Before heading to Hawaii for the First Family’s annual holiday, President Obama will hold a news conference Friday where Russia’s alleged interference in the elections is bound to be a topic. The President in an interview airing Friday on NPR's Morning Editions says the U.S. will take action against Russia and President Vladimir Putin is aware.
President-elect Donald Trump contines to dispute Russia's involvement. Mr. Trump continued his “Thank You” tour with a stop in Hershey, Pennsylvania Thursday night, spending most of the time rehashing the election and how the pollsters were wrong.
TX WATER PROBLEM
Local officials say there will be a partial lifting of Corpus Christi's ban on tap water. City officials will be lifting water restrictions for 3 areas within the Texas city. The mayor blames a third party for introducing the industrial chemical identified as Indulin AA-86, an asphalt emulsifier into the water supply. Residents in all other zones are being told not to use the city's tap water until further notice.
--100 Million Americans are feeling below zero wind chills or heavy snow through Friday. Winter Weather Alerts are posted for 30 states coast to coast from California to Maine. It’s some of the coldest December air in decades for parts of the Midwest and the Northeast through Friday.
--A new storm has rain is falling across much of California, even as far south as Los Angeles could get 1-2” of rain; flash flooding, debris flow, and mudslides are all possible.
The International Committee for the Red Cross says the evacuation of rebels and civilians from the Syrian city of Aleppo is likely to take several days.
DYLANN ROOF TRIAL
Dylann Roof has been found guilty on all 33 counts in the federal trial in connection with the June 2015 shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina, church. He showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Roof, who is white, was accused of fatally shooting nine black parishioners during a Bible study at the predominantly black Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. According to the federal indictment against him, Roof, 22, entered the church armed and "with the intent of killing African-Americans engaged in the exercise of their religious beliefs." The 33 federal counts against Roof included hate crimes resulting in death and obstruction of exercise of religion resulting in death. His sentencing will begin on January 3, when Roof intends to represent himself.
The first stand alone movie in the Star Wars saga opened in theaters across the country Thursday night. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" is one of the most anticipated films of the year and expected to top the weekend box office.
The NBA remembered TNT broadcaster Craig Sager Thursday night at basketball arenas across the country. Sager, 65, succumbed to his long battle with cancer.
IKEA SLOW RECALL
One of the largest consumer product safety recalls is being plagued by delays and insufficient actions. Over the summer, Ikea voluntary recalled about 29 million chests and dressers after six children were crushed to death when they toppled over. Since then, Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, says only a tiny fraction of Ikea customers have received refunds or repair kits, and the company has only distributed a few hundred thousand kits.