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  • ‘West Side Story’ remake finds its Maria in an NJ high school student

    Take heart high school musical theater geeks as dreams do come true. High school student Rachel Zegler has been cast in the starring role of Maria in Steven Spielberg’s planned “West Side Story” remake. If Zegler, 17, looks familiar, it’s because she’s already been a bit of a viral sensation for video of her singing the Lady Gaga hit “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” in an empty auditorium. Spielberg’s new adaptation of the hit Broadway musical is a modern-day […]

  • Man who took hostages at NJ UPS facility killed by police, authorities say

    The man who took two hostages Monday at a UPS facility in Logan Township was shot and killed by police after the three emerged from the building, the office of New Jersey’s attorney general said. “There was apparently a relationship between the man and one of the women,” Gloucester County prosecutor Charles Fiore said, adding that it was a “prior relationship.” Earlier, authorities said the man killed by police, identified as William Owens, 39, of Sicklerville, New Jersey, had been […]

  • Trump declares he’ll ‘never back down’ in shutdown fight

    WASHINGTON — With the government mired in shutdown week four, President Donald Trump rejected a short-term legislative fix and dug in for more combat Monday, declaring he would “never ever back down.” Trump rejected a suggestion to reopen all government departments for several weeks while negotiations would continue with Democrats over his demands for $5.7 billion for a long, impregnable wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The president also edged further away from the idea of trying to declare a national […]

  • Trump personally pays for fast food for Clemson Tigers event during shutdown

    President Donald Trump is personally paying for the meals that will be provided to the Clemson University football team during their national championship celebration at the White House on Monday night, CNN has learned. Earlier Monday, Trump told reporters, unprompted, that he is serving “McDonald’s, Wendy’s and Burger King’s with some pizza.” “I think that would be their favorite food, so we’ll see what happens,” he added. “The President wanted to host a fun event to celebrate the College Football […]

  • Jayme Closs describes the night her parents were killed and her 88 days in captivity

    Jayme Closs and her mother hid in the bathtub after a man dressed in black showed up at her home. Then, the 13-year-old heard a gunshot. The Wisconsin teen said she knew that her father, who had gone to the door, had just been killed. The teenager told authorities about the terrifying ordeal that began the night the man prosecutors have identified as Jake Patterson barged into her home and killed her parents. Jayme provided a detailed account of her […]

  • Man convicted of murdering 8-year-old girl found dead in prison cell

    An inmate serving a life sentence for the first-degree murder of his 8-year-old neighbor was killed in his prison cell Friday, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The corrections department identified the inmate killed as Anthony Palma. “His cellmate is believed to be responsible for his death,” the corrections department said in a statement. Palma was serving life without parole for the murder of Kirsten Hatfield, who was abducted from her Midwest City home in 1997. He had lived […]

  • Suspect in Jayme Closs case confessed to killing her parents and kidnapping her, complaint states

    WISCONSIN — Jake Patterson confessed to killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping Jayme Closs, according to a criminal complaint released Monday by the Barron County District Attorney. The complaint said that Patterson, 21, first spotted Jayme while on the way home from work when he was stopped behind a school bus and watched Jayme get on the bus. Patterson told police he had no idea who Jayme was, but “the defendant states, when he saw (Jayme) he knew that […]

  • Wife of furloughed federal worker wins $100,000 plus SUV in Virginia lottery

    ASHBURN, Va. — The wife of a federal worker put out of work by the government shutdown picked up a $100,000 check and a brand-new SUV on Friday after winning a Virginia lottery game, the state lottery reported. Carrie Walls of Ashburn won the top prize in the Virginia Lottery’s Ford Expedition Plus $100K promotion. Her ticket was drawn out of 554,000 entries in the December 4 drawing, the lottery said. According to the lottery, she said the $100,000 is timely […]

  • Critics’ Choice Awards: The winner’s list

    Hollywood’s award season festivities continued Sunday with the Critics’ Choice Awards. Lady Gaga won the first award of the night for best song for her collaboration “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born.” She went on to tie for best actress in a motion picture with Glenn Close, who won for “The Wife.” That wasn’t the only category with a double win. Amy Adams and Patricia Arquette tied for best actress in a movie made for TV or limited series and […]

  • Trump’s economic adviser compares government shutdown to vacation, says furloughed workers are ‘better off’

    White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett said furloughed federal workers who are not getting paid during the partial government shutdown are “better off” because they didn’t have to use vacation days. “Huge share of government workers were going to take vacation days, say between Christmas and New Year’s. And then we have a shutdown and so they can’t go to work, and so then they have the vacation but they don’t have to use their vacation days,” Hassett told PBS during […]