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Megyn Kelly Gives On-Air Apology For Blackface Comments

NBC News host Megyn Kelly delivered her first on-air apology Wednesday, admitting she was wrong for her comments which defended the use of blackface during Halloween. During a round table segment on her show “Megyn Kelly TODAY” on Tuesday, Kelly ignited controversy after she asked panelists “what is racist” about white people wearing blackface as part of their Halloween costume. Backlash was swift on social media, which overwhelmingly deemed her comments inappropriate and offensive. In her show’s opening on Wednesday, Kelly said:  “I want to begin with two words: ‘I’m sorry. I defended the idea [of blackface] saying as long as it was ‘respectful’ and part of a Halloween costume it seemed ok. Well I was wrong and I am sorry.” Kelly previously apologized for her comments on Tuesday by sending an internal email to fellow staff, but most NBC colleagues felt the apology didn’t go far enough. “TODAY” show host Al Roker on Wednesday morning said on-air, “the fact is, while she apologized to the staff, she owes a bigger apology to folks of color around the country. This is a history going back to the 1830s minstrel shows to demean and denigrate a race. It wasn’t right.” ...Read more

Denver Broncos Release QB Chad Kelly After Trespassing Arrest

The Denver Broncos released quarterback Chad Kelly on Wednesday following his arrest for allegedly trespassing in a Colorado home. Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway said in a news release that “this was a decision that we made as an organization. After reviewing all the information…we agreed that releasing Chad was the right thing to do.”  Kelly’s release from the Broncos followed his arrest early Tuesday in which police responded to a report of a man standing outside a residence at around 1:17 a.m.; a couple and their child were inside the home when Kelly, 24, allegedly entered and sat on the couch next to the mother, mumbling incoherently. The home’s occupant chased the man out of the residence and police eventually found Kelly, who matched the description provided by the homeowner. Kelly was arrested and charged with first-degree criminal trespass.  Kelly was drafted by the Broncos in the seventh and final round of the 2017 NFL Draft; he missed all of last season with an injury. Kelly is the nephew of former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly. ...Read more

Boston Red Sox Win 8-4 Over Dodgers In Game One Of World Series

The Boston Red Sox beat the L.A. Dodgers, 8-4, in Game 1 of the 2018 World Series. Red Sox pinch hitter Eduardo Nunez hit a three-run homer, and Andrew Benintendi collected four hits to take their team to the win on Tuesday at home in Fenway Park.  This is the first World Series meeting between the two franchises in 112 years. The Dodgers and Red Sox will be back at Fenway Park tonight for Game Two of the best-of-seven series. ...Read more

Six Children Dead, 12 Sick In Viral Outbreak At New Jersey Healthcare Facility

The New Jersey State Health Department said Tuesday that six children at a long-term care facility for medically fragile children in Wanaque, New Jersey have died as a result of a severe outbreak of adenovirus, and 12 others have become ill. The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation “has been instructed not to admit any new patients until the outbreak ends and they are in full compliance. This is an ongoing outbreak investigation,” the health department said. Children at this center are severely disabled and for most, the center is their permanent home; some will live there from birth through age 21. The center is licensed to provide long-term care for 92 children and 135 adults. The strain of adenovirus identified at the center, No. 7, usually causes acute respiratory illness, such as pneumonia, croup and bronchitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control. According to the NJ state health department “unfortunately, the particular strain of adenovirus in this outbreak is affecting medically fragile children with severely compromised immune systems. The combination of a worse strain of adenovirus, together with a fragile population, has led to a more severe outbreak.” ...Read more

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Announces Likely Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

On Tuesday Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced that she has the beginning stages of dementia, and “probably Alzheimer’s disease.” The 88-year-old said in a public letter that her diagnosis was made some time ago and that as her condition has progressed she is “no longer able to participate in public life.” O’Connor added, “while the final chapter of my life with dementia may be trying, nothing has diminished my gratitude and deep appreciation for the countless blessings in my life. As a young cowgirl from the Arizona desert, I never could have imagined that one day I would become the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.” O’Connor’s announcement of her diagnosis came after a story was published that she had stepped back from public life. Her son, Jay O’Connor, said that his mother had begun to have challenges with her short term memory. O’Connor was 75 when she announced her retirement from the court in 2005, a decision which was influenced by the decline in the health of her husband, John O’Connor III, who himself had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. O’Connor last spoke in public more than two years ago. ...Read more

Comedian Amy Schumer Reveals She Is Pregnant With Her First Child

Comedian and actress Amy Schumer announced she’s pregnant with husband Chris Fischer, announcing her big news on the Instagram stories of friend and journalist Jessica Yellin.
Schumer, 37, shared a photoshopped image of her and Fischer’s faces on the bodies of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Duchess and Duke of Sussex, directing fans to former CNN White House correspondent Jessica Yellin’s Instagram page for “some exciting news.” Yellin, of the site, showed at the end of a list of Schumer’s recommended congressional and gubernatorial candidates the line: “I’m pregnant-Amy Schumer.” Schumer married Fischer, a chef, in February.   ...Read more

Writer/Producer Ryan Murphy Reveals His 4-Year-Old Son’s Cancer Battle And $10 Million Donation

Ryan Murphy revealed on Instagram that his son, Ford Murphy, has been battling cancer for the past two years. Today, Murphy said, his son is “thriving.” Murphy shared the post to commemorate the anniversary of Ford’s diagnosis. Ford, who is now four, was diagnosed with a neuroblastoma when he was two years old. Along with a photo of Ford riding a pony, Murphy wrote: “Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly laugh and an obsession with Monster Trucks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma…an often fatal pediatric cancer.” In honor of his son, Murphy added that he and his family, including husband David Miller, would be donating $10 million to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a nonprofit institution that provides care to children with critical conditions.  ...Read more

Dalls Cowboys Acquire Star Wide Receiver Amari Cooper For 1st-Round Draft Pick

The Dallas Cowboys have acquired wide receiver Amari Cooper from the Oakland Raiders for a first-round pick in the 2019 draft. Cooper is a fourth-year pro out of Alabama, and the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft.  During his three full seasons with the Raiders, Cooper made the Pro Bowl twice, in 2015 and 2016, before taking a small step back during 2017. Cooper is set to play 2019 under a fifth-year option worth roughly $13.9 million. Currently, Cooper is in the NFL’s concussion protocol after suffering the injury Oct. 14 in Oakland’s loss to Seattle in London. ...Read more