October 16, 2018: What to Know 

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  • The New York Times reports that the Saudi Arabian government is prepared to make a dramatic turnaround in its explanation for the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing two weeks ago after walking into a Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Times says a person familiar with the incident now says Khashoggi died at the consulate "during a botched interrogation."
  • Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter accepted the resignation of Idaho Fish and Game Commissioner Blake Fischer Monday after Fischer came under increasing criticism for an African hunting trip where he shared photos of slain baboons and a giraffe. The governor's office said he returned from an out-of-state engagement Monday specifically to handle the Fischer controversy.

  • Nearly 2,500 ballots were cast Monday in Ada County's first day of early voting. Ada County has three early voting stations—Boise and Meridian city halls and the county elections office on N. Benjamin Lane—and today, the county's mobile voting unit will be parked in the lot outside of Albertsons supermarket on E. Avalon Street in Kuna.

  • The Treasure Valley commute on eastbound Interstate 84 was a bit more challenging than usual this morning after a semi truck overturned on the highway near Eagle Road. Traffic crawled through one lane through most of the morning.

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    By this time tomorrow, Canada will become the second nation in the world where marijuana will be legal on a national level. The BBC says that beginning Wednesday, Oct. 17, Canadian adults will be able to possess up to 30 grams of pot and grow as many as four plants of any size per household. Travelers should know that it's not a cannabis free-for-all. There are only about 200 retailers who will be open for business on day one.

  • QSR Magazine is out with its annual fast food drive-thru study and Burger King took the top spot for speediest delivery: an average of 193 seconds. Coming in second was Dunkin' Donuts, followed by KFC, Wendy's, Taco Bell, Arby's, Carl's Jr., Hardee's Chick-fil-A and McDonald's

  • National Geographic reports that archaeologists have discovered the outlines of a Viking ship buried not far from the Norwegian capital of Oslo. Researchers think the land was a final resting place of a prominent Viking king or queen. It's presumably the largest Viking ship grave ever found.
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