• Aleppo girl, 7, tweets: ‘Pray for us. Goodbye’
  • Al Pacino, James Taylor, the Eagles and more receive Kennedy Center Honors
  • Justin Bieber goes bigger with plans for a stadium tour
  • Leslie Mann gets seriously funny in ‘The Comedian’
  • Committee picks Alabama, Washington, Ohio State and Clemson for College Football Playoff

Aleppo girl, 7, tweets: ‘Pray for us. Goodbye’

(CNN)Bana Alabed, a 7-year-old Syrian girl who has captured the world’s attention with heartbreaking Twitter posts about the bombing of her native Aleppo, posted a message Monday asking people to pray for her and saying goodbye. The tweet, coming as conditions inside besieged eastern Aleppo become ever more desperate, prompted deep concern for her welfare. She and her mother live in the rebel-controlled sections of the eastern part of the…


Committee picks Alabama, Washington, Ohio State and Clemson for College Football Playoff

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates his touchdown, during the second half of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Virginia Tech, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.) Alabama will play Washington and Ohio State is set to face Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals. The selection committee stayed with the same top four Sunday as it had going into…


Some of Las Vegas’ biggest casinos to end free parking perk

Parking in Las Vegas is about to get more expensive.  (iStock) Sin City is about to get pricier.  Free parking, a long-running perk offered at most of Las Vegas’ Strip properties to keep money at the tables, will be coming to an end starting this month and continuing into 2017 at eight casino companies, the Las Vegas Sun reports.   On Tuesday, Caesars Entertainment Corp. announced that it will start…


Trump Plans To Keep Jobs In America By Bribing Giant Corporations

Last Thursday, President-elect Donald Trump triumphantly celebrated Carriers decision to reverse its plan to close a furnace plant and move jobs to Mexico. Some 800 jobs will remain in Indianapolis. Corporate America is going to have to understand that we have to take care of our workers, Trump told The New York Times. The free market has been sorting it out and Americas been losing, Vice President-elect Michael Pence added,…


Petraeus: ‘Five years ago, I made a serious mistake’

Washington (CNN)David Petraeus made a last-ditch effort Sunday to show President-elect Donald Trump that his guilty plea for revealing classified information to his mistress and biographer shouldn’t disqualify him from serving as America’s top diplomat. Petraeus, the former general and CIA director, was asked on ABC’s “This Week” what he would say to Republican senators who are hesitant to vote to confirm a man who pled guilty to exactly what…


St Albans sinkhole: Families finally return to homes – BBC News

His father Ben said it will be “lovely” to be home together for Christmas. Image copyright Tom Shipp Image caption Finley Bagshaw was evidently overcome with emotion as St Albans mayor Frances Leonard cut a ribbon to mark the road’s reopening Following the collapse in the early hours of 1 October, families in more than 50 homes were left without power, water or sanitation before temporary solutions were provided for…


Kanye’s ‘Erratic’ Medication Dosage Reportedly Led To Hospital Stay

Kanye West’s recent hospitalization was reportedly triggered by the rapper inconsistently taking medication that was prescribed for “psychological issues,” TMZ reported.  The media outlet writes that an “erratic pattern of taking his meds” contributed to West’s hospitalization on Nov. 21, when, after an incident at his personal trainer’s home, he was taken to the UCLA Medical Center for evaluation.  West was released from the hospital more than a week later, but the details surrounding the…


Trump’s Education Secretary Pick Wants To Make Christianity A Bigger Part Of Schooling

Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, spoke at a 2001 conference with her husband, Dick, about using educational philanthropy to promote their conservative Christian worldview to children. The conference was hosted by The Gathering, a group of elite Christian philanthropists. Researcher Bruce Wilson, co-founder of the website Talk To Action, unearthed the audio after going through archives on The Gathering’s website. The recordings have since become unavailable, but a…


El Clasico: Barcelona despair as Sergio Ramos salvages point for Real

Camp Nou, Barcelona (CNN)Barcelona’s hopes of retaining the La Liga title were dented as a last minute equalizer by Sergio Ramos salvaged a share of the spoils for Real Madrid in a bad-tempered El Clasico clash in the Camp Nou Saturday. Barcelona’s Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez opened the scoring with a well-taken goal shortly after the second half resumed, and it looked as it would be the only strike until…


Chapecoense fans pay homage to their fallen heroes

(CNN)Through thick and thin, the small Brazilian town of Chapeco has stood by its football team. And on Saturday, even in the most extraordinary of circumstances, the supporters were there for their heroes again. At 8 AM, while the bodies of their beloved stars were still being flown back from Colombia, the fans were waiting at the stadium, chanting, cheering and clapping in the pouring rain. But the seemingly festive…


Holy Hogwarts, The ‘Harry Potter’ Play Is Headed To Broadway

While Americans worked to make sense of last month’s election results, real-life magical being J.K. Rowling provided her readers, young and old, with wisdom and guidance, both through her beloved stories and her take-no-bulls**t tweets.  And now, just when many of us were wishing we could take a four-year nap, Rowling yet again shines a light, giving American “Harry Potter” lovers something big to look forward to: “Harry Potter and the…


Largest Ever All-Female Expedition Sets Sail For Antarctica

The largest ever all-female expedition to Antarctica set sail today from Argentina, with 76 scientists on board. In a quest to “promote women in science and highlight the impact of This is what we call the Homeward Bound Backpack Selfie. They have been streaming in from all over the world as the women migrate from their home countries to #Ushuaia, #Argentina, for departure on Friday. Next, look out for the…


19 Genius Subscription Boxes To Add To Your Holiday Wish List

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, the holiday season is now upon us and it’s time to start shopping. If you’re struggling to find gift inspiration, look no further. The best gift of all? Subscription boxes! Seriously, what’s better than a gift that just keeps on giving every month?  Whether you’re shopping for a food lover, a fashionable friend or a pet owner, we have the perfect selection of subscription…


Inside the Mind of ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

(CNN)In picking General Jim Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday night that he has found his “General George Patton.” Yet that label may not really capture what makes Mattis a distinctive choice. Mattis has been sharply critical of President Barack Obama’s policies on Iran, and Obama’s capping of troop numbers and campaign end-dates in theaters of war such as Afghanistan and Iraq. Mattis also appears to be a skeptic of…


F1 world champion Nico Rosberg retires: Tributes, humor … disbelief

(CNN)Formula One fans and pundits were left reeling on Friday after newly-crowned world champion Nico Rosberg announced his retirement from the sport with immediate effect. The 31-year-old announced his intentions on his official Facebook page, saying: “I have climbed my mountain, I am on the peak, so this feels right.” Nico Rosberg’s F1 career 2006-2016 206 GP starts 30 poles 57 podiums 23 wins 1 world title Social media reacted…


Pope Francis Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Pope Francis, the current pope and first non-European pontiff of the modern era. Personal:Birth date: December 17, 1936 Birth place: Buenos Aires, Argentina Pope Francis reaffirms the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage, but suggests that it could support some types of civil unions. April 27, 2014 – Presides over the Canonization of Blesseds, installing popes John XXIII and John Paul II…


Luke Bryan hits concert-goer

(CNN)A concert-goer in the front row of a Nashville, Tennessee, show got more than good seats while Luke Bryan was performing Wednesday. The country star was performing at the Charlie Daniels’ all-star Volunteer Jam when, according to the singer’s spokesperson, a man in the front row began “making crude hand gestures toward Luke during his performance.”


HGTV Responds To Chip & Joanna Gaines’ Anti-Gay Church Controversy

HGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines of “Fixer Upper” made headlines this week — not for their home designs, but for their association with a Texas church.  BuzzFeed published a piece by reporter Kate Aurthur Tuesday about the Gaines’ affiliation with the Antioch Community Church, a nondenominational, evangelical church located in Waco, Texas the same town where the couple runs their Magnolia businesses. Aurthur’s article focuses on the fact that the church’s…