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Costa Rican Plane Crash Victims Include New York And Florida Families

A family of five from New York, vacationing in Costa Rica, were among the victims of a New Year’s Eve plane crash that killed all 12 people on board, investigators and local media have revealed. The small plane carrying 10 American tourists and two local crew members crashed and burst into flames in a wooded area in in Guanacaste, northwest Costa Rica, the government reported Sunday. Five of the victims were identified as Americans Bruce, Irene, Matthew, William and Zachary Steinberg, from Scarsdale, New York.  In St. Petersburg, Florida, Rabbi Jacob Luski of Congregation B’nai Israel said Monday that four members of his congregation, Drs. Mitchell Weiss and Leslie Weiss and their two children, Hannah and Ari, also died in the crash. ...Read more

TV Host Maria Menounos Gets Married During New Year’s Eve Broadcast

Maria Menounos married her fiance Keven Undergaro, her beau of 20 years, during the live broadcast she was hosting of Fox’s New Year’s Eve special from Times Square in New York City. Her co-host, talk-show and game-show king Steve Harvey, officiated. The idea for the on-air ceremony came just two weeks ago when a producer mentioned to Menounos that she had hoped for an on-air wedding of a different couple, unless she and Undergaro wanted to finally get hitched. The guest list included her parents, Constantine and Litsa Menounos, who has stage 4 brain cancer. ...Read more

Hollywood’s A-List Women Launch Anti-Harassment Initiative Time’s Up

As a symbol of continuity and momentum from 2017, over 300 women from Hollywood signed “Time’s Up,” an 2018 anti-harassment initiative that launched Jan. 1, 2018. Lead by attorney Anita Hill, the initiative includes legal defense funding and an open letter detailing their plan of action. Members that make up the 300 include actresses Ashley Judd, America Ferrera, Rashida Jones, Emma Stone, Natalie Portman, Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, and Eva Longoria, chairwoman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley, and lawyers Nina L. Shaw and Tina Tchen. The new initiative aims to help working-class women with funding and support for workplace harassment outside of the typical circles of power and influence.   ...Read more

Buffalo Bills Are Back In The Playoffs For The First Time Since 1999

After the Buffalo Bills beat the Dolphins in Miami, all they needed to secure a playoff spot was a victory by the Bengals, who were playing the Ravens in Baltimore.  As the Bills watched in their locker room, the game came down to a fourth-and-12 play at the Ravens 49 with 53 seconds left and then a touchdown that lifted Buffalo to its first playoff berth since 1999. The Bills now turn their attention to the wild-card game against the Jaguars on Sunday in Jacksonville. ...Read more

Indianapolis Colts Fire Coach Chuck Pagano After Six Seasons

The Indianapolis Colts announced they’ve fired head coach Chuck Pagano after six seasons. The news comes as the 4-12 Colts had their worst season since finishing 2-14 in 2011 and have missed the playoffs for the last three seasons. Pagano coached his way through a season that was without quarterback Andrew Luck because of a shoulder injury. Pagano arrived in Indianapolis for the head coaching job in 2012, after being defensive coordinator of the Baltimore Ravens. ...Read more

NYC Tightens Security For Times Square New Year’s Eve Celebration

Days before the ball drops in Times Square, security is already building. To protect about 1 million revelers in the city, the NYPD is promising to step up patrols, canine teams and heavy-weapons squads. Concrete barriers are back, along with sand trucks to block vehicles. And the NYPD is putting special focus on aerial security, with spotters on buildings and officers stationed in every hotel along 7th Avenue in the event of a sniper-style attack. Other big cities are beefing up their security too. Chicago police said they are adding specialized teams with a focus on vehicle-style attacks, and for the first time Miami will conduct random security checks at its outdoor events.  ...Read more

Alabama Makes Doug Jones Win Official As Judge Rejects Roy Moore’s Challenge

Alabama officials certified the results of its special Senate election Thursday, officially naming Democrat Doug Jones the victor not long after a judge rejected a last-minute challenge from Republican Roy Moore. Late Wednesday, hours before the Alabama State Canvassing Board was scheduled to meet Thursday to certify Jones’ victory, Moore and his campaign filed a lawsuit alleging that voter fraud had tainted the election results and requesting that certification be delayed. ...Read more

Golden Globes 2018: Gal Gadot, Amy Poehler, And Seth Rogen Among Presenters

The 75th Golden Globe Awards is coming up soon, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been naming the stars that will be on hand to present awards. The association shared several big names on Thursday, including “Wonder Woman” leading lady Gal Gadot, Grammy winner Kelly Clarkson, “Scandal” star Kerry Washington,  three-time former Golden Globe host Amy Poehler, Oscar winner Halle Berry and comedian Seth Rogen, among others. Seth Myers is set to host the live broadcast for the first time, which will air on NBC on January 7th at 8PM ET. ...Read more

Solange Knowles Cancels New Years Eve Citing An Autonomic Nerve Disorder

This week Solange Knowles took to Instagram and shared with fans that she’s been “quietly treating” an unnamed autonomic disorder and will no longer be performing at AfroPunk Fest Johannesburg. The performance, which was announced in early May, was scheduled for New Years Eve 2018. Solange expressed how “saddened” and “sorry” she was to cancel, mentioning that South Africa and its native residents remain near to her heart. Ending the statement, Solange thanked AfroPunk and other festivals that have both kept the news concerning her health confidential plus “gone out of their way” to make her comfortable.  ...Read more

MLB Investigating Sexual Assault Allegation Against Twins’ Miguel Sano

Minnesota Twins All-Star slugger Miguel Sano is under investigation by Major League Baseball for a 2015 incident in which a photographer alleges Sano attempted to sexually assault her. The photographer, Betsy Bissen, wrote about the incident on her Twitter account on Thursday and said it happened after Sano participated in an autograph session at a local shopping mall. Bissen, who worked for Twins Daily at the time, said Sano repeatedly tried to kiss her and attempted to force her into a bathroom. MLB spokesman Mike Teevan said in a statement that “we are aware of the allegations and are now in the process of looking into it.” ...Read more