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Man Gets $75 After Being Wrongly Imprisoned For 31 Years:

A Tennessee man who served 31 years in jail for a crime he didn’t commit is petitioning the state to compensate him $1 million for the years of his life that were taken away. All he’s gotten so far is $75.

In October 1977 a Memphis woman was raped in her home by two intruders. She later identified one of them as her neighbor, Lawrence McKinney, who was 22 at the time. He was convicted on rape and burglary charges in 1978 and sentenced to 115 years in jail.

DNA evidence cleared him of the charges in 2008, and when he was released in 2009, the Tennessee Department of Corrections gave him a $75 check to restart his life.

Jeopardy Contestant Ends Streak, But Keeps Big Secret:

In her final episode on the game show “Jeopardy!” Cindy Stowell revealed a secret.

On a cruise with her mother some 15 years ago she joined a group of British teenagers in mooning the coast of France.
Little did the audience or her fellow contestants know she had a much bigger secret: At the time of the taping she was battling Stage 4 colon cancer and had only months left.
By now, the world knows that the 41-year-old science content developer from Austin died on December 5, before her episodes aired.
Stowell’s seventh and final episode aired Wednesday, ending her six-game winning streak. She answered the final question correctly: The closest nation to mainland US where cars drive on the left? The Bahamas.
But she didn’t wager enough to pull in front of challenger Sam Scovill, whose film and television knowledge overtook her prowess in categories such as Working Women and words that rhyme with “rhymin’.”

Kellyanne Conway Lands Top WH Job In Trump Administration:

President-elect Donald Trump tapped former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway as “counselor to the president,” the presidential transition team announced Thursday morning.

The transition team said Conway, the first female campaign manager to win a presidential race, will work with White House senior leadership on messaging and to help execute the administration’s legislative priorities.
“In her position, Conway will continue her role as a close adviser to the President and will work with senior leadership to effectively message and execute the Administration’s legislative priorities and actions,” the Trump transition said in a statement.

Pro Basketball Hall of Fame 2017: Full List of Nominees and Reaction:

Seven-time NBA All-Star Tracy McGrady and five-time All-NBA forward Chris Webber headline the list of prospective inductees for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

The Hall of Fame announced the full list of eligible inductees Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to McGrady and Webber, the docket also includes legendary college coaches Bill Self, Gene Keady and Lefty Driesell.

15 Of The Best Places To Spend Christmas:

Any old city can string up a few lights downtown and call it a holiday celebration.

From Mexico to Malta, northern lights to sunny skies, these places are doing Christmas better than the rest this year.

Malta

Visiting presepju, or nativity scenes, is an integral part of Christmas in Malta.
Every year, residents proudly open their shutters, and sometimes even their garage doors, to display their holy crib confections to the public.
On a grander scale, the Bethlehem f’Ghajnsielem is a life-size nativity experience spread over 20,0000 square meters of formerly abandoned fields.
Inhabited and animated by more than 150 actors, including entire families, the village takes visitors back in time to Judea of 2,000 years ago, complete with oil lamps, turn mills, grazing animals, crafts areas teaching traditional skills and folklore, a tavern and, of course, a grotto housing baby Jesus.

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source: CNN.com

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