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Gene Page/AMC(NEW YORK) — The penultimate episode of The Walking Dead before next Sunday’s mid-season finale opens with Michonne whistling on a road, deliberately drawing out walkers. She dispatches a pair before dragging one off.

Meanwhile, Rick and Aaron wake up at a box truck at dawn, during their supply run. A different box truck has two Saviors stopped, awaiting a highway of walkers to shamble by before they start rolling again.

Jesus and Carl are inside. Jesus proposes jumping out as the nears Negan’s compound, the Sanctuary. Carl suggests Jesus goes first. He does; Carl waves as the truck pulls away.

At the Saviors compound, Carl wastes no time. He shoots one savior and demands at gunpoint to see Negan. Carl is rushed, shooting another henchman accidentally, before getting caught.

Negan offers to show Carl around, stopping only to show off both the respect the others show to him, and his harem of wives.

Back at Alexandria, Rosita refuses to go on a supply run with Spencer and takes Eugene to the bullet workshop instead.

At the saviors’ compound, Negan deals with one of his wives who cheated on him, all while taking Carl along.

Closer to Alexandria, Father Gabriel and Spencer are driving when the latter blames Rick for all that’s happened. “There’s no future with him in charge,” he sulks.

At Negan’s HQ, he makes Carl show off his missing eye. Carl is devastated. Negan apologizes for insulting him, and makes him sing a song. Carl picks “You Are My Sunshine,” which his mom used to sing to him. Negan practices swinging Lucille in the background.

Carl wonders why Negan hasn’t killed him. Despite it all, he remains defiant: “You haven’t killed us because you can’t kill us,” he says.

Negan drives off with Carl. “We’re taking him home,” he tells Daryl, who threatens Negan not to hurt him. For that, Negan tells Dwight to give him a “time out.”

In his cell, somebody passes Daryl a note reading “Go now.”

Meanwhile, a red-headed female Savior drives on a country road until her truck is blocked by a line of walker bodies.

She dismounts to investigate, only to find Michonne’s katana at her head. Michonne disarms her and demands to be taken to Negan. After a failed disarm attempt, Michonne regains the upper hand.

At the workshop, Rosita flames Eugene, calling him useless unless he does what he promised he’d do — make a single bullet.

At Alexandria, Negan questions Olivia about Rick’s whereabouts, noting he’ll pass the time for Rick to get back by having Carl give him a tour. Negan enjoys the amenities of Alexandria, from running water to shag carpeting, before entering another room — and finding baby Judith. He picks her up and cradles the “little angel.”

On a supply run, Rick and Aaron find a compound protected by walkers.

Meanwhile, Eugene has made Rosita’s single bullet, while Spencer shows up with a cache of supplies he’s dug up, intending to give them all to Negan.

Meanwhile, Negan cradles Judith on a porch, telling Carl maybe he should kill him and Rick after all, and move “to the suburbs.”

The mid-season finale of The Walking Dead airs next Sunday, December 11 at 9 p.m. Eastern on AMC.

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iStock/ThinkstockBy DR. JENNIFER ASHTON, ABC News Senior Medical Contributor

Cranberry products have been widely promoted to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections — or UTIs. The theory is that the active ingredient in cranberry inhibits bacteria from attaching to urinary tract cells therefore preventing them from multiplying and creating an infection. But now, new research from Yale suggests that there is, in fact, no benefit in taking cranberry capsules to reduce an overload of bacteria in the urine.

We likely haven’t heard the last of it either, so here’s my prescription:

If you suffer from frequent UTIs, cranberry juice or capsules can be a part of a preventive routine.

And remember, if you have an actual infection, cranberry alone will not kill the bacteria. You need an antibiotic for a true UTI.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Authorities arrested a man on Sunday who fired an assault rifle inside a popular Washington, D.C. pizza restaurant that has become a target after being featured in a fake news story.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, North Carolina, entered Comet Ping Pong in Northwest D.C. on Sunday afternoon wielding an assault rifle — sending patrons fleeing from the popular pizza joint — before firing one shot, according to police.

The restaurant was featured in a made up news story circulated online during the presidential election.

Welch told authorities he entered the establishment to “self-investigate” a spurious theory in the story that involves Hillary Clinton.

D.C. Metro Police referred to the story as “a fictitious online conspiracy theory” — but that hasn’t stopped believers from harassing the business and its patrons both online and in person.

According to police, Welch entered the restaurant around 3 p.m. and pointed a gun in the direction of an employee. That employee was able to flee and call police, who arrived shortly thereafter and arrested Welch without incident.

Welch discharged his firearm one time. There were no reports of injuries, police said.

Police found two weapons on Welch and another in his vehicle. Welch has been charged with assault with a dangerous weapon.

“What happened today demonstrates that promoting false and reckless conspiracy theories comes with consequences,” Comet Ping Pong owner James Alefantis said in a statement on Sunday.

“I really hope that all these people fanning the flames of this conspiracy theory would take a moment to contemplate what has gone on today and maybe to stop,” he told WJLA, an ABC affiliate.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Donald Trump announced today he intends to nominate Ben Carson for the cabinet position of Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities,” Trump said in a statement released Monday.

“Ben shares my optimism about the future of our country and is part of ensuring that this is a Presidency representing all Americans.”

Carson’s nomination will have to be confirmed by the Senate.

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Image courtesy NBC(NEW YORK) — President-elect Donald Trump is at it again, tweeting his dislike of Alec Baldwin’s parody of him on Saturday Night Live — and Baldwin didn’t keep quiet.

“Just tried watching Saturday Night Live – unwatchable! Totally biased, not funny and the Baldwin impersonation just can’t get any worse. Sad,” Trump tweeted shortly after midnight.

Baldwin tweeted in response about 15 minutes later: “Release your tax returns and I’ll stop. Ha.”


Release your tax returns and I’ll stop.

— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 4, 2016

Saturday’s episode, which again featured SNL cast member Kate McKinnon as Trump senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, poked fun at Trump’s use of Twitter, his campaign promises, and his vanity. The cold open began with a high school student in a classroom sharing that Trump retweeted him — in reality, Trump did retweet a 16-year-old named Seth, who slammed CNN’s coverage of Trump.

“Seth seems so cool,” gushes Baldwin’s Trump in his office. “His Twitter bio says he wants to make America great again. It also says he loves the Anaheim Ducks.”

Trump senior counselor Stephen Bannon was also ridiculed during the cold open. “Where is my chief strategist Steve Bannon? I can’t start without Steve Bannon,” says Baldwin’s Trump.

Who walks in? An actor in a grim reaper costume.

And in a nod to Trump’s vanity, something appears to grab the attention of Baldwin’s Trump off-camera, and he asks McKinnon’s Conway, “Wait — is that the picture of me I hate? The one the press is using where I look so ugly?”

No,” replies McKinnon’s Conway, reaching off-camera to grab a dish, which she places before her: “That’s just a plate of mashed potatoes.”

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Walt Disney Studios(NEW YORK) — Disney’s Moana, featuring the voices of Auli’i Cravalho and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, continued its box office domination, finishing at number one for the second weekend in a row with an estimated $28.37 million. That brings the animated fantasy’s domestic total to just under $120 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

In second place, earning an estimated $18.5 million, is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, starring Eddie Redmayne, Collin Farrell and Katherine Waterston. The film’s domestic total earnings now stands at $183.5 million, tenth among all 2016 releases.

Arrival, starring Amy Adams, landed in third place with an estimated $7.3 million.

Rounding out the top five is Allied, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, in fourth place with $7 million, and Disney and Marvel’s Doctor Strange, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch, at number five with an estimated $6.48 million weekend. That brings Strange‘s domestic gross to $215.3 million, making it the ninth-highest-grossing domestic release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the eighth largest worldwide release in the MCU.

Jackie, starring Natalie Portman, made a strong showing with $275,000 in five theaters total in New York and Los Angeles. Jackie will expand to five additional markets — Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Boston, Toronto and Phoenix — in addition to adding a few theaters in both NY and LA.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated weekend gross ticket sales:

1. Moana, $28.37 million
2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, $18.5 million
3. Arrival, $7.3 million
4. Allied, $7 million
5. Doctor Strange, $6.48 million
6. Trolls, $4.6 million
7. Hacksaw Ridge, $3.4 million
8. Bad Santa 2, $3.2 million
9. Incarnate, $2.6 million
10. Almost Christmas, $2.5 million

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


Orlando 98, Detroit 92
Oklahoma City 101, New Orleans 92
NY Knicks 106, Sacramento 98
Indiana 111, LA Clippers 102


Montreal 5, LA Kings 4 (SO)
Carolina 1, Tampa Bay 0 (OT)
Philadelphia 4, Nashville 2
Detroit 4, NY Islanders 3 (OT)
Winnipeg 2, Chicago 1
Calgary 8, Anaheim 3
Minnesota 2, Edmonton 1 (OT)

Denver 20, Jacksonville 10
Baltimore 38, Miami 6
Green Bay 21, Houston 13
Kansas City 29, Atlanta 28
Chicago 26, San Francisco 6
Cincinnati 32, Philadelphia 14
New England 26, Los Angeles 10
Detroit 28, New Orleans 13
Oakland 38, Buffalo 24
Arizona 31, Washington 23
Tampa Bay 28, San Diego 21
Pittsburgh 24, NY Giants 14
Seattle 40, Carolina 7


(3) North Carolina 95, Radford 50
(13) Indiana 83, SE Missouri 55
(20) South Carolina 70, FIU 54

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ABC News(SALT LAKE CITY) — Sherri Papini’s astonishing and emotional story of being found on Thanksgiving morning on the side of the road after authorities say she was kidnapped and tormented for three weeks is one that kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart can identify with.

Smart, now 29-years-old, married and an advocate for victims of abuse, was just 14 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home and held captive for nine months. Weighing in on Papini’s ordeal, she told ABC News that the California mom will have to create a whole new sense of normal for herself in order to heal.

“It’s really important for people to realize that when a victim comes back, whatever they did, they did to survive,” she said.

Smart explained what kept her going during her own ordeal.

“I found my one thing that I could hold onto no matter what that my captors couldn’t take away or change, was my family,” she said. “And I imagine the same would be true for Sherri. I would imagine that she held onto them. She survived for them.”

Longtime victims’ advocate John Walsh, the former host of “America’s Most Wanted” and co-founder of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, also weighed in on the case and the road to recovery.

“It’s a desensitizing, mind-breaking experience,” he said. “People have to be patient. Be patient with these victims because they’ve been through hell.”

Smart had some additional advice.

“I would suggest to Sherri to focus on herself, focus on her family, focus on healing,” she said. “You never go back to normal. You have to find a new normal.”

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Twitter / @bayreef (WASHINGTON) — A North Carolina man who fired a gun Sunday at a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C. said he was there to “self-investigate” a fake news conspiracy theory, according to police.

The online conspiracy theory “Pizzagate” has circulated since the presidential election with fake news stories alleging crimes involving Comet Ping Pong, a popular pizza place in the nation’s capital, and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Around 3 p.m. Sunday, the Metropolitan Police Department said officers responded to reports of a man with a firearm at Comet Ping Pong. The man allegedy pointed a firearm in the direction of an employee at the restaurant and police said the employee was able to escape and call authorities.

The suspect then fired at least one shot inside the restaurant, police said, but there were no reported injuries. Two firearms were recovered from inside Comet Ping Pong and an additional weapon was found inside the suspect’s vehicle, according to police.

Edgar Maddison Welch, 28, of Salisbury, North Carolina, was arrested without incident and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon, Deputy Mayor Kevin Donahue said in a statement.

Police added later that in a “post arrest interview” Sunday night, the suspect said he was at Comet Ping Pong to “self-investigate ‘Pizza Gate’ (a fictitious online conspiracy theory),” the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Initially police said they did not have any information linking the actions of the suspect to the false conspiracy theory.

Since the fake news stories about “Pizza Gate” first began, Comet Ping Pong employees said its owner, staff, and other businesses nearby received threats and have been attacked on the internet, according to the Washington Post.

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Vice President-elect Mike Pence defended President-elect Donald Trump’s recent tweet claiming without evidence that “millions” of fraudulent votes were cast in the 2016 election.

“It’s his right to express his opinion as President-elect of the United States,” Pence told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on This Week on Sunday morning. “He’s going to say what he believes to be true, and I know he is always going to speak in that way as president.”

When pressed about whether he believes the claim is accurate, Pence said, “I think one of the things that’s refreshing about our president-elect and one of the reasons why I think he had an incredible connection with people all across this country is because he tells you what’s on his mind.”

“But why is it refreshing to make false statements?” Stephanopoulos said.

“Look, I don’t know that that is a false statement,” Pence replied.

The vice president-elect also repeatedly cited a Pew Charitable Trusts study on voter registration records. “I think the President-elect wants to call to attention to the fact there has been evidence over many years,” he said.

The 2012 Pew study in question focused on the need to update voter registration records.

Trump claimed in his Nov. 27 tweet that “if you deduct the millions of people who voted illegally,” he would have won the popular vote for president.

The next day, the Pew study’s primary author, David Becker, tweeted in response to references to his research: “As primary author of the report the Trump camp cited today, I can confirm the report made no findings re: voter fraud. We found millions of out of date registration records due to people moving or dying, but found no evidence that voter fraud resulted. Voter lists are much more accurate now than when we issued that study in 2012, thanks to the 20 states sharing data through @ericstates_info.”

He suggested that the Trump campaign didn’t focus on the popular vote because it wasn’t what was needed to win. “I can assure you if this [election] had been about the popular vote, Donald Trump and I would have been campaigning a whole lot more in Illinois and California and New York.”

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