Police visits R Kelly home over allegation of holding two women hostage in his home

Police visited the Chicago home of R&B star R. Kelly Friday after receiving a tip that two women were being held hostage by the singer but found no evidence to support the allegation, authorities said. The morning visit came after the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office passed along information to police from someone from out-of-state who alleged to prosecutors that two women were being held … Continue reading Police visits R Kelly home over allegation of holding two women hostage in his home

APC Planning to Influence 2019 Elections with Military Operations – PDP

“Our investigation shows that part of the plot is to use the military operation as a subterfuge to unleash heavy security presence to intimidate, harass and instil fear in voters in PDP strongholds across the country and pave the way for the allocation of fictitious votes to President Buhari and the APC,” the spokesman of the opposition party, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement on … Continue reading APC Planning to Influence 2019 Elections with Military Operations – PDP

AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claims on migrant child deaths

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump twisted circumstances behind the deaths of two migrant Guatemalan children to insulate his administration from any blame, contending without justification that they were in dire health before they reached the border. The children cleared initial U.S. health screenings and one of them was in the U.S. for five days before suddenly showing signs of illness. His tweets on … Continue reading AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s false claims on migrant child deaths

Jets fire coach Todd Bowles after 4 seasons with no playoffs

NEW YORK (AP) — Todd Bowles’ tenure with the New York Jets began four years ago with plenty of promise. It ended with too many losses and no playoff appearances. The team announced the long-expected decision that it moved on from Bowles on Sunday night, a few hours after the Jets wrapped up their season with a 38-3 loss at New England. “I would like to thank … Continue reading Jets fire coach Todd Bowles after 4 seasons with no playoffs

Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The spokesman for the Vatican and his deputy resigned suddenly on Monday, an official statement said. It gave no reason for the resignation of Greg Burke, an American, and Paloma Garcia Ovejero, a Spaniard, but they quit several weeks after Pope Francis appointed an Italian journalist and personal friend, Andrea Tornielli, to become editorial director of Vatican communications. (Reporting By Philip … Continue reading Vatican spokesman, deputy resign suddenly

Ravens win AFC North, Eagles, Colts get wild cards

By BARRY WILNER The playoff chase went down to the final minutes of the season Sunday, when Baltimore squeezed in as AFC North winner, and defending Super Bowl champion Philadelphia got some help to secure an NFC wild card. That left Pittsburgh and Minnesota out. Kansas City (12-4) grabbed the AFC’s top seed, followed by New England (11-5), Houston (11-5) and Baltimore (10-6). The Chargers … Continue reading Ravens win AFC North, Eagles, Colts get wild cards

Weed that sprouted holiday cheer mysteriously uprooted

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A street corner weed that had been decked out with Christmas lights and brought out holiday goodwill in Ohio has apparently met an early demise. WTVG-TV in Toledo reports that someone pulled out the “Christmas weed” early Friday morning and drove off with it in his trunk. The weed had become a holiday attraction after a family decorated it with tinsel to spread some Christmas … Continue reading Weed that sprouted holiday cheer mysteriously uprooted

Scrutiny, criticism of ICE come with immigration enforcement – AP

By COLLEEN LONG In this Oct. 22, 2018, photo U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents surround and detain a person during a raid in Richmond, Va. ICE’s enforcement and removal operations, like the five-person field office team outside Richmond, hunt people in the U.S. illegally, some of whom have been here for decades, working and raising families. Carrying out President Donald Trump’s hard-line immigration policies … Continue reading Scrutiny, criticism of ICE come with immigration enforcement – AP

Manhunt Still on for inmate who escaped from California prison

SAN QUENTIN, Calif. (AP) — California authorities were on a manhunt Thursday for an inmate who walked away from San Quentin State Prison and is believed to have carjacked a vehicle overnight. Shalom Mendoza, 21, was last seen at the prison before 6 p.m. Wednesday and reported missing after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. He fled from a work assignment outside the prison walls, spokesman Sgt. Robert … Continue reading Manhunt Still on for inmate who escaped from California prison

Russia: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian emergency officials say that at least four people have died after sections of an apartment building collapsed after an apparent gas explosion in the Ural Mountains region. The authorities say four others have been hospitalized with injuries, and 68 other residents remained unaccounted for in the accident in Magnitogorsk, a city of 400,000 about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) southeast of Moscow. … Continue reading Russia: 4 dead in apartment collapse, apparent gas explosion

2 dead, nearly 30 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine mall -AP

COTABATO, Philippines (AP) — Suspected Muslim militants remotely detonated a bomb near the entrance of a mall in the southern Philippines on Monday as people did last-minute shopping ahead of New Year’s Eve celebrations, killing at least two and wounding nearly 30, officials said. The bomb went off near the baggage counter at the entrance of the South Seas mall in Cotabato city, wounding shoppers, … Continue reading 2 dead, nearly 30 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine mall -AP

Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year’s Eve

NEW YORK (AP) — Snoop Dogg, Sting and Christina Aguilera will welcome 2019 in a packed Times Square Monday along with revelers from around the world who come to see the traditional crystal ball drop, fireworks and a blizzard of confetti. Spectators are expected to start assembling in early afternoon for the made-for-TV extravaganza. As has been the case for years, the celebration will take … Continue reading Throngs to pack Times Square for mild, rainy New Year’s Eve

PM Sheikh Hasina wins landslide in disputed Bangladesh election

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has secured her third consecutive term with a landslide victory, Bangladesh’s Election Commission said on Monday. Her ruling party and its allies have won 288 of the 300 parliamentary seats contested, surpassing its previous election wins. The opposition has condemned the vote as “farcical,” marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims. They won just seven seats and have demanded a … Continue reading PM Sheikh Hasina wins landslide in disputed Bangladesh election

Wife of Bauchi State Governor Donates Foods to Christian Homes

The wife of the Bauchi State Governor,Hajiya Hadiza Mohammed, recently put smiles on the faces of Christian women at Bayara community of Bauchi when she distributed food items in the spirit of Christmas. The gesture was done through her pet project known as the Bauchi Sustainable Women Economic Empowerment and Peace Initiative, B-SWEEEP ‘Christmas celebrations are not complete when we have not touched the lives … Continue reading Wife of Bauchi State Governor Donates Foods to Christian Homes

Father Christmas: FG Overpays Ex-Nigeria Airways Staff, 79 Yet To Get Payment

Lagos – Investigation by Daily Independent has revealed that some of the ex-Nigeria Airways workers whose payment of 50 percent pension and other severance packages commenced in October were credited twice. Also, no fewer than 79 of the supposed beneficiaries of the N45 billion severance packages were yet to be paid any amount of money by officials of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA), a department in … Continue reading Father Christmas: FG Overpays Ex-Nigeria Airways Staff, 79 Yet To Get Payment

PDP Raises The Alarm Over Dino Melaye’s Safety

Samuel Ogidan, Abuja Nigeria Abuja – As police continue to lay siege to the Abuja residence of Senator Dino Melaye, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over the senator’s safety. The party said with the continued lockdown on the residence of Melaye by the police, the Muhammadu Buhari presidency was turning Nigeria into a police state where those opposed to President Buhari’s re-election … Continue reading PDP Raises The Alarm Over Dino Melaye’s Safety

Major US newspapers hit by cyberattack, disrupting printing and distribution

By Mark Wycislik-Wilson A number of major US newspapers — including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and New York Times — have been hit by a cyberattack that is said to originate from another country. Malware was first detected on Thursday by Tribune Publishing, the owner of some of the affected titles, but unsuccessful attempts at quarantining meant that there was … Continue reading Major US newspapers hit by cyberattack, disrupting printing and distribution

NASA Wants to Send Hot Air Balloons to The Hellscape of Venus

We know that Venus, our closest planetary neighbour, has a volcanic terrain and a hellish atmosphere with extreme temperatures. But we don’t know much about seismic activity on the planet, which in turn could give us more clues about its internal composition. Now, NASA has a rather exciting proposal to try and answer those questions: a bunch of hot air balloons. Recent tests carried out … Continue reading NASA Wants to Send Hot Air Balloons to The Hellscape of Venus

Eagles leapfrog Vikings into NFL playoffs with help from Bears

Defending Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles progressed to the NFL playoffs as the Minnesota Vikings bowed out. It was win or go home for the Eagles and the Vikings in week 17 on Sunday and Philadelphia came out on top at the expense of Minnesota. Both teams had a chance to secure the NFC’s final playoff spot and the Eagles – who have won … Continue reading Eagles leapfrog Vikings into NFL playoffs with help from Bears

Lion escapes enclosure, kills worker

By Deanna Hackney, CNN As a team led by a trained animal keeper cleaned the enclosure, “One of the lions somehow left a locked space and entered the space the humans were in and quickly killed one person,” the Conservators Center ( https://www.conservatorscenter.org/about/ )  in Burlington, west of Durham, said on its Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/ConservatorsCenter/posts/10155822865741232?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARDSvhJ_w0wxd69TTriMaaIS6_dOkSq8UR_72tMUsgv5u9CbYjEsU5tHNtLoCDSglWb-GO8m2uCnuYee1eLZPRyoR7qcORtmCKdRNAIHfhRO4B0NTmTNeAbat8pcZLebJBxMMVEXgHBlgkn21Fk96UBIcc0uha3tsDwhZUq8sY19dmlOW-lVLStewLYhCZgZ9iysl6PU4KzH15cyJxt9K3HR8EMQBZMXoQyUPFgM42PwO_DmOC3JRSoKMqgBCUfla8f8w_Vq-eMzVExc9GRgZP-ckPy-c7Sj5o4KoRRh-ktG7NFDcl4Zdmy8Qf_Xd51UsSRQCM8yN5M6D0SN&__tn__=-R )  page. “The Conservators Center is devastated by the loss of a human life today,” the … Continue reading Lion escapes enclosure, kills worker

Kartje: In wide open Super Bowl race, Rams and Chargers are serious contenders

LOS ANGELES – Two Januarys ago, after a disastrous debut season for the NFL in Los Angeles, there were no delusions of Super Bowl grandeur to be found in the Southland. The Rams were an unwatchable mess, still feeling the prolonged hangover of the Jeff Fisher era. The Chargers were an unwanted enigma, with nine wins in their last two seasons. Both had just fired … Continue reading Kartje: In wide open Super Bowl race, Rams and Chargers are serious contenders

Senior Pastor Stabbed to Death during Church Service

Their was commotion at the Central Assemblies of God Church after a senior pastor was stabbed to death during church service. The shocking incident happened on Sunday (today) at Tema Community 4 in Ghana. According to media reports, the deceased pastor identified as Rev. Dr. David Nabegmado was attacked while preparing to leave his inner office to the main church auditorium to preach as Service … Continue reading Senior Pastor Stabbed to Death during Church Service

Ayodeji Femi-Pearce Dies At 86

Renowned Professor Of Medicine, Ayodeji Femi-Pearce Dies At 86. Founder of popular resort, Whispering Palms in Badagry, Lagos State, Prof Ayodeji Femi-Pearce, has died at the age of 86 after a brief illness. President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday condoled with Ibilola Femi-Pearce, the widow of the departed, his family, friends and relations. The President urged them to take solace in the fact that the renowned professor of medicine … Continue reading Ayodeji Femi-Pearce Dies At 86

NBA Roundup

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Piston) scored 26 to key a 121-114 win over the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night. The Lakers ended the game on an 18-4 run after trailing late, with Brandon Ingram (21 points and nine assists) making big shots down the stretch. Josh Hart also added 22 points, allowing the Lakers (21-16) to avenge their one-point loss to the Kings three days earlier. James … Continue reading NBA Roundup

US university’s 44th list of words it would like to banish

Lake Superior State University’s 44th annual list of words nominated for banishment by members of the public: –Wheelhouse — In the books — Wrap my head around — Platform — Collusion — OTUS family of acronyms (such as POTUS, FLOTUS, SCOTUS) — Ghosting — Yeet — Litigate — Grapple — Eschew — Crusty — Optics — Legally drunk –Thought leader — Unpack — Importantly — … Continue reading US university’s 44th list of words it would like to banish