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ESPN president John Skipper resigns citing substance addiction

John Skipper, the president of ESPN, resigned from his position Monday citing a substance addiction problem, according to the sports network.

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The network announced that former ESPN president and executive chairman George Bodenheimer will serve as acting chair for the next 90 days. Bodenheimer worked for ESPN from 1981 to 2014.

Boy who gave up Xbox to help homeless gets Christmas wish directly from Microsoft

One boy’s selfless act has been rewarded by tech giant Microsoft.

Mikah Frye decided that the money that would have been spent to get him an Xbox for Christmas would go to better use this year.

He used the money to buy more than 60 blankets for the homeless in his area.

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After his story went viral, company officials at Microsoft, the creators of the Xbox, had a surprise for Mikah at Beachwood Place, the area mall, WJW reported.

Employees at the Microsoft store escorted the 9-year-old boy to the back of the store. He was greeted by the big man himself, not Bill Gates, but rather Santa, who was waiting with two bags full of presents, including the coveted Xbox.

Once he got through the piles of gifts, Mikah and his family began to cry, remembering how they’ve been blessed after having encountered financial roadblocks in recent years.

“He knew what it was like not to have a blanket at night and have to give it back,” Terry Brant, Mikah’s grandmother, told WJW. Mikah’s mother told the television station that Mikah’s family had been homeless and lived in an a emergency shelter for weeks a few years ago. 

Train derails over Interstate 5 in Washington

Officials responded Monday morning after a train derailed over Interstate 5 near Mounts Road in Pierce County, Washington.

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All lanes were blocked on Monday morning.

Customer leaves $500 tip for single mother

Trisha Murphy awoke Saturday stressed and barely able to function.

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The mother of four works two jobs, as a server at Denny’s and at a nursing home, while going to school to become a nurse.

Her car had been towed that morning, it would be $735 to get it back, and there still was Christmas shopping to do.

Murphy went to work at the diner that afternoon. It was slow. She didn’t think much of the three, grungy-looking men who sat down. 

When they finished their half zesty nachos, slow-cooked pot roast and crazy spicy skillet, the man who appeared to be the oldest, insisted Murphy cash him out. 

He slid his card and filled out the receipt with a grin splashed across his face. He said, “Merry Christmas dear” before walking out.

Murphy was stunned. He left her a $500 tip.

“I don't know this man's name, but I hope he realizes that he literally saved Christmas for my children and I,” Murphy wrote on Facebook. “Yesterday was the day I met Santa!”

Sarah Palin’s eldest son arrested

Sarah Palin has some new family trouble on her hands.

The former Alaskan governor’s 28-year-old son was arrested on charges of burglary and assault Saturday, reported the New York Daily News.

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According to court documents, Track Palin — Palin’s eldest son of five children — was booked in Wasilla, Alaska, where his mother once served as mayor. In addition to the two felony counts, he also faces a charge for misdemeanor criminal mischief. He reportedly caused nearly $1,000 worth of damage in a domestic violence incident.

The family’s attorney John Tiemessen issued a statement regarding the incident, although the victim involved was not identified.

He said, “Given the nature of actions addressed last night by law enforcement and the charges involved, the Palins are unable to comment further.”

“They ask that the family’s privacy is respected during this challenging situation just as others dealing with a struggling family member would also request,” Tiemessen continued.

RELATED: Hours before his mother jetted off to support Donald Trump, police say Sarah Palin’s son did this

This arrest marks the second time Track Palin was busted for an alleged domestic violence altercation. The Army veteran was arrested in January 2016 for threatening to shoot himself with an AR-15 after he punched and kicked his girlfriend in a drunken tirade, police reports alleged.

Documents of that incident say that officers responding to the scene discovered Jordan Loewe, the girlfriend, cowering under a bed after calling 911. Track Palin was arraigned on three misdemeanor charges — fourth-degree  assault, interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

Prior to the altercation, Loewe reportedly filed for full custody of the couple’s then-newborn son Charlie, citing “domestic violence” as cause, according to the Daily Mail.

RELATED: Sarah Palin is backtracking after her blog criticized Colin Kaepernick’s $50,000 donation to Meals on Wheels

Sarah Palin discussed the incident during a stop on Donald Trump’s campaign trail. She called it the “elephant in the room” and pointed to it as a symptom of PTSD and lack of veteran care under the Obama administration.

“My son, like so many others, they come back a bit different, they come back hardened,” she said. “They come back wondering if there is that respect for what it is that their fellow soldiers and airmen and every other member of the military so sacrificially have given to this country,” she added. “And that starts from the top.”

Not even dog experts agree on the case of a 22-year-old Virginia woman mauled by pit bulls

After a friend of 22-year-old Virginia woman Bethany Stephens expressed doubt that she was mauled to death by her pit bulls, even as police said the grisly scene was conclusive, dog experts also shared conflicting opinions.

We learned Friday of the sad news that Stephens had been mauled to death by her two pit bulls after taking them for a walk, but one friend of the deceased said there’s no way the dogs she raised from when they were puppies mauled her.

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Barbara Norris, one of Stephens’ friends, told WRIC that she could not believe the 100-pound-plus pit bulls would have mauled anyone.

“I wasn’t able to see the body, so I can’t tell you what happened. I can’t tell you if it was a blunt force or if it was a mauling, but I know those dogs didn’t do it,” Norris said.

At least two dog experts, neither of whom knew Stephens or her dogs, came forward with opinions. One said that a lot of questions still need to be answered, while the other speculated that this may have been a case of “redirected aggression.”

A veterinarian from Richmond, Va., Amy Learn, told WTVR that “dogs don’t typically just out of the blue attack their owners.”

“Was there somebody else there? Were they being attacked by somebody, were they trying to defend themselves and their owner from somebody else, from a wild animal? Was it actually something else that attacked the owner? Were there stray dogs, coyotes [or] something else in the woods?” she wondered.

Amy Pike of the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia began the same way, saying “Dogs don’t just attack out of the blue. They are typically scared or threatened by something.” Pike told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that this may have been a case of “redirected aggression.” The ASPCA defines this term as “when a dog is aroused by or displays aggression toward a person or animal, and someone else interferes.” “I don’t know anything about these dogs or her personal relationship with them, but there are likely to have been precursors to this, I suspect, either in terms of fear and anxiety or potentially aggression issues in either one of these dogs to have happened this way,” she said. “It’s very possible there was something else that scared them and unfortunately either they got into a fight with one another and she was trying to break it up or one or both redirected towards her in the moment.” The Richmond Times-Dispatch also reported previously that police suspected the dogs were bred for fighting. Pike also said it would be unusual for fighter dogs to redirect on people through training. “Dogs that are bred to fight are actually trained not to redirect to people because it has to be very safe for the handler to be able to get in there and pull the dogs apart after the fight is over,” she said. “Fighting pit bulls, ones specifically bred for that, tend to be very nice to people.” The police, however, said that it was clear that a mauling had occurred. Goodland County Sheriff James Agnew said they arrived on a wooded scene after Stephens’ father went looking for his daughter. They said her body was being guarded by two very large pit bulls, dogs that weighed as much as she did. Agnew cited the medical examiner’s opinion of the grisly scene. “It appeared the attack was a violent attack initiated by the victims’ dogs while the victim was out for a walk with the dogs,” he said. “The victim had defensive wounds on her hands and arms trying to keep the dogs away from her, which would be consistent with being attacked while she was still alive.” “It appears she was taken to the ground, lost consciousness, and the dogs then mauled her to death,” he added. “In my 40 years of law enforcement I’ve never seen anything quite like it. I hope I never see anything like it again.” RELATED: Friends don’t believe woman was mauled by her pit bulls The dogs are being held at Goochland County Animal Control and Agnew said they were seeking to have the animals euthanized. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Former Fox contributor, Tamara Holder, claims Rupert Murdoch ‘ruined my life’

A former Fox News contributor who accused an executive at the network of sexual misconduct last year, said that company founder, Rupert Murdoch “ruined my life.”

Tamara Holder made the accusations on this weekend’s “Reliable Sources” which airs on Fox News competitor CNN.

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“I don’t have a job in TV anymore because the place that he has secured down like Fort Knox allowed abusive predators to prey on women who just wanted to work,” Holder said during the interview.

She was responding to comments made by Murdoch during an interview with Sky News, where Murdoch said that the sexual misconduct accusations were nonsense.

“It’s all nonsense. There was a problem with our chief executive, sort of, over the years, isolated incidents,” Murdoch said. “As soon as we investigated it he was out of the place in hours - well three or four days. And there’s been nothing else since then.”

After the comments, Fox issued a statement to Huffington Post and other media outlets saying that Murdoch “never characterized the sexual harassment matters at FOX News as ‘nonsense.’”

“By his actions, Rupert has made it abundantly clear that he understands that there were real problems at FOX News,” CNN reported the statement as saying. “Rupert values all of the hard-working colleagues at FOX News, and will continue to address these matters to ensure FOX News maintains its commitment to having a work environment based on the values of trust and respect.”

Roger Ailes resigned as Fox News’ chief executive after Gretchen Carlson, an anchor at Fox News, accused him of harassment. The network also lost Bill O’Reilly after an investigation by the New York Times found settlements from other harassment allegations.

Ailes died in May.

Both he and O’Reilly denied the allegations.

Holder was a lawyer who left her law firm to work for Fox News. She left the news network after she accused company executive, Francisco Cortes, of sexual misconduct that happened in 2015.  Cortes was the vice president for Fox News Latino and was fired after Holder made the claims in September, CNNMoney reported.

21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, paid Holder $2.5 million, which she accepted in exchange for an agreement to not talk about the allegations and to not apply for a position at a Fox-owned business, CNN reported.

Which restaurants are open on Christmas, Christmas Eve 2017?

Sometimes the rush of the season leaves little time to get a holiday meal together. 

If you are not finding the hours in your schedule to shop, chop, cook and serve, or, if you just want to go stress-free and enjoy a meal someone else cooks, you may want to go out to eat on Christmas Eve or Christmas.

Here is a list of a few restaurants scheduled to be open on Christmas Eve and/or Christmas. 

Special note: Whether a restaurant is open or not varies depending on individual location or franchise. You should call your local restaurant to verify the hours they will be open, or if they will be open at all. 

Below are links to the restaurants’ location pages. You can find the phone number for your local restaurants on these pages. Before you go, check to see if the location near you will be participating in the chain’s holiday hours of operation.

  • Bakers Square – Most locations are open Christmas Eve and Christmas.
  • Benihana – Restaurants will be open Christmas.
  • Bob Evans – Open for Christmas Eve, most closed on Christmas Day.
  • Boston Market – Select locations will be open to serving a traditional Christmas meal.
  • Buca di Beppo – Open at 11 a.m. on Christmas.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Most locations will be open for Christmas. Check with your local location for hours.
  • Chart House – Chart House will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas.
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Christmas 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 
  • Chuck E Cheese – Some locations will be open for Christmas from noon to 6 p.m. Check your local franchise for its hours.
  • Country Buffet – Locations will close at 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas.
  • Denny’s – Denny’s is open 24 hours, including Christmas.
  • Fogo de Chao – Open on Christmas Eve from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and on Christmas from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Hard Rock Cafe – Open limited hours on Christmas. Check local restaurant for hours.
  • HomeTown Buffet – Restaurants will be open until 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas.
  • Huddle House – Huddle House is open 24 hours, including Christmas.
  • IHOP – IHOP 24-hour locations will be open on Christmas.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Some locations open Christmas; hours vary. 
  • Luby’s – Luby’s will be open for Christmas at some locations. Most participating locations will close at 5 p.m. Christmas.
  • McDonald’s – Participating locations are open Christmas, but hours vary by franchise.
  • Macaroni Grill – Participating locations will be open noon to 8 p.m. on Christmas.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas.
  • Morton’s The Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas. 
  • Old Country Buffet – Old Country Buffet will be open on Christmas Eve until 3 p.m. Locations will open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Christmas.
  • Panda Express – Some Panda Express locations will open on Christmas, depending on the franchise.
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery – Many Perkins will be open on Christmas, depending on the franchise.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Participating Ruth’s Chris will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas.
  • Ryan’s – Open Christmas Eve until 3 p.m. and Christmas from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Shoney’s – Shoney’s is open on Christmas.
  • Sizzler: Some Sizzler locations will be open on Christmas. 
  • Starbucks – Participating Starbucks will be open for Christmas.
  • Village Inn – Some locations open on Christmas; hours will vary by location, but many are open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Waffle House – Waffle House is open 24 hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas.

Customer finds cocaine in order of cheese sticks

A fast food customer got more than she ordered when a package of cocaine was added in with her cheese sticks.

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Broad Street Gyros restaurant license was suspended and will remain closed until the outcome of a criminal investigation after the customer discovered the bag of cocaine with her cheese sticks Nov. 21.

“I'm scared. (The restaurant) is my life," restaurant owner Carrie Demoff told the Chicago Tribune. "People on the street seem to know more about what happened than I do. I'm shocked, embarrassed, angry."

A restaurant employee told the woman they “were going to hook her up” on the order, police said. 

“The woman thought she was getting more food,” detective Sgt. Kyle Strbjak told the Tribune

Someone from the restaurant called the woman offering to pick up the order, according to WGN

Police went to the restaurant and while a K-9 unit detected the presence of drugs in the women’s restroom and office, there were no actual drugs recovered, according to the Tribune.

Demoff said the woman working that night is no longer employed at the restaurant. 

“I have no idea what happened and they didn’t find anything,” Demoff said.

No criminal charges have been filed.

Deer crashes into Kohl's store

Police were called to a Kohl’s in Ohio on Saturday night after a deer ran into the department store.

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The deer was spotted just after 8 p.m. at the store located at 1869 W. Main St.

Videos circulating on Facebook showed the deer running into the store after first running into the front glass doors.

Troy police Sgt. Richard Gumerlock said no injuries were reported in the incident. He said a couple of officers and citizens were able to capture the deer.

They immediately released the deer, Gumerlock said, adding that there are woods behind the shopping area.

"Every couple years, we seem to (have) a deer break through a glass window somewhere, into a store. They’re rare,” Gummerlock said. “They get spooked and do a lot of things."

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