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Charles Barkley says he’s ‘nervous’ about Alabama special election, Roy Moore

Alabama native and former NBA player Charles Barkley says he is nervous about Tuesday’s special election to fill a vacant U.S. Senate seat in the state.

Speaking to CNN Monday, Barkley indicated he was worried about the outcome of the race, between Democrat Doug Jones and Republican nominee Roy Moore. Barkley is supporting Jones.

“I got to say, I can’t believe we’re in this situation where the people of Alabama are going to turn a blind eye to all the accusations, all the rhetoric, all the racist B.S.,” the NBA Hall of Famer said.

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Referring to Moore, Barkley later said that, on paper, there was no chance Moore would get elected.

“If somebody actually sent me a movie script and showed me these two candidates, there’s no way that you say -- there’s no way that candidate can get elected. With all the ... accusations, all the times he’s gotten let go, fired, kicked off benches. Some of the things he’s said. There’s no way that person would win an election.”

Moore has been accused of pursuing sexual relationships with a number of teenage girls years ago. Many of the women who have come forward said they were minors at the time and that Moore was in his 30s. Moore has denied the allegations.

Yahoo! Sports reported that, earlier Monday, Barkley was at a Birmingham, Alabama, rally in support of Jones and was to-the-point about the election.

“At some point, we’ve got to stop looking like idiots to the nation,” Barkley said. “I love Alabama, but we’ve got to draw a line in the sand.”

Barkley told AL.com he will do his part to ensure a win for Jones.

"It can’t be Roy Moore,” he said. “To me it’s silliness that this guy's trying to win.”

“I’m going to do all I can,” he added. “I don’t want this guy representing my state.”

Polls for Tuesday’s election close at 7 p.m.

Twin NBA stars pay off customers' layaway orders at Philadelphia Walmart

NBA stars Marcus and Markieff Morris generated some Christmas cheer among Walmart layaway shoppers waiting in line at a Northeast Philadelphia Walmart on Monday, footing the bill for $6,000 in presents, WPVI reported.

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The twin brothers grew up in North Philadelphia. Marcus Morris plays for the Boston Celtics, while his brother plays for the Washington Wizards.

Their basketball schedules prevented the brothers from visiting the store in person, but the news was delivered by their mother, Thomasine Morris, WPVI reported. It was the final day to pay for layaway items, and customers were moved by the gesture.

“God bless them. God bless them!” customer Roberta Williams, of Germantown, told WPVI. “It's wonderful what they are doing for the people.”

“It's a blessing to be able to give people anything,” Thomasine Morris said. “Even though we play in Boston, even though we play in Washington, Philly is still our family.”

Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio slam Mario Batali amid allegations

It doesn’t seem that the sexual misconduct allegations brought against celebrity chef Mario Batali were that shocking to some of his colleagues.

In an article published in Eater New York Monday, four women detailed their alleged experiences with sexual misconduct against the “The Chew” star. One chef said that 10 years ago, Batali groped her with his bare hands after spilling wine on her shirt, while another woman said that he inappropriately grabbed her from behind and held her against his own body.

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Following the allegations, fellow celebrity chefs including Anthony Bourdain and Tom Colicchio slammed Batali and seemed to insinuate that they knew about the allegations ahead of time.

Related: Chef Mario Batali leaves ‘The Chew’ amid sexual harassment allegations

“No. Trust me. Monday is really gonna suck,” Bourdain wrote on Twitter Sunday. He later followed up, writing, “It’s where you stand when the people you care about and admire do awful things that matters. Keeping head down and hoping it goes away? No.”

When the story broke early Monday, Bourdain took to Twitter again, tweeting, “It’s Batali. And it’s bad.”

“Top Chef” star Colicchio retweeted Bourdain’s tweet about Batali adding, “And no one should be surprised.”

Following the allegations, Batali released a statement to Eater, saying in part, “I apologize to the people I have mistreated and hurt. Although the identities of most of the individuals mentioned in these stories have not been revealed to me, much of the behavior described does, in fact, match up with ways I have acted. That behavior was wrong and there are no excuses. I take full responsibility and am deeply sorry for any pain, humiliation or discomfort I have caused to my peers, employees, customers, friends and family.”

Kremlin says it views Trump tweets as ‘official statements’

President Donald Trump is a prolific user of Twitter, and his tweets are read by millions of people.

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Including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Reuters reported. 

The Russians view Trump’s tweets as an “official statement,” a Kremlin spokesman said Tuesday.

“Everything which is published from his authorized Twitter account is perceived by Moscow as his official statement,” said Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov, who added that it was not his place to comment on Trump’s tweets.

Peskov also said that Putin does not use Twitter, Reuters reported.

“Naturally, (Trump’s tweets are) reported to Putin, along with other information about official statements by politicians,” Peskov said.

Charles Manson cause of death revealed to include cancer

The cause of death of cult leader Charles Manson has been revealed.

TMZ reported Monday that the death certificate of the mass murderer was released by the Kern County coroner. It reveals that Manson had colon cancer, which is listed as one of the causes of death.

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At the time of Manson’s Nov. 19 death, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said he died of natural causes.

Related: Charles Manson dead at 83

The death certificate said Manson’s immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest. Underlying causes include respiratory failure and metastatic colon cancer.

Manson’s age at his death is listed at 83. Where Manson was born, his marital status, education and parents are all listed as “unknown.”

Related: Charles Manson death: Notable reactions on social media

The remains and estate of the cult leader are part of an emerging battle. The Associated Press reported that Manson associate Michael Channels, Manson’s purported grandson, Jason Freeman, and Los Angeles musician Matthew Roberts, who is claiming to be Manson’s son, are among those seeking control of the estate. 

WWE wrestler Paige contemplated suicide after photos, videos leaked

Professional wrestler Paige revealed on a podcast that she considered suicide after personal photos and an explicit sex video were leaked, Bleacher Report reported.

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Paige, 25, whose real name is Saraya-Jade Bevis, stars for the WWE. Speaking on the “Chasing Glory With Lilian Garcia” podcast that was aired Monday, the British-born wrestler said she considered taking her life as she was “at a really, really bad place.”

“I was so sad to the point I was contemplating suicide. I was on the floor, I was so low,” Paige told Garcia. “I got so skinny I ended up collapsing with exhaustion in (a) hospital in England. They told me at the time it was kind of like stress-induced anorexia.”

Paige said she has had to deal with people staring and talking.

“I was out yesterday with my friend … and this guy goes up to my friend and goes ‘that’s the porn star,’” Paige told Garcia. “And I just went in the toilet, and I cried in the toilet.”

The wrestler said she went bald and considered suicide after the tape was released in March, The Sun reported.

“I was dumb, and that’s the kind of thing I want to tell girls. Social media is a big thing these days,” Paige told Garcia. “Cameras are big thing. Just be careful what you do with it, because you never know what you’re going to be doing in your future.”

Paige told Garcia that there was “a ton of people destroying me.”

“Cyberbullying is a real thing. Fifty percent of that is what made me want to kill myself. These people don't have a life,” she told Garcia. “I usually just snap out of things, but a girl wrote to me who told me I was her biggest inspiration.

“Just having that support system made me kick out. I do have the best fan base.”

2017 Christmas shipping deadlines for Amazon, Walmart, FedEx, UPS and more

With Christmas two weeks away, the deadline to ship gifts so they make it by the 25th is fast approach. 

Here, from BestBlackFriday.com, is a list of some of the holiday shipping deadlines from department stores, online shopping sites, FedEx, UPS and the United States Postal Service. 

Click here for the complete list of 2017 holiday shipping deadlines for more than 55 stores. 

2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines for Major Stores

Amazon

Dec. 15 - Free Shipping ($25 min.)

Dec. 18 - Standard Shipping

Dec. 22 - Two-Day Shipping (Free with Prime)

Dec. 23 - One-Day Shipping (In select cities)

Dec. 24, 9:30 a.m. local time or earlier - Same-Day Delivery (In select cities)

Dec. 24, 9:45 p.m. local time or earlier - Two-Hour Delivery (In select cities)

Bloomingdale’s

Dec. 20 by 5 p.m. ET – Standard

Dec. 22 by 12 p.m. ET - Express Delivery

Cabela's

Dec. 19 by 5 PM EST - Standard Express

Dec. 20 by 5 PM EST - Guaranteed Express

Dec. 21 by 3 PM EST - Overnight Air Express

Dell

Dec. 15 by 3 p.m. EST - Standard Dec. 20 by 3 p.m. EST - Expedited Dec. 21 by 3 p.m. EST - Express

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dec. 18 by 11:59 p.m. PT - Free Standard Dec. 19 by 11:59 p.m. PT - Expedited Dec. 20 by 9 a.m. PT - Express

GameStop

Dec. 13 - Value Saver

Dec. 17 - Ground

Dec. 18 - Two-Day Expedited

Dec. 19 - One-Day Shipping

JCPenney

Dec. 20

Kmart

Dec. 17 by 11:59 p.m. CST - Free Shipping Dec. 19 by 4 p.m. CST -Standard Shipping Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST -Premium Shipping Dec. 24 for In-Store Pickup

Kohl’s

Dec. 18 by 11 p.m. (CST) - Standard Dec. 19 by 1 p.m. (CST) - 2-Day Shipping Dec. 20 by 1 p.m. (CST) - 1-Day Shipping

Lowe's

Dec. 15 by 12 p.m. EST - Standard Parcel

Dec. 20 by 12 p.m. EST - 2-Day Business

Dec. 21 by 12 p.m. EST - Next-Day Business

Macy’s

Dec. 20 by 5 p.m. ET - Free Standard Shipping (min. $99) Dec. 20 by 5 p.m. ET - Premium Dec. 21 by 12 p.m. ET - Express Dec. 24 by 10 a.m. ET - In-Store Pickup Dec. 24 by 10 a.m. ET - Same-Day Delivery

Nordstrom

Dec. 20 by 12 p.m. ET - Two-Business Day Shipping Dec. 21 by 12 p.m. ET - Free Standard Shipping Dec. 22 by 12 p.m. ET - Saturday Delivery ($10)

Sam’s Club

Dec. 11 - Freight Dec. 16 - Standard Dec. 20 - Express

Sears

Dec. 17 by 11:59 p.m. CST - Free Shipping Dec. 19 by 4 p.m. CST -Standard Shipping Dec. 21 by 4 p.m. CST -Premium Shipping Dec. 24 for In-Store Pickup

Target

Varies by Item - Free Standard Shipping

Dec. 19 by 12p.m. - Premium 2-Day Shipping

Dec. 22 by 12 p.m. - Express 1-Day Shipping

Dec. 22 by 7 p.m. - Restock

Toys R Us

Dec. 18 by 11:59 p.m. ET - Free Shipping Dec. 20 by 3 p.m. ET - Expedited Dec. 20 by 11:59 p.m. ET - Express Dec. 24 by Noon ET - In-Store Pickup

Walmart

Dec. 13 - Freight Dec. 19 - Standard Dec. 21 - Rush

2017 holiday shipping deadlines for delivery companies

FedEx

Dec. 11 - FedEx Smartpost Dec. 15 - Ground

Dec. 18 - FedEx Home Delivery Dec. 19 - Express Saver Dec. 20 - FedEx 2-Day and 2-Day a.m. Dec. 21 - FedEx Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, and First Overnight

Dec. 25 - FedEx SameDay and SameDay City (Priority & Standard)

UPS

Dec. 18 - UPS 3 Day Select Dec. 20 - UPS 2nd Day Air Dec. 21 - UPS Next Day Air and UPS 2nd Day Air (Saturday Option) Dec. 22 - UPS Next Day Air (Saturday Option)

USPS

Dec. 14 - USPS Retail Ground

Dec. 19 - First-Class Mail Service

Dec. 20 - Priority Mail Service

Dec. 22 - Priority Mail Express Service

 

Ex-Disney actress Bella Thorne reveals abuse as child star

Actress Bella Thorne is opening up about the abuse she faced growing up in Hollywood.

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On Friday, Thorne shocked fans when she tweeted that she was a victim of molestation while working as a child star.

It all started when a fan tweeted at Thorne, “What did Disney do to this girl?! I think she was molested,” in the comments section of one of her photos. Thorne responded by retweeting the fan and writing, “Yeah I was. So it wasn’t Disney.”

Thorne did not comment on any further details of the alleged abuse, though she did respond when pals like YouTube star Tana Mongeau and her “Famous in Love” co-star Georgie Flores applauded her for sharing her story.

Thorne is best known for roles on HBO’s “Big Love” and Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up.”

Her news comes in the wake of other stars who have spoken out against sexual abuse in Hollywood. Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Matt Lauer were all accused of sexual misconduct and fired from their respective companies.

New York explosion: Suspect faces terror, weapons charges

Four people were injured when a bomb exploded in a Port Authority subway corridor in New York City on Monday morning, including the alleged bomber, police said.

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>> Who is Akayed Ullah, suspect in New York explosion?

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Judge resigns after sending woman to jail over perjury, traffic ticket

A Decatur municipal court judge has resigned after jailing a woman for perjury, saying she’d lied about a traffic ticket.

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Judge Lindsay Jones offered his resignation to Decatur Chief Municipal Judge Rhathelia Stroud on Wednesday, Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Jones had earlier told The AJC he was not stepping down.

The controversy began when Shari Hurston Tatum appeared in court Nov. 8 for a traffic ticket. She waived her right to an attorney and jury trial, but demanded a bench hearing, Jones said.

When Tatum reappeared in court Wednesday for that hearing, Jones played video of the traffic incident and decided Tatum was guilty of blocking the intersection and further that Tatum was guilty of perjury. He sentenced her to two days in jail.

>> Related: Woman spends 20th anniversary in jail for minor traffic violation

“Tatum’s perjury was characterized as misbehavior before the court, and treated as a contempt of court process, for which she was sentenced to two days in jail,” Jones said.

Tatum said she was embarrassed and ended up spending her 20th wedding anniversary in jail.

After The AJC on Thursday published an article about the incident, Jones sent a letter refuting the idea that he had resigned. 

“I have not offered my resignation to Ms. Merris or the City Commission, nor have I spoken with Ms. Merris or the Commissioners as of this date relating to my judgeship,” Jones wrote on Thursday.

But Decatur officials say Jones had resigned verbally in conversation the day before with Stroud.

“After listening to his report and sharing my concerns and subsequent expectations for what had gone forth in the Court earlier, Judge Jones tendered his verbal resignation to me last night,” Stroud said in an email to Merriss.

Stroud further said she accepted the resignation immediately on behalf of the city.

Jones said on Sunday he meant only to maintain that he would not change his order in Tatum’s case and that he intended to seek further clarification from Stroud.

“I had no intent to offer the resignation of my position to Judge Stroud, I was merely expressing my intent do so in the future if the political pressures being exerting upon me to change my order were to persist,” Jones wrote.

Based on his resignation, Jones is no longer a member of the City of Decatur Municipal Court, Merriss said.

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