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Deflategate! Biggest Balloon Blunders from Macy’s Parade

Winds reached 45 miles per hour the day of the 1997 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which made controlling the balloons extra-hard for handlers. Poor Barney suffered a tear, deflated dramatically and according to Esquire actually had to be removed about 15 blocks before hitting the grandstand.

Zimbabwe leader Mnangagwa, called ‘The Crocodile,’ promises to hit the ground running

Robert Mugabe’s former vice president and top enforcer — known to some as “The Crocodile” — took command of the southern African country is rousing style Friday. Emmerson Mnangagwa was sworn in as the nation’s second president — only Zimbabwe’s second leader in nearly four decades — to shouts and singing from tens of thousands of people. A smiling Mnangagwa greeted the crowd at a packed stadium, promising to reduce crushing unemployment and return the country to prosperity after years of decline. New Zimbabwe leader Emmerson Mnagagwa promised to tackle corruption and promised “democratic” elections for next year.  (AP) “Our economic policy will be directed for job, job, job creation” he told the crowd of 60,000 in the capital, Harare. “...

Black Friday Missouri mall shooting leaves teen seriously injured

A shooting at a Missouri mall as holiday shopping began late Thursday left a teenager seriously injured.  (AP) A shooting outside a Missouri mall late Thursday left a 19-year-old with life-threatening injuries. The incident occurred outside the Columbia Mall in Columbia, Mo. when a man allegedly fired his gun after attempting to place it in his holster, KMIZ reported. It wasn’t immediately clear if the shooting was accidental or deliberate. MISSOURI POLICE OFFICERS’ LUNCHES PAID FOR AT DELI BY ‘MYSTERY MAN’ “We were literally just talking about how we thought it was pretty lucky that nothing happened tonight, and then we come out and this is what we saw,” Brittany Huhn, a shopper, told KSHB. “It’s kind of scary to be honest.” Police haven’t made an...

Drones becoming a threat to first-responder operations

Drones are putting lives at risk, say first responders. There are some limited rules that govern where hobbyist drones can fly, but firefighters and local law enforcement officers tell Fox News the requirements don’t go far enough because they are unenforceable in the middle of real-time operations. They say negligent operators cannot be discerned from criminals and potential terrorists, giving those with malicious motives an upper hand against those responsible for protecting the public. This month, the Department of Homeland Security released an updated terrorism advisory bulletin stating that terrorists are pursuing the use of drones as weapons. According to Sgt. Randy Sterett, a Bomb Squad Commander in California’s Orange County, this threat is real. “Some of these drones can fly anywh...

Egypt mosque attack leaves at least 200 dead, 130 wounded

Islamist militants are suspected of orchestrating the attack on a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s volatile Sinai Peninsula on Friday, killing at least 200 people and injuring at least 130 others, Egyptian media reported. The extremists launched an attack on the al-Rawdah mosque in the town of Bir al-Abd, some 25 miles from the North Sinai provincial capital of el-Arish, Egypt’s state news agency MENA reported. The attack appeared to be the latest by the area’s local Islamic State affiliate. The security officers said the men opened fire on worshipers during prayers while driving in off-road vehicles. A Ministry of Health spokesman said the terrorists set off a bomb during the attack. “They (the extremists) were shooting at people as they left the mosque,” a resident told Reu...

Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros

Ross covered the 2016 presidential election closely, but the majority of her stories appear to be anti-Trump in retrospect. Allegedly unbiased Washington Post reporter Janell Ross spoke at a top-secret meeting of liberal movers and shakers last week, where Democratic donors including billionaire George Soros outlined the future of their progressive agenda. A Post spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon that Ross took part of the California event “without notifying her superiors that she would be attending.” The Democracy Alliance, which hosted the event, bills itself as “the largest network of donors dedicated to building the progressive movement in the United States” on the group’s official website. The liberal group also claims to “play a leading role in fostering the infrastructure...

Five Ukraine troops die in heavy fighting with Luhansk rebels

Image copyright AFP Image caption The Ukrainian army (pictured) faces heavily armed pro-Russian rebels Five Ukrainian troops have been killed by intense rebel shelling in the east of the country, the military says, in a new escalation of fighting. Four of them died during an eight-hour clash near Krymske, a village 50km (31 miles) north-west of Luhansk. Ukrainian forces say they killed eight rebels. The pro-Russian rebels used mortars and machine guns, the Ukrainian military headquarters said. There have been reports of a power struggle in rebel-held Luhansk. The UN says more than 10,000 people have died since the eastern Ukraine conflict erupted in April 2014, soon after Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula. The fighting has displaced more than 1.6 million people. Eastern Ukrai...

Woman wants charge of killing twin in cliff crash dismissed

A murder charge against a woman accused of deliberately driving off a cliff in Hawaii and killing her identical twin sister should be dismissed because prosecutors misled the grand jury that indicted her, a defense attorney said. Authorities described the 2016 crash as a hair-pulling fight over the steering wheel. The sisters were seen arguing on the narrow, winding Hana Highway on the island of Maui before their SUV plunged 200 feet over a cliff. Anastasia Duval was in the passenger seat and was killed, and her sister Alexandria Duval was arrested. A judge later ordered Alexandria Duval released after finding no probable cause for a murder charge. She traveled to upstate New York and was arrested again months later in Albany after a grand jury indicted her. Birney Bervar, Alexandria Duval...

3 ways to score big holiday discounts online

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Pentatonix’s 10 Best Christmas Songs

Pentatonix‘s official genre is a cappella, but a close unofficial second is Christmas music. The five-member group has put out three Christmas records since 2012 — PTXmas, That’s Christmas To Me and A Pentatonix Christmas — all of which have become staples on the Holiday Albums chart, each of them sitting in the top 10 currently with last year’s A Pentatonix Christmas topping the list.  Christmas classics such as “Little Drummer Boy,” “Hallelujah” or “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” have been covered countless times over the decades, but Pentatonix separates from the pack with mesmerizing vocal harmonies that can give you chills or feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Here are 10 of Pentatonix’s best Christmas songs.  “...

Jaden Smith Talks Impressive Debut Album ‘SYRE’, Why He Wants To Be Like Elon Musk & More

Jaden Smith, the musician and actor who has spent much of his life in the public eye as the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, has largely attempted to keep his private life, well, private. Now, 19 year old sheds his enigmatic layer with his first ever full-length album, SYRE. “It feels good to have it out into the world,” Smith tells Billboard of the album’s release, a project that has been three years in the works. “It’s been a long three years,” he says, citing the evolution of the 15-minute, four-part into “BLUE” as what took much time to work out. SYRE as whole sees Jaden dive deep into the nuances of coming of age, while exploring a wide range of musical styles and also inviting friends to join him on his 70 minute, 17-track journey. Aside from the visi...

Bold predictions for Week 13 in college football

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