Thursday, January 18th, 2024


➤ Prosecutors told a court that cocaine residue was found on Hunter Biden’s gun pouch, urging the judge not to dismiss the case, which centers on whether Biden lied about drug use on his gun application. (More)

A judge threatened to remove Donald Trump from the courtroom for loud talking in the defamation case brought by writer E. Jean Carroll. “It’s a witch hunt,” Trump could be heard saying. “It really is a con job.”  (More)

 Maine’s Superior Court issued a stay on the decision to remove Donald Trump from the state’s primary ballot, saying it won’t consider the case until the U.S. Supreme Court makes its ruling on the issue. (More)

➤ David Smith, chairman of Sinclair Broadcasting and a contributor to conservative causes, has bought the Baltimore Sun newspaper as a private citizen, separate from Sinclair. Smith began reading the paper a few months ago. (More)

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Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid ran his streak of 30-plus-point games to 18 in a victory against the Denver Nuggets. Embiid showed his ball-handling skills with a smooth Eurostep layup around Nikola Jokic. (See Video)

 Stanford women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer could pass legendary Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to become the NCAA’s all-time winning coach this weekend. She’s one win behind Coach K’s record of 1,202 wins. (More)

Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark is now fourth on the all-time women’s college basketball scoring list, moving past Britney Griner. Clark is on pace to break Kelsey Plum’s top record of 3,527 points by late February. (More)

Tampa Bay Bucs head coach Todd Bowles was perplexed by a reporter’s question about playing in freezing weather in Detroit against the Lions this weekend. The game will be played in a dome. (See Video


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Big Stock Move: Spirit Airlines stock dropped 22% Wednesday after a federal judge blocked its $3.8 billion merger with JetBlue on anti-trust grounds. (More

The Emmy Awards Monday night drew a record-low audience of 4.3 million viewers, down from 5.9 million in 2022.  That night’s NFL Bucs-Eagles playoff game had an average audience of 28.6 million. (More)

➤ Burger King is buying Carrols Restaurant Group, the chain’s largest U.S. franchisee, for about $1 billion in cash. The burger chain plans to remodel 600 of the Carrols’ restaurants and then sell them back to franchisees. (More)

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Science & Technology

➤ The James Webb Space Telescope observed the oldest black hole in the universe, dating to just 400 million years after the Big Bang. It was found in the ancient galaxy GN-z11, 13.4 billion light years away. (See Illustration)

➤ Scientists discovered at least four new octopus species near hydrothermal vents off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The area hosts two octopus nurseries that are thriving with life. (See Photos)

John Deere partnered with Elon Musk’s Starlink service to provide satellite internet service subscriptions to rural farmers who have connectivity issues using modern agricultural technology. (More)

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Thursday Polling Station

➤ A new Gallup survey shows the number of Americans identifying as Democrats is at 27%, a new low. Republicans are also at 27%, an increase, while 43% of adults identify as Independents. (See Poll)

➤ Another Gallup poll shows that 68% of all Americans approve of the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down affirmative action. Black Americans were the most skeptical, but 52% still approved of the ruling. (See Survey)

➤ One in 10 U.S. restaurants serve Mexican food, according to Pew Research. Mexican eateries are most concentrated in California and Texas, 22% are fast food outlets, and 8% are food trucks. (See Data Map)

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King Charles III is going into the hospital next week for a prostate procedure. At the same time, Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, will be hospitalized for up to two weeks for abdominal surgery. (More

Winter storms in Maine have brought a rare glimpse of a 112-year-old shipwreck at Acadia National Park. The two-masted schooner ran aground in 1911 and was uncovered by a storm surge. (See Photo)

A Louisiana woman set a record for cultivating the state’s biggest cabbage, a beast weighing over 44 pounds. She turned it into a casserole and served it with ham. (See Photos)

Poll Position

Chili: With Beans or Without?

  1. With
  2. Without

Wednesday’s Results:

How much has the recent weather disrupted your life?

  1. 10 percent: 25%
  2. 25 percent: 15%
  3. 50 percent: 15%
  4. 75 percent: 9%
  5. Not at all: 42%

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“They closed their eyes and just stood there. They were so calm and serene.” 

— Kelly Rowley, a Nebraska ranch owner who had to bring her horses into her home during -17 degree weather

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