January 1, 2019: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • Arizona prosecutors are considering possible criminal charges after videos surfaced, revealing alleged abuse of children at a shelter for migrant shelter. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office told NBC News that it was investigating "several allegations of child abuse and assault on minors" at the now-shuttered Hacienda del Sol facility. The Arizona Republic published the videos that appear to show workers at the Youngstown, Arizona facility shoving and dragging children.
  • A Boise family got some very good news on New Year's Eve when police said they had located a missing 44-year-old woman, missing since December 28.

  • NASA is anxiously awaiting images from an historic New Year's Day satellite flyby of the mysterious, icy object dubbed Ultima Thule, about one-100th the diameter of Pluto and far dimmer. Space.com says Ultima Thule is roughly 4 billion miles from the sun.

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    Beginning this year, Venice, Italy will begin charging an "entrance fee." The Daily Beast reports that Venice had already been charging a $5 per-night bed tax, but now the Venice Council has given the city permission to charge tourists who do not spend the night as much as $12 per day. City officials concede that trying to collect the tax from all tourists might be a logistical nightmare.

  • Business Insider says December 31st was Black Monday for a number of NFL coaches who got fired. The Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are all in search of head coaches.

  • Now that the NFL has ended its regular season, USA Today reports that television ratings for NFL games were up across the board for every major TV network.

  • The best men's tennis player in the world and the best women's tennis player in the world will face each other across the net today. NPR says Roger Federer and Serena Williams will play in a mixed doubles match at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia today.
  • Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg are spending their holiday rehearsing for this coming weekend's Golden Globes Awards, the first big Hollywood award show of the season. Here's a peak at their latest preview, addressing the "elephant in the room."
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