Kansas City News Wrap-Up: Deadline Gifting, Masked X-mas & Free Money

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Last Seconds Before Santa

Crown Center still a favorite destination for last-minute holiday shopping in KC

Susan Lewis and her husband brought their six children, ages 17, 15, 13, 11, 9 and 6 to Crown Center Friday."It's truly wonderful, I was just thinking we've come here every year since they were all very little, and it's just a wonderful tradition for us," Lewis said.

Fear Holiday Drips

Kansas City area plumbing, HVAC companies keeping busy with emergency calls during deep freeze

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - The arctic blast can be felt inside, too. Many plumbers and HVAC crews have been busy taking emergency calls. "It needs fixing, and it needs it fast, so we have to be ready to go," Dan Geller, General Manager at Bob Hamilton, said.

Deadly Aftermath Reported

19-year-old charged with involuntary manslaughter in Wednesday fatal shooting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Nineteen-year-old Ibraham Abdi has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action following a fatal shooting Wednesday in the Northland . Charges against Abdi were announced Friday after he was taken into custody as a subject of interest Wednesday. The shooting took place in the 8000 block of N.

Local Doggie Rescue

Sheriff's office removes 30 dogs left in the freezing cold at a Cass County property

The Cass County Sheriff's Office has taken action to rescue 30 dogs from dangerously cold temperatures.On Thursday afternoon, deputies executed a search warrant on Roush Road in rural Pleasant Hill. KMBC 9 Investigates has been looking into the living conditions of the property owner, along with several dogs chained to debris and rubbish, since August.

Help Fanbois Keep Toes

Doctor gives advice for Chiefs fans going to Saturday's game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The parking lots to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium open at 7:30 a.m. Saturday for tailgaters. "Some people will drink alcohol thinking that makes them feel a little bit warm," University Health Dr. Todd Shaffer said in an interview with FOX4 Tuesday.

Enduring Glam Life Exposed

Day in the life of a Page 3 girl - from getting glammed to sexy photoshoots

Ever wondered what it's like to be a Page 3 girl? You're in luck - as we recently went behind the scenes at a Daily Star shoot. Kym, a model from Newcastle, was on set in West London with photographer Jeany Savage this month.

Prez Takes Precautions

Joe and Jill Biden mask up for holiday visit to DC children's hospital

President Joe Biden and his wife Jill both sported masks during a holiday visit to a Washington, DC children's hospital on Friday amid a global surge of COVID-19 cases. Biden accompanied the First Lady as she read "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats aloud to patients at Children's National Hospital.

American Free Money Festivus

House passes $1.7T spending bill, sending measure to Biden, averting shutdown

The House of Representatives passed on Friday passed a sweeping, $1.7 trillion spending bill that will keep the government from running out of money at midnight and send an additional $45 billion to Ukraine. The measure now goes to President Joe Biden for his signature. The bill passed 225-201 with nine Republicans -- Reps.

MAGA Challengers Emerge

When Might Other Republicans Challenge Trump For The 2024 Nomination?

Last month, former President Donald Trump announced his campaign to return to the White House, more than a year before the start of the 2024 presidential primary process. So far, Trump is the only major Republican candidate who's launched a bid.

Lady Crackdown Consequences

US threatens Taliban with 'costs' after ban on Afghan women and girls from school

The Taliban returned to power over Afghanistan issuing public promises to preserve its people's basic freedoms. But just as swiftly as the group grasped control, it reneged on those guarantees -- completely blocking female students' access to education through a series of crackdowns culminating on Wednesday in a ban forbidding them from attending elementary school, setting the country's women back decades.

Funny Money Testimony

Alameda's ex-CEO tells judge she hid billions in loans to FTX execs

NEW YORK, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Sam Bankman-Fried and other FTX executives received billions of dollars in secret loans from the crypto mogul's Alameda Research, the hedge fund's former chief told a judge in her guilty plea for her role in the exchange's collapse.

Billionaire Crackdown

She Worked for Twitter. Then She Tweeted at Elon Musk.

Sasha Solomon, a software engineer, joined others in the media business who lost their jobs this year after publicly taking on their employers. Send any friend a story As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Anyone can read what you share.

Drinking Game Cont'd

Here Are 14 Places To Ring In NYE In KC

Looking for something to do on NYE? Here are fourteen places to ring in NYE in KC, including a soiree in the swanky Briarcliff event space, a masquerade ball at J. Rieger, and Uptown Theater transforms into a giant multi-level NYE celebration.

Blizzard B Gone

FORECAST: Wind chill advisory ends at noon on Saturday, temperatures warm up on Christmas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - Bitter cold air lingers across the region with temperatures dipping back down near zero. There will be just enough of a breeze that will keep wind chill values down between 10 and 20 degrees below zero during the overnight hours and into early Saturday.

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