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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant announced his retirement Sunday, saying this season — his 20th in the NBA — will be his last.

The NBA legend made the announcement hours before Sunday’s game, writing in a poem: “This season is all I have left to give. My heart can take the pounding, my mind can handle the grind, but my body knows it’s time to say goodbye.”

The Philadelphia native dominated the sport for two decades, entering the NBA directly from high school and playing for the Lakers for 20 years — his entire career.

Kobe’s accomplishments speak for themselves: He won five NBA titles, was a 17-time All Star and earned two Olympic gold medals.

Here are some of his best performances, according to ESPN NBA reporters:

1. In Game 7 of the 2000 Western Conference Finals, Kobe’s iconic alley-oop to Shaquille O’Neal sealed the win against the Portland Trail Blazers.

2. Then in the 2000 NBA Finals, Shaq fouled out towards the end of the game, and Kobe stepped up, bringing the Lakers a crucial Game 4 win.

3. In December 2005, Kobe scored a career-high 62 points in three quarters against the Dallas Mavericks — just a month before his historic 81-point game. He then sat out the entire fourth quarter.

4. In the 2006 playoffs, Kobe’s buzzer beater against the Phoenix Suns gave the Lakers a 3-1 series lead.

5. And of course, in January 2006, Kobe achieved an 81-point game — the second-most points scored by an individual player in NBA history.

Watch Robin Roberts’ exclusive interview with Kobe Bryant on Good Morning America on Wednesday.

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Andrew Burton/Getty Images(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) — New Jersey Governor and GOP presidential candidate Chris Christie said, “It didn’t happen” when it comes to Trump’s claim that “thousands” of Muslims celebrated in New Jersey following Sept. 11 attacks.

The latest comments come after Christie was criticized last week for not condemning Trump’s claim, saying at the time that he did not remember any Muslims celebrating in his state.

“It didn’t happen and the fact is, people can say anything, but the facts are the facts, and that didn’t happen in New Jersey that day and hasn’t happened since,” Christie told reporters on Monday at a campaign stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

“I do not remember that,” Christie emphasized. “It’s not something that’s part of my recollection. I think if it had happened, I would remember it, but there could be things I forget too, but I don’t remember that.”

On Monday, Christie explained that he was not trying to “hedge” anything when he said he didn’t recall specifics. The candidate also reminded reporters that the day of the attacks, his primary focus was on determining the safety his wife and brother, who were both in lower Manhattan at the time of the attacks.

“I said I didn’t remember it, it wasn’t me trying to hedge anything, it was me telling the truth, and I said I think even that day if it had happened I’m pretty sure I’d remember it,” Christie said.

Asked by a reporter if Trump’s comments should disqualify him from being president, Christie said the decision about a candidate’s qualifications should be left to the voters.

“The only thing that disqualifies anyone from being president is not getting enough votes or not being a us citizen or 35, other than that, nothing disqualifies you,” Christie said. “I’m not going to get into all that stuff … the American people should decide what this should be.”

Following a meeting at Trump Tower with several African American church pastors, Trump told ABC News’ Tom Llamas that Christie should be “careful with what he says.”

“He didn’t say that the other day. He was very weak the other day,” Trump said Monday in response to Christie’s comments. “He said it like, well, he doesn’t know. And now I guess he feels a little bit emboldened. He must be careful with what he says.”

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Warner Bros.(LONDON) — Original Gremlins star Zach Galligan says that the success of a Jurassic World, a movie that is set decades after the original, has had an influence on the making of Gremlins 3.

Galligan told an audience at London’s Prince Charles Cinema on Wednesday, during a special Q&A, that he thinks the franchise won’t start from scratch, thus there’s a “chance” he’ll likely be in the next one, which will come out more than 25 years after Gremlins 2.

“It’s not going to be a reboot,” he told the audience in London, who had come out for a special screening of Gremlins, followed by questions for Galligan, according to the BBC. “It will not be a remake in any way, shape, or form. [Director] Chris Columbus has come out and said that the first film is very near and dear to his heart and as long as he is alive it will never be remade.”

Galligan expanded on his statements.

“So the only thing they will be, and apparently are going to be doing, is something along the lines of like Jurassic World, where it will be 30 years later,” he continued.

As of now, Jurassic World, which starred Chris Pratt, has made north of $1.6 billion worldwide, reports Box Office Mojo, and the movie picked up where the original Jurassic Park franchise left off.

There will be new stars but Galligan added that “some of the characters from the first one” would be in it, but that “I swear on my life, I don’t know if I’m in it or not, but I think there is probably a decent chance since I’m one of the few people left standing from the first movie.”

Reports of a new Gremlins movie started back in early 2014. In April, Deadline reported that Goosebumps writer Carl Ellsworth would be involved in the script.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Cal(WASHINGTON) — It’s the most wonderful time of the year — especially for Congressional spending hawks.

Sen. James Lankford introduced his “Federal Fumbles” list, a compilation of 100 government projects that Lankford says are “prime examples of wasteful spending.”

It also happens to call out one presidential hopeful: real estate magnate Donald Trump, whose new hotel project in Washington, D.C., housed in the Old Post Office Building, is the recipient of a tax credit for historic structures to the tune of $40 million.

“While the lucky guests of this palatial hotel will be awestruck by its glitz and glamour, taxpayers are unlikely to be amused that they helped foot the bill through a $40 million tax credit thanks to the National Historic Tax Credit,” Lankford wrote.

Here’s a look at a few other spending items that made the list:

Thousands Researching Seniors’ Romancing

The dating waters can be rough — but just how do older adults navigate them? That’s a question the University of Texas at Austin is seeking to answer, and has received almost $375,000 in National Science Foundation funds over three years to find out. The study’s researchers maintain their purpose is practical, and serious: as Americans begin to live longer, research about how that affects their interpersonal relationships becomes harder to find.

“Longer life expectancies and high divorce rates have contributed to a new social reality in which older adults (i.e., age 60+) increasingly find themselves unpartnered and searching for companionship. … Results from this study will be informative for improving happiness and health throughout the lifespan.”

Shakespeare, Only Without the Words

Lankford’s list singles out a Northern Virginia theater that has received almost $200,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts over the past four years: the Synetic Theater in Arlington, which frequently stages wordless adaptations of William Shakespeare plays.

“William Shakespeare was lauded for many things: his meter, his verse, his complicated characters. Generations of families have come together to enjoy productions of Shakespeare’s sonnets and plays. … But was Polonius right in Hamlet when he said, ‘Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice’? Lankford asks in his “Fumbles” list. But the Synetic Theater says it’s only spent $35,000 in federal funds on silent Shakespeare performances in its 15-year history. And the theater also defended the art form. “Our angle is different but still valuable as we use traditional physical techniques that are at the root of all theatre,” the theater’s marketing manager Alysa Turner said in an email to ABC News.

Latest Pentagon Target: A Bird?

The Department of Defense issued a $283,500 grant to the study of a tiny breed of bird, the California Gnatcatcher, “to determine use throughout each vegetation alliance,” according to a description of the project on Grants.gov — although the total money the program would actually use was far less than the dollars allocated. The first question Lankford asks about this study is why the Department of Defense is spending money to research this bird, while there is a perfectly valid federal agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, that could be better suited to it, assuming the California gnatcatcher is not a national security threat?

“DOD should be in the business of defense, not nature conservancy,” the report says. A representative for the gnatcatcher research program could not immediately be reached by ABC News.

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iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — The suspect in an online threat against the University of Chicago — a student from a nearby college — allegedly wanted to kill approximately 16 students or staff and “any number of white policemen that I can in the process” in retaliation for the fatal police shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times, officials said Monday.

Jabari Dean, 21, was charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, according to federal prosecutors, and could face five years in prison if convicted, officials said, though the FBI determined he did not have the means to carry it out.

In the threat, Dean allegedly said that he would arrive on the campus quad at 10 a.m. on Nov. 30, armed with an “M-4 Carbine” and “2 Desert Eagles.”

“I will execute aproximately [sic] 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time [sic] Mcdonald [sic] was killed,” the threat read, according to court documents. “I then will die killing any number of white policemen that I can in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part to rid the world of the white devils. I expect you to do the same….”

According to the criminal complaint, the FBI was tipped off about the threat when someone reported Dean’s alleged post to an unspecified social media site. The report was made on Nov. 29, but the comment had been posted the day before, on Nov. 28.

“The caller explained that the threatening comment had been posted in response to a video clip,” the criminal complaint states.

The criminal complaint does not specify the nature of the video that Dean allegedly commented on. Chicago police released dash cam footage on Tuesday Nov. 24 of then-officer Jason Van Dyke allegedly shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times, including when he was on the ground. Van Dyke’s lawyer Dan Herbert, urged the public not to rush to judgment about what the video showed.

“This is not a murder case,” Herbert has said. “Despite what you heard in the courtroom, it’s truly not a murder case and we feel we will be very successful in defending this case.”

There have been protests throughout the city since the release of the video.

The comment originally posted by Dean had been removed by the time the FBI agent looked at the social media site, but based on a screenshot provided by the caller, the agent was able to call the unnamed service provider which maintains accounts posting comments to get the subscriber information for the person who posted the threat.

After the FBI came to his house, Dean allegedly admitted that he had posted the threat and taken it down “shortly after posting it.”

The University of Illinois at Chicago, which is about eight miles north of the University of Chicago, has put out a statement confirming that one of its students was arrested in connection to “an investigation of threats made against students and staff at the University of Chicago.”

The UIC statement noted that the person was a student living off campus.

On Sunday night, the University of Chicago announced that it would be closing campus today because of “an online threat of gun violence.”

“Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday,” the statement said.

Two other area schools announced that they would also be closed today, with one noting that the issue was its proximity to the University of Chicago rather than a different threat.

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Tripp Sullivan(MOBILE, Ala.) — A home-security system allegedly caught a man stealing Christmas decorations from an Alabama family’s front lawn and porch Friday.

Tripp Sullivan of Mobile told ABC News on Monday his surveillance camera captured a bald man in a blue polo shirt and jeans unplugging Christmas lights on his front porch at around 3:20 a.m. Friday. The man also allegedly stole two homemade Christmas trees, two lanterns from Pottery Barn and an inflatable Santa Claus and Dora the Explorer.

“I have a three-year-old who is really upset that Dora is gone,” Sullivan said. “But she did say although Dora is gone, he can’t steal her Christmas. So she kind of put it in perspective for us.”

The footage appears to show the man walking around the Sullivan’s front yard and approaching their brightly lit front door adorned with a white wreath. He then proceeds to unplug the lights surrounding the door.

The family lives in the Regency Park neighborhood, which has been experiencing several break-ins within the last week, according to Sullivan.

“It’s in an established part of town,” Sullivan said. “We rarely have any problems.”

Sullivan said unidentified people broke into his neighbors’ cars and garages. But the father of three said his family was particularly disturbed with their footage.

“It’s just weird that he took enough time to unplug all the Christmas lights and plug them back in,” Sullivan said. “It’s just really messed up that he’d take homemade decorations, too.”

Sullivan said his wife plans on making more holiday decor when she has free time. In the meantime, the family is thankful for what they have left.

“I think the surveillance footage has helped,” Sullivan said. “We’ve had a bunch of people tell us they’ve sent our story to friends.”

The Sullivans said they filed a police report with the Mobile Police Department and are hoping their decorations will be recovered.

Police have not responded to ABC News’ requests for comment.

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iStock/Thinkstock(COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.) — Suspected Planned Parenthood shooter Robert Dear appeared in court via video on Monday as authorities continue to investigate the shooting and hours-long standoff at the Colorado Springs clinic that authorities said left three dead and nine others injured.

He was charged with murder in the first-degree. Dear is being held in jail with no bond. If convicted, he could face a minimum of life in prison to a maximum of the death penalty, court officials said.

Dear was appointed a public defender. The next court date was set for Dec. 9.

While police haven’t released a possible motive or said whether the clinic was the intended target, law enforcement sources told ABC News that Dear, 57, made rambling comments during the incident, some of which suggested animosity toward the health care provider.

They said the Justice Department is building a domestic terrorism case against Dear, though it would only move forward if somehow the state capital case was sidetracked.

Dear also allegedly made statements about President Obama during or after the incident that were concerning enough that he now has the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, which has dispatched agents to evaluate the remarks and possibly interview him, law enforcement sources told ABC News.

Police and federal agents Saturday used a bomb robot to search the mobile home and storage shed on the property in Hartsel, Colorado, where Dear lived. Hartsel is about 65 miles west of Colorado Springs.

Zigmund Post, one of Dear’s neighbors, told ABC News that the last time he saw the man was Wednesday, outside the post office.

Dear made an impression on Post the first time they met, he said, because he immediately gave him anti-Obama pamphlets.

“That was kind of weird that within three minutes of meeting somebody, they’re already wanting to give you that kind of stuff,” Post said.

“You could tell he wasn’t that friendly of a guy,” Gary Murr, another Hartsel resident, told ABC News. “He sure didn’t smile or nothing. He would just answer a question and that’s it.”

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Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Sen. Bernie Sanders chose to undergo an outpatient hernia repair surgery at George Washington Hospital in Washington, D.C. on Monday, according to a statement from his Senate office.

Campaign staff told ABC News that the 74-year-old Vermont senator was not feeling well this past weekend in New Hampshire, and on Sunday the Senator elected not to come by a rally with supporters in Manchester ahead of the state Democratic party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner there.

Michael Briggs, a spokesperson for the Vermont senator’s presidential campaign, told ABC News that he does not think the procedure will impact Sanders’s campaign schedule and that the senator is still planning to travel back to New Hampshire for more events this weekend.

“Sanders has maintained a grueling campaign schedule with coast-to-coast travel since announcing his presidential bid last May,” Briggs said. “He faithfully travels back to Washington, D.C., for his Senate duties as well. He has been asked several times on the trail about his age and the toll of a presidential race and often answers that he has so far been blessed with good health.”

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John Moore/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration said it will tighten its visa waiver program to prevent foreign fighters from entering the U.S. in the wake of the Paris attacks two weeks ago, the White House announced on Monday.

“We’re doing everything we can to ensure that the threat of foreign fighters or individuals who have been radicalized does not make its way to our homeland,” Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said Monday in Paris. “We want to ensure that we have tighter scrutiny in place, better information sharing.”

The administration announced new changes on Monday to the program, which allows 20 million visitors from 38 countries to travel to the U.S. without visas each year. The new changes include screening whether travelers have visited countries considered a “terrorist safe haven” and working with countries participating in the visa waiver program to help collect and use biometric screening.

Various government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, FBI and the U.S. intelligence community, will work together to deploy “foreign fighter surge teams” to try to counter the travel of terrorists in certain countries, officials said.

The announcement came as President Obama visited Paris for a climate conference just two weeks after terror attacks rocked the French capital and killed 130 people.

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, has formally invited President Barack Obama to deliver his last State of the Union to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016.

“As we look ahead to the new year, we have both an opportunity and an obligation to find common ground to advance the nation’s interests at home and abroad,” Ryan wrote in a letter sent to the White House on Monday.

“We also owe it to the American people to present solutions that address the challenges they face,” Ryan said.

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