Day: December 31, 2017

Congress returns to Trump’s infrastructure plan, looming deadlines on spending, immigration – Fox News

Ryan has expressed a desire to address the issue, while McConnell appears to think it would hit a dead end in the Senate.

The White House reportedly is working on a roughly 70-page infrastructure proposal to be released in the coming weeks.

Other key issues facing the GOP-controlled Congress include immigration reform and whether to fund Trump’s promised U.S.-Mexico border wall.  

Still, a demand by Trump to include border wall funding or Democrats’ demanding a fix to the soon-to-expire Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program easily could complicate budget negotiations.

Marc Short, the White House director of legislative affairs, recently told “Fox News Sunday” that Trump still intends to fulfill his campaign promise to build the wall, as part of an overall national security plan. But Short also suggested the president wouldn’t insist on wall funding at the expense of larger U.S. interests, with the potential government shutdown looming. 

However, at least some congressional Republicans seemed unwilling to spend at least $1 trillion on such an initiative. And the situation now appears further complicated by the recently passed, GOP-led tax reform bill that is projected to add roughly $1.5 trillion to the federal debt over the next 10 years.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., recently blasted the department and the FBI for its “failure to fully produce” documents related to the so-called anti-Trump dossier, which is related to federal probes, while other Republicans suggest such an approach is politically dangerous.

Police: Officer shoots man at a Mississippi Walmart – ABC News

Police: Officer shoots man at a Mississippi Walmart

Police say an officer shot a man after receiving call about a shoplifter at a Walmart in western Mississippi. Byram Police Chief Luke Thompson told WLBT-TV that the incident occurred around 8:55 a.m. Sunday. He says the suspect attempted to flee in a

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Kentucky-Georgia basketball: Live updates, score, stats – SECcountry.com

Jarred Vanderbilt: swish. pic.twitter.com/3qQ9hpmKIu

Kentucky 10, Georgia 10, 12:57 1H: Freshman point guard Quade Green has given the Cats a boost offensively — mid-range jumper, swished 3-poiner and 1 of 2 free throws in rapid succession to tie the game — while sophomore Wenyen Gabriel has been a beast on the glass with 5 rebounds in 4 minutes off the bench.

Starting Five: Same as always — Green, Diallo, Knox, Washington and Richards. Time to get the SEC season started.

Kentucky 12, Georgia 10, 10:18 1H: It’s sophomore night (plus Green) here at Rupp Arena. Wenyen Gabriel has 6 rebounds in 7 minutes and took a big charge moments ago, while Tai Wynyard came off the bench later and snagged an offensive rebound and swiped a steal that led to Green’s transition layup for the Cats’ first lead. Green is already up to 8 points in 8 minutes. The box score so far:

— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_SEC) December 31, 2017

How to stay safe on New Year’s Eve in Southern California – 89.3 KPCC

There will also be a number of road closures related to the Rose Parade. You can get a look at the complete list here.

A young Chinese girl celebrates the arrival of the New Year on December 31, 2017 in Beijing, China. A young Chinese girl celebrates the arrival of the New Year on December 31, 2017 in Beijing, China.

“Folks will start to see that the minute that they arrive, even before they walk through the gates in terms of how the intersections are closed,” Julia Diamond, Interim Director at Grand Park, told KPCC. “That’s a multi-layered approach, the kind of screening that they’ll go through, the kind of deployment that they will see inside the space.”

Although there are no known security threats to any major New Year’s events in Southern California, local and federal agencies are pulling out all the stops to ensure public safety. That means extra security measures will be in place at Grand Park’s 5th annual New Year’s Eve celebration, the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl.

Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral Washington says first responders will be on hand to protect people who attend the Rose Parade — and to crack down on dangerous activities

Diamond estimates 700 personnel will be part of a multi-agency security effort that includes the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and L.A. Metro officers.

If you’re attending the New Year’s celebration at Grand Park, don’t take alcohol to this free, all-ages event. It won’t be allowed. Gates open at 8 p.m. Sunday night.

Designate someone to stay sober and drive. Or call a cab. Or hail a ride sharing service. Yes, you’ll pay plenty due to surge pricing but it’s better than a DUI or an accident. And you can keep costs down, even on New Year’s Eve.

A look at the year of bitcoin – The Sun Herald

Businesses even renamed themselves to capitalize on the hype Hoping to seize on the bitcoin frenzy, some businesses have even changed their names to include the word “blockchain,” the technology that drives the virtual currency. Last week, the beverage company Long Island Iced Tea said that it was renaming itself Long Blockchain. Soon after, its stock price tripled. And when a British company named On-line PLC announced that it would change its name to On-line Blockchain PLC, its shares jumped by almost 400 percent, according to News.

Major thefts and losses This year, cryptocurrency investors also suffered through major thefts and distressing mishaps. In early December, hackers stole more than $70 million worth of bitcoin from NiceHash, a marketplace for generating virtual currencies through complex mathematical calculations. But digital heists weren’t the only way cryptocurrency investors were stripped of their money.

If this year was one of rediscovery and acceleration for bitcoin, as Catalini put it, next year may be defined by further development and transformation, he said. As bitcoin moves closer to mainstream applications, Catalini sees new forms of centralization taking hold, such as the rise in popularity and influence of cryptocurrency exchanges, since consumers tend to prefer products that are convenient and accessible. He also envisions other experiments in applying blockchain technology beyond cryptocurrency.” The space is maturing and that also means more pressure on bitcoin core developers and open source developers to really get this technology and scale it.”

Some have lost small fortunes by their very own hands. Harrowing tales have cropped up recently detailing how people have lost or forgot their login credentials to access their bitcoin, prompting some to hire hypnotists, enlist benevolent hackers and even endeavor to rummage through mountains of trash to get their bitcoin back.

“Blockchain and other names associated with the cryptocurrency world have been used for marketing for a while,” said Walch. “Put blockchain and PowerPoint together and VCs will throw money at you. What we have seen is this has become laughable.”

The contracts will be subject to oversight by the U.S. Commodities Futures Trading Commission. Before trading began, the exchanges self certified that its products complied with industry rules and pledged to help the CFTC monitor the underlying market for bitcoin, according to .

Bitcoin came into its own this year. The digital currency — which was created nearly nine years ago — became a highflying investment vehicle, prompting much discussion about its existence, how to capitalize on its rise and the mania surrounding cryptocurrency. As 2017 comes to a close, we decided to look at some major events and themes (both good and bad) for bitcoin.

“The mania is continuing because there are still folks who have no clue what it is,” he said. “I can’t tell you if this bubble is going to break at $20,000, $120,000 0r $220,000. I don’t know. But I don’t want to be the one holding the bag when it does break.”

Christian Catalini, a professor and founder of MIT’s Cryptoeconomics Lab said widespread news coverage has led to a rush to buy bitcoin. “The fear of missing out has been the leitmotif of the year. People hear about the price of bitcoin increasing and increasing and when that happens the price goes up. You’ve seen this dance of enthusiasm and hype building.”

49ers’ Marquise Goodwin suffers concussion, taken to hospital for precautionary reasons –

As the cart headed to the tunnel, Goodwin raised his arms multiple times, pounded his chest and waved to the crowd as he received an ovation from the fans.

LOS ANGELES — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Marquise Goodwin was taken off the field on a cart after taking a big hit from Rams defensive back Blake Countess in the closing moments of the first half of Sunday’s game.

With about a minute and a half left in the second quarter, Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo fired a pass over the middle intended for Goodwin but as Goodwin went for the ball, Countess came in and delivered a hit to Goodwin’s head that immediately drew multiple flags for hitting a defenseless receiver.

Before the end of the half, Goodwin was diagnosed with a concussion and a return to the game was ruled out. Goodwin has a history of concussions, including one in the Oct. 1 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Countess was also being evaluated for a concussion at the end of the half.

Soon after, a cart came out and Goodwin was able to get on it with the help of the training staff. Safety Adrian Colbert, who grew up in the same Texas town as Goodwin and calls him a cousin, stood close by and held his hand as he was taken to the locker room.

“I’ve been dealing with a lot,” Goodwin said after the Tennessee game. “I’m blessed. I’m thankful for the opportunity. God has shown me so much in this season. I had a lot going on this year losing my baby, and I just recently lost my biological father this week. It’s just been a lot, but I really didn’t let the outside negative energy affect how I play, how I approach this game or how I come to work each day. I just kind of stayed positive and kept my mind fresh, and I relied on God to bring me through all of the situations that I’ve been through.”

Goodwin remained down on the field as medical personnel rushed to his side. After a few minutes, Goodwin was able to sit up on his own but 49ers trainers kept a hand on the back of his neck to keep it stabilized.

What’s your top Texas Ranger memory from 2017? – Lone Star Ball

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What's your top Texas Ranger memory from 2017?
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2017 will end in just hours, and with the year coming to a close, I have a question for everyone… What is the top memory you have from the Rangers from 2017? This is open-ended…it can be good, it can be bad, it can be significant, it can be

Florida to start off the new year with the coldest air so far this season – AccuWeather.com

With only some brief brushes with Jack Frost so far this season, a more prolonged chill is set to start off 2018 across much of Florida.

“This will allow for the next push of cold air to travel farther south than previous outbreaks,” added Duffey.

Overnight lows will be even lower, with the mercury in Tampa dipping down into the 30s by late-week.

The combination of cold and breezy conditions across much of the Florida Peninsula will bring AccuWeather RealFeel® Temperatures down below freezing for many.

The other concern for this typically warmer part of the country is the citrus crop, including oranges and grapefruit.

More shots of cold are possible throughout the first month of January, which could again put citrus farmers on alert. Stick with AccuWeather for more coverage of persistent could throughout the remainder of the 2017-2018 winter season.

Cities like Jacksonville and Pensacola, Florida, are likely to see the coldest air, as is typical most months of the year; however, temperatures will be as much as 15 to 20 degrees F below normal for the first week of January.

With the jet stream in southern Florida, a storm could originate around the Miami area midweek. This will help to moderate temperatures for southern parts of the state until then, but will bring in breezy conditions for much of the Florida Peninsula.

What is Dry January? THREE ways to help you stop drinking alcohol for a month REVEALED – Express.co.uk

They suggest going to the cinema or heading to a swimming pool.

Participants are also encouraged to raise money for causes close to their heart.

Reward yourself 

While the benefits are enticing, how will you actually stick to 31 days off the sauce?

Drink Aware recommend rewarding yourself for sticking to your alcohol-free regime.

It’s not hard to see why five million Britons took part last year.

“If you tend to drink in front of the TV after work, try replacing that glass of wine with something else you enjoy, or treat yourself to some new clothes or a day out with the money you’re saving on alcohol,” they state.

The charity Drink Aware recommends removing yourself from situations where you might be tempted.

Astronauts Prepare To Celebrate New Year In Space – Brinkwire (press release)

On Dec. 29, NASA uploaded a video that features the ISS astronauts sharing their favorite New Year’s Day traditions. Currently, there are four of them aboard, namely Kanai, Tingle, Joe Acaba, and Mark Vande Hei.

The astronauts, together with their two Russian crewmates, are to experience New Year’s Eve across 16 times as the ISS completes one revolution around the Earth every 90 minutes.

In anticipation of New Year’s Day 2018, the astronauts of Expedition 54 have spent the last workdays of the year orbiting the Earth and finishing up research work on life sciences.

Norishige Kanai of JAXA and Scott Tingle of NASA closed the year working on studies that would allow humans to stay longer on space missions outside of the low-Earth orbit. They began wrapping up their research upon the departure of Progress 67, an unpiloted Russian spacecraft that delivered over three tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the International Space Station on June 14.

NASA reports that on the last work week of 2017, Kanai was completing a study on physical exertion in outer space. He used the station’s exercise bike to measure his own breathing and other parameters. His findings are expected to help mission doctors in ensuring that astronauts are strong enough to perform physically demanding activities like spacewalks.

“In Japan, in the morning on New Year’s Day, people go out and watch the first sunlight. I have a memory with my father of walking in a very, very cold early morning in Tokyo to watch the first sunrise,” says Kanai in the footage.

Meanwhile, Tingle was capping off sample collection for the Advanced Plants Experiment-05. He harvested plants grown on the ISS and stored the samples in a specialized freezer for analysis. By observing changes in the plant’s molecules and genes, this study is anticipated to show how plants are affected by microgravity.