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Whoopi Goldberg apologizes for controversial comments on Holocaust

Whoopi Goldberg has issued an apology after receiving backlash for her remarks about the Holocaust, after she seemingly doubled down in an interview with the The Sunday Times of London on comments she made earlier this year.  In the Sunday Times interview, Goldberg dished on cancel culture and more before reiterating the controversial comments she made earlier this year on The View, when she declared the Holocaust was “not about race,” but about “white supremacy” and “man’s inhumanity to man.”  As a result of those remarks, ABC News President Kin Godwin announced in a statement that Goldberg would be suspended from The View for two weeks.

In response to the Sunday Times interview, Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement that Goldberg’s comments “are deeply offensive and incredibly disappointing, especially given that this is not the first time she had made remarks like this. In a moment when antisemitic incidents have surged across the U.S., she should realize that making such ignorant statements can have real consequences.” Greenblatt also issued a statement following Goldberg’s initial comments about the Holocaust: “[Whoopi’s remarks] are deeply offensive and incredibly disappointing, especially given that this is not the first time she had made remarks like this. In a moment when antisemitic incidents have surged across the U.S., she should realize that making such ignorant statements can have real consequences.”

Goldberg has since apologized in a statement to Variety: “Recently while doing press in London, I was asked about my comments from earlier this year. I tried to convey to the reporter what I had said and why, and attempted to recount that time. It was never my intention to appear as if I was doubling down on hurtful comments, especially after talking with and hearing people like rabbis and old and new friends weighing in. I’m still learning a lot and believe me, I heard everything everyone said to me. I believe that the Holocaust was about race, and I am still as sorry now as I was then that I upset, hurt and angered people. My sincere apologies again, especially to everyone who thought this was a fresh rehash of the subject. I promise it was not. In this time of rising antisemitism, I want to be very clear when I say that I always stood with the Jewish people and always will. My support for them has not wavered and never will.”

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Barack Obama shares 2022 playlist featuring SZA, Lizzo, Bad Bunny and more

Former President Barack Obama has revealed his annual playlist of his favorite songs released in 2022. Among the 25 eclectic songs included on the 2022 edition of Obama’s list are Beyoncé, Lizzo, SZA and Bad Bunny, as well as Zach Bryan, Steve Lacy, and Omar Appollo.

Obama captioned a tweet  that also included a list of his picks: “I always enjoy sharing my end of year music playlist with all of you — and this year we heard a lot of great songs. Here are some of my favorites. Are there any songs or artists I should check out?”

Among the songs featured in his playlist are Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5”, Bad Bunny’s “Titi Me Pregunto,” and Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul.”  Newcomer Zach Bryan’s “Something in the Orange”, Maggie Rogers’ “That’s Where I Am”, and Burna Boy’s “Last Last” also made the list along with “POF” by Ari Lennox, “American Teenager” by Ethel Cain, “Communion in my Cup” by Tank and The Bangas, “Sunshine” by Steve Lacy, and “Shirt” by SZA.

In addition to his favorite songs, the former president also shared his favorite books of the year, a list topped by Michelle Obama‘s The Light We Carry, and his favorite movies of the year, including Top Gun: Maverick, Descendant, Tár, and more.

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Avalanche in Colorado buries 2 snowboarders, killing 1

An avalanche caught four snowboarders on Berthoud Pass west of Denver, burying two and killing one. The 44-year-old victim was the first person to die in an avalanche in Colorado this winter  He and another snowboarder were fully buried when a slope near Winter Park fell. The slope, referred to as “Nitro Chute,” was located at about 11,500 feet.

The Grand County Sheriff’s Office said bystanders and family members were able to rescue one snowboarder but the 44-year-old was dead on the scene. The sheriff’s office shared in a press release“The second subject, a 44-year-old male, was located and unfortunately, lifesaving measures performed by bystanders were unsuccessful and the male was pronounced dead at the scene. The Coroner’s Office is working with the victim’s family. The decedent’s identity and cause and manner of death will be released by the coroner when appropriate.”

The avalanche on Berthoud Pass was one of several triggered by riders on east-facing slopes the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (“CAIC”) was alerted of on Monday. A snowboarder in the same area of the pass triggered an avalanche earlier in the day. Several areas, including Park Range, Grand Mesa, Elk and West Elk Mountains, and the San Juan Mountains, are in an avalanche watch due to “very dangerous avalanche conditions” developing from Tuesday night into Thursday. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center tweeted: “You can trigger large and dangerous avalanches from below slopes or from a distance so be aware of steep slopes overhead or nearby parties. The most dangerous areas are wind-loaded, easterly aspects near and above the treeline.”

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Supreme Court keeps in place Trump-era Title 42 immigration policy

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday in a 5-4 vote that it will put off its decision on whether or not it will end Title 42 until at least June 2023, leaving the immigration rule in place until then. The court may consider arguments, largely from Republican-led states, seeking to keep Title 42 in place.  Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch was the only conservative to join three liberal justices in voting against a stay. With the decision, the court will begin hearings on Title 42 in February, with the expectation of making a ruling by the end of June.

Title 42 was established in 1944 to allow the government authority to reject migrants as a way to stop the transmission of contagious diseases. Former President Donald Trump enacted Title 42 in 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic was on the rise worldwide. With the rule in place, migrants, including some who may otherwise be able to start the process of seeking asylum in the United States, are instead deported in a much quicker manner. President Joe Biden attempted to end Title 42 after pressure from asylum seekers, human rights organizations and a federal judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Nineteen attorneys general from Republican-led states joined to file an emergency motion to keep Title 42 in place.  Justice Gorsuch joined Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson with the opinion that the court should not act as “policymakers of last resort.”  He wrote: “Even if at the end of it all we find that the States are permitted to intervene, and even if the States manage on remand to demonstrate that the Title 42 orders were lawfully adopted, the emergency on which those orders were premised has long since lapsed. The current border crisis is not a COVID crisis.”

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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles to host reality show ‘Farmer Wants a Wife’

Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles is set to host the latest FOX reality dating show, titled ‘Farmer Wants a Wife,’ set to premiere on March 8, 2023.

The premise of the show surrounds four farmers looking for love and Nettles will help them find it. Farmer Wants a Wife will see the bachelors or bachelorettes in question bring a group of dates to their respective ranches where they will offer a look at daily life on the farm. Contestants vying for love will leave their city lives behind in the hopes of winning over their farmer. The show poses the question: How much of your life are you willing to change for love?

FOX Entertainment President of Programming Allison Wallach said in a statement: “We found the perfect pairing in Jennifer, a multi-talented entertainer who’s a little country, a little big city and huge on heart and humor, making her the perfect choice for wrangling romance in the heartland.” 

Meanwhile the country duo Sugarland (fronted by Nettles alongside guitarist Kristian Bush) celebrated their 20th anniversary as a band this year. The pair were on hiatus before reuniting at the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards in 2017, where they announced their regrouping to work on new music. In 2018, they released their sixth studio album, Bigger.

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Zach Bryan drops album ‘All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster’ to combat high ticket prices

Rising country music star Zach Bryan surprise dropped a new album, a collection of live tracks titled, “All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster (Live at Red Rocks).”  The album marks Bryan’s third release this year.

In a social media post announcing the album, Bryan wrote that it “seems there is a massive issue with fair ticket prices to live shows lately,” going on to say that he will play a limited number of headline shows next year for which he’s done all he can “to make prices as cheap as possible and to prove to people tickets don’t have to cost $450 to see a good and honest show.”.  Bryan added that he believes “working class people should still be able to afford tickets to shows,” continuing to say that he is “so tired of people saying things can’t be done about this massive issue while huge monopoly sit there stealing money.”

Bryan is not the only musician to run into Ticketmaster issues. In July, Bruce Springsteen fans were angered over ticket prices for his upcoming tour, with Ticketmaster’s “dynamic pricing” system causing some seats to reach $4000 to $5000 per person. And earlier this month, over two dozen Taylor Swift fans sued Ticketmaster parent Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. over the pop star’s recent chaotic tour sale, claiming the ticketing giant violated antitrust laws.

Zach Bryan Vows Low Tour Ticket Prices, Nyah-Nyahs Ticketmaster In New Album Title

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Netflix’s first livestreamed comedy ‘Chris Rock: Selective Outrage’ to debut in March

Netflix announced that the Chris Rock comedy special titled “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage” will be “the first-ever Netflix live streamed global event”. The show will be filmed in Baltimore, and stream at 7 p.m. Pacific on March 4. The streaming service announced that additional details would be shared soon.

Netflix has already been expanding its live comedy specials and held its Netflix Is a Joke festival in Los Angeles in April. Rock has been busy touring over the last year, and his “Chris Rock: Selective Outrage” will be his first since 2018’s “Tamborine,” which was also featured on Netflix.

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Ariana Grande sends Christmas gifts to children in Manchester, England hospitals

Five years after a deadly bombing at her concert in Manchester, England, Ariana Grande continues to give back to the community. Per Manchester Evening News, Grande once again sent gifts to children spending their holidays in a hospital.

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity shared photos,” on Twitter from Christmas Day of dozens of gifts surrounding a Christmas tree with a caption reading: “Thank you Ariana! We were so excited to receive Christmas gifts for young patients across our hospitals from Ariana Grande.”  The charity added that the gifts were distributed to babies, children and teens at several hospitals around Manchester.

This isn’t the first time Grande has sent gifts to kids spending Christmas in a Manchester hospital. In 2021, she reportedly gave 1,000 presents to make sure each child got two gifts, while in 2020 she donated an Amazon voucher to every child at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Manchester Royal Infirmary.

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Fourth electrical substation found vandalized in Washington State on Christmas

Officials confirmed that a fourth electrical substation in Washington state was found vandalized on Christmas Day, this coming after three others were attacked earlier in the day which left thousands without power. According to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office, the vandals broke into a fenced area and destroyed equipment at the substation which caused a fire. First responders put out the fire and power was later restored, but as of press time officials say that no suspects have been taken into custody.

Earlier on Christmas Day, thousands of residents woke up with no power after three other substations were vandalized in the early morning hours.  The first substation was vandalized at about 5:30 a.m. Sunday followed by a second substation, according to Tacoma Public Utilities. Meanwhile, Puget Sound Energy reported vandalism that had happened at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday caused a power outage at one of its substations. Roughly 7,700 customers lost power, but had it restored by 5 a.m.

After the latest act of vandalism, it was reported that more than 10,500 Puget Sound Energy customers were without electricity across the region as of Monday morning. In all four cases, the sheriff’s office says someone forced their way into the fenced area surrounding the substations and damaged equipment to cause a power outage. However, it remains unclear at this time if all four instances are connected.

Several power stations have been attacked in Washington and Oregon in the last month. The attacks come as federal officials are warning that the U.S. power grid needs better security to prevent domestic terrorism, particularly after two substations were taken out by gunfire in North Carolina earlier this month leaving 40,000 people without electricity.

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Southwest Airlines cancels thousands of flights, leaving customers stranded

The widespread winter storm across the nation has now caused thousands of flight cancellations for Southwest Airlines, leaving customers stranded, perhaps for days.  According to flight-tracking website FlightAware, approximately two-thirds of Southwest’s flights were canceled as of Monday afternoon, the most of any other airline. FlightAware said that 2,700 Southwest flights were canceled, and another 700 were delayed.  The Federal Department of Transportation said it would investigate the mass cancellations by Southwest, stating they were “concerned by Southwest Airlines’ disproportionate and unacceptable rate of cancellations and delays as well as the failure to properly support customers experiencing a cancellation or delay … As more information becomes available the Department will closely examine whether cancellations were controllable and whether Southwest is complying with its customer service plan as well as all other pertinent DOT rules.”

In a statement Monday, Southwest offered their “heartfelt apologies,” and said that its geography made it “uniquely vulnerable to the storm,” with half of the airports in which it flies affected by winter weather. The statement read: “We were fully staffed and prepared for the approaching holiday weekend when the severe weather swept across the continent, where Southwest is the largest carrier in 23 of the top 25 travel markets in the U.S. This forced daily changes to our flight schedule at a volume and magnitude that still has the tools our teams use to recover the airline operating at capacity. We anticipate additional changes with an already reduced level of flights as we approach the coming New Year holiday travel period.”

Southwest CEO Bob Jordan said in an internal message on Sunday that was reported by several media outlets:  “Part of what we’re suffering is a lack of tools. We’ve talked an awful lot about modernizing the operation, and the need to do that.”  In addition, Southwest spokesperson Chris Perry said the airline’s online booking and check-in systems are still operating, but were also jammed because of “abnormally high” volumes of traffic on their site and that they were “re-accommodating as many Customers as possible based on available space.”

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