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Senate Republican leader says ‘ridiculous’ to consider government shutdown over DACA

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., dismissed as “ridiculous” the idea among some Democrats of forcing a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t resolve the issue of young undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation with the ending of the Obama-era DACA program. “There’s not going to be a government shutdown. It’s just not going to happen,” the Senate Republican leader told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. Congress needs to pass a spending bill by Dec. 8 to keep the government funded and avoid a shutdown. Stephanopoulos asked McConnell about a growing number of Democrats’ “saying they’re not going to agree to a deal to keep the government open” unless Congress ...

Prince Harry’s Ex Chelsy Davy steps out

© David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images Prince Harry’s ex Chelsy Davy doesn’t seem to be letting the news of Harry’s engagement to Meghan Markle get her down. On Friday, the 32-year-old Zimbabwe-born beauty attended the glamorous Brilliant is Beautiful gala at Claridge’s Hotel in London, hours after Harry and his bride-to-be made their first official royal outing as a couple in Nottingham, England. Davy wore a long black dress with a strip of mesh panelling above the knees and a sparkly bodice, which she accessorized with a short-sleeve black jacket. Also present at the event was Harry’s aunt, Sarah Ferguson. Davy and Harry dated on-and-off for about seven years, starting in 2004 after the pair met in Cape Town on his gap year between Eton College and the army. After bonding in Africa —...

Simpson mom-shamed and more ICYMI celeb news

It’s officially time to get ready for the second coming of the royal wedding. On Nov. 27, Clarence House announced that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are engaged. The wedding will take place in May 2018 in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle (some unconfirmed reports have it pegged for May 26). The queen is expected to attend. The day the engagement was announced, Harry and Meghan publicly spoke together for the first time, telling the BBC that the proposal happened a few weeks ago at their cottage in Kensington Palace. “It was a cozy night,” Meghan said. “We were roasting chicken. It was just an amazing surprise. It was so sweet and natural and very romantic. He got down on one knee.” Harry said, “It was a really nice moment — it was just...

Man travels 1,000 miles to meet 86-year-old ‘Words’ buddy

Grab some paper towels because your heart is about to melt. The latest too-sweet-for-words internet phenomenon is the real-life meetup between a 20-something Harlem man and the 86-year-old woman who befriended him from her Florida retirement community.  Thanks to the help of a New York City pastor, they recently met in real life and, thanks to the power of Twitter, everyone knows about it and can’t stop crying tears of joy. so last summer i randomly met this 80 y/o woman on words with friends. we played 300+ games together and she actually ended up becoming a good friend of mine. today i got to go to florida and meet her in person💜 pic.twitter.com/VXDbNS4eUo — High Class Filth (@Filth800) December 1, 2017 “so last summer i randomly met this 80 y/o woman on words with fr...

Deported Egypt politician ‘disappears’

© AFP Ahmed Shafiq has vanished after apparently being deported from the UAE to Cairo The family of former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says they do not know where is after he was deported from the United Arab Emirates. Mr Shafiq was deported from the UAE on Saturday after five years in exile there, shortly after announcing his intention to run for Egypt’s presidency next year. His family is calling on the Egyptian authorities to reveal his location. His lawyer also said she has not seen or heard from Mr Shafiq. Dina Adly said that despite media reports that the former air force commander is living in a hotel somewhere in Cairo, she needed verification of “whether or not he had actually arrived in Egypt.” “So far the general has not called me and I was not s...

1 dead after hit-and-run driver strikes 6 in New York

Police stand guard after one person was killed and at least two injured when a hit-and-run driver slammed into a crowd outside XS NYC at 129th St. and Liberty Ave. early Sunday. © Marc A. Hermann for New York Daily News An irate hit-and-run driver mowed down six people, killing one, after a knife fight outside a Queens, New York, hookah bar Sunday morning, according to police and a witness. Cops found at least one person dead after the violent fracas outside XS NYC at 129th St. and Liberty Ave. just before 5 a.m. in South Ozone Park. Police believe two stabbing victims who showed up at a hospital after the fight were hurt in the melee. A passing motorist spotted a woman trying to hold back a member of the brawling bunch while driving by. He pulled over to get a closer look moments before t...

Feinstein Says Obstruction of Justice Case on Trump Developing

A Senate investigation into connections between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election suggests a potential case of obstruction of justice is developing against the president, Senator Dianne Feinstein said. “What we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice,” Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” about the committee’s investigation. “We see this in the indictments, the four indictments, and pleas that have just taken place, and some of the comments that are being made,” said Feinstein, who’s also a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. “I see it in the hyper-frenetic attitude of the White House: the comments every day, the continual tweets.” Feinstein ...

Is the DOT letting airlines off the hook?

If it seems as if airlines are getting away with more passenger-unfriendly behavior, maybe it’s because they are. The Aviation Consumer Protection Division of the Department of Transportation (DOT), which is responsible for enforcing federal consumer-protection regulations, is on track to punish significantly fewer airlines this year, issuing 18 consent orders for $3.1 million in civil penalties. By comparison, the DOT had 29 orders worth $6.4 million for 2016, which included a $1.6 million fine against American Airlines for violating its tarmac delay rules handed down in mid-December. Barring a last-minute flurry of penalties, 2017 will be a much quieter year for the department. While the government undertook several important enforcement actions, critics say the department could have don...

The boss’s holiday gift is all wrong

Reader: I have a fantastic boss who is amazing to work for. For birthdays and year-end holidays, he gives us iTunes gift cards. The only problem is that I don’t have any Apple products and don’t purchase music through iTunes. I can’t figure out a nice way to suggest that a different gift card would be more useful. Getting gift cards at all seems above and beyond what most bosses do. Should I just keep accepting and regifting these? Karla: Ah, the holidays and all their tiny, glittering disappointments. Your poor boss probably thinks he’s finally found the perfect one-size-fits-all, universally flattering, no-returns-needed token of gratitude for the people who spend their days making him look good. Telling him you can’t use it almost feels like having to tell sweet sock-knitting Aunt Tildi...

Metropolitan Opera to investigate James Levine over sexual abuse allegations

The Metropolitan Opera has announced that it will start an investigation into allegations that James Levine, its music director emeritus and a monumental figure in the world of classical music, had sexually abused a teenager more than three decades ago. The Saturday announcement came in the wake of an article detailing sexual abuse allegations made by a man, now 48, to the police department in Lake Forest, Ill., — allegations that the Met had known about for at least a year. “This first came to the Met’s attention when the Illinois police investigation was opened in October, 2016,” Peter Gelb, the Met’s general manager, said in a statement. “At the time, Mr. Levine said that the charges were completely false, and we relied upon the further investigation of the police. We need to determine ...