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Stonecrest launches digital ad campaign in bid for Amazon

Stonecrest officials plan to make it hard for Amazon to not hear their pitch for the company’s second headquarters. Stonecrest has hired a Seattle-based company to send targeted digital advertising to Amazon employees in the area, touting the benefits of the Georgia city and its proposal to give land to build the city of Amazon. The city of Amazon would be supported by the taxpayers of...


DeKalb commissioners limit alcohol sales, but compromise on weekends

DeKalb commissioners limit alcohol sales, but compromise on weekends

DeKalb’s Board of Commissioners voted to prohibit bars from serving alcohol after 2 a.m. Sunday through Wednesday and 2:30 a.m Thursday through Saturday. Currently, late-night establishments in the unincorporated county are allowed to serve liquor until 4 a.m. Commissioners said they came up with the compromise agreement -- earlier version of the legislation limited alcohol sales to 2 a.m. every...
Gwinnett Bicentennial: 200 years of the good, the bad and the curious

Gwinnett Bicentennial: 200 years of the good, the bad and the curious

On Dec. 15, 1818, Gwinnett County was born — and now it’s getting ready to party. Georgia’s second most populous county will kick off this month its yearlong bicenetennial celebration, a full 12 months of events and festivities leading up to its 200th birthday. Through Gwinnett’s past: 1942-1992 Gwinnett’s schools and schoolchildren: 1897-1927 Georgia downtowns:...
Mayor Reed demands Mary Norwood retract voter fraud allegations

Mayor Reed demands Mary Norwood retract voter fraud allegations

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has threatened former Atlanta mayoral candidate Mary Norwood with legal action over statements about voter impersonation that she made earlier this year. In a letter dated Friday, an attorney representing Reed wrote that Norwood’s accusation of voter manipulation in the 2009 election had damaged Reed’s reputation. The attorney, L. Lin Wood, demands in the letter...
Mayor Kasim Reed threatens Norwood with lawsuit

Mayor Kasim Reed threatens Norwood with lawsuit

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has threatened former mayoral candidate Mary Norwood with legal action if she doesn’t apologize for statements she made earlier this year. In June, Norwood told a group of young Republicans in Buckhead that she lost the mayor’s race to Reed in 2009 because he used confidential lists obtained from Atlanta’s Housing Authority to locate voters who no longer...
Customers in the dark as local Cobb utilities overwhelmed by snow

Customers in the dark as local Cobb utilities overwhelmed by snow

Tens of thousands of Cobb County residents were left in the dark — both figuratively and literally — over the weekend as local utility providers found themselves overwhelmed by heavier-than-predicted snowfall. Customers attemping to report outages to both Cobb EMC and the Marietta Board of Lights and Waterworks were met with busy phone lines and little to no information online...
Fulton County budget spends to improve property taxes, elections

Fulton County budget spends to improve property taxes, elections

In 2018, Fulton County leaders want to focus on fixing things. The property tax system, which was inundated with complaints about too-high assessments. The elections system, which has been plagued by errors that often lead to slow returns. And the jail, which has a stubbornly high inmate count, despite attempts to reduce the population. On top of that, county leaders still expect to spend...
After DeKalb schools closed for snow, so did county offices

After DeKalb schools closed for snow, so did county offices

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond made the decision  to close county offices, libraries, senior centers and recreational facilities at 1 p.m. That was shortly after he held a midday meeting with his executive team. “The thing that really sealed my decision was when schools started closing early because we have 6,000 employees and many of them are parents,” he said. Thurmond ...
Atlanta snow: Power outages reported across North Georgia

Atlanta snow: Power outages reported across North Georgia

UPDATED 4:45 p.m.: Georgia Power crews appeared to be making a dent in power outages across North Georgia caused by a Friday winter storm. About 4:45 p.m., Georgia Power reported on its outage website it had about customers without power 22,200, compared to about 32,000 at 3 p.m. The Georgia EMC website listed about 19,000 customers without power on its website.  Power crews are grappling with...
East Atlanta precincts swung mayoral race for Bottoms

East Atlanta precincts swung mayoral race for Bottoms

A little west of the Beltline, a concrete truck blocked Sampson Street as workers poured the foundation for yet another new home. Nearby, 3,000-plus square-foot, tri-level residences tower over 1930s bungalows with clapboard siding. The changing landscape of Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward and demographic data tell an undeniable story: Over the past decade, this historically black neighborhood, once...
Georgia DOT: Expect icy conditions on metro Atlanta roads Saturday morning

Georgia DOT: Expect icy conditions on metro Atlanta roads Saturday morning

[5:40 p.m.]: Motorists should expect icy conditions on metro Atlanta roads Saturday morning as the effects of the winter storm linger. Georgia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Natalie Dale said crews will start spreading brine on interstate highways at 7 p.m. this evening and work overnight. They’ll also apply rock salt on secondary highways and will plow state roads as needed....
Fulton County, other government offices, close early due to snow

Fulton County, other government offices, close early due to snow

Fulton County will close its government offices at 1 p.m. today as snow falls across Atlanta and the metro area. Any programs scheduled after 1 p.m. Friday will be canceled or postponed. No decision has been made about scheduled events for the weekend, but residents can see updates on the county website, or by searching @FultonInfo on social media. Other local governments have also closed...
Cobb County offices to close early due to winter weather

Cobb County offices to close early due to winter weather

Cobb County government offices will close at noon today due to snow and rain. All county libraries are also closing at noon and will monitor conditions before deciding whether to reopen on Saturday, according to a statement from the county. The transportation department is continuing to monitor the situation and treat roads. Crews have already spread 2,800 pounds of brine on Cobb roads, the statement...
Georgia DOT: We’re ready for the winter storm

Georgia DOT: We’re ready for the winter storm

The Georgia Department of Transportation says it’s ready for the winter storm that’s set to sweep across North Georgia today. GDOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale said all state routes have been brined in anticipation of the mix of snow and rain. She said road temperatures are still above freezing, but as the wintry mix arrives the temperatures will keep dropping. “We will continue...
Robb Pitts, new Fulton County commission chair, wants to expand role

Robb Pitts, new Fulton County commission chair, wants to expand role

When Robb Pitts was first elected to the Fulton County commission, in 2003, the government he joined was responsible for providing everything from police services to park land for residents from Sandy Springs to south Fulton. Now, those areas — and more — have their own local governments to call for many of their day-to-day needs. But Pitts, who was elected this week to ...
Atlanta Weather: Cobb County preps for possible wintry mix 

Atlanta Weather: Cobb County preps for possible wintry mix 

Cobb County is gearing up for winter weather Thursday night as temperatures are expected to drop with a possible mix of snow and rain. As of Thursday morning, no changes had been made to county hours of service or operations, but the transportation department was preparing to pre-treat roads with brine to try and to keep ice from forming. According to Cobb Road Maintenance Division Manager Bill...
Recount unlikely to favor Norwood in Atlanta mayor’s race

Recount unlikely to favor Norwood in Atlanta mayor’s race

Despite calls for a recount and a small number of ballots yet to be counted, numbers released Wednesday by election authorities in Fulton and DeKalb counties indicate that the Atlanta mayoral race is over. Early Wednesday morning, the unofficial result showed Keisha Lance Bottoms had a 759-vote lead over fellow City Councilwoman Mary Norwood. While Bottoms proclaimed victory, Norwood insisted the...
The times they are a-changing: Fulton vote tally over before midnight

The times they are a-changing: Fulton vote tally over before midnight

This election, there were no memory cards placed in the wrong baskets. All the results cards went into piles of cards yet-to-be-tallied, and not piles of those that had. And poll workers stuck around to shut down voting precincts, ensuring that no one had to go back out to get memory cards or equipment. The result? A relatively early end to election night in Fulton County. The...
Ga. sheriff in school search case faces new charges of obstruction

Ga. sheriff in school search case faces new charges of obstruction

Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby faces new charges this week related to the bizarre case where he ordered his deputies to carry out a massive drug search that violated the constitutional rights of hundreds of high school students in south Georgia. The new charges filed Monday come two months after a Worth County grand jury indicted the sheriff on charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment and...
Bottoms declares victory in Atlanta mayoral race; Norwood seeks recount

Bottoms declares victory in Atlanta mayoral race; Norwood seeks recount

With all precincts reporting, Keisha Lance Bottoms appeared to have won the Atlanta mayor’s race, beating Mary Norwood. Unofficial returns showed that Bottoms garnered 759 more votes than Norwood in the runoff election on Tuesday – a virtual repeat of the 2009 race when Mayor Kasim Reed defeated Norwood by 714 votes. Norwood was unwilling to concede. She said that the absentee military...
Mayor Kasim Reed denies plan to oust Atlanta recreation authority head

Mayor Kasim Reed denies plan to oust Atlanta recreation authority head

The two-paragraph letter from Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was buried deep in the City Council’s Monday agenda. It asked for the council to approve his appointment of a new executive director for the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority. But Reed doesn’t seem to have the authority to make the appointment. And his request surprised the current executive director, Terry Wand...
Options outlined for legally removing DeKalb Confederate monument

Options outlined for legally removing DeKalb Confederate monument

DeKalb County can move a monument that glorifies the Confederacy from downtown Decatur to a public cemetery or museum, but the government can’t destroy or conceal it, according to a legal opinion released Tuesday. The legal memo outlines options for how DeKalb could get rid of the 30-foot, 109-year-old obelisk that now sits close to the old Decatur courthouse, while still complying with...
DeKalb seeks bar crime data before imposing earlier closing time

DeKalb seeks bar crime data before imposing earlier closing time

DeKalb County commissioners decided Tuesday they want more time to study crime data before deciding whether bars should be prohibited from serving alcohol after 2 a.m. Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson proposed deferring the vote for a week, saying she wanted information about how the current 4 a.m. closing time affects crime in unincorporated DeKalb. “I just feel like maybe one size does...
Gwinnett advocates push for Sunday voting

Gwinnett advocates push for Sunday voting

At roughly $13,000, it’s among the smallest line items in Gwinnett County’s proposed 2018 budget, a tiny drop in a bucket that holds nearly $1.7 billion. But approving the money necessary to add Sunday voting during next year’s general election — which will include a gubernatorial race and two local commission seats —has Gwinnett advocates riled up. “Sunday voting...
Atlanta expands eastward by completing annexation of Emory and CDC

Atlanta expands eastward by completing annexation of Emory and CDC

Atlanta officials completed the largest expansion of the city’s borders in 65 years Monday, absorbing Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention despite objections that the move takes money from DeKalb County public school students. The Atlanta City Council voted 13-0 to approve annexing the 744 acres along the city’s eastern edge. The incorporation of the prestigious...
City of Atlanta’s expansion to Emory and CDC approved

City of Atlanta’s expansion to Emory and CDC approved

The Atlanta City Council voted unanimously Monday to annex Emory University as part of the city’s largest expansion in 65 years.  The city’s 744-acre addition covers Emory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The annexation, which takes effect Jan. 1, brings prominent educational and healthcare organizations into...
Voters head to the polls Tuesday; all eyes on Atlanta mayor’s race

Voters head to the polls Tuesday; all eyes on Atlanta mayor’s race

Voters will go to the polls beginning Tuesday morning to decide political contests throughout metro Atlanta. Races include several Georgia legislative seats, positions on local school boards, mayoral slots, and county commission and city council offices. However, all eyes are going to be focused on Atlanta as voters will determine the next mayor. Councilwomen Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood...
Fulton County delaying projects, borrowing internally to meet expenses

Fulton County delaying projects, borrowing internally to meet expenses

Fulton County expects to use up its general fund reserves, and borrow nearly $200 million from other county funds, in order to make payroll and pay its bills in late December and early January. Because property tax bills are not due in much of the county until mid-January, Fulton Chief Financial Officer Sharon Whitmore is taking extraordinary steps to ensure the county can cover its...
Former Atlanta pension adviser suspended and fined by SEC

Former Atlanta pension adviser suspended and fined by SEC

Larry Gray, a former adviser to some of metro Atlanta’s largest public pensions, has been suspended by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for intentionally defrauding city of Atlanta and MARTA retirement systems. An SEC order dated Nov. 22 suspends Gray from serving as or working for an investment adviser for two years, then he must apply to the SEC for reinstatement. He is also required...
DeKalb ignores key recommendation for fixing water billing problem

DeKalb ignores key recommendation for fixing water billing problem

DeKalb CEO Mike Thurmond said on Friday that, for now, he plans to disregard an audit’s recommendation that the county consolidate departments to help fix the ongoing problem with water overbilling. Thurmond disagreed with the $275,000 audit’s finding that the county needs to put a manager in charge of the issue and combine separate water billing and watershed departments. He...
Atlanta mayoral race takes vitriolic turn as Dec. 5 runoff approaches

Atlanta mayoral race takes vitriolic turn as Dec. 5 runoff approaches

Last minute accusations. Incendiary ads. Threats of legal action. The mayoral campaigns of city council members Keisha Lance Bottoms and Mary Norwood took a vitriolic turn as they entered their final weekend before Tuesday’s runoff election. A new poll released late Friday seems to indicate that Norwood had successfully leveraged the endorsements of former Mayor Shirley Franklin and mayoral...
Metro Atlanta voters are being asked to the polls more and more

Metro Atlanta voters are being asked to the polls more and more

If it seems like you’ve heard more political advertisements, or spent more time in the voting booth this year, there’s a good reason: The number of elections in metro Atlanta is up. 2017 was supposed to be an off year, with city elections in November and runoffs — when needed — on Tuesday. Instead, voters in many metro Atlanta counties were first asked to go to the polls in...
Family of Cobb crossing guard: ‘Whatever it takes’ to improve safety

Family of Cobb crossing guard: ‘Whatever it takes’ to improve safety

A day after a crossing guard was struck and killed in front of Lindley Middle School in Mableton, the woman’s family say they will not rest until safety improvements are made to the stretch of road, described by many as dangerous. Edna Umeh, 64, died Thursday morning after she was hit by a driver, 38-year-old Lamonte Roosevelt Whitaker of Lithonia, according to police. “We’re...
Georgia DOT prepares for winter weather in metro Atlanta, elsewhere

Georgia DOT prepares for winter weather in metro Atlanta, elsewhere

Metro Atlanta temperatures are perched comfortably in the 60s this week, and the region may be in for a warm, dry winter. But state transportation officials are planning for the worst. The Georgia Department of Transportation has boosted its stock of brine, bought dozens of new plow attachments and taken other steps to ensure it can keep state highways open this winter. “We learn every...
City council to vote on plan to merge Atlanta’s three pension boards

City council to vote on plan to merge Atlanta’s three pension boards

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has proposed a merger of the city’s three pension boards — a controversial move critics see as the mayor rushing to consolidate power on a body that controls $3 billion in investments. City council could vote on the measure as early as Monday — just a month before Reed leaves office. Administration officials say the consolidation will...
Cobb crossing guard’s death sparks calls to address ‘dangerous’ road

Cobb crossing guard’s death sparks calls to address ‘dangerous’ road

Friends and relatives of Edna Umeh recalled her as a loving, spiritual and funny woman on Thursday, hours after she was struck and killed by a car while on duty as a crossing guard at Lindley Middle School in Mableton. Whether it was rides to school or a plate of her delicious home cooked food, “She was always there when I needed her,” said Umeh’s nephew, James McMath, 20. Most of...
Roswell mayoral candidates promise new leadership, invigorate politics

Roswell mayoral candidates promise new leadership, invigorate politics

For the past 50 years, just two men have led Roswell’s government. With such longevity at the helm, you can forgive residents who largely tuned out local politics. But now, with no incumbent on Tuesday’s mayoral ballot, there is a new exuberance in the city. It’s even caught Jere Wood, the outgoing mayor. “It’s wonderful to see the city energized,” Wood said after...
Indiana man charged in fatal Henry County crash that killed toddler

Indiana man charged in fatal Henry County crash that killed toddler

An Indiana man has been indicted on a vehicular homicide charge and two counts of hit and run in the September death of a 2-year-old. A Henry County grand jury on Thursday charged Michael Sexton, 26, of Connersville, Ind., with killing Leena Guidot after the stolen truck he was allegedly driving crashed into a SUV in which the toddler was riding south on I-75.  Authorities accused Sexton...
Grady Memorial Hospital is $10 million away from fund-raising goal

Grady Memorial Hospital is $10 million away from fund-raising goal

Grady Memorial Hospital, which has already gotten commitments from Fulton and DeKalb county governments toward its $165 million goal for two capital projects, announced Thursday it was only $10 million away from reaching it. Fulton County commissioners agreed to bond up to $60 million for the project, and DeKalb County commissioners up to $30 million. The public-private partnership will...
AJC political watch: Truth testing Atlanta’s candidates for mayor

AJC political watch: Truth testing Atlanta’s candidates for mayor

Half truths and innuendo have long been among the dark arts honed by political operatives. For the past several months, they have marked the campaigns of those vying to become Atlanta’s next mayor. As Tuesday’s runoff election between councilwomen Mary Norwood and Keisha Lance Bottoms has neared, the allegations of shady business dealings, inappropriate payments and financial irresponsibility...
Atlanta mayoral candidate Bottoms releases some income tax documents

Atlanta mayoral candidate Bottoms releases some income tax documents

Atlanta Mayoral Candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms posted unsigned copies of her federal income tax returns to her website late Wednesday night. But the returns are heavily redacted and don’t include all the schedules that would have been submitted to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Bottoms’ campaign did not issue a press release in advance of posting the documents to her website. Throughout...
Lawsuit dropped in battle tied to Gwinnett’s movie studio megaproject

Lawsuit dropped in battle tied to Gwinnett’s movie studio megaproject

The owner of the Gwinnett County site pitched for a major movie studio project and the developer who proposed that project have dropped one set of legal claims against each other.  A second court battle, meanwhile, doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon. In April, OFS — the fiber optic company that operates the proposed studio site off I-85 near Norcross — filed a lawsuit...
Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms releases returns

Atlanta mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms releases returns

Atlanta Mayoral candidate Keisha Lance Bottoms has released portions of her federal tax returns for the past seven years. Last week, Mary Norwood, Bottoms opponent in the Dec. 5 mayoral runoff election, released her personal and business returns for the past nine years. Bottoms did not release her business returns, and most of her 2015 return is missing. The unsigned returns are available on the Bottoms&rsquo...
Tom Hanks jokes about ‘The Post’ co-star Meryl Streep calling her ‘high maintenance’

Tom Hanks jokes about ‘The Post’ co-star Meryl Streep calling her ‘high maintenance’

When Hollywood legend Tom Hanks appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to promote his new movie “The Post,” he managed to find time to take a few playful jabs at his co-star and fellow Hollywood legend Meryl Streep. Colbert and Hanks were having a friendly chat when Colbert mentioned the veteran actress. Hanks rolled his eyes and said, “You mean, can I just...
Kris Jenner buys home across from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West

Kris Jenner buys home across from Kim Kardashian, Kanye West

Kris Jenner is now the proud owner of a mansion that has six bedrooms, eight baths, a movie theater and a workout room, according to People, and her new property is close to where one of her daughters lives. Across the street is the home owned by her daughter Kim Kardashian West and son-in-law Kanye West. The housing arrangement is not new for the stars. The couple  lived with...
Being stubborn may help you live longer, new study suggests

Being stubborn may help you live longer, new study suggests

Stubbornness may actually be a trait that helps people live longer, a new study suggests. Published this week in the academic journal "International Psychogeriatrics", the study examined the mental and physical health of elderly Italians living in a remote village nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and mountains. The researchers behind the study, who hail from the University of Rome...
5 ways to stick with your New Year's fitness resolutions

5 ways to stick with your New Year's fitness resolutions

Many people make fitness-related New Year's resolutions, only to see them fall by the wayside. It's why gyms are packed in January, but back to normal by April. How can you keep the momentum going throughout the year to achieve your goal of better health and/or weight loss? It's easy to start off the New Year full of energy and grand plans, but starting small will give you a greater chance of...
’Full House’ star John Stamos announces he’s finally going to be dad in real life

’Full House’ star John Stamos announces he’s finally going to be dad in real life

John Stamos not only has a wedding to look forward to --he’s also going to be a dad in the next year. >> Read more trending news Stamos and his fiancée, Caitlin McHugh, are expecting their first child. The “Full House” actor said that he had talked with McHugh about adding to their family, People reported. His announcement is the subject of the magazine’s...
Your guide to building a fabulous gingerbread house

Your guide to building a fabulous gingerbread house

If you're like me, this time of year brings the yearning for upholding or creating family traditions such as building a holiday gingerbread house, but the reality is that there's only so much time in a day. Most of us were already burning our candles from both ends before they turned red and started smelling of spice and apples. Now we're just burned out. Take a breath. You’ve got options. My...
Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits among 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class

Bon Jovi, The Cars, Dire Straits among 2018 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland has announced the class of 2018. >> Read more trending news The list is comprised of five artists or bands in the Performer Category and one performer for the Early Influence Award. Going into the Hall of Fame as performers next year are:  Bon Jovi started in the early ‘80s in New Jersey and had hits like “You Give Love A Bad...
Princes William, Harry attend ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ European premiere

Princes William, Harry attend ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ European premiere

English royalty became Hollywood royalty in London Tuesday night as Princes William and Harry walked the red carpet for the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” premiere. Kensington Palace tweeted from the event. The next generation royals were at the premiere after they filmed secret cameos last year. William told the crew that he was a “total Star Wars geek,” The Daily Mail...
Guara plant resembles whirling butterflies

Guara plant resembles whirling butterflies

A perennial tough as nails yet as delicate as sprigs of baby’s breath is always a winner in the West. In the furnace of the California desert, Gaura lindheimeri has proven its mettle against staggering conditions. During the high heat of midsummer that exceeded 110-plus degrees Fahrenheit this year, they never pause new bloom production. Their fine stems continue to nod and sway with the desert...
Basic summer cabin transformed into their ‘happy house’

Basic summer cabin transformed into their ‘happy house’

SEATTLE — Aboard her paddleboard, Lisa has logged a lot of nautical miles navigating the waters of Lake Washington — and reflecting on the lakefront homes encircling it. So when she and her husband, Craig, decided to move their family from Riviera Beach (on the lake) to Washington Park (also on the lake), Lisa had a pretty specific vision — or, more accurately, feeling — of...

Entertaining guests with farm-to-table feast

Linda was on a mission. She and her husband, Mike, were hosting a farm-to-table feast at their home north of Kansas City to benefit their church. She stopped by on her hunt for the dishes and linens and other supplies she would need to create a beautiful table in her barn. A gourmet cook, Linda is known for her parties. And as she told me about the menu she was planning that would celebrate the fresh...
10 ways to make your rental property more appealing

10 ways to make your rental property more appealing

These days, it is easier than ever to rent out your home. But with the increased popularity also comes increased competition. How can you help your rental property stand out from the crowd? Those looking to cash in should keep some of these top Design Recipes areas to focus on in mind. 1. Photography. Good quality photography should top your list. In the case of rental properties, potential renters...

Pollinators will make a bee-line to old-fashioned cosmos

The Georgia Department of Transportation is teaching all of us about an old floral favorite that needs to be brought back to the garden, the cosmos. I see them along Interstate 16 starting around mile marker 98 going north and the nature scape, if you will, is amazing. What is even more exciting is that the future of these types of floral plantings is bright. GDOT is revved up on planting pollinators...
How to bring the good vibes to your kitchen

How to bring the good vibes to your kitchen

The term “feng shui” usually conjures up images of furniture arrangements, but you can apply these ancient Chinese spatial laws to other aspects of your home beyond optimizing room layouts. To learn more about how to bring the good vibes to our kitchen, we tapped certified feng shui expert Laura Cerrano for simple, actionable tips for making the most of an oft-used space that carries particular...
Lindsey Vonn opens up about backlash after Trump-Olympics comments

Lindsey Vonn opens up about backlash after Trump-Olympics comments

After pledging to represent the United States but not President Trump at the 2018 Winter Olympics, skier Lindsey Vonn is opening up about some of the backlash she’s been receiving since. “I’ve received a tremendous amount of feedback, both positive and negative, about my recent CNN interview,” she explained in a long Instagram post. “The point that I was...
5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

5 epic New Year's Eve destinations that aren't New York 

The thought has probably crossed your mind: someday I'll spend New Year's Eve at Times Square in New York City. You'll be part of that massive crowd as the whole country watches and counts down to the moment the crystal ball drops. With your friends or significant other, you'll toast the New Year with champagne and, just maybe, one of those TV cameras will take notice and your faces will flash...
Furious Rose McGowan blasts old friend Alyssa Milano on Twitter over Weinstein’s wife

Furious Rose McGowan blasts old friend Alyssa Milano on Twitter over Weinstein’s wife

Rose McGowan took to Twitter to attack her former “Charmed” co-star Alyssa Milano, after the latter appeared on television and voiced her supporter of Georgina Chapman, Harvey Weinstein’s now estranged wife. Milano appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” last week and chatted with the host about her friend Chapman — with whom she worked on “Project Runway: All Stars...
Deputies: Man returning home from church killed by alleged drunken driver

Deputies: Man returning home from church killed by alleged drunken driver

A Texas man on his way home from church in Montgomery County was killed by a suspected drunken driver, sheriff’s deputies said. The crash happened just before 8:30 p.m. Monday on Hardin Store Road near the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in Magnolia, KTRK reported. Witnesses said a man driving a silver pickup truck crashed head-on into a black pickup, whose driver was headed home from a nearby...
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls Trump tweet 'a sexist smear'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls Trump tweet 'a sexist smear'

Update 3:45 p.m. ET Dec. 12: White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied that a tweet sent Tuesday morning by President Donald Trump was sexist and claimed it was instead about reforming campaign finance laws. “Only if your mind was in the gutter would you have read it that way,” Huckabee Sanders said. “He’s obviously talking about political...
Happy Hanukkah: 8 things to know

Happy Hanukkah: 8 things to know

Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, begins Tuesday night. “Hanukkah” means “dedication” in Hebrew, and there are many traditions associated with the holiday. Here are eight fun facts: Hanukkah begins on the eve of the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem that had been defiled after the...
New Mexico policeman who adopted drug-addicted baby receives award

New Mexico policeman who adopted drug-addicted baby receives award

A New Mexico police officer, who adopted a drug-addicted baby girl born to a woman fighting an addiction, was honored by the Albuquerque Police Department on Monday, the Albuquerque Journal reported. Ryan Holets received the Outstanding Service to the Community award from Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller. The baby, who Ryan and Rebecca Holets named Hope, was born Oct. 12. She had heroin and crystal meth...
Kremlin says it views Trump tweets as ‘official statements’

Kremlin says it views Trump tweets as ‘official statements’

President Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, and his tweets are read by millions of people. Including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Reuters reported.  The Russians view Trump’s tweets as an “official statement,” a Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday. “Everything which is published from his authorized Twitter account is perceived by Moscow as his official statement...
WWE wrestler Paige contemplated suicide after photos, videos leaked

WWE wrestler Paige contemplated suicide after photos, videos leaked

Professional wrestler Paige revealed on a podcast that she considered suicide after personal photos and an explicit sex video were leaked, Bleacher Report reported. Paige, 25, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis, stars for the WWE. Speaking on the “Chasing Glory With Lilian Garcia” podcast that was aired Monday, the British-born wrestler said she considered taking...
5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

5 Hallmark holiday movies that feature a piece of the South

Made for watching by the roaring fire, cocoa in hand, slippers on feet, the delightful, wintry scenes of Hallmark Channel holiday movies are not typically fit for Southern settings. It only makes sense: how are you going to have the Christmas Festival of Ice and similar “Winter Wonderland” themes set in Charlotte, or Atlanta or Rocky Top, Tennessee? What's surprising is that...
Ex-Disney actress Bella Thorne reveals abuse as child star

Ex-Disney actress Bella Thorne reveals abuse as child star

Actress Bella Thorne is opening up about the abuse she faced growing up in Hollywood. On Friday, Thorne shocked fans when she tweeted that she was a victim of molestation while working as a child star. It all started when a fan tweeted at Thorne, “What did Disney do to this girl?! I think she was molested,” in the comments section of one of her photos. Thorne responded by retweeting the...
WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel holds infant son during tearful monologue about children's health care

WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel holds infant son during tearful monologue about children's health care

On Monday, late-night host Jimmy Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue while holding his 7-month-old son, Billy, after taking a week off as the baby boy recovered from heart surgery. A tearful Kimmel asked lawmakers to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which expired two months ago. "This is literally a life-and-death program for American kids," Kimmel said. "It&rsquo...
Another star reporter, this time at the New Yorker, out after ‘improper sexual conduct’

Another star reporter, this time at the New Yorker, out after ‘improper sexual conduct’

The New Yorker has fired its Washington correspondent, Ryan Lizza, over what the magazine called “improper sexual conduct.” New Yorker officials said in a statement that they recently learned of the “improper” conduct and made the decision to let Lizza go. “We have reviewed the matter and, as a result, have severed ties with Lizza,” according to the magazine&rsquo...
Family, friends celebrate Kirk Douglas’s 101st year

Family, friends celebrate Kirk Douglas’s 101st year

Kirk Douglas had a lot of help to blow out his many birthday candles over the weekend. Deadline Hollywood reported that the Hollywood legend rang in 101 years on Saturday at his Beverly Hills home and was showered with tributes from his famous family.  The senior Douglas’ 17-year-old grandson, Dylan Douglas, posted a photo on an Instagram of himself planting a peck...
Max Born’s identity: Google honors Nobel Prize-winning physicist who escaped Nazis

Max Born’s identity: Google honors Nobel Prize-winning physicist who escaped Nazis

In honor of what would have been German physicist Max Born’s 135th birthday, the Google Doodle team put together a colorful illustration for the search engine’s home page. Born is remembered for his major contributions to quantum mechanics, a field of study that has led to the invention of computers, lasers, medical imaging devices and more. Here are six things to know about...
Girl has blunt message for Aetna after brain surgery coverage denied

Girl has blunt message for Aetna after brain surgery coverage denied

A New York teenager had strong words when her parents’ insurance company denied her coverage for minimally invasive brain surgery that could end the seizures that have plagued her since she was 9. The surgery for Cara Pressman, 15, was rejected by Aetna six weeks ago, CNN reported. She had been scheduled to have laser ablation surgery on Oct. 23, but three days before the procedure...
Woman’s floating retirement home sinks into California bay

Woman’s floating retirement home sinks into California bay

A California woman who was buoyed by the idea of a floating retirement home watched her life savings sink to the bottom of a bay, KGO reported. Debbie Herbstreit had paid $25,000 for the boat to use as a home and had owned it for a month. Sunday, she received an urgent call from the harbormaster at the San Leandro Marina, informing her that the boat was taking on water.. “I dropped...
Ellen DeGeneres’ California home threatened by wildfires

Ellen DeGeneres’ California home threatened by wildfires

The Thomas Fire is impacting thousands of California residents, including talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. DeGeneres tweeted Sunday night that her Santa Barbara home is in danger from the raging wildfire. “We just had to evacuate our pets,” she wrote. “I’m praying for everyone in our community and thankful to all the incredible firefighters.” The Thomas Fire has burned...
Who is Akayed Ullah, suspect in New York explosion?

Who is Akayed Ullah, suspect in New York explosion?

Four people were injured Monday morning when an explosive device went off in an underground passageway near Times Square, New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said. Among those injured was a man suspected of strapping the device to himself and carrying it toward Times Square. New York Police Commissioner James O’Neil identified the suspect as Akayed Ullah, 27.
Superheroes stage holiday shopping spree at Target 

Superheroes stage holiday shopping spree at Target 

Christmas shoppers can usually find superheroes on toy shelves at Target. But, here’s a twist: shoppers at a Kansas City area Target discovered superheroes shopping for toys at Target. Iron Man, Thor, Supergirl, Snow White and Captain America were among the comic book heroes shopping for kids Sunday night at the Target in Mission, Kansas, The Kansas City Star reported. Armed with $17...
Chef Mario Batali leaves 'The Chew' amid sexual harassment allegations

Chef Mario Batali leaves 'The Chew' amid sexual harassment allegations

Chef Mario Batali is stepping down as co-host of ABC’s cooking and lifestyle show “The Chew” after being accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching women, USA Today reported. Multiple anonymous women alleged in a story by food-trade publication Eater New York that Batali had groped their breasts or buttocks, amid other allegations. Batali apologized...
4-year-old Chicago boy reads 100 books in one day

4-year-old Chicago boy reads 100 books in one day

Reading is fundamental for a 4-year-old Chicago boy. It’s a lot of fun, too. Caleb Green staged a reading marathon Saturday, completing 100 books, WLS reported. Every time he finished 10 books, including his favorites about dogs and Ninja Turtles, he did a little dance. Caleb’s parents decided to stream his book binge on Facebook Live and received several thousand views, WLS reported...
5 ways to merrily avoid mall parking mayhem this holiday season

5 ways to merrily avoid mall parking mayhem this holiday season

While hilarious television host Ellen might be able to make the perils of holiday mall parking funny ("New Year's Eve, you finally get that space"), the rest of us find little humor in the waiting and anxiety involved in parking at the mall to shop for presents. Ellen can make the executive decision to skip ever purchasing her mom items from the mall’s Victoria’s Secret...
75th Golden Globe Awards nominees announced: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water,’ HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ take most nods

75th Golden Globe Awards nominees announced: Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Shape of Water,’ HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’ take most nods

Stars of the small and big screen are finding out who could be taking home a Golden Globes award as the nominations are announced for the Golden Globes Awards. >> Read more trending news  According to Vanity Fair, expected nominees included “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “Dunkirk” for Best Motion Picture, Drama.  For Best Motion Picture...
Watch: Dramatic finish at Dallas Marathon

Watch: Dramatic finish at Dallas Marathon

It was an agonizing finish, but a psychiatrist from New York City won the women’s division of the BMW Dallas Marathon after stumbling a few times and getting some help before breaking the tape, WFAA reported. Chandler Self, a Texas A&M graduate, won the women’s title in an unofficial time of 2:53:58. She was leading the women’s marathon field by several minutes when...
Massachusetts first responders rescue man from sinking car

Massachusetts first responders rescue man from sinking car

A Massachusetts man who crashed his car into a pond was rescued by the Winchendon Fire Department. According to the department's Facebook page, it received a call around 4 a.m. Sunday about a car that drove onto and crashed through Hunts Pond. When officers arrived on the scene, they found a car in the water -- with a person still in it. The driver was able to escape the vehicle and was sitting...
Police: Pro wrestler arrested in Florida after putting wife in headlock 

Police: Pro wrestler arrested in Florida after putting wife in headlock 

A professional wrestler was arrested in Florida early Sunday after police said he put his wife in a headlock and dragged her into his car. Richard A. Swann, 26, of Orlando, was booked into the Alachua County Jail just after midnight on charges of simple battery and false imprisonment. World Wrestling Entertainment suspended him indefinitely following the arrest.  Gainesville Police...
Watch: Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested in Miami

Watch: Comedian Hannibal Buress arrested in Miami

A popular stand-up comedian was handcuffed early Sunday in Miami and video of his arrest is going viral. “Explain what I’m detained for,” Hannibal Buress asks Miami police officers repeatedly as he leans against a police car while handcuffed. Buress, 34, was booked into Miami-Dade Jail just before 2 a.m. and released around four hours later after posting bond, according to the ...
Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby 'can't vote' for Roy Moore

Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby 'can't vote' for Roy Moore

Sen. Richard Shelby prefers a write-in candidate for Tuesday’s special election in Alabama instead of Republican candidate Roy Moore, CNN reported. “I'd rather see the Republican win, but I'd rather see a Republican write-in,” Shelby told CNN on Sunday. “I couldn't vote for Roy Moore. I didn't vote for Roy Moore.” Moore has denied accusations of pursuing sexual relationships...
Max Clifford, the 'King of Spin,' dies in UK prison

Max Clifford, the 'King of Spin,' dies in UK prison

Max Clifford, a celebrity publicist whose clients included O.J Simpson, David Beckham and Simon Cowell, died in a British prison, CNN reported Sunday. He was 74. Nicknamed the “King of Spin,” Clifford was serving an eight-year prison term after his 2014 conviction for a series of indecent assaults on teenage girls, CNN reported. Clifford was the first person to be convicted in an...
‘Fargo’ actor Steve Reevis dies at 55

‘Fargo’ actor Steve Reevis dies at 55

Actor Steve Reevis, who had roles in the movies “Fargo,” and "Last of the Dogmen," died Thursday in Montana. He was 55. Ralph Foster, of the Foster Funeral Home, said Friday that Reevis died at a hospital in Missoula. He said he did not know the cause of death. Reevis was a member of the Blackfeet Nation in northwestern Montana and portrayed Native Americans in the films he made...
'Frosty' display on interstate puts Florida commuters in holiday mood

'Frosty' display on interstate puts Florida commuters in holiday mood

Sound barriers. Concrete overpasses. Amber Alert signs. Weary Florida commuters on I-95 have little to see that pleases the eye. And, then, there he is: a smiling goofball, with top hat cocked, a corncob pipe in his mouth and his gigantic green mittens hanging over the roof of the Cheney Brothers food distribution headquarters in Riviera Beach. It’s not the holidays until I-95’s northbound...
Donny Osmond celebrates 60th birthday with help from sister Marie

Donny Osmond celebrates 60th birthday with help from sister Marie

Can you believe Donny Osmond is 60 years old? Neither can the baker who made his cake, apparently. The singer rang in his 60th birthday Saturday with a little help from sister Marie and a cake that appears to indicate he’s actually turning 90 years old due to a hilarious mishap. >> Read more trending news  “Right side up and upside down no matter how I look at his...
Worst global warming predictions likely the most accurate, study finds

Worst global warming predictions likely the most accurate, study finds

The worst-case predictions regarding the effects of global warming are the most likely to be true, a new study published this week has warned. "Our study indicates that if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93 per cent chance that global warming will exceed 4°C by the end of this century," Dr. Ken Caldeira, an atmospheric scientist at the Carnegie...
First fire-related death confirmed in Southern California blazes

First fire-related death confirmed in Southern California blazes

A woman whose body was found at a crash site on an evacuation route in Southern California was confirmed as the first fire-related death in a series of wildfires, CNN reported Saturday. Virginia Pesola, 70, of Santa Paula, was found dead in a car that authorities said was involved in a crash during Wednesday’s evacuations near the Thomas Fire. The cause of death was “blunt force injuries...
Florida mom seeks medical attention for son accused of killing grandmother

Florida mom seeks medical attention for son accused of killing grandmother

The mother of a Florida teenager accused of killing his grandmother said the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is not properly managing her son’s diabetes and his situation is “extremely dangerous.” In a Dec. 9 letter to the Sheriff’s Office, Carrie Campbell-Mott said 15-year-old Logan Tyler Mott belongs in a juvenile home, where his medical condition might be monitored...
Former pitcher Dwight Gooden plays Santa at NYC gentlemen’s club

Former pitcher Dwight Gooden plays Santa at NYC gentlemen’s club

Former New York Mets star Dwight Gooden was pitching a different kind of game Tuesday night. The former major-league pitcher played Santa Claus but was not handing out presents to children. The 1985 National League Cy Young Award winner, who was dressed up as St. Nick for the first time, instead posed with dancers at the Vivid Cabaret in New York City, a club The New York Times said &ldquo...
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