*Cloudy early high 39...It’s officially the first day of winter! That means today is the shortest day and longest night of the year.... BUT now each day will gradually grow longer and the nights will grow shorter as we get closer to spring and summer
*There are many places offering to assist the students of Vatterott College after their abrupt closure.
-Bell Brown Medical Institute of Florissant, Missouri is offering free tuition to any medical assistant students recently displaced by the closure. Students can call 877-219-5420 for more information. Bell Brown will assist students in obtaining their transcripts and registering for classes that begin in January.
-The Academy of Pet Careers is offering up to 5 Vatterott students free tuition to attend their pet career school in hopes that other educational facilities will follow their example.
Mexico Agrees To Keep Asylum Seekers -
The incoming Mexican President is agreeing to keep U.S. asylum seekers while their cases are processed.
The Department of Homeland Security made the announcement yesterday. It's a departure from current policy that allows asylum seekers to stay in the U.S. while their cases move through the courts. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says Mexico has committed to providing humanitarian aid and jobs for immigrants waiting to enter the United States.
About 93,000 migrant claimed asylum in the United States in fiscal year 2018 and under the new law, these asylum seekers would be sent to Mexico while they await an immigration court decision.
Source: CBS News
Plane Crashes Into Field Outside Of Atlanta -
Four people are dead after a small plane crashed in a park around noon yesterday in northwest Atlanta.
It’s reported that Memphis business leader Wei Chen is one of the people who was killed. Atlanta officials have not released any names of the victims. Chen's company is Sunshine Enterprise, Inc. He was an avid flyer who became the first Chinese citizen to fly a single-engine plane around the world.
Firefighters arrived at the scene to se the plane completely destroyed. There were no survivors in the crash. The plane that went down was a Cessna 560 and was flying to Memphis. An investigation is underway.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
DONALD TRUMP: Holds Out on Funding Bill for Border Wall
UPDATE (6:25 a.m. ET): The House passed a funding bill that includes $5 billion for the border wall. That bill will head back to the Senate today (Friday). (USA Today)
Though the White House seemed to signal he might let it go, Donald Trump on Thursday said that he won't sign the government spending package because it doesn't include funding for his border wall, making a government shutdown likely by the end of the week.
Trump said Thursday, "I've made my position very clear: any measure that funds the government must include border security."
House Speaker Paul Ryan said that Trump told him he wouldn't sign the bill because of "legitimate concerns for border security."
Ryan added, "What we're going to do is go back to the House and work with our members. We want to keep the government open but we also want to see an agreement that protects the border. We have very serious concerns about securing our border." (FOX News)
*The Canucks beat the Blues 5-1