President Donald Trump is expected to announce Saturday a new plan that will fund a wall along the U.S. southern border and end a partial government shutdown that has gone on for four weeks.
Trump will make the announcement from the White House, and according to The Associated Press, he is not expected to declare a national emergency to fund a border wall as he has said he might.
While the administration would not confirm what the president will announce, according to The Associated Press, Trump will lay out a new deal that would both fund the wall and end the government shutdown.
The New York Times is reporting that House Democrats have added more than $1 billion in border-related spending to funding bills that have been passed in recent weeks.
Democrats had proposed $563 million to hire 75 more immigration judges and $524 million to improve ports of entry in Calexico, California, and San Luis, Arizona, the AP reported.
Trump has asked for $5.7 billion in funding to build the border wall.The showdown over funding the wall led to the partial government shutdown that sent 800,000 federal workers home without pay for the past month.
Here’s what you need to know about Trump’s announcement:
What time: The announcement will come at 4 p.m. ET, according to the White House
Where is he making the announcement: Trump will be speaking from the White House
What channel: Cable news channels will carry the announcement live. The four major networks are also expected to carry the announcement live.
What will he say: It’s not believed Trump will declare a national emergency, but instead will propose a new deal to end the partial government shutdown and fund the wall, according to reporting from The Associated Press.
Three men were fatally shot and a fourth man was hospitalized after a home invasion early Saturday in Houston, KPRC reported.
According to police, four men forced their way into an east Houston home around 1 a.m. The homeowner grabbed his gun and shot all four men, KHOU reported.
One man died in front of the house, while one wounded man fled on foot, KPRC reported. The other two men fled in an SUV but crashed into a pole, the television station reported.
One man was found dead in the vehicle, while the other man left the SUV but collapsed. He later died at the hospital, KPRC reported.
The surviving suspect was shot in the leg, police said. He is expected to survive, the television station reported.
The homeowner was not injured and was being questioned by police, KHOU reported.
An 18-year-old California man is presumed dead after he was swept into the ocean at a state park near Carmel, KPIX reported.
Braxton Cooper Stuntz, of Carmel, was hiking along the trails at Garrapata State Park Beach on Jan. 12 when he slipped and fell through a blowhole near the cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, the television station reported.
The hole filled up with 14-foot waves that crashed into the area nine seconds apart, sweeping Stuntz out into the ocean, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said.
Coast Guard spokeswoman Emily Rowan told KSBW that two friends hiking with Stuntz said they saw him give a thumbs-up after he fell, "but after a few crashes of the waves they were unable to locate him."
Stuntz’s body has not been found.
Stuntz’s family started a GoFundMe page to begin a charitable foundation in his name. As of Saturday morning, more than $41,000 had been pledged.
The money will go toward the Children's Surgical Center and the tutoring of children in math and science, KION reported.
A Michigan teen battling cancer realized a dream Friday when he practiced in goal with the NHL’s Nashville Predators, fending off shots while meeting his favorite player, The Tennessean reported.
Jacob Piros is visiting Nashville to participate in the Make-A-WIsh Foundation’s program. The 17-year-old played in goal during the Predators’ practice Friday and then had lunch with his favorite player, goalie Pekka Rinne, the newspaper reported.
Piros’ cancer is in remission, and he was given special treatment while he visited the Music City. The high school goalie was introduced before the Predators’ game Thursday night against the Winnipeg Jets, led the team onto the ice and stood with Rinne during the playing of the national anthem, The Tennessean reported.
Friday morning, Piros worked in net as Predators players Roman Josi, Anthony Bitetto, Ryan Ellis, Yannick Weber, Dan Hamhuis, Ryan Hartman, Matt Irwin and RInne took shots at the teen. Piros stopped most the shots fired his way, the newspaper reported.
"I can't score on you," Rinne said after Piros made a save.
Rinne told The Tennessean that Piros’ handling of his cancer through the years was “awesome.”
"It’s a humbling feeling. It’s pretty surreal," Rinne said. "Last night I was upset about the game, but all of a sudden you realize how selfish it is. It’s just a hockey game. There’s a lot of other things going on in life.
"Great guy. He’s funny. Good sense of humor,” Rinne said. “It’s a great experience for me, too."
Piros was given five hockey sticks by Rinne, and he will attend Nashville’s game Saturday against the Florida Panthers with his parents, The Tennessean reported.
"It was fantastic," Piros’ mother, Ronda Klein, told the newspaper. "He was in his glory. He was like, 'Wow, dream come true.'"
A Tennessee woman is accused of “slightly scratching” lottery tickets at the convenience store when she worked and then selling them to unsuspecting customers, WATE reported.
Delany Ann Schaffer, 27, allegedly tampered with the bonus box on lottery tickets at the Ken Jo Market in Powell and then placed them back into the display case, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. She kept the winning tickets, the newspaper reported, citing an arrest warrant.
Schaffer was arrested Thursday and is being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility in lieu of $10,000 bond, the newspaper reported.
A Tennessee Lottery inspector said he received a tip from a customer who bought tickets and noticed they had been tampered with, WATE reported.
Tampering with lottery tickets is a Class C felony in Tennessee. If convicted, Schaffer could be sent to prison up to 15 years and could be fined up to $100,000, the newspaper reported.
The robbery happened just before 9 p.m. Friday when a man demanded drugs at the drugstore, located south of Hickory.
Police said the man threatened the employees, saying that he had a gun.
Deputies spotted the getaway car and chased the suspect into Cleveland County, where one man was taken into custody.
Officials said there were no injuries.
A Texas day care center is under investigation after a video showing a worker pulling a toddler’s hair went viral, KCBD reported.
The video was posted to social media Thursday and involved a worker and a child at My Little Playhouse Learning Center in Lubbock, the television station reported.
Police investigators, who are referring the case to prosecutors on possible assault charges, said the video was recorded Dec. 26. However, the child’s parents were unaware of the recording until it hit social media, KCBD reported.
The video shows an employee at the day care center grabbing a young child by the hair as the girl tried to stand up, the television station reported.
The person recording the video can be heard laughing and making fun of another child, KCBD reported.
"They had no apology," the child’s mother told KTRK. "They had no reason they did not call me. Like I said, everything hit the fan and it's like they just had nothing to say."
The two employees involved in the incident were fired, day care officials told the television station.
A Wisconsin woman is accused of embezzling more than $10,000 from school lunch accounts -- and possibly more -- over a five-year period, WISN reported.
The Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday charged Jennifer Dettmann, 48, of Kewaskum, of taking money while employed with Taher Inc., a food service vendor. Dettmann served as the Brown Deer School District's food service director from April 2008 to January 2016, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
During a police interview, the criminal complaint states Dettmann admitted to taking money, WISN reported. Prosecutors said Dettmann was not sure of the exact amount but believed it to be approximately $50,000, the television station reported.
According to the criminal complaint, Dettmann would input e-funds, checks, and a portion of the cash received into the proper system, and then would take the second batch of cash for herself, WISN reported.
Dettmann is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 30, the Journal Sentinel reported.
A New Jersey man was convicted Friday of murdering his estranged wife inside her home while their 12-year-old son watched, the Daily Journal reported.
Jeremiah E. Monell, 34, was accused of stabbing Tara O’Shea-Watson, 35, nearly 90 times at her home on Dec. 18, 2016, NJ.com reported. O’Shea-Watson suffered stab wounds to her neck, chest and stomach during the attack, the website reported.
Monell faces a mandatory sentence of life without parole, according to the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office. Monell is scheduled to be sentenced March 1, the Daily Journal reported.
Testimony showed that the knives Monelli used were found behind a kitchen stove and one of them had his palm print, the newspaper reported.
According to NJ.com, the child testified he watched from his bedroom as his father choked and stabbed his mother before telling the sobbing boy, “You shouldn’t have seen that.”
According to trial testimony, Monell moved out of the home in April 2016 after a domestic violence incident, the Daily Journal reported. He was arrested two weeks after the crime in Atlantic County, NJ.com reported.
Monell rejected a plea deal in October, where he would have served 30 years to life imprisonment, the website reported. He now faces a mandatory life sentence without parole.
Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly received good news this week, as his recent MRI results after cancer surgery came back clean, WROC reported.
Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four Super Bowls during his 11-year NFL career, underwent surgery last fall after he had surgery for oral cancer.
In an Instagram post, Kelly’s wife, Jill Kelly, said "We finally got back the results from Jim’s recent MRI ... CLEAN! Thank GOD! It took a bit longer than usual because of all the reconstruction Jim has had inside his mouth. They wanted to be certain that all was good ..."
Kelly threw for 35,467 yards and 237 touchdowns during his NFL career from 1986 to 1996. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
Police are investigating after two people were found dead in a vehicle in a Washington state parking lot Friday evening.
At about 5 p.m., officers responded to reports of shots fired in near the Tacoma Mall. Gunshots were reported coming from a vehicle in the parking lot.
Police said when they arrived at the scene, they went to the vehicle and saw two people who appeared to have gunshot wounds and were unresponsive.
Fire officials said the two people were pronounced dead.
The investigation is ongoing.
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal said he wants to run for sheriff in a Georgia county.
Appearing on Friday’s episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” O’Neal told Dr. Mehmet Oz that he wants to run in Henry County “to bring law enforcement and the community closer together.”
When talking about community relations as it pertains to law enforcement, O’Neal said, "Right now, we're miles apart."
O’Neal said he's too busy right now and wants to focus all of his energy on being a good sheriff.
"I thought about doing it in 2020, but I think I'll wait until 2024," O'Neal said.
A former Utah State University football player was convicted of sexually assaulting six women while he was in college, The Utah Statesman reported.
Torrey Green, 25, who played linebacker at the university, was found guilty of five counts of rape, one count of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape, the newspaper reported. The charges stemmed from allegations between 2013 and 2015.Green was found not guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse, one count of object rape and one count of aggravated kidnapping. The jury found him not guilty of one count of forcible sexual abuse, but guilty of a lesser charge of sexual battery, the Statesman reported.
“There were convictions for all six of these survivors,” Deputy Cache County Attorney Spencer Walsh told reporters after the verdicts were read. “We’re very happy about that. They were believed.”
A jury comprised of five men and three women deliberated for 13 hours before reaching a verdict, the Statesman reported.
Green faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced March 27, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.
The mayor of a central Iowa town and her husband are accused of running a marijuana-growing operation in the basement of their home, KCCI reported.
LaDonna Kennedy, 50, who is the mayor of Jamaica, and her husband, Randy Kennedy, 58, were charged with manufacture with intent to deliver no more than 50 kilograms of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and two counts of failure to affix a drug stamp, the Des Moines Register reported.
They were released from jail Thursday, KCCI reported.
The couple was arrested Wednesday by Guthrie County deputies after authorities received a tip that Rodney Halterman, 18, who was wanted on a attempted murder charge in Story County, was hiding in their home, KCCI reported.
Halterman, the foster sibling of Randy Kennedy’s granddaughter, was involved in a fight in Ames on Jan. 13 when the gun he was holding went off and a bullet struck Iesha Jabbar, 19, in the chest, the television station reported.
Guthrie County deputies obtained a search warrant for the Kennedy home because they smelled an “overwhelming odor of raw marijuana” coming from the residence, KCCI reported.
Authorities found 18 marijuana plants, nine packages of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Each package was estimated to contain between 4 and 5 ounces of marijuana, the television station reported.
"We all know each other in Guthrie County, so it was a surprise," Guthrie County Sheriff Marty Arganbright told KCCI.
Guthrie, located 55 miles northwest of Des Moines, has about 220 residents, the Register reported.
Under Iowa law, elected city officials convicted of felonies can be removed from office by a city council vote or by a judge, the newspaper reported. City council members are planning an emergency meeting to discuss the mayor’s future, KCCI reported.
"It's unreal that this would happen in a small town like this, with her being the mayor," Jamaica City Council member H.D. Meinecke Jr. told the television station.
Earlier this week, carnival games and vendor kiosks were removed, and construction walls went up around a portion of the old Triceratops Encounter area, which has been defunct for almost a decade.
That matches work described on a demolition permit filed with the city of Orlando in May for Project 791 in that 1.36-acre area. Contractor documents indicate the project includes construction of “a new attraction” and estimates that demolition and construction will take 18 months.
A document reviewed shows a roller coaster track layout for that area, which we’ve reproduced above. The document shows the queue starting on the southern edge of the waterfront by the Discovery Center.
Records indicate the Raptor Encounter attraction currently in that area will be relocated as part of the construction.
The demolition permit for the area is in the final stages of approval, according to the city website.
Permits to construct the actual coaster have not yet been filed, city records show.
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder declined to comment for this story.
In a tweet last week, Universal said in response to a question about the Jurassic Park section, "We've got some exciting plans and look forward to more exciting details to come."
Bowling a perfect game is a tough feat, but to have two high school teammates do it during the same match -- back to back, on the same lanes -- is extraordinary.
La Salle High School senior Jacob Toelke rolled the second 300 game in the program’s history Thursday night -- he scored the first one two years ago -- and seconds later sophomore teammate Nolan Blessing wrapped up perfect game No. 3, WKRC reported. The two teammates shared the same lanes at Western Bowl against Oak Hills High School.
Toelke preceded his perfect game with a 235 total, while Blessing rolled a 256, the television station reported.
The Lancers improved to 11-2 after winning the match. Toelke is averaging 224.4 this season, while Blessing sports a 217.7 average, WKRC reported.
Holy heist, Batman! A thief zapped a South Florida collector by stealing a collection of comics of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder worth $1.4 million, the Sun-Sentinel reported.
Randy Lawrence said his collection of 450 registered Batman and Detective comic books were stolen from an air-conditioned, double-locked storage unit in Boca Raton.
Now, Lawrence is hoping officials can catch the joker who took the comics. But for now, the theft is a riddle.
The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the theft, which occurred sometime between Nov. 28 and Jan. 8, WFOR reported. Storage facility personnel were reviewing surveillance videos, the television station reported.
The theft had all the elements of a Batman comic book plot. A wire was left hanging from the ceiling of the storage unit, so Lawrence believes the villain entered through the roof, the Sun-Sentinel reported. The locks were not broken and boxes were shifted around in the unit, the newspaper reported.
Lawrence gave investigators a list of the missing Batman and Detective comic books and posted a list online with the certification numbers and pedigree names so the comic books can be traced.
Lawrence took to social media, pleading with other collectors to keep a watchful eye for anyone trying to sell the stolen comic books, the newspaper reported. Lawrence said the comics are registered with the Certified Guaranty Company, a comic book grading service, WFOR reported.
“I … really need you all to be aware and keep your eyes open,” Lawrence wrote online, according to the Sun-Sentinel. “They will probably be offered to some of you sooner than later.
“For me this is a first and on such a high level it’s been devastating. This collection was my nest egg, and I had worked so hard and done without for so long to put this together that it being taken away from me this way has left me in a very bad way.”
A photo was posted to former President George W. Bush’s Instagram account on Friday. In it he called on “both sides” to come together and end the shutdown.“It’s time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown.”
The former president was delivering to his unpaid Secret Service detail, according to The Washington Post.
As the shutdown enters 28 days, it is the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
Officials at Fort Bliss in Texas have retracted a story that described a heroic response by a soldier and now have launched an investigation after firefighters who were at the scene started asking questions.
The Army Times said that Sgt. Trey Troney’s command is now investigating into what really happened last month on the road from Fort Bliss, Texas, to Raleigh, Mississippi.
Troney claimed he found a Jeff Udger slumped over his truck’s steering wheel. He then reportedly used his new sweatshirt to help stop the bleeding from a wound to Udger’s head, according to the original Army press release.
Also in that release, Troney noticed Udger’s left chest wasn’t moving and, suspecting the man had a collapsed lung, said he used a pen to create an airway directly into Udger’s lung between his ribs.
After the story was picked up nationwide, firefighters in Sweetwater, Texas, contacted the Army Times about an accident on the highway that sounded similar but lacked some of the elements in Troney’s story.
“There are so many similarities, but our patient didn’t have those injuries,” Grant Madden, Sweetwater’s fire chief, who was at the accident, told the Army Times,.
Madden also said that the patient, whose name was Jeff but not Udger, was conscious and did not have a collapsed lung.
Spokeswoman Maj. Allie Payne later said that Troney’s command was investigating the incident and released an apology about the original story:“The entire 1st Armored Division and Fort Bliss team sincerely apologize to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Highway Patrol, the city of Sweetwater, Texas, the city of El Paso, the University of Texas at El Paso, the New Orleans Saints, the local and national media and the American people.”
KDBC-TV said that the Texas Department of Public Safety examined body camera footage and did not see evidence of Troney performing the lifesaving procedures he claimed.
A spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Army Times that Troney may have been at the accident but didn’t provide the aid he claimed.
“He was at the accident scene. And he may have lent his jacket to apply to the injured victim’s head. That’s all that we see that he did,” Lt. Bryan Witt, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, told the Army Times.
President Donald Trump instructed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, according to a report published Thursday by BuzzFeed News.
Friday evening, the special counsel’s office issued a rare public statement disputing the accuracy of the report.
Update 8:50 p.m. EST Jan. 18: Ben Smith, BuzzFeed News editor-in-chief, told MSNBC that he stands by the reporting and is asking for the Special Counsel to clarify what he is disputing.
Update 7:40 p.m. EST Jan. 18: Buzzfeed News tweeted Friday evening that a spokesman for the special counsel is disputing the characterization of documents and testimony as “not accurate.”
The Associated Press noted that the rare public statement didn’t cite any specific errors.
Peter Carr, spokesman for Special Counsel Robert Mueller, said:“BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”
Update 1:25 p.m. EST Jan. 18: In a statement obtained Friday by CNN, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani said Cohen is a “convicted criminal and a liar,” and pointed to his guilty plea for lying to officials as evidence that the allegations in the BuzzFeed report have no basis in fact.
“Any suggestion -- from any source -- that the President counseled Michael Cohen to lie is categorically false,” Giuliani said. “Today’s claims are just more make-up lies born of Michael Cohen’s malice and desperation, in an effort to reduce his sentence.”
Giuliani had earlier dismissed the report, telling The Washington Post, “If you believe Cohen, I can get you a great deal on the Brooklyn Bridge.”
Update 10:10 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Trump accused Cohen of “lying to reduce his jail time” after a BuzzFeed News report claimed he directed his former personal attorney to lie to Congress.
It’s not the first time the president has accused Cohen of lying.
Trump slammed Cohen in August after the attorney pleaded guilty to eight charges in federal court, including tax evasion and a campaign finance violation related to payments made to a pair of women who have claimed they had affairs with Trump years before he was elected to office.
Cohen, who once famously claimed he’d take a bullet for Trump, broke with the president last year after agreeing to cooperate with federal investigators probing allegations of Russian election meddling and its possible ties to Trump and his campaign officials. Prosecutors with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office said last month that Cohen has provided “credible information” related to the probe.
A judge in December sentenced Cohen to three years in prison in connection to his August guilty plea and another guilty plea for lying to Congress
Cohen is scheduled to appear before the House Oversight and Reform Committee on Feb. 7, a little more than a month after the Democrats took the House majority.
Update 9:20 a.m. EST Jan. 18: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, of New York, said in a tweet Friday that “directing a subordinate to lie to Congress is a federal crime.”
“We know that the President has engaged in a long patter of obstruction,” Nadler wrote. “The @HouseJudiciary Committee’s job is to get to the bottom of it, and we will do that work.”
Update 7:23 a.m. EST Jan. 18: The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on BuzzFeed’s report, according to The Washington Post.
Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen’s adviser, issued a statement to MSNBC. "Out of respect for Mr. Mueller’s and the Office of Special Counsel’s investigation, Mr. Cohen declined to respond to the questions asked by the reporters and so do I.”
Update 4:14 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn, tweeted that it is about time for special counsel Robert Mueller “to show his cards.”
Update 1:13 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Former Attorney General Eric Holder tweeted that if the BuzzFeed report is true -- “and proof must be examined” -- then Congress must initiate impeachment hearings.
Update 12:34 a.m. EST Jan. 18: Democratic leaders demanded an investigation in the wake of a BuzzFeed News report that President Donald Trump directed Michael Cohen, his former attorney, to lie to Congress about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, The Washington Post reported.
BuzzFeed, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials, reported that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress and that Cohen regularly briefed Trump and his family on the Moscow project — even as Trump said he had no business dealings with Russia.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's office, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and its possible ties to Trump and Trump campaign officials, learned about the plans through interviews with multiple witnesses, Trump Organization emails, text messages and other documents, Buzzfeed reported.
“The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date,” tweeted Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. “We will do what’s necessary to find out if it’s true.”
“If the @Buzzfeed story is true, President Trump must resign or be impeached," tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, a member of the House Intelligence Committee.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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