(Iowa City, IA_AP) — The freezing cold weather hitting the Midwest is claiming at least nine lives. The latest death happened in Iowa, where a student at the University of Iowa died after being found behind a campus building early Wednesday morning.
Another person died in Iowa in a weather-related car crash. Three people were killed in Illinois. Deaths were also recorded in Indiana, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Temperatures across the Midwest are well below zero because of a polar vortex pulling freezing air into the area.
(Chicago, IL-AP) — Police in Chicago are releasing images of two people possibly connected to the attack on Empire star Jussie Smollett. The pictures come from a surveillance camera near the scene of the attack. Finally, it looks like the investigation is intensifying.
The released images show two shadowy figures, but it’s tough to make out any defining features about them. Police are calling them persons of interest who they want to question. Smollett claims his attackers yelled homophobic and racist slurs at him as they beat him early Tuesday morning.
(AP) — Ariana Grande is being mocked for getting a misspelled tattoo. The pop star had Japanese characters inked on the palm of her hand that were supposed to spell out Seven Rings, the name of her latest single.A fan on Twitter pointed out, though, that the characters actually represent a Japanese word that means a small barbecue grill. Grande admitted in a since deleted tweet that she did leave out some characters because the tattoo hurt, and she didn’t think she could have lasted much longer. She added that she is a big fan of tiny barbecue grills.
(El Paso, TX-AP) — Immigrants at a detention center in El Paso, Texas are being force-fed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Two migrants started a hunger strike December 30th and others soon joined in. At least six detainees are being hydrated and fed against their will, according to a statement from ICE.
The force-feeding was approved by a federal judge earlier this month. Four other detainees are also on hunger strike at other detention centers in Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and San Diego. ICE didn’t say what the motive for the hunger strikes is.
(AP) – Black Panther is taking home the top prize at the 2019 Screen Actors Guild Awards. The superhero film scored best performance by a cast in a motion picture last night, the show’s top honor. It also picked up best stunt ensemble performance in a motion picture. The awards for best male and female actor in a leading role went to Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody, and Glenn Close for The Wife.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel swept the TV categories, taking home best comedy series ensemble, and best male and female actor in a comedy series for Tony Shalhoub and Rachel Brosnahan.
Other winners were Mahershala Ali and Emily Blunt for best male and female actor in a supporting role, Sandra Oh and Jason Bateman for best male and female actor in a TV drama series, and the cast of This Is Us for best drama series ensemble. Alan Alda also picked up this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The show was hosted by actress Megan Mullally.
(Hilo, HI) — A Hawaiian farmer’s avocados are unofficially breaking a world record. Farmer Kenji Fukumitsu grew an avocado that weighed in at a whopping six-pounds-eleven-ounces.
The current Guinness World Record for largest avocado is five-pounds-eight-ounces. Efforts have been made to get official Guinness recognition for Fukumitsu’s avocados, but it takes 12 weeks for someone to authenticate it.
Unfortunately, the monster avocado won’t be able to last 12 weeks. But Fukumitsu says he’s not too bummed out about it, adding that “we just pick it and eat it.”
(Hollywood, CA-AP) — A California doctor is under fire for recommending that a four-year-old eat cannabis cookies to control his temper tantrums. California’s medical board reportedly revoked the medical license of Dr. William Eidelman of Hollywood on January 4th. However, Eidelman claims it’s still active and continues to practice.
The medical board determined that Eidelman was “grossly negligent” for saying the boy likely had a combination of ADD/ADHD and bipolar disorder after one 30-minute appointment. The board said Eidelman improperly diagnosed the young child and should have consulted a psychiatrist.
(Houston, TX-AP) — Houston’s police chief says two officers who were shot while attempting to serve a search warrant today are in critical but stable condition. Chief Art Acevedo said several officers immediately came under fire as they breached a home. Two other officers were shot and will remain at the hospital for 24 hours.
Two suspects were killed at the scene. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said it’s been a tough day for the city, and he told Houston residents for pray for the wounded officers and their loved one
(Atlanta, GA) – We’re four days away from Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta Georgia and people are still waiting to see what the NFL and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell are going to do about the double penalty that cost the New Orleans Saints a trip to the big game. Rams CB Nickell Robey-Coleman says he will pay the fine for the helmet to helmet hit he put on Saints’ WR Tommylee lewis, but that’s hardly what Saints fans and former players want to hear.
If Robey-Coleman has been fined, then clearly a penalty should’ve been in place. Granted the refs have admitted that they missed both calls, helmet-to-helmet and pass interference, but there’s been no reversal of the no-call and the Saints are still in New Orleans while the Rams prepare to take on the Patriots Sunday for Super Bowl 53.
Former NFL baller and NFL Network Analyst Reggie Bush says neither one of those refs deserve to be working in the NFL and that he’s anxious to see what Roger Goodell is going to do.
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