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NEW YORK (AP) — A law enforcement official tells The Associated Press that a man had a pipe bomb strapped to him when it went off on a New York City subway platform.
The explosion happened around 7:30 a.m. Monday. Details were still developing.
The person was arrested and has non-life-threatening injuries. Another person on the platform sustained non-life-threatening injuries
The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the incident.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has tweeted that President Trump has been briefed on the explosion.
Well my friends, here we go again… Another warm December day is headed our way today!! High pressure over the W half of the nation will control our weather as well… The storm track has been pushed well to the north and the coldest temps are trapped around the great lakes and we stay fairly mild for the season!!
It’s not too windy to start but by lunchtime NW winds will start to get pretty gusty and with the extremely dry conditions we are already dealing with, fire dangers will be very high this afternoon.
Sure, we’re not going to be AS warm as we were yesterday but we’re still talking 60s!!
A series of fast moving cold fronts will give us a bit of a temperature roller coaster this week but none of these fronts are going to cool us off to seasonal normal temps and none of these fronts will squeeze out any meaningful moisture.
Thinking about heading out of state today?? Have a look at the forecast for your destination.
TEGA CAY, S.C. (AP) – An anonymous person dropped a single gold coin worth about $1,200 in a Salvation Army kettle in South Carolina.
Multiple media outlets report the one-ounce South African Krugerrand was dropped into a Salvation Army kettle during a fundraising drive at a Walmart store in Tega Cay.
The coin will likely be sold to a jeweler’s store with proceeds going to Salvation Army programs.
Mike McGee of the Salvation Army in Rock Hill says a typical kettle fundraiser will raise about $300 a day.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Queens of the Stone Age frontman Joshua Homme has apologized after a photographer claimed the singer kicked her camera while she photographed the band’s concert in Southern California.
Photographer Chelsea Lauren said on Instagram that she sought medical treatment after the camera smashed into her face from the kick Saturday night at a radio station’s annual Christmas event. Video posted to social media shows Homme swinging his leg and connecting with the camera while playing guitar at the Forum near Los Angeles.
Homme said on Twitter Sunday that he was “in a state of being lost in performance” and thought he was kicking lighting equipment on stage. He says it was unintentional and he hopes Lauren accepts his apology.
Emails seeking further comment from Homme’s representatives were not immediately returned.
HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – The Hutchinson Fire Department wants to remind adults to teach their children fire safety after a four-year-old started a house fire Sunday morning.
According to Hutchinson Fire Chief Steven Beer, crews were called to a house fire in the 1400 block of E. 5th Avenue around 10:45 a.m. When initial crews arrived to the scene they discovered a pile of clothes was on fire in a closet.
The fire was quickly contained and no one was harmed. Investigators did determine that the child caused the fire by playing with a lighter.
Authorities are reminding adults to teach their children to never play with matches or lighters. They suggest parents make it a habit of placing those items up and away from children. Also, they encourage parents to take time to teach children how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm.
Chief Beer said new statistics show that once a smoke alarm sounds, you have three minutes to get out safely.
WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Just under $8 million animals are brought into local shelters nationwide, every year. Each shelter has their own set of rules and focus, but one thing remains the same; their mission to help animals.
One of Wichita’s local animal shelters, Beauties and Beasts, has stepped up for animals in many ways, even during national disasters like Hurricane Harvey. However, these nonprofit organizations need help and Saturday, they got it.
“I really like animals,” said Leah Crump.
Leah is a Wichita girl with a big heart and this year for her twelfth birthday, she told her mom she wanted to donate her special day to helping animals.
“Instead of a birthday party and presents, I’d rather have a donation for dogs,” explained Leah.
Leah’s mom called a friend who works for A New U Salon & Boutique to ask if Leah could collect donations for animals without a home in their space. The boutique happily accepted the offer, adding that they were excited to be a part of Leah’s selfless act of kindness.
“Everybody here is dog lovers,” explained Jenna Steier. “Leah has been bullied for a really long time and it got bigger a week ago so, I decided I wanted to make it special for her.”
Leah says being bullied in school inspired her to help stray animals that also face cruelty. Her efforts inspired many people to come and donate food, supplies and even money towards the cause. Leah’s mother, Danielle had tears in her eyes when she spoke of how proud she was of her daughter’s ambitions.
“Animals are mistreated and bullied and I know that she has felt that and I’m just beyond proud of her,” said Leah’s mom, Danielle Hayworth. “People need to be kind and I’m glad that I raised one and I feel like I’ve done something right. I love you — I’m so proud.”
Leah plans to deliver the donations to Beauties and Beasts on Monday.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! The new school and work week features a lot of ups and downs. Overall, temperatures look to stay above normal for this time of year.
We’ll keep the crystal clear skies Sunday night with lows in the 30s. Winds remain light before picking up tomorrow afternoon.Kansas Tonight
Beautiful mid December weather continues into Monday. The wind will be a nuisance tomorrow with gusts in excess of 30 MPH. With the continued dry conditions, be extremely mindful of the fire danger threat. Outdoor burning is highly discouraged and NEVER throw cigarettes out the window.Kansas Tomorrow
Even cooler on Tuesday but notice for the next 3 days, temperatures remain above normal for this time of year!Next 3 Days
Even colder days are in the extended forecast. Make sure to check in with us on KSN News this evening, I’ll have your forecast highlighted to show you when daytime highs in the 40s returns! – Laura Bannon
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Kareem Hunt ran for 116 yards and a touchdown, the Chiefs shut down Derek Carr and Raiders offense and Kansas City held on to beat Oakland 26-15 on Sunday to snap a four-game losing streak.
The suddenly stingy Chiefs (7-6) also made a big statement in the crowded AFC West race. They entered the game tied atop the division standings with the Raiders (6-7) and the Chargers, who played Washington later Sunday and visit Kansas City on Saturday night.
Alex Smith threw for 268 yards and Charcandrick West had a touchdown run for the Chiefs, who held the Raiders without points until Marshawn Lynch’s 22-yard touchdown run with 8:51 to go.
By that point, the Chiefs were cruising toward their 14th win in 15 divisional games.
Carr was 24 of 41 for 211 yards with a touchdown and two picks, a far cry from his performance when the teams met in October. Carr threw for 417 yards and three touchdowns that day, including the winning toss to Michael Crabtree on the final play of the game.
That loss was part of a midseason swoon for Kansas City, which started 5-0 but lost six of seven to fall into a tie for the division lead – and put its once-solid playoff prospects in peril.
The Chiefs gave them a boost again Sunday behind a defense that was shredded by the New York Jets last week, and that was missing All-Pro cornerback Marcus Peters.
The volatile young star was suspended by coach Andy Reid this week for a series of embarrassing incidents, including the throwing of an official’s flag into the stands in the Meadowlands.
The trio of Steven Nelson, Darrelle Revis and Terrance Mitchell more than made up for him.
So did Kansas City’s offense, which produced for the second straight week as offensive coordinator Matt Nagy called the plays. The Chiefs got four field goals from Harrison Butker, along with their two touchdown runs, and didn’t have to punt until the fourth quarter.
The Raiders tried to make it interesting late, recovering an onside kick after Lynch’s TD run. Carr connected with Jared Cook on fourth down for another score, and the 2-point conversion trimmed what had been a 26-0 deficit to 26-15 in a matter of minutes.
But after receiving the kickoff, the Chiefs’ Albert Wilson made a juggling catch to convert a third down, and that allowed the reigning AFC West champs to mostly run out the clock.
Raiders WR Amari Cooper was active after he was cleared of a concussion and a sprained left ankle was deemed OK. But he left in the second quarter with a right leg injury when he was blocking downfield on a run by DeAndre Washington, and a defender rolled into the back of him.
The Raiders also were missing two defensive starters in CB David Amerson (foot sprain) and LB Cory James (knee), while DE Mario Edwards Jr. (ankle) left early in the second quarter and TE Clive Walford went down in the fourth. The Chiefs missed starting C Mitch Morse with a sprained foot.
Raiders: return home to face the Cowboys next Sunday night.
Chiefs: get another AFC West contender when the Chargers visit Saturday night.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Tra Holder scored 29 points on 8-for-16 shooting, and No. 16 Arizona State pulled off a 95-85 upset of No. 2 Kansas on Sunday.
Shannon Evans II had 22 points and Remy Martin added 21 for the Sun Devils (9-0), who marched into Allen Fieldhouse and overpowered the Jayhawks (7-2). Arizona State shot 50 percent from 3-point range and 50.8 percent overall to hand Kansas its second straight loss.
After a slow start that forced coach Bobby Hurley to use a timeout less than two minutes into the game, Arizona State snapped back into it, trimming the deficit to just three points at halftime. The Sun Devils outscored the Jayhawks 58-42 in the second half.
It was another strong performance for Holder, who entered averaging 20.3 points per game. He had seven assists in addition to his 29 points.
Lagerald Vick led Kansas with 25 points, his fifth time eclipsing the 20-point mark this season. Devonte’ Graham added 19 points and eight assists.
Svi Mykhailiuk had an off day, going 3-for-14 from the field and not registering any of his 14 points until he hit a 3-pointer with 6 minutes left in the game. He had four turnovers and four fouls.
Kansas lost consecutive games for the first time since December of 2013. Coach Bill Self will need to diagnose in a hurry what has gone wrong, with the start of conference play just three games away.
Arizona State picked up another marquee victory after knocking off No. 15 Xavier in late November. The Sun Devils are 9-0 for the first time since 1974-75 and look to be one of the top teams in the PAC-12.
Kansas will tumble further than already expected after falling to unranked Washington on Wednesday.
With another impressive win, Arizona State should continue its rise towards the top of the polls.
Kansas heads north to face former Big 12 rival Nebraska on Saturday.
Arizona State hosts Vanderbilt next Sunday.
WESTON, Fla. (WFLA) – A man attempting a robbery at a Florida Walgreens got nothing but some candy and an ice-cold stare.
Surveillance cameras captured the moment an armed robber encountered an unfazed clerk at a Walgreens store in Weston on December 4.
Video released by the Broward Sheriff’s Office shows the suspect walk into the store and try to obscure his appearance. He grabs candy and ice cream before approaching the register. As the clerk rings up the items, the suspect gets out a handgun and demands money out of the register. But the clerk was having none of it and continued to stare him down.
The robber eventually gave up and walked out of the store without any cash. He was, however, able to steal the ice cream and the candy.
Broward authorities are still searching for the suspect who is 5’09”, 150 pounds, in his 20s with a dark complexion. Anyone with information can call BSO Det. Mark Copley at 954-321-4738; Broward Crime Stoppers, anonymously, at 954-493-8477 (TIPS).
EDMOND, OK (AP) — An Oklahoma mother and father couldn’t figure out what was happening to their child’s pacifiers until the baby’s grandmother saw the family dog swipe one off a counter.
One nauseous pooch and a trip to their veterinarian’s office confirmed the couple’s hunch: Dovey had 21 pacifiers lodged in her stomach.
The couple told the veterinarian Dovey had slowed her eating and was vomiting for a few days, but other than that, they thought she seemed fine.
KFOR-TV reports that at first, the veterinarian thought there were only seven to nine pacifiers in Dovey’s stomach, but the surgery proved otherwise.
Dovey is on the mend and has already gone home.
The veterinarian cautioned pet owners in a recent Facebook post that “dogs will eat anything, anytime and at any age.”
BERLIN (AP) — German police say the pilot of a passenger jet destined for Zurich made an unscheduled stop at Stuttgart airport because a Swiss passenger become aggressive after being denied champagne.
Reutlingen police say crew members were unable to calm the 44-year-old business class passenger, who was angered by their refusal to serve her more sparkling wine on the flight from Moscow late Saturday.
Police said in a statement Sunday that the woman, who wasn’t named, was escorted off the Airbus A320 and ordered to pay a security of 5,000 euros ($5,871).
They said the 43 passengers on board were never in danger, but the total cost involved in the unplanned stopover likely amounted to several tens of thousands of euros.
MOSCOW (AP) — A survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima compared her struggle to survive in 1945 to the objectives of the group awarded this year’s Nobel’s Peace Prize during a formal presentation Sunday.
Setsuko Thurlow, who was 13 years old when the U.S. bomb devastated her Japanese city during the final weeks of World War II, spoke in Oslo, Norway as a leading activist with the Nobel-winning International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
Thurlow said the Hiroshima blast left her buried under the rubble, but she was able to see light and crawl to safety. In the same way, the campaign she is part of now is a driving force behind an international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, she said after ICAN received the Nobel prize it won in October.
“Our light now is the ban treaty,” Thurlow said. “I repeat those words that I heard called to me in the ruins of Hiroshima: ‘Don’t give up. Keep pushing. See the light? Crawl toward it.'”
The treaty has been signed by 56 countries — none of them nuclear powers — and ratified by only three. To become binding it requires ratification by 50 countries.
ICAN Executive Director Beatrice Fihn, who accepted the prize along with Thurlow, said that while the treaty is far from ratification “now, at long last, we have an unequivocal norm against nuclear weapons.”
“This is the way forward. There is only one way to prevent the use of nuclear weapons — prohibit and eliminate them,” Fihn said.
The other Nobel laureates announced in October — winners of the literature, physics, chemistry, medicine and economics prizes — were to receive their awards Sunday in Stockholm.
AUSTIN (KXAN) – A south Austin woman says she is terrified to go to sleep at night after a man walked into her apartment and stared at her while she slept.
She says it happened on Nov. 20 after the apartment complex, located near the intersection of Slaughter Lane and Manchaca Road, changed all of the locks and some tenants ended up with the same key.
“He walked past the couch, he walked past the fireplace and then he gets to here,” said Ronda, who asked us not to use her last name since there hasn’t been an arrest. “He’s walking to me and then he trips, and when he trips I know I’m no longer alone.”
It’s an image she says she will never forget. “When I close my eyes I see him, I see clear like it happened to me five minutes ago,” said Ronda. “He was a Hispanic man with a mustache smiling at me, he had on a blue and white shirt with long sleeves.”
Ronda says she immediately sat up in her bed, said she was going to call 911 and then ran to her bedroom door. “Anything I could lift, anything that I could pick up, I picked up and I pushed it in front of the door and then called 911.”
When police arrived they didn’t find a man in her apartment and say there was no evidence of forced entry. That’s when Ronda remembered a text she got from her landlord. “We will have all units re-keyed and we will get you new keys today,” she read from her phone.
Ronda says she immediately went next door and was able to unlock her neighbor’s door with her key.
Apartment complex owners say they hired an independent contractor, JBQ, to change the locks.
“JBQ purchased new Defiant brand locks from Home Depot in brand new packaging for the replacement. I cannot truly speculate as to what resulted in JBQ giving two neighboring tenants the same lock and key, however, I must presume JBQ was unaware that two of locks were the same combination of keys. As soon as Regency was notified of matching keys, locks were immediately changed again and it was confirmed no matches exist,” said Regency Property Manager Jeff Overton.
But Ronda says it’s too late, the damage is already done. She says she’s lost sleep since the incident and has a knife at all times by her bed.
“I cannot sleep. There is no way I can close my eyes,” she said. Now Ronda says she is trying to move from her apartment and hire a lawyer.
The Austin Police Department says they are actively investigating this case but have not made any arrests.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There were cheers, gasps, droid photo opportunities, casino games and more than a few standing ovations at the jam-packed world premiere of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” Saturday night in Los Angeles, which many are already praising online.
Rian Johnson, the writer and director of the eighth installment of the franchise, dedicated the night to the late Carrie Fisher, who died after filming had completed.
“She’s up there flipping the bird and saying, ‘Don’t bring this night down with solemn tributes,'” Johnson said on stage at the Shrine Auditorium.
It was in that spirit that Johnson excitedly introduced his cast, including Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley and Laura Dern. Hamill and composer John Williams, who Johnson called one of the “greatest living film composers” were among the few who got standing ovations.
“Let’s watch a Star Wars movie!” Johnson exclaimed as the cast took their seats, the lights dimmed and the yellow Star Wars logo and iconic scrawl appeared on screen to signal the start of the film. The enthusiastic audience laughed and cheered throughout much of the two-and-a-half-hour film. One audience member even shrieked “What?!” at a key scene deep in the film.
The elaborate premiere featured a massive assault vehicle and a procession of Stormtroopers and droids that preceded the first showing of the film in advance of its Dec. 15 release. The mood was joyous and pregnant with anticipation for the highly anticipated and guarded film, which sees the return of Hamill’s Luke Skywalker as well as Fisher’s final performance.
Formal reviews won’t be out for a few days, but journalists and others at the screening who shared their initial reactions online said “The Last Jedi” packed the adventure expected in a Star Wars film, but took it into new territory.
J.J. Abrams, who directed 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and will return to direct Episode IX told The Associated Press that the film was “great” and that “Rian killed it.”
“Logan” director James Mangold also praised the film’s director, calling the movie “a great chapter of a blockbuster franchise,” that also had Johnson’s “voice shining through.”
Producer Adam F. Goldberg wrote that the film made him feel like a kid again.
Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican said the film “will shatter you and then make you feel whole again.”
Many who posted online about the premiere said they were still processing the film.
Attendees at Saturday’s premiere were the first people outside the cast, filmmakers and top executives at Walt Disney Co. and Lucasfilm who had seen “The Last Jedi.” Director Edgar Wright, Patton Oswalt, Greta Gerwig, “Stranger Things” actor Gaten Matarazzo, and Constance Zimmer were among the attendees Saturday.
Wright, who makes a cameo appearance in the film as a rebel, added on Twitter that the film was, “Really great.”
At the after-party, which was modeled after Canto Bight, a casino-based city in the Star Wars galaxy seen in “The Last Jedi,” attendees could play blackjack, roulette and craps to win commemorative Star Wars pins.
Fans at the premiere were also treated to up-close looks at new characters, including an elite squad of guards clad in red armor as well as a collection of droids, including the droids C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8, who walked and rolled down the red carpet before the film’s stars arrived.
“It’s a Star Wars movie, and the energy tonight is pretty amazing,” said a beaming Andy Serkis, who plays the villain Supreme Leader Snoke.
Ridley, who plays Rey, arrived wearing a shimmering dress adorned with stars. Ridley was in good spirits, saying about her dress, “I mean, it’s just fun. It’s fun. And I feel fun. And it’s got stars on it.”
Newcomer Kelly Marie Tran wore a bright red dress with a lengthy train behind it. John Boyega, who earlier in the day tweeted that he might miss the premiere because a snowstorm had snarled travel out of Atlanta, arrived sporting a dark blue tuxedo and turtleneck.
Secrecy about the film remained in place on the red carpet. Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO, told a reporter looking for details on the film, “I’m going to let you work out everything for yourself.”
“The Last Jedi,” which arrives in theaters on Dec. 15, is one of the year’s biggest releases. Early box office projections are for the film to debut in the $200 million range for its first weekend.
Associated Press Writers Nicole Evatt and Ryan Pearson contributed to this report.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that women who accuse someone of sexual misconduct deserve to be heard, even if it involves President Donald Trump.
“I know that he was elected, but women should always feel comfortable coming forward. And we should all be willing to listen to them,” Nikki Haley said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
Trump, a Republican, won the White House last year despite the election season release of a 2005 “Access Hollywood” tape in which he described grabbing women’s private parts, followed by accusations by several women of aggressive sexual misconduct. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has since reiterated the White House’s position that the women who accused Trump of sexual harassment are lying.
On Sunday, Haley, who was the first female governor of South Carolina, praised the courage of women who have raised complaints of harassment in various industries, including government and Hollywood, saying they will “bring a conscience to the situation.”
“Women who accuse anyone should be heard. They should be heard and they should be dealt with, and I think we heard them prior to the election,” said Haley, a Republican. “I think any woman who has felt violated or felt mistreated in any way, they have every right to speak up.”
Asked whether Trump’s election settled the issue, Haley said it was “for the people to decide.”
The wave of allegations have brought down powerful figures, including the resignations last week of Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Mich., Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The animated family film “Coco” has topped the box office for a third time on a quiet, pre “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” weekend in theaters.
Disney estimated Sunday that “Coco” added $18.3 million, which would bring its domestic total to $135.5 million.
The weekend’s sole new wide release was the Morgan Freeman film “Just Getting Started,” which launched to a meager $3.2 million from 2,161 theaters and barely made the top 10.
Most studios have chosen to avoid competing against “The Last Jedi,” which is expected to dominate theaters and moviegoer attention when it opens on Dec. 15.
Thus, most of the charts have looked quite similar for the past few weeks. Warner Bros. and DC’s “Justice League” took second place with $9.6 million and Lionsgate’s sleeper hit “Wonder,” which has now passed $100 million, placed third with $8.5 million. Warner Bros. also crossed the $2 billion benchmark domestically Saturday — the first studio to do so in 2017.
This quiet period before “Star Wars” has allowed some of the indie and prestige titles to thrive in limited releases and expansions, like James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist.” The film, about the making of one of the worst films of all time, “The Room,” expanded to 840 locations in its second weekend in theaters. It managed to bring in $6.4 million, landing it in fourth place.
Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age film “Lady Bird” also added 363 locations and placed 9th in its sixth weekend in theaters. With the $3.5 million from this weekend, “Lady Bird” has netted $22.3 million.
The Guillermo del Toro-directed romantic fantasy “The Shape of Water” expanded to 41 theaters in its second weekend and earned $1.1 million.
The Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya” launched in four locations in New York and Los Angeles and brought in a solid $245,602.
The Winston Churchill film “The Darkest Hour” and the summer romance film “Call Me By Your Name” also continue to thrive in more limited releases as well. “The Darkest Hour,” which stars Gary Oldman as Churchill, earned $777,000 from 53 locations, and “Call Me By Your Name,” with Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet, took in $291,101 from nine theaters.
“This is the best time to be a moviegoer if you’re an indie fan,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. “The last few weeks have enabled films like ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’ and now ‘I, Tonya’ to really find an audience.”
He added: “It’s great time for those films ahead of the box office death star that is ‘Star Wars.'”
The year is still down 4 percent from last year, though, which is a pit that even a juggernaut like “Star Wars” might struggle to fill. The cash influx from “The Last Jedi” will be significant, nonetheless, and if the precedent of “Rogue One” and “The Force Awakens” holds, it could range from $400 million to over $600 million of additional domestic revenue before the books close on 2017.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1.”Coco,” $18.3 million.
2.”Justice League,” $9.6 million.
3.”Wonder,” $8.5 million.
4.”The Disaster Artist,” $6.4 million.
5.”Thor: Ragnarok,” $6.3 million.
6.”Daddy’s Home 2,” $6 million.
7.”Murder on the Orient Express,” $5.1 million.
8.”The Star,” $3.7 million.
9.”Lady Bird,” $3.5 million.
10.”Just Getting Started,” $3.2 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – Writing a letter to Santa is a time old tradition. But, one little boy told the jolly toy maker he doesn’t want any presents this year.
6-year-old Chance has always had a huge heart, his mom Elizabeth Teckenbrock said.
After Christmas decorations went up this year, Chance went to school so excited to share a story about his favorite holiday toy, “Elf on the Shelf.”
When he told his classmates about the fan favorite Christmas item, he was surprised to learn some of his friends didn’t have a little elf.
Chance then assumed Santa wasn’t able to bring his school buddies presents because they didn’t have the toy.
“I know some people don’t have money to get toys,” Chance maturely told his mom. But he was determined to solve that problem.
In his generous letter to Santa, Chance made it clear he has plenty to keep him happy and wants others to feel joy as well this holiday season.
Chance’s handwritten note to Santa reads, “Please take all my toys to boys and girls who don’t have some. My toys are a lot and you can skip me.”
“But not my sister she will cry,” the sweet card goes on to say about Chance’s 2-year-old little sister, Blake.
Elizabeth told WFLA News Channel 8, “He wants to make others Christmas great, and I want to make his great.”
The Teckenbrocks’ family goal is to gather as many toys as possible for all the kids in need in the Tampa Bay area. The family will be donating the gifts to Toys for Tots on December 14.
If you want to help Chance with his mission to make Christmas wonderful for other kids, you can contact Elizabeth Teckenbrock at TeckenbrockE@pcsb.org.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — In his sternest rebuke yet, Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby said repeatedly Sunday his state can “do better” than electing fellow Republican Roy Moore to the U.S. Senate, making clear that a write-in candidate was far preferable to a man accused of sexual misconduct.
Days before the pivotal race, Shelby, who is Alabama’s senior senator, said he had already cast an absentee ballot for another, unspecified Republican, even as other prominent state Republicans fell in line behind Moore.
Moore faces Democrat Doug Jones in the special election Tuesday to replace Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general.
“I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore. But I wrote in a distinguished Republican name. And I think a lot of people could do that,” Shelby told CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“The state of Alabama deserves better,” he said.
“There’s a lot of smoke,” Shelby said of Moore and his accusers. “Got to be some fire somewhere.”
The accusations against Moore have left many GOP voters and leaders in a quandary. Voters face the decision of whether to vote for Moore, accused of sexual misconduct with teenagers decades ago when he was a county prosecutor, or sending Jones to Washington, which would narrow the GOP’s already precarious majority in the Senate.
They also could write in a name on their ballots or simply stay home. Meanwhile, most GOP politicians in the state must run for re-election next year — where they will face Moore’s enthusiastic voting base at the polls.
Shelby said allegations that Moore had molested a 14-year-girl in particular were a “tipping point” in disqualifying him. His latest comments cast fresh doubt on a former judge that President Donald Trump and most Republican leaders in Alabama are backing to help maintain the party’s narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate.
Shelby’s outspokenness against a man who could become his colleague was the exception rather than the rule.
“I have stated both publicly and privately over the last month that unless these allegations were proven to be true I would continue to plan to vote for the Republican nominee, Judge Roy Moore,” Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill wrote in a text message to The Associated Press. “I have already cast my absentee ballot and I voted for Judge Moore.”
The AP tried to find out how Republican leaders from Alabama plan to vote. Most officeholders or their staffs responded, while others have publicly stated their plans during public appearances or to other media outlets.
However, several officeholders did not respond to calls, emails or texts from the AP. They include U.S. Reps. Martha Roby, Mike Rogers and Gary Palmer, as well as state Treasurer Young Boozer and state House Speaker Mac McCutcheon.
State officeholders who said they intended to vote for Moore often cited the need to keep the seat in Republican hands.
In addition to Merrill, others who plan to vote for Moore include Gov. Kay Ivey; Attorney General Steve Marshall; state Auditor Jim Zeigler; Agriculture Commissioner John McMillan; state Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh; and Public Service Commissioner Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh, who previously led the state GOP. Also voting for Moore are current state party head Terry Lathan and U.S. Reps. Mo Brooks of Huntsville and Robert Aderholt of Haleyville.
Shelby’s decision has played prominently in Jones ads pointing out Republicans who are not voting for their party’s nominee.
On Sunday, Shelby acknowledged that if Moore is elected, he would probably have to be seated in the Senate but that an Ethics Committee investigation was already been contemplated to remove him. “I think that the Senate has to look at who is fit to serve in the Senate,” he said.
CNN reported last month that U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said he will vote Republican and that he does not cast write-in votes. In a statement to the AP, Byrne said it is up to voters to decide.
“Some serious allegations have been made and Judge Moore has vehemently denied them. Frankly, I don’t think the people of Alabama want me, any national politician, or the national news media telling them what to think or how to vote,” Byrne said in the statement. “The decision is ultimately up to the people of Alabama to evaluate the information they have before them and make an informed decision. We must respect the voters’ decision.”
Sen. Luther Strange, who lost to Moore in the Republican primary, did not respond to a request for comment from AP, but told The Washington Post recently that the election is up to voters.
“I’m staying out of it now. I think everybody knows how I feel about Judge Moore. We made our case and the voters made a different decision,” Strange told the newspaper in a video on its website.
Sessions, who resigned from the Senate to join the Trump administration, declined to say how he would vote. Moore and Jones are competing for his old job.
“There have been some ads that may have suggested I endorsed a candidate, that is not so,” Sessions said. “I believe that the people of Alabama will make their own decision.”
State party loyalty rules could prohibit a GOP politician, or someone who aspires to be one, from publicly backing Moore’s opponent. The rule says anyone who openly supports another party’s nominee over a Republican could be barred from running as a Republican in the future.
Ivey became governor earlier this year after Robert Bentley resigned amid a sex scandal involving a much younger female political aide. When reached by the AP, Bentley declined to say who he is voting for Tuesday.
Ivey said last month that she has no reason to disbelieve the women who have accused Moore and is bothered by their allegations. But Ivey, who plans to run for governor in 2018, said she will vote for Moore anyway for the sake of GOP power in Congress. Her office did not respond to a request for an updated comment.
Associated Press writers Matthew Daly, Sadie Gurman, Donna Cassata and Hope Yen in Washington contributed to this report.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Kan. (KSNW) – Two people are dead and four others are injured following a crash late Saturday.
According to the crash report, it happened around 11 p.m. on US-166 in Montgomery County. That’s just north of the Kansas-Oklahoma line.
29-year-old Terry Lee Reeder II was headed west on the highway when he crossed the center line and crashed head-on with another car.
Reeder, along with one his passengers 25-year-old Kaity Piece, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The three other passengers in Reeder’s car were sent to the hospital with injuries.
85-year-old Alvin D. Gaston, the driver of the second vehicle, was also sent to the hospital.