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“Saturday Night Live” had lots to say about the latest White House staff departure

It wouldn’t be “Weekend Update” if they weren’t covering the latest hirings and firings in the White House.

On Wednesday of this week, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that prominent Trump supporter and former “Apprentice” contestant Omarosa Manigault Newman was departing her White House job, effective Jan. 20, 2018. President Donald Trump personally tweeted thanks to her for her “service,” reportedly in the White House’s Office of Public Liaison.

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Thank you Omarosa for your service! I wish you continued success. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 13, 2017

RELATED: Sean Spicer had a surprising response when asked why Omarosa was hired by President Trump

It was later reported, however, that Maginault Newman had been fired — and responded with obscenities and an attempt to enter the White House residence to talk with Donald Trump when she learned of it. Reportedly, that led to her being escorted out by the Secret Service.

The Secret Service would not confirm that, but they did confirm that Maginault Newman’s security badge had been deactivated. She denied the events as reported and chalked the account up to CNN White House Correspondent April Ryan, who she said had “a personal vendetta.”

All of that makes for great comedy, and “Weekend Update” did not let the opportunity pass.

“It was announced that Omarosa Maginault Newman had been fired from her White House job, whatever the hell that was,” began Michael Che. “My guess is Secretary of the Sunken Place.”

“But Omarosa’s firing did prompt this outcry of support from black women,” said Che, before rolling tape of various television correspondents reacting with laughter and satisfaction at Maginault Newman’s firing, including Robin Roberts saying “Bye, Felicia.”

Roberts’ jab came in response to Maginault Newman’s claim on “Good Morning America” that she had a “story to tell.” This week, she told Michael Strahan:

As the only African-American woman in this White House, as a senior staff and assistant to the president, I have seen things that made me feel uncomfortable, that have upset me, that have affected me deeply and emotionally. That has affected my community and my people. And when I can tell my story, it is a profound story that I know the world will want to hear.

In response, Roberts said “I’m sure she’ll be selling that story. Bye, Felicia.”

To close the bit, “SNL’s” Leslie Jones came in as “Omarosa,” insisting upon a “retraction” because she “left that job by choice.”

“That’s right. I quit. I deactivated my ID card,” said Jones. “I changed the locks on my own office. I escorted myself off the premises. And then I threw myself into the bushes … You can’t throw me out, because I quit!”

When Harry met Barry: Prince interviews Obama for BBC radio

Prince Harry and former President Barack Obama had some fun banter before their interview on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program, the BBC reported.

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“Do I have to speak faster? Because I am a slow speaker,” Obama asks the prince before an interview that will be aired Dec. 27.

“No, not at all,” Harry responds.

“Do I need the British accent?” Obama asks.

He did not, but the prince warned Obama that he would get “the face” if he paused too long between answers.

“I don’t want to see that face,” Obama says after Harry demonstrates his glare.

Obama, meanwhile, offered to interview Harry, who declined.

“Let’s keep it this way, I’d much prefer that,” the prince said.

Kensington Palace said Sunday the interview was recorded in Toronto in September during the Invictus Games, a sports event for injured military personnel.

The palace said the conversation featured Obama discussing his plans to cultivate the next generation of leadership through the Obama Foundation.

Pope Francis criticizes journalists for reporting old scandals

Pope Francis rebuked journalists that report old scandals and sensationalize the news, calling it “a very serious sin” that hurts the involved parties, CBS News reported, citing an Associated Press story.

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On the eve of his 81st birthday Saturday, the pontiff said journalists should remember to provide precise, complete and correct information while avoiding one-sided reports.

Francis told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most “fundamental” to democratic societies. 

“You shouldn't fall into the ‘sins of communication’: disinformation, or giving just one side, calumny that is sensationalized, or defamation, looking for things that are old news and have been dealt with and bringing them to light today,” he said.

He called those actions a "grave sin that hurts the heart of the journalist and hurts others."

On Sunday, tens of thousands of people, many of them children, serenaded the pope on his birthday, Reuters reported. Francis meanwhile, appealed for the release of Catholic nuns kidnapped last month in Nigeria.

The crowd sang “Happy Birthday” in Italian as Francis appeared at the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter’s Square for his weekly message and blessing.

The first Latin American pope was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on Dec. 17, 1936 in Buenos Aires. He was elected the 266th pope on March 13, 2013. He replaced Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned on Feb. 28, 2013.

Suicide bomber kills 7 in Pakistani church

Seven people were killed and more than two dozen were injured Sunday when a suicide bomber attacked a church packed with more than 400 worshippers during a service in Pakistan, CNN reported.

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A Methodist church in Quetta was targeted by two attackers, but only one was able to denonate his vest, according to Sarfaraz Bugti, the interior minister of the Balochistan province. The second attacker was shot by a church security guard before he could detonate his explosives, Bugti said.

The civilians were killed during the blast and in the intense firefight that followed, according to Moazzam Jah Ansari, the provincial police chief. 

Wife gets wedding ring back after husband accidentally drops it in Salvation Army kettle

An Oklahoma couple is grateful to the Salvation Army after a wedding ring was accidentally dropped into a donation kettle.

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It happened while one Tulsa man, who asked not to be identified, was dropping some change into the red kettle.

“I had outpatient surgery at St. John's and I forgot to take [the rings] off. So at the last minute, I gave them to him and he put them in his pocket,” the wife said.

The husband did not realize what had happened until after they got back home and he couldn't find the ring in his pocket.

Captain Ken Chapman of the Salvation Army of Metro Tulsa said he received a frantic phone call from the couple asking if the ring was still with them. He said the kettles have a lock on them and stay locked until the counting process begins at the Salvation Army warehouse.

“So we count the kettles the next morning, find her ring, gave it to her and she gave us a $100 donation,” Chapman said.

Chapman said every year, they find odds and ends inside the red kettles.

“We have a little collection in our counting room of all the weird things we get in the kettle,” Chapman said.

Since the woman was reunited with her ring, she said she hasn't taken it off once.

Police: Washington State mother under investigation for infant's death

A 24-year-old Washington State woman is under investigation for homicide and reckless care that caused the death of her infant son, Kent Police said late Saturday.

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Medics were called on Dec. 12 after the 2-month old baby was found unresponsive, police said. 

Police said the mother placed the child on his stomach on top of a sleeping bag and left him unattended for at least 20 minutes while she watched television in another room.

When the mother returned, she found the child unresponsive and not breathing.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the child's memorial fund. Click here to view. 

CSX railroad chief Hunter Harrison dies

Hunter Harrison, the president and CEO of railroad giant CSX, died Saturday in Florida. He was 73.

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CSX confirmed Harrison’s death in a statement, saying it was caused by “unexpectedly severe complications” from a recent illness. His death comes only a couple of days after the company announced he was taking an unplanned medical leave of absence.

“Hunter was a larger-than-life figure who brought his remarkable passion, experience and energy in railroading to CSX,” the company said in a statement.

Harrison was hired by Florida-based CSX in March under shareholder pressure. But recently there had been concerns about his health. The Wall Street Journal reported in May that Harrison often worked from his Wellington home and occasionally required portable oxygen.

Harrison, a member of the Wellington horse set, lived in a 9,200-square-foot mansion at Palm Beach Polo & Country Club, according to property records. He paid $4 million for the property in 2008.

The property now is held in the name of Harrison’s wife, Jeannie Harrison. They have a homestead exemption.

And the Harrison family’s Double H Farm owns a 22-acre property in Wellington.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Harrison was a long-time railroad executive who made his career turning around railroads.

“With the passing of Hunter Harrison, CSX has suffered a major loss. Notwithstanding that loss, the Board is confident that Jim Foote, as acting Chief Executive Officer, and the rest of the CSX team will capitalize on the changes that Hunter has made,” Edward J. Kelly III, Chairman of the CSX Board of Directors, said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Lemieux's 5 goals in 5 ways named NHL's greatest moment

The Pittsburgh Penguins can add another piece of history to their trophy case. 

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Team co-owner and former star forward Mario Lemieux won an NHL award Saturday for having the greatest moment in the history of the league. 

Lemieux’s five goals in five different ways against the New Jersey Devils in 1988 beat out Bobby Orr’s game-winning goal to win the 1970 Stanley Cup for the Boston Bruins. 

The contest was voted on by fans to commemorate the NHL’s first 100 years. Fans voted on the bracket-style format to determine which moment was the greatest. 

On Dec. 31, 1988, Lemieux scored an even-strength goal, a power-play goal, a short-handed goal, a penalty shot goal and an empty net goal. It was the only time in NHL history that a player had scored in five different ways.

‘SNL’ crew trims Christmas tree with Trump’s ‘haters and losers’

“War is over, if you want it,” John Lennon sang in “Happy Christmas.”

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Alec Baldwin’s Donald Trump character had a new twist to an old song.

“The war on Christmas is over,” Baldwin’s character said to open “Saturday Night Live” on NBC. “It will soon be replaced by the war with North Korea.”

The crew of SNL continued its biting sarcasm of the president, as Baldwin stood with Cecily Strong, who played Melania Trump. 

“It's Christmas time. Soon white Santa will be coming from house to house, taking presents from Muslims and illegals and giving them to American children,” Baldwin said.

He then said he was going to decorate his “tree of shame,” with ornaments that depicted this year’s “haters and losers.”

White House staffers were invited to trim the tree with ornaments, and Kate McKinnon kicked things off as Kellyanne Conway, who chose former FBI Director James Comey.

“Thank you Kellyanne,” Baldwin said. “What would you like to have for Christmas.”

“I want out,” she said.

Aidy Bryant's, playing White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, was next. She hung two ornaments on the tree. One had the face of former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and of former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci. She chose them because they were “the mangled corpses” she had to step over to get her job.

Scarlett Johansson, playing Ivanka Trump, was asked by Baldwin about the whereabouts of her husband, Jared Kushner.

“He's packing a go bag before the FBI arrives,” she said.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for humor. 

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Family given house after losing their home in fire

A family whose house burned, during which the father also suffered burns while saving his son and sister from the flames, were gifted a new house Saturday.

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Ronald Warren Williamson III suffered third-degree burns in the November fire, according to WTVG

The family received enough votes through a real estate company contest which gave a house to the winner.

"We're just very fortunate for everybody in the community for the way they've all come together," mother Stacey Kennedy told WTVG. "It's just amazing."

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