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Shirtless Vladimir Putin rips into Donald Trump’s inauguration on ‘SNL’

Portraying a shirtless Russian President Vladimir Putin, comedian Beck Bennett mocked the Russian hacking scandal hinting that Putin is in charge.

Birmingham police officers return from Washington DC

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – There were nearly 30,000 members of law enforcement in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of President Donald Trump.  Among them were members of the Birmingham Police Department. The Birmingham officers arrived by bus at the Boutwell Auditorium around 8pm Saturday. They were all a part of the massive to patrol the capitol city during the inauguration day activities.    

Spurs coach Popovich blasts President Trump

CLEVELAND (AP) — Gregg Popovich would bench President Trump. San Antonio’s long-time coach, who has been highly critical of Donald Trump in the past, went on a lengthy rant about the newly sworn-in president on Saturday night, calling him a bully and saying he hopes he can change while in office. While meeting with reporters before the Spurs played the NBA champion Cavaliers, Popovich didn’t hold back in offering his disdain for Trump and members of his administration. Popovich was initially asked about his views on the women’s marches in Washington and around the world before he unloaded on Trump. “Their message is obvious,” the five-time champion coach said of the protesters. “Our president comes in with the lowest (approval) rating of anybody whoever came into the office. And there’s a majority of people out there, since Hillary (Clinton) won the popular vote, that don’t buy his act. And I just wish that he was more — had the ability to be more — mature enough to do something that really is inclusive rather than just talking and saying, ‘I’m going to include everybody.’ “He could talk to the groups that he disrespected and maligned during the primary and really make somebody believe it. But so far, we’ve got (to) a point where you really can’t believe anything that comes out of his mouth. You really can’t.” As he said following Trump’s election in November, Popovich wants Trump to succeed but believes he will only do so if he changes. Popovich pointed out that Trump visited CIA headquarters on his first official day in office, but used the occasion to talk about himself. “Instead of honoring the 117 people behind him where he was speaking, he talked about the size of the crowd,” Popovich said. “That’s worrisome. I’d just feel better if somebody was in that position that showed the maturity and psychological and emotional level of somebody that was his age. It’s dangerous and it doesn’t do us any good. I hope he does a great job, but there’s a difference between respecting the office of the presidency and who occupies it. “And that respect has to be earned.” Popovich was also critical of those who don’t hold Trump accountable for his words. “It’s hard to be respectful of someone when we all have kids and we’re watching him be misogynistic and xenophobic and racist and make fun of handicapped people. And what really bothers me are the people around him: The Sean Spicers, the Kellyanne Conways, the Reince Priebuses that know who he is and actually have the cynical approach and disingenuous attitude to really defend him and try to make it look like he didn’t say what he said. “And so when he’s mad at the media for them reporting what he said, that just boggles my mind.” Popovich said others would have punished for some of the things Trump has said in the past, including when he made fun of a handicapped reporter. “If our children would’ve said it, we would have grounded him for six months,” he said. “Without a doubt. But we ignore all that because, because why? That says something about all of us and that’s what’s dangerous, or that’s what scares the hell out of me to this day. It makes me uneasy.” Popovich concluded his rant about Trump by decrying his inability to handle media criticism. “It does boggle the mind how somebody can be so thin skinned,” he said. “It’s all obvious, it’s about him. If anything affects him, if it’s Saturday Night Live or Hamilton, or she got three more million votes than you. ‘They’re illegal.’ It doesn’t matter what it is, there’s a pattern there. And that’s dangerous. I’d like to have someone with gravitas, but he got there through the electoral college which is part of our system, and I hope he does some good things. “There was a young lady on today who said, ‘I just wished he had gone up there and said something like, and I know I said certain things, or you know I would really like to bring the people who don’t feel, or I know some of you are scared.’ But he can’t do that because bullies don’t do that. That’s why.”
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Lily Collins Reveals Former Eating Disorder While Promoting ‘To The Bone’ at Sundance (Watch)

Lily Collins stars as a young woman battling anorexia in the indie film “To The Bone,” and the actress has a personal connection to the subject matter. Collins revealed on Saturday at Variety’s studio at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, that she formerly battled an eating disorder. “This movie was really important to... Read more »

George H.W. Bush carrier group deploys

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Nearly 6,000 sailors attached to the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike group have deployed to the Middle East and Mediterranean. Media outlets report that hundreds of friends and family waved goodbye Saturday to the thousands onboard, many of whom lined the rails. The strike group includes the USS George H.W. Bush, Carrier Air Wing 8, Destroyer Squadron 22 along with guided-missile destroyers USS Laboon, USS Truxtun. It also includes Mayport, Florida- based guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea and USS Hue City. Delays during maintenance pushed the Bush’s expected deployment back by about a month. The carrier group fills the gap left in the Middle East by the carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, which returned to Norfolk three weeks ago.
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It’s Okay To Look Like A Dog

  Wouldn’t it be cool if the sky was brought down to Earth? Imagine if you could reach in your closet and select your very own atmospheric phenomenon. Do you want to become a living embodiment of airy ethereal forces? Mother Nature ensures the fickle characteristics of kaleidoscopic optical manifestations. Not anymore. You can now summon your own sundog, and look damn good doing it!     Sundogs appear out of thin air—hexagonal ice crystals refract light into a colorful smear, which appears within close proximity to the Sun (about 22°). Cirrus clouds often provide the necessary material needed to create favorable conditions. Sundogs are also often coupled together with cirrus clouds, but these sky canines are not loyal! Sundogs are known to vanish, and then reappear approximately 4.5 seconds later. Wanna find your own sundog? Keep these tips in mind:   Hunt during cold days Look for cirrus clouds Wait until Sun is low on horizon   1. Sundogs like cold weather, remember? If it’s a little chilly outside, then look up! You may discover an odd patch of light near the Sun. Color and intensity will vary. Sundogs can manifest as a red reflection, or exhibit subtle colorful [...]

Sister March in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, ALA (WIAT)- Hundreds came out to the Sister March in downtown Birmingham Saturday afternoon. It started at Kelly Ingram Park where people were singing, giving the peace sign, holding signs, and letting their voices be heard on issues that matters to them. “There are a lot of gender based violence, domestic violence, sexual assault these are all things that are problems in our society,” said Jessica Caldas. “I don’t think anyone should tell us what we can or cannot do with our body’s, I am for equality I am for love and love trumps hate everyday,” said Cessie Abu. Some getting creative with their outfits including a group of women wearing construction outfits, with hardhats that said “nasty women at work.” “We are women and ready to get to work and be active and of course the nasty women is a reference to our current president’s comments to other powerful women so I feel it’s appropriate to reclaim that as sort of our own moniker,” said Caldas. From Kelly Ingram they made their way to the streets. “I’m here for women’s rights, because women’s rights are human rights,” said one marcher.

The Latest: House adjourns after approving 2 budget bills

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The Latest on budget action by the New Mexico Legislature (all times local): 4:40 p.m. The New Mexico House has adjourned until Monday after approving two of four bills of a budget solvency plan but deferring action on the plans’ other two bills until the coming week. The House was in session Saturday as lawmakers worked to dig the state out of an $80 million budget hole and restore a modest financial cushion in the current fiscal year. The House on Saturday approved two of the four bills in the solvency plan and sent them to the Senate, which has approved its own versions. The Senate versions are similar but not identical to the House-approved bills. That means further Senate consideration is required. The House then paused its budget work Saturday after sending its versions of the other two bills back to committee and taking steps to allow consideration of the Senate’s versions of those two bills, possibly as early as Monday.
3:20 p.m. The Democratic-led New Mexico House has rejected a Republican attempt to shift $63 million set aside of money for construction and other projects to the general fund to instead be used to help shore up the state’s troubled finances. Republican Rep. Jason Harper of Sandoval proposed the shift, saying the capital outlay money would better be used for education, law enforcement and child protection. The House rejected Sandoval’s proposal Saturday, with Democratic Rep. Bill McCamley of Mesilla Park saying the state should not stop what he called “critical infrastructure projects” midstream. Sandoval proposed the shift as an amendment to one of several bills under consideration by the House to dig the state out of an $80 million budget hole and restore a modest financial cushion.
2:30 p.m. The New Mexico House is poised to vote on a solvency plan intended to vault the state out of an $80 million budget hole and restore a modest financial cushion. The House will meet Saturday to consider the package of four bills that would pump as much as $262 million into the general fund by slashing spending at school districts, postponing infrastructure projects and tapping tax payments by insurance companies ahead of time. Supporters say the one-time fixes would ensure that New Mexico can pay its bills on time through the end of the fiscal year on June 30. The moves also would allow the Legislature to begin drafting a budget for the new fiscal year – when new agency spending cuts are likely. The solvency plan would reduce spending at most public school districts throughout the state by 2 percent.
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Auburn Uses Big 2nd Half To Beat Rival Alabama

Auburn, Ala. (WIAT) – For the 2nd straight season, the Auburn Tigers defended Auburn Arena from archival Alabama.  The tigers use a big 2nd half to beat the Tide 84-64. True Freshman Austin Wiley led the way for Auburn.  The Spain Park product overcame some early jitters to score 19 points and grab 9 rebounds.
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“I can’t lie, I think I was over-hyped” Said Wiley after the game “I was just like, big-eyed out there but I calmed myself down, my teammates did a good job calming me down, saying i’m good and uh,  we got the w so yeah.”
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The two teams will meet again on February 4th in Coleman Coliseum. final-stats-bama-auburn