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Teacher holds snow-day English class live on Facebook

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — An English teacher at Raleigh-Egypt High School in Memphis didn't let a few snow days keep her from helping students with their class assignment.

Candous Brown took to Facebook Wednesday morning for a live teaching session with about 40 of her students, according to WREG.

It was Brown's first shot at Facebook live and she says after the initial jitters it was like a walk in the park.

"This is my first time going live. I've never done this before. Hopefully y'all can hear me," Brown said on Facebook Live.

Brown's students have been on "snow break" since Tuesday and needed some help with a class assignment.

"A couple of kids had sent a message saying they were trying to do their work while the break was still on. and that they were confused about some of the questions. and they requested a lesson live over Facebook," Brown said.

Pretty soon there were 40 students taking part in the Facebook class.

Brown made it clear up front they shouldn't be fooled by her kitty-kat pajamas and that she was still very much in charge.

"I'm not about to play this game about not having a pencil and you better have your book," Brown said.

Brown says her students are reading "Guns, Germs and Steel" by Jared Diamond and had what are called "text-dependent questions."

"The text-dependent actually help them progress through the test to make sure they understand any probing questions they may have about the text I can go ahead and clarify them," Brown said.

Brown believes the Facebook live class was a huge success but gives her students all the credit.

"For them to actually have the drive and determination the will to actually want to do this outside of school? I'm proud of them I'll say that I'm very proud of them,"

This isn't Brown's first dip in the Facebook pool. In October she turned a popular rap song into a motivational tool after some her students misbehaved while on a field trip.

The full list of the 2018 SAG Awards winners

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(CNN) — The 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards are Sunday, and we’ll be updating this list of winners throughout the night.

Winners are indicated below by an asterisk and the word WINNER.


Motion Picture Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role

Timothee Chalamet, “Call Me by Your Name”

James Franco, “The Disaster Artist”

Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”

Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour” *WINNER

Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Judi Dench, “Victoria & Abdul”

Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”

Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”

Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

Steve Carell, “Battle of the Sexes”

Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”

Woody Harrelson,”Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”

Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”

Hong Chau, “Downsizing”

Holly Hunter, “The Big Sick”

Allison Janney, “I, Tonya” *WINNER

Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture

“The Big Sick”

“Get Out”

“Lady Bird”


“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” *WINNER

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture

“Baby Driver”



“Wonder Woman” *WINNER

“War for the Planet of the Apes”

Television Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”

Jeff Daniels, “Godless”

Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”

Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”

Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies” *WINNER

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies” *WINNER

Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”

Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”

Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”

Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series

Jason Bateman, “Ozark”

Sterling K. Brown, “This Is Us” *WINNER

Peter Dinklage, “Game of Thrones”

David Harbour, “Stranger Things”

Bob Odenkirk, “Better Call Saul”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series

Millie Bobby Brown, “Stranger Things”

Claire Foy, “The Crown” *WINNER

Elisabeth Moss, “The Handmaid’s Tale”

Robin Wright, “House of Cards”

Laura Linney, “Ozark”

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series

Anthony Anderson, “Black-ish”

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”

Larry David, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Sean Hayes, “Will & Grace”

William H. Macy, “Shameless” *WINNER

Marc Maron, “GLOW”

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series

Uzo Aduba, “Orange Is the New Black”

Alison Brie, “GLOW”

Jane Fonda, “Grace and Frankie”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, “Veep” *WINNER

Lily Tomlin, “Grace and Frankie”

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

“The Crown”

“Game of Thrones”

“The Handmaid’s Tale”

“Stranger Things”

“This Is Us” *WINNER

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series


“Curb Your Enthusiasm”


“Orange is the New Black”

“Veep” *WINNER

Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series

“Game of Thrones” *WINNER



“Stranger Things”

“The Walking Dead”

Deal reached to reopen government

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(CNN) — Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced Monday that he and Senate GOP leaders have reached a deal to reopen the government, and the chamber is on track to pass a plan to keep the government funded for three weeks.

“We will vote today to reopen the government,” Schumer said on the Senate floor, saying he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had reached an “arrangement.” The Senate is now voting on the proposal to keep the government open until February 8 and it is expected to pass.

The movement comes thanks in part to commitments from McConnell and other Republicans in bipartisan meetings, according to four Democratic sources. Those sources say at least three Democratic senators who were no’s before now plan to vote yes.

After the bill passes through the Senate, it will then go back to the House. House GOP lawmakers are largely united and it is expected to pass. But without a guarantee that the House will take up the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is planning to vote no, according to a senior Democratic source. That source said a large chunk of Democratic caucus is expected to remain opposed, but GOP leaders feel confident they won’t need much help approving the latest stopgap bill.

The vote comes several hours after the workday for hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal employees was supposed to have begun, and it comes three days after the government officially shut down Friday at midnight. Many of the shutdown’s full effects were less visible during the weekend, when much of the federal workforce would typically be off anyway.

“I don’t think this is the right way to get policy outcomes is to shut the government down. When we tried it, it didn’t work well for us,” GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told reporters, appearing alongside GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Jeff Flake of Arizona. “Here’s what I predict. Once we start talking about immigration and voting on immigration, we’ll find 60 votes to make sure these DACA recipients’ lives are not ruined by March 5.”

The Senate vote was moved from 1 a.m. ET Monday to noon after it became clear Democrats would block the spending bill over disagreements on a variety of issues, most notably what do about young people affected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said he thought Schumer of New York agreed to push back the vote to give his caucus “a chance to chew” on a GOP proposal to break the impasse.

“It’s better to have a successful vote tomorrow at noon than a failed vote tonight,” Cornyn told reporters.

A senior Republican aide told CNN Monday that McConnell wasn’t planning to provide any firmer commitment on immigration than he already has.

“If that’s not enough for Democrats, then we’re in this for the long haul,” the aide said. “If it’s enough for Flake, and Graham, and Collins — who want this done as much as they do — it should be enough for Democrats.”

Flake said Sunday night he was now a “yes” on the funding bill and it was his hope that six or seven more moderate Democrats would come on board to get the continuing resolution over the finish line — to 60 votes — to end the shutdown.

He said the Democrats still want something tangible on DACA but said it was problematic because it could run into the February 8 funding deadline.

He argued that they won a concession from McConnell that he isn’t requiring President Donald Trump to sign off before an immigration bill moves to the floor.

“For the first time, we have the majority leader move off of we can only move something if the President agrees,” Flake told reporters.

Earlier Sunday, Trump called for Senate Republicans to change the chamber’s rules to resolve the funding impasse as the government shutdown continued into its second day. He tweeted a call for McConnell to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” and thereby remove leverage for Senate Democrats.

Senate rules impose a threshold of 60 votes to break a filibuster, and Senate Republicans currently hold a slim majority of 51 votes, meaning even if they can unite their members, they need nine more votes to end debate. The White House is calling for the Senate to change its rules and move the threshold to a simple majority of 51 votes.

A spokesman for McConnell said in response to the tweet that the Senate Republican Conference does not support changing the 60-vote rule, a reiteration of Republican Senate leadership’s already-stated opposition to the move Trump has called for over the past year.

Madison Keys plays her way into Australian Open quarterfinals

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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — American Madison Keys has played her way into Australian Open quarterfinals.

The No. 17 seed cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win over eighth-seeded Caroline Garcia.

Keys hasn’t dropped a set at Melbourne Park and is averaging just over one hour per match as she tries to reach a second straight Grand Slam final.

Man accused of trying to rob Subway restaurant arrested within 10 minutes

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STERLING, Illinois -- A man accused of trying to rob a Subway restaurant armed with a knife was captured just 10 minutes after police were called.

Police were told that a masked man came into the East Lincolnway business with a knife and demanded money from the workers, according to a statement from the Sterling Police Department.  The call came into police at 2:24 p.m.

According to the statement, Joshua L. Tabor took off on foot after his "demand for money was denied by employees."   Police said good Samaritans had reported seeing a man matching the suspect's description running near Riverside Cemetery.  At 2:34 p.m. Tabor was arrested in Riverside Cemetery.

Police said evidence, including the weapon that was displayed, was recovered at the scene.

Tabor was taken to the Sterling Police Department and then the an area hospital for a medical emergency.   There was no word on Tabor's condition.

Weather Channel co-founder dies; doubted climate science

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — John Coleman, who co-founded The Weather Channel and was the original meteorologist on ABC’s “Good Morning America” during a six-decade broadcasting career but who later drew people’s anger for his open skepticism about climate change being man-made, has died. He was 83.

Coleman died Saturday night at home in Las Vegas, said his wife, Linda Coleman, who did not give the cause of his death.The Texas native got his first TV job while still a student at the University of Illinois. He worked at several local stations in Chicago and the Midwest before joining “GMA” when it launched in 1975, staying with the program for seven years.

He served as CEO of The Weather Channel for about a year after helping launch it in 1981.

Two years later the American Meteorological Society named Coleman its broadcast meteorologist of the year.

Coleman went to work at TV stations in New York and in Chicago before landing at KUSI-TV in San Diego, where he spent 20 years as a weatherman before retiring in 2014. Jason Austell, an anchor for the station’s “Good Morning San Diego,” tweeted that Coleman was “a beloved meteorologist.”

National Weather Service forecaster Alex Tardy said Coleman’s death was “a big loss for the weather community.”

“He brought a lot of energy and color and enthusiasm to forecasting,” Tardy said. “My kids loved watching him on TV.”

Coleman also drew anger during the later years of his career for his doubts that humans caused global warming, which he called a “hoax” and a “scam.” In a 2013 KUSI news segment, Coleman, while talking about a global warming study, chastised national media for reporting on it from “an environmental point of view and their continuing liberal, political agenda.”

His views combined with his weatherman background led to appearances on cable news outlets discussing climate change.

Tardy said Coleman never tried to push his skepticism about climate change being man-made.

“We had good talks,” Tardy told the San Diego Union-Tribune . “I enjoyed it.”

Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose, medical examiner finds

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LOS ANGELES – Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose, his family said in a statement after speaking with the L.A. County Coroner’s office.

According to the medical examiner, Petty died of “multi-system organ failure” caused by “mixed drug toxicity.”  An examination on October 3, 2017 found fentanyl, oxycodone, temazepam, alprazolam, citalopram, acetylfentanyl and despropionyl fentanyl in his system.

Petty was also suffering from coronary artery atherosclerosis and emphysema.

The music legend’s family issued a statement saying that Petty  had been touring for 53 dates with a fractured hip that developed into a full break. According to the statement, he was informed on the day he died.

“It is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication,” they said.

His family added:

“On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career.”

Petty was 66.

See the family’s full statement below:

Our family sat together this morning with the Medical Examiner – Coroner’s office and we were informed of their final analysis that Tom Petty passed away due to an accidental drug overdose as a result of taking a variety of medications.

Unfortunately Tom’s body suffered from many serious ailments including emphysema, knee problems and most significantly a fractured hip.

Despite this painful injury he insisted on keeping his commitment to his fans and he toured for 53 dates with a fractured hip and, as he did, it worsened to a more serious injury.

On the day he died he was informed his hip had graduated to a full on break and it is our feeling that the pain was simply unbearable and was the cause for his over use of medication.

We knew before the report was shared with us that he was prescribed various pain medications for a multitude of issues including Fentanyl patches and we feel confident that this was, as the coroner found, an unfortunate accident.

As a family we recognize this report may spark a further discussion on the opioid crisis and we feel that it is a healthy and necessary discussion and we hope in some way this report can save lives. Many people who overdose begin with a legitimate injury or simply do not understand the potency and deadly nature of these medications.

On a positive note we now know for certain he went painlessly and beautifully exhausted after doing what he loved the most, for one last time, performing live with his unmatchable rock band for his loyal fans on the biggest tour of his 40 plus year career. He was extremely proud of that achievement in the days before he passed.

We continue to mourn with you and marvel at Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ incredible positive impact on music and the world. And we thank you all for your love and support over the last months.

Thank you also for respecting the memory of a man who was truly great during his time on this planet both publicly and privately.

We would be grateful if you could respect the privacy of the entire Heartbreaker family during this difficult time.

Dana Petty and Adria Petty

A statement from the Petty Family is available at

— Tom Petty (@tompetty) January 20, 2018

Related: Over 88,000 honor Tom Petty by singing ‘I Won’t Back Down’ at Florida game

Sheriff: Man mistakes bank drive-thru for Taco Bell, gets DUI after ordering burrito

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SPRING HILL, Fla. – An allegedly intoxicated Florida driver looking for a bite to eat ended up with a DUI after mistaking a bank drive-thru for Taco Bell, according to WFTS.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office got a call Wednesday afternoon from a Bank of America manager reporting an intoxicated man passed out behind the wheel, who had been blocking access to the ATM.

The caller said that, after repeated attempts to rouse the Tampa man, later identified by police as 28-year-old Douglas Francisco, the driver finally woke up and tried to order a burrito.

Deputies found Francisco still in the bank parking lot in Spring Hill, sitting in a blue Hyundai with the engine running, according to WTSP. Francisco apparently “made several statements that were differing with reality.”

Francisco also had oxycodone and aplrazolam with him, but he had a prescription for both, WTSP reported.

Company says safety shield fatally injured worker

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AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Ames company where a worker was fatally injured says a safety device fell on him.

Danfoss Power Solutions said in a news release Sunday that a preliminary investigation determined that a safety hood on a motor testing operation struck 45-year-old John Lavery. The Ames resident died about 4 p.m. Thursday at the hydraulic motors plant.

The company says it is replacing all the other safety hoods with a new design that the company says will prevent similar accidents.

Federal officials have joined the accident investigation.

Government shutdown: Some parks and monuments may be closed

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(CNN) — How does the US federal government shutdown affect you? Not every federally funded agency, program and service will grind to a halt — just those considered nonessential.

So if you had plans to visit any national parks, monuments or museums, some will be closed.

Here’s a look at how they might be impacted:

National parks

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Sunday tourist spots should not “be weaponized” and he has decided to keep many national parks open.

Zinke’s decision to leave open as many park gates as possible means about two-thirds of the 417 national parks are still open to the public, according to the National Parks Conservation Association, an advocacy group.

Open-air parks, with their hiking trails and sprawling scenery, will largely remain open but will have limited services as about 21,000 of the park service’s 24,000 staff members will be furloughed. Law enforcement personnel considered essential will be working, but rangers, gift shop and restroom staff will not, for example.

Yosemite National Park will remain open with reduced services. The Grand Canyon is also accessible with businesses operating but NPS facilities closed.

Yellowstone National Park said the park was still accessible but government-run operations and facilities are closed. “Visitors can also access commercial services in the interior of the park (e.g. at Old Faithful) only as long as concessioners provide funds for road grooming,” it said on its website.

Rocky Mountain National Park said it was still accessible but with limited services and visitors would be entering at their own risk. “Park visitors are advised to use extreme caution if choosing to enter Rocky Mountain National Park, as National Park Service personnel will not be available to provide guidance or assistance. Emergency services will be limited,” it said.

Everglades National Park, Biscayne National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, and Big Cypress National Preserve are accessible with limited services.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial said NPS facilities were closed but concession facilities were operating, including parking, food and beverages and restrooms.

All of Boston’s National Parks are shut, the Boston National Historical Park said on Twitter.

On its website, the Bureau of Land Management, also run by the Department of the Interior, said “the majority of BLM managed lands remain accessible to visitors; however access may change without notice.” It said its website would not be updated and there would be no visitor services at its sites.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service, which has 566 refuges and 38 wetland management districts, said refuges requiring the presence of a federal employee or contractor would be closed.

The Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR tweeted that First Creek Trail and perimeter trails would remain open, but it later said the majority of the refuge would be inaccessible due to an approaching storm and the inability to maintain roads and provide safe public access.


The National Park System also includes buildings such as Ford’s Theater in Washington, where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, and Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. Those buildings will be closed.

In Atlanta, the Ebenezer Baptist Church is closed, but the King Center — part of the same MLK National Historical Park — tweeted that it was still open.

“We welcome your visits and pray/advocate for an expedient, humane conclusion to the government shutdown,” the center said.

The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum said it would continue to operate normally — though no National Park rangers would be on site. “While the Memorial is an affiliated site of the National Park Service, it is privately owned and operated by the Oklahoma City National Memorial Foundation,” it said.

The Manhattan Project tweeted: “Some @MnhtnProjectNPS areas may be accessible, however access may change without notice, and there are no NPS-provided services,” it said.

NASA has closed off tours.

Open for business

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement Sunday that the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island would reopen Monday.

The state is using its tourism budget to fully fund personnel and operational costs at $65,000 per day, Cuomo said.

“The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom and opportunity for all, and it is a gross injustice that this administration’s dysfunction caused it to shut down,” he said. “New York State will not allow the vitriol of Washington to close the Statue of Liberty.”

The Smithsonian said in a tweet that “its museums, research centers, and the National Zoo” will be open Monday.

“The Smithsonian can use prior year funds still available to us to do so. We will update our status beyond Monday as soon as we know,” the tweet said.

President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. tweeted that it would be open despite the shutdown.

It even offered federal employees a discount, saying: “Federal employees, all this week we’re running a deal. Bring your federal ID/business card and tickets are $12.50 #GovShutdown.”

Washington D.C.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said Friday the city plans to help the federal government maintain the National Mall.

“I’ve called on my agencies, where we are able, to step in for the federal government,” she said in a news conference.

“The National Mall is operated by the National Park Service, and there are many other National Park Service properties throughout Washington, D.C. … we will step in and ensure litter and trash are picked up along the National Mall to keep the nation’s front yard clean of debris.”

Arlington National Cemetery also will remain open during the shutdown.

House fire breaks out in Mercer County

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MERCER COUNTY, Illinois -- Firefighters were called to a house fire just after 10 p.m. Sunday, January 21st.

US 67 from Preemption to Viola is closed while crews fight the fire.

No word on whether anyone was inside the home, or if anyone was injured. Two ambulances were at the scene.

This is a developing story.

The Score Sunday – Annaan BB, Alex Tanney, Gage Williams, FCA

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The Scoer Sunday features the Annawan Boys basketball team as they are off to a 15-2 start ranked 4th in the latest 1A polls.  Alex Tanney, Tennessee Titans Quarterback, talks about his season in the NFL, his passing academy and being a new dad.  Gage Williams, a sophomore at Kewanee High School, keeps inspiring his teammates as he makes shot after shot on the basketball court.  The FCA story of the week features Bob McKee and Steve Peart.

Loved ones hold balloon release for missing Oneida woman

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ONEIDA Illinois– It’s been a little over 2 years since Megan Foglesong’s disappearance and her family still has no clue what happened to her.

“We want answers it’s all we want is some answers,” said Elaine Lykes, Megan’s grandmother.

Megan’s birthday was on January 20th, she would have turned 24 years-old.

On Sunday January 21st her family and friends gathered at the Oneida softball complex for a balloon release.

“Megan was a very outgoing person,” said Lykes.

“I love her and I wish she would come home soon so that way she can be here with all of us today,” said longtime friend Morgan Wilckens, .

They also brought candles and cupcakes and wore shirts with messages of support. Orange and blue balloons were released in the air, the colors represented the softball team Megan was on, Midwest Bandits.

Megan grew up in Oneida, Illinois and attended high school there. She went missing between late November or December in 2015 in Alden, Kansas. 

“We’ve been out there 3 or 4 times searching for her body. We can’t find any of her personal belongings or anything,” said Lykes.

Her case was being investigated as foul play. Last year a search warrant was executed by the Rice County Sheriff’s Office. But no charges were filed. 

“Somebody out there in Alden, Kansas knows something come forth and let us have peace in our family that’s what I want peace and to bring her home,” said Lykes.

Her case was turned over to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, but her family says there have been no new leads on her whereabouts.

“You pray every night you pray every morning. You ask the lord to please bring her home to her family and friends. Give us some answers give us clues of where she’s at,” said Lykes.




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