Dec 19

O Christmas Tree: #CountryCarolers Thomas Rhett, Russell Dickerson & Tyler Hubbard add a new member

ABC/Image Group LARussell Dickerson warned it would likely happen again this year, and earlier this week, the #CountryCarolers hit the streets of Nashville, though the only evidence so far is a Boomerang on Instagram showing them standing in front of a fireplace.

Russell, Thomas Rhett, and Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard started the tradition in 2017, along with their wives KaileyLauren and Hayley, respectively. After ordering Dickensian costumes from Amazon, the troupe showed up on the doorsteps of some of their Nashville friends. Fellow artist RaeLynn caught some of their caroling, thanks to her security camera, and shared it on her socials.

For 2018, the #CountryCarolers added a new friend, dressed as a Christmas tree.

“THE BEST WAY TO SPREAD CHRISTMAS CHEER IS SINGING LOUD FOR ALL TO HEAR!!” Russell’s wife Kailey posted, quoting the holiday classic, Elf. “#CountryCarolers is my new favorite tradition!”

While we haven’t seen the #CountryCarolers in action yet, it’s likely coming: Russell also told ABC Radio the pals were planning to shoot some video this year.

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Dec 19

Most people would demand more than $1,000 to leave Facebook: Study

amesy/iStock(NEW YORK) — The average U.S. Facebook user would require more than $1000 to walk away from the social media platform for one year. In a new study published on Wednesday in the science Journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Kenyon College, Michigan State, Susquehanna University, and Tufts used a series of auctions to determine the …

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Dec 19

Yemeni mom separated from dying son by Trump travel ban ‘begged,’ ‘pleaded’ with officials for months: Lawyer

Believe_In_Me/iStock(SAN FRANCISCO) — A mother who spent more than a year fighting for a visa to be with her terminally ill child is on her way to the U.S. after being granted a visa waiver from the Trump administration’s travel ban. Shaima Swileh was denied the right to travel to the U.S. because she is …

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Dec 19

Fed raises short-term interest rates

amedved/iStock(WASHINGTON) — The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised short-term interest rates by a quarter percentage point to a range of 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. The move was widely expected by economists. The central bank has raised rates nine times since December 2015. The Federal Open Market Committee said in a statement that “indicators of …

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Dec 19

Party in the Crescent City: Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris are ready to ring in 2019 in New Orleans

ABC/Image Group LAIf you’re lucky enough to be in New Orleans this year for the Sugar Bowl, you can also take in a free concert by Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris. And even if you can’t make it to the Crescent City, you’ll be able to watch part of the performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on ABC.

The 13th annual Allstate Fan Fest is free and open to the public, and will take place in the Jax Brewery parking lot off Decatur Street. In addition to other activities earlier in the day, Maren is set to take the stage at 9:40 p.m. ET, with FGL following at 11:30.

Pretty Little Liars’ actress Lucy Hale will host the New Orleans portion of Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest from the French Quarter. You can tune in to watch the annual tradition starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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Dec 19

Watch now: George Strait shows off his “Honky Tonk Time Machine” in Las Vegas

MCA NashvilleKing George wants to take you for a ride in his Honky Tonk Time Machine in 2019. That’s the title of George Strait’s next album, the Country Music Hall of Famer revealed earlier this month during his concerts at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Strait also played some of his new music for fans, including his new single, “Codigo,” which was inspired by the brand of tequila he co-owns.

Strait also rolled out “God & Country Music” and “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar,” which he co-wrote with his son Bubba and his longtime collaborator, Dean Dillon.

George told the crowd the threesome was ready to call it quits after a late night of writing, when Bubba came up with “Whiskey is the gasoline that lights the fire that burns the bridge,” the opening line of “Every Little Honky Tonk Bar.”

You can check out both new songs via fan videos on YouTube.

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Dec 19

Facebook gave Netflix, Spotify, Amazon access to user messages, friends’ data: Report

coffeekai/iStock(NEW YORK) — Facebook gave about a dozen companies wide access to its 2.2 billion users’ personal data without consent, including private messages, names and contact info for friends, according to a report in The New York Times. The revelations contradict the social media giant’s claims that it no longer allowed third party apps to …

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Dec 19

Mild weather continues across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, any remaining snow cover has been significantly reduced by mild weather. Early Wednesday, snow depths include 2 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and an inch in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The December mild spell has left muddy conditions in some fields and feedlots that had been previously frozen. On the Plains, …

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Dec 19

A moisture-laden pattern for the Heartland

A complex storm system developing across the nation’s mid-section will become a more cohesive low pressure system on Thursday over the Southeast. From there, the storm will move almost due northward into eastern Canada by Saturday. Storm-total precipitation—mostly rain—could reach 1 to 3 inches or more across the eastern U.S. Late in the week, rain …

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Dec 19

Managing nitrogen for the 2019 growing season

The wet weather throughout parts of the Corn Belt in 2018 caused nitrogen loss and deficiencies. In this Managing for Profit, Dekalb Asgrow technical agronomist Jim McDermott says now is a good time for farmers to evaluate their current nitrogen programs and see if any changes need to be made for the 2019 growing season. …

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