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TSA agents help each other out during government shutdown

TSA agents help each other out during government shutdown

We are now entering day 32 of the government shutdown and the impact it is having on airports is growing each day. On Sunday, 10% of TSA workers nationwide called in sick because they are not getting paid. That means longer wait times for people traveling. Many TSA workers say they have little money left…MORE

Pastor giving up part of his liver to save dying child

Pastor giving up part of his liver to save dying child

Stark County Pastor Noah Schumacher relied on his faith when he made the decision to give up part of his liver to save the life of a child that he has never met. “We say we follow Jesus as Christians and I don’t understand how you couldn’t do this,” Schumacher said. “This is a gift…MORE

Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion restriction declared unconstitutional

Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ abortion restriction declared unconstitutional

An Iowa state judge on Tuesday struck down the state’s so-called “fetal heartbeat” law, declaring one of the nation’s most restrictive abortion bans unconstitutional. The law, signed in May, would ban doctors from performing most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected. That can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, before many…MORE

The shutdown’s hitting Smithsonian hard. It’s losing $1 million a week

The shutdown’s hitting Smithsonian hard. It’s losing $1 million a week

The Smithsonian museums have been closed since January 2 because of the government shutdown. The loss of access to the 19 museums of the Smithsonian Institution — the world’s largest museum, education, and research complex — has been tough for the thousands of people who visit them everyday. But it’s been even harder on the…MORE

Deaths of Saudi sisters in New York found to be suicide

Deaths of Saudi sisters in New York found to be suicide

The deaths of two Saudi sisters whose bodies were discovered on the banks of New York’s Hudson River last October were a double suicide, medical examiners have concluded. Rotana Farea, 23, and Tala Farea, 16, were Saudi citizens who had been living in the United States for two to three years. “Today, my office determined…MORE

LA teachers return to classrooms after 6-day strike

LA teachers return to classrooms after 6-day strike

Los Angeles teachers will return to their classrooms Wednesday after a six-day strike ended late Tuesday with teachers and staff throwing their support behind a new agreement. Preliminary numbers from a vote by members of the United Teachers Los Angeles show that “a vast super majority” voted yes, ending the strike, UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl…MORE

Denver teachers vote to strike for first time in 25 years

Denver teachers vote to strike for first time in 25 years

After more than a year of tense negotiations with the school district, Denver teachers overwhelmingly voted to strike late Tuesday. Following two days of voting, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) announced that 93% of its members approved a strike after negotiations failed. “Denver teachers overwhelmingly agreed to strike,” lead negotiator Rob Gould said during…MORE

Police: Oklahoma Man Pointed Gun At Woman During Road Rage Incident

Police: Oklahoma Man Pointed Gun At Woman During Road Rage Incident

An Oklahoma man is accused of pointing a gun at another driver after an alleged road rage incident on U.S. 412. Jeffrey Scott Lewis, 49, of Watts, Okla., was arrested Jan. 17 in connection with three counts of aggravated assault, a Class D felony. He also faces five misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.…MORE

ENTERTAINMENT

Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassment in parking spot dispute

Alec Baldwin pleads guilty to harassment in parking spot dispute

Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a violation of harassment in connection with a dispute last year over a parking spot, according to a Manhattan district attorney’s office spokeswoman. The actor pleaded guilty to a violation of harassment in the second degree with a conditional discharge and participation in a short-term anger management program, said…

Taraji P. Henson clarifies R. Kelly stance

Taraji P. Henson clarifies R. Kelly stance

Taraji P. Henson is speaking out after critics suggested she supports embattled singer R. Kelly. The “Empire” star faced backlash Tuesday for a now deleted Instagram story in which she compared protests against Kelly to those against disgraced former producer Harvey Weinstein. The recent Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which chronicles allegations of abuse, predatory…

James Gandolfini’s son cast to play young Tony Soprano

James Gandolfini’s son cast to play young Tony Soprano

A planned movie prequel to “The Sopranos” TV series is keeping it in the family. According to Deadline, Michael Gandolfini will play young Tony Soprano, the role that made his late father, James Gandolfini, famous. “The Many Saints of Newark” will explore the life of the young mobster in the 1960s. The feature script was…

Comedian and co-creator of ‘Rel’ Kevin Barnett dies at 32

Comedian and co-creator of ‘Rel’ Kevin Barnett dies at 32

Comedian and writer Kevin Barnett has died, according to a statement from Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Entertainment. Barnett, 32, co-created the TV comedy series “Rel” on Fox — with fellow comedians Lil Rel Howery and Josh Rabinowitz — which premiered a few months ago and stars Howery. Fox Entertainment released a statement: “Our…