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Thousands In California Ordered To Evacuate Over Threat Of Mudslides

Officials have ordered thousands of people who were affected by recent wildfires in Southern California to evacuate as an upcoming winter storm poses a threat for mudslides and flash floods. Mandatory evacuations were issued for about 7,000 people in mountainous areas affected by the Thomas, Whitter, Sherpa and Rey fires. Another 23,000 people were under evacuation warnings, officials said. The storm is the West Coast’s first significant winter storm of the season, and heavy rain and strong winds are expected in the area through Tuesday, bringing “strong potential” for flash flooding and mud in areas where wildfires recently burned through. ...Read more

Andy Murray Aims For A Wimbledon Return After Having Hip Surgery In Melbourne

Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray has undergone hip surgery and is hoping to return to action in time for this year’s Wimbledon. The 30-year-old, who has not played a competitive match for six months and last week withdrew from the Australian Open, posted an update on Facebook. “Today I underwent successful right hip surgery at the St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne,” Murray said. “I’d like to thank Dr John O’Donnell and all of the staff for looking after me. I look forward to returning to competitive tennis during the grasscourt season.”  Murray said he can get himself back to “95 per cent of my best”. “I believe that’s enough to compete at the highest level,” he added. “No question.” Murray, who ended 2016 as world No.1, has slipped to 19th in the rankings. ...Read more

Figure Skater Adam Rippon Is First Openly Gay U.S. Man To Ever Qualify For Winter Olympics

Adam Rippon made history on Sunday when he was named as one of the three male figure skaters who will represent the United States next month at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Not only is he the oldest American figure skating Olympic rookie since 1936, Rippon became the first openly gay man to compete for the United States in the Winter Olympics. Rippon was in second place in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships when he fell to fourth place on Saturday after falling on his opening quad jump in his free skate, then missing two triples late in the program. The committee, however, decided to select Rippon (over Ross Miner, who finished in second place) because Rippon has a better track record. This was Rippon’s third attempt at making the Olympic team — he placed fifth at the nationals in 2010 and then eighth in 2014.  ...Read more

Rose McGowan Calls Stars Who Wore Black To Golden Globes ‘Hollywood Fakery’

Rose McGowan called it “Hollywood fakery’ as many actresses came together in solidarity at Sunday’s Golden Globes to protest sexual misconduct by wearing black. McGowan, a Harvey Weinstein accuser who has been at the forefront of the #MeToo movement and speaking out about harassment and abuse in the industry, previously slammed celebrities who wanted to wear black to the annual event.  When fellow Weinstein-accuser, actress Asia Argento, tweeted at McGowan on Sunday: “No one should forget that you were the first one who broke the silence. Anyone who tries to diminish your work is a troll and an enemy of the movement. You gave me the courage to speak out. I am on your side until I die.” McGowan responded, “And not one of those fancy people wearing black to honor our rapes would have lifted a finger had it not been so. I have no time for Hollywood fakery, but you I love.” ...Read more

Justin Timberlake Announces ‘Man of the Woods’ Tour

Justin Timberlake has announced a new 27-date North American tour in support of his upcoming fifth studio album, Man of the Woods.  The tour begins March 13 in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre before wrapping up May 30 in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn. Other stops include New York, Chicago, Cleveland, Boston, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas. Tickets go on sale for the general public starting Jan. 16 through Ticketmaster. The Man of the Woods album is expected to release on Feb. 2 ...Read more

Golden Globes 2018: Oprah Winfrey Electrifies With Inspiring Speech As Women Dominate The Show

The red carpet was dyed black by actresses dressed in a color-coordinated statement against sexual harassment and gender inequality, as the Golden Globes confronted the post-Harvey Weinstein era with a show that addressed the controversy head-on.  Nicole Kidman, Rachel Brosnahan, Elisabeth Moss, and Saoirse Ronan were among the female Globe winners.  But it was talk-show host, actress, producer and humanitarian Oprah Winfrey who stole the nights as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes on Sunday night with a speech referencing the civil rights movement as well as the MeToo movement that earned her multiple standing ovations. ...Read more

Golden Globes Red Carpet Turns Black In Honor Of #MeToo And Time’s Up Movements

The first Hollywood awards show of 2018 kicked off with a focus on social issues instead of fashion. Actors descending upon Sunday’s Golden Globes red carpet were in black to ban together in support of the newly created “Time’s Up” initiative and the already widespread #MeToo movement. Reese Witherspoon,  The movement to wear black was to represent Hollywood taking a stand against the numerous sexual harassment cases uncovered last year, declaring that time is up on inequality and mistreatment of women. Tracee Ellis Ross, Rashida Jones, Brie Larson and Tessa Thompson created a viral video together to urge those at the Globes to join them in wearing black.  ...Read more

New York’s JFK Airport Terminal Evacuated After Water Main Breaks And Floods Baggage Claim

A water main broke in a JFK International Airport terminal on Sunday, flooding a baggage claim area and adding to travelers’ misfortunes at the airport this week. The water main broke about 1:30 p.m. in Terminal 4, which was later evacuated and had to be shutdown to international flights, according to the airport. A JFK spokesperson said that a frozen pipe caused the main to break, and that about three to four inches of water are on the ground. The flooding has caused further delays and cancellations at JFK as New York City recovers from the “bomb cyclone” that hit the northeast last Thursday. Thousands of flights were cancelled because of the winter storm, leaving many travelers stranded at the airport for days. ...Read more

David Letterman Announces Barack Obama As First Guest On New Netflix Show

David Letterman released the trailer for his new show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman,” on Netflix. Letterman also announced the lineup of guests for his six-episode, hour-long talk show series. Letterman’s first guest will be former President Barack Obama. The appearance will mark Obama’s first talk show appearance since leaving the White House. The premiere episode will be available on Friday, Jan. 12, and subsequent episodes will air monthly in 2018.  The former “Late Show” host has a guest list full of all-stars, including George Clooney, Malala Yousafzai, Jay-Z, Tina Fey and Howard Stern.   ...Read more