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Matt Damon’s father dies after long battle with cancer

In this Sept. 5, 2004 file photo, Matt Damon is kissed by his father, Kent , before the screening of the film “The Bourne Supremacy” at the 30th American Film Festival of Deauville, Normandy, France.  (AP) Matt Damon’s father died recently after a long battle with cancer. Kent Damon, 74, died Dec. 14 in Massachusetts of complications from multiple myeloma, a rare blood disease, Damon’s publicist Jennifer Allen said on Saturday. Kent Damon was diagnosed in 2010, but his condition had increasingly been getting worse recently. His A-list son has worked to raise awareness and money for cancer research and treatment since his father was diagnosed. The “Good Will Hunting” and “Jason Bourne” star hosted private fundraisers in Los Angeles and attended bene...

Christmas present for Navy trainee’s mom beats anything bought at a store

Kenika Johnson’s son, Martabius, a Navy trainee who’s been away in Texas, went to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite to surprise his mom at work before the holidays.  (Google Street View) A sweet moment was caught on video Wednesday when a Navy trainee made it home to Georgia just in time for the holidays and planned a surprise visit for his mother, Fox 5 reported. His mom, Kenika Johnson, was just starting her shift as an operating room nurse at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, according to the hospital’s Facebook post. One of her co-workers motioned her over to a door and told her to “stand right here” because she “had a little present” coming. HIGH SCHOOL JANITOR’S REACTION TO SURPRISE CHRISTMAS GIFT GOES VIRAL An employee knocked a few...

New York man’s classic Mustang confiscated after it was reported stolen in 1980

Police confiscated a 1966 Ford Mustang, like this one seen here, after it was reported stolen more than 30 years ago.  (Reuters) A Long Island man was devastated after police confiscated his classic Ford Mustang that investigators said was reported stolen in 1980, decades before he bought the car. Steven Merced of Holbrook, NY, told News 12 Long Island he purchased the 1966 Mustang in 2004 for $3,500. The man said he bought the car for his daughter’s 16th birthday and dropped $60,000 on the automobile to refurbish it. “It was a gorgeous car,” Merced recalled. “All I’ve got is pictures of it now.” DARING GANG CAUGHT STEALING FROM MAIL TRUCKS TRAVELING AT 50 MPH The sports car was impounded by the Suffolk Police Auto Squad in September after a detective looked a...

Utah dad prepared to take out loan after porch pirates steal pricey meds from ill son

A Utah single father said he was prepared to take out a loan after thieving porch pirates stole $5,000 worth of medication his sick 4-year-old son needs to survive. Cody Taylor, of Riverdale, Utah, said the three-month supply of medication needed for his son, Austin, was stolen from his doorstep a week before Christmas, FOX13 reported. The single father was worried insurance would not cover the stolen medication his son, who suffered from stage 5 kidney failure, desperately needed. Austin had a kidney transplant two years ago. The little boy was born with several birth defects and doctors were afraid Austin would not survive. COLORADO ‘PORCH PIRATE’ BUSTED AFTER $6,500 WORTH OF THEFTS, POLICE SAY “He’s my little miracle. He’s my hero. Because of everything he’s gone through, I ...

Trump rips a leading FBI official amid reports of retirement plans

President Trump took aim at FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe through tweets on Saturday, referencing McCabe’s rumored retirement from the agency. He also noted the removal of FBI General Counsel James Baker from his position. The two agency officials have recently been the target of Republican critics. In several afternoon tweets, Trump drew attention to recent news stories about McCabe’s rumored agency exit. “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits,” Trump tweeted. “90 days to go?!!!” His tweet appeared to be in reference to a Saturday story published by The Washington Post saying McCabe plans to retire in several months after becoming eligible for benefits. Fox News confirmed that McCabe will be eligible for retirement in March, but...

Judge Partially Lifts Trump Administration Ban on Refugees

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (MARTHA BELLISLE) December 23, 2017, 7:43 PM EST Updated on December 23, 2017, 9:00 PM EST Seattle (AP) — A federal judge in Seattle on Saturday partially lifted a Trump administration ban on certain refugees after two groups argued that the policy prevented people from some mostly Muslim countries from reuniting with family living legally in the United States. U.S. District Judge James Robart heard arguments Thursday in lawsuits from the American Civil Liberties Union and Jewish Family Service, which say the ban causes irreparable harm and puts some people at risk. Government lawyers argued that the ban is needed to protect national security. Robart ordered the federal government to process certain refugee applications. He said his order applies to people “...

Christian volunteer charged with killing wife and daughters, 7 and 8

Jacob Forman, 34, was charged with murder in the deaths of his wife, Clara, and two daughters, Karina (L) 7, and Yesenia (R) 8.  (Facebook) A man described as a devout Christian who volunteered at a local church was charged this week with killing his wife and two young daughters after their bodies were found in a home in western Canada. Canadian authorities found the bodies Tuesday in Kelowna, British Columbia, and identified the victims as 33-year-old Clara Forman and her daughters, Yesenia, 8, and Karina, 7. They charged Jacob Forman, 34, with the murders. He showed no emotion during a brief appearance in court Thursday, Global News reported. Forman was a plumber, a devout Christian and had a leadership role at his small church, the news outlet reported. Clara Forman said on Facebook tha...

North Korea says it will ‘make the US bitterly regret its strategy’

A combination photo shows a Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) handout of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un released on May 10, 2016, and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump posing for a photo after an interview with Reuters in his office in Trump Tower, in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 17, 2016.  (REUTERS/KCNA handout via Reuters) President Trump’s new national security strategy unveiled this week has been condemned by North Korea as a “criminal document” that is “nothing but the proclamation of aggression aimed at holding sway over the world,” according to reports. “The international society should remain vigilant against the maneuvers of the gang of Trump to invade and control (North Korea) by igniting a nuclear war at any cost in the Korean peninsula an...

High school janitor’s reaction to surprise Christmas gift goes viral

Though teenagers suffer a historically bad rap for being self-absorbed, one thoughtful group of Michigan high schoolers made a point to applaud someone special this holiday: their hardworking school janitor. On Dec. 21, Garden City High School student Kenna Hermanson, Andrew Cortes, Summer Dyer and Lexi Horvath presented custodian Brian Junk with a Christmas gift, ClickonDetroit reports, but it’s his reaction that is getting all the attention. SANTA CLAUS PASSES AIRPORT SECURITY CHECK “This is for you, you always go above and beyond for us, and you’re always happy and we just wanted to give you something,” Cortes says in a video of the surprise that has since gone viral on Facebook. “You guys are gonna make me cry,” a shocked Junk says as he hugs the students and exclaims...

Trump’s tweets take aim at top FBI officials

President Trump on Saturday took aim at two top FBI officials who have recently been the target of Republican critics. In several afternoon tweets, Trump drew attention to recent news stories about FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and FBI General Counsel James Baker. “FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is racing the clock to retire with full benefits,” Trump tweeted. “90 days to go?!!!” His tweet appeared to be in reference to a Saturday story published by The Washington Post saying McCabe plans to retire in several months after becoming eligible for benefits. Republicans have long questioned McCabe’s ties to the Democratic Party, considering his wife ran as a Democrat for a Virginia Senate seat in 2015. “How can FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, the man in charge, along with leakin’ Jame...

Uproar as top MSNBC hosts denounce their own network for firing beloved contributor Joan Walsh for unknown reasons

MSNBC hosts have denounced their own network for firing popular liberal contributor Joan Walsh days before Christmas.  (Getty Images) Some MSNBC stars berated their own network Saturday for firing longtime liberal contributor Joan Walsh just days before Christmas. Anchor Joy Reid was the most strident, with primetime host Chris Hays calling Walsh “indispensable” in a tweet. “It’s incredibly short sighted to sideline voices like Joan’s, especially now,” Reid wrote on Twitter. “Especially given the momentousness of next year’s anniversaries: the women’s march, the King and RFK assassinations … we need to be at full strength as media entities, and Joan belongs in the mix.” In response to one tweet, Reid said she had already let her bosses know how she feels. The reason for Walsh’s ouster was ...

Out of the woods: Connecticut police dog found safe after 36 hours in wilderness

Connecticut State Police bloodhound Texas was found in the woods after being lost for a day and a half.  (Connecticut State Police) A police bloodhound has been found alive 36 hours after he was reported missing in the Connecticut woods. The massive search for K-9 Texas spanned Wednesday evening to Friday morning and included volunteers on foot and horseback, a police chopper and drone, Connecticut State Police said. “That dog is one of us, it’s not just a dog,” Capt. David Delvecchia said, according to Fox 61 Hartford. Texas got loose as he caught the scent of a missing man near Wooster Mountain and his handler lost his footing on the steep terrain, the station reported. Another bloodhound located the missing man. Connecticut State Police K9 Texas was found Friday after a search that span...