In the show’s cold open, Kenan Thompson played a department store Santa dealing with some politically attuned kids for a sketch that echoed aspects of Franken’s resignation speech.
Source: Los Angeles Times
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) joins Meet the Press for an exclusive interview to talk about how Congress is handling misconduct allegations, and whether the president should be impeached.
Source: Full Sanders: Republican tax plan ‘is not designed to help the American people’
Geoff Keighley, awards’ host and organizer, said in an interview with GamesBeat that the show featured world premiere announcements of two new games (Here’s the list of nominees).
“At least two games are brand-new game worlds that no one has ever seen before,” Keighley said.
Source: The Game Awards balances revelations, gamer culture, and celebrities
As part of the bill enacted in October, legislators reauthorized $12.4 million a year that now goes to the airport for economic development and to reduce costs to the airlines that use it.
Source: Pittsburgh airport wins in state’s gambling expansion | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Democratic senator of Minnesota announced his plans to resign, a day after a sixth woman accused him of misconduct and dozens of his colleagues called for him to step down.
Source: Al Franken Announces He Will Resign from Senate Amid Harassment Allegations
Maybe they should adopt a deer as the school mascot.
Source: Deer dashes through middle school as students arrive | WPXI
Time Magazine has named “The Silence Breakers” of the #MeToo anti-harassment movement as its Person of the Year.
Source: Time Magazine Names #MeToo ‘Silence Breakers’ as Person of the Year
A British man says he accidentally threw away over $80 million worth of bitcoin. James Howells, an IT worker from Newport, claims to have unintentionally dumped 7,500 bitcoin in mid-2013. He is now planning to find them, but isn’t sure how, as he believes the hard drive he saved them to is currently buried in a landfill site.
Source: Man who ‘threw away’ bitcoin haul now worth over $80m wants to dig up landfill site | The Independent
More than 300 students, employees and alumni signed a letter alerting John Jenkins, the president of Notre Dame, they would continue protesting until the murals are removed.
Source: Protesters want Notre Dame to remove murals they say glorify Christopher Columbus – ABC News
A fight broke out early Monday morning in McKees Rocks, leading to at least one person being placed in handcuffs while others were taken to the hospital.
Source: Police called to fight outside club in McKees Rocks | WPXI
Negotiations are said to focus on Fox’s movie and TV studio, its cable channels and its Sky holding.
Source: Fox ‘resumes sale talks’ with Walt Disney – BBC News
Robert Asman, who rose from NBC page to a producer for David Brinkley, and in between produced some of the most iconic TV news reports of the 1960’s and 70’s, has died. He was 91.
Robert Asman’s son, David Asman, an anchor for Fox Business Network, shared this remembrance of his father for TVNewser readers:
Robert Asman, a true pioneer in television news, died on Friday at 6:10 am, surrounded by his family, in the modest Chevy Chase home he bought in 1961 and has lived in ever since. He bought that home when he was lured to Washington by David Brinkley and his expansion of NBC’s D.C. news bureau after the inauguration of President Kennedy.
Source: TV News Pioneer, Robert Asman, Father of Fox’s David Asman, Has Died | TVNewser
An opossum who apparently drank bourbon after breaking into a Florida liquor store sobered up at a wildlife rescue center and was released unharmed.
Source: Opossum breaks into liquor store and gets drunk as a skunk
knife fight broke out at a hookah bar in Queens ahead of the attack, the New York Daily News reported citing police and a witness.
Police are now looking into the details, but so far the incident is not believed to be terrorism related, according to AP.
Source: Manhunt in NYC after car rams into people, several reported killed & injured — RT US News
ABC News announced Saturday that Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross had been suspended for four weeks without pay over a botched exclusive about former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Source: ABC News suspends Brian Ross over ‘serious error’ in Flynn report | Fox News
Remember when Trump called the White House a “real dump”?
Among the work order submissions were several requests for pest control due to an infiltration of vermin in rooms such as the Situation Room and the White House Navy mess food service area (the mice have taken over!). According to International Business Times, mousetraps were then placed outside Mike Pence’s office.
Source: Trump White House full of mice, ants and roaches: Reports
A controlled explosion is carried out on a device sent to a pharmacy near Potsdam Christmas market.
Source: Potsdam police find explosives near Christmas market – BBC News
A Pittsburgh man claims in a lawsuit that a ride on the Raging Rapids at Kennywood left him with a parasite that “eats away at the cornea of the eye.”
Source: Man claims he contracted eye-eating parasite riding Kennywood’s ‘Raging Rapids’ | TribLIVE
A collection of music by The Beatles is donated by Sir Paul McCartney to raise funds for two Hebridean families.
Source: Ex-Beatle McCartney’s gift to Manchester attack families – BBC News
A community college adviser has been identified by her lawyer as the woman involved in an altercation with a conservative commentator during his speech at the University of Connecticut titled It’s OK To Be White.
Source: Woman involved in altercation with conservative speaker ID’d | Fox News
The pair posted a picture of their exposed buttocks at Bangkok’s famous Wat Arun temple.
Source: Bangkok photo: US tourists held for baring buttocks at Thai temple – BBC News
A bill that would scrap a rule banning dogs from D.C. restaurant patios is gaining more support, giving hope to dog lovers across the District.
Source: Happy tails: Bill to allow dogs at DC restaurants gains support – WTOP
Lauer, the host of ‘Today’ for two decades, was terminated Wednesday from NBC News after a detailed complaint about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace.
Source: NBC News fires Matt Lauer after sexual misconduct review
Under fire from Trump, the network says it would be ‘inappropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests.’
Source: CNN to boycott White House Christmas party
Budding astronomers on the East Coast need only stay awake until 4:00am ET on December 4 to see the moon at its nearest distance to Earth – a measly 222,443 miles. During the average apogee – when the moon is furthest from the earth – this distance stretches to roughly 252,000 miles, according to NASA.
Federal and local authorities are searching for 3-year-old Mariah Kay Woods, whose family said she was last seen when her mother put her to bed.
Source: A 3-year-old girl vanished in the middle of the night, setting off a frantic search
He said he just wanted to ‘fulfill some Christmas wishes.’
Source: ‘Layaway angel’ pays off $10,000 of strangers’ bills at toy store
President Donald Trump again attacked CNN on Twitter, accusing the network of being “fake” news and less important than Fox News.
Source: Trump lashes out at CNN, calls Fox News ‘MUCH more important’
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Saturday that Time magazine should recognize that President Trump is the only right choice for the magazine’s coveted “Person of the Year” distinction.
Source: Lewandowski: Trump is the right choice for Time Person of the Year
Journalism schools at Arizona State University and the University of Kansas rescinded awards given to the broadcaster, who is accused of sexual misconduct.
Source: Charlie Rose Has Honors From Two Journalism Schools Rescinded
Allegedly unbiased Washington Post reporter Janell Ross spoke at a recent top-secret meeting of liberal influencers, where Democratic donors including billionaire George Soros outlined the future of the progressive agenda.
Source: Washington Post reporter caught plotting liberal agenda with billionaire George Soros
Millions of people began their Thanksgiving marveling at balloons and floats at the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday morning.
Source: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade brings new balloons, holiday cheer
Murderous cult leader Charles Manson has left his entire estate to a pen pal, according to a report. The pen pal began corresponding with Manson in the 1990s and exchanged letters and phone calls with
Source: Charles Manson left estate to longtime pen pal
A New Jersey woman has raised more than $250,000 on a fundraising website for a homeless man who spent his last $20 buying gas after she was stranded.
Source: Woman raises more than $250,000 for homeless man who helped her
A series of mysterious boom-like noise, which has been heard in various parts of the United States, has left both residents and authorities baffled. Experts are still trying to figure out the actual cause of the sound.
Source: Mysterious Booms Heard In Colorado Leave Residents Baffled
Passengers in India wake up in shock after realising the train was not following the specified route.
Source: Train travels 160km in ‘wrong direction’
Columbia Gas Co. crews began restoring gas services to about 400 customers in Rostraver Township late Wednesday night and should be able to turn back service by around 3 a.m. Thursday, a company spokeswoman said.
The gas company had turned off service to the costumers in the area near the intersection of Route 51 and Interstate 70 because of a drop in pressure.
Source: Columbia Gas working to restore service to 400 Rostraver customers
A deputy’s dashcam captured footage of a small plane crashing onto a Florida road Sunday.
Source: Dramatic footage captures small plane crash-landing on roadway
The Andy Warhol Bridge has reopened to traffic after being shut down for rehabilitation for more than a year.
Source: Andy Warhol Bridge Reopens To Traffic
In Pennsylvania, elevators are not required to have any kind of inspection sticker posted inside, but they are required to be checked.
Source: 11 investigates elevators failing safety inspections
If you walk into the Rivers Casino these days, you’re likely to notice some new types of slot machines.
Source: ‘Next Generation’ Slot Machines A Hit At Rivers Casino
It seems like a great program, training unemployed miners and under-employed others at computer coding boot camps.
Source: KDKA Investigates: Program To Retrain Miners Over-Promises, Under-Delivers
The funeral home in Tennessee says in a statement that it’s committed to resolving any issues that the family has.
Source: Wrong body placed in casket at funeral home, family says
The Kiss frontman’s inappropriate and sexist antics during a Fox office meeting led to his being kicked off the network and out of the building for good.
Source: Fox News Bans Kiss Frontman Gene Simmons for Life