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After all the accusations and rancor, the voters will finally have their say today in Alabama’s contentious Senate race. Embattled GOP candidate Roy Moore
, who’s denied accusations
of pursuing sexual relationships with teen girls when he was in his 30s, unleashed his anger at the national media and Democrats last night during a rally, which also featured Trump political guru Steve Bannon.
Democratic candidate Doug Jones
brought out basketball legend Charles Barkley, who told a crowd at a rally that Alabama has “got to stop looking like idiots to the nation.” Jones, who needs an Obama-like African-American turnout to win, stressed that everyone needs to get out and vote. Here are five things to watch
as the ballots roll in tonight.
2. New York explosion
Five people were hurt in what’s being called an “attempted terror attack”
in New York, but it could have been much worse. Police say Akayed Ullah, a 27-year-old Bangladeshi man
, detonated a homemade device in a walkway under the bustling Port Authority Bus Terminal, which connects to two subway lines. Surveillance video shows passengers scurrying away as smoke fills the pedestrian tunnel after the blast. Ullah reportedly pledged allegiance to ISIS and said he carried out the attack in response to Israeli actions in Gaza. The four NYC cops
who detained Ullah are being hailed as heroes.
3. Sexual harassment
The #MeToo movement has reached President Trump
. Women who have publicly accused the President of sexual harassment and assault provided details
of being groped, fondled and forcibly kissed by Trump. The accusers include a former Miss North Carolina and a former receptionist. The women want Congress to investigate the President. And Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a leading voice in Congress for combating sexual assault in the military, said Trump should resign
. The White House said the alleged acts date back years and that Trump already has denied all the claims.
Two other high-profile men were accused of sexual misconduct. Celebrity chef Mario Batali
is stepping away from his business and TV show after four women accused him of inappropriate touching. Batali said he “was wrong” and apologized. Meanwhile, Ryan Lizza, a correspondent for The New Yorker, was fired for what the magazine called “improper sexual conduct.”
He strongly denied the allegations. Lizza is also an CNN contributor, and he won’t appear on the network pending a review.
4. Space exploration
Looks like we’re headed back to the moon — and beyond. President Trump signed a directive authorizing NASA to begin work on missions that will not only return US astronauts to the moon
but also take them to Mars, eventually. The directive came after the National Space Council sent recommendations to Trump. Last year, then-President Barack Obama wrote an op-ed for CNN
in which he also expressed a desire for humans to get to Mars.
5. Saudi Arabia
Next year, Saudis will get to enjoy a pastime everybody else takes for granted: going to the movies. The government there said that in 2018, movie theaters will be opened in the uber-conservative country for the first time in 35 years
. This is part of an effort to spur economic growth in the country and move it past its heavy reliance on oil revenues. There aren’t a lot of entertainment options in Saudi Arabia, and many Saudis leave the country for vacations and leisure activities. The government now wants to keep those entertainment dollars at home
. The return of movies theaters also plays nicely with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s reform push, which seeks to destroy “extremist ideologies” and embrace a “more moderate” brand of Islam
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Get outta here
The Golden Globe nominations are out
, and of course, there’s controversy. Everybody loves “The Shape of Water,” but “Get Out” is listed as a comedy
Future astronauts may want to kick back with a cold one on those long journeys, so SpaceX is sending beer research into space
T-Rex on the brain
Is your kid obsessed with dinosaurs
? Not only is that normal, it’s actually good.
Jimmy Kimmel gave us all the feels when he brought out his son
, who had a second heart surgery last week, on his show last night.
NUMBER OF THE DAY
That’s how much passengers paid the airlines in baggage fees
between July and September. And yeah, that’s a new record.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
It’s still not great. It’s bad, but it’s a better bad.”
Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason, saying that conditions had improved somewhat
as firefighters tackled the Thomas Fire in California.
AND FINALLY …
A seagull grabs a GoPro camera and becomes an unwitting drone. (Click to view.
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