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Be ready for snow, blowing dust with powerful storm arriving Motorists should be prepared to wait out bad weather

PHOENIX – Travelers can expect hazardous driving conditions in northern Arizona from Monday afternoon intoTuesday, while blowing dust is possible in southeastern Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. The National Weather Service forecast calls for snow above 6,000 feet along Interstate 40 from an area near Seligman to Winslow, with total accumulation of 8 to 16 inches in Williams and Flagstaff. ADOT will mobilize more than a third of its snowplow fleet to clear snow and ice off highways. Driving conditions can deteriorate quickly during winter storms, causing crashes that lead to long backups and highway closures. Travelers should be ready to postpone trips until the weather improves. With strong wind forecast in southeastern Arizona, drivers should watch out for blowing dust between Willcox and the New Mexico line. If caught in a dust storm, immediately check traffic around your vehicle and pull all the way off the roadway. Turn off all lights, including emerge…

John Pinette - Just for Laughs

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USAFA Falconry

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From Vietnam Vet to NFL Player

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Is Gun Ownership a Right?

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My Thoughts For The Day..

It appears that Julian Assange and Pamela Anderson actually are an item. Score one for the Nerds.

JC Penney is going to close up to 140 stores. Just trying to get their Penney's worth.

A study says obsession with social media is hurting the mental health of Americans. I feel like it's more a case of the mental health of Americans hurting social media, but that's just me.

A life-sized Kanye West statue has been erected in Los Angeles. We don't know when Kanye put it up.

Apparently, President Trump gets booed so much they've made him an honorary New York Yankee.

I have to admit, at one point last night, I switched over from the Oscars to C-Span, just so I didn't have to hear so many political speeches.

WEIRD NEWS

When Your Tax Refund Goes Viral
A recovering drug addict and single mom took her $5,600 tax refund and did something incredibly responsible with it. Christina Knaack paid her rent for an entire year, then put a photo of the rent check on Facebook, explaining her reasoning in a post that's since gone viral. She writes: "Instead of buying my kids the latest Jordans or fancy electronics I paid my rent for the YEAR. I'm a single mom and I do it all buy [sic] myself on a minimum wage job. I (know) that a roof over my kids head is what's important." She went on to say that she keeps her priorities "straight" to make sure her kids have everything they need -- and that with the extra $450 per month they won't be paying in rent, the family can do things together. The post has racked up more than 300,000 Facebook "reactions," just eight of them "angry," and thousands of comments -- most of them supportive. Of course you can't please eve…

DID YOU KNOW?

According to Reader's Digest, reading to kids at bedtime in American homes has decreased by over 80% since 1960.The average person goes gray 4 years sooner than compared to 40 years ago.A recent study says that posters with abstract art and shapes can reduce work stress by 24 percent and anger by 21 percent.Nearly 70% of men say they wish they received more compliments from their partner.20% of homes have a doorbell for the back door that doesn't work, and we have no desire to fix it.A fear of being sued has led many cities to ban sledding.

TODAY'S IMPOSSIBLE QUESTION

A recent study revealed that this was the most downloaded app last year. What app is it? Google.

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

In what has to be the biggest flub in Oscar history, Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announced "La La Land" as Best Picture, when it was really "Moonlight."CBS cancels "No Doubt" after only after 2 episodes.Bill Paxton ("Twister," "Titanic," "Aliens") died suddenly Saturday due to complications from surgery. He was 61.JC Penney announced that they'll be closing 140 of their stores.Malaysian officials say that a nerve agent was used to kill the step-brother of North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un at an airport two weeks ago.CMT brought the series "Nashville" back this year, but they killed off Rayna James, the lead character played by Connie Britton, last week.Over the weekend, a group of witches said they began casting spells and will continue to do so until President Trump is gone.Derek Hough will not return for season 24 of "Dancing with the Stars."Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is offering the FleurBurger…

TODAY IS

Can you believe, just one more day left in the month? Singer, Josh Groban turns 36 today, but he's still being asked for I.D. He plans a quiet, but weird night tonight of sitting at home and singing, "You raise me up!" to his arch supports. Just for today, have somebody else raise you up and give him the day off. Former President Bill Clinton's daughter Chelsea Clinton turns 37 today. Mark my words, you'll see her run for office someday.We watched her grow up. We had to. When we wondered what was going on under Bill's desk, he'd always yell out, "Hey, look over at Chelsea! Isn't she cute?"Seems just like yesterday, she was running around the White House, hiding under the President's desk. Oh, wait... that was... uh, never mind.
Former Los Angeles Lakers star James Worthy turns 56. You may not be worthy, but he is. Howard Hesseman, better known as Dr. Johnny Fever, turns 77 today. In his honor, we'll be dropping live turkeys out of a helic…

ON THIS DAY

On this date in 1801, Washington, DC, was placed under the jurisdiction of Congress. And it never recovered. Or, well, that explains everything.

In 1813, congress approved the use of steamboats to transport mail.
They had to -- it was the slowest form of transportation available a the time.
They really should move to trucks or something a little faster.
After several weeks, the practice was abandoned after mail began arriving too fast.
It was a cost-effective way to move it, but also, the steam allowed you to take a peek at what was inside.

On this date in 1827, the very first Mardi Gras was celebrated in New Orleans, much to the excitement of the bead industry. Until then, the biggest question in town was, "What the heck am I going to do with all these beads?"

In 1883, the very first cigar-rolling machine was patented. Although, if he had known about it, Sir Walter Raleigh would have used it to roll in his grave.

On this date in 1890, two boxers fought 100 rounds before the ma…

Music Calendar...

In 1942 "Deep In The Heart Of Texas" by Bing Crosby enters the U.S. singles chart.

In 1955 Billboard magazine reports that for the first time sales of 45 rpm singles had surpassed 78 rpm rivals.

In 1956 Little Richard's single "Long Tall Sally" is released.

In 1960 Smokey Robinson and the Miracles make their first TV appearance on ABC-TV's "American Bandstand."

In 1961 "Pony Time" by Chubby Checker hits #1 on the U.S. top 40 chart and stayed there for 3 weeks.

In 1967 Pink Floyd's first single "Arnold Layne" is released.

In 1969 "Stormy" by the Classics IV is certified gold.

In 1970 Simon & Garfunkel's single "Bridge Over Troubled Water" goes gold.

In 1970 Jefferson Airplane is fined $1000 for profanity on stage at a concert in Oklahoma City.

In 1971 "What Is Life" by George Harrison enters the U.S. top 40 chart.

In 1974 Joni Mitchell's album "Court And Spark" is certified gold.

In 1…

Today In History...

In 1801 Washington, DC is placed under the jurisdiction of Congress.

In 1813 Congress authorizes the use of steamboats to transport mail.

In 1827 The first Mardi Gras is celebrated in New Orleans.

In 1844 The Dominican Republic gains its independence.

In 1861 In Warsaw, Russian troops fire on a crowd protesting Russian rule over Poland, killing five.

In 1879 The artificial sweetener, saccharin is discovered.

In 1883 The first practical cigar rolling machine is patented.

In 1890 Boxers Danny Needham and Patsy Kerrigan fight 100 rounds in San Francisco before the match is declared a draw.

In 1908 The design of the U.S. 46-star flag (adding Oklahoma) is officially released.

In 1919 The American Association for the Hard of Hearing is formed in New York City.

In 1922 The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously upholds the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that guaranteed a woman's right to vote.

In 1922 Reader's Digest begins publication.

In 1932 Physicist James Chadwick proposes the existence of the …

Born On This Day...

In 1807 American poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In 1850 Philanthropist/railroad builder, Henry E. Huntington

In 1877 Sports owner, Walter Briggs (Detroit Tigers)

In 1888 Historian, Arthur Meier Schlesinger

In 1889 Physiologist, Charles Herbert (discovered insulin)

In 1891 Inventor, David Sarnoff (founded RCA, NBC)

In 1892 Actor, William Demarest (Uncle Charley-My Three Sons)

In 1895 Actor, Edward Brophy (The Last Hurrah)

In 1902 Golf Hall-of-Famer, Gene Sarazen (invented sand wedge) [d: 3-13-99]

In 1902 Author, John Steinbeck (The Grapes Of Wrath) [d: 12-20-68]

In 1903 Actor, Reginald Gardiner (The Pruitts of Southhampton) [d: 4-25-90]

In 1904 American author, James Thomas Farrell (Studs Lonigan) [d: 8-22-79]

In 1904 Singer/actress, Elisabeth Welch (Stormy Weather) [d: 7-15-03]

In 1905 Actor, Franchot Tone (Dr. Freeland-Ben Casey) [d: 9-18-68]

In 1910 Actress, Joan Bennett (Little Women, Dark Shadows) [d: 12-7-90]

In 1910 Auto racer, Ted Horn (most cons…

WOULD YOU RATHER

Would you rather drink a cup of water from the toilet bowl at the office or slide naked into a sleeping bag only to find a large rat down at the bottom?Would you rather hear your best friend say, "I really find myself attracted to your wife/husband" or hear your best friend say, "Sorry but I've just been offered your job?"Would you rather run a mile with a cracked shin bone, or do 100 situps on a hardwood floor with a cracked tail bone?Would you rather live in a neighborhood with The Fat Albert Gang or constantly traveling around in the Mystery Machine with the crew from Scooby Doo?Would you rather be able to fully comprehend any written material just by sniffing the words or be able to impersonate the voice of anybody you choose?Would you rather give up caffeine for the rest of your life, or give up cursing for the rest of your life?Would you rather eat a bottle cap, or a spider the size of a bottle cap?Would you rather talk like you have a mouth full of walnu…

BOOST YOUR BODY'S GOOD BACTERIA

(Men's Health) Unclean living can be a smart idea for everyone, not just kids. These unusual strategies may strengthen your microbiome:

Don't shower every day if you can get away with it
This may help protect your skin biome, which acts as a protective coating against pathogens.

Forgo antiperspirants on weekends or on days you can go without them
Believe it or not, your armpits harbor their own special microbial colonies.

Dry-brush instead of using toothpaste
The chemicals in most pastes disturb your oral biome, and research suggests that dry-brushing actually fights plaque more effectively. Skip the mouthwash, too for the same reasons.

Walk barefoot through the grass
It not only feels great and relieves stress but also help your foot microbes flourish. Keeping your dogs in shoes and socks all the time kills the good bugs and brings on the stinky ones.

THINGS TO BRING ON INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

If you're flying abroad, you need to be prepared for a longer flight than usual -- six hours to 24 hours, depending on where you're headed. Experienced flyer Geoffrey Morrison, a contributor to Forbes magazine, has helpfully produced a list of 10 things you should pack in your carry-on bag and keep with you at all times. That is, these items should not be stored in the overhead compartment because you will need them during the flight. Here are ten things to always bring on long-haul flights:

Noise-cancelling headphones or earplugs to drown out loud airplane engine noises. USB cable to (slowly) recharge your phone or tablet at your seat. USB battery pack to recharge various mobile devices. Camera or your phone so you can capture those incredible images out the window. An extra layer, such as a long-sleeve pullover. A travel pillow for a more comfortable rest. An eyemask for better shut-eye. A pen with blue or black ink so you can fill out the customs forms that are passed out on…

TEXTS EVERY GUY SECRETLY WANTS TO RECEIVE

(HowToGetTheGuy.com) Sad but true: Most of us are offensively boring via text ("wut up?"). It doesn't have to be this way. Dating guru Matthew Hussey suggests new texting strategies that will really vibrate in his pants.

1. I'm at that new lounge that just opened. The music is amazing. Why aren't you here?
Why it's hot: He'll see that you live a cool life and feel like he's missing out on the fun. If he likes you, he'll respond. If not, there's really nothing here for him to reject.

2. It's a good thing you're just my friend's brother or you and I would be trouble for each other...
Why it's hot: Making the two of you together seem like a bad idea (for all the right reasons) will drive him wild with desire. Thank me later for the massive sexual tension at parties.

3. Just saw The Avengers, Chris Evans is pretty, but I'd rather watch you take your shirt off for an hour.
Why it's hot: It's a great tease that lets him know y…

SECRET LIVES OF PETS

If there is no furry, feathered or flippered creature greeting you when you get home at the end of the day, you're in a minority. 62% of all Americans own at least one pet, and the number is even higher among young adults with 65% of Millennials and 71% of Gen Xers owning a pet, according to a Harris Poll. But what is even more interesting is how we treat our pets. Basically, all of us (95%) consider our pets to be members of the family and our behaviors prove this to be true: 71% allow their dog or cat to sleep with them.64% buy their pets holiday gifts.45% buy birthday presents for their pets.31% cook especially for their pets.22% dress their pet in some type of clothing.12% bring their pet to work with them.
Who's the top dog? Among pet owners: 71% have at least one dog.49% have at least one cat.11% have fish.9% have some other type of pet than a dog, cat, fish or bird.8% have a bird.
How much do we spend on our pets annually?
Food and treats: $476Medical costs: $425Pet sitting/…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Moonlight's Mahershala Ali and Wife Amatus Sami-Karim Welcome a Baby. Can 2017 get any better for Mahershala Ali? As award season comes to a close, the Moonlight actor and his wife, Amatus Sami-Karim, have welcomed their firstborn child together. "Bari (Bar-ee) Najma Ali," the actor wrote on Instagram. "2/22/17 #pisces" Ali's wife announced her pregnancy in December, one month before he won the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role. At the time, Ali told E! News' Zuri Hall he was "looking forward to having a new teacher. Kids teach. They're the truth. I'm ready to learn my lessons and learn them well, and I hope I have something to teach our child." As for his mini-me's name? "We're looking to do something simpler," he said during a Jan. 11 appearance on ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!. "My wife's name is Amatus Sami... but we're going to do something a little bit simpler…