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40th Annual Kennedy Centers Honors Gloria Estefan, LL COOL J, Norman Lear And Lionel Richie

THE 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors was broadcast on Tuesday, Dec. 26 on CBS. The honorees for the 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors was actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade, singer-songwriter and actress Gloria Estefan, hip hop artist LL COOL J, television writer and producer Norman Lear and renowned musician and record producer Lionel Richie. The annual event took place in Washington, DC just as it has in past years with one glaring exception – the Commander in Chief was absent from his seat in the presidential box. However despite President Trump’s non-attendance, the honorees received the full red-carpet treatment. ...Read more

Righty Reliever Jared Hughes Signs 2-Year Deal With Reds

The Reds have signed reliever Jared Hughes to a two-year deal with a club option for 2020, according to a team announcement. Hughes will receive $4.5 million guaranteed, according to a baseball source, with the third-year option being valued at $3 million with a $250k buyout. Hughes has spent his entire career in the NL Central, posting a career 2.85 ERA in 369 innings with Pittsburgh (2011-16) and Milwaukee (2017). He’ll provide a veteran presence in a Reds bullpen. ...Read more

Former Steelers LB James Harrison Visits Patriots At Gillette Stadium

Former Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison is visiting the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Last week, Harrison was released by the Steelers in order to make room on the roster for right tackle Marcus Gilbert. Harrison, 39, has played 40 snaps through 14 games on the season and has just one sack and has recorded 788 tackles, 82.5 sacks and eight interceptions in his 14-year career. Harrison went unclaimed on waivers. The Patriots will play the New York Jets on Sunday. ...Read more

‘Real Housewives’ Star Luann de Lesseps Faces Felony Charges After Arrest In Palm Beach On Christmas Eve

Luann de Lesseps appeared in court wearing handcuffs after her arrest for battery of a police officer and resisting arrest in Palm Beach, Florida, on Sunday, December 24.  The Real Housewives of New York star, 52, appeared before a judge after her arrest. As previously reported, de Lesseps was charged with battery of a law enforcement officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence and corruption by threat. Three of the four charges are felonies. The judge told de Lesseps, “I don’t know if you have a drinking problem, but stop drinking. That seems to be the problem here.” He then warned her to stop speaking in case she incriminated herself. She was released without bond and is scheduled to appear in court on January 25. ...Read more

Meghan Markle Joins Royal Family For First Christmas Together

Queen Elizabeth II officially welcomed Meghan Markle into the royal family during her annual Christmas Day message, just hours after the duchess-to-be was spotted with fiancé Prince Harry attending church service. The queen, while sitting beside a photograph of Harry and Markle and other photos during a pre-recorded address, said she was excited to welcome new members into her family in the upcoming year. Markle, who got engaged to Harry in early November, was all smiles during her first public appearance with the queen and members of the royal family. She was spotted walking next to Middleton as she held Harry’s arm while arriving at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham for traditional Christmas service on Monday. ...Read more

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