hits and misses. For instance, pop legend Tony Bennett and jazz signer Diana Krall repeatedly "trampled" on each other's singing. Plus, Howie Mandel's attempts at comedy landed flat, and to top things off, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was booed by the crowd.

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    Meanwhile, First Lady Melania Trump is brushing off criticism of her latest White House Christmas decorations. "It's the 21st century and everybody has different tastes," she said Wednesday during a town hall discussion. "I think they look fantastic."
  • Food & Wine magazine reports nearly 25 percent of U.K. pubs have closed their doors in the past decade. But don't get too alarmed: Britain still has 38,815 pubs.

  • Burger King franchisees in Wisconsin have unveiled what they call the "Green Bay Whopper." It includes eight slices of cheese. That's twice the number of the wins that the Green Bay Packers have racked up this season.
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