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    Millions of Americans could face going without the benefit that allows them to purchase food if the government shutdown continues into February, NBC News reported. 

    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps, costs an average of around $4.8 billion per month, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But because of the government shutdown, the program has only $3 billion in emergency reserves for February.

    More than 19 million households in the United States receive food stamps, accounting for nearly 39 million people. Each household receives on average $245.28 per month. 

    But because of the shutdown, USDA has no money to pay for the program in the ensuing months. The agency also had to furlough approximately 95 percent of Food and Nutrition Services, the office that oversees the SNAP program.

    The White House and the USDA did not respond to requests for comment about their plans to address the shortfall, but experts say there is cause for concern for the millions potentially impacted.



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    In this Friday, March 17, 2017 photo a sign advertises a program that allows food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to shop at a farmer's market in Topsham, Maine.In this Friday, March 17, 2017 photo a sign advertises a program that allows food stamp recipients to use their EBT cards to shop at a farmer's market in Topsham, Maine.

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    Marijuana is a growing business in California and that could mean opportunities right here in San Diego.

    Dozens of people showed up Saturday for the inaugural San Diego Cannabis and Hemp Job Fair and Business Mixer at the Hilton San Diego Mission Valley Hotel.

    The event was organized by the San Diego Cannabis Farmers Market.

    "We decided that the community need to meet everybody that's involved in the industry," Joshua Caruso, the co-founder of the market, said. "With legalization and the recreation market going the way that it is — also with hemp being legal now — it's something that's thriving and we felt that San Diego needed that."

    Not all the jobs are about handling the actual plants, employers there said. There are opportunities in marketing and management.

    Caruso said the industry is becoming more professional, so cannabis entrepreneurs need professional people to help with those aspects.

    "There's a big stigma out there still, a negative stigma, and ... we're killing the stigma one resume at a time," he said.

    Now that the market has its license from the state, Caruso said his team is working on more events such as this one.



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    A pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run crash Saturday evening in the Midway District, police said.

    The crash happened around 7 p.m. on Midway Drive between Rosecrans Street and Barnett Avenue, according to the San Diego Police Department.

    The man died at the scene.

    Police are searching for an older model Honda Accord with gold metallic paint and tinted windows that was last seen headed heading toward Rosecrans Street.

    This is a developing story. Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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    At least one deputy was involved in a shooting Saturday night in Lemon Grove, according to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

    The shooting happened around 9 p.m. in the 7000 block of Broadway, near state Route 94 and a busy shopping center, sheriff's officials said.

    No one deputies were hurt and there were no outstanding suspects, the sheriff's office said. 

    This is a developing story. Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.



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    The partial government shutdown created a delicious irony at federal prisons — inmates dining on lavish holiday meals in front of disgruntled staffers forced to work without pay.

    The striking dynamic played out at dozens of prisons across the country on Christmas and New Year's Day, several workers told NBC News, aggravating staffers who were already fretting about bills to pay and children to feed.

    Inmates at FCI Pekin in Illinois enjoyed a fancy meal of steak and shrimp on Jan. 1. Cornish hen and Boston Creme pie were on the menu at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn. And the prisoners at a federal institution in Minnesota munched on heaping plates of chicken wings, according to staffers and documents obtained by NBC News.

    The shutdown marks the latest hardship for a group of roughly 36,000 federal employees who have been complaining about staff shortages and dangerous work conditions for months.



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    A man was arrested for allegedly driving under the influence after crashing into an El Cajon home early Sunday morning, authorities said.

    The incident occurred near Chambers Street and W. Madison Avenue at about 1:30 a.m., according to the El Cajon Police Department.

    The suspect was driving a grey SUV, according to footage from the scene.

    The car appeared to crash through some hedges and into the corner of the building. The building had visible cracks at the point of impact.

    He was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, said ECPD.

    No one inside the home was hurt, police said.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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    A driver said the heavy rain is what caused him to crash on Interstate 8 Sunday morning, hospitalizing at least one person.

    I-8 was temporarily shut down after a collision involving three vehicles occurred at around 5:15 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

    One man said he crashed into the guardrail while traveling on the roadway in El Cajon. He said he lost control due to the heavy rain.

    NBC 7’s weathercaster Brooke Landau said widespread, scattered showers would hit San Diego Sunday morning until tapering off in the afternoon.

    The interstate lanes were reopened in roughly an hour, according to CHP.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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    A man was killed in a multi-car crash on Interstate 5 after he initially crashed into the center divide just moments before, according to preliminary reports from the California Highway Patrol.

    The driver of a red SUV struck the center divide on northbound I-5 just south of Clairemont Drive in Bay Park around 5:50 a.m., said Sgt. Joseph Aboy with CHP San Diego.

    After this crash, Aboy said two other vehicles then struck the red SUV.

    “The driver of the initial collision was probably standing outside of his vehicle when he got struck,” Aboy said. “He was fatally injured as a result of the secondary and third collisions.”

    The extent of the injuries of the other drivers is unknown at this time.

    The other two cars appear to be a grey SUV and a white pickup truck, according to footage of the scene. All three of the cars appeared to have taken extensive damage to their fronts.

    Three of the four lanes were closed as CHP investigates and crews clean up the wreckage.

    No other information was available.

    Please refresh this page for updates on this story. Details may change as more information becomes available.


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    A woman was killed after crashing near a Santee store as rainy weather conditions may have played a factor, according to the San Diego Sheriff’s Department.

    Ashleigh Hanson was driving just before 8 a.m. Sunday when she appeared to strike a curb and fence outside Valley Tractor and Equipment on North Woodside Avenue, deputies said.

    Hanson, 40, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after crews arrived.

    Officials said rain and Hanson potentially driving too fast for these conditions may have contributed to the collision.

    No other vehicles were involved, and no other injuries were reported, according to deputies.

    Hanson was a Santee resident.

    No other information was available.


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    Roughly $2,000 worth of tools and plants were reported stolen at an Oceanside Home Depot, according to the Oceanside Police Department.

    Officers got the call of the alleged theft at around 9:15 a.m. Sunday for the home improvement store on Mission Avenue.

    OPD described the suspects as three men.

    The group took off in a blue-green Nissan Altima, police said.

    Anyone with information is asked to call OPD at (760) 435-4900.

    No other information was available.



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    President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador launched an ambitious plan Saturday to stimulate economic activity on the Mexican side of the U.S.-Mexico border, reinforcing his country’s commitment to manufacturing and trade despite recent U.S. threats to close the border entirely.

    Mexico will slash income and corporate taxes to 20 percent from 30 percent for 43 municipalities in six states just south of the U.S., while halving to 8 percent the value-added tax in the region. Business leaders and union representatives have also agreed to double the minimum wage along the border, to 176.2 pesos a day, the equivalent of $9.07 at current exchange rates.

    Lopez Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1, said the idea is to stoke wage and job growth via fiscal incentives and productivity gains. U.S. President Donald Trump has repeatedly complained that low wages in Mexico lure jobs from the U.S. Mexico committed to boost wages during last year’s negotiations to retool its free trade agreement with the U.S. and Canada.

    Speaking from Ciudad Juarez, a manufacturing hub south of El Paso, Texas, Lopez Obrador said Saturday he agrees with Trump that Mexican wages “should improve.” He decried, for instance, that Mexican auto workers earn a fraction of what their U.S. counterparts take home, topping out at just $3 an hour versus a typical wage of $23 an hour in the U.S.

    Yet the economic plan comes at a delicate moment for the border region. Trump threatened as recently as last week to close the U.S.-Mexico border “entirely” if Democrats refuse to allot $5.6 billion to expand the wall that separates the two countries.

    Economy Minister Graciela Marquez noted Saturday that the border region targeted for economic stimulus accounts for 7.5 percent of Mexico’s gross domestic product. And in recent years, she said, the 43 municipalities included in the plan have boasted combined economic growth of 3.1 percent, above the national average of 2.6 percent for the six years through 2017.

    Much of that robustness owes to trade and proximity with the U.S., the world’s biggest economy.

    “We have to take advantage of this locomotive that we have on the other side of the border,” she said.

    Marquez expressed optimism that the stimulus plan will direct more Mexican and foreign investment into the border region. The plan for the border region is part of what Lopez Obrador calls “curtains of development” to shore up different corridors of the country so that Mexicans stay rather than migrating in search of better economic prospects.



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    Actor Kevin Spacey will be arraigned at Nantucket District Court Monday to face charges of assault and battery.

    The charges stem from allegations that Spacey groped the son of former Boston news anchor Heather Unruh in July of 2016.

    The arraignment comes after the actor’s attorney tried to have him excused from the proceedings.

    A Massachusetts judge denied Spacey’s motion that he be excused from appearing at his arraignment Monday.

    On Christmas Eve the Cape & Islands district attorney announced that a criminal complaint had been filed against the 59-year-old actor the previous week.

    In the police report, the actor is accused of assaulting Unruh’s son at the Club Car Restaurant on Nantucket. Unruh’s said her son was 18-years-old at the time.

    State police documents say Unruh’s son claims he was groped by Spacey after the “House of Cards” actor bought him drinks while he was working at the restaurant.

    On the same day the charges were announced, Spacey tweeted a video of himself playing his killed-off character on the show, Frank Underwood.

    “Because I can promise you this. If I didn’t pay the price for the things we both know I did do, I’m certainly not going to pay the price for the things I didn't do," Spacey said in the video. "Of course they’re going to say I’m being disrespectful, not playing by the rules. Like I ever played by anyone’s rules before.”

    The report also alleges that the victim said his girlfriend didn’t believe him when he texted her that Spacey was hitting on him, so he sent a Snapchat video of the alleged assault.

    The allegations come after Spacey was fired by Netflix over accusations of sexual assault and harassment.

    He was also cut from the Ridley Scott film "All the Money in the World" and was replaced by Christopher Plummer just one month before the film’s release.

    A representative for Spacey did not return the NBC News request for comment after the charges were announced.

    After Spacey was fired by Netflix in 2017, his representatives said he would seek evaluation and treatment.


    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Kevin Spacey speaks onstage at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines And Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 27: Kevin Spacey speaks onstage at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards Presented by American Airlines And Jaguar Land Rover at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 27, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/BAFTA LA/Getty Images for BAFTA LA)

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    A Clairemont family is in mourning after a deadly motorcycle accident left 41-year-old Eric Findley dead back in December.

    The father of five was on his way to visit his wife at work, when he collided with a pick-up truck on West Bernardo Road in Rancho Bernardo.

    Eric had the day off and was getting lunch for his wife, Stephanie, when the accident happened. When Eric didn’t show up to the office, Stephanie knew something was wrong.

    “I was like, OK, now I’m worried, I don’t know where you are. You’re not answering,” said Stephanie.

    The loss has been extremely difficult for Stephanie and her five children.

    “I’m truly blessed, because he was so amazing,” Stephanie told NBC 7.

    Stephanie said Eric loved spending time with his children. From off-roading trips to vacations to Disneyland, the couple shared many fun memories during their 22 years together.

    “22 years is a long time, but it’s not long enough,” Stephanie said. “It’s really not.”

    Besides the emotional pain, Eric’s widow is now carrying a huge financial strain of losing the family’s primary provider.

    Stephanie is worried she will have to move out of her home. She and her husband had just started considering life insurance.

    “That conversation had just recently started, and unfortunately, we didn’t have anything into effect,” said Stephanie.

    As she prepares for Eric’s funeral, Stephanie reminisced about the dreams she had with her best friend.

    “He used to tell me, ‘We’re going to get grey and old, and we’re gonna have wheelchair races. We’re gonna race up and down the halls of the nursing home,’” Stephanie said.

    She continued by talking about another promise they made to each other.

    “‘If one of us goes before the other, I’m going to haunt you, and you better haunt me,’” she told NBC 7.

    Now Stephanie and her family struggle to move forward without the loving man who would always put a smile on their face.

    A GoFundMe page has been set up for Eric’s family.

    In its first week, it raised more than $13,000, nearly two-thirds of the page’s goal.



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    OK, you can all exhale now.

    The Eagles are off to New Orleans for a rematch against the Saints in the NFC conference semifinals after a heart-stopping 16-15 win over the Bears at Soldier Field.

    It wasn’t over until former Eagle Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal in the final seconds.

    One kneeldown later and the miracle season was still alive.

    WOW!

    1. This was such a team win. That’s my biggest takeaway from Sunday. Everybody in uniform contributed in some way, and that’s what you need to win a road playoff game against a great team. It wasn’t just about Nick Foles and Fletcher Cox. There was forgotten Golden Tate with the game-winning touchdown. There was Tre Sullivan knocking down a pass. There was Cre’Von LeBlanc with a huge third-down tackle short of the sticks. And so on. An incredible team win, and Doug Pederson and his coaches deserve so much credit for having the the entire roster ready for a really tremendous challenge.

    2. One of the most impressive things about Nick Foles is his ability to shrug off mistakes and play at a high level against really high-level teams. He was bad early, but you never see him hang his head or get frustrated or try to do too much and get it all back at once. He’s extremely strong mentally and we saw that in the second half, when he was 15-for-24 for 123 yards with no interceptions and two TD passes after a two-INT first half. The way he’s able to ignore immense pressure and the longest odds and the worst situations and rally his team time after time is something that’s reserved only for the greatest, and lately every time Foles plays he proves that he’s one of them.

    4. Think about this stretch for Foles: He’s beaten the 13-3 Rams in L.A., he’s beaten the 11-5 Texans at home and now he’s beaten the 12-4 Bears in Chicago. This is incredible stuff, and any question whether last year was some sort of fluke needs to understand that Foles is magical. He’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, and nothing he does surprises me.

    5. And how about Golden Tate? I mean, the kid had been playing less and less, he hadn’t made an impact since he got here, and who catches the game-winning pass? What a story. I give Tate so much credit for staying engaged, staying ready and producing when his number was called on the biggest play of his life. Tate had another big 19-yard gain on a third down where he got clobbered and I don’t know how he held onto the ball. He finished 5-for-46 and it might have been the best 5-for-46 in history. Howie Roseman’s a genius.

    6. Defensively, the Eagles were just tremendous deep in their own end and on third down. The Bears had drives down to the 18, 11 and 16 but had to settle for field goals all three times, and then the final drive to the 25 on the missed field goal. In a one-point game, those stops simply saved the game. The biggest stop came early in the fourth quarter after Allen Robinson’s 45-yard catch from Mitch Tribuisky gave the Bears a 1st-and-10 on the Eagles’ 21-yard-line. That could have been a real momentum changer after the Eagles had just taken the lead, but the Bears managed only five yards on their next three plays and settled for another field goal. That was huge.

    7. It was surprising to see Avonte Maddox beaten on several big plays in the second half, but the Bears really did a good job taking advantage of his aggressiveness. All their big plays came against him, most of them with  Robinson on the receiving end. It doesn’t change my feelings about the fourth-round rookie from Pitt, who made a bunch of big plays earlier in the game. He’s going to be a flat-out stud. He’ll learn from this and get better.

    8. The job the Eagles did defensively on Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen was truly impressive. The Bears wanted to get both those backs going, but Howard managed only 10-for-35 rushing and Cohen had one carry for no yards and 3-for-27 receiving. The Eagles were so good tackling both those guys, and they never really were a factor on offense.

    9. How freaking big-time was Alshon Jeffery. He continues to show what a big-time postseason player he is. He had six tough catches for 82 yards against his former team, including that catch down to the 2-yard-line with a minute remaining to give the Eagles 1st-and-goal. In just four games, Jeffery is now seventh in Eagles history with 301 yards in the postseason.

    10. I know the score last time was 48-7, and I don’t know if the Eagles are going to win Sunday in New Orleans, but I do know this is a different team than it was that day in mid-November. They are going to show up and they’re going to play the Saints tough next Sunday. It’s just a tremendous story the way this team has galvanized in the month and a half since that loss. That was a beaten team. An embarrassed team. And since then they’re 6-1 with the only blemish coming in Dallas in overtime, when they got robbed. Things came so easy for the Eagles last year, and that was an unforgettable year. This year, they’ve had to fight and scratch their way through so much adversity, and the season has a whole different feel to it. This was a 4-6 team and down 19-3 to the Giants on Nov. 25. Now look at them. What a remarkable story. What a remarkable team.



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    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 06: Golden Tate #19 celebrates with Lane Johnson #65 of the Philadelphia Eagles after scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Soldier Field on January 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JANUARY 06: Golden Tate #19 celebrates with Lane Johnson #65 of the Philadelphia Eagles after scoring a touchdown against the Chicago Bears in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Soldier Field on January 06, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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    Here’s a look at what is going on in San Diego sports for the week of January seventh-thirteenth.

    SEALS: We finally get to see the Seals at home! Saturday they host the Rochester Knighthawks 7 p.m. at Pechanga Arena.

    GULLS: The Gulls are on the road all week. Wednesday they’re in Stockton to face the Heat before heading to Milwaukee Saturday to play the Admirals.

    SOCKERS: You’ve got two chances to catch the Sockers at Pechanga Arena this weekend. Friday they host the Fury at 7:35 p.m. before the Coyotes head to town Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

    SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY AZTECS:

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Tuesday vs. Wyoming 7 p.m. at Viejas Arena and Saturday at Air Force.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Wednesday at Wyoming and Saturday vs. Air Force 1 p.m. at Viejas Arena.

    -WOMEN’S SWIM: Friday vs. Fresno State 10 a.m. at the Aztec Aquaplex and Saturday and Sunday at the UCLA Diving Invitational.

    UNIVESITY OF SAN DIEGO TOREROS:

    -WOMEN’S SWIM: Monday vs. UCLA and Harvard in Los Angeles and Saturday vs. Fresno State in San Diego 10 a.m.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Saint Mary’s 6:30 p.m.

    -WOMEN’S TENNIS: Friday-Sunday at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Rancho Mirage, California.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Saturday vs. Pepperdine 1 p.m. at USD.

    UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO TRITONS:

    -MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Friday at Sacred Heart and Saturday at Harvard.

    -SWIMMING & DIVING: Saturday at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Saturday at Stanislaus State.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Saturday at Stanislaus State.

    -FENCING: Sunday at the West Invitational in Colorado Springs.

    CAL STATE SAN MARCOS COUGARS:

    -WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Stanislaus State.

    -MEN’S BASKETBALL: Thursday at Stanislaus State.


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    Wading through a crowd of journalists to walk into the courthouse, Kevin Spacey faced a judge in a Nantucket courtroom Monday morning after being accused of sexually assaulting the son of a former Boston news anchor.

    A not guilty plea was entered on behalf of the 59-year-old actor, who appeared at Nantucket District Court on a felony charge of indecent assault and battery. Spacey was released after his attorney and the lead prosecutor had a brief back-and-forth over preserving data from the phone of the alleged victim and someone else. The judge also set another hearing for March 4, for which Spacey is not required to appear.

    Neither Spacey nor his attorneys commented as they left the courthouse.

    The former "House of Cards" actor was ordered to stay away from the young man accusing him of groping him at the Club Car Restaurant in July of 2016. The allegations surfaced in November 2017 after former WCVB-TV anchor Heather Unruh accused Spacey of groping her then-18-year-old son at the Nantucket restaurant where he worked as a bus boy that summer.

    Unruh accused the "House of Cards" actor of assaulting her son at the Club Car Restaurant. According to state police documents, Unruh's son claims he was groped by Spacey after he allegedly bought the teen several drinks at the restaurant. When Unruh's son was drunk, Spacey allegedly stuck his hand inside the teenager’s pants and grabbed his genitals, according to documents.

    "I want to make it clear - this was a criminal act," Unruh said when she first publicly accused Spacey in November of 2017. "It harmed him, and it cannot be undone."

    Spacey’s accuser may have filmed the alleged assault, according to state documents. The alleged victim’s girlfriend did not believe him when he said the actor was making advances at him. Unruh's son then sent her a Snapchat video that showed Spacey’s hand near the teen’s crotch, according to the documents.

    Unruh told NBC News that she and her son would not be attending the arraignment. 

    "We have decided as a family that we will not make any statements until trial," Unruh told NBC News. "We want to preserve the integrity of the case."

    "By reporting the sexual assault, my client is a determined and encouraging voice for those victims not yet ready to report being sexually assaulted," Mitchell Garabedian, attorney for the accuser, said in a statement. "My client is leading by example."

    NBC isn't naming the accuser because it does not identify the victims of alleged sexual assault.

    Spacey's arraignment comes after his attorney tried to have him excused from the proceedings, a motion that was denied by a Massachusetts judge. The Boston Globe reports the actor's attorneys had a chance to fight the indecent assault and battery charge during a secret hearing on Dec. 20.

    The groping accusation is one of several sexual misconduct allegations made against Spacey in the last year. He was fired from the final season of his Netflix show "House of Cards" and replaced in a movie, "All the Money in the World," in the wake of the allegations.

    His representative has said he was seeking treatment. On Christmas Eve, Spacey released a video in which he appeared to address allegations against him as his "House of Cards" character, Frank Underwood: "Despite even my own death, I feel surprisingly good and my confidence grows each day that soon enough you will know the full truth."

    Sex assault resources are available at the National Sexual Violence Resources Center and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 800-656-4673. Since it was first created in 1994, the National Sexual Assault Hotline has helped more than two million people, according to its website.



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    Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket.Actor Kevin Spacey arrives at district court on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Nantucket, Massachusetts, to be arraigned on a charge of indecent assault and battery. The Oscar-winning actor is accused of groping the teenage son of a former Boston TV anchor in 2016 in the crowded bar at the Club Car in Nantucket.

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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren's trip to Iowa over the weekend was nearly flawless and well-received, NBC News reported, no matter what questions the Massachusetts progressive may face over her electability.

    Warren was the first top Democrat to step toward the 2020 race for president and, in her three-day debut Iowa trip, nearly 3,000 people came out to hear her talk about selling Girl Scout cookies and fighting what she calles a rigged political system.

    "When I first heard her on the stump, it made me feel like exactly where I grew up and the difficulties I grew up with," said J.D. Scholten, a Democrat who lost a challenge against conservative Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, in the midterms.

    But Warren's age, gender and politics will face scrutiny as she campaigns in what is expected to swell into a large field of Democratic hopefuls, and a woman in Sioux City asked pointedly about President Donald Trump's bullying over Warren's bungled rollout of a DNA test over the senator's Native American ancestry.



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    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, speaks during an organizing event at Curate event space in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Her Iowa debut, beginning Friday evening and continuing across the state Saturday, offered the first glimpse of what she may look like as a 2020 candidate.Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, speaks during an organizing event at Curate event space in Des Moines, Iowa, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Her Iowa debut, beginning Friday evening and continuing across the state Saturday, offered the first glimpse of what she may look like as a 2020 candidate.

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    Ahead of the 76th annual Golden Globe Awards, former nominee and producer of the winning film “Green Book” Octavia Spencer posted a behind-the-scenes video from rehearsals inside the Beverly Hills Hotel venue. Alongside she wrote: “Getting ready for the biggest party of the season… oh and they give out awards, too!!” Spencer went on to congratulate the nominees, but she’d already addressed the hurdle the ceremony would have to overcome.

    Balance the fun without ignoring an industry still addressing #MeToo and #TimesUp. But try to keep the focus on the actual awards, something the Globes, voted on by around 90 international journalists who make up the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, often previously eschewed in favor of the dinner party atmosphere.

    Viewers tune to the Globes for the off-the-cuff moments, the party atmosphere and the red-carpet parade. Last year, female attendees donned black as the Globes were the first televised show of the annual Hollywood award season following the fall of Harvey Weinstein and growing calls for greater gender diversity across the industry.

    So yes, color returned to the dresses on the red carpet, but in an understated way. Lady Gaga, who won for co-writing “Shallow” from “A Star is Born,” drew more gasps for the size of her Tiffany diamonds than the periwinkle-blue Valentino gown she sported.

    Pre-show interviews skewed toward the craft, with Gaga referencing acting as “going to the nectar of your being.” It was an early, unintentionally meme-able moment ahead of a show that felt aware of the controversy/celebration tightrope it would have to negotiate.

    Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg took on the seemingly thankless job of co-hosting and were quick to make a crack about the upcoming Academy Awards and its lack of a host. Kevin Hart stepped away from the duty over backlash when past homophobic comments he made nearly a decade ago resurfaced on social media.

    Oh and Samberg delivered a mock roast of attendees and Hollywood in general as part of their opening dialogue that made it clear they knew the task they had accepted. But it was Oh who summed up the evening best when, on a more serious note, she addressed the fear she felt being on the stage Sunday night. Oh said hosting was something she had to do in order to experience a “real” moment, to be able to look out from the stage and see “all these faces of change.”

    Oh had already made history as the first Asian actor to co-host the event. Her win for her performance in “Killing Eve” also made her the only woman of Asian descent to win multiple Golden Globes. But her moment of realness early on proved to be prescient. Overall acceptance speeches were safe, but enough winners took the opportunity to be outspoken and address the big issues facing the industry.

    Regina King took home the supporting actress in a motion picture award for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” her first win in three nominations. During her speech, King made a promise that moving forward she would only produce projects that employ at least 50 percent women on the crew and made an impassioned plea for others to do the same.

    In her acceptance speech for best actress in a television series comedy or musical, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Rachel Brosnahan highlighted the “matriarchy” that exists on the show.

    Christian Bale courted political controversy, with a knowing wink, when he thanked Satan for giving him inspiration for his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney in “Vice.” It was a moment that recalled Globes of old, but the ceremony quickly returned to safer territory.

    Similarly, Jeff Bridges’ free-wheeling acceptance speech for the Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award was redolent of the Dude, his iconic character from “The Big Lebowski,” but before he took his leave from the stage, Bridges told the collective audience that: “We can turn this ship in the way we want to go, man.” Loose and fast, but real enough to count.

    In an evening where awards were handed out to a diverse group of winners, including best picture statues for “Green Book” (drama) and Freddie Mercury biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” (comedy or musical), it was Glenn Close, in her third Globe win, who brought the room collectively to their feet and delivered a moment of celebration and awareness that Oh would have applauded.

    Accepting the best actress award in a film, drama, for her role as the long-patient spouse in “The Wife,” Close shed tears as she called on women to absolutely “find personal fulfillment” and implored them to follow their dreams. “We have to say I can do that. And I should be allowed to do that,” Close said.



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    In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh speak onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh speak onstage during the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California.

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    The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Alabama is getting withering criticism on social media after rescinding its decision to honor political activist and scholar Angela Davis.

    Davis is a Birmingham native who has spent decades fighting for civil rights. She was an active member of the Black Panther Party, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and Communist Party USA. She's also an outspoken supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement targeting Israel's treatment of Palestinians.

    BCRI President and CEO Andrea Taylor said in October that the Institute was "thrilled to bestow this honor" on Davis who she described as "one of the most globally recognized champions of human rights, giving voice to those who are powerless to speak."

    But the institute announced Saturday that in late December, "supporters and other concerned individuals and organizations, both inside and outside of our local community, began to make requests that we reconsider our decision."

    "Upon closer examination of Davis' statements and public record, we concluded that she unfortunately does not meet all of the criteria" for the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award.

    The statement didn't indicate what criteria it found Davis didn't meet, nor did it identify the origin of the complaints. Many people responded with outrage Monday on Twitter and Facebook.

    Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the protests came from the "local Jewish community and some of its allies" in a statement expressing "dismay." He called it a reactive and divisive decision and offered to facilitate a community dialogue in response.



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    Angela Davis speaks onstage during the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.Angela Davis speaks onstage during the Women's March on Washington on Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C.

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    Tennessee's governor granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown on Monday, commuting her sentence for killing a man while she said she was a teenage sex trafficking victim, NBC News reported.

    Brown, now 30, was tried as an adult in 2006 and sentenced to life in prison for the death of Johnny Mitchell Allen, who had paid her for sex. She will be eligible for release to parole on Aug. 7.

    Brown's supporters have said her punishment was too extreme. She's said she ran away from home and was living with a pimp who raped her and forced her to become a prostitute, shooting Allen because she believed he was reaching for a gun.

    "Cyntoia Brown committed, by her own admission, a horrific crime at the age of 16," Gov. Bill Haslam said in a statement that went on to call the life sentence "too harsh, especially in light of the extraordinary steps Ms. Brown has taken to rebuild her life."



    Photo Credit: Lacy Atkins /The Tennessean via AP, Pool, File

    This May 23, 2018, file photo shows Cyntoia Brown, a woman sentenced to life for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute, asks for a second chance during a clemency hearing at Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn.This May 23, 2018, file photo shows Cyntoia Brown, a woman sentenced to life for killing a man when she was a 16-year-old prostitute, asks for a second chance during a clemency hearing at Tennessee Prison for Women in Nashville, Tenn.

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