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Cancer Survivor David Quessenberry Makes NFL Debut For Texans

Houston Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry made his regular-season NFL debut on Christmas Day against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quessenberry fought non-Hodgkin T-lymphoblastic lymphoma for three years before finishing his treatments in the spring. He was promoted to Houston’s active roster last week, according to NFL.com’s Chris Wesseling. The 2013 sixth-round pick was named a captain for Monday’s game and saw action as an extra blocker in the Texans’ “jumbo” packages.  ...Read more

Shohei Ohtani Bid Farewell To Fans With A Ceremonial Last Pitch

Los Angeles Angels-bound Shohei Ohtani bid farewell to fans of his former Japanese club on Monday as he sets off to join his new Major League Baseball team. For five seasons, Ohtani called Sapporo home, playing for the Nippon Ham Fighters.  The reigning Pacific League MVP threw one final ceremonial pitch from the Sapporo Dome mound. The Angels plan to use Ohtani as a hitter and a pitcher, and the 23-year-old player said Monday he is confident he can succeed in both in a more challenging environment. ...Read more

Christmas Brings Northeast Blizzard And Bitter Cold In Midwest

For many in the Northeast and Midwest it was a White Christmas. A blizzard swept into parts of New England and bitter cold enveloped much of the Midwest as blizzard warnings were issued Monday for portions of central and northern Maine, and part of the New Hampshire coast.  In addition to slowing travel in New England, the storm was responsible for some power outages. More than 20,000 customers in eastern Massachusetts without electricity.  Mountain areas in parts of Colorado, Montana and Wyoming received more than 1 foot of snow, which started Saturda, but it meant a heightened warning of avalanches in higher elevations outside of ski areas. ...Read more

President Trump And First Lady Melania Trump Release Video Message On Christmas Day

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump released a joint Christmas Day video message on Monday. Mr. Trump tweeted out the video, which was pre-recorded at the White House before he left for his holiday vacation at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. “My fellow Americans, Melania and I are delighted to wish America and the entire world a very Merry Christmas,” the president says in the video. The first lady says that at this time of year, “we see the best of America and the soul of the American people,” and pays tribute to “our brave men and women in uniform.” ...Read more

Health Coverage Sign-Ups Stay Strong at 8.8 Million, Despite President Trump’s Claims That Obamacare Has Been “Essentially Repealed”

Nearly 9 million Americans have signed up for health coverage in 2018, nearly reaching last year’s total, a significantly higher number than had been expected. The Trump administration had taken steps to discourage signups, in fact President Trump said this Wednesday: “We essentially repealed Obamacare.” While Republicans did pass a tax bill Wednesday that undoes one of the central components of Obamacare: the mandate that people have health insurance, or pay a fine. Health-care experts say that does not mean Obamacare is dead.  ...Read more

Girl Convicted In ‘Slender Man’ Stabbing Sentenced To 25 Years In Mental Hospital

One of two Wisconsin girls who tried to kill a classmate to win favor with a fictional horror character named ‘Slender Man’ has been sentenced to 25 years in a mental hospital. Anissa Weier pleaded guilty in August to being a party to attempted second-degree intentional homicide, but claimed she wasn’t responsible for her actions because she was mentally ill.  On Thursday the 16-year-old Weier was sentenced to be hospitalized for 25 years from the date of the crime, which would keep her institutionalized until age 37. She and Morgan Geyser lured Payton Leutner into a wooded park near Milwaukee in 2014, where Geyser stabbed Leutner 19 times while Weier urged her on. All three girls were 12 years old at the time. ...Read more

New Orleans Saints Send Kenny Vaccaro To Injured Reserve

Sources say that New Orleans Saints starting safety Kenny Vaccaro needs season-ending groin surgery and is being placed on injured reserve. Vaccaro has been with New Orleans since they made him a first-round draft choice in 2013. This season, Vaccaro has played through wrist and groin injuries. He’s made or assisted on 60 tackles, including a sack-and-a-half and seven tackles for losses. He has three interceptions to go with seven passes defended and also has recovered a fumble. Vaccaro’s impending surgery comes as the Saints prepare to host the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday in a game vying for NFC South Division crown. ...Read more

McKayla Maroney Sues USA Gymnastics For Trying To ‘Conceal’ Doctor’s Sexual Abuses

Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney has filed a lawsuit against USA Gymnastics, saying the organization sought to silence her claims of sexual abuse against disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar last year. Maroney, who earned international fame during the 2012 Summer Games, alleges that American gymnastics’ governing body not only failed to protect athletes from Nassar, but also had her sign a confidentiality agreement last December — after the first of more than 100 women and girls began coming forward with their stories of abuse. The complaint did not disclose the amount Maroney was paid as part of the settlement, but reports state it was $1.25 million.  ...Read more

Reality Star Khloe Kardashian Confirms Pregnancy With NBA Player Tristan Thompson

Reality star Khloe Kardashian is pregnant. Kardashian confirmed the news on Instagram that she is expecting her first child with boyfriend Tristan Thompson. She included a photo of her pregnant belly with the post, saying she is “thankful, excited, nervous, eager, overjoyed and scared all in one” and called the pregnancy “my greatest dream realized.” Kardashian is the younger sister of Kim Kardashian West. Thompson plays center-forward with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The couple’s pregnancy had been rumored for months, but Kardashian said in her post that they intentionally kept the news quiet so they could “enjoy this between our family and close friends as long as we could privately.” ...Read more

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Release Official Photos To Mark Engagement

The world got another look at the future of Britain’s royal family with the release of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s official engagement photos. The new photos show Harry, 33, and Markle, 36, embracing each other, posing with Markle’s hand on Harry’s knee and walking hand-in-hand. All three photos showcase Markle’s engagement ring, which features diamonds from Botswana and the personal collection of Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana. The photos were released Thursday by Kensington Palace. The third photo, showing Markle and Harry embracing as they walk, was shared later on Instagram at the couple’s request. ...Read more