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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

Matt Ryan Leads Falcons To 26-13 Playoff Win Over Rams

While the Rams hosted their first NFL playoff game in Los Angeles since 1986, they quickly fell behind 13-0, never led and lost 26-13 to the Falcons. Atlanta, as the sixth seed, will play at Philadelphia next week.  The defending NFC champions would not be denied, holding the Rams offense to 13 points and forcing two turnovers on special teams against the NFL’s best special teams unit. Quarterback Matt Ryan sacked three times in the first half, completed 21 of 30 passes for 218 yards and a touchdown.   ...Read more

Jacksonville Jaguars Beat Buffalo Bills 10-3 In Playoff Win

The Jacksonville Jaguars outplayed the Buffalo Bills 10-3 to advance to the AFC Divisional Round. The Buffalo Bills’ offense helped send the Jaguars to playoffs as Blake Bortles completed 12-of-23 passes for 87 yards . On the Jaguars’ first seven possessions, Jacksonville punted six times and gained only 110 total yards. Bortles had more rushing yards (88) than passing yards Sunday. The table was set for the Bills’ first playoff win since 1995, but quarterback Tyrod Taylor was not able to take advantage. In what should prove to be his final game in a Bills uniform, Taylor and the Buffalo offense came up short in the 10-3 loss to Jacksonville. ...Read more

At Least 6 Dead As Monster ‘Bomb Cyclone’ Wallops Northeast

At least six people have died and more than 4,000 U.S. flights have been canceled due to a massive winter storm hitting the East Coast, with heavy snow, gusty winds and the coldest air of the season. State officials said three of the deaths occurred in North Carolina and a fourth happened in South Carolina, as the weather system barreled up the eastern coast. Two people were killed in Virginia on Thursday, according to authorities. Meanwhile, U.S. airlines canceled at least 4,020 flights within, into and out of the United States, according to airline tracking. Most of the cancellations were in New Jersey, Boston and New York. ...Read more

U.S And Canada Investigating Possible E. coli Link To Romaine Lettuce

 U.S. and Canadian health officials are investigating whether contaminated romaine lettuce caused dozens of E. coli infections leading to one death.The Public Health Agency of Canada said it found enough evidence to link 41 cases of E. coli to the vegetable, though the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it is still attempting to determine the cause. The CDC said it’s unable to recommend whether Americans should stop eating romaine lettuce, but Consumer Reports issued a warning Wednesday. It’s also advising that stores remove the item from store shelves. ...Read more

NY Islanders Sign Defenseman Scott Mayfield To Five-Year Contract Extension

The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Scott Mayfield to a five-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season. The deal announced Thursday has an average annual value of $1.45 million . The 25-year-old Mayfield has two goals and eight assists in a career-high 29 games this season. He led the team with 35 penalty minutes before Thursday night’s game at Philadelphia. The Islanders selected the St. Louis native in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft. ...Read more

Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads NBA In All-Star Voting

The NBA All-Star Game voting has been live since Dec. 21, and so far, Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo is ahead of the pack. Milwaukee’s 23-year-old superstar leads the entire NBA with 863,416 votes, which is over 7,000 ahead of four-time league MVP LeBron James. An All-Star starter for the Eastern Conference last season, Antetokounmpo is averaging career highs in points (29.1), rebounds (10.4) and minutes (37.9) per game. NBA voting closes Jan. 15, with another update of the voting tallies coming Jan. 11. ...Read more

Cate Blanchett Named Cannes Film Festival Jury President

Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett has been named the President of the Jury for the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival. The “Carol” and “Thor: Ragnarok” star will be the first female jury president since Jane Campion served in 2014. Other women to take on the role this century include Oscar nominee Isabelle Huppert and Liv Ullmann. It is the 12th time in festival history a woman has headed the jury.  Blanchett succeeds 2017 jury president Pedro Almodova.  She’ll be featured in the female-driven reboot “Ocean’s 8” in June, then taking on the leading role in Richard Linklater’s “Where’d You Go Bernadette.” ...Read more