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‘The Kelly Clarkson Show’ renewed for season two

NBCThe Kelly Clarkson Show will be back for season two. NBC has announced the syndicated talk show has been renewed through the 2020-21 season.

Before launching the show on September 9, Kelly was worried no one would watch, but in its first week on air it scored the best debut ratings for a new syndicated series since 2012. The show averaged 1.9 million viewers per episode and placed fourth among syndicated daytime talk shows, behind veterans Dr. Phil, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Kelly and Ryan.

The Kelly Clarkson Show is connecting with viewers in a unique way and we are so happy to build on that momentum, bringing Kelly’s brand of humor, heart, and, of course, the incredible ‘Kellyoke,’ to stations for a second season,” says Tracie Wilson, Executive Vice President, Creative Affairs for NBCUniversal Television Distribution.

Wilson adds, “It is a privilege to be in business with Kelly and our production team, led by Alex Duda, who have a clear creative vision and a talent for storytelling and creating quality entertainment that invites you in for a good time and leaves you feeling happy.”

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“I do what I want”: ‘GQ”s Icon of the Year Jennifer Lopez said she did ‘Hustlers’ “for free”

Daniel Jackson/GQIn the new “Men of the Year” issue of GQ, which hits stands Tuesday, Jennifer Lopez takes her place as the magazine’s Icon of the Year, talking about her career, empowerment, and — celebrating both — her movie, Hustlers.

The based-on-real-life film had Lopez playing Ramona, a stripper at a high-end gentlemen’s club who launches a scheme to scam her and her co-workers’ wealthy clients. Unlike Ramona, Lopez says money isn’t always her focus.

“I do things because I love them. I didn’t get paid a whole bunch of money for Hustlers,” says J. Lo.  “I did it for free and produced it. I bank on myself.”

She adds, “That’s the ‘Jenny From the Block’. I do what I want, I do what I love.”

Hustlers was a “movement,” says Lopez: “This is our movie where we run s**t. They know it’s all women producers, women director, women writer, all women starring in it.  For me, who grew up with my sister sleeping in the same bed, and then went from one relationship to the other, playing that character, and having to be that independent and in charge, I was just like, ‘God, this is so empowering.'”

However, J. Lo confessed, “It was scary when I was watching it.”

Lopez also touched on her upcoming co-headlining the Super Bowl Halftime gig with Shakira. Considering the controversy with the NFL over social issues, Jennifer said, “I understand people not wanting to do it.”

However, she adds, “I feel like it’s…one of the biggest [platforms] in the world to put out whatever message you want to put out…I feel that it’s a great thing to have two Latina women in Miami headlining the Super Bowl…I think it could be a really beautiful celebration.”

 

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Gwen Stefani releasing 15th anniversary edition of first solo album, ‘Love. Angel. Music. Baby.’

Interscope RecordsGwen Stefani‘s debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., came out 15 years ago, so the singer and The Voice coach is marking the occasion with a special release.

On November 22, a remastered version of the album will be released digitally.  Gwen’s also reissued a hoodie and a t-shirt from the original Love. Angel. Music. Baby. merchandise collection via her online store.

Then on November 26, Gwen will perform a medley of hits from Love. Angel. Music. Baby. during the live results show of The Voice.  The album spun off hits including “Rich Girl,” “Hollaback Girl” and “What You Waiting For?” and has sold more than 15 million units worldwide.

“Hollaback Girl” was the first song in history to rack up one million digital downloads; its video has captured nearly 200 million views.

Gwen’s most recent solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, came out in 2016, while her first holiday album, You Make It Feel Like Christmas, came out in 2017.   She’ll perform on the NBC special Christmas at Rockefeller Center on December 4.

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“Nobody owns ‘cinema'”: Marvel movie directors Joe and Anthony Russo take on Scorsese’s diss

L-R – Anthony, Joe Russo(LOS ANGELES) — Like the heroes in their action-packed finale of their biggest hit, Avengers: Endgame, directors Joe and Anthony Russo have emerged to battle a malevolent force: Martin Scorsese.

O.K., perhaps referring to the famed director’s headline-grabbing diss of Marvel movies as such is a bit too dramatic, but the Russos are just the latest to criticize Scorsese’s opinion that the films are “not cinema.”

Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter while promoting 21 Bridges, the film they produced with Avengers star Chadwick Boseman, Joe Russo said,  “Ultimately, we define ‘cinema’ as a film that can bring people together to have a shared, emotional experience.”

“The other way to think about it, too, is, nobody owns cinema,” Anthony added. “We don’t own cinema. You don’t own cinema. Scorsese doesn’t own cinema.”

Joe jokes, “But, at the end of the day, what do we know? We’re just two guys from Cleveland, Ohio, and ‘cinema’ is a New York word. In Cleveland, we call them movies.”

The Russos also pointed out that Scorsese, by his own admission, hasn’t seen all the movies he’s flaming.

And just because a movie is a huge commercial success, Joe Russo explains, that doesn’t mean it’s artistically bankrupt.  As Russo notes of Avengers: Endgame’s status as the highest-grossing movie of all time, “[W]e don’t see that as a signifier of financial success. We see it as a signifier of emotional success.”

“It’s a movie that had an unprecedented impact on audiences around the world in the way that they shared that narrative and the way that they experienced it,” he says. “And the emotions they felt watching it.”
 
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Bill Murray reuniting with director Peter Farrelly for Quibi comedy series ‘The Now’

ABC/Giovanni Rufino(LOS ANGELES) — The short-form channel that’s getting a lot of celebrity attention, Quibi, has just landed a notoriously difficult to catch fish: Bill Murray.

The Ghostbusters veteran is reuniting with Peter Farrelly — who co-directed the gross-out comedy Kingpin starring Murray, before becoming the director of the Oscar-winning Green Book — for a comedy series called The Now.

According to Variety, the series centers on Dave Franco’s character, who is contemplating suicide when he discovers his brother just died by suicide — and their father had taken his life as well.

According to the trade, Murray has already wrapped his part in the show. For an actor famous for crashing the odd wedding or frat party, it’s easy to assume Murray’s character imparts some wisdom on Franco’s Ed Poole — who copes with his loss by learning to, “forget the past, screw the future, and live in the now,” Variety writes.  

The Quibi platform, which has already attracted stars like Tyra Banks and Idris Elba for various projects, is slated to launch in April 2020.

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‘The OA’ star Kingsley Ben-Adir to play President Obama in James Comey miniseries

Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Disney+(LOS ANGELES) — The OA star Kingsley Ben-Adir is gearing up to fill some pretty big shoes.

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Ben-Adir will play President Barack Obama in the upcoming James Comey miniseries from CBS Studios.

The miniseries, which does not yet have a network, is based on Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty. The book follows Comey’s role as FBI director from 2013 until May 2017, when President Trump fired him. It also documents his tumultuous relationship with Trump.

Ben-Adir joins a previously announced cast including, Jeff Daniels as Comey, Brendan Gleeson as Donald Trump, Holly Hunter as Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Michael Kelly as Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, Jennifer Ehle as Patrice Comey, and Peter Coyote as Robert Mueller.

This is the latest project for Ben-Adir who will soon be seen in Hulu’s High Fidelity reboot starring Zoe Kravitz and Da’Vine Joy Randolph.

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Prosecutor allegedly used his 13-year-old daughter as bait to catch suspected child molester

San Jose Police Department(SAN JOSE, Calif.) — A prosecutor in Santa Clara County, California, is under scrutiny for allegedly using his 13-year-old daughter to bait a man who is alleged to have molested her, according to police documents, reported The Mercury News.

The suspect, 76-year-old Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, is now in custody, but the prosecutor’s alleged method of catching the suspect is being called into question.

A prosecutor in Santa Clara County, California, is under scrutiny for allegedly using his 13-year-old daughter to bait a man who is alleged to have molested her, according to police documents, reported The Mercury News.

The suspect, 76-year-old Ali Mohammad Lajmiri, is now in custody, but the prosecutor’s alleged method of catching the suspect is being called into question.

After the police department asked for the public’s help identifying the man, the prosecutor allegedly took his daughter back to the scene and instructed her to walk back and forth on the trail until Lajmiri approached her. They stayed in contact with their cellphones and earbuds, as per the police report provided to The Mercury News.

“He stated that they had already done this several times,” San Jose Detective Sgt. Sean Pierce wrote in the police report.

After the police department asked for the public’s help identifying the man, the prosecutor allegedly took his daughter back to the scene and instructed her to walk back and forth on the trail until Lajmiri approached her. They stayed in contact with their cellphones and earbuds, as per the police report provided to The Mercury News.

“He stated that they had already done this several times,” San Jose Detective Sgt. Sean Pierce wrote in the police report.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the matter or on the prosecutor’s actions, but released a statement saying, “As in all cases of sexual assault, our hearts go out to the victim and her family,” Assistant District Attorney Terry Harman said in the statement. “We have recused ourselves from the handling of any filing decision and prosecution of any matters related to this situation.”

Lajmiri is being held in the Santa Clara County jail on $3 million bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 29.

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Police body camera captures heart-stopping moment officers find kidnapped 8-year-old girl

ABC News(FORT WORTH, TX) —  From the moment that Crystal Merrill arrived for her overnight shift on May 18 at the 911 call and dispatch center in Fort Worth, Texas, the phone would not stop ringing.

Police were more than four hours into a manhunt for a suspect in the area and an 8-year-old girl he was accused of kidnapping. Her mother said he’d snatched the girl out of her arms during an early evening walk and thrown the child into his car. The suspect was now on the run with the little girl.

As Merrill fielded call after call, tip after tip, she said, her nerves started to get to her. A 30-year-old mother with two kids herself, ages 10 and 5, she said she couldn’t help but feel a strong connection to this particular missing-child case.

“I had heightened senses because…I’m trying to get every piece of detail and see, ‘OK, how should we process this?’” Merrill said. “’Do I just let our officers know or do we actually send a call up and we need to go check this out?’ Every call was like that.”

A few hours later, however, at 2 a.m., a 911 call from a good Samaritan gave Merrill pause. She didn’t know then that it was a tip that would play a key role in the case.

Merrill connected the call to the closest police department in the suburb of Forest Hills. Normally, after connecting the caller with law enforcement, Merrill would hang up, but something made her stay on the line and listen.

“I asked the [the caller], I said, ‘Do you have the license plate of that car?’ And I got the license plate from him,” Merrill said.

 She said she thought the call sounded like something Fort Worth police should also check out. She got the alert out to the Fort Worth police and within minutes, she was tracking officer after officer as they arrived on the scene.

Then, all she could do was wait and hope that her instincts had been right.

Every second counted.

Watch the full story on “Nightline” tonight at 12:35 a.m. ET on ABC

Fort Worth Police Sgt. Amelia Heise was the detective on call that Saturday night when the report came in about a child being abducted.

“I was a detective before I was a mother,” Heise said. “After I became a mother, that protective sense just grew and I could really relate more to the cases and how the parents were feeling. And it really hits home a little bit more after you become a parent.”

Earlier that day, at 6:30 p.m. when the kidnapping was first reported, officers had arrived at a neighborhood tucked into the Fort Worth area. They found the distraught mother and a critical piece of evidence: A man’s doorbell camera had captured the abduction. On the footage, police could see the mother falling onto the street as a car drives away.

“The stranger abductions, they’re rare,” Heise said. “You don’t really get a lot of them, and when I was hearing the details, the seriousness and the unusual nature of it was setting in. And I just knew that this case was different.”

When they interviewed the mother, police said, she told them a man had approached her and her daughter twice. The mother said when the stranger had returned, he’d grabbed her daughter and shoved her into his car.

The mother had fought back and at one point, police said, she told them that she had tried to jump in the kidnapper’s lap to stomp on the brake, but he’d managed to throw her out of the car and speed away.

“The Ring doorbell video was the only piece of video that was available for this particular case. It was absolutely critical,” said Chris Thompson, a special agent with the FBI’s Crimes Against Children and Human Trafficking Task Force.

“The person who owned the home, essentially, accidentally activated the Ring doorbell at that time. It wasn’t supposed to go off just from a passing car or from a person being observed in the street, as was seen in the video,” he said. “It was accidentally enabled by the homeowner and still captured the critical piece of information we needed.”

The mother was able to give the police a rough description of the suspect and they had images of his car on the door cam surveillance footage. Based on that, police were able to quickly get in touch with vehicle experts to determine the car’s make and model.

“As the officer … was telling me the details that he had at the time… I knew that we had to go, that time was against us and that we just could not move fast enough,” Heise said. “I realized we had 100 things we needed to do, and we needed to do them all at once because we just don’t have time.”

News of the abduction quickly spread in local media and some members of the community also joined the search. Heise said her department reached out to its federal counterparts at Homeland Security and the FBI, which also showed up to help.

Nevertheless, each passing moment weighed heavily on her.

“It felt like time was flying by and that I was moving so slow, and that I just could not move fast enough,” Heise said. “Because I knew we needed to move fast, and it just felt like I just couldn’t get it done.”

As word spread, a tip call came in around midnight to the police in Forest Hill, a suburb just south of Fort Worth. Someone reported a man and a child at a hotel there.

Forest Hill police officers responded to Woodspring Suites, an extended-stay hotel about 7 miles from the street where the girl had been taken. They spoke to a man in Room 333 and even went inside, but reported that they had not seen a child and left.

Around 2 a.m., about eight hours into the manhunt, a new 911 call came in. This time, though, it went into the Fort Worth call center and Merrill answered.

During that call with her, a good Samaritan reported seeing a car that matched the police description parked at the Woodspring Suites in Forest Hill.

Body-camera footage, obtained exclusively by ABC News from the Fort Worth Police Department, shows officers racing to the hotel. As the squad car approaches the hotel, the officer driving cuts the lights out at the last second. His partner is heard asking why.

“If this guy’s looking out the window, I’m not trying to let him see that we’re rolling around,” the officer says in the video.

The officers located and checked out the car in question. An employee provided them with a copy of the driver’s license belonging to the man who’d rented Room 333. Officers were able to determine that the motel patron matched the description of their suspect.

Once they had enough information, a group of police officers and task force agents prepared to enter Room 333.

Body camera footage of what happened next had never been made public before, until now.

The footage shows officers making their way up flights of stairs and getting into position outside of the room. An officer warns the man inside to open the door.

“I’m trying to get dressed,” the suspect inside shouts back.

Officers break open the door and pull the suspect out of the room. The team rushes in, searching for the little girl. At first, they don’t see her.

Then, the officer’s body camera captures the moment when the little girl they had been searching for all night pops her head out of a storage bucket full of dirty clothes.

“Hey, here she is! We got her! We got her!” an officer says.

Cheers and sounds of relief could be heard ringing out among the officers and over their radios as they scooped up the little girl and carried her out of the hotel room.

She told officers that the suspect had forced her to hide and threatened to kill her family if she made a sound, police said. She had stayed quiet the first time officers had come to the door, but this hadn’t worked the second time.

“I was in a state of shock,” Heise said. “I was working as hard as I could to find this little girl. And I just couldn’t believe that we had done it. And in that moment, I just felt a great sense of gratitude to the community, because they did this. They did this. It wasn’t us. You know, they’re the ones that were out there doing it.”

The man who had made that crucial 911 call was a pastor who knew the family. He was on the scene when the rescue happened and delivered the good news that the girl was alive and safe to her father on the phone.

Back at the call center, Merrill could hear her colleagues cheering.

“It was like a ton of bricks had been knocked off of me when I found out that they had found her,” she said. “I did cry at work. … I think it was just because my adrenaline was so high and my nerves [were] so bad, and [there was] a sense of ‘We found her,’ like, no more worrying.”

At the end of her shift, Merrill said, she drove home, woke up her two children and hugged them tight.

“I went straight in and I just hugged my babies,” Merrill said. “It was just a lot because like I said, you could just [keep] thinking, ‘Oh, that could’ve been me.’ And it was good to know my babies were at home.”

In a different part of town, another mother who had grappled with the intense weight of the situation was also holding her children tight.

“I went home, and I sat down at the breakfast table, and everything that I wouldn’t allow myself to feel that night, it hit me, and I felt it,” Heise said. “It was so strange. I knew [the abducted child] was, I knew we had her, but I was still experiencing the fear and the stress, but that I wouldn’t allow myself to process, and it was pretty intense.”

The suspect — 51-year-old Michael Webb — was charged with federal kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty.

U.S. attorney Erin Nealy Cox picked up the case instead of delegating it to an attorney in her office.

“I’m a mother of three children, all girls, one of whom is an 8-year-old, just like the victim in this case,” she said. “So I decided that we need to send a message to this community, to everyone living in our community that we would, at the highest levels, be responding to this and ensure that justice was sought and had.”

Meeting with the family of the abducted child, Cox said, she couldn’t help but imagine what the mother had gone through.

“We met with the family, who is just so courageous and inspirational to me personally about how they were dealing with this,” she said.

At the end of the trial, it took the jury just 14 minutes to convict Webb on the charges. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.

Cox said the case has had a profound impact on not just her but everyone involved, especially the officers who rescued the girl.

“I mean, it was just an amazing moment. And you can hear it when you hear the patrol officer saying, ‘We got her. We got her. We got her.’ I mean, and you could hear it all over everyone’s radios,” Cox said. “There was such a sense of relief. And then there was such a sense of worry and concern for the girl to make sure she was OK. How they dealt with her. How they told her she was safe. How they told her that she wouldn’t be put in harm’s way again.”

“They really dealt with it like they would their own child. … And it was really, it was an encouraging (thing) to hear all of that, see how connected they were to this case, even though none of them had ever met this family or knew this little girl before that evening,” she said.

Now the next step is to make sure the little girl who was terrorized and kidnapped can not only survive, but also thrive as she and her family move forward.

“This victim is a profile in resilience, in strength and courage, and she’s definitely the hero of this story,” Cox said. “She’s doing great. I mean, she’s incredibly resilient. She’s got love of a strong family… (They are) just as brave as she is.”

For Heise, this is one of those cases that she said is going to stay with her for the rest of her life.

“I look forward to seeing her grow and to see her experience all the wonderful things that life can give to her from here on out,” she said.

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Patrick Frazee found guilty of killing missing fiancee Kelsey Berreth; sentenced to life without parole

ABC News(DENVER, Colorado) — A Colorado man has been convicted of killing 29-year-old Kelsey Berreth, who was his fiancee and the mother of his young daughter, following a dramatic trial that brought bombshell testimony from witnesses, including a fellow inmate and his former girlfriend.

As the trial of Frazee came to a close, prosecutors Monday described the case as a “deliberate, premeditated, cold and cruel murder.”

A verdict was delivered just hours after closing arguments.

Frazee was found guilty on all counts, including first-degree felony murder and three counts of solicitation to commit murder. He was sentenced an hour later to life without parole plus 156 years — the maximum possible sentence.

“Your actions were vicious, senseless, without reason nor explanation. … Kelsey spent her last night caring for you — you repaid that kindness by viciously beating her to death,” Judge Scott Sells said. “After you beat her, you burned her body like a piece of trash. Your crimes deserve the absolute punishment available.”

Frazee was accused of attacking Berreth with a baseball bat at her Woodland Park, Colorado, home on Nov. 22, 2018 — which was Thanksgiving — while the couple’s 1-year-old daughter, Kaylee, sat in a playpen in a back room.

Prosecutors allege Frazee then put Berreth’s body in a black plastic tote and burned it on his property.

His defense attorneys, who did not call any witnesses, stress that a body and a murder weapon have never been recovered.

‘Only one person knows why’

In closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors said Frazee knew Berreth, 29, was dead because he never attempted to contact her after Nov. 25, 2018.

Prosecutor Beth Reid also reminded the jury that Frazee was captured on a neighbor’s surveillance camera outside Berreth’s condo at the same time he claimed he was 40 miles away tending to his cattle.

Reid showed the jury security camera photos that captured Frazee’s red pickup truck driving in Woodland Park on Thanksgiving with a large black tote box in the back.

“Her beaten and battered body is in that box, which he keeps on the back of the truck while he eats Thanksgiving dinner,” said Reid.

Reid told jurors that they did not need to agree on Frazee’s alleged motive in order to convict him of murder.

“The reality is,” Reid told the jurors, “only one person knows why.”

Ex-girlfriend takes the stand

Frazee’s ex-girlfriend Krystal Lee was a star witness for the prosecution, and testified that Frazee called her to come to Berreth’s house to clean up the bloody aftermath.

Lee told jurors that Frazee admitted to tying a blindfold around Berreth’s head and asked her to guess the scent of candles before beating her to death with a baseball bat.

“I saw blood all over the floor and blood all over the wall,” she testified. “There was blood on the front of the stove and the dishwasher, and on the floor there were bloody footprints.”

Lee, who has admitted to disposing of Berreth’s phone, has pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence. Records showed Berreth’s phone traveled with Lee’s phone to Idaho where Lee says she destroyed it. She is awaiting sentencing once Frazee’s case concludes.
Notes to an inmate

Last Friday, an inmate testified that Frazee recently asked him to use his connections to a prison gang to kill several witnesses in the case, including Lee.

The inmate says he and Frazee were in jail together from Sept. 26 to Oct. 12, 2019.

“He would pass me notes if his information was too sensitive,” the inmate said, claiming Frazee told him he’d take care of him financially when he got out.

In court, a state investigator read from a number of those notes, which were written on paper towels and napkins. The notes, the investigator testified, contained hit lists, along with detailed instructions on where to find the witnesses. The list included Lee, her parents and her ex-husband.

“They all need to disappear, unseen until 11/22 after the trial,” said a note, which the investigator testified appeared to be in Frazee’s handwriting. “I’d really like to see Krystal with a bullet in her head.”
‘Patrick Frazee is not guilty’

Defense attorney Adam Steigerwald questioned the credibility of Lee and the evidence, saying in his closing argument Monday, “This case has been built on a foundation it cannot support. Patrick Frazee is not guilty.”

Steigerwald argued that the case against Frazee is circumstantial and based on a story “made up” by Lee, adding she didn’t cooperate with investigators until the district attorney agreed to a deal to not prosecute her for more serious crimes.

“There is not one word from Krystal Lee until she has a signature on the dotted line,” Steigerwald said. “There is nothing she talked about that is believable.”

Steigerwald also pointed out that neither Frazee nor Lee’s DNA were detected anywhere in Berreth’s condo, despite the prosecution theory that her condo was where Frazee killed Berreth and where Lee cleaned up the aftermath.

Steigerwald also attacked evidence provided by a neighbor’s security camera, saying it did not show Frazee going onto Berreth’s home — or coming out — carrying a baseball bat or a tote.

In addition, Steigerwald said none of Berreth’s neighbors heard or saw anything suspicious on Thanksgiving, which Steigerwald called an unlikely day to plan a murder.

“Is there a day of the year when people are less likely to be alone? To be missed? To speak to your family than Thanksgiving Day?” Steigerwald asked the jury.

Frazee was arrested in December 2018 on charges including first-degree murder. Judge Scott Sells told the jury they can also consider finding Frazee guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.

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Dog found in Bahamas rubble 3 weeks after Hurricane Dorian is adopted by Florida family

Chase Scott/Big Dog Rescue(NEW YORK) —  Miracle, the puppy that was rescued in the Bahamas after surviving more than three weeks under debris from Hurricane Dorian, has a new family just in time for the holidays.

The Beaty family — Clark, Briana and their three daughters Jayne, 8; Kate, 5; and Clare, 3 — of Palm Beach, Florida, were formerly announced Wednesday as Miracle’s new owners during a news conference at the Big Dog Ranch Rescue in Loxahatchee Groves.

“Miracle has now gained 16 pounds — almost half his body weight [when] he came in — and weighs almost 35 pounds,” said Lauree Simmons, Big Dog Ranch Rescue’s founder and president. “He’s healthy and ready to go home.”

In October, workers from Big Dog Ranch Rescue found Miracle in Abaco, one of the hardest-hit areas in the Bahamas, after the Category 5 hurricane devastated the islands in September. The foundation used a drone with a high-resolution, heat-seeking camera to help them spot dogs that were either hidden under rubble or only coming out at night.

Miracle was trapped underneath an air conditioning unit that had fallen on him for more than three weeks after the hurricane struck. When rescuers located him, he was emaciated, his muscles had atrophied and he was suffering from other diseases after surviving only on rainwater.

Simmons was the first to start calling the dog Miracle as he recuperated in Florida. More than 10,000 families reached out to the organization, offering to adopt him.

On Monday, Briana Beaty told ABC News that her family of five was looking forward to having the “best holiday ever” with Miracle.

“We’re so grateful to Big Dog Ranch for saving him and all the love they put into him,” she told ABC News on Monday.

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Tense standoff: Hong Kong Polytechnic University becomes center of police protesters’ battle

LewisTsePuiLung/iStock(HONG KONG) — Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University has become the front line of a fight between protesters and authorities. Violence broke out on Sunday and turned into a tense standoff on Monday.

Since Sunday morning, Hong Kong’s police have attempted to disperse protesters from the occupied roads around PolyU, the last major university that’s occupied and fortified by protesters.

This is one of the largest and most sustained battles in this protest movement, now in its sixth month.

An armored police truck was set on fire and an officer was shot through the leg with a bow and arrow. The police discharged rounds of rubber bullets and unleashed water cannons. Protesters responded with bricks and Molotov cocktails.

“If rioters keep doing what they do, police will have no choice and will fight back with tear gas and real bullets,” police warned after firing off rounds of live bullets on Sunday evening. Tear gas enshrouded the scene.

In a dramatic moment, a footbridge leading to the campus caught fire. Molotov cocktails which had been placed on the bridge also caught fire, leading to many minor explosions. The entrance to the university was left smoldering.

In a dramatic moment, a footbridge leading to the campus caught fire. Molotov cocktails which had been placed on the bridge also caught fire, leading to many minor explosions. The entrance to the university was left smoldering.

But the morale is changing among this core of committed protesters as they run out of supplies.

“The police have surrounded the whole campus, there’s absolutely no way out,” one protester told ABC News. “The situation is out of control,” he said.

“We don’t have any more supplies, so once we run out of water and food we’re going to die.”

Among the protestors inside the university are over 100 trapped high schoolers. Parents have joined a sit-in, begging police to let their children leave the university, while around 20 head teachers asked authorities to allow them to go in to escort the children out. But the requests have not led anywhere. The authorities have said they’ll arrest everyone inside the college — in some cases, protesters elsewhere are trying to draw the police away so those inside the university may have a chance to escape.

How long will the students be able to hang on is a vital question given that supply lines have been cut. “I don’t think anyone on the campus knows what they want to do, what they should do,” said the protester to ABC News. “We obviously need help from outside. But I don’t know who we’re going to get that help from.”

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking during a Q&A at Rice University, said that the U.S., the U.K. and “several dozen countries” have “all made clear” to China “our expectation of how China will behave” and called on General Secretary Xi to honor the commitment to “one country, two systems” — a framework that, in theory, allows Hong Kong semi-autonomy.

“The UK is seriously concerned by the escalation in violence from both the protesters and the authorities around Hong Kong university campuses. It is vital that those who are injured are able to receive appropriate medical treatment, and that safe passage is made available for all those who wish to leave the area. We need to see an end to the violence, and for all sides to engage in meaningful political dialogue ahead of the district council elections on Sunday,” read a statement from the U.K. foriegn office, condemning the violence.

Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, Hong Kong’s constitutional and mainland affairs secretary, said that the protests this weekend have reduced the chance of Hong Kong’s district council elections going ahead on Sunday, Nov. 24, according to local English-language newspaper rthk.hk.

As the siege continues into a second night, several hundred protesters have gathered with signs, hoping to pressure the police to let the protesters in the university leave.

Hardcore protesters have been joined by ordinary citizens. They are chanting “save the students,” and they are angry.

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North Korea hits back at Trump implying another summit

ABC News(SEOUL, South Korea) — Pyongyang hit back hard in response to President Donald Trump’s recent tweet suggesting another summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea is no longer interested in holding a “fruitless” summit with the United States, according to a statement Foreign Ministry Adviser Kim Kye-gwan released to the state media outlet, Korean Central News Agency.

“We will not give the U.S. president anything to boast of without getting anything in return,” Kim said in the statement. “We need to get the fair price for what President Trump has boasted as his achievements.”

The message came along less than a day after Trump tweeted “see you soon” towards the North Korean leader, pushing him to “act quickly.”

“Since June last year, three summit meetings and talks have taken place but no progress had been made between the United States and the DPRK,” the statement said. “Even now, the United States is pretending to have progress regarding the Korean peninsula issue and gaining time for their benefit.”

The foreign ministry adviser, who was formerly the communist regime’s envoy, explained in the statement that he interpreted Trump’s words on Twitter as implying a new U.S.-DPRK summit talk.

In the statement, the foreign adviser also urged Washington to drop hostile policies against Pyongyang in order to continue dialogue.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Trump sat down for summit talks first in Singapore in June last year, and again in Hanoi, Vietnam, in February. A third encounter was staged inside the joint security area of the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea during Trump’s Seoul visit.

None of these three meetings resulted in a denuclearization solution to satisfy either countries.

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Coats For Kids

Winter is here, and over 2000 kids across Dona Ana Country need your help! Coats for Kids is an initiative of  US Bank, 101 Gold, Community Action Agency, Comet Cleaners, and D2 Designs sponsor the Coats for Kids program in Las Cruces to help underprivileged children in our area. This is the 25th year of this program, and we have been busy! This is a simple and compassionate project that makes a large impact in our community. We distributed more than 3,000 coats last year, because of the generous donations of new and gently used coats, as well as the cash we received, no child is ever turned away. Over 50,000 coats have been given to needy children in Dona Ana County, since we began this program in 1995!

As we move into the cold winter months, we know you would agree no child in our community should be without a warm winter coat. You can help us by giving a donation to the Coats for Kids program. These funds are used to purchase coats to supplement the used ones we receive. Your generosity will make a difference to a child who is less fortunate. We work closely with the Social Workers and Counselors in the Las Cruces Public Schools, Hatch Public Schools, and the Gadsden School District to help us identify children, birth through the 5th grade, who need a coat.

Please join us in making Southern New Mexico a warm and wonderful place to live and grow for all children. Please check your closets for coats to donate, or mail your cash donation to Coats for Kids at US Bank, 277 East Amador, Las Cruces, NM 88001. We can provide a tax-exempt receipt through our partner, Community Action Agency, if needed.

Visit Coas for Kids Here, and make a donation online!

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