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Multiple Sources Say Megyn Kelly Is Out At NBC’s ‘Today’ Show After Blackface Scandal

According to multiple reports, Megyn Kelly Today will been canceled and Kelly herself let go from NBC. After Kelly was widely criticized on Tuesday after she defending using blackface in Halloween costumes on her show, she made a tearful on-air apology on Wednesday. However a source with knowledge of the situation at NBC says it looks very likely the show will not be continuing, though an official decision has not been made. Kelly’s future at NBC is still up in the air. Kelly announced she was leaving Fox News for NBC last January, singing a multi-million, 3-year deal with the network that included her hosting her own daytime news program, anchoring a Sunday evening news show and taking part in special political programming and other breaking news coverage. Even before the recent scandal, Megyn Kelly Today hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing. The program’s bumpy start last September included an awkward interview with Jane Fonda in which Fonda criticized her for bringing up her plastic surgery, Debra Messing declaring that she regretted going on the show and a cameraman cursing after he accidentally walked into frame. ...Read more

Hundreds Of US Troops Heading To The Border To Deal With Migrant Caravan

Defense Secretary James Mattis is expected to signe an order to deploy hundreds of active duty troops to the southern border, as a caravan of migrants makes its way through Mexico toward the United States. The initial estimate is that 800 to 1,000 service members could deploy in logistical support of Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), such as setting up tents for border authorities. These active duty forces will not act in a law enforcement capacity; instead, they will strictly provide logistical and technical support to CBP.  There are already about 2,000 National Guard troops called up by the governors of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to support the Trump administration’s border security mission.  ...Read more

Minnesota Twins Hire Former Tampa Bay Rays Outfielder Rocco Baldelli As New Manager

On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins announced that former MLB outfielder Rocco Baldelli is the team’s next manager. Baldelli replaces Paul Molitor, who was fired earlier this month after four seasons with the team. The Twins finished second in the AL Central in 2018 with a 78–84 record, 13 games behind the Cleveland Indians. Baldelli, 37, reportedly also interviewed for the Blue Jays and Rangers jobs before being hired by the Twins. He spent the 2018 season with the Tampa Bay Rays as the Major League Field Coordinator, and was the team’s first base coach the previous three seasons. As a player, Baldelli spent eight years in the majors, mostly with the Rays. He finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in 2003 before being forced to retire at age 29 in 2010 because of mitochondrial channelopathy, a fatigue-causing disease. ...Read more

NFL Fires Field Official Hugo Cruz For Performance-Related Issues

The NFL announced they have fired field official Hugo Cruz, for performance reasons and not meeting the standard over a sustained period of time. Cruz’s firing marks the first midseason firing of an official in the Super Bowl era. Cruz had been with the league since 2015, but missed a blatant false start late in the second quarter in Week 6’s game between the Los Angeles Chargers and Cleveland Browns. While it was said that this particular incident did not lead to Cruz’s dismissal and no other details were disclosed, the high-profile nature of the missed call seems to have been a contributing factor of Cruz not meeting the high standards of officiating. The NFL Referees Association plans to file a grievance on behalf of Cruz over his dismissal, according to multiple sources.  ...Read more

Red Sox Beat Dodgers 4-2 In Game 2 To Take 2-0 World Series Lead

Boston pitcher David Price earned his second postseason victory in a row Wednesday night, pitching six innings allowing only 3 hits which brought brought the Boston Red Sox the win in Game 2 of the 2018 World Series. RBI leader J.D. Martinez broke a fifth-inning tie with a two-run single that sent Boston to a 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Red Sox now lead the series 2-0. Game 3 is Friday in Los Angeles. The Dodgers need a win to avoid an 0-3 deficit, one that no World Series winning team has ever come back from. ...Read more

Dow Plunges 608 Points And Nasdaq Falls Into Correction, Wiping Out Gains For The Year

The stock market plunged Wednesday, with the Dow falling more than 600 points, a 2.4% drop and the S&P 500 dropping more than 3% as well. Both the Dow and S&P 500 are now down for the year. The Nasdaq plummeted more than 4%, which is its worst daily drop since August 2011. It is now in a correction, down nearly 13% from its all-time high set earlier this year. Technology stocks and media and communications companies accounted for much of the selling. AT&T dropped after reporting weak subscriber numbers, and Texas Instruments fell after reporting slumping demand.  ...Read more

President Trump Promises Thorough Investigation Into Suspicious Packages Sent To Clintons, Obamas, CNN, And Other U.S. Officials

On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump said that threats of political violence have no place in the United States, promising a full investigation into suspicious packages that were mailed to prominent Democrats and other organizations. At an event on opioid abuse, Mr. Trump first addressed the incidents, saying “the full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice. We will spare no resources or expense in this effort. In these times, we have to unify, we have to come together, and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America.” Earlier on Wednesday, the Secret Service said it had intercepted suspicious packages sent to former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Packages were also mailed to CNN, billionaire George Soros, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, and others. All of the packages had a return address of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat. ...Read more

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