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York police, SIU investigate fatal vehicle collision in Markham – 680 News

December 31st, 2019

York Regional Police and the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are investigating following a fatal vehicle collision in Markham Tuesday night.

Police said officers were called to a report of a vehicle collision in the area of Elgin Mills Road and Ninth Line at around 7:20 p.m.

Two vehicles were involved in the incident.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene and a male driver has been arrested for allegedly driving impaired, police said.

Police said the SIU has invoked their mandate “due to an interaction between York Regional Police and the suspect vehicle.”

The SIU is an arms-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the police directly or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.

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Kevin Spacey Accuser’s Estate Drops Sexual Assault Lawsuit – The New York Times

December 31st, 2019

A lawsuit that accused the actor Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting a massage therapist in 2016 ended after the accuser’s estate dropped the case, court documents filed on Monday show.

The filing, in Federal District Court in California, said the lawsuit against Mr. Spacey, who has faced a series of sexual misconduct allegations, had been voluntarily dismissed with prejudice — meaning it cannot be brought back before the court.

“Mr. Spacey paid no money to the plaintiff,” Jennifer L. Keller, a lawyer for Mr. Spacey, said in an email on Tuesday night. “The plaintiff wished to dismiss the case and we stipulated to the dismissal to speed things up. What you see in the stipulation is all there is to see. Any reports to the contrary are false.”

(The Hollywood Reporter said on Tuesday that a “settlement” had prompted the conclusion of the case.)

A lawyer for the estate of the massage therapist, a Los Angeles County man identified in the lawsuit as John Doe, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday evening.

The massage therapist sued Mr. Spacey, 60, last January. He accused Mr. Spacey of grabbing his hand and putting it on the actor’s genitals during a massage at a home in Malibu, Calif., that had been rented by Mr. Spacey’s production company. The lawsuit claimed that Mr. Spacey groped and tried to kiss the massage therapist before offering him oral sex.

But the massage therapist died in September at 62, leaving his estate 90 days to take over as the plaintiff in the lawsuit. In November, a California Superior Court judge signed an order appointing the man’s son as the special administrator of his estate.

The case’s conclusion came less than a week after Ari Behn, a Scandinavian writer who had accused Mr. Spacey of groping him, died by suicide, according to the Norwegian news service NTB.

Mr. Spacey’s acting career, which includes a pair of Oscars, all but vanished after several people accused him of sexual misconduct.

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York police, SIU investigate fatal vehicle collision in Markham – CityNews

December 31st, 2019

York Regional Police and the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are investigating following a fatal vehicle collision in Markham Tuesday night.

Police said officers were called to a report of a vehicle collision in the area of Elgin Mills Road and Ninth Line at around 7:20 p.m.

Two vehicles were involved in the incident.

One person was pronounced dead at the scene and a male driver has been arrested for allegedly driving impaired, police said.

Police said the SIU has invoked their mandate “due to an interaction between York Regional Police and the suspect vehicle.”

The SIU is an arms-length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the police directly or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers.

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Welcome to 2020: Predictions for the new year that almost certainly won’t happen – CTV News

December 31st, 2019

TORONTO — Predicting the future has long captivated scientists and scholars. But when it comes to forecasting what 2020 was supposed to look like, few got it right.

We don’t all live in steel houses, like Thomas Edison predicted back in 1911. The world population is 7.7 billion, not 8 billion, as the International Food Policy Institute predicted. And astronauts are still years away from landing on Mars, despite a 2020 prediction by the National Research Council.

With plenty of excitement in store over the next year, here are a few things that – despite humankind’s best guesses — almost certainly won’t happen.

FLYING CARS

Ever since “The Jetsons” hit the airwaves in 1962, flying cars have been emblematic of a high-tech future. Apparently, they’re also difficult to make.

Back in 2017, Uber boasted that it was just three years away from launching flying cars in three cities: Los Angeles, Dubai and Dallas. The airborne fleet would come with a new air traffic control system specially designed for the low-flying vehicles.

That ambitious timeline has been pushed back to 2023.

MAIL BY DRONE

Six years ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos predicted that his company would be delivering packages using drones by 2020.

Of course, that hasn’t happened yet. For the moment, Amazon’s drone ambitions remain closer to the ground as researchers continue to work out how such a system would operate.

DEMOCRACY IN CHINA

Ten years ago, a pair of sociologists predicted that communist China was on a pathway to democracy. But there are no signs that the Chinese government – which boasts one of the world’s most powerful economies – is anywhere close to changing course.

If anything, the violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong throughout 2019 prove just how committed China is to maintaining the status quo.

ANTARCTICA MELTS

Some people believe that French astrologer Nostradamus predicted the rise of Hitler and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. For 2020, some interpreters of his work believe he predicted that sea levels would rise, Antarctica would detach and melt, and that marine life would die in 2020.

It’s true that marine life is struggling. Seventy gray whales were stranded on the west coast of the U.S. early last year, and Canadian scientists have yet to figure out why North Atlantic right whales keep dying. The same goes for British Columbia’s southern resident killer whale population, which has seen years of dwindling numbers as calves struggle to survive beyond a few weeks.

And it’s true that sea levels are rising. According to the U.S. National Ocean Service, sea levels rise about one-eighth of an inch per year.

It would take a sudden and cataclysmic event for Antarctica to completely detach and melt in 2020. Even so, the polar continent continues to shed ice at a record rate.

THE WORLD’S FIRST HYPERLOOP SYSTEM

Imagine hopping in an air-tight tube and commuting to work at speeds of up to 1,200 kilometres per hour. That was SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s vision for the hyperloop. More than 100 kilometres of hyperloop was supposed to be up and running by 2020, but that still hasn’t happened.

However, Musk recently tweeted that Las Vegas will “hopefully” have its first high-speed transit tunnel up and running sometime in the new year.

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December 31st, 2019

Kim vows to show new North Korean weapon – CTV News

December 31st, 2019

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accused the Trump administration of dragging its feet in nuclear negotiations and warned that his country will soon show a new strategic weapon to the world as it bolsters its nuclear deterrent in the face of “gangster-like” U.S. pressure.

The North’s state media said Wednesday that Kim made the comments during a four-day ruling party conference where he declared the North will never give up its security for economic benefits in the face of what he described as increasing U.S. hostility and nuclear threats.

Kim’s comments during a plenary meeting of the Workers’ Party’s Central Committee follow a monthslong standoff between Washington and Pyongyang over disagreements involving disarmament steps and the removal of sanctions imposed on North Korea, which dimmed hopes for achieving a full and verifiable denuclearization of the country through diplomacy.

“(Kim) said that we will never allow the impudent U.S. to abuse the DPRK-U.S. dialogue for meeting its sordid aim but will shift to a shocking actual action to make it pay for the pains sustained by our people so far and for the development so far restrained,” the Korean Central News Agency said, referring to the North by its formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

Kim added that “if the U.S. persists in its hostile policy toward the DPRK, there will never be the denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula and the DPRK will steadily develop necessary and prerequisite strategic weapons for the security of the state until the U.S. rolls back its hostile policy,” KCNA said.

The report was vague about the new strategic weapon North Korea would reveal soon. It had announced in December that it performed two “crucial” tests at its long-range rocket launch site that would further strengthen its nuclear deterrent, prompting speculation it was developing a new ICBM or planning a satellite launch that could help advance its missile technologies.

North Korea last year ended a 17-month pause in ballistic activity by testing a slew of solid-fuel weapons that potentially expanded its capabilities to strike targets in South Korea and Japan, including U.S. military bases there.

It also last year threatened to lift the moratorium on testing nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles it imposed in 2018, however Kim in his remarks at the party meeting gave no clear indication he was abandoning negotiations with the United States entirely or restarting the suspended tests.

Some experts say North Korea, which has always been sensitive about electoral changes in U.S. government, will avoid engaging in serious negotiations for a deal with Washington in coming months as it watches how Trump’s impending impeachment trial over his dealings with Ukraine affects U.S. presidential elections in November.

Kim did warn there were no longer grounds for the North to be”unilaterally bound” to its moratorium on nuclear and ICBM tests, criticizing the United States for continuing military exercises with South Korea and providing the South with advanced weaponry.

The allies have scaled down their major military exercises since 2018 to create space for diplomacy, but North Korea considers such drills to be rehearsals for an invasion and insists even smaller drills violate agreements between the leaders. The North has also criticized the allies over South Korea’s recent acquisition of advanced U.S. F-35 fighter jets.

Kim and President Donald Trump have met three times since June 2018, but negotiations have faltered since the collapse of their second summit last February, when the Americans rejected North Korean demands for broad sanctions relief in exchange for a partial surrender of its nuclear capabilities.

The KCNA report came hours before North Korean state TV had been expected to broadcast Kim’s New Year’s speech, which he has annually used to announce major changes in security and economic policies. But no speech has been broadcast as of 9 a.m., raising the possibility it was replaced with the lengthy report on Kim’s comments from the Workers’ Party meeting that concluded Tuesday.

In his New Year’s speech for 2019, Kim said he would seek a “new way” if Washington persists with sanctions and pressure. Following the collapse of the Hanoi summit, Kim demanded that Washington come up with new proposals by the end of 2019 to salvage the negotiations.

The Trump administration, which sees economic pressure as its main leverage with Pyongyang, rejected Kim’s end-of-year deadline and urged the North to return to the negotiation table.

Kim’s comments indicated the North’s “new way” may look very much like the old one — a determination to wait out sanctions and pressure, which will possibly weaken over time, while patiently cementing the country’s status as a nuclear weapons state.

Kim called for his people to stay resilient in a struggle for economic “self-reliance,” doubling down on previous government claims that the North could succeed in domestically driven development despite the punitive measures and restrictions imposed on its broken economy.

But Kim also lamented unmet goals in development objectives laid out in 2019, calling for significant improvements in agricultural production and removal of unspecified “evil practices and stagnation” across industries including coal mining, electricity production, machinery and railway transport.

Kim said if the North does not “spur to the struggle for bolstering the power for self-development while waiting for the lift of sanctions, the enemies’ reactionary offensive will get fiercer to check our advance,” the KCNA said.

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2020 arrives in US following New Year’s celebrations around the world – Fox News

December 31st, 2019

When each new year arrives in the U.S., the biggest party is usually at Times Square in New York City – and 2020 was no exception.

Although rain started falling Tuesday evening, relatively mild winter temperatures brought out a big crowd – as did live performances by entertainers such as Post Malone, the South Korean pop group BTS, country singer Sam Hunt and singer Alanis Morissette.

“We often watched this in the TV and see this and we totally want to be a part of it,” Mathieu Plesotsky, 25, a visitor from Hesse, Germany, told The Associated Press.

Revelers, including Natsumi Ishikawa, left, and Minori Kondo, second from left, both from Nagoya, Japan, take part in the New Year's Eve festivities in New York's Times Square, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (Associated Press)

Revelers, including Natsumi Ishikawa, left, and Minori Kondo, second from left, both from Nagoya, Japan, take part in the New Year’s Eve festivities in New York’s Times Square, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. (Associated Press)

Many in the crowd arrived before noon to get a good spot before the ball drop at midnight. Spectators had to enter through a tight security screening gauntlet – part of the stepped-up security measures now commonplace for big events in the Big Apple.

Thousands of police officers were on hand for the festivities, plus more than 1,000 security cameras, helicopters and drones equipped with thermal-imaging and 3D-mapping capabilities and super-zoom lenses.

Earlier, the ’20s entered with a roar across the planet as Tuesday night became Wednesday morning.

Here’s how the celebrations went in some corners of the globe:

BRAZIL

Rio de Janiero hosted one of the world’s biggest New Year parties, with about 3 million people gathered along Copacabana Beach. Many revelers dressed in white, symbolizing their hope for peace.

One tradition includes partying until sunrise and then taking a dip into the Atlantic Ocean.

In Sao Paulo, about 2 million people gathered to celebrate along Paulista Avenue.

Revellers photograph fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe as they celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Associated Press)

Revellers photograph fireworks over the Arc de Triomphe as they celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees, in Paris, France, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Associated Press)

FRANCE

The Champs-Elysees was filled with Parisians and tourists alike as the French capital welcomed the arrival of 2020. They were treated to a fireworks show at midnight as well as colorful lights on the Arc de Triomphe.

The Paris celebration was hampered by transit strikes, with metro rail lines shut down and only a few bus lines operating.

ITALY

Pope Francis made a New Year’s Eve appearance in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City, delighting tourists as he shook hands and patted the heads of children. At one point, a woman held the pontiff’s hand a little too long, prompting Francis to slap her hand twice to release her grip.

At St. Peter’s Basilica, the pope urged people to “build bridges, not walls,” as part of his New Year’s message.

SAMOA

Fireworks erupted at midnight from Mount Vaea, overlooking the capital of Apia. The end-of-the-year celebration was a time of sadness and remembrance.

A measles epidemic in late 2019 claimed 81 lives, mostly children under 5. More than 5,600 measles cases were recorded in the nation of just under 200,000 people.

With the epidemic now contained, the Samoa Observer newspaper named health workers who fought the outbreak as its Person of the Year.

Fireworks explode over Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue during New Year's celebrations in Bali, Indonesia, Jan. 1, 2020. (Reuters) 

Fireworks explode over Garuda Wisnu Kencana statue during New Year’s celebrations in Bali, Indonesia, Jan. 1, 2020. (Reuters) 

INDONESIA

Tens of thousands of revelers in Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta were soaked by torrential rains as they waited for New Year’s Eve fireworks, while others in the country were wary of an active volcano.

Festive events along coastal areas near the Sunda Strait were dampened by a possible larger eruption of Anak Krakatau, an island volcano that erupted last year just ahead of Christmas Day, triggering a tsunami that killed more than 430 people.

The country’s volcanology agency has warned locals and tourists to stay 1.3 miles from the volcano’s crater following an eruption Tuesday that blasted ash and debris up to 6,560 feet into the air.

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Fireworks explode around the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during New Year celebrations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 1, 2020. (Reuters) 

Fireworks explode around the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, during New Year celebrations in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jan. 1, 2020. (Reuters) 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

For nearly 10 minutes, fireworks lit the sky over Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, as hundreds of thousands gathered downtown to watch the spectacular display.

The New Year’s Eve display at the 2,716-foot-tall skyscraper was just one of seven different fireworks shows. Tourists, especially from Europe and Russia, flock to the sunny beaches of Dubai at this time of year to escape the cold, dark winter.

To keep the massive crowds safe, police created walkways around the Burj Khalifa tower for male-only groups, to separate them from families and women.

Dubai this year will be hosting Expo 2020, a world fair that brings the most cutting-edge and futuristic technologies.

Buddhists light candles to form letters meaning, "Best wishes for a Happy New Year," during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Associated Press)

Buddhists light candles to form letters meaning, “Best wishes for a Happy New Year,” during New Year celebrations at Jogyesa Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Associated Press)

SOUTH KOREA

Thousands of South Koreans filled cold downtown streets in Seoul ahead of a traditional bell-tolling ceremony near City Hall to send off an exhausting 2019 highlighted by political scandals, decaying job markets and crumbling diplomacy with North Korea.

Dignitaries ringing the old Bosingak bell at midnight included South Korean Major League Baseball pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu and Pengsoo, a giant penguin character with a gruff voice and blunt personality that emerged as one of the country’s biggest TV stars in 2019.

People gather to welcome the arrival of the New Year at a crossing in Shibuya district in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Associated Press)

People gather to welcome the arrival of the New Year at a crossing in Shibuya district in Tokyo Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Associated Press)

JAPAN

People flocked to temples and shrines in Japan, offering incense with their prayers to celebrate the passing of a year and the first New Year’s of the Reiwa era.

Under Japan’s old-style calendar, linked to emperors’ rules, Reiwa started in May, after Emperor Akihito stepped down and his son Naruhito became emperor. Although Reiwa is entering its second year in 2020, Jan. 1 still marks Reiwa’s first New Year’s, the most important holiday in Japan.

Stalls at Zojoji Temple in Tokyo sold sweet rice wine, fried noodles and candied apples, as well as little amulets in the shape of mice — the zodiac animal for 2020. Since the Year of the Mouse starts off the Asian zodiac, it’s associated with starting anew.

Tokyo will host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, an event that is creating much anticipation for the entire nation.

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Protesters hold up their hands to symbolize the five demands of the pro-democracy movement as New Year's fireworks light up the sky during a demonstration in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Associated Press)

Protesters hold up their hands to symbolize the five demands of the pro-democracy movement as New Year’s fireworks light up the sky during a demonstration in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. (Associated Press)

HONG KONG

Revelers, as well as pro-democracy protesters, flocked to sites across Hong Kong to usher in 2020.

The semi-autonomous Chinese city has toned down New Year’s celebrations amid the months-long demonstrations. The protests have repeatedly sparked pitched battles with police and have taken their toll on Hong Kong’s nightlife and travel industries.

A fireworks display that traditionally lights up the famed Victoria Harbor was canceled amid safety concerns, while some roads were closed and barriers set up in the Lan Kwai Fong nightlife district to control crowds.

Revellers enjoy New Year's Day on a beach in Durban, South Africa January 1, 2017. (Reuters) 

Revellers enjoy New Year’s Day on a beach in Durban, South Africa January 1, 2017. (Reuters) 

SOUTH AFRICA

Thousands of revelers gathered at Cape Town’s Waterfront area to ring in the New Year with music, dancing and fireworks in front of the city’s iconic Table Mountain.

In past years, residents of Johannesburg’s poor Hillbrow neighborhood would celebrate the New Year by tossing furniture, appliances and even refrigerators from the balconies of high-rise apartment buildings. Police have issued stern warnings, and it appears the dangerous tradition has declined.

In a somber statement, President Cyril Ramaphosa said: “While our economy created jobs, these have not been nearly enough to stop the rise in unemployment or the deepening of poverty.”

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South African singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka was deported from Uganda, where she was to perform at a New Year’s Eve event. Ugandan police cited visa issues, but Ugandan media reported it was because she had voiced support for Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine, the most potent opposition challenger to President Yoweri Museveni.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Leafs kiss 2019 goodbye with another victory under Keefe – Toronto Sun

December 31st, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Not a bad way for the Maple Leafs to hit the mid-point of the 2019-20 regular season.

And Happy New Year indeed.

The Leafs continue to grow under Sheldon Keefe, and continue to win hockey games while adjusting to a higher tempo, offensively-driven system, the latest victory a 4-1 triumph over the Minnesota Wild on New Year’s Eve.

Few teams can say afterward they enjoyed a never-in-doubt win, but the Leafs could claim as much on Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center, building off a strong first period to improve to 13-4-1 since Keefe replaced Mike Babcock as coach.

“Efficient is a good term to describe it,” Keefe said. “I didn’t think we gave up a lot, especially in the third period when we expected them to push.

“I don’t think we made the best plays all the time through the neutral zone and that slowed us down a little bit.

“But we continued to get the puck back. We thought they would be forechecking us really hard and they would shoot the puck a lot and that didn’t seem to happen a whole lot. Just the way that we retained the puck took the wind out of their sails and we hope that that can continue.”

Overall, the Leafs are 22-14-5 and with 49 points will start 2020 in second place in the Atlantic Division.

The victory, the Leafs’ ninth in 11 games, was highlighted by another goal from Auston Matthews, giving him 27 and putting him on pace for 54. Certainly, if Matthews stays healthy, he should set a career-high, his highest output coming three seasons ago when he scored 40 goals.

As it is, Matthews finished the calendar year with 50 goals in 91 games, including playoffs.

William Nylander, for the first time in his NHL career, has scored a goal in four consecutive games. Nylander, who has had instant chemistry with captain John Tavares, also became the third Leafs player to score the winning goal in three consecutive road games, joining Mats Sundin (2001) and Alexander Steen (2007).

Tavares sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 25 seconds to play.

“Things are building, the confidence is getting better, I think we’re starting to have a really good feel about the way we want to play,” Tavares said of his level of optimism as the new year starts.

“We know we can still be better, but certainly I think the things (Keefe) has implemented have really translated well with the skill set of our team.

“We have responded to this point, there’s a lot of hockey left. We have to keep building from here.”

Matthews gave the the Leafs a 3-0 lead at 8:34 of the second on a power play, finishing a tic-tac-toe feed from Nylander.

The Wild got on the scoreboard at 11:46 on a power play when Ryan Suter, from the point, beat a screened Frederik Andersen.

The Leafs, who play in Winnipeg against the Jets on Thursday, couldn’t have played a much tidier first period.

Not only did Toronto take a 2-0 lead into the intermission on goals by Alex Kerfoot and Nylander, it killed off two penalties and held the Wild to just two shots on goal while the teams played five on five.

Kerfoot opened the scoring at 5:55 not long after Wild forward Zach Parise turned the puck over to Nylander. The Leafs kept control and Tavares eventually found Kerfoot, who snapped a shot over goaltender Devan Dubnyk’s catching glove.

Nylander scored with 31 seconds remaining in the period. Tyson Barrie, behind the goal line, got the puck to the front of the net where Matthews jammed away at it. Dubnyk got turned around, and before he could get set, Nylander put the puck in the open net.

“I think there’s still steps you want to take,” Nylander when asked if he thinks he is all the way back after missing a chunk of last season. “You’re never satisfied, so you want to keep going.”

The Leafs lost Travis Dermott and Pierre Engvall for brief periods, but both returned. Keefe indicated he didn’t think there were any health issues with either.

Toronto outshot Minnesota 29-27.

ALL-STAR THOUGHTS

Matthews will represent the Leafs in the NHL all-star game for the fourth year in a row, and no, he’s not getting tired of the experience.

And at the age of 22, Matthews isn’t anywhere near trying to beg off from the weekend. Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin is skipping the all-star festivities for the second year in a row, while Detroit Red Wings forward Dylan Larkin told reporters on Tuesday that though he is Detroit’s candidate for Last Man In voting, he would rather have the rest than head to St. Louis for the all-star festivities.

Matthews’ family enjoys the weekend as much as he does, but he can see the advantage in having those days to go on a quick vacation and relax.

“I understand both sides of it,” Matthews said. “A guy like Ovie wanting that extra rest, winning means the most.

“For me, it’s still pretty cool to go. It’s a tremendous honour.”

That Andersen, heading to his first all-star game, will be going will make the event that much more memorable for Matthews.

“Absolutely,” Matthews said. “Very deserving. You could have made an argument for him last year as well. The fact that we’re going to be going, we’re pretty stoked about it.”

Andersen, the first NHL goalie to win 20 games this season, said he has not made it a personal goal to get to the all-star game. Well, sort of.

“Both yes and no,” Andersen said. “If I play the way I can, I should have a good chance to be in there. We do have a lot of good players on this team and very few spots on the (all-star) roster. More guys have been deserving to go over the last few years and that’s just how it is.”

LOOSE LEAFS

Keefe didn’t have to be told that Adam Brooks played just four minutes 50 seconds in his NHL debut on Saturday. “I thought he was good and I talked to him about the fact that I lost his line there for good chunks of the game,” Keefe said. “It’s on me, not on him. The nice thing I saw him doing was skating and playing with confidence. He’s skating at a higher level now than he has been that I’ve seen him in this time in pro.” Brooks played eight minutes 52 seconds against Minnesota … The Toronto Marlies ended the calendar year on a sour note, losing 4-1 to Cleveland on Tuesday at the Coca-Cola Coliseum. Kenny Agostino scored the Marlies goal, while Kasimir Kaskisuo made 32 saves. Toronto, which dropped to 19-10-2-1, next plays on Friday in Syracuse.

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Mariah Carey’s hacked Twitter account shares lewd, racist tweets | TheHill – The Hill

December 31st, 2019

Singer Mariah Carey’s Twitter account was hacked Tuesday evening, resulting in numerous racist messages before Carey’s representatives regained control of the account.

Twitter confirmed that her account had been compromised.

“Confirming the account was hacked. As soon as we were made aware of the issue, we locked the compromised account and are currently investigating the situation,” a spokesperson said.

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Screenshots of the now-deleted messages showed several racist slurs from a group that identified itself as the “Chuckling Squad,” which also claimed responsibility for hacking Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account earlier this year.

Carey later responded in a tweet, writing, “I take a freaking nap and this happens?”

Carey has 21.4 million followers, and news of the hack was one of the top trending topics in the U.S. on New Year’s Eve.

Updated at 10:56 p.m.

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How the DC area is dealing with the flu this season so far – WTOP

December 31st, 2019

The D.C. area has reached a high mark for people sick with the flu.

The Centers for Disease Control tracks the flu week by week, and so far this flu season, CDC numbers show high flu activity in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

D.C.’s Health Department statistics show flu cases in the city spiked in the week before Christmas: 181 new cases of influenza were counted by area hospitals during the most recent reporting period. Most of these positive influenza cases are for young people between the ages of 5 and 24.

Virginia’s Department of Health said most new cases of the flu reported by doctors over the past 10 days were in Northern Virginia. Statewide, most of the people getting the flu are of a similar demographic as their counterparts in the capital: 13.3% of flu cases in Virginia are of youth ages 5 to 18.

In Maryland, the number of people hospitalized for the flu is down this week, but so far this flu season 305 people have been hospitalized, with more than a third of those over the age of 65. The flu often hits the elderly and young children the hardest.

So far this flu season, there have been no infant deaths in D.C., Maryland or Virginia.

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