KELLY OFF THE TELLY
NBC's "Megyn Kelly Today" is now off the air -- with Kelly's future at the network very much uncertain. The former Fox News anchor didn't appear on the show today -- which occupies "Today's" 9am time slot. The New York Post says she's been ousted because of some controversial comments she made earlier this week during a panel discussion about blackface. Kelly apologized to co-workers by email and also made a public apology on-air yesterday.
MORE POSSIBLE PIPE BOMBS
Reports today say more suspected pipe bombs have been found -- two sent to former Vice-President Joe Biden and one to vocal Trump critic, actor Robert De Niro. Officials say they're now looking at a total of 10 packages as a part of their investigation. Those suspicious deliveries appear to target Democratic politicians and liberal supporters. Some pundits speculate that the suspect or suspects seem to be fueled by conservative anger towards liberal Dems. Packages were sent to figures including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton -- as well as to CNN.
A few hours before he was supposed to perform live last night at New York City's Madison Square Garden, Justin Timberlake canceled the show -- blaming bruised vocal cords. In an Instagram post, Timberlake said the rescheduled performance would happen on his 38th birthday on January 31st. In the meantime, fans have his new book to keep them entertained. "Hindsight & All the Things I Can See in Front of Me" comes out next week, and promises, among other things, candid photos from the singer's personal archive. Our own Sweet Melissa was supposed to go to the show -- sorry, Sweet M -- at least it gave you a chance you get back in the kitchen!
It might be Meghan Markle's most talked-about accessory. As she and Prince Harry continue their 16-day South Pacific tour, one photographer spotted a clothing tag hanging out of the bottom of Markle's dress. Now royal-watchers are wondering whether the Duchess of Sussex plans to return the dress, or if the reportedly fatigued mom-to-be just forgot the tag was there. Take a look for yourself!
And you've gone too far? Hall & Oates felt your pain in their 1976 hit. But since it's 2018, there are dozens of apps that can enable you to get your spending under control. One app helps you deal with the psychological urge to spend. Can't Go For That? Another reviews your purchases and recommends areas where you can trim your budget. And then there are the apps that help you earn rewards on your purchases. Take a look, start saving and make your Dreams Come True! Hall and Oats fix here.
PICKUP LINE PICKS by Amy Clark
We're so excited to bring in Amy Clark of momadvice.com as our resident book guru. Every week, Amy will share some of her favorite reads: one for you and one for your teen. But first... what's your favorite novel? Jimmy Kimmel thinks some people give a fake answer to that question to sound smart... CHECK IT OUT for a good laugh!
FOR YOU: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore that changes his life forever...CHECK IT OUT
FOR THEM: Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
Beatrice and her group of friends all have been devastated by the death of Beatrice's boyfriend, Jim. Beatrice has been estranged from her friends, but receives an invitation to celebrate a birthday with them all. After a strained night and a near-miss car crash, they receive a visitor who calls himself, "The Keeper." He says they are actually stuck between the worlds of life and death and that in order for them to move on, they must all take a vote and unanimously choose one of themselves to save. Given the dynamics, the reader knows that they will be in for a bumpy ride. (recommended for ages 13 and up). CHECK IT OUT
And don't forget...we keep a running list of Amy's Picks on our blog so you can check back any time!
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