Brady: ‘Hand Isn’t Where I’d Like it to Be’

Brady's hand injury was rumored to be anything from a scratch to ligament sprain. Whatever it was, Brady and the Patriots expected about a three week recovery period. That would be right in time for the Super Bowl. Today the Patriots QB admitted that his hand isn't as far along as he would like. But he also cited that it... Read More

Seine River Bursts its Banks in Paris After Days of Non-Stop Rain.

Exceptionally heavy rains have caused power outages and forced about 400 evacuations from homes in the suburbs along the Seine. The flooded banks of the Seine River in Paris leave trees and street lamps partially submerged after days of almost non-stop rain caused flooding in the country, on Jan. 27, 2018. The Seine and Marne rivers overflowed their banks, prompting... Read More

There’s Another Bad Virus Going Around that is Not the Flu

Adenovirus looks like Flu, Acts like Flu, but it's not Influenza It looks like flu. It feels like flu. It even puts patients into the hospital like flu can. There’s another virus out there that could be adding to the seasonal misery, but it’s not being identified. The virus is called adenovirus, and it can cause very severe flu-like symptoms.... Read More

Panera Recalls Cream Cheese from all U.S. Stores over Listeria Fears

Panera Bread, the soup-and-sandwiches restaurant chain found in shopping centers across the country, said it would recall cream cheese products sold in its U.S. cafes over possible Listeria contamination. The bakery-café chain went ahead with the recall after samples of one type of 2-ounce cream cheese from a single production day tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes, Panera... Read More

J.J. Watt Celebrates Hurricane Harvey Survivors’ Return Home

HOUSTON - Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, and on Friday, he showed how one family benefited from those efforts. Watt shared a touching video on Facebook with this message: We got to move the Leonard family back into their home today and this moment right here is EVERYTHING! This is what you all... Read More

GRAMMYs 2018: Best, Worst and Weirdest Moments

The 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards are in the books! It was a relatively tame night on Sunday evening, with Bruno Mars completing the trifecta with Album, Song and Record of the Year GRAMMY wins. But the GRAMMYs, hosted by James Corden, aren't all about the awards. it's also an opportunity to showcase singing chops, dance moves and pulling off the ultimate surprise. Though the night... Read More

‘Mini Murals’ to Go Up Around Houston

45 New Artists Selected to Expand Number of Murals Across Houston HOUSTON - Houston residents are about to see more colorful "mini-murals" on street-side traffic signal control cabinets across town. City officials said it selected 45 new artists to expand the number of murals across the Complete Communities pilot neighborhoods of Acres Home, Gulfton, Near Northside, East End, Central Southwest,... Read More

Eagles Owner Grateful to be Underdogs Again

In the NFC Championship game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 21, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Eagles owner Jeff Lurie wasn’t going to wear any rubber dog masks. But he’s definitely happy that his team is not favored in the Super Bowl. Via Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia, Lurie exulted in the fact the Patriots are favored by anywhere from... Read More

Here’s How the Flu Virus Kills Some People so Quickly

A 10-year-old Connecticut boy died of flu. So did a 21-year-old bodybuilder, and 4-year-old Jonah Reiben of Dayton, Ohio. These are not the usual sick and elderly people who die from influenza. But every year, flu carries away perfectly healthy young adults and children, and tens of thousands of people over 65. Influenza virus CDC How does flu kill, and... Read More

Neil Diamond Retires from Touring after Parkinson’s Diagnosis

Neil Diamond, the pop music craftsman who ranks among the best-selling musical artists in history, is retiring from concert touring because of Parkinson's disease, he said Monday. Diamond, who turns 77 on Wednesday, revealed the recent diagnosis in a statement on his website announcing the cancellation of his March tour dates in Australia and New Zealand. It is with great... Read More

Tsunami Alerts Canceled for West Coast after 7.9 Magnitude Quake

A tsunami watch issued early Tuesday for coastal areas from Washington state to California was canceled nearly three hours after a magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck the Gulf of Alaska and prompted precautionary calls to evacuate to higher ground in southern Alaska. Tsunami watches were also canceled for the Canadian province of British Columbia and Hawaii, although a tsunami advisory remained... Read More

Schumer’s Rare Double-Buckle on the Shutdown Infuriates Liberals

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell doesn't smile much. But as the Kentucky Republican sat in his chair on the Senate floor Monday, listening to Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., announce that Democrats would vote to reopen the federal government, his lips spread into a nearly ear-to-ear grin. He looked like the cat that had just swallowed the Democratic... Read More

Super Bowl LII Tickets Set to be Costliest Ever

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Want tickets to see Tom Brady win his sixth Super Bowl ring -- or the Philadelphia Eagles their first title? Your wallet will take a linebacker-sized hit. The cheapest ticket on resale markets for the Patriots-Eagles Super Bowl is $4,370, according to TicketIQ. If Super Bowl LII ticket prices hold at Monday morning's level, they would... Read More

More than 20,000 Houstonians Attend Women’s March

  HOUSTON - More than 20,000 people marched through the streets of Houston to rally for women’s rights. The 2018 Houston Women’s March started on Sabine near Buffalo Bayou. Thousands marched in unison to City Hall. The focus of this year’s march is getting folks excited and engaged in the 2018 elections,” said co-organizer Robin Paoli. “We’ve got four ‘C’ words... Read More

Influenza Might be Spread Simply by Breathing

The flu virus might be spread not only by coughing and sneezing, but also simply by breathing, researchers say in a new report. That may not sound surprising, but the common wisdom among flu experts has been that flu was not an airborne virus but only spread by fairly large droplets, from coughing or sneezing. The new study found clear... Read More

‘SNL’ Lampoons Trump on Government Shutdown, Medical Exam

"Saturday Night Live" took aim at President Donald Trump on the anniversary of his taking office by mocking the government shutdown, his first medical exam as president and reports of an alleged extramarital affair with an adult movie actress in 2006. The episode kicked off with White House White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (Aidy Bryant) speaking at a... Read More

Delta Sets New Guidelines on Service Animals Allowed on Board

Delta Air Lines is tightening the leash on service and emotional support animals, requiring human passengers to hand over more information about their pets before everyone gets cozy in coach. Reports of animals urinating and defecating or biting have spiked some 84 percent in the last few years, forcing Delta to get tougher on some of the roughly 250,000 service... Read More

Senate Advances Measure to End Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON — The three-day government shutdown is on the verge of ending after enough Senate Democrats joined Republicans to advance a three-week extension of funding in exchange for GOP assurances that Congress would take up a larger immigration bill in that time. The stopgap funding measure, which needed 60 votes to clear a key procedural hurdle, was approved 81 to... Read More

The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Turns its Focus to the Ballot Box

The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ Turns a Year Old — and Grows Up WASHINGTON — The pink "pussy hat" is in a museum collection, protesters have left the airports, and George Orwell's "1984" has fallen back off the best-seller list. But the energy behind the anti-Donald Trump protests that exploded a year ago, which turned everything from T-shirts to yoga into a... Read More

Excitement as Early Blood Test for 8 Types of Cancer Advances

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now. Many groups are working on liquid biopsy tests, which look for DNA and other things that tumors shed into blood, to try to find cancer before it spreads, when chances... Read More

Will Wall Street Take a Dive if the Government Shuts Down?

How will Wall Street React if the Government Shuts Down — and is Your 401(k) Safe? A government shutdown could jolt the market’s rise, but investment experts caution against investors — especially those with long-term investments in retirement accounts — making any sudden moves, even if stocks do. In spite of the recent passage of tax cut legislation that helped... Read More

Frozen, Bursting Pipes cause Drought-like Conditions in Galveston

  GALVESTON, Texas - The City of Galveston was flooded with thousands of phone calls Wednesday and Thursday as the city was experiencing issues related to freezing temperatures, according to a Facebook post. City employees and local plumbers were working together to assist residents throughout the island, it said. The city is "prepared to forgive any excess use due to the inclement... Read More

Gordon Scores 30 as Rockets Beat Timberwolves 116-98

HOUSTON - Eric Gordon scored 30 points to lead the Houston Rockets to a 116-98 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. James Harden returned to the Rockets' lineup after missing seven games with a left hamstring strain and finished with 10 points on 3-for-15 shooting, and added seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 26 minutes. Houston... Read More

Country Stars from Vegas Festival to Perform Grammys Tribute to Honor Victims

FILE - In this June 10, 2016 file photo, Eric Church performs at the CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. Country star Church struggled to hold back tears in a tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at a country music festival in Las Vegas and debuted a song he wrote in their honor called "Why... Read More

Federal Shutdown Drama Grows as Senate Stalls Spending Vote

House Republicans Pass Spending Bill to Avoid Shutdown, Prospects Dim in Senate WASHINGTON — House Republicans overcame a major obstacle late Thursday when the most conservative wing of the conference announced its support for the short-term spending measure to avoid a government shutdown. The measure passed the House on a mostly party line 230-197 vote. But the fate of the... Read More

EPA Eases Path for New Chemicals, Raising Fears of Health Hazards

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency is shifting course under the Trump administration on how it assesses new chemicals for health and environmental hazards, streamlining a safety review process that industry leaders say is too slow and cumbersome. But some former EPA officials, as well as experts and advocates, say the agency is skipping vital steps that protect the public... Read More

Winter Storm Kills at Least Eight People as it Paralyzes the South

At least eight people have been killed by icy weather paralyzing the South, which crippled transportation and left tens of thousands of customers without power, authorities and meteorologists said Wednesday. Almost 1,700 arrivals and departures were canceled or delayed by late Wednesday afternoon at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, which recorded 2.3 inches of snow Tuesday night and Wednesday. Hundreds... Read More

U2, Elton John, Kendrick Lamar among 2018 Grammys Performers

NEW YORK -- Even more all-star performers are headed to the Grammys later this month. U2 and Elton John are among the performers that will help celebrate music's biggest show at the 60th Grammy Awards. The Recording Academy announced Wednesday that U2 and Elton John, who will sing one of his classics with Miley Cyrus, will perform at the Jan. 28... Read More

Congress Scrambles to Avoid Shutdown as Trump Adds New Confusion

WASHINGTON — As Republicans in Congress scrambled Thursday to put together a short-term funding bill to avoid a government shutdown, President Donald Trump threw a new wrinkle into the mix, saying an extension of the children's health care insurance program should not be part of it. House GOP leaders have been confident that they have the votes to pass an... Read More

After Backlash Over ‘Monkey Hoodie’ Ad, H&M hires Diversity Leader

Swedish low-cost fashion brand H&M says it has appointed a diversity leader after having been accused of racism over an ad showing a black child dressed in a hoodie reading “coolest monkey in the jungle.” H&M first announced the appointment Tuesday on its Facebook page. In an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday, the retailer said Global Manager for... Read More

Could You Pass the Mental Test Trump Took?

What’s the Montreal Cognitive Assessment mental test Trump took? Can you recognize a lion? How about remembering a list of five words, right away and five minutes later? President Donald Trump can. He got all the usual tests as part of his annual physical exam as president. But he also added an extra exam — a cognitive screening test for... Read More

5 Flu-Related Deaths Confirmed in Houston Area

  HOUSTON - Two women in their 60s have died from the flu, according to the Houston Health Department. One woman died in November and the other died last month. Nearly 13 percent of the people showing up to emergency rooms are due to flu-like symptoms," said Porfirio Villarreal, spokesperson, city of Houston Health Department. Montgomery County health officials confirmed... Read More

Rockets’ Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green Suspended 2 Games Each for Entering Clippers Locker Room

HOUSTON - Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza and guard Gerald Green have each been suspended two games without pay following an incident that occurred after the Rockets 113-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night. The suspensions were announced by the league and follow its investigation that determined Ariza and Green entered the Clippers locker room immediately after... Read More

Another Hard Freeze Thursday, Warmup on the Way

  HOUSTON - Thursday begins with another hard freeze as temperatures sit in the mid-20s. A hard freeze warning has been issued for Harris County  until 9 a.m. There are still isolated icy areas on sidewalks and roads. Officials warn commuters to continue to use caution. The afternoon will bring a warmup with temperatures in the 40s. We'll see 70s by Saturday. A cold... Read More

Houston QB Kyle Allen to Enter NFL Draft

Houston Cougars quarterback Kyle Allen (10) will bypass his final season of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Houston quarterback Kyle Allen will skip his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft. To Texas A&M University and the University of Houston, thank you for giving an out of state kid with desire and love for the game... Read More

Keep These Cough Medicines Away from Kids

Cough medications that contain opioids like codeine should never be given by kids, and the medicines will now need to be labeled to make that clear, the Food and Drug Administration said Thursday. They’ll also carry bigger warnings about their dangers to adults, the FDA said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is requiring safety labeling changes for prescription cough... Read More

Talk of a Presidential Run could Aid Oprah’s Massive Empire

Oprah Winfrey has a $2.8-billion business empire that extends from Kraft Heinz convenience foods to an upcoming Disney movie, a magazine, a cable channel and a contract as a CBS News special contributor, to name just a few of her brands and ventures. All facets of Winfrey's world could get a boost if the chatter continues about a possible presidential... Read More

Facebook says Big Changes are Coming to Your News Feed

SAN FRANCISCO — When Facebook's two billion users scroll through their News Feeds in the coming weeks, they can expect to see more content from their friends and family, and less from businesses, brands and media, the company announced Thursday. The ultimate goal, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post, is to make people feel more positive about the time... Read More

Trump Denies Haiti Slur Amid Fallout from ‘Shithole’ Comment

President Donald Trump on Friday appeared to deny he insulted Haiti and African nations as "shithole countries" but admitted he used "tough" language during a discussion about an immigration deal with lawmakers. The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used," Trump tweeted. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal... Read More

Astros Trade for Pirates Starting Pitcher Gerrit Cole

HOUSTON - The Houston Astros and the Pittsburgh Pirates reached an agreement Wednesday over a trade involving Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, according to a report. MLB Network reporter Jon Morosi said in a series of tweets that the clubs reached an agreement, and are working to beat Friday’s trading deadline. The New York Post also reported the trade. It was... Read More

Trump: ‘Seems unlikely’ I’ll Need to Speak with Mueller

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Wednesday it "seems unlikely" that he'll have to meet with special counsel Robert Mueller about the investigation into allegations that Trump's campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election, repeatedly insisting there was “no collusion.” When they have no collusion…it seems unlikely that you'd even have an interview," Trump said during a press conference... Read More

Houston Council Approves City’s New Recycling Contract

HOUSTON - The Houston City Council on Wednesday approved the city’s new recycling contract with a company Mayor Sylvester Turner selected nearly seven months ago. The 15-year contract with FCC will allow residents to place glass and plastic bags in the recycling container. FCC will take over the recycling process when the company completes construction of a $23 million processing... Read More

New York City to Exxon: Pay Up for Climate Change Costs

 New York City delivered a powerful blow to the fossil fuel industry by launching a climate change lawsuit against the biggest oil companies and promising to dump billions of dollars of fossil fuel stocks. New York became the largest American city to sue Big Oil, demanding that ExxonMobil, Chevron (CVX), BP (BP), Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips (COP) pay... Read More

Ten to Watch in 2018

The new year is here and all across the country, people have begun making big moves. Check out these ten to watch on the local and national levels. Mayor Sylvester Turner Of course, Houston’s mayor tops the list. In the second year of his four-year term, Mayor Turner received national praise for his leadership with Hurricane Harvey and revamping the... Read More

Breaking Down Texans’ General Manager Candidates

The Texans already have interviewed two candidates for their open general manager spot. Owner Bob McNair has said he hopes to interview "four to six candidates" and have the position filled "within two weeks." The Texans have run into some roadblocks with the Patriots and Eagles denying them permission to interview some of their front office personnel, so the Texans... Read More

Next-Generation Wi-Fi is Finally Coming

Three months after a vulnerability called Krack exposed critical weaknesses in the systems that keep Wi-Fi secure, the industry group responsible for Wi-Fi said a new generation of easier-to-use and harder-to-break security will be introduced this year. The Wi-Fi Alliance — a consortium of tech giants that includes companies like Apple, Microsoft, Cisco and Intel — said in a statement... Read More

Too Soon to Blame Romaine Lettuce

It’s still too early to blame romaine lettuce for an outbreak of E. coli sickness that’s affected at least 57 people in Canada and the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. No new cases have been diagnosed since early December, but that doesn’t mean the outbreak is over, said Ian Williams, chief of the CDC's Outbreak Response... Read More

Luxe Montecito Caught Off Guard by Deadly River of Mud

Luxury Montecito Caught Off Guard by River of Mud and Debris in California Floods LOS ANGELES — In the days before the torrential rains came, authorities in the Southern California community of Montecito were worried that residents were suffering from “evacuation fatigue.” After fleeing last month’s record-setting wildfire they wondered if locals would go along with future directives to leave... Read More

Judge Blocks Trump Decision to End DACA Immigration Program

Federal Judge Temporarily Revives Part of DACA Immigration Program A federal judge on Tuesday night ordered the Trump administration to revive part of the program that protected people who were illegally brought to the United States as children from being deported, calling the administration's abrupt decision to end the program last year "arbitrary" and "capricious." The ruling came just hours... Read More

DACA, a Government Shutdown and Partisan Politics at Play

'It's a mess': DACA Negotiations hit a Snag Ahead of White House Meeting (CNN) - Republicans and Democrats will sit down with President Donald Trump in a bipartisan meeting Tuesday aimed at moving closer to protecting hundreds of thousands of immigrants from deportation, but a long-entrenched partisan divide over immigration policy and a looming budget deadline are threatening progress. Republican... Read More

Kendrick Lamar Brings his Political Message to College Football Championship

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 08: Rapper Kendrick Lamar performs during half time during 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Centennial Olympic Park on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images) (CNN) - Kendrick Lamar brought his pointed political message to the CFP National Championship halftime show on Monday night, but if fans were hoping... Read More

Minds That Matter Special Guest: Ali Velshi

Ali Velshi Tune in January 10th at 12PM CT for a special segment as George Willy hosts Minds That Matter with Special Guest, Ali Velshi. MSNBC Anchor and Business Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC.  Velshi has covered a wide range of breaking news events and global affairs throughout his career, including U.S. presidential elections, ISIL and the Syrian refugee... Read More

McGowan calls out Globes, “Hollywood Fakery”

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 07: (Top L-R) Activist Rosa Clemente, actors Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, Meryl Streep, (bottom L-R) activists Ai-jen Poo and Saru Jayaraman attend the 2018 InStyle and Warner Bros. 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by... Read More

Apple Investors Urge Action on iPhone Addiction Among Kids

Two activist investors are urging Apple to take steps to curb how addictive iPhones are to children. Their motives aren't purely about what's best for little kids: If Apple doesn't figure out how to solve this problem, one of its competitors might. Apple can play a defining role in signaling to the industry that paying special attention to the health... Read More

Democrats Can’t Escape Issue of Trump’s Impeachment in 2018 Midterm Campaign

WASHINGTON — Impeachment looms over this year's elections, whether either party's leadership wants that or not. Even before "Fire and Fury" raised questions about President Donald Trump's mental fitness, 70 percent of Democratic voters told NBC News/Wall Street Journal pollsters they wanted congressional hearings on impeachment, making it impossible for their party to ignore the issue as they try to... Read More

Rains in Southern California Send Rivers of Mud into Homes

Heavy rains hammered California's Santa Barbara County early Tuesday, triggering a "massive" runoff that sent mud and debris slamming into homes, a gas line to rupture and catch fire, and multiple reports of stranded drivers and power outages, officials said. Among the hardest hit places has been Montecito, a wealthy community sandwiched between the Santa Ynez Mountains to the north... Read More

Roll Tide Roll!

Roll Tide Roll! Alabama Storms Back to Beat Georgia in Overtime, win Fifth National Title in Nick Saban Era ATLANTA — A year ago in the final game of the season, Nick Saban thought he had won his fifth national title at Alabama behind an incredible comeback from a true freshman quarterback. Turns out, that storyline had to wait a year. Crimson... Read More

Warmer Temps Coming following Weekend’s Deep Freeze in Northeast

BOSTON — The blast of arctic air that engulfed portions of the East Coast broke cold temperature records from Maine to West Virginia and stunned sea turtles in Florida — although a warm-up is coming Monday. Burlington, Vermont, and Portland, Maine set records, with Burlington falling to minus 20, beating a 1923 record by a degree, and Portland recording minus 11, also... Read More

Twitter Responds to Calls to Suspend President Trump’s Account

Twitter issued a statement on Friday explaining why it isn't banning President Donald Trump after he boasted about his "nuclear button," but did so without ever using the president's name. Blocking a world leader from Twitter or removing their controversial tweets would hide important information people should be able to see and debate," Twitter said in a blog post. "It would... Read More

Missing Sports Reporter Courtney Roland Found Safe in Galleria Area

HOUSTON - A Texas A&M sports reporter who was reported missing Saturday after covering Texas Team Elite football camp in the Houston area was found safe Monday in the Galleria area, police said.   UPDATE: Our officers have found Ms. Roland in the Galleria area. She appears unharmed. She'll be taken to an area hospital for an evaluation. We are not providing the... Read More

Pastor Accused of Sexual Assault asks for Forgiveness at Sunday’s Church Event

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Taking a seat before a Memphis Congregation this Sunday morning, teaching Pastor Andres Savage asked for forgiveness from his accuser, his family and his church for what happened when he was a youth minister at a church in Spring. I regretfully had a sexual incident with a female high school senior,” said Savage of High Point Church in Memphis.... Read More

Golden Globes: #MeToo, Powerful Oprah Speech Dominate the Night

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" and "Lady Bird" won top honors at the Golden Globes on Sunday, capping off a ceremony defined by stirring speeches and caustic jokes about the sexual misconduct scandals roiling Hollywood. Good evening, ladies and remaining gentlemen," the host, Seth Meyers, said in his monologue, alluding to the notable absence of men — producers, actors, directors — felled... Read More

Kendrick Lamar to Produce Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ Soundtrack

Rapper Kendrick Lamar has been tapped to produce and curate the soundtrack to superhero film “Black Panther," Marvel Studios announced Thursday. The multiple Grammy Award-winning artist will produce “Black Panther: The Album,” alongside his award-winning record label executive Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith of the Los Angeles-based Top Dawg Entertainment. Set to be released in conjunction with the eagerly, anticipated film,... Read More

U.S. Job Growth Slows in December; Wages Increase

Job growth slowed more than expected in December amid a decline in retail employment, but a pick-up in monthly wage gains pointed to labor market strength that could pave the way for the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates in March. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 148,000 jobs last month, the Labor Department said on Friday. Retail payrolls fell by 20,300... Read More

Carlos Correa Sinks First Shot at Rockets Game, $5,000 Donation Goes to Charity

HOUSTON - Carlos Correa took the first shot at the Houston Rockets game Thursday night, sinking it on the first try... because, of course he did. The tradition began when Tilman Fertitta bought the team, ESPN reports. If the celebrity shooters make the shot, a charity gets $5,000. If they miss, the charity gets $1,000. Source: Read More

Streep Challenges Melania and Ivanka Trump on #MeToo Silence

Meryl Streep on #MeToo: I want to hear about the silence of Melania and Ivanka Trump After fending off accusations that she knew Harvey Weinstein allegedly harassed and assaulted women, Meryl Streep is trying to shift the conversation. Instead, the actress wants to shine the spotlight on Melania and Ivanka Trump. In an interview with the New York Times, the Oscar... Read More

All Macs and iPhones Affected by Security Flaws, Apple Says

Apple admitted Friday that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers worldwide are affected by the Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws but said no customers so far had been affected. The California-based company said it had already released a patch for the Safari web browser on its iOS-operated devices to protect against Meltdown and would issue another “in the coming... Read More

Blizzard Unleashes Flooding Ahead of Dangerous Cold

East Coast blizzard unleashes epic flooding ahead of dangerous cold The deadly winter storm that buried parts of the East Coast in more than a foot of snow brought epic flooding to Boston and its suburbs, where residents scrambled Friday morning to clean up ahead of a dangerous cold snap that could affect more than 100 million Americans. The nor'easter... Read More

Houston Rodeo Concert Lineup Announced

Concert Lineup Each night, once the Rodeo dust settles, a superstar takes the stage to entertain the crowds. The star entertainers begin performing after the last rodeo event is completed each evening and the stage is set. Actual start times for the concert can vary day to day due to the different number of rodeo competitors and other production elements. Weekday... Read More

Minds That Matter Special Guest: Saleha B. Khumawala

Tune in January 3rd at 5PM CT as George Willy hosts Minds That Matter with Special Guest, Saleha B. Khumawala, Ph.D SALEHA B. KHUMAWALA, Ph.D., CPA, CGMA Robert Grinaker Professor of Accounting, Founding Director, SURE™ Program C. T. Bauer College of Business University of Houston Education Ph.D. (Accounting) University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 1978 B. S. St. Xavier's College,... Read More

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch to Retire; Romney Could Run

WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, announced Tuesday he will retire at the end of his term this year, ending months of speculation about the political future of the longest-serving Republican currently in the Senate. Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves. And for me, that time is soon approaching," Hatch, a former amateur boxer, said in... Read More

What’s next for Rick Smith, Texans?

After 12 seasons as the Texans general manager, Rick Smith is stepping away from his role to take care of his family as his wife battles breast cancer. We made this decision because family is the most important thing,” Smith said Monday. Tiffany Smith, diagnosed in September during a routine mammogram, is undergoing treatments in Arizona. Smith and his wife... Read More

New Year Brings Record Low Temperatures, Cold Eyed in Eight Deaths

The new year brought dangerously frigid temperatures to much of the United States, with record lows set from New York to Iowa and authorities saying the cold could be connected to at least eight deaths. In Detroit, where the mercury plunged to -2 degrees on Sunday night, an unidentified dead man was found sitting outside the Shady Grove Church on... Read More

Apple Offers a ($29) Fix for Customers Upset over Slowed-Down iPhones

In a letter to customers on Thursday, Apple apologized for the "misunderstanding" around a practice that can slow down older iPhones and said it would offer $29 battery replacements for one year. We know that some of you feel Apple has let you down. We apologize," Apple's letter said. "There’s been a lot of misunderstanding about this issue, so we... Read More

Hoda Kotb named Co-Anchor of NBC’s ‘Today’

Hoda Kotb was named co-anchor of "Today" on Tuesday morning and officially headlined the broadcast with Savannah Guthrie. Kotb, 53, had been behind the anchor desk of NBC's morning news show in a temporary role since Matt Lauer was fired in November. Lauer's dismissal came after a female colleague made a detailed complaint accusing him of inappropriate sexual behavior. In... Read More