1. The Pentagon is distancing itself from President Donald Trump’s assertions that he would bomb Iranian cultural sites. Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the U.S. will “follow the laws of armed conflict.” When asked if that ruled out targeting cultural sites, Esper said, “That’s the laws of armed conflict.” (News Center Maine)
2. For the first time ever, a Somali-American is now part of the Lewiston City Council. At 23 years old, Safiya Khalid as sworn in Monday night. (WGME)
3. The Maine Turnpike Authority said drivers owe more than $800,000 in unpaid tolls over the past 16 years. Most of the money is owed by out-of-state drivers, including commercial trucks. It can be a challenge to find toll evaders because most states don’t share information on drivers. (WMTW)
4. Pier 1 Imports will close up to 450 stores and is reportedly nearing a bankruptcy filing. In 2019, U.S. retailers announced 9,302 store closings, a 59% jump from 2018. (WMTW)
5. Oscar Meyer is looking for “hotdoggers” to drive their 27-foot Wienermobiles. If hired, “hotdoggers” act as brand ambassadors, driving cross-country to charity functions, grocery stores and other locations. “Hotdoggers” are paid a full year’s salary with benefits. Deadline to apply is January 31. (UPI)
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