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Government shutdown: What would close; would you get your Social Security check; what would happen to SNAP, WIC

The fight over a border wall, the fate of nearly 800,000 DACA recipients, and the wrangling over the funding of an insurance program for children could force a U.S. government shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass legislation that would keep the government up and running.

While negotiations on a temporary spending bill, called a continuing resolution, are ongoing, House Republican leaders said late Wednesday that  they lacked the votes to prevent a shutdown, but that they are pressing members to back Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), on the  temporary spending bill.

“I think it passes,” Republican Study Committee Chairman Mark Walker, (R-North Carolina), told reporters on Wednesday. “I don’t think it’s overwhelming, but I think it passes.”

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What would happen if no bill is passed and the government “shuts down?” Here’s what to expect:

First, a government shutdown doesn’t mean the government completely shuts down. Employees and services deemed “essential” would remain in place. About half of the federal employee workforce, however, could be furloughed – sent home without pay.

Government agencies would shut down because of the lack of a bill that funds services those agencies provide. What Congress will be considering Thursday night and Friday is a continuing resolution, a way to temporarily fund the government.

What is a continuing resolution? A continuing resolution, or “CR,” is legislation that funds government operations at the current spending level. In normal years, a bill that funds government operations is signed by Oct. 1, which is the end of the fiscal year. That didn’t happen this year.

CRs can fund the government for days, weeks or months. The CR that could be considered Thursday would fund the government through Feb. 16.

Here is a list of services and how they would be affected if a CR is not passed by Friday night:Air travel Air travel would not be affected as federal air traffic controllers would remain on the job and Transportation Security Administration screeners would remain in place.Federal court For about two weeks, federal courts would continue operating normally. After that time, the judiciary would have to furlough employees not considered essential.Food safety The Food and Drug Administration would handle high-risk recalls. Most routine safety inspections would be halted.Health Patients in the National Institutes of Health would continue to be treated. New patients would not be accepted until a funding bill is in place.International travel  You could still get a passport and visa applications would still be processed by the State Department. Fees collected when someone applies for a visa or a passport fund those services.Loans  The Federal Housing Administration, the agency that guarantees about 30 percent of all American home mortgages, wouldn't be able to underwrite or approve any new loans during a shutdown, causing a delay for those using one of those loans to purchase a home. The mail You would still get mail, as the U.S. Postal Service is not funded by taxpayer dollars for everyday operations.Military Active-duty military personnel would stay on duty, but their paychecks would be delayed.National parks All national parks would be closed, as would the Smithsonian museums. Visitors in overnight campgrounds in national parks would be given 48 hours to make alternate arrangements and leave the park.School lunches, SNAP and WIC School breakfasts and lunches funded by the federal government would not be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC, could be affected. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, which used to be called the Food Stamp Program, would continue to be funded and SNAP benefits would continue to be distributed. But several smaller feeding programs would not have the money to operate.Science The National Weather Service would keep forecasting weather.Social Security Social Security, Medicare and unemployment benefits would be paid, but new applications for those payments could be delayed. Veterans services Most services offered through the Department of Veterans Affairs would continue.Sources: The Associated Press; Politicothe Congressional Research Service


How well would you do on the cognitive test President Trump took?

On Tuesday, Admiral Dr. Ronny Jackson answered questions about President Donald Trump’s health, reporting that after last week’s physical exam, Trump was in “excellent” health.

In addition to a physical exam, Trump, Jackson said, asked that he be given a cognitive screening test – one that would test for signs of early dementia, for instance.

Jackson said Trump was given the Montreal Cognitive Assessment test – a series of questions asking the test taker to remember a list of words, recognize animals, draw a specific time on a clock and draw a cube, among other tasks.

How well did the president do on the test? He was perfect, Jackson said, getting 30 out of 30 possible points. A score of 26 or higher on the test is considered to be a normal result

Below is a MoCA test like the one the president took. Can you get 26 or higher?

Live updates State of the Union 2018: What time, what channel, livestream, protests

Five Democratic members of Congress have said they will not attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address set for the end of the month, boycotting the speech, they say, because of an alleged racial slur over immigration by the president.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), announced Monday she will not attend the speech. Four other Democrats had previously said they will not be attending. When Trump gives the speech in front of a joint session of Congress on Jan. 30 he will see the female Democrats attending the speech, led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.), dressed in black to show solidarity with the “Me Too” movement which gives voice to those who have been sexually harassed or assaulted.

While this will be Trump’s first State of the Union address, it is not the first time he has addressed a joint session of Congress. Trump spoke before Congress last February.

Check back here on Jan. 30 at 7:30 p.m. for live updates from the speech and reaction afterward.

Here’s how to watch the speech.

When is the speech: Tuesday, Jan. 30

What time: 9 p.m. ET

What channel: The speech will be carried live on all the major cable and news networks.

Livestream: on YouTube from the White House YouTube channel

Where is it taking place: President Trump will deliver the speech from the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Why he does it: Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution says, the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The speech was first called the Annual Message, then in the 1940s, the address became known as the “state of the union.” Since 1947, the speech has been known as the “State of the Union Address.”

Firsts for State of the Union speeches

From the U.S. House History, Art & Archives website:

First radio broadcast of the address: President Calvin Coolidge, 1923.

First television broadcast of address: President Harry Truman, 1947.

First televised evening delivery of address: President Lyndon Johnson, 1965.

First live webcast on Internet: President George W. Bush, 2002.

First high definition television broadcast of the address came with President George W. Bush’s State of the Union message in 2004.


Rep. Lois Frankel (D-Fla.), said she will give her guest ticket to the speech to a person involved in the “Me Too” movement.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other female Democrats have said they plan to wear black to the speech in solidarity with the “Me Too” movement.

Who is not coming:

More than 60 members of Congress boycotted Trump’s inauguration. So far, five Democrats have said that they will not attend the State of the Union address. They are:

  • Maxine Waters, (D-Calif.)
  • John Lewis, (D-Ga.)
  • Earl Blumenauer, (D-Oregon)
  • Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.)
  • Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) 


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Trump's physical exam: Here's what will happen; who will conduct it; when results will be released

President Donald Trump is scheduled to have a medical exam on Friday, his first since taking office nearly a year ago.

Trump, 71, on Thursday, predicted the exam would “go very well,” and said he would be “very surprised if it doesn't."

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The exam is a standard one that anyone in their 70s would have -- checking cholesterol and lipid (fat-like substances found in the blood) levels, evaluating blood pressure, vision and sight function, and screening for cancer, heart disease and any other age-related issue.

Trump has claimed his physical health has always been strong. In 2015, his personal physician, Dr. Harold Bornstein, declared that if Trump should be elected president, he would be "the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

However, almost since he announced he was running for office, questions about Trump’s mental health have lingered. In December, Yale psychiatry professor Dr. Bandy X. Lee briefed members of Congress on concerns about Trump’s mental fitness to be president, despite advice from the American Psychiatric Association not to suggest a diagnosis of any mental health issue if the person has not personally examined the individual in question.

Such questions about mental fitness, which for other presidents have largely remained out of the public realm, will not be answered by today’s exam. Here’s what will happen.

The president’s check-up

Where is the exam taking place?

The president will travel to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, for the check-up.

Who will conduct the exam?

White House physician Ronny Jackson will conduct the exam, White House officials said. Dr. Jackson performed President Barack Obama's last few presidential check-ups.

When will we know the results?

Jackson is expected to release a statement Friday after the checkup. White House sources say Jackson is scheduled to give a more in-depth information to reporters on Tuesday.

What will he likely reveal?

Usually, not a lot. The results have most often been a general recounting of the president's height, weight, cholesterol levels and the like. Past presidents have received a “fit to serve as president” stamp of approval following the exam.Here’s a copy of the results of one of President Barack Obama’s checkups.

Do we know anything about any of President Trump’s other physical exams?

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump's physician released a summary of his health that included his height, weight (236 pounds), cholesterol (HDL 63, LDL 94, triglycerides 61), blood pressure (116/70), blood sugar (99)and results of liver, thyroid, heart and colon exams.

Do presidents have to have a physical while they are in office?

No, there is no requirement that a person has to have a medical exam of any kind while they serve as president.

Will it address mental health?

No, the exam will not evaluate Trump’s mental health. 

Influenza surveillance map: Where is the flu in my state? 

The last week of 2017 saw a sharp increase in cases of influenza in the United States, with 46 states reporting widespread flu.  

The bad news is that the peak of this year’s season is just getting underway. 

Health officials are saying the season is shaping up to be a particularly severe one, with the number of flu cases reported at nearly four times the number of cases at the same time last year. 

"This is a bad bug," Dr. Daniel Jernigan, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Influenza Division, said. "What we're seeing this year, the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now. That's about a month earlier than it normally would be peaking," he said, "so lots of cases are happening, in lots of states, all at the same time.” 

H3N2 is the strain of flu that has been seen most this season, and it has proven to be a deadly strain. At least 13 children in the United States have died from the flu this season. 

"In years when there is H3N2, we do see that there are more deaths,” Jernigan said. 

It’s not too late to get a flu inoculation, CDC officials said this week. It takes about two weeks for the vaccine to be fully effective.  

The CDC tracks information about the spread of the flu using data sent from state health departments to create and maintain an “influenza surveillance map.” The map shows the number of flu cases reported to each state’s health department and where the flu is hitting the hardest. 

Below are the links to each state’s health department, where localized information about influenza can be found. Click on the website and look for a listing called “Surveillance Reports,” or “Surveillance Maps,” then look for the week’s report to give you the latest information.

Click here for more information on this year’s flu, and here for information for parents about children and the flu.  

  1. Alabama 
  2. Alaska 
  3. Arizona
  4. Arkansas 
  5. California
  6. Colorado
  7. Connecticut 
  8. Delaware
  9. District of Columbia 
  10. Florida
  11. Georgia 
  12. Hawaii 
  13. Idaho
  14. Illinois 
  15. Indiana
  16. Iowa 
  17. Kansas 
  18. Kentucky 
  19. Louisiana
  20. Maine
  21. Maryland
  22. Massachusetts
  23. Michigan 
  24. Minnesota 
  25. Mississippi
  26. Missouri 
  27. Montana 
  28. Nebraska
  29. Nevada 
  30. New Hampshire
  31. New Jersey
  32. New Mexico 
  33. New York 
  34. North Carolina 
  35. North Dakota
  36. Ohio 
  37. Oklahoma 
  38. Oregon 
  39. Pennsylvania 
  40. Rhode Island
  41. South Carolina 
  42. South Dakota 
  43. Tennessee 
  44. Texas 
  45. Utah
  46. Vermont 
  47. Virginia 
  48. Washington 
  49. West Virginia 
  50. Wisconsin
  51. Wyoming 

11 things parents need to know about the flu, the vaccine, how long kids need to stay out of school

The Centers for Disease and Prevention are reporting higher than average cases of influenza across the country this flu season.

Forty-six states have seen widespread flu, and 13 children have died from complications of the virus since October.

Influenza in children, especially young children can be very dangerous.

Here are 11 things parents need to know about the 2017-2018 influenza season.

What is the flu?

Influenza is a virus that infects the nose, throat and lungs.

What are signs of the flu?

Signs of the flu include high fever, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, headache, dry cough and sore muscles. Children who have contracted the flu may also have stomach pain and/or diarrhea. Symptoms of the flu will come on quickly. 

>>What is the H3N2 flu and how bad is flu season this year?

Is the flu vaccine the best way to protect children?

The CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend annual flu vaccinations for everyone age 6 months and older. The vaccination offers protection against the influenza strains researchers believe will be the most likely to spread in a given flu season. 

Is the vaccination still available in nasal spray? 

In year’s past, the vaccine was available via nose spray. It is now available only in shot form. A new vaccine -- the quadrivalent vaccine – is available this year. The vaccine is designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. While the quadrivalent vaccine is one of several vaccines available, health officials do not give preference for one type over another.

Can’t you can't get the flu from the flu vaccine?

Influenza vaccines are made from an inactivated virus that can't transmit infection. You will not catch the flu from the vaccine. There can be side effects – pain, tenderness and slight swelling at the site of the injection – and some infants can run a fever after the shot. If a child is vaccinated but still gets the flu, he or she will likely have a milder version of the disease. In previous years, 90 percent of those children who died after contracting the flu had not been inoculated against the disease.

Can the flu vaccine be given with other vaccines? 

Yes, it can.

What if my child has an egg allergy?

Eggs are used in the production of the virus, but that doesn’t mean you cannot get the flu shot if you have an egg allergy. If your child’s allergy is mild to moderate, they will likely have no problem with the shot. If your child has a severe reaction to eggs, he or she can still get the vaccination, but it should be given by a physician who can monitor the child for a severe reaction to eggs. 

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Can children take antiviral medication if they get the flu?

Yes children can get take antiviral medication should they get the flu. Children can take Oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza). Antivirals are most effective when given within 48 hours of feeling the symptoms of the flu. Antibiotics will not help if you have influenza. The flu is a virus.

What are the signs of flu complications that should make you consider taking your child to the hospital? 

(From the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatrics)

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  • Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
  • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
  • Fever with a rash

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

  • Being unable to eat
  • Has trouble breathing
  • Has no tears when crying
  • Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal

How long can a sick child spread the flu to others?

Generally, people who have the flu can spread it to others from one day before symptoms begin to five to seven days after feeling ill. Children may pass the virus along for longer than 7 days, the CDC warns. Symptoms start 1 to 4 days after the virus enters the body.

When do you know it's over? When can they go back to school or daycare?

The CDC recommends a child with the flu stay at home until they are free of a fever for at least 24 hours. They should be fever-free without the use of a fever-reducing medication, such as ibuprofen (Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol). 

If you have any questions about the flu or the flu shot, check out the CDC site

Sources: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the American Academy of Pediatrics; WebMD

What is the H3N2 flu and how bad is flu season this year?

This year’s influenza season, dubbed “moderately severe” by health care officials, has hit the United States hard, with the number of recorded cases of the disease in parts of the country up more than 500 percent.

Thirteen children have died from the flu since October, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with widespread flu activity being reported now in 46 states. California alone has seen 27 flu deaths this season, with 41,000 cases of flu  confirmed in the United States as of the week of Dec. 27.

The level of flu could soon be classified at epidemic level, Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan from the CDC said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this week.

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"What we're seeing this year the influenza season started earlier and seems to be peaking right about now," Jernigan, who is director of the Influenza Division in the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at CDC, told "GMA."

"That's about a month earlier than it normally would be peaking," he said, "so lots of cases [are] happening, in lots of states, all at the same time."

Jernigan also addressed the talk of the flu’s effectiveness.

"We know that the influenza vaccine is the best way to prevent, but in this season it is not as effective as it is for the other viruses that circulate," Jernigan said on “GMA.”

Jernigan explained that the vaccine is more effective in trying to prevent other flu strains circulating in the United States than it is for the main strain of flu that has hit the U.S. this year.

Here’s what there is to know about this year’s flu season.

What kind of flu is being seen the most?

The prominent strain in Australia’s flu season was the H3N2 form of influenza A. That strain is what doctors are seeing in this country as well. The strain is included in this year’s flu vaccine.  

How effective is the flu vaccine?

Despite what has been reported about the flu vaccine’s effectiveness, the CDC says it believes the “U.S. VE estimates from last season are likely to be a better predictor of the flu vaccine benefits to expect this season against circulating H3N2 viruses in the United States.” Last year’s effectiveness for the H3N2 virus was around 43 percent. The CDC also stressed “Estimates of the flu vaccine’s effectiveness against circulating flu viruses in the United States will be available later in the season.”

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms include:

High fever


Sore throat

Runny nose

Muscle aches




The symptoms of flu can come on quickly. If you have these symptoms you need to see a doctor. The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus and infected to when symptoms begin is about one to four days, with an average of about two days.

What can you do to try to prevent it?

If you have not gotten a flu shot, it’s late, but it is not too late. While thousands have gotten the flu, the influenza season is just reaching its peak. The CDC recommends the flu shot for everyone over the age of 6 months – infants and older people should especially be inoculated, according to the agency.

Remember, after the vaccine, your body can take up to two weeks to build up defenses against the flu virus.

If you are allergic to eggs, let your medical provider know that before you get the vaccine. The flu vaccine is grown using eggs.

Can you catch the flu from the vaccine?

No, you don’t get the flu from the vaccine because the vaccine is made from an inactivated virus that can't transmit infection.  

What if I already have the flu or at the symptoms of it?

Anti-viral medication – like Tamiflu – will help lessen the symptoms of flu. However, you need to start taking anti-virals within 48 hours of the onset of flu symptoms. 

There seems to be a lot of flu around, is it an epidemic?

There are specific parameters used to determine if the flu has reached epidemic levels. Influenza is considered at epidemic level when the number of deaths from flu surpasses a threshold set by the CDC. In the last week of reports from the agency, the number of flu deaths was 0.2 percent below the threshold the CDC set, meaning a flu epidemic is possible soon. 

In years where the flu is considered “mild,” the CDC estimates it kills around 12,000 Americans. In moderately severe years, as this one is being called, 56,000 could die.

Here’s what’s new for this year’s flu season

From the CDC:

The recommendation to not use the nasal spray flu vaccine was renewed for the 2017-2018 season. Only injectable flu shots are recommended for use again this season.

Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating viruses.

Pregnant women may receive any licensed, recommended, and age-appropriate flu vaccine.

quadrivalent recombinant flu vaccine (a vaccine designed to protect against four different flu viruses; two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses), is available this season.

NCAA Championship: Everything you need to know about the game, the teams, the tickets and Trump's visit

The college football National Championship game is only hours away.

Here is a guide to what you need to know about the game, the teams, the president’s visit and the price of a ticket (hint: it’s really high).

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The game

  • What time is the game, what channel and what are the odds? Click here for that information and a link to the livestream of the game.
  • The weather is looking cold and wet for tonight’s game. Here’s the forecast.
  • Tempted to put that drone you got for Christmas up in the air to get a gander at who is going in the National Championship game? Bad idea. Don’t do it, the FBI is warning.
  • How did we get here? Here’s a look at the history of the college football national championship game. 
  • If you are lucky enough to be going to the game in Atlanta, here’s a guide to parking, tailgating, how MARTA will work and what not to bring to the stadium.
  • Officials are telling fans to enter the stadium through Gates 2, 3 and 4.

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The team, coaches, wives

President Trump’s visit

  • President Trump is planning to attend the championship game. Here’s a look at when he will arrive in Atlanta.

Other entertainment

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Golden Globes 2018: What time, what channel, who is nominated

Hollywood’s first awards show of the season, the Golden Globes, is set for Sunday in Beverly Hills. 

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairy tale “The Shape of Water” has seven Golden Globes nominations with HBO’s “Big Little Lies” getting six. 

Christopher Plummer nabbed a nomination for his portrayal of billionaire J. Paul Getty in Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World.” Plummer replaced Kevin Spacey in the film that had wrapped shooting after Spacey was accused by several men of sexual misconduct.

“They pulled off a miraculous feat over the last month and I’m delighted to have been a part of this unique experience,” Plummer said in a statement.

Here’s a guide to watching the Golden Globes.

When is the show: The awards show is set for Sunday.

What time does it start: The awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m. ET. Beginning at 7 p.m. ET, you can watch the red carpet arrivals. They will be streamed exclusively on Facebook.

Who is hosting: Seth Meyers will host the show. It’s his first time hosting the Golden Globes.

Where is it taking place: The ceremony will be held at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.

What channel is it on: NBC is broadcasting the show.

Any big awards: Oprah Winfrey is being given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement.

Who is nominated: Here are some of the nominees for the 2018 Golden Globes.


Best motion picture, drama

“Dunkirk” “The Post” “The Shape of Water” ““Call Me by Your Name” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best actress, motion picture, drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Meryl Streep, The Post Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best actor, motion picture, drama

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread Tom Hanks, The Post Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best motion picture, comedy or musical

“The Disaster Artist” “Get Out” “The Greatest Showman” “I, Tonya” “Lady Bird”

Best actress, motion picture, comedy or musical

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul Margot Robbie, I, Tonya Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best actor, motion picture, comedy or musical

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver James Franco, The Disaster Artist Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best supporting actor, motion picture

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Best supporting actress, motion picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound Hong Chau, Downsizing Allison Janney, I, Tonya Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best director

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk Steven Spielberg, The Post Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World

Best screenplay

“The Shape of Water”“Lady Bird” “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” “The Post” “Molly’s Game”


Best television series, drama

“The Handmaid’s Tale” “This Is Us” “The Crown” “Game of Thrones” “Stranger Things”

Best actress, television series drama

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Claire Foy, “The Crown” Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why” Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce” Caitriona Balfe, Outlander”

Best actor, television series, drama

Freddie Highmore, “The Good Doctor” Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul” Jason Bateman, “Ozark” Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan”

Best television series, comedy

“Black-ish” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” “Master of None” “SMILF” “Will & Grace”

Best actress, television series, comedy

Pamela Adlon, “Better Things” Alison Brie, “GLOW” Rachel Brosnahan, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” Issa Rae, “Insecure” Frankie Shaw, “SMILF”

Best actor, television series, comedy

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish” Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” Kevin Bacon, “I Love Dick” William H. Macy, “Shameless” Eric McCormack, “Will & Grace”

Best limited series or TV movie

“Big Little Lies” “Feud: Bette and Joan” “Fargo” “Top of the Lake: China Girl” “The Sinner”

Best actor, limited series or TV movie

Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies” Kyle MacLachlan, “Twin Peaks” Jude Law, “The Young Pope” Ewan McGregor, “Fargo” Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Best actress, limited series or TV movie

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies” Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette and Joan” Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette and Joan” Jessica Biel, “The Sinner”

Best supporting actress, television

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies” Ann Dowd, “The Handmaid’s Tale” Chrissy Metz, “This Is Us” Michelle Pfeiffer, “The Wizard of Lies” Shailene Woodley, “Big Little Lies”

Best supporting actor, television series

Christian Slater, “Mr. Robot” David Harbour, “Stranger Things” Alfred Molina, “Feud: Bette and Joan” Alexander Skarsgård, “Big Little Lies David Thewlis, “Fargo”

Kirby Smart: 11 things to know about Georgia’s coach

Kirby Smart knows a little bit about national championships. 

In fact, on Jan. 11, 2016, when he was the University of Alabama’s defensive coordinator, he coached in a national championship game only 12 hours before he began his current job as head coach at the University of Georgia. 

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Smart is back at the championship game, this time with a twist -- when Smart leads the Bulldogs onto the field in Atlanta Monday he will be going up against his old boss, Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Smart and Saban have worked together three times – at Louisiana State University, the University of Alabama and in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

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While Saban is considered one of the greatest coaches in the history of the game, Smart has had an impressive start to his head coaching career at Georgia, making it to the national championship game in his second year at UGA.

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Here are 11 things you may not know about Smart.

  1. Smart was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and grew up in Bainbridge, Georgia. 
  2. His father was a high school football coach.
  3. He began his coaching career at Georgia, the place where he played defensive back during his college career.
  4. Smart is one of nine head coaches from Power 5 conferences who are coaching at their alma maters.
  5. He married the former Mary Beth Lycett in 2006. They have three children.
  6. It is his second year as head football coach at Georgia. He went 8-5 in his first season.
  7. He also coached at Valdosta State, Florida State University (where he pursued a master’s degree), Louisiana State University (under head coach Nick Saban), and the University of Alabama. Smart spent a season coaching in the NFL under Saban with the Miami Dolphins.
  8. According to, Smart said South Carolina coach Will Muschamp helped him get an interview with Saban about a job at LSU when Saban was the head coach there. He was hired as a defensive backs coach in 2004.
  9. As a head coach, he has a 21-6 record.
  10. He was an Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year finalist in 2017.
  11. The victory over the University of Oklahoma in the 2018 Rose Bowl was one of seven fourth-quarter comeback wins Smart has led Georgia to in the past two years. 

Nick Saban: 11 things to know about Alabama’s coach

When Alabama meets Georgia in the National Championship game Monday, it will be the second time in seven seasons that the national title will come down to two SEC teams. 

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In both of those contests, Nick Saban was the coach of one of the teams playing for the title.

Saban, of course, is no stranger to national championships, but what do you know about the man who has led the Crimson Tide for the past decade?

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Here are 11 things you may not know about Coach Saban.

  1. He was born on Halloween in 1951 in Fairmont, West Virginia
  2. He married Terry Constable in 1971. They met at a 4-H science camp when they were in middle school. They have two children.
  3. Saban made a cameo appearance as himself in the movie “The Blind Side.”
  4. He is a devout Catholic.
  5. He was fired once. It was when he was a coach at Ohio State.
  6. He has a foundation called Nick’s Kids. He and his wife, Terry, started the foundation to raise money for children who are mentally challenged. The foundation has raised more than $1 million.
  7. He coached the Miami Dolphins after he left his head coaching job at Louisiana State University. He left the NFL to come back to college coaching when he accepted the head coaching job at Alabama.
  8. Saban has won five national championships. The first was when he was coaching at LSU, and he won the other four during his time at Alabama.
  9. He has been the head coach at Toledo, Michigan State, LSU and Alabama; he also coached the Miami Dolphins in the NFL.
  10. His college coaching record includes 222 wins, 62 loses and 1 tie.
  11. He is known as a micromanager of sorts, down to an opinion about where the welcome tent should be placed during a football camp held on the UA campus.

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National Championship game 2018: What time, what channel, odds, livestream for Alabama vs. Georgia

The University of Alabama and the University of Georgia will meet Monday in college football’s National Championship game.

The game will feature two Southeastern Conference teams, both that have won 12 games and both that have lost to Auburn. 

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The game will also see Georgia coach Kirby Smart go up against his former boss, Alabama coaching legend Nick Saban. Smart was Saban’s defensive coordinator before he left to take the head coaching job at Georgia.

Georgia will be looking for a chance at its first national championship since 1980. The Crimson Tide won its last championship in 2016. 

Alabama and Georgia have played 62 times, with Alabama ahead in the rivalry 38 wins to Georgia’s 24. They last played in 2015. Alabama won that game.

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Here’s how to watch the National Championship game on TV and the link to a livestream of the game.

Who is playing: No. 3 Georgia (12-1) will take on No. 4 Alabama (12-1).

What are the odds: On Wednesday, Alabama was a four-point favorite.

Who are the coaches: Alabama’s coach is Nick Saban. Georgia is coached by Kirby Smart, who was the defensive coordinator at Alabama under Saban.

What time is the National Championship game: The game is set for 8 p.m. ET on Monday.

Where is it being played: The game is being played at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

What channel is it on: It will be broadcast on ESPN.

Is it livestreamed: You can see it livestreamed on WatchESPN

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What is a ‘bomb cyclone’ and what will happen when it arrives?

A winter storm set to hit the East Coast beginning Wednesday could break all-time record cold temperatures by the end of the week.

The term “bomb cyclone” has been trending on social media as the storm threatens to push frigid temperatures as far south as northern Florida.

The ominous name “bomb cyclone” comes from a process called explosive cyclogenesis, or bombogenesis, in which a weather system undergoes a rapid drop in pressure. 

Bombogenesis occurs “when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A millibar measures atmospheric pressure. A drop in pressure in a system equals strengthening of the system. 

Such weather systems in the northern hemisphere are centers of low pressure. When the pressure drops, the storms get stronger. When they drop in such a dramatic fashion over a short period of time, the results are equally dramatic.

Think of it as a winter hurricane.

Some forecast models put the potential pressure reading of the storm around 950 millibars at its peak. A category 3 hurricane has a minimum surface pressure of 964-945 millibars

What will happen when it hits?

The extreme weather will come in two parts. First, the winter storm will bring rain, sleet and snow to the eastern coast of the United States from northern Florida to Maine. Then a “polar vortex” will sweep south across the region dropping temperatures to record low levels, according to forecasters.

With the approaching weather system, a warning has been issued for winds up to 55 mph, near blizzard conditions in some areas and record-breaking low temperatures. The National Weather Service said areas in northern Florida and southeastern Georgia could see up to an inch of snow and ice on the roadways early Wednesday. The NWS said wind chills of minus 50 degrees could be seen in northern New York by Saturday morning.

The NWS national forecast Wednesday said:

  1. This winter storm is forecast to bring the potential for a mix of freezing rain/sleet/snow from portions of northern Florida to North Carolina, and snowfall northward along portions of the Mid-Atlantic into New England. Blizzard conditions are possible across portions of eastern New England late Thursday.
  2. If this winter storm tracks closer to the coast, it could mean more snow while a track farther east could mean less snow.
  3. This system has the potential to produce strong, damaging winds possibly resulting in downed trees and/or power outages.
  4. Minor to moderate coastal flooding/erosion is possible due to a combination of high tides and wave action, especially Thursday afternoon, Jan. 4.
  5. Winter storm watches and warnings are in effect from north central Florida northward through eastern New England.

Here are 16 tips for keeping you, your pets and home safe in the cold

In some areas, cold weather is a part of life, but for others, a bone-chilling winter is not the usual fare.

Here are 16 tips for keeping your pets and your home safe in bitterly cold weather.

  1. Perhaps the first thing you need to make sure that you have is a snow emergency kit. Here’s how to put one together.
  2. Don’t forget your pets. They have no way to provide for themselves in the freezing cold. Here are seven tips to keep them safe during winter weather.
  3. Avoid frostbite and hypothermia by dressing in layers and eating hot meals and drinking warm liquids several times per day.
  4. Stay safe while driving on black ice by not using cruise control or pumping your brakes. Look out for patches of road that are darker or duller than the rest of the street.
  5. Keep your home as warm as you can, even if you aren’t there. By keeping the thermostat set to at least 72 degrees, you can prevent your system from burning out and keep the pipes from freezing.
  6. Have the children home from school because of icy weather? Here are a few ideas to help keep them occupied. Here are some more. Since they are kids, you'll probably need even more.
  7. What is the difference between a winter weather watch, a warning and an advisory? Click here to know what you should be ready for during a winter storm.
  8. Is letting your car idle in cold weather illegal? It could be, depending on where you live.
  9. Here are some tips for removing snow, even if you don’t have a shovel.
  10. If you do have a shovel, here are some tips on removing snow safely.
  11. If you have to drive, you shouldn’t do it with a snow-covered windshield.
  12. Here are seven tips for safe winter driving.
  13. Headed to the store for bread and milk? Here’s the reason we do that.
  14. And if you are doing that, here’s good news: Cold weather can help you lose weight.
  15. If you get hungry while you're out buying bread and milk, don’t eat the snow. Seriously. 
  16. Instead of snow, try these five soup recipes.


Who is Paris Hilton’s fiance? What to know about Chris Zylka

Paris Hilton, heiress to the Hilton Hotels fortune, announced this weekend that she is engaged to actor-model Chris Zylka.

She and Zylka met eight years ago at an Oscar party Hilton 36, told Page Six, and it was definitely interest at first sight, if not more. Zylka popped the question over the past weekend in Aspen, Colorado.

Who is Hilton’s finance? Here’s a look at Zylka.

  • He was born in Warren, Ohio, on May 9, 1985. He is 33.
  • The name Zylka is his mother’s maiden name.
  • He attended the University of Toledo.
  • He was engaged before -- to Hanna Beth Merjos. The couple were engaged in 2014. They called off the engagement in 2015.
  • He has starred in television shows and movies. Some of the TV shows he has guest starred in or starred in include:

The Leftovers

Everybody Hates Chris

Hannah Montana” “Cougar Town

My Super Psycho Sweet 16

10 Things I Hate About You

The Secret Circle

  • According to the Internet Movie Database, his hobbies include playing guitar, painting, association football, basketball, baseball and reading.
  • Zylka has said his greatest fear is “failure.”

Winter weather: What is the coldest temperature ever recorded in each state?

You don’t need someone to ask, “Cold enough for you?,” or hear “Bundle up!” when you head out.

The nation is in the grip of an extended spell of cold weather that has seen temperatures plummet to as low as 33 below zero (in Whitehead, N.H. on Tuesday morning.)

As the cold weather has taken hold across the country, records have been set and broken. Even states in the usually moderate South have seen lows in the 20s and teens.

The list below shows the coldest temperature ever logged in all 50 states since such records have been kept, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Only one state, Hawaii, has escaped a record low below zero. The coldest recorded low was in Alaska where on Jan. 23, 1971 in Prospect Creek, the temperature was recorded at -80 degrees.

  1. Alabama: −27 °F, Jan. 30, 1966, New Market
  2. Alaska: −80 °F, Jan. 23, 1971, Prospect Creek
  3. Arizona: −40 °F, Jan. 7, 1971, McNary
  4. Arkansas: −29 °F, Feb. 13, 1905, Gravette
  5. California: −45 °F, Jan. 20, 1937, Boca
  6. Colorado: −61 °F, Feb. 1, 1985, Maybell
  7. Connecticut: −37 °F, Feb. 16, 1943, Norfolk
  8. Delaware: −17 °F, Jan. 17, 1893, Millsboro
  9. District of Columbia: −15 °F, Feb. 11, 1899, Washington
  10. Florida: −2 °F, Feb. 13, 1899, Tallahassee
  11. Georgia: −17 °F, Jan. 27, 1940, Chatsworth
  12. Hawaii: 15 °F, Jan. 5, 1975, Mauna Kea Observatories
  13. Idaho: −60 °F, Jan. 18, 1943, Island Park
  14. Illinois: −36 °F, Jan. 5, 1999, Congerville
  15. Indiana: −36 °F, Jan. 19, 1994, New Whiteland
  16. Iowa: −47 °F, Feb. 3, 1996, Elkader
  17. Kansas: −40 °F, Feb. 13, 1905, Lebanon
  18. Kentucky: −37 °F, Jan. 19, 1994, Shelbyville
  19. Louisiana: −16 °F, Feb. 13, 1899, Minden
  20. Maine: −50 °F, Jan. 16, 2009, Clayton Lake
  21. Maryland: −40 °F, Jan. 13, 1912, Oakland
  22. Massachusetts: −40 °F, Jan. 22, 1984, Chester 
  23. Michigan: −51 °F, Feb. 9, 1934, Vanderbilt
  24. Minnesota: −60 °F, Feb. 2, 1996, Tower
  25. Mississippi: −19 °F, Jan. 30, 1966, Corinth
  26. Missouri: −40 °F, Feb. 13, 1905, Warsaw
  27. Montana: −70 °F, Jan. 20, 1954, Lincoln (Rogers Pass)
  28. Nebraska: −47 °F, Dec. 22, 1989, Oshkosh
  29. Nevada: −50 °F, Jan. 8, 1937, San Jacinto
  30. New Hampshire: −47 °F, Jan. 22, 1885, Randolph
  31. New Jersey: −34 °F, Jan. 5, 1904, River Vale
  32. New Mexico: −50 °F, Feb. 1, 1951, Gavilan
  33. New York: −52 °F, Feb. 18, 1979, Old Forge
  34. North Carolina, −34 °F, Jan. 21, 1985, Burnsville
  35. North Dakota, −60 °F, Feb. 15, 1936, Parshall
  36. Ohio, −39 °F, Feb. 10, 1899, Milligan
  37. Oklahoma, −31 °F, Feb. 10, 2011, Nowata
  38. Oregon, −54 °F, Feb. 10, 1933, Seneca
  39. Pennsylvania, −42 °F, Jan. 5, 1904, Smethport
  40. Rhode Island, −28 °F, Jan. 17, 1942, Richmond
  41. South Carolina, −22 °F, Jan. 21, 1985, Landrum 
  42. South Dakota, −58 °F, Feb. 17, 1936, McIntosh
  43. Tennessee, −32 °F, Dec. 30, 1917, Mountain City
  44. Texas, −23 °F, Feb. 8, 1933, Seminole
  45. Utah, −50 °F, Jan. 5, 1913, Strawberry Tunnel
  46. Vermont, −50 °F, Dec. 30, 1933, Bloomfield
  47. Virginia, −30 °F, Jan. 22, 1985, Pembroke
  48. Washington, −48 °F, Dec. 30, 1968, Mazama
  49. West Virginia, −37 °F, Dec. 30, 1917, Lewisburg
  50. Wisconsin, −55 °F, Feb. 4, 1996, Couderay
  51. Wyoming, −63 °F, Feb. 9, 1933, Moran

2017 in review: Stories that shocked and changed us this year

While you can say it about most years, 2017 was a year like no other. Maybe more so than in recent years. 

We saw a new president inaugurated, and a million people protesting it the next day. 

We saw the sun go dark in the same year we saw a light shined on a problem that had thousands of women saying, “Me, too.” 

We saw NFL players kneel during the national anthem, while a congregation of Baptist worshippers kneeling in a church were slaughtered. 

It was a year of change and a year that reinforced that which is constant. 

Here are some stories that shock and changed us in 2017.

Jan. 20: Donald Trump is sworn in as president Donald J. Trump took the oath of office on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, becoming the 45th president of the United States. Trump, who ran on the slogans that included, “Drain the Swamp,” said, “For too long, a small group in our nation's capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered, but the jobs left. And the factories closed.”

Jan. 21: The Women’s March on Washington Women in cities across the United States and in 30 countries around the world marched the day after Trump’s inauguration in support of women’s rights and in defense of freedom of the press. More than 1 million marched in Washington D.C. alone.

Jan. 27, 2017: Travel ban order is issued Trump signs an executive order that bans immigration for 90 days for those seeking to come to the United States from Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen. After lawsuits are filed, a federal court blocks the ban. On March 6, a new travel ban is enacted by executive order, one that addresses the legal questions that arose from the first ban. That order is eventually upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Feb. 13: National security adviser Michael Flynn is fired Flynn is fired after leaks reveal he talked to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions former President Barack Obama imposed in December 2016. Pence had denied the reports as late as Feb. 9. Trump said he fired Flynn because he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about speaking to Kislyak.

Feb. 22, 2017: Transgender bathrooms are out The Trump administration reversed Obama-era regulations that allowed transgender students in public schools to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

Feb. 26, 2017: Not so Oscar-worthy moment In a first for the Academy Awards, the wrong winner for the best picture award was announced. Actor Warren Beatty announced “La La Land” as the winner. The winner was “Moonlight.” Beatty was given the wrong envelop to read. 

March 2, 2017: Attorney General Jeff Sessions recuses himself Jeff Session announced he was recusing himself from any investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Sessions had testified during his confirmation hearing that he had not met with any Russians while he played a part in Trump’s presidential campaign. Media reports revealed that Sessions had met with Kislyak during the campaign.

March 4, 2017: A Trump tweet that turned heads In a world where the president’s tweets are a daily occurrence, the one he tweeted on March 4 was a little different. Trump tweeted that Obama had tapped his phone "during the very sacred election process." The White House called for a congressional investigation.

April 9, 2017: The unfriendly skies Video of Dr. David Dao being dragged from an overbooked United Airlines flight in Chicago went viral in early April. In the violent confrontation on the plane, Dao’s nose was broken, he suffered a concussion and lost teeth. United was excoriated on social media for the brutality of the incident. Dao later sued over his treatment and agreed to an out-of-court settlement.

April 13, 2017: Dropping the M bomb The “mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear weapon ever used in combat, was dropped by the United States on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan. The MOAB, known officially as a GBU-43B, is a custom-made Air Force weapon that has been used in battle but has been in the U.S. arsenal for more than 10 years.

April 19, 2017: Bye, Bill Spin-free zone pundit Bill O’Reilly was fired by Fox News after The New York Times reported that the network had paid $13 million in settlements going back nearly 15 years to women who had accused O’Reilly of sexual harassment.

May 9, 2017: FBI Director James Comey fired FBI Director James Comey was fired by President Trump in early May. The president said he fired Comey for incompetence. Comey suggested at a congressional hearing later in the year that he was fired because the president wanted him to “go easy” on Flynn in the investigation of ties with Russian officials.

May 17, 2017: Mueller is named special counsel Former FBI Director Robert Mueller was named as special counsel to conduct the investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The appointment gave Mueller the authority to investigate potential collusion between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.May 22, 2017: Bombing at the Ariana Grande concert A crowd of mostly young people was enjoying a concert by pop singer Ariana Grande in Manchester, England, when a suicide bomber detonated his weapon, killing 22 and injuring scores more. The Islamic State took credit for the attack.

May 31, 2017: All about the covfefe A typo in a tweet by President Trump launched a tidal wave of memes, retweets and shares. The president never clarified the tweet that used the phrase “negative press covfefe,” but it was believed he meant “negative press coverage.” In any event, it didn’t stop those on social media and late-night talk show hosts from having a field day.

June 14, 2017: Shooting at congressional baseball practice A man who had said he hated those who govern, especially Republicans, took out his rage on a group of congressmen practicing for a charity baseball game. James T. Hodgkinson opened fire on Republican congressmen, nearly killing House majority whip Steve Scalise, (R-Louisiana). Scalise was shot in the hip. His wounds were so severe he spent weeks in the hospital in and out of intensive care and eventually had to go through rehab to learn to walk again. He returned to his job in the House in September.

June 17, 2017: Cosby trial ends in mistrial A jury in Pennsylvania failed to reach a verdict in a sexual assault case against actor and comedian Bill Cosby. The jury said it was hopelessly deadlocked on a verdict on charges Cosby drugged and assaulted a woman in 2004. More than 60 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. 

June 19, 2017: Otto Warmbier dies Otto Warmbier, an American college student arrested, tried and sentenced to hard labor for allegedly taking a poster off the wall of a North Korean hotel, died days after he is released from custody and returned to the United States. North Korean officials said Warmbier had been in a coma for most of the time he was held. Doctors in the United States disputed the report that Warmbier’s condition was the result of botulism. They said he suffered a "severe neurological injury" that led to the coma. 

July 21, 2017: Spicer is out, Scaramucci is in; Scaramucci is out. Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, resigned in July after Anthony Scaramucci was named as head of White House communications. Scaramucci, a GOP donor and investment banker, lasted on the job for 11 days.

July 26, 2017: Trump bans transgender troops The president announced – via Twitter – that he would ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military. Many of his military leaders seemed to have a different opinion.

Aug. 9, 2017: A warning to North Korea Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea had been on edge since the beginning of the year, but they ramped up to a disturbing level in August when Kim Jong Un’s government revealed specific plans to launch missiles toward Guam. The next day, Trump warned North Korean officials to "get their act together" or face "fire and fury" the likes of which “the world has never seen.”

Aug. 12, 2017: A clash in Charlottesville leaves three dead Tensions at a white supremacists’ rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, erupted into violence leaving a young woman dead. As protestors marched at one end of a street in the Virginia college town, a car roared down the street from the other end, slamming into the crowd. Heather Heyer, 32, was killed and 19 others were injured. Following the incident, Trump was criticized for being slow to condemn the neo-Nazis. Two days after the violence, he condemned both the white supremacists and the counter-protesters.

Aug. 21, 2017: The eclipse that eclipsed everything else Millions across the United States stopped what they were doing on Aug. 21 to watch the sun go dark. The first coast-to-coast solar eclipse in 99 years cut a path across the United States, pitching areas of the country into total darkness.

Aug. 25; Sept. 10; Sept. 20, 2017: Hurricanes hit back-to-back-to-back Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, respectively, over a 26-day period, bringing record winds and water. Harvey flooded most of Houston and is on track to be the costliest storm in U.S. history. Irma, with 130 mph winds, tore through Florida and Georgia before dissipating. As we head into 2018, parts of Puerto Rico are still without electric power due to Maria.

Sept. 5, 2017: Announcement to end DACA program President Trump announced the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that could lead to the deportment of young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children or who have overstayed their visas. The White House has asked Congress to work on a plan that would keep the so-called Dreamers in the U.S. Trump has suggested that he would support a plan to keep the Dreamers here if Congress will OK the building of a wall along the southern border of the United States. 

Sept. 22, 2017: Trump vs. the NFL At a rally in Alabama, Trump suggested that any NFL player who takes a knee during the playing of the national anthem should be fired. While Trump’s remarks were aimed at only a handful of players, the Sunday after his comments, a couple of hundred players either sat, kneeled or stayed in the locker room while “The Star-Spangled Banner” was being played. The TV ratings for the NFL are down 5 percent from 2016.

Oct. 1, 2017: Las Vegas shooting A 64-year-old man opened fire from the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas onto a crowd of 22,000 fans at a country music concert, killing 58. The mass shooting was the deadliest in U.S. history. Authorities say Steven Paddock used a “bump stock,” during the attack. The device uses a gun’s recoil to allow a person to fire the weapon faster. In addition to the 58 killed, more than 500 were injured.

Oct. 17, 2017: Raqqa falls Military officials announced that U.S.-backed Syrian forces liberated the city of Raqqa from the Islamic State. Raqqa, a city in Syria, was considered the capital of the Islamic State caliphate.

Oct. 30, 2017: Paul Manafort and Rick Gates indicted Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates, surrendered at the FBI field office in Washington, D.C. after being indicted by a grand jury in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The 12-count, 31-page indictment focuses on their work in Ukraine as political consultants and lobbyists. Also on that day, special counsel’s office announced it had struck a cooperation agreement with former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos, who had in July pleaded guilty to lying to federal agents about contacts with Russian officials.

Oct. 5, 2017: Women begin to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct In early October, both The New York Times and The New Yorker ran stories claiming at least a dozen women – many high-profile actresses – had accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault, sexual misconduct or rape. Since those stories broke, 80 women have come forward with their stories of assault at the hands of Weinstein. One of his accusers, actress Alyssa Milano, tweeted that she, too, was a victim of Weinstein’s behavior. Her tweet suggested that women who had been the victims of sexual assault could have their voice heard on Twitter by using the hashtag #MeToo. Thousands did just that. Weinstein was fired from the production company he and his brother started, was left by his wife and is under investigation by various police departments in the United States and England. Over the next few weeks, men from several fields were fired or resigned amid similar allegations.

Nov. 5, 2017: A gunman in church A Baptist church in a small Texas town became a killing ground during a Sunday service in early November. Devin Patrick Kelley opened fire on worshippers, killing 26 and injuring 20. Kelley is believed to have had a grudge against his former wife and in-laws who attended the church.

Nov. 29, 2017: Matt Lauer is fired for sexual misconduct Matt Lauer, the host of NBC’s “Today” show was fired after allegations of sexual misconduct were brought to his bosses at NBC. Lauer, who had been with the show for more than 20 years, was fired for "inappropriate sexual behavior" with a colleague. A story from Variety had quotes from three other women who worked with Lauer saying they, too, were the victims of inappropriate sexual conduct. Later that day, Garrison Keillor, former host of “A Prairie Home Companion,” was accused of sexual misconduct and subsequently fired from Minnesota Public Radio.

Dec. 1, 2017: Flynn pleads guilty Former national security adviser Flynn pleaded guilty in federal court to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. The former national security adviser had denied that he talked with Kislyak about sanctions levied by former President Obama.Dec. 12, 2017: A stunning victory in ‘Bama Doug Jones became the first Democrat in 25 years to win a U.S. Senate seat from the state of Alabama. He defeated former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Moore had been accused of sexual misconduct that accusers say took place decades ago when Moore was in his early 30s.Dec. 14, 2017: Net neutrality vote Internet providers got a boost from federal regulators when the Federal Communications Commission voted to allow them to speed up service for some websites, and slow down, or even block it for others.Dec. 20, 2017: Tax reform bill passes It took until almost the end of the year, but the president and Republicans got a big legislative win when the tax reform bill passed both the House and the Senate. The $1.5 trillion bill is the biggest tax overhaul in 30 years, giving major tax breaks to businesses, changing the way individuals will be figuring their taxes and potentially adding to the national debt.

Sugar Bowl 2018: What time, what channel, livestream for Alabama and Clemson

In a rematch of last year’s National Championship game, the University of Alabama will take on the Clemson Tigers in the Sugar Bowl.

The game is one of this year’s College Football Playoff semifinal games. The other is the game being played in the Rose Bowl between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia.

Last year it was the Tigers who took the title, beating Alabama 35-31. It was the school’s second national championship.

Here’s how to watch the Sugar Bowl on TV and the link to a livestream of the game.

Who is playing: Alabama (11-2) will take on Clemson (11-2).

Who are the coaches: Alabama is coached by Nick Saban; Clemson’s coach is Dabo Swinney – who was at one time an assistant coach at Alabama under Saban.

What time is the Sugar Bowl: The game is set for 8:45 p.m. ET on Monday.

Where is it being played: The game will be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in New Orleans.

What is the line: As of Wednesday, Alabama is favored by three points.

What channel is it on: The game will be broadcast on ESPN.

Is it livestreamed: You can see it livestreamed on WatchESPN.

Rose Bowl 2018: What time, what channel, livestream for Georgia and Oklahoma

The Rose Bowl, which this year is also one of the College Football Playoff semifinal games, will see the University of Georgia take on the Oklahoma Sooners.

The other seminfinal is being played in the Sugar Bowl between the University of Alabama and Clemson University.

Georgia lost one game this season, to Auburn. In a rematch with the Tigers at the Southeastern Conference championship only weeks later, the Bulldogs dominated, winning 28-7. Oklahoma, likewise, has only one loss. It came in October when Iowa State beat the Sooners 38-31.  

Here’s how to watch the Rose Bowl on TV and the link to a livestream of the game.

Who is playing: Georgia (12-1) will take on Oklahoma (12-1).

What are the odds: On Wednesday, Georgia was a two-point favorite over Oklahoma. 

Who are the coaches: Georgia is coached by Kirby Smart, who was an assistant coach at Alabama under Nick Saban; Oklahoma’s coach is Lincoln Riley.

What time is the Rose Bowl: The game is set for 5 p.m. E.T. on Monday.

Where is it being played: The game is being played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

What channel is it on: It will be broadcast on ESPN.

Is it livestreamed: You can see it livestreamed on WatchESPN.

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