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#1 Kamala Harris America held ‘hostage’: Kamala Harris, eyeing 2020, slams Trump over the shutdown

America held 'hostage': Kamala Harris, eyeing 2020, slams Trump over the shutdown

"The president is holding the American people hostage over this vanity project. This is a crisis of his own making," Harris said.
Image: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks to reporters following a closed briefing on intelligence matters on Capitol Hill

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) speaks to reporters following a closed briefing on intelligence matters on Capitol Hill on Dec. 4, 2018 in WashingtonZach Gibson / Getty Images file

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Sen. Kamala Harris said Friday that she plans to make a decision "soon" about whether she will seek the presidency in 2020.

"I believe our country wants and needs some leadership that provides a vision of the country in which everyone could see themselves," Harris said on MNBC's "Morning Joe" when asked why she wants to be president.

However, the California Democrat has sidestepped questions about when she would officially toss her hat in the ring. Her Senate colleague, Elizabeth Warren, announced her candidacy earlier this month in what is expected to be a crowded field of Democratic candidates.

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Harris was on the program to promote her memoir, "The Truths We Hold," which was published this week. In the book, Harris addresses the liberal critiques of her record as a prosecutor as she nears a decision on whether to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.

Harris slammed the president during the interview over his role in the partial government shutdown, which is nearing the end of its third week. Trump is demanding billions to build his long-promised border wall, which Democrats have rejected, leading to the budget impasse that has resulted in the shutdown.

"The president is holding the American people hostage over this vanity project,:" Harris said. "This is a crisis if his own making."

The senator said that the president, who has floated the idea of declaring a national emergency as a way of bypassing Congress to build the wall, is using "political manipulation" in the fight over the wall and putting national security at risk.

"It's actually harmful on daily basis to real people," she added.

Harris called on other lawmakers and the American people to speak out and put pressure on the administration to accept legislation that would reopen the government.

"People have to speak up. There is power in that," she said. "There is power in elected members of the United States Congress speaking up in the interest of their constituency and the American public."


Kamala Harris: Government shutdown 'will not end with a wall'

Sen. Kamala Harris insisted Thursday that the ongoing government shutdown, now in its 21st day, "will not end with a wall," ruling out the border security measure that President Donald Trump has demanded as a prerequisite for his signature on any government funding legislation.

Harris (D-Calif.) appeared on CBS’s “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Thursday to promote her new book, where the host asked the California senator — who said she “might” run for president — how she sees the partial shutdown ending in light of negotiations being at a stalemate.

The White House and congressional Democrats have remained at an impasse since before Christmas over President Donald Trump’s demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, driving a quarter of the federal government into a shutdown that is poised to become the longest in U.S. history if it extends past Friday. Over half a million federal employees will miss their first paychecks Friday due to the shutdown, which Harris said was already taking a toll.

“As it is right now, each day that these folks have not been paid, each day that they’re not performing their jobs there’s already harm that’s been done, so let’s be clear about that,” she argued. “This has already been something that is hurtful and harmful to the American people."

Trump has railed against congressional Democrats for their opposition to the wall, claiming that they are resisting his demands to better position themselves to challenge him for the White House in 2020. Democrats have rebuffed those charges and accused Trump of holding government operations hostage in order to make good on a campaign promise from 2016, when he guarantueed that the Mexican government would pay for the wall.

Despite Harris’ vow to stand firm on not delivering Trump one of his signature campaign promises, which she has referred to repeatedly as a “vanity project,” the White House is looking into options to bypass Congress with a declaration that the situation on the southern border is a national emergency. Harris said Thursday such a move would be an “improper” use of executive authority and would face a slew of legal challenges.

#2 Trump closer to declaring emergency; 800,000 won’t get paid

Some 800,000 workers, more than half of them still on the job, were to miss their first paycheck on Friday under the stoppage, and Washington was close to setting a dubious record for the longest government shutdown in the nation's history. Those markers — along with growing effects to national parks, food inspections and the economy overall — left some Republicans on Capitol Hill increasingly uncomfortable with Trump's demands.

Asked about the plight of those going without pay, the president shifted the focus, saying he felt badly "for people that have family members that have been killed" by criminals who came over the border.

Trump visited McAllen, Texas, and the Rio Grande on Thursday to highlight what he calls a crisis of drugs and crime. He said that "if for any reason we don't get this going" — an agreement with House Democrats who have refused to approve the $5.7 billion he demands for the wall — "I will declare a national emergency."

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#3 Poland arrests Huawei employee over spying allegations

Poland's counterintelligence agency has arrested an employee of Chinese tech giant Huawei over spying allegations.

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According to Polish TV broadcaster Telewizja Polska, Huawei's sales director and an ex-security agent were arrested on Tuesday by officers of the country's Internal Security Agency, charged with espionage.

The Huawei employee is reportedly a Chinese national, while the former security agent is a Polish national who recently worked for Orange Polska.

Huawei and French telecommunications firm Orange's offices were searched and documents seized by the Internal Security Agency, the broadcaster reported.

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#4 Jayme Closs: Couple describes how missing teen ended up at their door

Kristin Kasinskas was at home Thursday evening when someone pounded on the door. When she opened it, her neighbor was standing next to a skinny girl with unkempt hair and oversized shoes.

"This is Jayme Closs!" the neighbor said, according to an account Kasinskas gave to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. "Call 911!"

With those words, the frantic search for Jayme ended 87 days after she vanished on October 15, the same night police found her parents dead in their home near Barron, Wisconsin. She was located Thursday in the Wisconsin town of Gordon -- about 70 miles north of where she was last seen.

As the stunned neighbors stood at the door, Jayme did not say a word.

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#5 Rahaf al-Qunun: Saudi teen granted asylum in Australia, officials say

Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun, the 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled to Thailand to escape her allegedly abusive family, has been granted asylum in Australia, a Thai immigration official said Friday.

"Yes, Australian has granted her asylum, but we are waiting to hear where exactly she is going," immigration police chief Surachate Hakparn confirmed to CNN.

Hakparn said Canada had also offered Qunun asylum and they were waiting for her decision.

The UN refugee agency UNHCR had referred Qunun's protection request to Australia on Wednesday, though it had not been confirmed before now that Canada was also considering her case.

Hakparn said Qunun, who is staying in an undisclosed location in Bangkok, would be leaving Thailand "almost as soon as the final decision is made."

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#6 Lindsey Graham: It’s time for Trump ‘to use emergency powers to fund’ border wall

Graham said he hopes the tactic “works” because negotiations with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on the matter appear to be at a dead end.

“Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to negotiate on funding for a border wall/barrier -- even if the government were to be reopened -- virtually ends the congressional path to funding for a border wall/barrier,” Graham said in a statement. “It is time for President Trump to use emergency powers to fund the construction of a border wall/barrier.”

Funding for a wall – a promise Trump routinely made on the presidential campaign – has been a sore point in negotiations to reopen the government amid the ongoing partial shutdown.

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#7 ‘One Paycheck, Maybe Two’: Federal Workers Tell Us How Long They Can Live Without Wages

The government shutdown that began 20 days ago will become the longest shutdown in American history if it continues through Saturday, and President Trump has said that it could last “months or even years.”

Where does this leave the 800,000 federal employees who are caught up in the shutdown, most of whom will miss a paycheck on Friday?

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We asked them to tell us how much longer they personally could endure a shutdown before experiencing financial setbacks, and how they felt about the fight over the border wall that is at the center of the standoff.

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#8 Prosecutors Examining Ukrainians Who Flocked to Trump Inaugural

WASHINGTON — Hours after he was sworn in as America’s 45th president, Donald J. Trump and his wife, Melania, swayed together to a rendition of the Frank Sinatra classic “My Way,” as hundreds of their wealthiest and most influential supporters held aloft smartphones to capture the Trumps’ first dance following the inauguration.

Serhiy Kivalov, a Ukrainian lawmaker known for pro-Russian initiatives, took photos of the dance, as well as of his coveted tickets and passes to the soiree where it took place, the Liberty Ball at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, posting them on Facebook and declaring that “it was an honor” to attend.

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He was one of at least a dozen Ukrainian political and business figures who made their way to Washington for the inauguration, several of whom attended the Liberty Ball. Most had more on their dance cards than just parties.

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#10 U.S. military begins withdrawing troops from Syria

BEIRUT — The U.S. military said Friday it has begun withdrawing troops from Syria, initiating a drawdown that has blindsided allies and sparked a scramble for control of the areas that American troops will leave.

U.S. forces have “begun the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria,” read a statement from the U.S.-led coalition. “Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troop movements.”

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President Trump’s Dec. 19 announcement that he was moving to disentangle some 2,000 U.S. troops from Syria’s complex battlefield sparked fears that the move might undo efforts to defeat the Islamic State’s final remnants in Syria.

It also marked the culmination of years of criticism by Trump over Washington’s role in foreign wars. In public statements, he had repeatedly suggested that he wanted to bring American troops back home.

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#11 Is North Korea a player in the U.S.-China trade war?

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Kim Jong Un’s visit to Beijing this week was brief. After a 20-hour journey to the Chinese capital aboard his armored green train, the young North Korean leader spent barely a day at his destination. But it was still an important visit — and the target audience appears to be President Trump, who’s pursuing ambitious foreign-policy goals with both North Korea and China.

Kim’s fourth visit to China in 10 months wasn’t quite as spectacular as prior trips: Kim attended a banquet with President Xi Jinping on Tuesday evening, which was also his 35th birthday, The Washington Post’s Anna Fifield reported. The following morning, he toured a factory producing traditional Chinese medicines, had lunch with Xi and then headed back home.

Speaking to the state-run Global Times newspaper, Chinese analysts said the real focus of the trip was not pharmaceutical but geopolitical. North Korea and the United States are planning for a second meeting between Trump and Kim, a sequel to their historic meeting in Singapore last June.

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#12 France bracing for bigger, more violent ‘yellow vests’ demos

French officials said Friday they expect planned "yellow vest" demonstrations this weekend to be bigger and more violent than a week ago, as the protest movement which had shown signs of fatigue at the end of 2018 gains fresh impetus.

National police chief Eric Morvan told France Inter radio he expected "a return to a level of mobilisation seen before the Christmas holidays", for the ninth consecutive Saturday of nationwide protests, which have been characterised by clashes with police and destruction of property.

On January 5, around 50,000 people wearing the movement's trademark high-visibility vests demonstrated in Paris and other cities, an increase over late December but far below the nearly 300,000 that turned out for the inaugural protest in mid-November.

Paris police chief Michel Delpuech said he expected the demonstrators in Paris to outnumber the estimated 3,500 that attempted to march on the National Assembly last week, and predicted they would be "more tempted by violence."

The head of security in the Cher region announced that the "yellow vests" would be banned from demonstrating in the historic heart of Bourges, the central town on which some had set their sights Saturday.

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#13 Grisly Mexican gang battle near U.S. border leaves 21 dead

REYNOSA, Mexico, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Mexican authorities are investigating a battle between two suspected gangs that left 21 dead in a border town near where U.S. President Donald Trump visited on Thursday to win support for his plan to build a wall.

Tamaulipas state officials said that 21 bodies were found Wednesday in the city of Ciudad Miguel Aleman. Seventeen were burned, they said.

Trump was visiting McAllen, Texas on Thursday afternoon, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Ciudad Miguel Aleman, across the Rio Grande river, to drum up support for a border wall. He threatened to use emergency powers to bypass Congress and get billions of dollars to pay for the wall.

He has justified that demand by saying that undocumented migrants, criminals and illegal drugs have been pouring across the border. Statistics show illegal immigration has fallen to a 20-year low, while many drugs are believed to enter through legal ports of entry.

Photos shared with Reuters by a state official show charred bodies scattered along a dirt track in scrubland, alongside burned-out vehicles.

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#14 Canada PM calls for respect after death threats

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appealed Thursday for fellow Canadians to speak to each other respectfully following death threats by "yellow vest" protestors.

Visiting western Canada to unofficially kick off his re-election campaign, Trudeau has encountered a small number of activists in the fluorescent jackets emblematic of the populist, grassroots political movement for economic justice that began in France last year.

Members of the group, which counts more than 100,000 followers on social media, have assailed the prime minister over a carbon emissions levy, his promotion of multiculturalism and immigration.

Many have made virulent posts calling for Trudeau's death.

"Canada is a country where we encourage people to speak out and express their views and express their preoccupations," he told reporters.

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#15 A tiny town has been overrun with ‘cute’ but confused seals

The small Canadian town of Roddickton-Bide Arm is teeming with dozens of seals that have wandered inland after winter weather cut off their access to the ocean.

The town's mayor told USA TODAY on Thursday that approximately 40 stranded seals recently have been living among the town's 999 people. Sheila Fitzgerald said she has sought help from Canadian authorities to help the animals find their way back to the sea.

"They’re so cute,” she said, noting that the story had “stolen the hearts of so many people." 

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But for many residents, the experience is also heartbreaking, she said. To her, it's obvious the animals are struggling and suffering.

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#16 Mexican president tells motorists not to panic over gasoline shortage

MEXICO CITY - Amid shortages of gasoline and long lines at the pumps, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Thursday that citizens should not panic, and he tried to reassure them that the availability of fuel would soon return to normal.

Motorists lined up for blocks to fill their tanks again as more and more gas stations closed because of shortages that began this week when authorities shut down certain pipelines in a concerted operation to eliminate rampant theft of fuel.

The effort is part of a major anti-corruption campaign by Lopez Obrador, who took office last month vowing to do away with institutional graft - including the pilfering of gasoline from state-owned pipelines and tanker trucks. Fuel theft is a multibillion-dollar criminal enterprise involving organized crime and corrupt officials.

But the gas shortages have drawn fierce criticism from motorists, business leaders and opposition politicians, who say the government acted without securing sufficient alternative distribution networks.

"In some gas stations there are going to be lines," Lopez Obrador said at a news conference. "If there is gasoline available in automobile tanks, please don't go to the gas station in these days because we are in the process of normalizing the supply."

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#17 Lady Gaga’s ‘Do What U Want’ Featuring R. Kelly Removed from Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify

After breaking her silence on R. Kelly, Lady Gaga has delivered on her promise to dump a duet with the controversial R&B singer from digital music services. 

On Jan. 9, Gaga issued a statement about her 2013 collaboration with Kelly, “Do What U Want,” and wrote that she intended to “remove this song off of iTunes and other streaming platforms…”

As of 10 p.m. ET on Jan. 10, “Do What U Want,” featuring Kelly, had been removed from the U.S. iTunes Store, and is no longer part of the tracklist of its parent album, Gaga’s ARTPOP. The album is also currently unavailable to purchase in the store, though the rest of its tracks are available to buy individually.

Earlier on Jan. 10, “Do What U Want” had climbed back into the top 15 of the U.S. iTunes Stores’ Top Songs list, which ranks the most-bought songs of the moment.

Further, the track is no longer available to stream via the U.S. Apple Music service, nor is it playable via Gaga's official YouTube channel.

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#18 ‘Green Book’ Writer Nick Vallelonga Apologizes for Resurfaced Anti-Muslim Tweet

Nick Vallelonga has apologized for his tweet from 2015 that agreed with Donald Trump's claim that Muslims in Jersey City cheered when the World Trade Centre towers came down on 9/11.

“I want to apologize," said the Green Book writer in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "I spent my life trying to bring this story of overcoming differences and finding common ground to the screen, and I am incredibly sorry to everyone associated with Green Book."

He added, "I especially deeply apologize to the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali, and all members of the Muslim faith, for the hurt I have caused. I am also sorry to my late father who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship and I promise this lesson is not lost on me. Green Book is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I will do better.”

Participant Media, which co-financed and produced Green Book, shared the following statement: "We find Mr. Vallelonga’s Twitter post offensive, dangerous, and antithetical to Participant Media’s values. We reject it in no uncertain terms."

Controversies for the film's team continue to grow after Green Book director Peter Farrelly came under scrutiny on Wednesday when film website The Cut uncovered a 1998 Newsweek article that described how he used to flash his genitals as a joke. 

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#19 Aretha Franklin’s estate in turmoil as police investigate theft

The Bloomfield Township, Michigan, police department is investigating a theft from Aretha Franklin's estate, which has been embroiled in controversy both before and since the late singer's death.

Police Lt. Timothy Abbo told the Detroit Free Press late Thursday an active theft investigation is underway involving the Queen of Soul's suburban mansion, but that it started before Franklin's death. He offered no further details.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer in August in her Detroit riverfront apartment at the age of 76. At the time of her death, she still owned her 4,148-square-foot Colonial-style home in Bloomfield Township, which has drawn scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service.

The theft investigation was first reported by The Blast, a celebrity news website that says Franklin's estate is locked in a battle with Franklin’s 61-year-old son, Edward, who was born when the singer was just 14. 

Edward, The Blast reports, has been trying to get a court order to force the estate to produce monthly financial documents to Franklin’s heirs. But the estate won't turn over the information because, it claims, that could negatively impact the criminal investigation involving missing assets from the estate.

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#20 Gay Latin Music Star Kevin Fret, 24, Shot and Killed in Puerto Rico

Latin musician Kevin Fret has died.

The singer and rapper, who dubbed himself the first openly gay Latin trap artist, according to Billboard, was fatally shot and killed in Santurce, San Juan, Puerto Rico Thursday morning. He was 24 years old.

The “Soy Asi” singer was riding his motorcycle at around 5:30 a.m. when he was attacked. He later died at the Medical Center of Río Piedras, El Nuevo Dia reported.

His death remains under investigation.

Fret’s manager Eduardo Rodriguez has since spoken out about the musician’s tragic death telling website Remezcla, “Kevin was an artistic soul, a dreamer with a big heart.”

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#21 ‘The Mule’ Has Quietly Shown That Clint Eastwood Is Still a Box Office Star

The headlines of the holiday box office have belonged to "Aquaman" while "Mary Poppins Returns" and "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" have brought in family audiences. But farther down the charts, Clint Eastwood has quietly left his own mark on the Christmas season.

After opening nearly a month ago to a $17.5 million launch, Warner Bros.' "The Mule" has amassed a domestic total of $82 million against a budget of $50 million, and is on course to reach $100 million by the end of its theatrical run.

As a director, Eastwood has had several major hits this decade, the biggest being 2014's highest grossing domestic release, "American Sniper." He also found success with Tom Hanks on the biopic "Sully" in 2016. He's also had some missteps, namely "The 15:17 to Paris," which only made $57 million worldwide against a $30 million production budget before marketing.

But "The Mule" is a different movie, because Eastwood is both in front of and behind the camera. It's an actor-director combo that Eastwood hasn't done since "Gran Torino" way back in 2008, and his first acting role since "Trouble With the Curve" six years ago. But when Eastwood does appear on the big screen, he can count on a devoted following of fans — mostly boomers — to show up to see him.

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#22 ‘Criminal Minds’ to End With Season 15

The long-running CBS procedural “Criminal Minds” has been renewed for a fifteenth season, which will also be the show’s last, Variety has confirmed.

The final season will consist of 10 episodes. The final 10 episodes will be shot back-to-back with the Season 14 episodes currently in production. With the final 10 episodes, the show will have aired 325 episodes when it ends its run, making it one of the longest-running shows in television history.

The show revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. It currently stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez, and Daniel Henney. The series was created by Jeff Davis and is executive produced by Mark Gordon, Erica Messer, and Breen Frazier. ABC Studios produces in association with CBS Television Studios.

The series has been a cornerstone of the CBS schedule, though its ratings have fallen in recent years. In Live+Same Day, Season 14 is currently averaging a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers per episode, though those numbers have typically risen noticeably in delayed viewing.

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#24 Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds Cuddle With Pal Emily Blunt at ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Screening

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds tripped the lights fantastic on Thursday night in New York City, hosting a special screening of Mary Poppins Returns at Feinstein’s/54 Below. 

Of course a screening without the magical nanny herself would be chim chim ch-crazy, so the A-list couple’s pal, Emily Blunt, who stars as Mary Poppins in the movie sequel, was in attendance, posing with her friends at the event. 

For the special night, Lively rocked a black button-down trench coat dress with a white pinstripe train, while Blunt embraced olive green with matching high-waisted pants and a top. Reynolds kept things dapper in a three-piece navy suit and his black rimmed glasses. 

Other celebs in attendance included Ben McKenzie and his real-life love (and Reynolds’ Deadpool love interest), Morena Baccarin, Harry Connick Jr., and High School Musical star Corbin Bleu.

Not in attendance was Blunt’s husband, John Krasinski, but he did open up to ET about Reynolds and Lively last March. 

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#25 Top Chef’s Fatima Ali Gives Cancer Update: ‘I’m Getting Sicker’

Top Chef alum Fatima Ali’s health has taken a turn. The chef, a fan favorite from the Bravo reality competition’s 15th season, says she needs prayers as she contends with terminal cancer.

“I know it’s been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why,” Ali, 29, wrote on Thursday, January 10, captioning an Instagram photo of herself in a hospital bed. “I’m sick and unfortunately I’m getting sicker. Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple.”

She continued: “I hope, because a wish is putting on too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart for whenever I must have hurt you. I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy. I’ll try to keep everyone updated the best that I possibly can.”

Commenters immediately posted messages of support, including Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi. “I’m coming boo!” the 48-year-old wrote. “Hold on tight!”

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#26 Zac Efron Debuts Platinum Blonde Hair and Fans Have ONLY Strong Opinions About It

Did someone order Starbucks? 'Cause Zac Efron is serving up some MAJOR iced blonde and it's causing quite the stir.

The Greatest Showman star shared a rock-climbing picture on Sunday which gave fans a peek at his severely brightened new hair color, that has been garnering strong reactions on either side.

While Efron's hair is obscured by a hat in the Instagram photo, sleuthing fans did confirm the platinum locks in snaps from a recent friend's birthday outing in Mexico shared to Instagram Story by model Kelsey Barrett.

"I spy with my little eye... a lil blonde Zac!" one fan shared to Twitter.

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#27 Gwyneth Paltrow Reveals How She’s a ‘Mortifying’ and ‘Embarrassing’ Mom to Daughter Apple, 14

Not many people would label Gwyneth Paltrow as having an embarrassing disposition, but her teenage daughter would beg to differ.

During her Thursday appearance on The Rachael Ray Show, the actress, Goop founder and author of cookbook The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal revealed she is no exception to being a “mortifying” presence for Apple Blythe Alison, 14, and her little brother Moses Bruce Anthony, 12.

“I am the most embarrassing person all of a sudden — no, it’s been a couple good years that I’ve been the most embarrassing person,” she told the host of motherhood.

“Like, ‘Oh my God, there she goes again,’ ” Rachael Ray chimed in.

“If I do anything silly at all in public, the color drains from [Apple’s] face,” she continued. “Any silly jokes, or if I dance, like in a store, God forbid. She’s like, ‘Mom.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, sorry, got it.’ “

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#28 Ooh La La! Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone Heat Up Thailand With Their Sexy PDA

Leonardo DiCaprio and Camila Morrone rang in the new year with a romantic getaway in Thailand! On Dec. 30, the couple - who have been dating since late 2017 - were spotted frolicking on the beach in Phuket with Leo's friends, including Lukas Haas and Vladislav Doronin. The 44-year-old Oscar-winning actor ditched his shirt and opted for some bright blue swim trunks, while the 21-year-old model put her bikini body on display in a sexy taupe two-piece. Leo and Camila appeared to be in a lovey-dovey mood as they splashed around in the ocean, kissed, and held hands.

Camila also documented their trip on Instagram, sharing photos of their hotel and their fun adventures. On Jan. 2, she posted shots from their visit to the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary. "Today we spent the day at a sanctuary for rescued and rehabilitated elephants (that were privately owned for logging or entertainment purposes)," Camila wrote. "If you ever have the opportunity to visit this sanctuary in Thailand, I highly recommend???."

Leo and Camila have been together for a little over a year now, and according to Us Weekly, things are getting serious. "Everyone is saying that marriage could be soon for them," a source told the publication. Apparently, Leo and Camila have "talked about getting engaged" and the actor is also "ready to have kids." Could Leo finally be ready to settle down? Only time will tell.

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#29 Inside Chris Pratt’s 21-Day Commitment to Prayer and Fasting

The 39-year-old actor took to his Instagram Story on Wednesday to open up about how the Daniel Fast -- a 21-day fast that focuses on prayer -- is affecting his life.

"OK. Hi. Chris Pratt here," said the Jurassic World star, who is profusely sweating in the video. "Day 3 of the Daniel Fast. Check it out. It's 21 days of prayer and fasting and it's going to coincide also coincidentally with the Lego Movie 2 junket. So, by the time you see me, I'll probably be hallucinating."

"Stay tuned," he added.

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#30 Natalie Corona California rookie officer Natalie Corona fatally shot responding to crash

DAVIS, Calif. – A police officer who had been on the job only a few weeks was shot and killed by a suspect who opened fire as she was investigating a three-car crash, authorities in Northern California said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was later found dead inside a Davis, California, home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Davis Police Department said.

Police officials said Officer Natalie Corona, 22, was shot after responding alone to a traffic accident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday in the city west of Sacramento. Corona was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where she later died.

Police have not determined what prompted the attack.

Following the shooting, police issued a citywide shelter in place order as officers from throughout the region searched for the suspect.


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California rookie officer Natalie Corona fatally shot responding to crash

More police officers have died in the line of duty this year in the United States than in 2017 Time


DAVIS, Calif. – A police officer who had been on the job only a few weeks was shot and killed by a suspect who opened fire as she was investigating a three-car crash, authorities in Northern California said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was later found dead inside a Davis, California, home with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the Davis Police Department said.

Police officials said Officer Natalie Corona, 22, was shot after responding alone to a traffic accident shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday in the city west of Sacramento. Corona was taken to UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where she later died.

Police have not determined what prompted the attack.

Following the shooting, police issued a citywide shelter in place order as officers from throughout the region searched for the suspect.

Police spent hours trying to coax the suspect out of a home about a block from the shooting scene, using floodlights and commands on loudspeakers for him to emerge with his hands up. At one point they sent in a robot and ignited flash bang grenades, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Officials announced early Friday he had been found dead inside.

Corona, whose father spent 26 years as a Colusa County Sheriff’s deputy, graduated from the Sacramento Police Department’s training academy in July and completed her field training just before Christmas, officials said.

She was the first Davis officer killed in the line of duty in six decades.

“She was a rising star in the department,” Davis Police Chief Darren Pytel said. “She just worked like you can’t believe.”

Before she entered the academy, the Davis Police Department ran out of funding for the paid position she had been in. She didn’t care; she showed up to work as a volunteer, Pytel said.

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Hello Again and Thanks for reading it is I David "IT40" Ellenberger with an update on the status of my lawsuit against Alphabet inc case # 4:20-CV-04877-SBA  and the website and life in general. By now if you regularly visit you may have read this section "author info" or Bio. So I am adding to it with more bio and more info. I originally liked the idea of voting on the internet 20-25 years ago when I first got online with WebTV (does anyone remember that?).

The technology at that time was not advanced enough to easily be able to vote online or watch videos or much else for that matter but I was hooked and look at what we can do now with videos, IOT, and everything else, but I digress. I started about 5 years ago and the user base has been going up steadily ever since. I wanted to be another Facebook, with music and voting and that is all coming together slowly but surely. BTW if you want to help or have any interest please feel free to email me anytime.

Now in my previous Author Info or bio page I made it clear or at least I thought I made it clear, I am personally suing Alphabet inc. in Federal Court for Fraud. I have evidence to prove they are not counting all the pageviews, among other things and defrauding myself and probably millions of other website owners and content creators out of Billions of dollars. So if I wasn't clear or you didn't know it's true I am suing Alphabet inc. in Federal Court for Fraud the case was recently moved from my state of Kentucky to N. California to make it easier for Alphabet inc. to steam roll me or so they think. Needless to say if you are interested and I hope you are you can look the case up online under my name "David Russell Ellenberger" or the case # which is 4:20-CV-04877-SBA.

Now, I want to make it clear to you and everyone that I am not suing Alphabet inc. aka Google for fraud just because I want a million dollars for nothing. I am suing Google for fraud because I think they are committing  a serious crime with worldwide and societal ramifications, it is a  very serious problem.  I am suing Google for fraud because to put it simply the analytics numbers don't add up at least not in my favor or yours, there is something very fishy going on with the Google analytics numbers. Of course Google has an excuse for every one of them but I have reasons and the actual numbers and they don't add up, more about the numbers later.

Companies like Google are making Billions of dollars a year in profits telling us data is the most valuable thing and misleading us and misdirecting the media and the world every chance they can.  Now data is valuable and they are making billions in profits seemingly like magic but there is no magic to it just corruption and lies. One thing Alphabet inc. aka Google is really making their money from and that is advertising dollars and they are putting all of this advertising on the websites other people have created.

Websites that I have created and  websites you have created and websites millions of others around the world have created websites or content. For example Just writing a text is creating content and that's where Google puts the billions in advertising they receive and keeping most of it for themselves. Yes content others have created and yet somehow they are keeping almost all of these billions for themselves and not distributing it equitably to the real workers the true content creators who actually deserve the advertising monies. Google has made it's billions on the backs of you and me. Think about that for a minute, how can they continue to justify this? They Can't, it has to change.

For example if I were to prevail in the current lawsuit just half of the monies or $20 billion put into a basic account and compounded at 5% annually we could realistically employ over 80,000 people at $24,000 a year, indefinitely.  Sounds unbelievable but its true and if we only employed 40,000 people we could pay them approx. $48,000 a year indefinitely. Its all true. Its simply a matter of having the money and the will to do it. Now is 40,000 people a lot well yes it would be a lot of employees but with more money simply put into a trust account we could employ more people

I David Russell Ellenberger through my website am suing Google to try to help right a wrong. A wrong committed by Google that has simply gotten out of hand. Most people may think they can't do anything about it. Nothing can stop Google, the politicians don't care they use all of Googles data to further their own campaigns and line their own pockets while the rest of us keep on creating the content for Google, nothing can be done, this however is not the case, we can do something.

The politicians and Alphabet inc. aka Google have done nothing to help society at large other than organize it so they can keep more money in secret and pay off all their buddies with their fraudulently obtained money. It's gotten so bad that the politicians and others in control won't even talk about it, they ignore it and hope it goes away, they won't even try to stop google because it is helping them too much and maybe they are scared of Google or who knows what they may be thinking. But it looks like fraud and it's coming to an end.

I'm telling you we can do something and I David Russell Ellenberger an average citizen Content Creator am saying to you, I'm not scared of Google because I have nothing left to loose.  I David Russell Ellenberger am telling you there is something you too can do, if nothing else, tell all your friends to come to aka IT40, believe these words and Create your Content.

Further I promise to you and all who read this if we do prevail in the lawsuit against Alphabet Inc. We will use half of any monies we may receive to pay "content creators" a living wage. I pledge to anyone who is reading this, we will use half of any monies we may receive to help those who really do want to work on the internet and create content and tell us what they think. We will use half of any money so you can Get Paid, we want you to get paid for the content you create and get paid everyday and Get Paid to Vote create data and to be able to do this work online and from your home or anywhere in the world you care to be. Because in the words of an ancient scholar Y-O-U are the business Y-O-U are creating all the data, Y-O-U are the content creators and Y-O-U are all that matters.

Now the main thing I want you to take away form this and to know, Alphabet inc. is and has been committing fraud against you, me and everyone who uses the internet. I don't think Google started out to defraud the world it has just degenerated into this endless morass of corruption and fraud and no one seems to care, Well I care and I know you care too.  Sadly Google has been doing this with impunity for years and it is only getting worse. Please don't let them fool you with their lies and obfuscation. Do some research create some content build a website and research the analytics numbers you will find I am right. Google owes you, me and everyone online thousands if not 10's of thousands of dollars for all the data and advertising dollars they have co-opted from you and the rest of the world. So join with me don't use any Google products or file your own lawsuit in federal court against Alphabet inc. I will be glad to help you any way I can and show you how to do it if need be. It will take a sincere effort on your part but it will definitely help your self esteem, society and the world.

Now that's about all I have to say on this subject for now.  I will tell you this if you want more information or you have questions or comments for me, my email is [email protected] Thank you for reading looking and listening and believing in Please tell all your friends about us and don't forget to vote Thumbs up or down and refresh your page when your done. One last Thing, I need all the help I can get I am only 1 person but together and with todays technology we can move mountains and reframe society and our world the way we want it to be. One final note let me tell you about a new website coming to the world called Thank you ttyl



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