October 31, 2018: What to Know 

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  • Facebook, which reported slowing growth on Tuesday, is planning to reduce its dependence on News Feed, the stream of content that's central to its social media platform. The New York Times reports that Facebook executives say they want to focus more on messaging and video, even though neither of those make as much money as the News Feed stream does. As for next week's midterm elections, Facebook says it is forming a "war room" to "prevent disinformation and election meddling."
  • One man was rushed to a hospital early this morning following a pre-dawn domestic incident in Nampa. KTVB-TV reports that the incident occurred inside a home on First Street North near 17th Avenue. Police said an argument among roommates resulted in the man firing a gun, but no one was struck. During the fight, a woman stabbed the alleged gunman in the back. He was taken to a local hospital with what were believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation continues.
  • Move.org is out with a new study that indicates Idaho has the lowest average cost of monthly utilities in the nation. The survey took into account average monthly costs for electricity, natural gas, internet, cable and water. While Idaho had the lowest tally ($343.71), the most expensive state for utilities was Hawaii ($730.86).

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  • Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter says a new poll reveals that the majority of Americans think that cable television has become unaffordable. Forty-seven percent of respondents said the same about satellite television. THR says one of the nation's largest cable companies, Comcast, lost 106,000 customers in its most recent fiscal quarter; Charter Communications lost 66,000 customers and DirecTV lost a whopping 346,000 subscribers.
  • NBC News reports that U.S. home prices are beginning to cool down, a sign the housing market is slowing. That said, home prices in the western U.S. continue to skyrocket. The greatest increases this past summer were reported in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Seattle.

  • The World Wildlife Fund's 2018 Living Planet report has a sobering conclusion: global wildlife population shrank by 60 percent between 1970 and 2014. Declines are worst in the tropics, as South and Central America saw an 89 percent decrease.
  • India unveiled the world's tallest statue this morning, a tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, an Indian independence leader. USA Today says it's almost twice the height of the Statue of Liberty. The statue looks over the Narmada River in the western Indian state of Gujarat.
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