First day without paycheck for furloughed workers
Friday marks the first day furloughed government employees will not receive a paycheck, making the current shutdown an even more painful reality. Federal workers rallied outside the White House on Thursday protesting the government shutdown that enters its 21st day Friday and is gearing up to be the longest ever. The impact is hitting federal employees across the nation. President Donald Trump walked out of a negotiating meeting with congressional leaders Wednesday and said he might declare a national emergency at the border after Democrats refused to yield to his demands for money for a border wall.
Snowstorm takes aim at wide swath of US
A sprawling winter storm cranking up early Frida is expected to spread snow along a 1,500-mile path from Denver to New York City. It is forecast to last until at least late Sunday before petering out. More than 20 million people were in the path of the storm, the Weather Service said Thursday. While not a blockbuster blizzard, the snow should be heavy enough to cause some travel troubles on both roads and in the air. Other cities affected include Kansas City, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Washington and Baltimore. St. Louis should see the most snow, with as much as 8 inches likely.
Detroit museum rolls out Motown memorabilia
As part of a yearlong celebration of Motown’s 60th anniversary, Detroit’s Motown Museum on Friday rolls out a nifty artifact. It’s paperwork on the $800 loan founder Berry Gordy Jr. secured to spark what would become the world’s biggest black-owned entertainment empire. The money came from his own, entrepreneur-minded family to start the Tamla label and issue the company’s first release: Marv Johnson’s “Come to Me,” recorded at United Sound Systems in Detroit. The museum will show the document on a Facebook stream at 3 p.m. — a day before the 60th anniversary milestone. The museum’s “Archive Dives” series continues on Facebook through 2019, tied to key dates in the label’s history.
Wisconsin teen found alive after being missing for months
Authorities could disclose additional information Friday on the Wisconsin teenager who was found alive after being for nearly three months. Authorities said Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared on Oct. 15, the same day her parents, James, 56, and Denise, 46, were found shot to death in their Barron County, Wisconsin, home. The incident rattled the quiet northwestern Wisconsin community as law enforcement officials spent months bewildered by the case. A suspect was taken into custody shortly after Douglas County officials located the 13-year-old, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced late Thursday.
Protest planned against embattled artist R. Kelly
Women’s rights group UltraViolet announced plans to protest recording artist R. Kelly over allegations he abuses women. The group said an airplane towing a banner Friday will fly over Sony Music offices in Southern California. The move comes on the heels of “Surviving R. Kelly,” Lifetime’s damning documentary on the R&B star. It focuses on claims that R. Kelly, committed shocking acts of physical and sexual abuse against the women he coerced into living with him. Since the series became public, prosecutors in Atlanta and Chicago have also expressed renewed interest in allegations made against the 52-year-old singer. Many celebs have spoken out about Kelly following the docu-series, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Chrissy Teigen, Chance The Rapper and Lady Gaga. The banner will call on RCA Records, a label owned by Sony Music, to drop the singer.