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Kansas City Chiefs To Start Rookie QB Patrick Mahomes Vs. Broncos

Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes will start the team’s regular-season finale versus the Denver Broncos. With the Chiefs locked into the No. 4 seed after winning the AFC West, the first-round pick will take his first snaps since a dazzling preseason. Reid added that Mahomes would get the first-team snaps in practice this week with Alex Smith leading the scout team. The veteran coach added he’d use the final game of the 2017 season to rest key starters and get other younger players besides Mahomes reps.  ...Read more

Daughter Billie Lourd And Actor Mark Hamill Pay Tribute To Carrie Fisher One Year After Her Death

A year after Carrie Fisher’s death, some of the people who knew her best are paying tribute to the beloved actress. Many celebrities and fans shared heartfelt messages about Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars.” Fisher died at age 60 just two days after Christmas in 2016, following a heart attack she had on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Among those who remembered the actress on Wednesday was Mark Hamill, who appeared alongside Fisher in the iconic franchise as Luke Skywalker, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, who posted on Instagram revealing that she traveled to Norway to honor her late mother. ...Read more

Details Emerge After Chrissy Teigen Live Tweets About Her Tokyo-Bound “Flight To Nowhere”

More details emerged about the 8-hour “flight to nowhere” that model Chrissy Teigen live-tweeted Tuesday night into early Wednesday morning. Teigen, who was traveling with her husband, R&B superstar John Legend, sent out a flurry of tweets after her plane to Japan was forced to turn around because a passenger had somehow boarded her flight with a ticket from another airline. Now U.S. government officials state that two brothers went through security at Los Angeles International Airport with proper boarding passes, booked on separate flights to Tokyo, but the brothers were able to board Teigen’s flight together since the machine that scans tickets before boarding malfunctioned. There is no indication anyone was ever in danger. ...Read more

Border Patrol Agent, 2 Others Dead After Collision With Hog

A U.S. Border Patrol agent and two other people have died after a sport utility vehicle collided with a wild hog in Southwest Texas, authorities said. The accident happened late Monday on a rural road near Uvalde, about 110 miles southwest of San Antonio. On Tuesday after a preliminary investigation there was indication that a Ford Expedition collided with the hog, which caused the vehicle to swerve into oncoming traffic and hit a Mercedes SUV head-on. The Expedition’s driver, 51-year-old Ruby Garza, and the driver of the Mercedes, 27-year-old Antonio Cordova, were pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the Expedition, 51-year-old Julia Vasquez, died later at a hospital.  ...Read more

Power Restored At Disneyland After Outage Stalled Rides

Power was largely restored at Disneyland on Wednesday after an outage at the California theme park forced some guests to be escorted from stalled rides. About 12 rides were affected and no one was hurt, a parks spokeswoman said.  A transformer problem caused the late morning outage in Toontown and Fantasyland, and an unknown number of guests were taken off rides. No one else was being allowed into the park and power was restored in Toontown and much of Fantasyland within a couple hours.  Power was expected to be fully restored later in the day.  ...Read more

Astros Second Baseman Jose Altuve Named AP’s Male Athlete Of Year

Houston Astros Jose Altuve, who was one of only a handful of players who endured the Astros’ painful rebuilding process en route to this year’s championship, was chosen as the Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year. Results of voting by U.S. editors and news directors was announced Wednesday. The 5-foot-6 second baseman got 715 points, beating New England quarterback Tom Brady, who had 646, and third-place finisher LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ forward, with 626. ...Read more

Singer Files Assault Complaint Against Ex-Trump Campaign Manager

A singer and potential congressional candidate said Tuesday that she has filed a sexual assault complaint against President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager for hitting her twice on her buttocks during a Washington gathering in November. Joy Villa, a Trump backer who wore a “Make America Great Again” dress at the Grammys, says she will meet with detectives in Washington next week about the complaint against Corey Lewandowski. Villa said she was initially reluctant to come forward because she was worried about any backlash, but after a friend who witnessed the incident spoke about it publicly, and other friends urged her to come forward. ...Read more

Christmas Storm Brings Record 53 Inches Of Snow To Erie, Pennsylvania

A Christmas storm dumped a record amount of snow on the Pennsylvania city of Erie and surrounding areas. The National Weather Service office in Cleveland says the storm brought 34 inches on Christmas Day — a new all-time daily snowfall record for Erie. Another 19 inches fell before dawn Tuesday, bringing the total to 53 inches — the greatest two-day total in commonwealth history. The city of Erie issued a snow emergency, citing “dangerous and impassable” roads, and asked residents to stay off city streets until the snow stops and roads can reopen. ...Read more

Lorde Faces Backlash For Cancelling Israeli Concert

Many Lorde fans took to Twitter to blast the singer for cancelling a planned June 2018 concert in Tel Aviv under heavy pressure from anti-Israel activists and organizations. But some also slammed the “Royals” singer’s willingness to perform in Russia — a country with a shaky human rights record — and giving in to the same pressures that caused Elvis Costello, Lauryn Hill and Gorillaz to cancel scheduled shows in Israel. Lorde announced her 2018 “Melodrama” world tour back in June and the performance was scheduled for the Tel Aviv Convention Centre on June 5, 2018. ...Read more

40th Annual Kennedy Centers Honors Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear And Lionel Richie

THE 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors was broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 26 on CBS. The honorees for the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors was actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL COOL J, television writer and producer Norman Lear and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie. The annual event took place in Washington, DC just as it has in past years with one glaring exception – the Commander in Chief was absent from his seat in the presidential box. However despite President Trump’s non-attendance, the honorees received the full red-carpet treatment. ...Read more